June 30, 2012

Lucy Tweets About Andy and Be Here Now

Lucy tweeted this when a fan asked her about Andy:

Lucy also mentioned the Be Here Now documentary:

The Be Here Now funds are now up over $250 000.00! Just goes to show how caring and compassionate people are. A testament to how beloved Andy was, and how people everywhere can relate to his illness and subsequent passing away.

June 29, 2012

Saturday interview: Lucy Lawless – Xena the Ecowarrior

Really great in depth interview with Lucy from The Guardian:

Lucy Lawless made her name playing Xena: Warrior Princess. Now she is facing jail after a protest on board an Arctic oil drilling ship. So what turned her into an ecowarrior?

….She puts her green awareness down to two events. The first was the ozone hole that developed in the southern hemisphere as a result of CFCs and has led to New Zealand and Australia having the highest levels of skin cancer in the world. The second was New Orleans, where she was filming a made-for-TV movie when Hurricane Katrina hit.

The experience has stayed with her, and sounds horrifying. “The terror of half a million people trying to leave town at the same time, all the roads are gridlocked, people are screaming,…… read entire article at The Guardian


PS: I notice the article says she's in LA. Hmmmnn.....

Featured content: Spartacus Comic Con Program 

Spartacus Comic Con Program

Friday's schedule is up at SDCC site

5:45-6:45 Spartacus: War of the Damned— Liam McIntyre (McLeod’s Daughters) returns to Comic-Con, along with Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), executive producer Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and a few surprise appearances to show footage from the final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned, airing on STARZ in January 2013. They will also discuss some of the bonus features on the Spartacus: Vengeance DVD, available September 11. Room 6BCF

Of note:

-A few surprise appearances? Hmmnn....
-Footage from WOTD. Yay, cool!
-Discuss some bonus features from the Vengeance dvd. Maybe they'll show some?

Featured content: Saturday interview: Lucy Lawless – Xena the Ecowarrior

June 26, 2012

Be Here Now - The Andy Whitfield Story Have Met Their Fundraising Goal

Good news! The Be Here Now documentary has reached their goal of $200,000.00 and then some. Andy's story will get told.

June 25, 2012

Lucy Lawless at the Rio Summit

Overview of Lucy at the Rio + 20 summit



Pictures from the event at Flickr:
1 - Lucy Lawless (Actress and Activist) and Sir. Richard Branson (Business Magnate) in a Press Conference

2 - Lucy Lawless (Actress and Activist) in a Press Conference

3 - Lucy Lawless (Actress and Activist) in a Press Conference

Lucy meeting fans in Rio(video):
Lucy + 20 or Lucy Lawless in RIO de JANEIRO (22/06/2012)

Inside Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield's Brave Final Fight Against Cancer

Interview with Vashti Whitfield. Here's an excerpt:

Whitfield decided to hold nothing back, exposing himself both at his best – as he embraces his children or mugs for the camera – and at his darkest moments.

“We did video diaries. We have a man crying, ‘I’m terrified I’m going to die and I have to leave my children,’” says his wife.

 read full article at People.com

June 23, 2012

Widow of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield reveals the heartache behind his death from cancer

Interview with Vashti Whitfield via: Daily Mail. Get your tissues ready. Here's an excerpt:

How could my big, strong TV star husband just wither away? Widow of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield reveals the heartache behind his death from cancer

…The hiatus was short-lived. By Andy’s sixth radiotherapy session in July, he was in agony. ‘He had become so weak he couldn’t climb the stairs to our apartment. He had to stay in a hospice for a week,’ says Vashti. Three days before his death, drifting in and out of consciousness, Andy returned to the hospice.

‘To me, he had already gone. He rallied enough to say goodbye to the children. It took everything he had to sit up and pull them on to his knee then say goodbye. That’s when he spoke of the butterfly.

‘Then he turned to me and said, “That’s all I can do now” and I had to take them away.’

