April 18, 2011 |
President Obama's income dropped substantially in 2010 from the previous year due to declining book sales, but he is still comfortably in the ranks of the nation's millionaires, his federal tax returns show. The Obama family earned $1.73 million last year, largely from sales of the president's books, "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope. " Obama also derived income from his new children's book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," but he donated all proceeds to a charity benefiting children of slain and disabled soldiers, the White House said The Obamas paid a total of $454,00 in federal taxes and $52,000 in Illinois state taxes, according to the returns, released Monday by the White House.
April 1, 2011 |
Schoolteacher David Moehlman has a money problem. He has a lot of it — more than $1 million in savings accounts and mutual funds, plus half a million or so in real estate. And he has no debt. Moehlman, 44, didn't amass the vast majority of this nest egg through an inheritance or other windfall. He worked hard and made some good investments. And he took savings to an extreme. For example, he eats breakfast and dinner every day at fast-food places where he always orders off the $1 menu, and lunch is usually a 75-cent microwave burrito.
March 27, 2011 |
In the three years since playing the imprisoned lover Latika in the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," Freida Pinto has appeared in only one film, as part of the ensemble cast in Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. " But though you might not know it from your local marquee, she's been busy. Come November she'll be hard to miss, appearing in two of the season's biggest productions, released within two weeks of each other: the Greek gods saga "Immortals" and the "Planet of the Apes" prequel "Rise of the Apes.
December 9, 2010 |
Before they joined forces on "127 Hours," director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had collaborated on just one movie ? but what a film that was. "Slumdog Millionaire" not only swept 2009's Academy Awards but also gave Boyle (who won for best director) and Beaufoy (who won for adapted screenplay) the commercial momentum and creative freedom to make, as they call it, "an action movie in which the hero doesn't move. " The pair's adaptation of hiker Aron Ralston's memoir of how he cut off his own forearm to escape a climbing accident is considered a lock for a best picture nomination, and star James Franco (who plays Ralston)
November 10, 2010 |
Sensa is apparently quite the fabulous product – or at least many users say so. One of them is "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger, who claims to have lost 20 pounds on Sensa, those calorie-free flavor sprinkles that supposedly help you lose weight. The South Florida Sun Sentinel blog the Skinny reports on her enthusiasm. "A magic fairy dust-like product is going to help me fit into a pair of skinny jeans? I am skeptical, to say the least," the blog says. We are too. Sensa creator Dr. Alan Hirsch talked about how the flavor crystals were supposed to help people lose weight in a Los Angeles Times story "Sensa: Get a whiff of this diet.
HOME & GARDEN
November 6, 2010 |
The current crop of television bachelors is pitiful. They settle for sex-lite in the pool, Champagne magnums, satin-lapelled tuxedos and RV limos. Worse, they're short the ultimate endowment: the bachelor pad, depriving male viewers of inventive solutions to single living. West Hollywood millionaire bachelor Hal B. Hayes would have laughed at these Romeos. Bachelor life is a dicey choice, subject to changing norms. In the 19th century, marriage was an expensive commitment. Husbands were expected to support their wives, who stayed at home.
September 27, 2010 |
The British millionaire businessman who owns the firm Segway has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff with one of the two-wheeled electric scooters near his body, police said on Monday. Jimi Heselden, 62, who bought the U.S.-based firm, and who was also chairman of Hesco Bastion, was discovered in a river near Leeds, northern England, on Sunday. The incident, described as a freak accident in the media, was not being treated as suspicious. A Segway was found near his body, a police spokeswoman said.
September 26, 2010 |
President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to rip the GOP's recently unveiled "Pledge to America" manifesto, while a House Republican leader hit back in his own radio remarks. Obama accused Republicans of wanting "to put special interests back in the driver's seat in Washington," arguing that the latest GOP prescriptions are "grounded in the same worn-out philosophy: Cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; cut the rules for Wall Street and the special interests; and cut the middle class loose to fend for itself.
September 20, 2010 |
Reporting from Toronto In 2008, directors Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky came to the Toronto International Film Festival with two unknown commodities and emerged with awards-season favorites. It looks like history is repeating itself. The filmmakers, who previously wooed awards voters with "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Wrestler," respectively, are back this season with new films. And, as happened two years ago, both of them won goodwill and frontrunner status at Toronto, the preeminent North American film showcase that wrapped Sunday.
September 9, 2010 |
Four years ago, a controversial British film called "Death of a President" stormed into the Toronto International Film Festival. The media was abuzz about its premise, which imagined that George W. Bush had been assassinated and Dick Cheney had ascended to the presidency. It became the hottest ticket of the festival that year and inspired intense debate about the limits of artistic and political expression — before fizzling in commercial release. Toronto, the preeminent North American gathering for top-tier filmmakers that starts Thursday and runs through next weekend, generates more heat and contention than almost any other festival.