January 31, 2012

Spartacus Vengeance DVD and Blu Ray

I was checking out Amazon today to see if there was any new merchandise available and presto! I saw that the Spartacus Vengeance dvd and blu ray were available for pre-order. Region 1. No release date yet!**Update Release date is September 11 2012

Special Features: Includes never-before-seen bonus features including featurettes, extended scenes and content too risqué for cable television

January 30, 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance Premiere Ratings Tops Gods Of The Arena Premiere

It only keeps getting better readers:

Starz “Spartacus: Vengeance” Returns with 2.7 Million Overall Weekend Viewers

Focusing specifically on Friday night performance, “Spartacus: Vengeance” produced a record total of 2.1 million viewers (1.39M viewers for Friday at 10PM (et/pt) and 677K for the 11PM (et/pt) repeat, which was a 10% increase over the “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” prequel Friday night premiere (1.9 million viewers combined for Friday premiere 10PM and 11PM repeat).......read full press release - TvByTheNumbers

Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 2 Preview

Preview of episode two, "A Place In This World"

January 28, 2012

Character Profile: Lucretia

Video Description: Learn more about Lucretia (played by Lucy Lawless) and how her character develops this season. Spartacus: Vengeance new episodes Fridays at 10pm on STARZ

January 27, 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance - Live Web Chat

Video of the live web chat that took place Thursday night. January 26 2012.

Lucy Lawless Asks You To Bring Home A Loving Animal Companion Today

Video Description: Lucy Lawless, star of “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which premieres Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 PM on Starz, visits Access Hollywood Live for our monthly pet adoption segment in association with Best Friends Animal Society. To adopt the cute dog in today’s segment, Billy Elliot, email bestfriendsla@bestfriends.org or visit adoptapet.bestfriends.org.

Bloody Excellent: Meet the New "Spartacus"

Video Description: Starz actor Liam McIntyre chats about his battle prowess, roaming topless extras, and shows us a trick or two with a blade.

'Spartacus' Season 2 Premiere

Video Description: Lucy Lawless and Liam McIntyre on the new season of the violent hit series.

Spartacus' Lucy Lawless on GDLA

Video Description: Los Angeles - Actress Lucy Lawless, who is perhaps best known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess"... now plays "Lucretia" in Starz's original series "Spartacus: Vengeance."
She joined us in studio today and talked about the show's second season.

Spartacus: Vengeance - Violence or Sex?

From the Red Carpet Premiere:

Video Description: The stars of Spartacus: Vengeance confess what causes them more anxiety to shoot, a sex scene or a violent scene. You'll be surprised at some of the answers and revelations we received! Including how Liam McIntyre's girlfriend feels about his nude scenes!

Spartacus: Vengeance - Animalistic Instincts

From the Red Carpet Premiere:

Video Description: The stars of Spartacus: Vengeance share the fun of exploring their wild, savage, passionate, animalistic instincts as they portray their characters on the show.

Manu Bennett believes that Crixus' inner animal is in mating season... Liam McIntyre talks about exploring the character from the perspective of his inner child... the girls get down and dirty...

Spartacus: Vengeance - From the Roman Side

Interviews from the Red Carpet Premiere:

Video Description: We shot great teasers from the stars playing characters on the Roman side of the Spartacus: Vengeance battles. From Glaber's determination to kill Spartacus, to Ilithyia's ... happy news? Lucretia's fight for survival, and Ashur's power thirst that may be putting him in their team!

Character Profile: Spartacus

Video Description: Learn more about Spartacus (played by Liam McIntyre) and how his character evolves this season.Spartacus: Vengeance premieres on Jan 27th at 10pm on STARZ starz.com/spartacus

Spartacus- Dustin Clare

From Comic Con time.

Video Description: Our interview with Dustin Clare about Spartacus: Vengeance.

Spartacus - Lucy Lawless

From Comic Con time.

Video Description: Our interview with Lucy Lawless about Spartacus: Vengeance.

SPARTACUS: How long did it take Liam McIntyre to nail his 'I am Spartacus!' line...

Interview with Liam and Lucy

On taking over the role of Spartacus from Andy:

Liam: "...I...I try not to think of it as replacing him so much as trying to carrying the.. the..amazing performance he..he had in season one...you know...having Andy's blessing to...to carry the show on meant a lot..."

