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30 January 2010

New York Magazine Quote From Andy

andyquote.jpgNew York Magazine has a quote from Andy from the Extraordinary Measures premiere from last week on their website.

Click here to see the quote from Andy.

Click here to see the quote from Lucy.







News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

30 January 2010

Spartacus Premiere Photos From Lesley Ann Brandt's Facebook

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Lesley Ann Brandt posted photos from the Spartacys Premiere on Facebook. You can see images of Lucy, Erin, Viva, Lesley Ann as well as Andy, John Hannah, Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi.

Click here to see the photos.




News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

30 January 2010

Starz Thrills and Shocks - APCritic Interviews Lucy, Andy

Published: 12:02 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" isn't exactly put-your-feet-up-and-relax television.

Premiering on cable's Starz network at 10 p.m. EST Friday, this new action-adventure series grabs you with its raciness, derring-do and visual pizazz.

It's based on the real-life Thracian slave-turned-rabblerouser from the first century B.C. (and, a couple of millenniums later, on the Stanley Kubrick film starring Kirk Douglas). But more, this TV reimagining teems with the sort of fabulousness that thrilled, inspired and grossed out fans of Zack Snyder's digitized masterpiece, "300."

Like that 2006 film, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is a blend of hyper-realism and epic fantasy where, during battle, ragged streams of a victim's spilled blood pause lazily in mid-air before soaking the ground.

It's a world where brawny gym rats clad themselves in circa-B.C. thongs, or less; where steamy trysts and orgies are the rage; where even leading lady Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") has her moments in the buff.

One spicy scene finds her, as Lucretia, about to get romantic with husband Batiatus (John Hannah), a Roman sports impresario whose "ludus" -- an extreme training camp for gladiators -- is where Spartacus is enslaved. Lucretia and Batiatus are hot for each other, that's clear. But to get things started with maximum ease, each spouse calls upon an attendant to supply the needed foreplay.

In short, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is a series guaranteed to make you sit up and take notice.

Click here to read the interview with Lucy & Andy


News submitted by Adi.



 

 

30 January 2010

HQ Spartacus Screencaptures Season 1 Episode 2

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Season 1, Episode 2 Sacramentum Gladiatorum

HQ Screencaptures have now been added to the Season 1 Spartacus Screencaptures Gallery

Please note: No screencaptures showing adult material have been included as per AUSXIP Policy.

Sacramentum Gladiatorum

Enslaved in gladiatorial school, the newly christened Spartacus must try to suppress his desire for vengeance when his new master promises to reunite him with his wife.

Click here to view 407 HQ Screencaptures

Screencaptures created by Roger

Other Multimedia From This Episode:

Credits

| Official Page | Promo Pics | Promo Video | MaryD's Episode Review

Watch Episode Online | Episode Recap (SPOILERS) |


 

 

28 January 2010

"Spartacus: Blood & Sand" Red-carpet Premiere

andyrgtv.jpgRed carpet premiere of the new Starz series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" January 14, 2010 - Billy Wilder Theater In attendance: Lucy Lawless, Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett & Erin Cummings.

Click here to watch the video.




News submitted by Barbara Davies.






 

 

27 January 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 2 Online

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Starz has released the second episode of Season 1

Sacramentum Gladiatorum

Enslaved in gladiatorial school, the newly christened Spartacus must try to suppress his desire for vengeance when his new master promises to reunite him with his wife.

Credits | Official Page | Promo Pics | Promo Video | MaryD's Episode Review


 

 

27 January 2010

Spartacus Episodes, Podcasts On iTunes, Netflix

itunes.jpg Folks in US and in Canada can enjoy Spartacus podcasts for free on iTunes, as well as the documentaries Starz aired on their YouTube Channel as well as during promoting the show. Altogether there are 11 files you can download at the moment, including trailers, interviews, San Diego Comic Con highlights and the first episode, "The Red Serpent". Pull up iTunes, type in Spartacus and select the results to take to the podcast. News submitted by Jane.

