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31 May 2010

John Hannah Video Interview & Transcript


Bravo has an exclusive interview with John up on their site. Unfortunately it's only for UK visitors. Barbara Davies who is in the UK has transcribed the interview and it's below. Thanks Barbara!

Exclusive Bravo Video Interview with John Hannah
Transcribed by Barbara Davies


"The cast generally were great. It was a great, great meeting of international souls. Of course, over any period of 8 months that chops and changes. What you find, I think, as an actor, you know, who you're going to get on with in a cast so often depends on what you are going to have to do with them. And it's weird. This is not like some Method thing (Marlon Brando Method thing, although I love Brandon). This is not like a Method thing, this just seems to be something that happens.

"If you play a happy character, who's always laughing and having a good time, chances are you probably will feel a bit more upbeat than somebody who's like slitting their wrists and being miserable and going around and all that, you know. So the people that you get on with are the people that you actually interact with as characters in a positive sense.

"And although most of the time I was being pretty devious and mean and lying to Andy, on the front of it we're getting on great, we start bonding, he trusts me, that trust goes on. Peter Mensah, we have a similar kind of relationship. Lucy (my wife) was just an adorable, adorable human being. And it was only as you then start to do mean and nasty things to them and think mean and nasty things are being done to you that you suddenly find yourself changing in your relationship and that's something that happens subconsciously.

"And it's not Method, it's not thought about, it's not intended, you just find yourself doing that ... And Nick Tarabay, who at first was as far as I was concerned just one of the slaves ... One become dismissive of the slaves. Then you realise you have a relationships where you are being more di dur di dur with them and that relationship becomes a little bit stronger. And it changes all the way through. But ultimately, and I can honestly say this, hand in heart, that it was such a great crowd of people. There wasn't somebody you try and avoid. You go 'Oh Christ, I'm not going to makeup because XYZ's in there, chatting away and I canna be bothered with the sound of their voice.' It really wasn't like that.

"We filmed the show in New Zealand, which was an amazing experience, amazing opportunity to get down there and to experience that part of the world. But also there were a couple of actors who were from New Zealand, which was great. They became sort of like hosts, in the sense of taking us to various places: beaches and the like. Taking us fishing. Mark Mitchison who becomes one of my henchmen, we went fishing together and stuff ... surfing. And then everybody else came from somewhere else, from all over the world: Australia, Palestine, South Africa, Ghana, Los Angeles. So everybody became like this family on set. There were little events that we did together. People went off and did things. It was really cool. So New Zealand is where we filmed it, it was our home for last year."



30 May 2010

CineTVBuzz at Monte Carlo Festival Q&A with Lucy and Peter

I've been contacted by a journalist from CineTVBuzz, a French website dedicated to TV shows, movies and books, and they will be at the Television Festival in Monte Carlo between the 6th and 10th June.

There will be some round table presentation where journalists could ask questions. They would like some questions to ask Lucy and Peter.

The interviews will be video taped.

If you would like to submit your questions email them to

More AUSXIP Lucy Lawless News about this event

- Monte-Carlo Television Festival Update Free Tickets
- Lucy Confirmed For Monte-Carlo TV Festival 6-10 June 2010
- Lucy Lawless & Peter Mensah To Attend Monte Carlo TV Festival
- Lucy Nominated for Best Actress in Monte-Carlo TV Festival Awards



29 May 2010

Why Spend So Much Print In Trashing A Show


Why Spend So Much Print In Trashing A Show
by MaryD

So much print and bandwidth has been wasted in disparaging Spartacus from the UK (and the US previously) that I find it simply amazing. I'm surprised I actually read this drivel but since the site is about Spartacus, I only post articles that are positive (negativity is just so icky).

For example I was reviewing an article from The Guide (UK) today and this guy wastes a whole page in telling his readers how bad the show is. Wow.

These critics can't see past the sex, past the nudity and go blind to the actual storytelling.

This post also serves to reply to those very helpful people who send me articles on Spartacus. I don't post everything I get because the critics are wrong (in my opinion) but thank you to everyone who submits these articles / scans for me.

This is a great show; it has a stunning cast and great storytelling. Yes it has sex, nudity, blood and guts but so does the nightly news. I don't watch the nightly news for the storytelling (actually I don't watch the nightly news...very depressing).

Maybe there is a plan here. When you tell someone they can't watch it or they shouldn't watch it, people watch just to see why they shouldn't watch.

The ratings for the show are fantastic which I guess is the best revenge agains these critics.

Listen to the people...not the critics.



29 May 2010

2010 Cable Show Convention Photos

ImageLesley-Ann has sent in some photos which have been officially released by Starz of the Spartacus booth at the 2010 Cable Show Convention.

Lesley-Ann was joined by Peter, Erin and Nick.

Click here to view the photos



29 May 2010

AUSXIP Interviews Lucy Lawless May 2010

ImageAUSXIP Interviews Lucy Lawless, star of Xena Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica and now the Domina of the Ludus, Lucretia on Spartacus Blood and Sand.

We conducted our first interview with Lucy in 2008 while she was preparing for her London concert debut and whilst working on the Adam Sandler movie "Bedtime Stories". In this interview Lucy talks about Xena, what her fans have taught her, working on Spartacus and her fellow cast mates, her involvement with Greenpeace and why that is so important to her. Does she has future in politics, childhood memories and more.

