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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand court ruled on Hilary Swank’s appeal of a $150 fine for bringing fruit into the country and the decision was sent to the actress in a letter, a court spokeswoman said.Swank was fined on Jan. 15 after she failed to declare an apple and an orange in her handbag when she arrived at Auckland International Airport.A court reviewed Swank’s case in private Friday after she wrote a letter defending her actions and appealing the fine. The court spokeswoman said it wouldn’t be fair to publicize the decision before Swank had received it.Thousands of visitors arriving in New Zealand are slapped with on-the-spot fines each year for not declaring agricultural products such as fruit. Few contest the fines.Jerry Springer to host daytime talk showLONDON – Jerry Springer will host a daytime talk show on British television for a monthlong run in May or June.The morning show will fill the slot vacated by “Trisha,” a long-running talk show, commercial network ITV said Thursday.ITV said the new show would be tamer than Springer’s U.S. program, famous for its raucous audiences and raunchy topics such as “Pregnant by a Transsexual” and “I Married a Horse.””British audiences are probably not quite as excitable as Americans so I don’t think there will be fights breaking out – although you never can tell,” a spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.Ashley Judd to become newspaper columnistNEW YORK – March Madness has led Ashley Judd to a new role – guest newspaper columnist.The 36-year-old actress – and rabid University of Kentucky fan – is writing a column for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., during the NCAA tournament.”She knows the game,” Mike Johnson, deputy managing editor of the Herald-Leader said Thursday. “Everybody knows or understands that she’s a big Kentucky fan. She often comes to Lexington for games. It’s not unusual for her to attend the NCAA tournament games.”‘Buffy’ creator to write, direct ‘Wonder Woman’ movieNEW YORK – Joss Whedon, creator of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, has been signed by Silver Pictures to write and direct the “Wonder Woman” movie, based on the DC Comics character.”We are excited about working with Joss,” Jeff Robinov, president of production, Warner Bros. Pictures, said. “His work on ‘Buffy’ makes him uniquely qualified to handle the Wonder Woman character.”Whedon described Wonder Woman as “the most iconic female heroine of our time.”Stone Roses former singer detained for alleged attackSAN FRANCISCO – Ian Brown, former singer for the Stone Roses, was briefly detained for allegedly attacking a fan who jumped onstage during a concert and beating a bouncer who intervened, police said. Brown, 42, was released after questioning Tuesday night and won’t be charged, police said.An unidentified man climbed onto the stage and attacked Brown, who joined his bandmates in beating and kicking the man, witnesses said. Security guards dragged the man from the stage, but the singer and band members continued attacking him, witnesses said.


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