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14:49 UK time, Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Tyler who? may be an appropriate response to finding out the highest paid man in entertainment is Tyler Perry. That's because, as a popular Forbes article explains, Tyler Perry is not instantly recognisable given he usually plays a character in drag. He has managed to make $130m (£82.2m) between May 2010 and May 2011. Perry has got to the top of the Forbes list by directing and producing his films as well as acting. In the last two years he's made five films and two TV series. As the magazine explains, he "caters to an audience that traditional Hollywood has struggled to reach with movies about African-American families".

What happens to an ex-president who pledges not to make any money out of their presidency? Carole Cadwalladrs finds out in the Guardian's most-read article that it means, many, many years later, living in a very small house - albeit with a team of secret service agents at the end of the drive. That's what she discovered when she went to visit Jimmy Carter at his home. "Inside, there's no hallway, just a patch of carpet separating a small dining room from a tiny sitting room. Then, all of a sudden, there's Jimmy."

And perhaps you couldn't get a further route after presidency from Jimmy Carter than Vladamir Putin. Atlantic readers are drawn to an article casting the now Russian prime minister as an action man. The article shows that since Putin finished his time as president and became prime minister, he's managed to pack in many expeditions, from holding a tiger's head to horse riding shirtless. But the most bizarre must be his attempt to bend a frying pan with his bare hands.

Independent readers are drawn to Tom Peck's experience inside the world's biggest weapons fair. He comes across an interesting way of marketing drones - or as the company selling them prefers to call them - unmanned aircraft systems. Peck explains "they can be used to target 'ships, tanks, or terrorists', yet the promotional poster shows an unmanned aircraft flying above Wembley Stadium". This, he thinks, is "perhaps an extreme solution to the England football team's recent difficulties."

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