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In Money Matters, 'Mentalist' Simon Baker Keeps His Head

Simon Baker plays a not-quite-psychic sleuth on "The Mentalist" and a shady brokerage boss in the new film "Margin Call." But in real life, he's not trying to read the tea leaves of Wall Street to manage his money: His working class upbringing made him a very conservative money man.

Penn Badgley: Investing Is 'Greek to Me'

The actor who stars in "Margin Call," a film about high finance confesses that he doesn't believe in investing, confesses his ignorance about "the system" and explains why he's taking up the Occupy Wall Street cause.

Investing in Comic Books for Fun and Profit: Super, Man!

Why not let a superhero save you from the evil economy? Investing in comic books can be a recession-proof path to steady returns, according to experts at last weekend's New York Comic Con. Just don't let ignorance be your kryptonite.

Should You Buy Shares in Your Favorite Sports Team?

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers got the NFL's approval this week to sell more stock to the public, but even the Pack can't compete with the buzz of another anticipated "football" stock offering: Manchester United. Certainly owning stock in a team makes for great pub talk, but is it a wise investment?

Can Basketball Fans Score During NBA Lockout?

After the strife-torn NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the basketball season, we wondered: Would this mean any financial relief for fans? Somewhere in the war between the wealthy players and owners, are there savings to be found for the ordinary people who spend money on NBA tickets and gear?

Celebrity Marriages: They Should Have Gotten the Prenup

"To leave hundreds of millions of dollars vulnerable does not seem like a wise choice," says one matrimonial lawyer. Still, many of the rich and famous keep heading down the aisle without a prenup. It's a choice some eventually live to regret.

Hollywood's Highest-Paid TV Actresses

When it comes to the small screen, TV actresses can make a lot less than their movie peers. But the top in their field are certainly raking in the dough. Tied for first place: a Desperate Housewife and a 30 Rock star.

Seven Celebrities Who Went from Hot Shot to Homeless

On the heels of the New York Post report this week that funk hit maker Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone was broke and living in a van, The Price of Fame presents a tragic list of seven other celebrities who ended up homeless, desperate, and on the streets.

The Most Powerful Women in Business

From PepsiCo to Avon to Xerox, these women are responsible for some of the biggest companies and brands that consumers touch and feel everyday. And this year, there's a new No. 1 on Fortune's list of the most powerful women.

How to Be 'The Biggest Loser' on a Lean Budget

Being fat isn't just bad for your health, it's also murder on your wallet. "Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney (who has had her own ups and downs with weight) wants to help. The cute and curvy Sweeney offers these five tips to help you control your budget and waistline at the same time.

Nightclub King's 7 Tips on How to Win in the Party Biz

So you want to own a nightclub? Take some advice from Peter Gatien, whose party palaces ruled the NYC scene in the '80s and '90s. With the documentary "Limelight," chronicling Gatien's long reign, opening this weekend, he offered The Price of Fame seven ways to rule the night in a recession-proof business.

Yvonne Strahovski: How to Manage Overnight Success

L.A. has been exceptionally kind to Yvonne Strahovski, the long, blonde spy-babe on NBC's Chuck and the lone pretty face in the new film Killer Elite. But if you don't get the help you need after your big break, Hollywood can kill you with kindness, so Strahovski had to adapt fast.

Some Actors Say 'Action!' on Higher Taxes for Wealthy

Before President Obama outlined his strategy Monday for America's millionaires to shoulder more of the tax burden, The Price of Fame asked show business types at the recent Toronto International Film Festival this burning question: Should celebrities and other wealthy people pay more in taxes?

10 Star Athletes Who Excelled at Losing Millions

We learned last week that former NFL star Chris McAlister, a three-time Pro Bowler, is broke and living with his parents after just a year out of the league. But he's hardly the first sports icon to blow through the cash in a flash. In his honor, here are our 10 favorite professional asset-annihilating athletes.

Will LeBron Take Heat for 'Take a Sheet' Ad Campaign?

