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Thursday, September 30, 2010 -

Ray Meagher On This Morning

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Friday, September 24, 2010 -

Summer Bay regular returns

TV Tonight can reveal another blast from the past is about to return to Home and Away.

The actor was a regular on the show a decade ago and returns to screens later this year.

Their return follows Emily Symons returning to Summer Bay as fan favourite Marilyn Chambers.

Hint: the character was a foster child…. that should narrow it down!

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Friday, September 24, 2010 -

Ritchie gets Aus-designed wedding dress

Kate Ritchie has had her wedding dress made by Steven Khalil, according to reports.

The 32-year-old actress, who is best known for her long-running role as Sally Fletcher in Australian soap Home and Away, is believed to be marrying rugby league star Stuart Webb in a private ceremony in Tasmania this weekend.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Ritchie has asked the Aussie gown designer to create a traditional dress for her, despite rumours that Australia's Next Top Model judge Alex Perry would be designing one.

Ritchie reportedly flew to Tasmania earlier this week, along with rumoured bridesmaid Bec Hewitt.

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Friday, September 24, 2010 -

New Hunk In Summer Bay

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Meet Dan Ewing, who will play ‘Heath Braxton’, part of a new family arriving in Home and Away later this year.

The actor is also the face of underwear line, recently causing a stir on the runway at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival when he took to the catwalk in his MensFit and a tool belt.

Ewing had a guest role in the Seven soap in 2007, where his character Reuben Humphries had a romance with Matilda Hunter.

He has also had roles in shows such as Rescue Special Ops, Power Rangers: RPM and the Claudia Karvan drama Spirited.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 -

'H&A' star enjoys "second honeymoon"

Ada Nicodemou and Chrys Xipolitas are enjoying a "second honeymoon", according to reports.

Nicodemou, who is best known for playing Leah Patterson-Baker in Home and Away, reconciled with restaurant owner Xipolitas in May this year after a month-long split.

A friend of the actress told Woman's Day magazine: "They spent Father's Day together with their families and seemed so in love with each other again."

Another source added: "At the moment they feel like honeymooners. But then things between them were never as bad as everyone tried to make out. The problems they had earlier this year were not so much to do with their marriage, as Chrys's mental state."

Sooner after their split, Xipolitas checked himself into a Sydney clinic because of his alleged battle with depression.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 -

Kate Ritchie to have secret wedding?

Kate Ritchie is believed to be getting married this weekend.

The 32-year-old Australian actress, who is best known for playing Sally Fletcher in Home and Away, has reportedly planned a private wedding to Stuart Webb at a homestead in Tasmania.

According to The Mercury, Ritchie has booked the ceremony and reception at Hagley's Quamby Estate near Launceston.

The couple got engaged in Italy last October.

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Monday, September 20, 2010 -

Jodi Gordon quick in her heels for boyfriend Braith Anasta


FROM fashion shows to football games, Jodi Gordon made a mad dash on Saturday night in the of name love. Sigh.
Sitting front row at the 30 Days Of Fashion And Beauty designer parade - featuring Willow and camilla & marc, to name a few - the glamour WAG made a beeline for a waiting cab as soon as the show finished, bound for the Roosters versus Penrith match at Sydney Football Stadium (although still managing to grab a goodie bag).
She made it just in time in to see her beau Braith Anasta score a try in the first half but paid the price - constricted in a very Victoria Beckham leather Scanlan and Theodore two-piece and towering Tony Bianco heels for the whole game.
No jersey?
"No time to change," she smiled. "My mum is saving my seat."

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Monday, September 20, 2010 -

Home and Away sex scene too raunchy for NZ



A steamy scene on the soapie Home and Away has been deemed too raunchy for New Zealand.

An industry watchdog has found the scene involving adult characters Martha and Liam in an episode that aired on March 24 breached broadcasting standards.

The program has a G rating and airs at 5.30pm.

In the scene, Liam, played by Axle Whitehead, and Martha, played by Jodi Gordon, were filmed kissing as he takes off her bathrobe, leaving her dressed in only her bra and pyjama bottoms. He then leans back on a table as she straddles him before being interrupted by another character.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority ruled the scene "raunchy and sexually charged" and inappropriate for a predominantly children's timeslot.