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29 May 2010

5 Minutes with Lucy Lawless UK Interview

ImageTalkTalk has an interview with Lucy working on the show and how it compares to Xena and other interesting bits. The following item is of interest beyond Season 1.


Oh yes, I'm sure they can go off on any number of detours. I could see five or six series. I should be so lucky to be involved throughout. No doubt I'll be heinously murdered at some point.

Read the full interview



28 May 2010

GoldLabel Seeks Fan Questions for Steven Q&A

ImageGold Label, the people who have the Spartacus licence for all those goodies on their Spartacus store are seeking fan questions for an interview with Steven. The following was posted on their facebook page:

Gold Label Goods SPARTACUS FANS: Have a question for Sparty creator/writer/producer/hero Steven S. DeKnight? Send 'em via comments here. We'll be interrupting his work on the awesome Spartacus prequel to interview him next week!

Click here to submit your question

News submitted by Barbara Davies



28 May 2010

Spartacus Review Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

indexPittsburgh Post Gazelle - 28 May 2010
Best bloody show

The Starz series "Spartacus" began as a CGI-blood-soaked mess but it improved as it moved through its first season and eventually became TV's most addictive, violent soap-for-guys since HBO's "Oz." Characterizations improved and plot turns surprised in this story of a gladiator and his manipulative masters, played in terrific turns by John Hannah and Lucy Lawless. The show's first season will be out on DVD Sept. 21.

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News submitted by Barbara Davies



28 May 2010

Lucy New Zealand Radio Interview MoreFM Auckland

ImageLucy is interviewed on 91.8 MoreFM Auckland radio and it's quite an interesting interview.

Lucy talks to Josh and Tom about Spartacus, where the series is filmed, the set and what the gladiators have to go through. She's asked if she misses Xena, and if she misses Los Angeles.

Listen to the interview here

News submitted by Barbara Davies



28 May 2010

New Spartacus Sketches by Carpe Chakram

Carpe Chakram sent in two beautiful sketches. Spartacus Family and Three Gladiators


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27 May 2010

Spartacus TV Choice London Evening Standard 25 May 2010

ImageJane Shilling's TV Choice
London Evening Standard 25 May 2010


While we’re waiting for the gladiatorial combat that is the World Cup to take over the telly schedules, here’s something almost as exciting to be going on with. Even people who have never seen Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick’s great epic know who Spartacus is — and this is a particularly energetic incarnation, slicing the limbs of opponents and engaging in post-match relaxation with assorted ladeez with all the energy of an England left-back.



27 May 2010

John Video Interview with Screenrush UK

ImageScreenrush UK interviewed John about the premiere of Spartacus Blood and Sand on UK Cable Bravo. In addition to talking about Batiatus and what's going to happen in Season 1, John is asked about Andy and how his health.

John says that Andy is in remission and cancer free, he is back in training. He has come through this and this will make him stronger. John and Andy have kept in touch throughout Andy's treatment.

John also briefly touched on Season 2.

Season 2 picks up after the Season 1 rebellon. Spartacus and the rest of the rebels have set up camp at Mt Vesuvius.

Watch Interview

Andy Health Update - Andy In Remission (Posted 19 May 2010)

Video link submitted by Barbara Davies



27 May 2010

UK Spartacus Ratings

TV ratings: Spartacus lifts Bravo - Heavily promoted US import gets 10 times channel's average for slot – but is only 15th most-watched thing on multichannel

The UK premiere of the graphic sex and sandals drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand gave Bravo its biggest ever audience last night, Tuesday 25 May.

The heavily promoted US import, described by the Radio Times as "a blur of boobs and bullet-time camerawork" and "a swords-and-sandals epic for the Nintendo DS generation", was broadcast on Bravo between 10pm and 11.15pm, attracting 365,000 viewers a 2.2% audience share.

Bravo's previous highest audience was for an episode of Blade broadcast in January 2007.

Spartacus delivered a huge ratings boost to Bravo, with an audience share nearly 10 times the network's average for the slot over the past three months. This was by far the best performance by this comparison of any multichannel show yesterday.

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26 May 2010

John Interviewed on UK GMTV


John Hannah GMTV Interview 25 May 2010

John is interviewed on UK TV – Four Weddings star chats to GMTV about his new TV series Spartacus

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News submitted by Barbara Davies



26 May 2010

Spartacus The Beginner's Guide


Bravo has gone all out to promote the show now that it's airring in the UK. They have a Beginner's guide which is basically a run down of the characters with promo images of each character.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Not for the faint-hearted, the controversial Spartacus: Blood and Sand brings to life the bloody world of gladiators, and depicts one of history’s most violent eras.

Meet the main characters and find out what's in store.

Click here to view

News submtted by Barbara Davies



25 May 2010

Katrina Screencaptures from Legend Of The Seeker

Katrina guest starred on Legend of the Seeker as a fierce Mord'Sith. In addition to her appearance in Season 2 Episode 18 Walter, Katrina guest starred in two more episodes in Season 2

ImageLegend of the Seeker
Season 2, Episode 19

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Image Legend of the Seeker
Season 2, Episode 22


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25 May 2010

Lesley-Ann Screencaptures On Legend of the Seeker Finale

Image Lesley-Ann guest starred on the series finale of Legend of the Seeker, Episode 22 called "Tears" The screencaptures were created by Roger.

