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31 July 2009

How TV's New Spartacus Will 'Bend' History

The following interview with Rob and Steven was posted on SciFi Wire 31 July 2009

We got a chance to chat with Rob Tapert and Steven DeKnight about their upcoming one-hour drama for Starz, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which stars Andy Whitfield and sci-fi icon Lucy Lawless in a retelling of the sword-and-sandals tale.

Tapert (Lawless' husband and producer of Xena: Warrior Princess) and DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) explained why they decided to "bend history," as DeKnight put it, for the new show.

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29 July 2009

Spartacus Episode Guide For Episodes 1 - 4 NO SPOILERS

The following episode titles and synospis is from the Official Starz Press Kit presented at the TCA Tour. Included in the kit is new promo images from the episodes. Those will be posted shortly.

The synopsis for each episode will be posted in the Episode Guide Section shortly for those keeping spoiler free.

Episode 101: "The Red Serpent"

Episode 102: "Sacramentum Gladiatorum"

Episode 103: "Legends"

Episode 104: "The Pits"







 

 

29 July 2009

2009 Comic Con Panel Photos by Janna


Janna has sent in some gorgeous photos of Lucy, Rob, Erin, Peter and Steven from the 2009 Comic Con Panel!



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26 July 2009

Comic Con Spartacus Panel Video Now Online

Added video of the Spartacus Panel at Comic Con which was filmed by Lori. Part 1 and 2 of the Spartacus Panel with Lucy, Rob, Peter Mensah, Stephen DeKnight and Erin Cummins.

Can also be viewed on the AUSXIP YouTube Channel

PART 1


PART 2

 




 

 

25 July 2009

Spartacus Comic Con News Round Up

The reports and articles are coming through...here's a list of articles:

Is anyone surprised that Lucy stole the show at Comic Con?

San Diego Entertainer Magazine - 24 July 2009

Lucy Lawless steals the show at "Spartacus" panel

We just got out of the panel for Starz' upcoming new series, Spartacus. They're making their presence known here this weekend, nabbing the lanyard rights and subsequently turning everyone with passes hanging from their necks into walking advertisements. Every question from the audience was to Lucy Lawless. With all the salivating males around, this is hardly surprising. The trailer was great, but, for most guys there, all they needed to know was that it was basically a show where Lucy gets naked.


LA Times Blog - 24 July 2009

Comic-Con: 'Spartacus' death toll 'like nothing you've seen'

"This will have a death toll like nothing you've seen on television before," vowed writer-producer Steven DeKnight of "Spartacus," Starz's new sword-and-sandals epic coming in January.

The premium channel unveiled the trailer during a Comic-Con panel today, and indeed the series looks gory. And full of naked bodies! Imagine the nudity of HBO's "Rome," the violence of "Gladiator" and the look of "300," and you'll have a good idea of what "Spartacus" is like.

It's "big fun back on the small screen," as star Lucy Lawless, the erstwhile Xena, told the crowd. And here's something you don't hear often from producers: The network wanted them to push the envelope even more. "There have been times when Starz has told us, push it a little further. We'll tell you when you cross the line," DeKnight said.

For all that, though, he added that the violence is more "operatic" rather than realistic. The nudity, meanwhile, forced Lawless to hit the gym. "I do have to work out," she said. "Being naked on-screen is no fun."



Beyond Hollywood - 24 July 2007


Comic-Con '09 Coverage, Featured, Spartacus: Blood and Sand TV Series, TV News, Videos -- By Nix on July 24, 2009

This was one of the panels at Comic-Con that I was most curious about. You've probably heard all the stories, since we've been covering the Starz show from Day 1. It's not supposed to be your father's Spartacus. Bloody violence, sex, nudity -- all that good stuff they couldn't have gotten away with if they were on network TV or syndication. And after having seen an extended trailer from the show at the Spartacus: Blood and Sand panel, I can safely say that Yes, I think they were right to make those promises. This really isn't my father's Spartacus, and oh hell yeah this thing has tons of bloody violence, nudity, and sex.

