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The news that the singer and philanthropist, Wyclef Jean, is contemplating a run for the Haitian presidency prompts thoughts about those from the world of entertainment who attempt to cross over into the realm of politics. The record is a mixed one. Ronald Reagan did well. And Arnold Schwarzenegger made it to the governor's mansion in California. Clint Eastwood had a brief spell as a Californian town mayor in the 1980s, but soon (thankfully) returned to films. Jerry Springer went the other way, becoming a talk show host after being a politician in Cincinnati. Here in Britain, we have Glenda Jackson in the House of Commons. The former AC Milan striker and world footballer of the year, George Weah, has been active in Liberian politics, but missed out in the 2005 presidential elections.

Royal Opera to stage Anna Nicole story

The former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith will become the latest operatic heroine to meet a tragic end at the Royal Opera House when the musical version of her life story opens there on 17 February next year.

Baron Cohen skit pulled as Oscars plays it safe

Organisers cancel sketch to protect James Cameron

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Like many an ambitious Briton, Jeremy Kyle is going to have a crack at America. The ITV daytime host and his production company will attempt to take his brand of "confrontation television" across the Atlantic.

Kyle heads to US with 'human form of bear baiting'

It was once described by a British judge as a “human form of bear baiting” due to its toxic combination of lie-detector tests, seething family feuds and an irascible presenter seemingly intent on causing trouble.

Jeremy Kyle Show to go Stateside

Controversial daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle is to take his show to the US, it was announced today.

The fall and fightback of Wills the Jerry Springer opera singer

With its cast of dancing Klu Klux Klan members and its unashamedly irreverent take on Christianity, Jerry Springer: The Opera was one of the most successful and controversial musicals to hit the West End in the past 10 years.

Lie detector expert fibbed over speed ticket

A TV lie detector expert was given a suspended prison sentence today after he was caught out lying to police over a speeding ticket.

A-Team: The Musical, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a production company in search of an audience at the Fringe need only find a pop culture phenomenon, add the words "the musical" and the queues will begin to snake around the block.

Pandora: Hot Shot Shahid relinquishes his title

Pandora has lost track of Shahid Malik's comings and goings in recent weeks, what with his resigning as a minister over expenses, only to return to the Government a week later and then become the subject of an investigation by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

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