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Actor David Fane has been suspended from his radio show in Australia after allegedly making homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks.
The New Zealand-born star is said to have made the offensive comments during his speech at a lunch in Auckland last week (begs21Jun10) and bosses at Flava 96.1Fm, where he hosts a daily show, are fuming.
They have suspended him for the remainder of this week (beg28Jun10) and he will remain off air into the following week (beg05Jul10) due to a previously planned holiday.
Fane has since apologised for his actions, saying, "They were dumb words - said by a dumb man. (It was a) stupid, stupid mistake." »
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Actor/comedian Rhys Darby ("Flight of the Conchords") and award-winning British actress Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky") have teamed for the bitter-sweet New Zealand romantic comedy "Love Birds" for Icon Entertainment International.
Darby plays an ordinary guy whose long-term girlfriend has just left him. When a shelduck (a native large goose-like duck) crash lands into his life, he's forced to nurse it back to health and sees the errors of his own approach to life. Hawkins plays a sassy animal specialist with whom he forms a romantic bond.
Bryan Brown, Emily Barclay, Craig Hall and Dave Fane also star. Paul Murphy directs from a script by Nick Ward who previously worked together on the highly successful "Second Hand Wedding". Matthew Metcalfe and Alan Harris ("Dean Spanley") will produce.
Filming kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday and will run through until mid-May. Icon will release the film in the UK, Australia »
- Garth Franklin
3 items from 2010
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