Add Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin to the pantheon of adventure heroes immortalized as action figures. In honor of the late Irwin’s dedication to nature conservation and education and his love of animals, Wild Republic, the nature brand of K&M International, has teamed up with the Irwin family and the Australia Zoo to bring a new line of toys to the USA. Among the line’s 39 products: an Irwin figure ($22) that spouts Steve’s trademark phrases — "Crikey!" among them, no doubt — play sets and plush toys. They will be unveiled at the International Toy Fair Feb. 11-14 in New York. Bindi Irwin, 8, was filming a new series for the Discovery Channel, co-starring her father, at the time of his death. Irwin, 44, died Sept. 4 in Port Douglas, Queensland, after a stingray pierced his heart. "We all know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did," Bindi Irwin said in a statement. "Now it’s our turn to help him."
Russell Crowe wants to play Steve Irwin in a film based on the life of the ‘Crocodile Hunter’. The Oscar-winning AView the profile for Cameron Diaz on Celebrity Spotlightustralian actor – who has repeatedly spoken of his affection for friend Steve after he was tragically killed, aged just 44, by a stingray – is in talks with Universal Studios about making a biopic. Crowe, 42, is desperate to make the movie as he feels it would be a fitting tribute to the wildlife expert’s life. An insider told In Touch Weekly magazine: "It’s not about money for Russell – it’s about honouring his friend. "Steve once told Russell that he wanted him to play him in a movie version of his life."
ANIMAL Planet will air "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin’s memorial service Tuesday night. Irwin, who singlehandedly put Animal Planet on the map, was killed Sept. 4 when he was attacked by a stingray while filming a documentary. The service, being held at Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah, will air exclusively on Animal Planet Tuesday from 9 to 10 p.m. It will be a same-day telecast (with a two-hour delay). Irwin’s family members and his longtime friend/producer, John Stainton, are expected to speak. Irwin left behind wife Terri and children Bindi, 8, and Bob, 2.