Lucy: "...we lost one of those key players, you know, but um on the bright side that...the person who was was chosen to fill Andy's shoes was THE most glorious um colleage we could have hoped to have, and he's magnificent in the role, so I think you(~looking at Liam~) really do Andy proud..."

January 26, 2012

'Spartacus' star talks about the upcoming season

Interview of Liam with Fox news.

Lucy Lawless Stars In TV's Sexy "Spartacus"

This is from and interview on the 26th with NBC NY

*note, fyi: this player has been very glitchy for me, and I had to press play 5 or 6 times before it played all the way through.

Video Description: Lucy Lawless chats with the ladies about the new season of the Starz series "Spartacus: Vengenace."

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Spartacus: What to Expect in Season 2 (Beyond the Blood and Bodies)

Interview Lucy.

January 25, 2012

Spartacus' Lucy Lawless: "We're a Perverse Bunch"

IGN: What's Lucretia's path like this year?

Lawless: Oh, she gets out and about a fair bit... Eventually. You start to see her new role in society. Glaber tells Ilythia to clean her up and he uses her like a hand-puppet. As a prophet. Or a priestess. And that fits with the religious nature of Lucretia. read full interview - IGN


SciFiPulse: Our first question is for Lucy. When we see Lucretia at the start of the new series she is crazy and Ilithyia is having to take care of you. So I’m wondering if Lucretia is aware that Ilithyia really hates her and if she’ll eventually see Ilithyia’s bad side come out as the show progresses?

Lucy Lawless: Or does she find out mine? I don’t know, it’s, you know, I don’t want to give you too much. Needless to say, Lucretia and Ilithyia continues to have a very fraught relationship. Which is, Lucretia has to work very hard to make Ilithyia care about her again. And – or at least need her, because Ilithyia just wants her dead. read full interview - SciFiPulse

LUCY LAWLESS on Spartacus: Vengeance

Video Dscription: Lucy Lawless talks to Toronto Star TV columnist Rob Salem at the 2012 TV critics mid-season previews

January 24, 2012

Big Shoes

This feature is from the Canadian site TMN. This is where I subscribe. Apparently it's geo-blocked. Sorry. It premieres in Canada January 29th 2012.

If you're geo-blocked, it's available at Ausxip. 

Video Description: Steve Gow talks to the cast of Spartacus: Vengeance about the latest season of the hit series. Manu Bennett explains that Liam McIntyre had big shoes to fill, but he was equal to the challenge.

January 23, 2012

Interview: "Spartacus" Creator Steven DeKnight and New Star Liam McIntyre

Interview with Steven and Liam readers:

AE: Fine, tease us.

SDK: With the gay relationship this season, I was really interested in exploring kind of a deeper love. It’s almost like a tender romantic.....read full interview at After Elton

Lucy Lawless 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Q&A: 'This season is enormous'

Interview with Lucy readers:

Lucretia not only lost her husband, but also her unborn child...

"That's a bad thing - there's a lot of vengeance in that. Her husband and her baby - the nuclear family that she lost - remains the key to all of her actions, from here on.".....read Digital Spy Article

Lucy Lawless Autographs Live With Kelly

Lucy Lawless signing autographs outside Live! with Kelly.

Did you catch it? The look on Lucy's face? Watch again.  I love the look on Lucy’s face, like she’s amused by the whole camera/press thing!

From the Red Carpet Premiere

A Starz video:

Video Description: Highlights from the Spartacus: Vengeance Red Carpet Premiere in Hollywood, with comments from fans and the stars of Spartacus.


Video Description: - The Insider recently sat down with Lucy Lawless and Liam McIntyre to discuss a new chapter of Spartacus called “Vengeance” that will feature McIntyre as the new main gladiator…..

“How instrumental was Andy in making sure that did this happen?”

Lucy: “……huge…..Andy really gave his blessing to it ah…long before….he realized that he was terminal and uh he wanted the crew to go on working…he gave his blessing to Liam…..personally……”

Liam McIntyre says ‘Spartacus’ will just get ‘bigger & bigger’

Video Description: McIntyre says getting to be a part of ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ is everything he hoped, plus 1000.