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Netflix features Spartacus for their instant queue to stream on your desktop available free if you have a subscription. 






 

 

27 January 2010

Press Release: Spartacus Gets 3.3 Million Viewers

ImageNews Release Issued: January 26, 2010 4:47 PM EST

Record Audience of 3.3 Million Powers Weekend Debut of New Starz Original Series, 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Updated figures for the series premiere of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" indicate that more than 3.3 million total viewers* tuned in for episode one of the new Starz Original, a record performance for a series debut on the premium pay TV network.

Based on live plus same-day DVR viewing, the Friday night 10PM ET/PT airing on Starz drew a 2.1 HH rating (661,000 viewers) and Encore a 1.2 rating (580,000 viewers), or more than 1.2 million viewers combined. An additional 430,000 viewers (1.6 HH rating) watched at 11PM ET/PT on Starz.

The 3.3 million viewership figure includes three additional weekend airings on Starz and Encore with same-day DVR usage. Figures from other Starz channels, additional DVR usage, starz.com viewership and on-demand/online previews with affiliates are expected to grow that figure well past 4 million total viewers.

With a gross average viewing audience of more than 2.5 million for the six Starz/Encore airings, Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president, programming for Starz Entertainment commented, "This is the most successful premiere in the company's history. We are very gratified to see that our excitement and faith in the series - already renewed for a second season - has been matched by initial demand. This show is unlike anything ever seen on television, and we are confident that passion for the series will grow as the character development and incredible story arcs unfold."

Post-premiere episodes of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" debut on Starz on Fridays at 10PM ET/PT with an additional airing on Sunday nights at 10PM ET/PT.

About "Spartacus: Blood and Sand"

Produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is the most highly anticipated original series in the history of Starz. The 13-episode hour-long drama was renewed for an epic second season prior to the series premiere on January 22, 2010.


 

 

26 January 2010

"Spartacus" Premiere Draws 659,000 On Starz

Disclaimer: The show has already been renewed for a second season, so no hand wringing over the ratings is necessary!

I don't really have enough historical data for shows on Starz to handicap the premiere of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Starz that averaged .659 million viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.  A simulcast on Encore drew an additional .578 million so that's a total of 1.237 million.  If that was all on Starz I'd say that was pretty good.

Even just the .659 million might look good after a Crash season two finale that scored a 0.0 adults 18-49 rating and 94,000 viewers!

We'll have to see what the numbers look like when its not simulcast on Encore.

numbers via @TravisYanan


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News submitted by Lori Boyles.


 

 

26 January 2010

Andy Interview On Crave Online

We talk to the star of the new cable series, 'Spartacus'.
by Fred Topel
Jan 25, 2010

Madness? THIS IS SPARTA-CUS! Yeah, I made a 300 reference. Spartacus: Blood and Sand uses the green screen technology of that other ancient fighting story for its gladiator battles. Andy Whitfield plays the famed slave turned hero in an episodic TV version of the story, fully R-rated for the Starz network. Whitfield joined a conference call to discuss the show, which airs Friday nights on Starz.

 

Q: How do you like the way you look in slow motion?

 

Andy Whitfield: There was this camera called the Phantom camera that show 1000 frames a second. You can slow things down, you can freeze things and that meant two things. One, it meant I couldn't have a stunt double because you could see it wasn't me. So I pretty much did most of my stunts. Secondly, I had to learn a whole new way of holding my face and learning to not blink because a blink is a minute long. Also, if I had to scream in anguish, I had to get it in early, otherwise it was at the end of the sequence which was only like two seconds but stretched out to 30. So yeah, there were a few technical things to learn but wow, it just looks phenomenal.


Read the full interview.




News submitted by Barbara Davies.




 

 

26 January 2010

Lucy & Andy Interview From 13WHAM

13wham.jpgRochester, NY's 13WHAM added it's morning show segment of the Lucy & Andy interview from last week's PR blitz.

Click the following link and scroll to the bottom to find the video Lucy Lawless & "Spartacus" (8:50).





