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Monkey Business: The Top 3 Stock-Picking Primates

With Friday's opening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we think it's a good time to consider the man vs. primate war on another front: stock picking. Here's a look at some of the best primate stock pickers in recent history.

'Wall Street Wives' Gets Down to Business with Auditions

Devon Fleming's casting call for her planned reality TV series, "Wall Street Wives," attracted the media attention that producers relish, and hundreds of women responded. She allowed The Price of Fame to attend a recent audition, where we got a glimpse of the sort of drama the show might deliver.

Amy Winehouse's Will: Singer-Songwriter Played It Smart

Despite the tumultuous life Amy Winehouse led in her 27 years, she managed to stabilize matters after her death with an ironclad will, according to reports. Let this be a lesson to both the famous and the obscure: A will is a good idea at any adult age.

The Price of Serious 'Harry Potter' Fandom: $401.08

When it comes to providing bewitchment for the buck, Harry Potter has notched some mesmerizing numbers. Fans who bought all the hardcover books, the DVDs, and attended the movies in first run, paid an average total of $401.08 -- not counting the $20 to $30 they'll pay for the DVD or Blu-Ray of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

'A Little Help' from Jenna Fischer on Meshing Work, Life

Jenna Fischer's beer-guzzling dental hygienist in the dark indie comedy "A Little Help" isn't the best example of how to get ahead in your career. But she does think that her character from "The Office" has a bit to say on the subject -- and she brings a few real life lessons to the table as well.

What SpongeBob Has Absorbed About Money

Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, wouldn't take money advice from the prattling poriferan. "He works 97 hours a week; he gets paid for 40," notes Kenny. The modern day Mel Blanc doesn't give himself much credit for his own personal finance smarts either -- but maybe he should.

Celebrity Memorabilia Takes a Starring Role Again

Showbiz memorabilia had its closeup in the past few weeks, with items made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Judy Garland fetching an over-the-rainbow prices at auction. Why are people compelled to buy these items, and who's drawing the biggest bucks? Read on...

Cars 2's John Lasseter: Getting Fired Drove Him Forward

What can a man like Pixar genius John Lasseter, whose movies have made billions, teach us regular folks about the troubles of workaday life? Turns out, Lasseter has shared one rite of passage that too many of us have been through recently: He was fired -- from his dream job.

Joe Mantegna of Cars 2 Is Driven to Be Money-Smart

Actor Joe Mantegna has made a living at make-believe for more than 40 years. But though he could probably afford to splurge, he swears by a get-real financial credo. "Always live within your means," said Mantegna, the voice of Grem the mobster in "Cars 2," which opens Friday.

'Nerd Do Well' Simon Pegg Puts the Funny in Money

British comedy star Simon Pegg makes serious money today, but he wasn't raised to riches. Peggs tells The Price of Fame what he learned about spending as a lad, and what it was like to have little savings and a big "Star Wars" obsession.

Understanding Why 'Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl'

No joke: The Oracle of Omaha made his billions by tapping into his feminine side. Author LouAnn Lofton's new book, "Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl," explains what women and Warren do right when it comes to the markets, and how you can learn from their temperaments.

Cannes Notebook: Talking Money With the Stars

The Price of Fame's Cannes Film Festival notebook overflowed with monetary morsels about movers and shakers in the movies. Here are a few choice leftovers from "Restless" stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, and "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius.

ER's Linda Cardellini Explains her Rx for Financial Health

Linda Cardellini played nurse Samantha Taggart on ER, but when it comes to her finances, she's the one getting intensive care. She has pros watching her money, and she watches them, too. But just because she has a lead role in a film at Cannes doesn't mean she's all about the conspicuous-consumption Hollywood lifestyle.

The Frugal Auteur: How Roger Corman Makes Cheap Great

What's the cheapest thing B-movie maestro Roger Corman ever did in the movie biz? Find out in our interview with the penny-pinching master of the low-budget film, who's in Cannes to promote a documentary about himself, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

How Ex-Hercules Kevin Sorbo Keeps His Finances Buff

Former "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo still likes to flex his might -- in the markets. The ex-demigod discussed his energetic and conservative approach to personal finance and investing with DailyFinance at Cannes -- a philosophy that should keep him from needing a Greek bailout.

Bryce Howard on Handling Other People's Money

For a scion of Hollywood royalty, Bryce Dallas Howard has a down-to-earth grasp of finance. The daughter of Ron Howard has always been conservative with her assets, and now that the actress has become a producer, she's applying the lessons her father taught her to handling money on a larger stage.

The Art of Asking for Money: Lessons from Cannes

Acquiring the money to get a dream off the ground is rarely easy, but it can be done ... if you're creative: Here's how some young short filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival raised funds for their projects. Their methods might inspire you the next time you need to pull together big bucks to fulfill a dream.

Money Advice from World's Most Beautiful Woman

We caught up with Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes Film Festival to chat what she's learned about money in her ascent to the top of India's film pantheon. Her answers show that despite her fame and fortune, in matters of finance, she's been wise enough to stay true to her middle-class roots.

Rookie Director's Guide to Budgeting: Cut!

Film director Spencer Susser's personal finance philosophy is one you might have heard before: Stop caring so much about the money, and perhaps the money will come. If it doesn't, at least you're doing what you want to do. It worked for him: Susser got his first movie, the low-budget "Hesher," made in the middle of the recession.