Liam on the scope of season two: “…..drama wise it it keeps pace with the great standard set by season one and…as far as scope goes, they’re in a bigger world so it just keeps getting bigger and bigger……”

Peter Mensah says new ‘Spartacus’ is going to ‘explode’

Video Description: Peter Mensah talks ‘Avatar,’ explains how someone in every country he’s been to is a ‘Spartacus’ fan.

Peter on reading the scripts: “…..I can tell you honestly that all of us have similar reactions to the audience…..we have no idea what’s going to happen from episode to episode….so that first read through everbody’s sitting going “I’m going to have do what?”….~laughs~….and that’s how we get through a season……”

Nick Tarabay says his ‘Spartacus’ character is ‘misunderstood’

Video Description: Nick Tarabay talks ‘Spartacus,’ says his character is ‘misunderstood’ and never gets a chance to prove himself.

Nick on the second season: “…..forget about what you know…it’s going to be completely different…the characters that you love uh you might end up hating and the character that you hate you might ending up loving……”

Viva Bianca says her ‘Spartacus’ character ‘falls from grace’

Video Description: Viva Bianca says her ‘Spartacus’ character will have to do ‘extreme things’ to stay alive in the new season.

Viva on whether the audience would like Ilithyia more this season: “…….you know what….there was one script in particular, one episode script that came through where quite a few of the cast members turned to me afterwards and said “I feel so sorry for Ilithyia”….so the writers have really worked hard on I think deepening her levels of vulnerability and humility…….”

January 22, 2012

Manu Bennett talks ‘Spartacus’: This season is bittersweet

Video Description: Manu Bennett talks ‘Spartacus,’ says it’s a ‘bittersweet moment’ due to the loss of former star Andy Whitfield.

Manu to Andy’s children: “….your father made all of this possible and he was a wonderful man and uh… and we’re here because of…..really tonight as a tribute to him……as well as a……..as well as ah… our own ah… new premiere of the show….”

Lucy Lawless talks 'Spartacus': This is a goody

Video Description: Lucy Lawless talks what attracts fans to 'Spartacus', says it's 'a whole lot of curiosity and voyeurism.'

Lucy on Lucretia surviving her wound: “…...it will be revealed how Lucretia survives…..and her um…the thing that saves her will also….hurt he~…you know will also cause her great pain…but in the end I wanna say it’s a trial and tribulation…..Lucretia comes out a winner!…..”

Interview With Manu Bennett At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Manu Bennett (Crixus)
Video Description: Interview with Manu Bennett (Crixus) from Spartacus

Manu on Crixus in season two: ".....Crixus is starting to use his mind.....but he's also starting to use his heart.....and he's also a very dangerous fighter.....you know and has those skills, so how he moves forward now is...is a mixture of those three things all combined......"

Interview With Viva Bianca At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Viva Bianca (Ilithyia)
Video Description: Interview with Viva Bianca (Ilithyia) from Spartacus

Viva on Ilithyia's relationship with Lucretia: ".......the storyline between Ilithyia and Lucretia only becomes more complex. we're actually living under the same roof in season two.........so you know two women that are as dangerous as Ilithyia and Lucretia and as cunning as Ilithyia and Lucretia living together..... is just a disaster zone, but there is this strange co-dependance between the two women......."

Sex And Violence: The Historical Drama

This feature is from the Canadian site TMN. This is where I subscribe. Apparently it's geo-blocked. Sorry. It premieres in Canada January 29th 2012.

**Update January 23 2012** - if it's geo-blocked, you can watch it here at Ausxip.

Video Description: In this 10-minute special, the cast and crew of Spartacus: Vengeance talk about the authenticity of the new season.

Creating A New Spartacus

This feature is from the Canadian site TMN. This is where I subscribe. Apparently it's geo-blocked. Sorry. It premieres in Canada January 29th 2012

**Update January 23 2012** -if it's geo-blocked, you can watch it here at Ausxip.

Video Description: In this 10-minute special, the cast and crew of Spartacus: Vengeance talk about the latest incarnation of the popular Starz series.

January 21, 2012

Interview With Peter Mensah At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Peter Mensah (Oenomaus)
Video Description: Interview with Peter Mensah (Oenomaus) from Spartacus

Peter on Oenomaus: ".....you get to bring storylines we that had in season one and the prequel.....we actually bring them all back in together......so Gannicus does reappear....and we get a conclusion of that whole storyline.....so actually it gets bigger and bigger and bigger until we take on the Roman army....."

