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Aug 26, 2011

Def Leppard pours “Mirrorball” of sugar on fans

TORONTO (Reuters) – It may be difficult to believe that after three decades of rocking hard — 65 million albums sold and hundreds of packed concerts — Def Leppard hadn’t released a standalone live album until this year.

As the bandmembers put it, “Mirrorball: Live and More” came together without much advance planning, and owes its existence, at least partly, to them leaving their old record label which, the group thinks, may unleash a new burst of creativity.

Jun 24, 2011

Bollywood stars cast spell over Toronto

TORONTO (Reuters) – They may not be as familiar to North American movie fans as Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, but Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bipashu Basu, Celina Jaitley and other Bollywood stars are getting a lot of second looks in Toronto in recent days.

The actors dominate the world’s biggest film industry in India, and are just a handful of the more than 200 performers who have been on hand in this Canadian city since Thursday for the 12th annual International Indian Film Awards, or IIFAs.

Mar 30, 2011
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It’s never too late to save for retirement

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You are middle aged and haven’t saved a penny for your retirement.

Worried?

Many Americans are finding themselves cash strapped and paying down debt well into their 40s and 50s, putting aside any thought of a retirement savings plan.

But it’s not too late to start right now.

According to JB Orecchia, president and CEO of Oweing.com, a website that provides consumers with a plan that helps track and map out debt repayment, you can still move forward on your retirement goals even if you’re a late starter.

Mar 18, 2011
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Lights, Camera, Save! Money lessons for kids

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It is never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of saving money. But sometimes that process can be dull. So what about creating a money lesson that is fun and still inspires kids to save money rather than spend it?

The American Bankers Association (ABA) Education Foundation set out to do just that. The ABA launched a new initiative called Lights, Camera, Save! — a national video contest aimed at getting kids to think about creative ways to save money.

Mar 2, 2011
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Don’t blame CARD Act for higher rates: study

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A year after the Obama administration cracked down on the the credit card industry with stiffer regulation, there is considerable speculation that the reforms are to blame for the high interest rates on your consumer debt.

But a recent study released by CardHub.com found that the current economic environment — not the new credit card regulations — is the primary cause for the increase in credit card interest rates.

Mar 1, 2011
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Q+A: Finance tips for a successful marriage

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Every year, thousands of couples tie the knot binding their emotional futures into a single partnership — ’til death do they part.

But what about the binding of their financial futures?

Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, warns that before you blend your finances, you should first ensure you’re financially compatible with your partner.

Feb 10, 2011
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Many Americans suffer from “frugal fatigue”: poll

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Are you sick and tired of pinching pennies? If so, you’re not the only one.

After enduring month-after month of spending restrictions, it seems inevitable that some consumers are experiencing “frugal fatigue.” Sixty-six percent of consumers say they are tired of curbing spending and anxious to spend more, according to a January poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).

But some people expect to be Scrooges forever. In its study, the NFCC found that more than 20 percent of those polled said “they had implemented financial lifestyle changes” that they intended to keep long-term. That means that one in five people decided to permanently change their spending habits.

Jan 24, 2011

Kiran Rao gives Mumbai fresh face in ‘Dhobi Ghat’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Western film fans who thought they knew Mumbai after seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” can forget that, and Indian moviegoers expecting a Bollywood spectacle should be prepared. “Dhobi Ghat” is no musical.

Instead, the directorial debut of Kiran Rao paints a picture of a city with many layers and people in a 95-minute drama that feels more like a western-style movie than a typical Bollywood formula of song, dance and romance.

Jan 21, 2011

Director gives Mumbai fresh face in film “Dhobi Ghat”

TORONTO (Reuters) – Western film fans who thought they knew Indian city Mumbai after seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” can forget that, and Indian moviegoers expecting a Bollywood spectacle should be prepared. “Dhobi Ghat” is no musical.

Instead, the directorial debut of Kiran Rao paints a picture of a city with many layers and people in a 95-minute drama that feels more like a western-style movie that a typical Bollywood formula of song, dance and romance.

Nov 24, 2010

Getting inside the head of film director Tim Burton

TORONTO (Reuters) – In a long career, director Tim Burton has distinguished himself as the top Hollywood director for things weird, wacky, macabre and beautiful with his films ranging from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Last year, New York’s Museum of Modern Art launched an exhibition covering the 52-year-old filmmaker’s career in art and movies, and it became an instant hit.