He died the following day, in Vashti’s arms….read entire article at Daily Mail UK

June 22, 2012

Haka For Andy for "Be Here Now" The Andy Whitfield Story - www.beherenowfilm.com

New video released today by Be Here Now:

The cast and crew did this Haka for their friend and fellow "Spartacus" family member Andy, after filming the prequel "Gods of the Arena" to help give him strength and express their support and love, on his journey. In fact, Andy gave them all his
thoughts and love and strength which they carry with them now on their
own journeys through their lives.

Help us finish our documentary -- "Be Here Now" The Andy Whitfield Story -- by supporting our kickstarter campaign -- http://kck.st/LBgeJ6 -- and sharing this link with others -- so that we may fulfill Andy's wishes to help and inspire others through his

June 18, 2012

They're On Episode 4

With all the news going on lately......(This is suppose to be a quiet time of year!)........ lets get back to the nitty gritty. Liam tweeted that they started filming episode 4 today, and that it's directed by Michael Hurst.

June 14, 2012

Final SD Comic Con Trip For Spartacus

Well, if you're going, you can visit the final panel for Spartacus at SDCC Friday July 13 2012:

Spartacus (Starz): Stars Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett will join showrunner Steven S. DeKnight for its final trip to Comic-Con heading into its last season. Room 6BCF, 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. source - THR

June 13, 2012

Burglary Charges Dropped

Good news, the burglary charges against Lucy and the T7 has been dropped. Charge is now unlawfully boarding a ship. Sentence date is September 14 2012. A couple pictures at StuffNZ

Also she trended today in NZ:

June 12, 2012

On Set With Lucy Lawless

My favorite extra from the Spartacus Gods of the Arena dvd. I thought this was old, but actually Starz only released a little clip online before, and this is the entire skit. 

Video description:
Follow Lucy Lawless a day on the set of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. This segment is one of many great bonus features included on the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena DVD. Available for purchase on Amazon. http://amzn.to/Jz87yu

June 9, 2012

Talk to Jai Courtney -- Be Here Now - The Andy Whitfield Story Documentary by Lilibet Foster

A second video from the Be Here Now Film Youtube page. In relation to the post I wrote yesterday about raising funds to complete a documentary about Andy's final days.

As one of the rewards in our Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/426354716/be-here-now-the-andy-whitfield-story
You have the chance to talk to Jai Courtney who is in the documentary, Andy Whitfield's best mate and fellow actor, Varro, on "Spartacus." He also has an upcoming role in the Tom Cruise movie "Jack Reacher" and co-starring role with Bruce Willis in the upcoming Die Hard 5: "A Good Day to Die Hard."

June 8, 2012

"Be Here Now" – The Andy Whitfield Story

There is a documentary being made about Andy's final days. They need funds in order to complete the movie.

Documentary About Andy Whitfield’s Final Days Reaches Out To Fans For Funding

EXCLUSIVE: When Spartacus star Andy Whitfield was battling cancer in the last months of his life, he had a camera crew with him every step of the way. The result is Be Here Now, a feature-length documentary project about the late actor, which is launching a campaign to raise money for its completion. read entire article at Deadline.com

June 7, 2012

Steven Deknight Tweet-Clears Up Some Misconceptions

Steven Deknight clearing up some misconceptions after an article tried to claim that Liam was the reason Spartacus was ending. Not that he should have had to since he stated all of this in the recent interviews and youtube video. Once again stating there were many reasons the show is ending, which is what I pointed out yesterday in the post I wrote.

June 6, 2012

Kirk Douglas' Nod To Liam

I saw Lucy tweet this article earlier today:

Here's an excerpt: it's about Liam, Steven and Kirk Douglas discussing the impact of Spartacus. A description of what took place when Kirk Douglas talked about Liam in the role:
There was a very touching moment where Douglas was talking to McIntyre (and the audience inc HT). He said, “I spent 5 months in Melbourne. I love the Australians, and he’s [Liam] a typical Australian – outgoing and speaks his mind. I think they made the right decision when they asked him to play Spartacus.” The charismatic Liam was clearly stunned into silence for a moment. I would not be surprised if tears sprang to his eyes. When next he spoke, his voice cracked a bit. It’s McIntyre’s first major part, and a screen legend, the progenitor of his role, just validated him. Yeah, I’d tear up too.