Click here to view the screencaptures



25 May 2010

VERY Clever Swedish Spartacus Fan Video

This is different and seriously cool. A very different way to promo Spartacus Blood and Sand and extremely clever. The video was created by a fan Danza MeChell from a pre-made video and the Sparty image was inserted. Very clever indeed.

Many thanks to Erin Cummings for the alert and to Luna for the update.



25 May 2010

Lucy Happy To Be Forever Xena


Lucy Happy to be Forever Xena
Monday 24th May 2010

Her next TV role is about to make her a screen icon all over again, but Lucy Lawless realises she will always be Xena in the hearts of her fans. But the star of new historical epic Spartacus: Blood and Sand, says the fans of her Nineties fantasy yarn have made her what she is today.

She told the Press Association: "They are fantastic. If you have those kind of fans you should value them because they are just so powerful and loyal and they will give you so much - they will stick with you." but she admits to sometimes feeling peculiar about the lengths her fans will go to prove their support.

She laughed: "I hate it when people get tattoos of me or Gabrielle. Sometimes they're really wonky!

"People can do what they want but people ask me to sign their arm and they'll run off and get it tattooed and they come back and show me and I'm like 'what have you done?' I hate that. I even feel weird signing a kid's T-shirt in case their mothers want to kill me. Please, no."

The new series airs Tuesdays on Bravo at 10pm.




25 May 2010

Katrina Interviewed on The Cut Podcast

Katrina was interviwed on The Cut, a podcast from the UK about Mira as Season 1 begins in the UK. Katrina's segment is right at the start of this podcast.

This week in The Cut: Katrina Law talks to Clive Morgan about playing Mira in TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

News submitted by Barbara Davies



24 May 2010

Spartacus Modern Day Fresco

Spartacus 'fresco' features Simon Cowell and Gordon Brown

A celebrity artist has created a modern-day version of a traditional Roman fresco, casting Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and the warring Gallagher brothers as gladiators.


At its centre is star of the show Andy Whitfield, who stands over two of his victims, one of them former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Welsh-born Whitfield is a man who epitomises courage both on and off-screen as he portrays the rebellious warrior slave Spartacus and in real life battles non-hodgkins lymphoma.

Describing his inspiration for the painting, Karslake said: "After watching several episodes of Spartacus, I was struck by how contemporary society holds just as much sex, violence and deception as it did in Roman times.

"Every day, modern day gladiators vie for our attention and are held up for our entertainment in a bid to win our affection, ratings or votes.

"If Simon Cowell had been around in Ancient Rome, would he be running Gladiatorial schools or does Gordon Brown's demise bear any resemblance to emperors of the past?"

Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs exclusively on Tuesdays at 10pm from Tuesday May 25 and stars Scottish actor John Hannah and Lucy Lawless.

Hannah, who plays Batiatus, owner of the Gladiator arena said: "I think we all like that historical world.

"We want to know where our society has come from and who we are, and what we were without the constraints of civilization.

"I think those kind of people still exist - they're just dressed in suits and pinstripe shirts now. I can see the modern parallels."

Historian and writer Natalie Hayes said: "Ancient Rome is no different from the modern world.

"We no longer watch chariot races or gladiatorial fights but we watch races just like Romans did - for us the chariots have become Formula 1 cars.

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24 May 2010

AUSXIP Interviews Viva Bianca - Ilithyia The Bandit Princess

ImageAUSXIP Interviews Viva Bianca
"Ilithyia, The Bandit Princess"
Interviewed by MaryD

We are delighted to bring you an interview with the supremely talented Australian actress Viva Bianca. Viva stars in Spartacus Blood and Sand as Ilithya, wife to the Roman Legate, daughter of Senator Albinius and all round bad girl. We learn about Viva's early introduction to acting, her acting role model, working in theatre.

We also delve into what makes Ilithyia tick, what it's like working on Spartacus, her fellow castmates, why Viva describes Ilithyia as "The Bandit Princess" and lots more! This is a very extensive and fascinating interview.

Read The Interview



24 May 2010

Spartacus Prequel Shooting Date & Season 2 News

OnFilm, New Zealand's Screen Production Industry Magazine reports that the Spartacus Prequel will start shooting on 2 August and when they finish with the 6 episode mini-series, it will be followed up by the production of Season 2.

Read more on OnFilm

Keep updated with Spartacus Prequel on AUSXIP House of Batiatus
Keep updated with Spartacus Season 2 News

News submitted by Barbara Davies



24 May 2010

Spartacus Prequel Shooting Date and Season 2 News


OnFilm, New Zealand's Screen Production Industry Magazine reports that the Spartacus Prequel will start shooting on 2 August and when they finish with the 6 episode mini-series, it will be followed up by the production of Season 2.

Read more on OnFilm

Keep updated with Spartacus Prequel on AUSXIP House of Batiatus
Keep updated with Spartacus Season 2 News

News submitted by Barbara Davies



24 May 2010

Viva Bianca in Australia Movie X - Photos

Image Posted three images from Viva's new Australian movie called "X".