So for those of you that skipped the prequel, don't say I didn't say so!

Interview With Steven DeKnight At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Steven DeKnight
Video Description: Interview with Steven DeKnight (Executive Producer/Creator) of Spartacus on Starz

Steven on Crixus and Spartacus' relationship: ".....when we start this season, yes they are together, but they definitely don't always see eye to eye.....there will be conflict, ahh..there will be dust ups between Crixus and Spartacus and...and basically all the rebels that escaped......"

Steven about Oenomaus: "......Oenomaus is really  a...a man without a place in this world now...um because the House of Batiatus was so important to him....and we'll find out in episode two why it was so important to him......"

Interview With Liam McIntyre At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Liam McIntyre (Spartacus)
Video Description: Interview with Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) from Spartacus

Liam about Spartacus and his interaction with Crixus: “…..he’s kind of with Crixus now, but Crixus has the manpower….Spartacus has the willpower and it’s a great battle throughout the whole season…..of…of….of wills…..of two alpha males fighting each other for what’s right….not…not out of any sort of personal…..desire to elevate themselves but to really try and do what’s right for these people that they now have in their care……”

Interview With Craig Parker At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Craig Parker (Glaber)
Video Description: Interview with Craig Parker (Glaber) at the Spartacus Red Carpet

Craig about Glaber: “……we get to see Glaber take control and start…start…fighting back…..and um and taking charge…..so….yeah….and it gets messy……blood…..lots of blood and death……”

Interview With Cynthia Addai-Robinson At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia)
Video Description: Interview with Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) from Spartacus

Cynthia about Naevia: “…… a lot of surprises……and…..and….you will see Naevia in a different light this season……”

Interview With Nick Tarabay At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Nick Tarabay (Ashur)
Video Description: Interview with Nick Tarabay (Ashur) from Spartacus

Nick about Ashur: “…..he does something this season, that….that’s you’re like oh….that’s kind of cool and good…..”

Interview With Lucy Lawless At The Spartacus Vengeance Premiere

Spartacus Red Carpet: Lucy Lawless (Lucretia)
Video Description: Interview with Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) from Spartacus

Lucy about Lucretia: “……she is bereft of everything, she has nothing….but in the end she gets everything she wants……”

January 19, 2012

Spartacus:Vengeance Red Carpet Premiere in Hollywood

Video Description: On January 18th, the fans gathered in the Cinerama Dome for the premiere of Spartacus: Vengeance. This is your chance to feel like you were there too. View this exclusive footage, just released from the Hollywood premiere.

Starting with in-theater introductions by Carmi Zlotnik (Managing Director, Starz Media), Rob Tapert (Executive Producer), and Steven S. DeKnight (Executive Producer/ Writer/ Creator); watch the fantastic stars of Spartacus: Vengeance take the stage around the 07:20 time stamp.
Spartacus: Vengeance premieres January 27th at 10p on STARZ

No Incest on Spartacus Because of Game of Thrones

Being a big Game of Thrones fan myself, this little tidbit was interesting. Hats off to GOT! The Sparty writers love that show too. Pretty cool!

........And the only reason we didn't go there, even though it worked great for the story, is that we didn't want to repeat something that somebody else was doing. And Game of Thrones did it so brilliantly. All of us writers on Spartacus love Game of Thrones. It's just so well done. So the incest thing ultimately didn't make it into our story because we didn't want to repeat other things and it could easily be taken out........ read full interview - IGN 

Liam McIntyre’s ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Premiere

Interview with Liam at the red carpet Spartacus Vengeance premiere. If you follow him at Twitter you know what a big gamer he his, so it's rather cute hearing him talk about being in a video game!

Video description: Liam McIntyre hits the red carpet for his first ever Hollywood premiere of “Spartacus: Vengeance” where he tells Access how excited he is to be included in the new video game for “Spartacus.”

‘Spartacus’ Star Manu Bennett’s Touching Words For The Family Of The Late Andy Whitfield

Interview with Manu at the red carpet Spartacus Vengeance premiere. I got teary eyed watching big strong Manu choke up as he talked about Andy.