The panel was attended by castmembers Lucy Lawless (she plays Lucretia, the scheming wife (Lawless describes her as Lady MacBeth) of the guy who runs the Gladiator training facility known as the Ludus), Erin Cummings (she plays Sura, Spartacus' wife), Peter Mensah (Doctore, the gladiator's trainer), and executive producers Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight, also the show's writer.

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Channel Guide Magazine - 25 July 2009

Comic-Con, Day 3: Don't Mess With Spartacus
Posted on July 25th, 2009
By Stacey Harrison

Today's highlight was a sneak preview of the upcoming Starz gladiator epic, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Or, as you'll see as we get closer to the January premiere date, the TV version of 300. In describing the sex and violence quotient, the moderator said, "It's going to make Rome look like Full House."

Included on the panel were Lucy Lawless, who plays Lucretia, wife of the Spartacus' master; Erin Cummings, who plays Sura, Spartacus' long-suffering wife; Peter Mensah -- who was actually in 300, as the Persian messenger who gets kicked down that hole by Leonidas -- plays Doctore, the trainer of the gladiators; producer (and Lawless' hubby) Robert Tapert; and writer and producer Steven DeKnight, who looks more like a UFC promoter than a show runner. Spartacus himself was supposed to show up, but newcomer Andy Whitfield had to beg off due to the production schedule.

DeKnight says the story is far different from the one made famous in the 1960 Stanley Kubrick epic that starred Kirk Douglas. There is much more to the historical story of Spartacus than was told there. Yes, Spartacus led a slave revolution that nearly brought the Roman Empire to its knees, but what was his life like before. That is where Blood and Sand spends much of its 13-episode first season, making very good use of the relaxed standards that come with being on a premium network. "Starz told us, push it a little further," DeKnight said. "When you cross the line, we'll tell you."

Lawless said she will not get to make use of the fighting skills she learned during all those years on Xena: Warrior Princess. Instead, she spends a lot of time getting physical in a different way with the gladiators in her husband's stable. She is desperate to have a baby, and her husband, Batiatus (John Hannah), is unable to give her one, forcing her to look for help elsewhere. That aside, the couple does have a workable relationship, but their push for power drives them to become the Lady and Lord Macbeth of the piece. 


For more news - check out Comic Con Spartacus Panel News & Pics
 


 

 

25 July 2009

Spartacus Panel Photos Now Online

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Lori has reported in with some FABULOUS pictures from the panel. All of the pics are of Lucy, Rob and Erin. There are more to come. 18 photos have been posted.

Click here to view the images


 

 

24 July 2009

Lucy Lawless and the Cast of Spartacus Speak

The following article was posted on Ugo.com blog and is an interview with the Spartacus cast that attended the Comic Con panel.

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Hopefully by now you've seen the ridiculously awesome trailer for Starz' new action series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. This afternoon I got to sit down and talk with the infamous Lucy Lawless and some of the cast about the groundbreaking show.

Spartacus, produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge) and Steven DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), will focus on the life of the famous gladiator/slave that nearly brought down the Roman Empire. The show will deal with a lot of adult themes, along severe violence, like slavery and sexuality.

"It occured to us there was not an adult action series on premium cable," said Tapert.

Lawless plays Lucretia, a Roman noblewoman who co-owns the Gladiator school where Spartacus, played by Andy Whitfield, is trained and fights "I play a bad girl, I know you're all shocked by that," said the fantasy-veteran Lawless.

Lawless promises that Spartacus will be a very unique experience - "I must say this whole show is really challenging. The acting, the content, it's challeneging for the audience. Every episode you're going to see something that makes you go, 'OH MY GOD, I've never seen that on TV.'"

