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31 January 2011

Rittenhouse Archives Spartacus Blood and Sand Trading Cards - Order Online


Following our update from 22 January 2011 where we reported on Rittenhouse Archives Spartacus Blood and Sand Trading Cards, there is now an update. You can buy them at $50 or $750 for a case.

Rittenhouse Archives is pleased to announce our premiere edition of Spartacus: Blood and Sand Premium Trading Cards, based on the Starz TV series starring Andy Whitfield and Lucy Lawless! In this Premium Pack Series, there will be 2 autograph cards per pack!



30 January 2011

Spartacus star is fighting cancer ‘like a champion’ - Wales Online

andy-03THE creator of sexy sword and sandals series Spartacus: Blood and Sand says the Welsh former star of the show Andy Whitfield is fighting cancer “like a true champion”.

Producer and screenwriter Steven DeKnight, known for working on Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, says he “has the upmost faith” Whitfield, 36, of Amlwch, Anglesey, will win his fight against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Dad-of-two Whitfield, who as a child was a regular at the Plaza Cinema, Bangor, played the famous defiant gladiator in the first season of Spartacus:Blood and Sand before he was forced to drop out last year when first diagnosed with the condition.

De Knight said: “Andy, of course, is being very private about his condition and what he’s going through with his family.

“The last thing I heard, he was attacking it like a true champion and I have the upmost faith he will pull through with flying colours.”

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25 January 2011

Andy Whitfield & Tabrett Bethell Movie The Clinic Pre-Order DVD

ImageAndy's movie "The Clinic" which he co-starred with Tabrett Bethell (Cara from Legend of the Seeker) is now available to pre-order in Australia (Region 4 DVD). It is being released on 23 February 2011.

While traveling across country with her fiancé, Beth wakes alone in an isolated clinic to a mother's worst nightmare. Just how far will she go to save her child?

Price: $29.99 (AUD)
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-- new submitted by Necros_hun



22 January 2011

Spartacus Trading Cards From Rittenhouse Archives

Andrea just sent me the following news about the new Spartacus Trading Cards (you will notice that Viva's name has been written as Biba). The news will be in the next issue of Previews Magazine. Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan. The cards be will available from 27 April 2011 at $50 per box and only 200 available.


Limited Edition Series-Only 200 Boxes Produced! Rittenhouse Archives presents the premiere edition of their Spartacus: Blood and Sand trading cards series, based on the hit Starz TV series! The card series will include 26 Episode Synopsis cards (2 per episode), with each card sequentially-numbered to 250 (2 cards per pack).

Also look for the 9-card "Savage" sub-set, depicting the blood, violence, and action of Spartacus, sequentially-numbered to 350 (1 card per pack). Also look for 12 Autograph cards from Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Biba Bianca, Jai Courtney, and more! 2 autographs per premium pack! 6 Cards per pack. 15 Packs per box.

News submitted by Andrea



21 January 2011

Lucy Talks About Andy and Spartacus - Video Interview

On The Red Carpet has an interview with Lucy from today where she discusses Spartacus, Andy Whitfield and a Xena Movie.

Part 2 On The Red Carpet Interview With Lucy Lawless 20 January 2011
Posted on: 21st January 2011

Part 2 On The Red Carpet Interview With Lucy Lawless 20 January 2011

Part 2 On The Red Carpet Interview With Lucy Lawless 20 January 2011 Lucy talks about Andy Whitfield and updates on his health.

Click here for Parts 1 and Part 3 of the interview



21 January 2011

Ipad App - The Scrolls of Spartacus by Starz

ImageThe Scrolls of Spartacus By Starz Media


Experience the action of the arena from script to screen of the Starz® Original hit series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Episode Scrolls allow you to purchase the script from each episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Season 1 (free episode included with download). Scripts are packed full of audio and video extra features, notes from show creator Steven S. DeKnight, and behind the scenes footage. Also included is Scaling Capua, an interactive widget detailing the social networks of Capua’s most fascinating citizens.


Episode Scrolls – Extra feature filled scripts for each episode of Season 1 available for purchase. Future updates will include episodes from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Scaling Capua – Explore the back stories and social networks of the characters in Spartacus’ Capua.

Videos – View videos from purchased scripts including show clips and behind the scenes footage.

Photos – View exclusive photos from purchased scripts and use them as iPad wallpapers.

Future updates will include scripts from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, premiering on January 21. Only on Starz.