X is a roller-coaster ride through a lurid red-light world of high-class escorts, hookers and bent cops, X chronicles a chance encounter on the mean streets of Kings Cross that changes the course of two women’s lives.

Viva describes her character:
My new movie is a contemporary, urban story about two prostitutes – one is a high-end escort, about to leave everything behind her and move to Paris, and the other is a teenage runaway experiencing her first night on the street. I play the escort.

View Images (none of the photos are mature content)



24 May 2010

Sally Flegg Viva Photoshoot Images


Posted today together with the exclusive Viva AUSXIP interview is the beautiful photos from Sally Flegg.

Sally took these photos of Viva and they are part of the Photoshoots in Viva's photo gallery now on AUSXIP Viva Bianca.


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23 May 2010

UK Bravo Magazine Promo Survival Is The Best Revenge


The following scan is from the UK magazine Shortlist May 2010 Issue. Many thanks to Hayley from Girls Aloud Media for the scan

Survival Is The Best Revenge - Spartacus Blood and Sand Season One 25 May 10 PM

View larger scan in Spartacus Magazine Promo Scans



23 May 2010

Frost Interviews John Hannah Video

ImageFrost Over The World interviews John Hannah.

Actor John Hannah is best known for his roles in "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Sliding Doors" and the hugely successful "Mummy" franchise. His latest part sees him starring in the hit US television drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand".

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23 May 2010

Lucy Lawless Roman About In The Buff

02-lucretia smallSunday Mail; Glasgow (UK)
May 2010

Actress Lucy Lawless would be the first to defend her army of fiercely loyal - some might say obsessive fans - but even she draws the line at tattoos.

It used to be enough for people to get a signed photograph, but more now feel the need to get Xena Warrior Princess immortalised on their bodies - and Lucy isn't impressed by the results.

She said: "I hate it when people get tattoos of me. I've seen full colour tattoos of Xena and Gabrielle on people's back.

"I've signed people's arms and they have run off to the tattoo shop and had my signature tattooed.

"They then come back to show me and I think 'Why did you do that?' I feel weird signing t-shirts in case people's mothers want to kill me, so to get a tattoo of me, I just hate it."

But if fans have gone to extremes to show their devotion in the past, tattoo parlours should be braced for big business after Spartacus: Blood And Sand hits screens in the UK.

It is billed as a historical epic about the legendary fighter who led a slave uprising against the Romans. But before it's arrived from the US, it has caused controversy with its scenes of graphic violence and sex.



23 May 2010

Peter Mensah Cast Page Now Online

ImageWelcome to the new AUSXIP Spartacus Cast Page for Peter Mensah (Doctore). Here you will find the latest news and multimedia related to Peter in his role as Doctore and other shows.

News and images not related to Spartacus will be posted here instead of the main Spartacus site.

Peter is a superb actor and I'm stoked to add this news & multimedia site in honour of him.

View cast page



21 May 2010

John Attends Spartacus Bravo Launch Party

John attended the Bravo Spartacus launch part last night.

The Spartacus TV launch last night was briliant! Even John Hannah was there
41 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone
Jessica La Grassa

Worked at Spartacus party last night. Half naked men and the dog from Harry Potter - not too bad at all! Plus good eats from 'the recipe'!
about 2 hours ago via web
Zoe Cooper

The dj at the spartacus party playing tensnake's the cat!! Oh and john hannah next to me...
about 18 hours ago via txt
Carole Raddato

Spartacus launch party is suitably themed - slave girls and gladiators abound. (@ One Marylebone Place)
about 18 hours ago via foursquare
Andrew Mowbray

News submitted by Barbara Davies



21 May 2010

AUSXIP Interviews Lesley-Ann Answers Fan Questions

ImageAUSXIP Interviews Lesley-Ann Brandt
Lesley-Ann Answers Fan Questions

20 May 2010

Recently fans were asked to submit their questions to Lesley-Ann (Naevia) Manu Bennett (Crixus), the super couple of Season 1, below are Lesley-Ann's responses. We hope to bring you Manu's interview soon. Many thanks to Lesley-Ann for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer the fan's questions

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21 May 2010

Spartacus Season 1 DVD 21 September 2010

Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to unleash Spartacus: Blood and Sand – The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray on September 21st.

The four-disc set will contain all 13 episodes, come armored in a high-end collectible packaging, and the Blu-ray edition will include four Director’s Cut Extended episodes.

The DVD will have a suggested retail price of $59.97 with the Blu-ray edition having a suggested retail of $79.97.

Executive produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, Spartacus: Blood and Sand on DVD and Blu-ray promises to take fans even deeper into the deadly brutality of gladiator games and the decadent machinations of Roman society with hours of bonus features delving behind the scenes into the making of a modern epic, including interviews and commentaries from the actors and filmmakers, augmented with rare production footage exploring the series’ ground-breaking visual effects, production and costume design.

ImageThe set features enhanced digital effects added to several of the episodes, and the Blu-ray exclusive “Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes” will feature content too risqué for television.