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News submitted by Barbara Davies

 

 

24 July 2009

Behind The Scenes Production Video and Interviews

The official Spartacus site has released a Behind The Scenes productiaon video and interviews with Steven DeKnight (writer and exec producer), Rob Tapert, Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), Andy Whitfield (Spartacus), Craig Parker (Glaber) John Hannah (Batiatus), Manu Bennett (Crixus) and Viva Bianca (Ilithya)

 

It's quite a cool look behind the scenes.

 





 


 

 

24 July 2009

Official Spartacus Trailer Promo Released

Holy Moly this is incredible! Absofrigginlutely incredible. I was excited about the show before I saw visuals and now that I've seen the visuals, WOW. I LOVED the movie 300 and anything that is set in Rome or Greece and this looks to be on par with that and beyond. Lucy looks AMAZING. Andy looks INCREDIBLE! Rob has created another gem!

Watch the trailer



 

 

24 July 2009

Comic Con Spartacus Panel News & Pics

Here they come - Pictures, Video and Reports from the Spartacus Panel!

Pictures

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Lori has reported in with some FABULOUS pictures from the panel. All of the pics are of Lucy, Rob and Erin. There are more to come. 18 photos have been posted.

Click here to view the images



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Lucy visited Ausiello (from TV Guide) and
"A Comic-Con veteran just dropped in and gave me the best interview ever "

Click here for the larger scan


There are two pics of Lucy currently on the web of her out and about at Comic Con and looking absolutely fabulous!
Twitter Pic #1  |  Twitter Pic #2


Reports

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The reports and articles are coming through...here's a list of articles:

Is anyone surprised that Lucy stole the show at Comic Con?

San Diego Entertainer Magazine - 24 July 2009

Lucy Lawless steals the show at "Spartacus" panel

We just got out of the panel for Starz' upcoming new series, Spartacus. They're making their presence known here this weekend, nabbing the lanyard rights and subsequently turning everyone with passes hanging from their necks into walking advertisements. Every question from the audience was to Lucy Lawless. With all the salivating males around, this is hardly surprising. The trailer was great, but, for most guys there, all they needed to know was that it was basically a show where Lucy gets naked.


LA Times Blog - 24 July 2009

Comic-Con: 'Spartacus' death toll 'like nothing you've seen'

"This will have a death toll like nothing you've seen on television before," vowed writer-producer Steven DeKnight of "Spartacus," Starz's new sword-and-sandals epic coming in January.

The premium channel unveiled the trailer during a Comic-Con panel today, and indeed the series looks gory. And full of naked bodies! Imagine the nudity of HBO's "Rome," the violence of "Gladiator" and the look of "300," and you'll have a good idea of what "Spartacus" is like.

It's "big fun back on the small screen," as star Lucy Lawless, the erstwhile Xena, told the crowd. And here's something you don't hear often from producers: The network wanted them to push the envelope even more. "There have been times when Starz has told us, push it a little further. We'll tell you when you cross the line," DeKnight said.

For all that, though, he added that the violence is more "operatic" rather than realistic. The nudity, meanwhile, forced Lawless to hit the gym. "I do have to work out," she said. "Being naked on-screen is no fun."



Beyond Hollywood - 24 July 2007


Comic-Con '09 Coverage, Featured, Spartacus: Blood and Sand TV Series, TV News, Videos -- By Nix on July 24, 2009

This was one of the panels at Comic-Con that I was most curious about. You've probably heard all the stories, since we've been covering the Starz show from Day 1. It's not supposed to be your father's Spartacus. Bloody violence, sex, nudity -- all that good stuff they couldn't have gotten away with if they were on network TV or syndication. And after having seen an extended trailer from the show at the Spartacus: Blood and Sand panel, I can safely say that Yes, I think they were right to make those promises. This really isn't my father's Spartacus, and oh hell yeah this thing has tons of bloody violence, nudity, and sex.

The panel was attended by castmembers Lucy Lawless (she plays Lucretia, the scheming wife (Lawless describes her as Lady MacBeth) of the guy who runs the Gladiator training facility known as the Ludus), Erin Cummings (she plays Sura, Spartacus' wife), Peter Mensah (Doctore, the gladiator's trainer), and executive producers Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight, also the show's writer.