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21 January 2011

Lucy Talks about Andy and Jaime - TV Guide

TV Guide Online has an article: Spartacus Draws Up a New Battle Plan With Prequel Series Gods of the Arena

Lucy mentions two of her co-stars that inspired her:

Lawless is most certainly a survivor, even though Lucretia seemingly died in the Blood finale with a sword to her pregnant abdomen. "This role is the greatest challenge and pleasure of my career, so I'm grateful I escaped my fate," says Lawless, who shot Lucretia's demise two ways — one where she's clearly dead, one where she's still twitching. Execs chose the latter, assuring she'll be back for Season 2.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. In Gods, the popular actress engages in some sizzling Sapphic sex with costar Jaime Murray (Dexter), who plays Lucretia's girlhood pal Gaia — and that's something Lawless' fans have been dying to see since the star's days as Xena: Warrior Princess. "The lesbian stuff made me nervous as hell, and I don't think I could have done it without Jaime," Lawless admits. "She's really funny and 200-percent professional. She's my kind of woman!"

And Whitfield, who is currently undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, remains her kind of man. "Andy didn't curl up in a ball and think of himself — he's concerned about all the people making their livelihood with this show," says Lawless. "He wants us to continue and we love him for that. It's no wonder he played Spartacus so well. The guy is a true hero."

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20 January 2011

Steven DeKnight Talks to ScreenCrave About Andy


Steven was interviewed for ScreenCrave today regarding Spartacus: Gods of the Arena but he also talked about Andy:

Earlier today, we got the opportunity to talk to Steven S. DeKnight, the creator, writer, and executive producer of the Starz hit, "Spartacus: Blood & Sand." DeKnight is currently promoting the upcoming prequel series "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," which airs on Friday January 21. Just yesterday it was announced that Australian actor Liam McIntyre would replace Andy Whitfield in the title role of "Blood & Sand" when it returns for season two. DeKnight revealed why McIntyre was chosen for the part, and what we can expect from the character in the future.

On Whitfield's departure, McIntyre's arrival, and the future of Spartacus:

"We're obviously deeply saddened that Andy couldn't continue with us, he was a huge part of the show's success and we wish him the best and a speedy recovery. We did an exhaustive search to find someone not to replace Andy but to step into the role of Spartacus and we feel very fortunate that we were able to find Liam who we felt really embodied everything we were looking for in the character moving forward."

With the personal battle that Whitfield is facing [he's currently battling cancer], his former co-stars still stand behind him. Manu Bennett who plays Crixus on the show stated, "We're all praying for him. We are all in huge support of Andy. We are all so deeply saddened."

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19 January 2011

Andy Whitfield Attacking Cancer "Like a True Champion"


TV Guide Online has an article about Andy's Battle with Cancer

Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator Steven. S. DeKnight wants Andy Whitfield's fans to know the actor is actively fighting the disease. "Andy of course is being very private about his condition and what he's going through with his family," DeKnight said Tuesday to discuss the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

 "It's been a little while, but the last thing I heard was that he was attacking it like a true champion. I have the utmost faith that he will pull through with flying colors." The 36-year-old Whitfield has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, forcing him to drop out of the Starz series in September. Liam McIntyre was recently announced as Whitfield's replacement as the titular gladiator.

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11 January 2011

TV Guide Q&A - Andy Update and GotA Update


TV Guide Online had the following Q&A about Andy's health and Gods of the Arena:

Question: With the new prequel of Spartacus starting soon on Starz, what is the status on Andy Whitfield and will he return, and if not, who will fill his shoes? Please tell me the show will go on! — Scott

Matt Roush: Last week, Starz confirmed the second season of Spartacus is a definite go later this year. But Andy Whitfield, unfortunately, is still fighting cancer (no updates on his condition, which is being kept a private matter for now) and he will not be a part of it. They appear to be close to recasting the title role, but until then, we'll have to settle for the Gods of the Arena prequel (which starts a week from Friday). I've seen two hours so far, and it's fun to see John Hannan and Lucy Lawless chewing the scenery (and each other) again, along with other characters from the first season at earlier stages in their gladiator history. The biggest problem is that the star gladiator Gannicus is, to put it mildly, no Spartacus. Which serves as a reminder to how difficult it will be to fill Whitfield's sandles.

AUSXIP Reporter: Lori Boyles



8 January 2011

Spartacus Cast Nominated in SciFi Guy Awards - Vote Now!

ImageKatrina Law, Lucy Lawless, Andy Whitfield and Spartacus nominated at Scifi Guys Shirty Awards 2010.


Best Actor
Andy Whitfield

Best Actress
Lucy Lawless

Best Show

One To Watch
Andy Whitfield

Best Supporting Actress
Katrina Law

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