The new series was the most highly anticipated original series in the history of Starz Entertainment, and premiered on January 22, 2010, and was hit with viewers and critics. The show featured a renowned international cast including John Hannah (the Mummy films), Peter Mensah (300), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Nick E. Tarabay (“Crash”) and Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”), and a star-making turn by UK-born and Australia-based Andy Whitfield in the title role.

DVD and Blu-ray bonus features:

Gladiator Camp
History Rewritten
Make-up Effects
The Hole
Audio Commentaries
Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects
Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Exclusive Blu-ray bonus feature:

Four “Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes” personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert



20 May 2010

John Hannah Interview Podcast on BBC Radio

ImageJohn was interviewed by Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 live on 17 May 2010. The interview is 24 minutes long.

Download Interview mp3 | BBC Podcast Site

John Hannah has an established box office pedigree, from Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy franchise and Sliding Doors on the big screen, to Rebus and McCallum on TV. His latest role sees him starring in the US television drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which comes to the UK next week. The series has been a huge ratings hit in the States - despite controversy over its graphic content - so what can viewers expect?

News submitted by Barbara Davies



19 May 2010

Andy Health Update - Andy In Remission

ImageThis is excellent news for Andy that his Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is in remission. John Hannah was interviewed on the BBC show "The One Show" and revealed that Andy is in remission. UK residents can watch/listen to these on the BBC iPlayer. John mentions that Andy is 'in remission'. Unfortunately for the rest of us not in the UK you can't view the interview.

Andy's remission was also mentioned in The Guardian UK interview with John on 16 May 2010

I ask what's next, and he says he's preparing for the second series of Spartacus in New Zealand. This had to be put on hold when the lead actor, Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hannah says he is now in remission.

MERCK lists the following about remission for those with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

It is somewhat of a paradox that indolent lymphomas usually respond readily to treatment by going into remission (in which the disease is under control), often followed by long-term survival, but the disease usually is not cured. In contrast, aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which usually require very intensive treatment to achieve remission, have a good chance of being cured.

There hasn't been any official word from Starz updating on their press release about Andy's illness. Hopefully that will come soon.



19 May 2010

UK Spartacus Fans Watch Show On Sky Player


For UK Fans here is some news about watching the show a week before it goes to air on Bravo from

The controversial Spartacus: Blood and Sand is available on Sky Player tonight, a whole week before it airs on TV. Be among the first to see Bravo's new drama, but be warned, it's not for the faint-hearted.

Spartacus: Blood And Sand brings to life the brutal world of the gladiators as the Roman Republic’s toughest fighters clash in the ultimate arena.

Andy Whitfield plays Spartacus, a rebellious soldier in the Roman Auxiliary. Betrayed by the Romans, Spartacus is taken prisoner and torn away from the woman he loves.

Watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand from 9pm tonight on Sky Player.

Source: Andy Whitfield Facebook Page



19 May 2010

John To Appear on UK The One Show and Radio Live


John has been doing Spartacus PR in the UK for Bravo's premiere of Season 1. The Good Noise blog as a post about escorting John on a tour of the BBC for various interviews.

Charolotte makes mention of John appearing on The One Show. The One Show is a "Magazine show with topical reports, features and interviews from around the UK"

Unfortunately for those outside the UK, you can't view the video clips. No mention is made of when the episode will air.

Update from Barbara Davies:

[UK residents can watch/listen to these on the BBC iPlayer. John mentions that Andy is 'in remission'.
The consensus seem to be that John's puppy Coco is cute <g> and that Spartacus is 'graphic' and 'full on'.
The radio interview is longer and more interesting e.g. John talks about nudity clauses, the ancient Roman equivalent of phrases like 'Is the Pope Catholic?', about accents, about allowing the programme makers to make the show they want, and trying not to think about Monty Python's take on the Romans.]

The One Show (BBC1) Mon, 17th May:
(John's on the sofa throughout, making remarks, but the Sparty discussion proper starts 19 mins 47 secs in)

Richard Bacon (Radio 5 Live), Mon, 17th May:
(John's interview starts 39 minutes in)



19 May 2010

Andy Whitfield Facebook Fan Page

ImageLouise sent me a note to alert me to the Andy Whitfield Facebook Page. It's a page to show support to Andy while is battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Please join and invite your friends to show our support for him in his battle with NHL(non hodgkin's lymphoma) This group celebrates this great actor, he is currently appearing as Spartacus in the new series Spartacus - Blood & Sand!

Check out the fan page here



18 May 2010

Lesley-Ann Video Interview On The Red Carpet


Lesley-Ann was interviewed by On the Red Carpet at the 2010 Cable Show Convention.

Star of 'Spartacus' recovering, ready soon for season two

Fans of Spartacus on Starz can now rejoice. The racey period piece about the Roman Empire is coming back in a six episode prequel early next year, and production is expected to resume soon on season two.

The show was delayed when star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sources at the network say Whitfield is recoving and he will be in season two. On the Red Carpet's Chris Balish caught up with one of the stars of the show, actress Lesley-Ann Brandt, and asked about Whitfield's health. "He’s great. I just got an email from him and he’s doing really good. He’s just about finished his treatment."

Brandt went on to say that fans of the show can expect plenty more of the show, "We’re ready to give you guys another couple of great seasons of Spartacus for sure.”

Spartacus will air a six episode prequel this summer, followed by season two, next year on Starz.