News submitted by Barbara Davies.



 

 

24 January 2010

TV Guide's Roush Review Praises Spartacus

From this week's US TV Guide: Roush Review looks at Caprica and Spartacus, praises both, but notes that while the former lacks in intensity, Spartacus doesn't. Good points about both shows.
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Click here to see the article.


Submitted by Roger.


 

 

24 January 2010

Spartacus Episode 2 Preview On Starz

ep2prev.jpgEp 102 'Sacramentum Gladiatorium' - Enslaved in gladitorial school, the newly christened Spartacus must try to suppress his desire for vengeance when his new master promises to reunite him with his wife. USA - 2010 - TVMA

Click here to watch the preview.



News submitted by Barbara Davies.





 

 

24 January 2010

Even More Photos Of Lucy & Andy From Movie Premire

ex-3.jpg Rex features posted some terrific photos of Lucy & Andy from the NYC premiere of the Harrison Ford & Brandon Fraser movie Extreme Measures.

Click here to see the images.





News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

24 January 2010

Lucy & DeKnight TCA Interview From Premieum Hollywood


Although the new Starz series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," may involve a lot of guys and gals running around and committing all sorts of swordplay, you should in no way take the fact that it's executive produced by Robert G. Tapert to indicate that it will in any way resemble earlier Tapert productions like, say, "Hercules" or "Xena." I mean, heck, if the warrior princess herself doesn't see any similarities, then anything you think you've spotted is strictly a case of looking too hard to find something that isn't there.

"It's totally different to me," said Lucy Lawless, who plays Lucretia on the show. "Completely different, tonally. The fighting, the technology, everything has changed so much. I don't recognize the fights at all. The way they do them is foreign to me."

Read the full article.


News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

23 January 2010

HQ Spartacus The Red Serpent Screencaptures Online

ImageSeason 1, Episode 1 The Red Serpent Screencaptures have now been added to the Season 1 Spartacus Screencaptures Gallery

Please note: No screencaptures showing adult material have been included as per AUSXIP Policy.

Season 1 Episode 1 The Red Serpent

A Thracian warrior, enlisted by the Romans to fight, has his destiny seized by an act of rebellious violence. As punishment, he faces death by being forced to battle in the gladitorial arena.

Click here to view 297 HQ Screencaptures


Screencaptures created by Roger.



 

 

23 January 2010

ShowPatrol Q&A With Lucy, Andy & Steven DeKnight

From Show Patrol:

The makers of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" splatter the screen with sex, violence and plenty of R-rated language, but you won't convince them that any of it is out of place.

"I take issue with you using the word gratuitous," star Lucy Lawless said. "In fact, all of us, the actors and writers, are very serious about why we do it. We do not want one single thing to be gratuitous; it's not what we're about."

Lawless plays Lucretia, a Lady Macbeth-like figure in Starz new series premiering at 9 p.m. Friday. It tells the story of Spartacus, the gladiator who eventually leads an uprising against the Roman empire.

So why all the sex?

"It seems relevant to that time and what a sort of volatile, crazy world," said newcomer Andy Whitfield. "Actually, it would be inauthentic to not go there."


Read the full interview.


News submitted by Barbara Davies.

 

 

23 January 2010

IESB Interviews Andy Whitfield

iesb.net interviews Andy Whitfield.

Q: Were you ever asked to show what you looked like without a shirt on, prior to being cast?

Andy: No, surprisingly, I wasn't. I was waiting for them to do that, but that didn't happen, so I had a month to convince them that they had made the right decision.

[...]

Q: What has Erin Cummings been like to work with?

Andy: She's great. I think she actually got me the job. She came in to do a workshop with Steven DeKnight and the director, Rick Jacobson, in the audition process. I was doing these scenes, and there were some romantic scenes in the auditions. The casting director was there, but we couldn't really generate the chemistry. So, they brought in this girl and she was like a whirlwind. She was like, "Okay, everybody stop. You and I will just go in the corner and get to know each other." She was great. I was just like, "This is what Spartacus would feel like with that woman." She was just this whirlwind of energy.

