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The Highest-Grossing Actress Of The Decade Is…

If you’d asked me to guess which actress’s films grossed the most in the 2000s, my first thoughts would have been Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock or someone like that. Nope, that award would go to Emma Watson. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Emma, who has been working pretty steadily for nine years (nearly half of her life), is the highest-grossing actress of the decade. Good for her, I say, but honestly, this news really snuck up on me, even though a Forbes Magazine article placed Emma sixth on its list of the “10 Most Valuable Young Stars” earlier this year. Sure, she’s been in all six top box-office “Harry Potter” films, but somehow, it didn’t occur to me that Emma’s role as Hermione, along with her work in “The Tale of Despereaux,” had grossed $5.4 billion so far. In 2008, her films were said to have grossed nearly $754 million each, on average, beating Keira Knightley and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
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The Number Of Homeless Female Veterans Is On The Rise

Look, I know ’tis the season to be jolly, but downer alert: The huge increase in the number of women who’ve enlisted to serve our country has an alarming flip side. The number of female homeless veterans has doubled over the past decade. It’s now estimated that 6,500 ex-service women are out on the street. Many of these women have mental health issues or substance abuse problems, and a lot of them have a childhood history of sexual trauma, or experienced it during military service. Services for these national heroines are dwindling, and younger female veterans are showing up in apparently record numbers at veterans affairs (VA) hospital, too. Homeless female veterans are often younger than their male counterparts and more likely to bring children with them, if they lose their homes. Keep reading »

The Globes Deem These Actors Doubly Deserving

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Meryl Streep has had a busy year, and it’s paying off. The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning, and I, for one, was stoked to see the incomparable Meryl get two nominations in the category of Best Musical Or Comedy Actress. Her name’s been thrown in the ring for her role as Julia Child in “Julie and Julia” and again for playing a woman sneaking around with her ex-husband in “It’s Complicated.” This obviously doubles her chances of winning, at least mathematically — unless all the votes for her are split between the two roles. What do you think? Do you feel bad for her fellow nominees? I wonder if being nominated twice might mean you won’t win at all. [Radar]

After the jump, let’s look at some more stars who have been double-nominated…

10 Celebrities Who Love World Of Warcraft

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12 Stars Who’ve Been Extorted

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Poor John Stamos. He’s the latest to be the target of an extortion scheme, although, according to his publicist, the blackmailers had nothing to leverage except pictures of John posing with fans. John’s spokesperson, Matt Polk, said, “Since this is a pending federal criminal prosecution, John is not at liberty to discuss the matter at this time.” So I’m not sure we can expect that to get cleared up anytime soon. [CNN]

John seems to be in good company. As the famous and fabulous family of extortion targets moves over to make room for their new member, let’s look back at some recent cases of celebrities in the same boat. Maybe these folks could give John some advice from experience?

The Best Rock Star Abs

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Thank you, Men’s Fitness, for doing a story on the best rock star abs of all time. This makes for delicious lunchtime reading. They hit some great sets of abs—Iggy Pop, Prince, Anthony Kiedis, Dave Navarro, and Josh Homme. But, uh, why stop there? After the jump, let’s look at 10 more rock stars with amazing and rarely covered stomachs. And no, we won’t forget the ladies. [Men's Fitness]
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