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News submitted by Lori



18 May 2010

The Sparty Girls Having Fun in LA


Here is a photo from three Sparty girls having way too much fun at lunch: Erin Cummings, Katrina Law and Lesley-Ann Brandt having fun at lunch.

Erin also tweeted photos of the three of them as Avatars - Check them out:

Erin | Katrina | Lesley-Ann



17 May 2010

Nick Video Interview with On The Red Carpet

On The Red Carpet has an interview with Nick during The Cable Show Convention

The highest rated series on pay channel Starz is the Roman period piece Spartacus: Blood and Sand. On The Red Carpet's Chris Balish caught up with the stars of the show and asked them why a show about the Roman Empire is such a hit.

"I mean there’s action. There’s drama. There’s sex scenes," actor Nick Tarabay said. "There’s good looking people. I mean you can’t go wrong. And whatever it is that hooks you up in the beginning after a while the drama will catch on because it’s written so brilliantly." Tarabay says the show pushes the limits of violence and mature sexual content.

Spartacus is coming back in a six episode prequel set to air early next year. And production is expected to resume soon on season two. The show was delayed when star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with early-state non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sources at the network say Whitfield is recovering and he will be in season two.

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17 May 2010

The Guardian UK Interviews John Hannah

ImageJohn Hannah defends nudity and sex in Spartacus- Guardian UK Newspaper 16 May 2010

The actor, who stars in 'the most explicit, violent series' ever made, says his only concern was the language

Three minutes into my interview with actor John Hannah, and he is crouching in front of me – half-hovering, half- kneeling – mimicking a sex act. Actually, he is mimicking the mimicking of a sex act. I'm trying to look at him head on, without laughing nervously or grimacing, but my hands keep rising, involuntarily, to cover my eyes.

Hannah's mime is not entirely inappropriate. Actually, in any other circumstance, it would be utterly, bizarrely inappropriate – but in discussing his new TV drama, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, it's pretty much par for the course. The show arrives on Bravo later this month, amid a fanfare of hype and controversy – it was originally commissioned and shown by the US cable network Starz, and has been called "the most explicit, violent series" ever made.

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15 May 2010

Spartacus Blood and Sand Mobile Sweepstakes

Enter now to get your props! You could win a piece of history from the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, 21 or older

» Text SWEEPS to 44264

Grand Prize: An original script signed by various cast, producers and directors of the show, PLUS a Thracian shield used in the production.

First Prize: An original script signed by various cast, producers and directors of the show, PLUS a leather cuff worn on set by Varro (Jai Courtney).

Second Prizes: 35 Starz Gift Packs, each including a Spartacus: Blood and Sand limited-edition T-shirt.


NO PURCHASE OR USE OF WIRELESS SERVICE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes runs 12:01 AM CT 4/15/2010 to 11:59 PM CT 5/15/2010. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, 21 or older. Complete Official Rules at . To enter: 1) Via Cell Phone Text Messaging: During the promotional period, If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a text messaging capable device, to enter text SWEEPS to 44264. You will be charged standard text and data rates for each text message sent or received from your handset according to the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier. 2) By Mail: On 3” x 5” card with your name, address, day time phone no. to Starz Spartacus: Blood and Sand Mobile Sweepstakes, Dept. 7118, PO Box 5010, Stacy, MN 55078-5010, postmarked by 5/17/2010. 1 Grand Prize: Spartacus script signed by various cast, directors, and producers of the show, and a Thracian Shield used on the set, ARV: $500. 1 First Prizes: Spartacus script signed by various cast, directors, and producers of the show, and Varro’s (Jai Courtney) leather cuff , ARV $200. 35 Second Prizes: Starz gift pack including a Spartacus T-shirt , ARV $20. Odds depend on eligible entries received. SPONSOR: Starz Entertainment, LLC, 8900 Liberty Circle, Englewood CO 80112.

For official rules, please visit

Message & Data rates may apply. Check with your mobile carrier for more information. To cancel your entry, text STOP SWEEPS to 44264. For help, text HELP SWEEPS to 44264.



14 May 2010

The Cable Show Convention News & Pics

ImageLesley-Ann, Peter Mensah, Nick Tarabay and Erin Cummings were at the Starz booth at The Cable Show 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention center from 1 to 3 pm on 13 May. The show – which is the biggest in the cable industry is presented by the National Cable Tele-communications Association (NCTA), the prinicipal trade organization for the U.S. cable industry.

Pictures and hopefully more news will be coming through and this page will be updated:

just finished hanging with Nick and Peter at the NCTA's! Great meeting all you fans!xxx

Erin Cummings and Peter Mensah Photo from Cable Show Convention in LA



14 May 2010

Michael Hurst To Direct Spartacus Prequel Episode

Michael Hurst will be directing an episode of the Spartacus Prequel according to our friends over at

Michael has also directed episodes of Spartacus Blood and Sand (Episodes 1.5 "Shadow Games," 1.9 "Whore," and 1.12 "Revelations," as well as the splinter unit (a few scenes) for episode 1.13 Kill Them All

For the most up to date Michael Hurst news go to



12 May 2010

New AUSXIP Subsite The House of Batiatus

ImageAUSXIP The House of Batiatus is a subsite dedicated to the prequel of Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1. That's not the name of the mini-series, I just liked it and I'm using as the name of the site.