Read entire article here:



What's This About The Ending of Spartacus

Hmmnn...seems there is a lot of hoopla going on about the ending of Spartacus. Judgement and finger-pointing. A few very angry fans. And I emphasize.....a few! I'm not one of them. All good things come to an end. I'm grateful for the seasons we had. And for the upcoming last season.

Thanks to all the actors, producers, writers, crew, and Starz for giving it to us. Thanks to my favorite, the talented Lucy Lawless(I knew from the very beginning she would kickass this role). Thanks to the amazing John Hannah(I never guessed beforehand that Jonathan from the Mummy movies would be this awesome).

Thanks to Andy Whitfield, RIP(I'll never forget him). Thanks to Liam McIntyre, the lion(a class act). Thanks to Steven Deknight, without good writing, a show is nothing.

Thanks to Spartacus himself. After-all, that's what this is all about. His story.

And ahem......thanks to Dustin Clare for Gannicus. That's all I'm saying...

From what I've read, my interpretation is that it was a culmination of many different things as to why it is ending. No one thing or person is to blame. I've never known a show that has been through so much. It's been through the ringer. As a fan, I feel like I've been through the ringer too. I'm amazed it even made it to a third(and final) season, given all that happened.

I'm glad they are concluding the story, and not cancelling it middle storyline somewhere. I'm appreciative of the announcement that was given. How many times has a season ended and we look forward to the next, only to find out it's not renewed for another season. And the story isn't finish. Grrrr. Steven Deknight is concluding the story. We know that now. That's all I ever wanted

I can understand disappointment. I get that. But if people are angry about this, trust me, there are way worse things in this world to be angry about. I say this because I've seen some pretty nasty stuff being said, and I think to myself: if only people would use that energy towards something more meaningful in life. It's really not worth all this anger. It really isn't.

June 5, 2012

Lucy's Tweet To Liam After The Spartacus Finale News

A nod to Liam from Lucy after the Spartacus finale news:

June 4, 2012

Spartacus DVD and Blu Ray Bonus Features

Release date is September 11 2012.

Bonus features for both sets include the following:
-Starz Studios: Spartacus: Vengeance
-The Making of Spartacus: Vengeance
-Behind the Camera: Directing the Rebellion
-On Set with Liam McIntyre
-The Legend of Spartacus
-Famous Last Words

-BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE – 9 Extended Episodes and Audio Commentaries!


STARZ Announces “SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED” to Conclude Series January 2013 - Press Release

Here's the press release from Starz:




Beverly Hills, Calif. – June 4, 2012 – STARZ announced today the upcoming season of the international hit series “Spartacus” will be the conclusion of the saga. With a visual style completely unique to television, the franchise has amassed both critical and popular acclaim to become the most successful on the network and one of the highest rated programs in all of cable television. More than six million weekly viewers watched last season, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which has amassed more than 2.5 million Facebook fans. Globally, the series airs in 150 countries in more than 15 languages.

“The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” says creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight. “We did not come to this decision lightly. It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I. Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus' journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who's been along for the ride."

"Steven DeKnight, Rob Tapert, Josh Donen and Sam Raimi have made one of the most groundbreaking shows we have ever seen," says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "’Spartacus’ is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world. We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after ‘War of the Damned,’ as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy. While everyone may know the fate of Spartacus, we believe this will be a spectacular season that will startle, amaze and honor the legions of fans.”

“Spartacus: War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

The Emmy® nominated series, already known for its groundbreaking production and visual style, has set the bar even higher to bring the story to its epic conclusion. This year, new sets will include the construction of a full city, a Roman Villa, and the scene of the epic battle along the Appian Way.