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Q: Did Lucy Lawless give you any advice about what it's like to carry a show like this?

Andy: I never realized I was carrying it until about half-way through. I just always assumed it was an ensemble thing, where I was just on the poster. I guess I was in a little bit of denial. I came to acting late, just a few year ago, and it's not something I ever wanted. I guess I've overcome that by enjoying the process and the work. Obviously, Lucy's been through it before.

Click here to read the full interview.


News submitted by Barbara Davies.





 

 

23 January 2010

More Movie Premiere Photos Of Andy & Lucy

moreex.jpg More images of Lucy and Andy from the NYC premiere of Extreme Measures.

Zimbio: Premiere, After Party, AP Images, StarTraks, Corbis, Bruno Press, INF Events

Photos of Lucy & Andy out and about at AP Images.




News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

23 January 2010

Torch Online Interviews Lucy, Andy & Rob

aela.jpg Dennis Hensley interviews Lucy Lawless, Andy Whitfield, and Rob Tapert at the LA premiere of Spartacus: Blood And Sand.

Click here to watch the video.






News submitted by Barbara Davies.






 

 

23 January 2010

The Inside Reel Interviews Lucy & Andy

reel.jpg The Inside Reel Interviews Lucy Lawless and Andy Whitfield for the Starz Original Series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." Lucy and Andy discuss what makes their characters so unique and exciting.

Click here to watch the video.







 

 

23 January 2010

TV Guide: Spartacus Gets a Brazen Update

The Spartacus team is well aware the series can't survive on lust, gore and ancient eye candy alone. "Viewers won't keep returning just to see two gladiators beat the crap out of each other in the arena," DeKnight says. "Basically, we're softies. At the core of our show is a sweeping drama and a passionate romance." Early in the first episode, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) and his wife, Sura (Erin Cummings), are brutally separated by Roman soldiers who condemn him to die in the gladiator games and sell her off to a Syrian slave trader.

"It's Spartacus' all-consuming love for his wife that makes him survive against impossible odds," Whitfield notes. "It's a story so amazing you can't get your mind around it. I still stand back and go, 'This guy I'm playing actually built an army of slaves and took on the entire Roman Empire? Really?'"

Whitfield's own story ain't too shabby, either. A former engineer who hails from Wales, he only took up acting seven years ago--at the age of 30. Until then, he'd made his living as a facade specialist, scaling the exteriors of skyscrapers and bridges to spot architectural problems. "Finding Andy was like finding another Russell Crowe or Viggo Mortensen--a tough son of a bitch with soul," DeKnight says. "We really lucked out."

But the execs didn't push that luck when casting the plum female role, Lucretia, a desperate, social-climbing conniver married to Batiatus (John Hannah), the downwardly mobile owner of a gladiator school. They simply handed it to Tapert's internationally adored wife, former Xena star Lucy Lawless. "I keep being asked, 'Why are you doing the sword and sandals thing again?', but this is so different," Lawless says. "And who doesn't want to play Lady Macbeth?" (Click here to read our Q&A with Lawless.)

Read the full article


 

 

23 January 2010

Andy Whitfield: A warrior made - Boston Herald

For the first time, Andy Whitfield didn't have to go back to being an engineer after completing an acting job.

The Australia native stars as the title character in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," tonight at 10 on Starz.

"I only got into this (acting) business six or seven years ago. I had one of those epiphanies: 'You mean I don't have to do the thing I studied in college?' " Whitfield said in a recent telephone interview from Los Angeles.

"I've always had to act in my spare time and chip away at it and then go back to the day job. I guess I was sitting on the fence a little bit, mainly out of concern for feeding my family."

But after an international search, the father of two was cast as the slave who led the rebellion against the Romans. He finally was able to quit his day job. Sometimes he still can't believe it.

"It was so grueling, this job. It was really tough," he said. "When we were filming down in New Zealand, on the way home in the car, I'd go, 'Wow, this is a TV show. I'm going to be a lead.' I would just forget."