News and multimedia related to the new mini-series will be posted on the new site. The headlines will also be available on the front page of the AUSXIP Spartacus to make it easier to find but won't be integrated into the main Spartacus site. That will be for Season 1 news and upcoming Season 2 news. Hopefully that will make it easier to find info relating to Season 1 or 2 and the new mini-series.

Click here to view site



12 May 2010

Spartacus Soundtrack Coming Soon

Spartacus Blood and Sand soundtrack will be released soon according to Steven DeKnight's tweet

 @stevendeknight @Nathandroid We are indeed talking about releasing Joe's amazing soundtrk for Spartacus. Will keep you posted...

While you are waiting for the Spartacus soundtrack, you may want to check out Joe's beautiful work on Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules, Evil Dead



12 May 2010

Starz Press Release Spartacus Prequel 11 May 2010


News Release Issued: May 11, 2010 4:36 PM EDT

Production on Starz' 'Spartacus' Six-Part Prequel to Begin This Summer

Andy Whitfield to Appear In Two Episodes Along With Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah Plus Other Returning and New Characters

LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- NCTA Cable Show 2010 -- Pre-production is underway on a six-part prequel to Starz' hit original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."  

Andy Whitfield, who played the title character in the series, will appear in the prequel briefly, but Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave.  With the title still to be determined, the prequel will begin production this summer in New Zealand, and is slated to air on Starz in January 2011.

John Hannah returns as Batiatus, owner of the Ludus, along with his wife Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless.  Other returning actors include Peter Mensah (Doctore), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) - and others.  New characters will also be added - most notably the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus - who will help fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus and ancient Capua as a whole.



12 May 2010

150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010 - Spartacus & Lucy Mention has a great article on 150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010

Page 28 has the following Spartacus / Lucy mention

BECAUSE WE LIKE MOVIES ABOUT GLADIATORS, JOEY: If you’re complaining about the historical accuracy of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, you’re completely missing the point. The sweaty, sex-obsessed sword-and-sandals series on cable network Starz features enough glistening, chiseled, and usually nude bodies to make the cast of 300 turn green with envy. Star (and lesbian icon) Lucy Lawless’s return to scanty period garb is just icing.

News submitted by Twink



11 May 2010

Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1 DVD Update


Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1 DVD is currently on pre-order via and other places. The date for the release has been speculated to be around July or August. Starz on Twitter tweeted the following news about the release date

# RT @Roccovega: hey! Do you know when is the Bluray and dvd release date of season 1? (We don't have the date confirmed yet) about 4 hours ago

so basically we go back to waiting.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand DVD - Season 1 Pre-Order

Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

Pre-Order DVD

Pre-Order Blu-Ray



11 May 2010

Spartacus Stars At The Cable Show Convention 13 May 2010

ImageLesley-Ann is currently in the US and she sent in the following update:

Lesley-Ann, Peter Mensah, Nick Tarabay and Erin Cummings will be at the Starz booth at The Cable Show 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention center from 1 to 3 pm on 13 May.

The show – which is the biggest in the cable industry is presented by the National Cable Tele-communications Association (NCTA), the prinicipal trade organization for the U.S. cable industry.



10 May 2010

When In Rome MovieScope Magazine May-June 2010


Moviescope Magazine has a great article on Spartacus. Their May/June issue features the article. Barbara Davies sent in the following exerpt from the magazine and you can purchase it from MovieScope.

When In Rome
MovieScope Magazine / June 2010 Issue

Love it or hate it, controversial new TV show Spartacus: Blood and Sand is like nothing you’ve seen before—on the small screen, at least. DoP Aaron Morton explains how he achieved cinematic visuals for a television audience.

If you haven’t heard of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, you soon will. The TV show following the life of the legendary gladiator slave, which has been both applauded and chastised for its unflinching sex and violence, is to hit UK channel Bravo in the summer. A heady mix of bloody battles, political intrigue and steamy romps, it employs green screen and effects techniques usually seen in blockbuster movies. But, although comparisons with films like 300 are inevitable, New Zealand based director of photography Aaron Morton has made it his mission to make Spartacus unique. “We didn’t have a graphic novel like 300; they had a blueprint for their visual direction. We were searching for our own look, we were finding out way over those first few shows, and wanted it to pack a bit of an early punch!”

And pack a punch it certainly does, but Morton is quick to point out that it’s not “sex and violence for its own sake. It’s grounded in decent writing, and there’s always a story point involved.” A series that concerns itself with life in gladiatorial Rome was never going to be family viewing, but Morton admits that the stylised visuals are used as much to make the show’s themes more palatable as to set it apart. “I wouldn’t want it to feel like a snuff movie! It’s obviously contrived. There’s these gritty bad guys who kill other dudes, so I didn’t want to make it glamorous!”

This article continues in movieScope Magazine, Issue 17 (May/ June 2010)



10 May 2010

Monte-Carlo Television Festival Update Free Tickets


Lucy and Peter Mensah have been confirmed that they will be at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival between 6-10 June. As previously announced on 10 April, Lucy, Andy, John and the show have been been nominated for Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Drama for Spartacus in the Monte-Carlo TV Festival Awards. Spartacus has been nominated for best dramatic tv series, Andy and John go up against each other for best actor. Click here to read more

Read Lucy's confirmation post which was posted yesterday.