Airing in 150 countries, the series is considered an unqualified smash around the world, including Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and more. The enormous international success has led to global licensing for a variety of rights, including: authentic prop replicas, publishing, soundtracks, motion comic books, trading cards, and a few more major deals soon to be announced.

In the US and abroad, the DVDs continue to be one of the most popular titles sold at all major retailers, appearing in the Top 10 of all TV titles sold.

The “Spartacus” franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with “Blood and Sand.” It was followed a year later with the prequel, “Gods of the Arena” (January 21, 2011). “Vengeance” hit the air on January 27, 2012 and “War of the Damned” is scheduled to air January 2013.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 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 (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

Steven and Liam Tweet About the Finale News

A couple of tweets about the final season news from Liam and Steven:

Next Spartacus Season, War of the Damned, Will End the Series - IGN

Interview with Steven Deknight:

Exclusive: Executive Producer Steven S. DeKnight on why Spartacus is coming to an end.

IGN: I have to ask – Did Starz simply tell you, “Next year is your last,” or was there a lot of conversation about it and about what would work best for the story?

DeKnight: There was a lot of conversation. We knew towards the end of making the last season - we were 90 percent sure that we would be wrapping it up. And then there were a lot of questions and back and forth about do we do ten episodes, do we do 12, do we do 16, do we do 20? Ultimately, when we looked at it from all angles both financially and creatively, we decided, “Let’s do ten. Let’s take history, take the best parts of the story and really just try to end this as strong as possible.”

Read entire interview here:

'Spartacus' Ending After Season 3: Show Creator On Why The Starz Gladiator Drama Is Over - HuffPostTV

Interview with Steven Deknight about the next season being the final:

The ratings for “Spartacus” were growing, the show is gaining traction in the media, it has more fans than ever — so what’s the thinking behind ending it with the next season?

I think that is actually part of the thinking … in true Starz fashion, with this show, we’ve always zigged when people thought we were going to zag. There was a lot of conversation about how long do we take the show and, really, more of a meta conversation about series in general — how long do you take a series?

Read entire interview here:

Starz Ending 'Spartacus' After Third Season - THR

Interview with Steven Deknight about today's news of next season being the final season.

Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight tells THR that the decision to conclude the drama, which helped put the premium cable network on the map, was “one of the factors in the wholesale slaughter at the end of last season.”

Did you know when the show was renewed in November that this season would be its last?

We were 90 percent sure when we were working on the last couple episodes last season that this would probably be the last season. It was one of the factors in the wholesale slaughter at the end of last season.

Read entire interview here:


Next Season Is The Final Season of Spartacus

Huge news. The third season finally has a title, "War of the Damned." This is also the final season!

June 2, 2012

A first look at the next season of Spartacus

Well here's a very tiny peek. Not much, but still, I love it! Smartly played by Starz, keeping Spartacus present in our lives over the long waiting period, with first the "In Production" stills and videos, and now this peek. Not to mention recently Liam meeting Kirk Douglas. Add on to that, all the tweets and facebook posts, and other various news. 

June 1, 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance Boss Steven S. DeKnight – New Villain Will Impress

Some insight into the new villain for season three:

“Spartacus: Vengeance” creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said the new bad guy in the upcoming third season in the Starz series --the fourth overall — will be very impressive.

British actor Simon Merrells joined the fold recently as Spartacus’ soon-to-be-foe Marcus Crassus and DeKnight told Access Hollywood that the actor’s performance is powerful. read full article - Access Hollywood

Starz's Spartacus Creator Steven S. DeKnight Talks Kirk Douglas' Spartacus Legacy

Steven S. DeKnight chats with Access about the legacy Kirk Douglas brought to the "Spartacus" story. How much did that original production influence his production on Starz? Plus, what does he think about those who say the show can be a bit too violent?


Spartacus: Vengeance Star Liam McIntyre On Owing So Much To Kirk Douglas' Legacy

Liam McIntyre comes out to the Starz Los Angeles event to celebrate Kirk Douglas and the impact of Spartacus.