Click here to read the full interview.



 

 

23 January 2010

Lucy & Andy At The Premiere Of Extraordinary Measures

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A-List Stars Come to 'Extraordinary Measures' New York PremiereAdd CommentJanuary 22, 2010 04:30:28 GMT [...]

Some celebrity guests at the event included Gerard Butler, Brooke Shields, Tony Bennett, Andrew McCarthy, Lucy Lawless and Andy Whitfield as well as Steve Guttenberg.



Click the links to see the photos from this event on the following websites: AceShowBiz, Life, Getty, Wireimage, PRPhotos, WENN, Film Magic



 

 

23 January 2010

Andy & Spartacus Cast At The LA Premiere

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Listen to comments about Spartacus from the cast and the creative forces behind the show. Lucy Lawless, Andy Whitfield, Erin Cummings, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Manu Bennett, Sam Raimi at the LA premiere of the show.

Watch the video.





News submitted by Lori Boyles


 

 

22 January 2010

Lucy & Andy Interviewed By Yahoo!News

yahoonews.jpg "Actors Lucy Lawless and Andy Whitfield, who star in the new Starz cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," talk about their roles and swordplay."

Lucy and Andy talk about shooting the show, the news of the second season, Lucy's potential involvement with Caprica and more...

Click here to watch the video.




News submitted by Barbara Davies.


 

 

22 January 2010

Lucy & Andy Interviewed By Yahoo! OMG

omg.jpg"What's the Buzz" segment from Yahoo!'s OMG: an interview with Lucy and Andy about shooting the series, their characters. Lucy also talks about moving back to New Zealand, her fans and the cast starving on set to stay in top shape.

Click here to watch the video.





News submitted by Barbara Davies.




 

 

21 January 2010

Spartacus is Thought-Provoking Feast for the Eyes

ImageWarning: This review discusses the identity of the gay character in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

First, let’s talk loincloths.

Much ado has been made about the full-frontal female and male nudity on the new Starz show Spartacus: Blood and Sand, debuting this Friday, and the eye-candy is definitely there. But after all the hype and build-up, I confess I was a tad disappointed by this aspect of the show.

On the other hand, I can’t quite stop thinking about the loincloths on all the men. It’s impossible to watch the show and not be struck by all the impressive male bodies on display – and the attractive way those loincloths feature those bodies.

In the case of Spartacus's costume design, less is more, but sometimes a little more is more too.

But the great appeal of this show, for gay viewers and everyone else, is about much more than just the loincloths. All that other hype about how, like the movie 300, the show is filmed almost entirely in CGI and how “revolutionary” it all is?

Read Full Review


 

 

21 January 2010

Watch The Red Serpent on Starz Official Site

ImageFor those who have been thinking they couldn't watch the first episode without buying a subscription to Starz, think again. Starz has released the first episode "The Red Serpent" on their site. It's open to everyone (if you are over 17) and from all regions.

 

Click here to view online

Episode stills for the first episode are available in the Spartacus Image Galleries


 

 

21 January 2010

Spartacus Premiere New York 19 Jan - Pictures

Andy, John and Lucy attended the New York premiere of Spartacus on 19 Jan 2010 and below are the images from the event (from Wire Image)

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Andy Whitfield

 

 

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John Hannah


 

 

17 January 2010

Andy On The Cover Of 'Spartacus Weekly', In TV Guide



Added the Spartacus related articles from the January 15 and January 22 issues of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide to the Spartacus gallery. Terrific photos and reviews from both these popular magazines.

Be sure to get your copies at the checkout lane!

Click this link to see the images.


Scans submitted by Lori and Roger.


 

 

17 January 2010

More Premiere Photos At The Spartacus Facebook

ANDY.jpgSpartacus: Blood and Sand LA Premiere photos have been added to the Official Starz Spartacus Facebook account.

