November 17, 2011

Spartacus Vengeance Canadian Debut Date

Of particular importance to me readers, Spartacus Vengeance debuts January 29 2012 in Canada:

(November 17, 2011 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Spartacus: Vengeance, the third installment of Starz’s action-adventure original drama series about the Roman Republic’s most famous rebel. The 12-part season debuts Sunday, January 29 on Movie Central at 9 p.m. PT and on The Movie Network at 10 p.m. ET. read press release

November 16, 2011

New Trailer Coming Soon

Saw this tweet today readers:

 Steven DeKnight 
Coming soon... RT    We need another trailer damn it!!
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November 7, 2011

Starz Renews Spartacus For Season Three

Great news readers:

Gladiators Return to STARZ in 2012
"Spartacus" Renewed For Season Three
Green Light Comes Months Prior to "Spartacus: Vengeance" Premiere
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The most celebrated STARZ Originals franchise,"Spartacus," will continue to wow audiences worldwide with a renewal secured for a thrilling and bloody third season. The green light comes well in advance of "Spartacus: Vengeance," which will debut exclusively on STARZ - Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10PM ET/PT.
As yet untitled, production on the third season of "Spartacus" is expected to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.
Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik commented, "There is no denying the impact 'Spartacus' has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. 'Vengeance' brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three."
"Many surprises are in store for 'Vengeance' viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series," said Rob Tapert, executive producer. "It's incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide."
"The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans," added Steven S. DeKnight, executive producer.
The most recent chapter of "Spartacus" was the prequel, "Gods of the Arena," which ran in January 2011 and averaged an estimated 6.2 million total viewers per episode across all linear channels and on-demand viewing.
Australian actor Liam McIntyre (Ektopos, Radev, "Neighbours," "The Pacific") assumes the title role of Spartacus in "Vengeance."  McIntyre is joined by returning favorites: Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica") as Lucretia; Peter Mensah (Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore; Manu Bennett (The Marine, 30 Days of Night), as Crixus;Dustin Clare ("Underbelly," "Satisfaction") as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay ("Crash," "CSI: Miami") as Ashur; and Katrina Law ("Third Watch") as Mira.
Season two also brings the return of "Blood and Sand" cast members, Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Claudius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca (Accidents Happen). Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson ("Dirt") joins the series as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.
Premiering exclusively on STARZ, "Spartacus: Vengeance" is produced by executive producers Rob Tapert (The Grudge, "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"), Steven S. DeKnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead). "Spartacus" is distributed internationally by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution.
About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that content, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media ( is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).
About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 19 million and 32.9 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands.  Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).