The Price of Fame enjoys a clever poop pun as much as anyone, but have the LeBron James-backed Sheets Energy Strips committed a foul in their ad campaign? Posters featuring people asserting that they "Take a Sheet" on the job are popping up in several major cities. Vulgar or brilliant: You tell us.

Jessica Chastain's Plastic Problem: 'It Girl' Lived on Credit

Jessica Chastain, Hollywood's latest "It Girl," still recalls the wise financial advice she received from veteran actress Cherry Jones back at Juilliard. And now she's trying to follow it, too. But for years, her financial plan involved roller coaster rides of credit card debt.

Erin Brockovich Crusades Against Bottled Water

Erin Brockovich -- the real one, not the movie version -- wants us to put down the bottle and turn on the tap. Bottled water is no safer and less regulated than tap water and way more expensive, she explained at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she's appearing in the new documentary "Last Call at the Oasis."

Knockoffs to Knockouts: Jason Statham's Wild Journey

Jason Statham made his fortune as a top movie action hero several head-butts ago: His pictures have made well over $1 billion. But the British actor keenly remembers when being a well-paid tough guy meant selling jewelry and perfume out of a briefcase on the street.

Labor Activists Urge George Clooney to Stop Coffee Ads

A Swiss labor rights group has released a video calling out George Clooney for endorsing a Nestle coffee company that reportedly exploits workers toiling under "slave-like conditions" in Nicaragua. The Oscar-winning actor has a great reputation as a human rights activist, so we'll see how this plays out.

'Drop Dead Diva' Hunk Was Also a Finance Hot Shot

Jackson Hurst's gorgeous mug is one of his biggest assets in managing his show business career, but for years, management and assets were his career: The sexy star of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" once was a rising star at Citigroup before he ditched the world of finance to follow his dreams.

Hill Harper's 'Wealth Cure' for Owe-verwhelmed

"CSI: NY" actor and author Hill Harper dispenses can't-buy-happiness philosophy in his new book "The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place." It's a guide that doesn't promise to get you rich quick, but to quickly help your life get richer.

Mintz-Plasse Isn't Superbad When It Comes to Money

Five years ago, "Fright Night" star Christopher Mintz-Plasse was making $6.50 an hour at a home appliance store in the San Fernando Valley. Now thanks to his role as the iconic geek McLovin from the 2007 comedy "Superbad," he's making the kind of dough that could buy a home appliance store.

Get Kim Kardashian's Assets for Free: Her Trainer's Tips

On Saturday, Kim Kardashian will tie the knot with NBA star Kris Humphries, and you can be sure she'll have worked to look her best. With these at-home exercises from Kim's trainer, celebrity fitness guru Kathy Kaehler, you can look yours, too -- for free.

Financial Lessons for Parents from 'Downsized'

In the season premiere of reality-television show "Downsized," which airs Tuesday, things are looking up for the Bruce-Rumsey family of nine. In an interview with The Price of Fame, family members tell us they've made mistakes. Here's what you can learn from their story.

10 Tips on How to Be a Successful Scalper

In a shaky economy, you might be tempted to moonlight as a scalper for extra cash. Brittany Menard, author of "The Ticket Broker Guide," offers 10 tips to help you do it right. Here's what you need to know to conquer the ticket trade part time.

Can LeBron James Score with Energy-Strip Kiosks?

LeBron James isn't sitting still in the NBA off season. He's introducing a new product, called Sheets Energy Strips, that supplies a flavored dose of caffeine and vitamins as it dissolves on the tongue. The strips will be sold from vending machines.

Old TV Stars Fight Over Merchandise

The shows have been off the air for years, but the battle continues. Stars from TV classics, including The Partridge Family and Happy Days, are suing their former studios over royalty money -- for toys, lunch boxes, board games, books and even slot machines -- that they claim is long overdue.

How Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Went Broke

In piecing through the bits and pieces revealed in the reality stars' we-are-broke-and-we-were-stupid confessionals, The Price of Fame set out to quantify their fiscal waste. The couple has reportedly burned through at least $10 million. And here's how they did it.