The images are of the cast and creators including Lucy Lawless, Joshua Donen, Steven S. DeKnight, Andy Whitfield, Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Viva Bianca, Erin Cummings, Katrina Law, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Peter Mensah.


Click here to see the photos.




 

 

16 January 2010

Andy Attends Spartacus Premiere 14 January 2010

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The cast of Spartacus attended the premiere of "Spartacus:Blood And Sand" on January 14, 2010 - Billy Wilder Theater Westwood Village, CA United States. Added photos from Wire Image and PR Photos (Licensed)

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14 January 2010

Spartacus enters new-series arena - Rave Review

Andy is mentioned in the following article by JEANNE JAKLE San Antonio Express-News, also printed in The Houston Chronicle and available at the paper's website.

Spartacus enters new-series arena

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is easily the raciest of TV's midseason entries -- if only for the copious amounts of blood splashing on screen.

However, all that red stuff is only part of the TV spectacle that is Spartacus. The new Starz series, which premieres at 9 p.m. Jan. 22, is from a producing team that includes Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. It's packed with action, interesting characters, ripped physiques and strong drama.

This is a cast of striking unknowns -- a standout being the magnificently buff Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role -- as well as more seasoned names such as Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) and John Hannah (The Mummy).

Spartacus pushes the envelope big time when it comes to violence, sexuality, nudity and language.

"Put the kids to bed, lock the door, pull down the shades because you ain't seen nothing like this," Bill Hamm, Starz vice president for creative development, said at the Spartacus press session.

He's right. The way Raimi, fellow executive producer Rob Tapert and head writer Steven S. DeKnight tell it, the story of the legendary slave is worlds apart from the Spartacus Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick gave us. Because of the heavy use of digital technology, it has the feel of a graphic novel.

Though the fight scenes are full of mayhem, they're presented in such a hyper-realistic style -- think Zack Snyder's 300 -- that they register as more entertaining than upsetting.

"We didn't want to do horror," said Tapert, a longtime collaborator with Raimi on everything from Xena to The Evil Dead. "We wanted to show gladiators battling in the arena. We wanted to bring some of the technological tools that are available to heighten action and utilize those. And as a byproduct of it, blood was spilled in a way that it was different to give it more of a balletic feel."

Spartacus also is enriched by a story that builds addictively. It tells of Rome's most infamous rebel, who's torn from his homeland and the woman he loves and condemned to the brutal arena.

"I was fascinated by it because Spartacus is this legendary character who goes through this tremendous transformation of a slave," Raimi said. "He's somebody who has been captured and forced to fight for his life and probably died a very unexpected leader of people."

If you're wondering whether women have a place amid all this testosterone, consider the scene-stealing Lawless as Lucretia, a kind of Lady Macbeth to her husband (Hannah).

He may be the monarch of the gladiator school, but she's the power behind the throne.

"The role is just a knockout. I'm so grateful to them for writing such brilliant women's relationships," Lawless said. "It's terribly deadly and very subtle."

Starz has such faith in the series, in fact, that it already has green-lighted Spartacus for a second season. Writer DeKnight (Smallville) revealed that Spartacus will go from leading a revolt to becoming a top gladiator to finally getting back to his original mission.

Though the show is very visceral, it also succeeds as a strong character piece.

"Hey, this is a show that has action, has blood, has sex, has all of those components that you don't get on network television," Taper said, "but all of that is just the initial wave from which behind really good drama is awaiting."




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News submitted by Ross.


 

 

14 January 2010

New Sura and Spartacus Artwork by Klippart

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Added new artwork by Klippart based on Sura and Spartacus.

"There Is No Life Without You"


Check out more Spartacus art from Klippart here

The main Spartacus Art Galleries are here

Submit artwork

The new AUSXIP Spartacus Artwork section is now open for submissions. After the show premieres and you would like to create some artwork based on the show or the current promo images which are now online, you can submit it to maryd@ausxip.com

Any images on AUSXIP Spartacus Blood and Sand can used in your artwork and that includes upcoming episode stills, screencaptures, promo images etc.