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November 6, 2011

Spartacus Vengeance Character Descriptions

Here are some updated character descriptions that are at The Starz Pressroom → Character Descriptions PDF:
SPARTACUS(Liam McIntyre) From his distant days as a Thracian warrior fighting for Rome to his time as the slave who became the champion gladiator of Capua, Spartacus is now the unlikely but fated leader of one of history’s first revolts for freedom.  With his nemesis Gaius Claudius Glaber dispatched from Rome to hunt him down, Spartacus fights to keep the bonds of his fractured band of former gladiators and slaves from fraying.  To do this, he must strike a balance between the rigorous sacrifices required of a leader of a just cause and his personal thirst for bloody vengeance against the Romans who robbed him of his former life. 
CRIXUS(Manu Bennett) Crixus is the former champion gladiator deposed by Spartacus who at a crucial moment came to his rival’s aid and facilitated the escape from Batiatus’s ludus.  Crixus is looked up to by his fellow Gauls and is thus a crucial figure in Spartacus’ attempts to hold together the ethnically diverse group of rebels he commands.  But Crixus burns for no higher cause than finding his lost love Naevia.  If he can’t find and save the woman that was taken from him he’ll lose his reason for living and the rebellion will lose one of its fiercest fighter
OENOMAUS(Peter Mensah) The man once known as Doctore and proud of the mantle, Oenomaus is no longer a trainer of gladiators but a man now searching for his place in the world.  Bereft of a wife and an occupation, he finds himself caught in the middle between his former loyalties to the Roman way of things and the rebellion against that way by the men he used to command.  Oenomaus is a man with nothing left to lose whose ferocious talent for fighting and teaching could potentially be a powerful gain for Spartacus’ cause.
GANNICUS(Dustin Clare) Gannicus is the former champion of Capua in the time before Spartacus, whose freedom was earned not by rebellion but by victory in the arena.  Though free, he has been shorn of the gladiatorial glory that was once his and is now a rogue wanderer haunted by the guilt he feels for betraying his best friend Oenomaus and the death of Melitta.  Gannicus seeks to atone for his mistakes but betrayals are not easily forgiven in the midst of rebellion and vengeance.
LUCRETIA(Lucy Lawless) Lucretia is the Roman widow found alive in her ruined villa, having survived the bloody gladiator revolt that took the life of her husband, the gladiator owner Batiatus.  The traumatic devastation that was visited upon her has upended her world and her mind struggles to adjust to a new reality.  Where once she and her husband maneuvered to ascend the social ranks of the Roman hierarchy, Lucretia is now left alone to hang on and merely survive. 
GLABER(Craig Parker) Gaius Claudius Glaber is the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus and his wife to slavery.  Now holding the high rank of praetor within the senate, Glaber must hunt down his former prisoner to put an end to the budding rebellion, to defuse the threat to the Republic and fend off the political rivals that stand to outmaneuver him.  It’s an objective he’d rather not leave Rome to carry out but if he can successfully put his capacity for ruthlessness and hatred for Spartacus to work he might win the glory and fame he’s always craved.
MIRA(Katrina Law) Mira is a freed slave who played a vital part in helping Spartacus plot and execute the escape from Batiatus’ ludus and thus helped to trigger the uprising that now grows in strength.  Mira is profoundly dedicated to Spartacus and the larger cause that inflames them both, proving herself a fierce champion for freedom and justice for those they fight alongside and those yet to be liberated.  She is deeply devoted to the cause, and even more so to Spartacus himself.
ASHUR(Nick E. Tarabay) With his master Batiatus dead, the ever devious Ashur seeks a powerful new patron who will appreciate his cunning gifts.  He offers the experience gained from his years among the gladiators before they escaped from the House of Batiatus, which makes him an essential link between the mutinous Spartacus and the powerful Romans who seek his destruction.  Beholden only to his own desire for enrichment and power, Ashur reveals a new layer of treachery that any who cross him will have to contend with.
ILITHYIA(Viva Bianca) Ilithyia is the alluring and cunning wife of Glaber. Wanting nothing more than a life of comfort and upward mobility in Rome, she is dismayed to be bound to her husband’s unfortunate burden of extinguishing the rebellion in Capua. Returning to the city where she witnessed, and caused, so much bloody intrigue threatens to destroy the standing she has long thought rightfully hers. 
NAEVIA(Cynthia Addai-Robinson) Naevia is the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus. She represents all that Crixus still lives for, driving him to fight alongside Spartacus in mutiny against Rome in the hopes of one day finding her. Crixus longs to see her still alive, to rescue her from exile and be reunited in love and freedom. 
AGRON(Dan Feuerriegel) A fierce warrior trained in the deadly arts of a gladiator. His loyalty to Spartacus and the rebellion is driven by his own need for vengeance for the death that befell his brother in the escape from Batiatus’ ludus. His volatility and quick temper stokes the antagonism that already exists between himself and Crixus. 
VARINIUS(Brett Tucker) Varinius is the other high ranking praetor in the Roman Senate whose power and influence rivals Glaber’s own. Varinius uses the disruption caused by Spartacus’ forces in Capua to attempt to outmaneuver Glaber and win the favor of the Republic. He understands all too well the threat that Spartacus represents and the glory that will come to the man who defeats him. 
SEPPIUS(Tom Hobbs) Seppius is a young, headstrong Roman who leads his own band of mercenaries in the hunt to destroy Spartacus and his fledgling army. Seppius stubbornly refuses to cooperate with Glaber upon his arrival in Capua, establishing a tense competition to secure the honor that will come to the man who finds Spartacus first. Though severe in method and ruthless in character, Seppius will find that it is no small task to spurn the power of Rome. 
SEPPIA(Hanna Mangan) Seppia is the fetching younger sister of Seppius who longs to ply her flirtatious charms on the elite Roman men that have come to Capua to pursue Spartacus. Her apparent carefree attitude sets her apart from her dour, disapproving brother but she shares with him a stubborn desire to have her way. Seppia will find, however, that she may lack the experience needed in matters of power and persuasion to satisfy her desires in the midst of the bloody affairs playing out in Capua.

Series Description
On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in "Spartacus: Vengeance."  Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage.  Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.  Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.

November 5, 2011

No, Lucy Was Not Arrested At The Occupy Oakland Protest

That was a a hoax that started at Twitter Wednesday night. I was there, and saw the first tweet that started it all.

AolTV Cleared Up The Rumor
Lucy Lawless Was NOT Arrested at Occupy Oakland
Fear not loyal Xenites, Lucy Lawless was not arrested at the Occupy Oakland demonstrations.

Rumors hit the web that Lawless, more

Lucy then pulled a fast one, essentially taking over the hoax. She out-hoaxed the hoaxers! =)) Clever gal! She took some Nick Nolte-like "mugshots" of herself as a joke. You can see them at Ausxip

Plus Sharon tweeted these:

 Sharon Delaney 
 by Klippart
From Lucy Lawless-The story is that I got arrested 4 throwing my shoe at a policeman & crowd was chanting free Xena!

 Sharon Delaney 
 by Klippart
From Lucy Lawless-Our official response was "No Comment! (...but Lucy says if anyone finds her shoe, could they please return it?)"

Plus sent one to Michael Ausiello:
EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Lawless was NOT arrested at Occupy Oakland, and she just sent me this photo as proof. (She also asks that if anyone finds her shoe, could they please return it?)
Michael Ausiello's photo EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Lawless was NOT arrested at Occupy Oakland, and she just sent me this photo as proof. (She also asks that if anyone finds her shoe, could they please return it?)
Michael Ausiello on WhoSay

And that's that! :))

November 3, 2011

New Spartacus Poster, Video, And Airdate

Here's a new Spartacus Vengeance poster readers. Doesn't Liam look awesome! More info at EW The airdate is January 27th 2012  as I reported two weeks ago according to Liam's tweet. (Canadian air date is January 29 th 2012)
Linked Picture

Here's a new video "The Brotherhood"