It concluded New Zealand's network TV3, which broadcasts the show, had shown "disregard" for its G classification and the television guidelines.

"In our view, the scene was raunchy and sexually charged and went well beyond the level of sexual activity that should be included in a G-rated programme," the BSA said.

It is the first time that a complaint about sexual content in Home and Away has been upheld.

TV3's broadcaster TVWorks argued that as long as references to sex did not go into any detail and visual portrayals were limited to kissing and other initial indicators such as the removal of a robe, child viewers would not be alarmed or distressed by such scenes.

It said that the program had screened in a timeslot that was not considered to be predominately children's viewing time on TV3.

TVWorks maintained children's viewing time on TV3 was between 3pm and 4.30pm on weekdays and that Home and Away was broadcast in a line-up of programs aimed at an older G audience.

However, the BSA did not accept that argument.

"There is no distinction between children of different ages within the G classification; all G programmes must be suitable for unaccompanied children of any age," the BSA said.

Children's normally accepted viewing times extended until 8.30pm.

The watchdog also pinged a scene in American comedy-drama series Hung which depicted oral sex, following a complaint likening it to "soft porn."

It found scene, in which a woman is shown to place her legs on the shoulders of the show's lead character, male prostitute Ray, was "prolonged, explicit and gratuitous, leaving nothing to the imagination and designed solely for the purpose of shocking and titillating the audience."

Lobby group Family First NZ said the welfare and protection of families had finally been put before the rights of broadcasters when it came to sexual and offensive content.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 -

Rebecca: It's complicated

Rebecca Breeds has revealed when she met her Romeo Luke Mitchell, it was love at first sight - but because the pair work together, they took things slowly.

The Home and Away beauty, who plays Ruby Buckton, confessed she was instantly smitten with 25-year-old hunk Luke, who plays Romeo Smith, but she made him wait six months before they started dating to be sure it would work at work.

Rebecca revealed in a web chat with fans on the Home and Away website: "We'd liked each other since the moment we met but waited a good six months to date so we could really build a friendship and be sure, because work makes everything a little complicated."

But the 23-year-old actress insists it was worth the wait.

She said: "Our first date was beautiful... it was very exciting. We went for lunch and to the beach."

Rebecca, lives with co-star Tessa James, who plays Nicole Franklin on the show.

Asked who she spends the most time with on set, she revealed: "It's a close call between my room mate Tessa and my boyfriend Luke."

She really is a smitten kitten...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 -

“Romeo” to visit Culcairn Show

Luke Mitchell, star of hit soap Home and Away, will make a special appearance at the Culcairn Show on Saturday 2 October 2010.

Luke, whose visit is being partly sponsored by Regional Express (REX) Airlines, plays the role of Romeo Smith and won a Logie for Most Popular New Talent.

He previously had roles in Neighbours and H2O: Just Add Water.

“We are delighted that Luke has accepted our invitation to attend this year’s show to meet with fans and help judge the junior show girl/show boy competition which will be held at 11.30am,” secretary of Culcairn Show Society, Rosie O’Keeffe said.

“We are hoping that Luke’s fans in this local area will be excited about the opportunity to meet him in Culcairn.”

The show girl and show boy competition includes 10 categories including baby, tiny tots, juniors and intermediate age groups and senior show girl which is over 14 years and below 18 years.

“There will be many other things to see and do on the day including a large range of new amusements, face painting, sideshows and show bags.”

Mrs O’Keeffe said that there will also be the Champion Dog Show, horse events, sheep, goats, poultry, sheaf tossing, and lucky spot prizes will be announced throughout the day’s events.

The pavilion displays will include art, photography, needlework, cooking, cut flowers and school work from Billabong High School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Culcairn Public School and Gerogery Public School.

Mrs O’Keeffe said schedules are now available and further information can be obtained by contacting Joan Wood on 6029 8285, Rosie O’Keeffe on 6029 8197 or email ros11e@hotmail.com.

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