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Channel Guide Magazine - 25 July 2009

Comic-Con, Day 3: Don't Mess With Spartacus
Posted on July 25th, 2009
By Stacey Harrison

Today's highlight was a sneak preview of the upcoming Starz gladiator epic, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Or, as you'll see as we get closer to the January premiere date, the TV version of 300. In describing the sex and violence quotient, the moderator said, "It's going to make Rome look like Full House."

Included on the panel were Lucy Lawless, who plays Lucretia, wife of the Spartacus' master; Erin Cummings, who plays Sura, Spartacus' long-suffering wife; Peter Mensah -- who was actually in 300, as the Persian messenger who gets kicked down that hole by Leonidas -- plays Doctore, the trainer of the gladiators; producer (and Lawless' hubby) Robert Tapert; and writer and producer Steven DeKnight, who looks more like a UFC promoter than a show runner. Spartacus himself was supposed to show up, but newcomer Andy Whitfield had to beg off due to the production schedule.

DeKnight says the story is far different from the one made famous in the 1960 Stanley Kubrick epic that starred Kirk Douglas. There is much more to the historical story of Spartacus than was told there. Yes, Spartacus led a slave revolution that nearly brought the Roman Empire to its knees, but what was his life like before. That is where Blood and Sand spends much of its 13-episode first season, making very good use of the relaxed standards that come with being on a premium network. "Starz told us, push it a little further," DeKnight said. "When you cross the line, we'll tell you."

Lawless said she will not get to make use of the fighting skills she learned during all those years on Xena: Warrior Princess. Instead, she spends a lot of time getting physical in a different way with the gladiators in her husband's stable. She is desperate to have a baby, and her husband, Batiatus (John Hannah), is unable to give her one, forcing her to look for help elsewhere. That aside, the couple does have a workable relationship, but their push for power drives them to become the Lady and Lord Macbeth of the piece. 


For more news - check out Comic Con Spartacus Panel News & Pics
 



Report from Annie:

The footage looks AMAZING!!! Lots of nekkid bodies, male and female, gory fights with a visual style similar to 300. Lucy and Rob's nameplates were reversed-there was a humorous moment when Lucy covertly switched them to their proper place amongst audience giggles. Lucy said she has no fighting but has to work out for the revealing scenes. ;-) When a fan asked Lucy for her nameplate, she heaved a mock annoyed sigh and threw it off the stage to the guy-was hilarious!

Photos from Annie and Lori will be added to the the AUSXIP Spartacus Galleries
Only a couple of photos from Annie - more will be coming soon

From Natali Del Conte's site: "I am a correspondent for The CBS Early Show and WCBS and a host on CNET TV. My daily newscast on CNET TV is called Loaded and I am a co-host of the daily podcast Buzz Out Loud."

She tweeted: natalidelconte: "Feel like an entertainment reporter. Interviews with Terri Hatcher, Danny DeVito, Lucy Lawless, and Big Bang Theory cast."



Panel photo by http://www.yfrog.com/froggy.php?username=Scorpio_Sky
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TeelaJBrown tweets:
Lucy Lawless: "I am not playing a role model"

lifeonqueen tweets: Not surprisingly, Lucy Lawless is pratically the only one getting questions. #spartacus

TeelaJBrown: blurry lucy lawless (sorry) #sdcc http://sml.vg/rwcZeP

kphipps3000: Watching a panel for SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. Lucy Lawless should have more roles with her natural accent.

lifeonqueen: Lucy Lawless gets the biggest laugh when asked about preparations for the role: "No, darling, I've been evil for years." #SPARTACUS #sdcc

lifeonqueen: I know lots of people who are going to be trilled that Lucy Lawless has just announced she's going to be naked onscreen in SPARTACUS #sdcc

gpcrush: Spartacus looks hot! its Rome, 300 and Gladiator mixed n2 one. Lucy Lawless looks gorgeous & regal. love her! #fb

mvrivero: @ewausiellofiles http://twitpic.com/bgzgb - OMG!!! Lucy Lawless is sooooooooooo GORGEOUS!!! what a lucky guy!!!