Video description: Manu Bennett chats with Access about the freezing filming conditions for “Spartacus: Vengeance.” Also, he talks about his character’s search for his lost love in the upcoming season of the Starz series. Finally, Manu shares some very heartfelt words about former “Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield, directed at Andy’s beloved family.

Lucy Lawless Gets ‘Hot’ & ‘Heavy’ In ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’

Interview with Lucy at the red carpet Spartacus Vengeance premiere by Access Hollywood.

Video Description: Lucy Lawless chats with Access about returning for “Spartacus: Vengeance,” but was she afraid her character wouldn’t make it after the gruesome finale of the first season? Also, she tells Access why her character is looking towards religion in the upcoming season.

Lawless: They came for sexy scenes, stayed for drama (1:45)

Interview with Lucy at the red carpet Spartacus Vengeance premiere.

Video Description: Lucy Lawless talks about the attraction to the popular tv show ''Spartacus'' as she arrived at the premiere of the second series in Los Angeles. Cindy Martin reports.

Steven DeKnight on being the architect of the TV rebellion known as 'Spartacus'

Really good interview with Steven Deknight. I found this part interesting on how he approaches his characters, good and bad:

........I really tried to hit with John Hannah and Lucy Lawless's character.  They are the villains of the show, but people get really caught up in their story because they are human.  They have human desires and human needs.  Even though Lucretia is sleeping with Crixus, she still is completely devoted and in love with her husband.  It's that kind of gray area.  It's also the same kind of gray area I like to use on the heroes' side.  Crixus is not 100 percent good.  Spartacus himself, in season one and this new season, makes mistakes.  He is a human being.  He's not always right.  Giving the villains something that's good and decent about them, and giving the heroes something that's a little shady makes them real people........ read full interview - The Examiner

Spartacus: Vengeance Premiere Arrivals

Spartacus Vengeance premiere video footage of all the arrivals, readers.

This is Maximtv's playlist for this event. There are 15 videos. Just click the little square light gray box to bring up the arrows.

January 18, 2012

Cynthia Addai Robinson Gives Insights About Naevia In 'Spartacus Vengeance'

New interview with the new Naevia:

“………..All I will say is that again the direction that they have taken… that the writers have taken with Naevia is drastically different from either the first season or the prequel…………” read full interview via SciFiPulse

Sounds like we're in for some surprises with this character.

Press Phone Conference Tweets

Team Sparty had a phone conference interview session with press today and they were tweeting away:

 Nicole Wakelin 

The cast just called Lucy Lawless "a proper girlie-girl" who wants no part of the stinky fighting scenes. Bahaha! 
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 Nicole Wakelin 

It's difficult to get into the brutal mindset of the characters. They're shocked by what they do. 
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 Nicole Wakelin 

Liam gained about 45lbs of muscle for the role! (45lbs?!)
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 Nicole Wakelin 

Lucy "We're kind of making a movie every week." 
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 Nicole Wakelin 

Bruce Campbell convinced Lucy to do her role on Burn Notice.  (Just in case you didn't think he was cool enough already;)
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 Amy Marie 

Once again, the Spartacus cast was TRULY delightful. As with each Comic Con appearance, they are just SPECTACULAR people and a great cast.
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 Amy Marie 

Lucy Lawless, on playing the mad, yet not over-the-top mad Lucretia, "It was so hard. I really need my directors to guide me." 
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 Amy Marie 

 actor  shared that he's a "rare and lucky person that gets to be a 10 year old for a year" while filming.
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 Amy Marie 

 actor  hopes fans "come asking difficult questions" about his portrayal, "as I would in the opposite position".
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 Amy Marie 

 actress  discussed coming back to IIlithyia after a year haitus, "it's challenging to get back into the world".
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 Amy Marie 

 actors  on the "I AM SPARTACUS" line, "It's so...it's such a big line. I wanted to do like...a hundred takes"
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 Amy Marie 

 cast , and Lucy Lawless all gushed about the incredible design of the costuming...or lack thereof.
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 Amy Marie 

"It's just amazing how much more you feel like you're in the time, in the place" said  actor  about the costuming.
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 Amy Marie 
Lucy Lawless, on playing Lucretia, saying she likes to show vulnerability. "I'm going to try to make you relate and maybe even love [her]."
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