Since the show contains nudity and this site is general access, artwork containing full frontal nudity for the women and men / breasts for the women will not be accepted. Submission doesn't guarantee your artwork will be accepted. This rule strictly needs to be followed.

Type: The artwork can be hand-drawn art or graphical manipulation
Resolution: any resolution you wish but the higher resolution is better

Based on the same rules that are in place for the AUSXIP Xenaverse Art Section.

Artwork submitted here: maryd@ausxip.com


 

 

14 January 2010

Spartacus: Spartacular!!! - Off The Reel

ImageThe countdown is officially on, folks. In less than two weeks Movie Central will be blessing your TV sets with the most exciting series I’ve seen in a while. Picture this – if Rome and 300 had a lovechild, it would be Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

It’s an underdog story of a slave, but fierce fighter, Spartacus, who is forced to work the brutal underbellies of Rome and compete as a gladiator in the spectacle arena so that he may one day be reunited with his wife. Treachery, deceit, corruption, and lust surround him and his competitors, constantly testing their limits. From the blood-drenched pits Spartacus must rise and deliver, or else.

What’s special about this series is its mixture of elements. The visual style is unmatched. The characters are well developed. We’re not just talking about grunting, muscle bulging, posturing men at war with each other, but people with ambition, emotions. Strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Sympathy for each is easily swayed. It’s also filled to the brim with gore, violence, excitement and sex – to the likes I’ve never seen on a primetime series. There’s also a pinch of humour in the writing to lighten the mood. Ladies, don’t feel left out, Spartacus is sure to deliver a visceral viewing experience for you as well. Talk about co-viewing potential huh? It truly has something for everyone…..well, you might want to put the kids to bed first.

Spartacus stars the dashingly handsome Aussie actor, Andy Whitfield. If any MC fans out there checked out the movie Gabriel – yes that’s him. Spartacus also ushers in a triumphant return for Lucy Lawless, but don’t get confused – this is no Xena. Other mentionables include John Hannah of The Mummy fame and Peter Mensah from 300.

Do enjoy this journey to an era of unrelenting action and claims to glory. Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs Mondays on Movie Central at 9 pm MT, starting January 25.

Whet your appetite for gladiator contests by watching the movie Spartacus, this Friday at 9 pm MT on Encore Avenue! This classic film stars Kirk Douglas as a Thracian slave who leads a revolt against the decadent Roman Empire.

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13 January 2010

Spartacus Article in Entertainment Weekly 15 Jan 2010

Entertainment Weekly showcases Spartacus in their 15 January 2010 issue. Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan. Scanned by Roger.

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For more Spartacus Articles go to AUSXIP Spartacus Press


 

 

13 January 2010

Flesh & Blood - Spartacus in TV Guide January 2010

ImageImageTV Guide has a fantastic article on Spartacus which looks at the show and also looks at the two stars of the show Andy Whitfield and Lucy Lawless.

Flesh & Blood - Spartacus Blood and Sand TV Guide 18-24 January 2010
Starz whips up the sex and violence for Spartacus, a graphic adaptation of the Roman slave myth.

A 2,000-year-old dead guy is about to change the future of television. Spartacus: Blood and Sand—the new Starz show about the famed Thracian rebel who led a revolt of 120,000 slaves against the Roman Empire—is the first series ever to be presented in the graphic-novel style that made the film "300" a worldwide box-office smash. That means violence and bloodshed galore—slashed throats, skin ripped from skulls, entire bodies sliced in half like overripe honeydews— all of it artfully done in balletic slo-mo, along with frontally nude gladiators, no-imagination-necessary sex scenes and wildly foul language. (We're talking enough C-words and F-bombs to make David Mamet faint.)

Already green-lit for a second season before it hits the air, Spartacus is so visually dazzling and complex that each episode requires 120 days for the editing and effects alone—in other words, this is the kind of stuff you'd pay to see at your multiplex. It's intended to shock and awe and shock some more, and the show's execs make no bones about it. "It was always our goal to push the boundaries of what's possible on TV, and I think we even surprised ourselves," says creator Steven DeKnight {Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Adds executive producer Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess): "Most television is not about setting a new bar. It's about playing it safe. Starz was willing to go out on the ledge and take the leap with us, without all the feedback and silly note-giving. It's unprecedented, really."