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23 July 2009

AUSXIP Spartacus Image Galleries Now Online

With the flurry of PR for the show in full swing, I've added an images section with the latest PR photos officially released by Starz. AUSXIP has been added as a media outlet for these images. All images are copyrighted to Starz.

All these images have inspired my muse to get creative. There is a new banner on the site and I've added a slighter bigger version of this banner to the new Artwork section in the image galleries.

I've also added  pics that were sent to me from Annie who is at Comic Con - the magazine PR from the comic con program guide will be replaced with a full size scan once the troops come home.

So far the galleries are:

Promo Images


MaryD Artwork

Magazine Promos





 

 

23 July 2009

Spartacus Premiere Date - 21 January 2010 10 pm

lucretia.jpgThe date for the premiere of Spartacus Blood and Sand is scheduled for 21 January 2010 at 10 pm on Starz channel. The countdown has started.

Now this is seriously cool news that we will be having Lucy on a weekly show again AND it promises to be wonderful if the show is anything like the PR.

If you are in the US and haven't got the Starz channel, you have a few months yet to subscribe (and hopefully the show will be added to Itunes and Hulu and other places).


 

 

22 July 2009

Spartacus Promo Trading Cards and More on Official Site

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The official Spartacus site has been updated with the goodies that will be available to those going to Comic Con. This site is just gorgeous. Love a beautifully designed site.


First look at Spartacus, Lucretia and the rest of the characters. Looks absolutely AWESOME!



Click here to view all the cards


Other Downloads - Wallpapers

Other goodies like Widgets





 

 

22 July 2009

Spartacus Promo Pic from Comic Con Programe Book

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Lori and Annie, AUSXIP's reporters at Comic Con has sent in a scan (well an iphone pic for the moment until the full scan can be uploaded) of a promo that appears in the Comic Con program book!

Here's the first promo pic of Spartacus with a very familiar catch cry of KILL THEM ALL. Now where have we heard that before? <g>

Click on the image for the larger version.




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22 July 2009

Official Spartacus Twitter Follow Spartacus Starz

The following was posted on the Official Spartacus Twitter account

Follow us @spartacus_starz DM us and we'll send you the trailer and add you to receive future Spartacus info and exclusives. #SDCC


 

 

22 July 2009

Joseph LoDuca To Score Spartacus

Joe LoDuca, very well known to Xena fans for his work on Xena Warrior Princess is now on board in another Rob Tapert project. The blog UpcomingFilmScores reports the following

Joseph LoDuca: Spartacus (tv)

Joseph LoDuca, who just received an Emmy nomination for his Legend of the Seeker music, continues his long-time working relationship with producers Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi. He is going to score their next television project, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, for Starz Media. Starring Andy Whitfield in the title role and featuring John Hannah and Lucy Lawless, the fantasy action series will debut on the small screen early next year. Joseph LoDuca's history with Raimi/Tapert goes back to the 1980s and the Evil Dead trilogy. His other feature film credits include Brotherhood of the Wolf, Boogeyman and The Messengers.
Written by Mikael Carlsson at 1:42 PM

News submitted by Barbara Davies


 

 

21 July 2009

Spartacus Episode Guide Update

The Internet Movie Database Spartacus page has been updated with episode credits for cast, production (writer/director) for the first 10 episodes.

Ep: 01 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 02 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 03 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 04 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 05 Cast/Director/Writer Credits
   
Ep: 06 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 07 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 08 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 09 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 
   
Ep: 10 Cast/Director/Writer Credits 


 

 

15 July 2009

Official Spartacus Blood and Sand Site Now Online

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The official Starz Spartacus Blood and Sand site is now live. It doesn't have much on it as yet other than brief description of the show and where you can follow news about the show:
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