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24 April 2009

New Rob Interview - Gay Characters on Spartacus

Brent from the TorchOnline.com has another interview with Rob and this time it centers on Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Sex and Violence on "Spartacus" Will Be Unlike Anything on TV by Brent Hartinger

The first episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, a new series starring Lucy Lawless that tells the story of the legendary rebel Roman slave, finished shooting this week in New Zealand, and those involved say it includes graphic sex and violence unlike anything ever seen on television.

"[The network] has given us quite a bit of rope with which to hang ourselves," says Rob Tapert, the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess who is executive producing along with Joshua Donen and Spiderman's Sam Raimi. "It's unlike anything we've done before, because it is very hard and very explicit. It's harder than 300," he says, referring to Zack Synder's explicit 2006 movie adaptation of the graphic novel.

Rob also says that the show will have gay characters (male and female).

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21 April 2009

Official Spartacus Forum

Starz Entertainment has created an official forum for Spartacus. Not much going on at the moment, just an official press release about the casting. You can subscribe and join in the fun when the show starts in 2010.

SPARTACUS - The deafening roar of the crowd. A piercing thrust of the sword. Destined for great unfortunate things.

Click here to go to the Official Forum

Many thanks to Adi and Lara for the news



11 April 2009

Andy and Erin At Star Trek Auckland Premiere

Star Trek Premiere In Auckland

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 09: Actors Andy Whitfield and Erin Cummings of 'Spartacus' arrive on the red carpet for the Premier of 'Star Trek' at Sky City Cinemas on April 9, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images):

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News contributed by Barbara Davies



6 April 2009

Gladiator's attack on Hollywood - Taranaki Daily News

From Taranaki Daily News - 6 April 2009

His character is a doomed gladiator called Kerza and Hawera-born actor Karl Drinkwater is using him to make it in Hollywood.

Spartacus is the latest mythical action TV show to be filmed in New Zealand, following in the footsteps of the hugely popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess productions of the 1990s.

It is loosely based on the story of Spartacus, the Thracian man who supposedly led a slave revolt against the toga-wearing Romans about 100BC.

The production will bring New Zealand's favourite action woman Lucy Lawless back to the screen and this time Drinkwater too, a Taranaki lad now based in Auckland.

For Drinkwater the involvement in the big budget American production is a chance to take his career to the international stage.



5 April 2009

Lucy Going Back to Old Times - Chicago Tribune

Xena's Newest Mission - Chicago Tribune 5 April 2009

Lucy Lawless Going Back to Old Times in "Spartacus" - Article about Lucy's involvement in the show and the role she has been cast in.

Added scan of the article.

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