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13 January 2010

Starz Posts The Red Serpent Clips - SPOILERS

Starz has posted 10 video clips from the first episode The Red Serpent. Please be aware that at least one of the clips is age restricted. The following clips feature Andy as Spartacus

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Dead, All of Them - Clip #1

Spartacus rallies the Thracians for the Roman Army. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?

 

ImageFirst Light - Clip #2

Spartacus spends an intimate night with his wife Sura before heading to war.

 

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A Warning - Clip #3


Sura receives a harbinger from the Gods

 

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Hold The Line Clip #4
Warning: language and violence

The Thracians battle the savage Gedi


ImageSend The Gods... - Clip #6


Glaber ignores Spartacus' warning for reinforcements.


Click here for more clips. Please be aware that one of the clips does have an age restriction.

Clips #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 (Age restriction) #7 #8 #9 #10

 



 

 

13 January 2010

Lucy praises Andy in Good Day LA interview

Lucy's was interviewed today on Good Day LA where she was fielding questions about Xena, fame and her role on Spartacus. The show featured footage of Andy in a scene from Spartacus, Lucy praised Andy and suggested that he'll give Daniel Craig a run for his money as Bond.

The video is now available for viewing through AUSXIP Videos.



 

 

12 January 2010

TCA - Tentative Spartacus Panel Details

The Spartacus cast and creators will be a part of the TCA panel shows do for the press as the new season begins.

spartacus_starz    @bhdaviesuk Yes, TCA panel is 1/16 10:30am. For Spartacus on panel tentative: Andy, Lucy, John, Rob, Steven.


 

 

12 January 2010

Send questions via Twitter for Andy & Lucy

Looks like ShowPatrol will interview Lucy and Andy in an upcoming show, they tweeted that you can send in questions for the stars or Spartacus.

http://twitter.com/showpatrol: Busy week of interviews. Send questions for Katee Sackhoff; Sharon Gless & Tyne Daly; Lucy Lawless & Andy Whitfield; Matt Bomer & Tim DeKay.


 

 

9 January 2010

New Starz Spartacus Videos

Starz has released eight new videos which were originally shown on the Starz channel to promote Spartacus leading up to the premiere on January 22. The videos have been posted to AUSXIP Video Spartacus Blood and Sand Channel.

The following videos interview Andy as Spartacus


Interviews

ImageThe Gladiators - Spartacus Blood and Sand


Meet the Gladiators. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt



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Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt.



Trailers/Promos

ImageDie By The Sword - Spartacus Blood and Sand


Meet the Gladiators. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt

 

ImageWorth Fighting For = Spartacus Blood and Sand

Spartacus must fight for the woman he loves. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt.




 

 

9 January 2010

New Starz Spartacus Videos

Starz has released eight new videos which were originally shown on the Starz channel to promote Spartacus leading up to the premiere on January 22. The videos have been posted to AUSXIP Video Spartacus Blood and Sand Channel.

The following videos interview Andy as Spartacus


Interviews

ImageThe Gladiators - Spartacus Blood and Sand


Meet the Gladiators. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt



ImageSpartacus - Spartacus Blood and Sand

Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt.



Trailers/Promos

ImageDie By The Sword - Spartacus Blood and Sand


Meet the Gladiators. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt

 

ImageWorth Fighting For = Spartacus Blood and Sand

Spartacus must fight for the woman he loves. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" premieres on Starz, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm et/pt.




 

 

2 January 2010

Giant Spartacus Ad in Times Square

Well whoever was responsible for this promo, mega kudos (and it would have cost mega bucks). A giant Spatacus ad could be seen behind the Time Square countdown ball on New Year's Eve...

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Click here to view youtube video


 

 

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