The latest news is that the public can get free tickets. Barbara Davies sent me the following news from site

For the public: Free tickets for autograph sessions, meetings and previews can be obtained from the Tourist Office and the Grimaldi Forum!

About This Event:

The Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo was created in 16-20 January 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco who wished to "encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men". In 2002, the festival was reorganized to include additional categories to recognize new trends in the television industry. The top prize in the festival is a statuette, a gold copy of the "Salmacis" Nymph by the Monegasque sculptor, François Joseph Bosio, commonly known as a Golden Nymph.

View scheduled guest list (with Lucy and Peter Mensah mentioned)

Official Site

More Related News:

- Lucy Confirmed For Monte-Carlo TV Festival 6-10 June 2010
- Lucy Lawless & Peter Mensah To Attend Monte Carlo TV Festival
- Spartacus Cast Nominated For Awards 2010 Monte-Carlo Television Festival



10 May 2010

Times Online Historical Mini-Series Just Got Sexier


The following is a very lengthy article about Spartacus Blood and Sand from The Times Online
in preparation for the show's premiere on UK Bravo on 25 May at 10 pm

The historical mini-series just got sexier
Times Online 9 May 2010

Here’s what we know about Spartacus. He was an escaped Thracian gladiator. He recruited an army of slaves. He defeated the Romans several times in a two-year campaign. Eventually, he was killed on the battlefield as Marcus Licinius Crassus routed his army. And little of that is absolutely certain. Our two main sources — the historians Plutarch and Appian — wrote at least 100 years after his death, and their accounts differ. Yet that hasn’t stopped Spartacus entering the cultural canon as a timeless symbol of rebellion, appearing everywhere from The Goon Show to punk songs, at least 10 novels, the classic Kubrick film, a cartoon series, the movie Clueless, a ballet and — almost inevitably — a concept album by Jeff Wayne.

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9 May 2010

Lucy Confirmed For Monte-Carlo TV Festival 6-10 June 2010

ImageConfirmation has posted by Sharon Delaney on the Official Lucy Lawless Fan Club List that Lucy will be attending the Monte-Carol TV Festival.

From Sharon Delaney

Lucy Confirms Monte Carlo Appearance

I've been in contact with Lucy and she confirmed she'll be attending the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monte Carlo which runs from June 6-10.

About This Event:

The Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo was created in 16-20 January 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco who wished to "encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men". In 2002, the festival was reorganized to include additional categories to recognize new trends in the television industry. The top prize in the festival is a statuette, a gold copy of the "Salmacis" Nymph by the Monegasque sculptor, François Joseph Bosio, commonly known as a Golden Nymph.

View scheduled guest list (with Lucy and Peter Mensah mentioned)

Official Site

You can view the original posting about this event on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless



8 May 2010

Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Ready To Do Battle


Spartacus star Andy Whitfield ready to do battle
In true gladiator style, Whitefield fights illness before second season of Spartacus

Entertainment Today - 7 May 2010

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the classic tale of the legendary gladiator, has become a breakout success story for cable’s premium Starz Network. The first season finale airs April 16, but the filming of the second season was recently delayed while its titled star, Andy Whitfield does battle with a medical condition.

The muscular Spartacus star, Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and he is receiving treatment. The Starz Network released a statement reporting the cancer was discovered during a routine checkup as Whitfield prepared to go into production for the sophomore season in New Zealand.

The Whitfield expects to come back in true gladiator style, and the athletic actor reports, “I’m receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me.”

Even before the show premiered, word of mouth had spread about Spartacus being akin to the film 300 with its graphic novel look. It is filled with splattering violence, as well as sex as explicit as Starz would allow, and still be considered artistic in the visceral storytelling.

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8 May 2010

Hollywood Reporter and Spartacus Season 2 News

The following is from The Hollywood Reporter about Season 2.

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Starz eyes up to 4 series, 4 minis a year
Starz and Encore subs rise in Q1 over Q4
By Georg Szalai

May 7, 2010, 09:58 AM ET

At Starz Entertainment, the second season of "Spartacus" is still delayed without a production start date due to the recent cancer diagnosis of star Andy Whitfield. Without sharing specifics, management Friday said there have been encouraging developments recently on his health status though. Until he is ready for a full second season, executives said they want to keep the series and fan interest alive in creative ways.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Submitted by: Barbara Davies



8 May 2010

Trailer for Bravo's Spartacus

ImageA trailer for Bravo's adaptation of the sword-and-sandals epic Spartacus, created by in-house ad agency VMTV Creative

Click here to view


News by AUSXIP Affiliate: Girls Aloud Media



8 May 2010

Erin At Starz Booth at The Cable Show 2010 Convention 13 May

key artReceived the following news from Erin about an upcoming appearance at the Starz booth for the Cable Show convention:

On May 13 Erin will be at the Starz booth at The Cable Show 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention center from 1 to 3 pm. The show – which is the biggest in the cable industry is presented by the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the prinicipal trade organization for the U.S. cable industry.



8 May 2010

Spartacus DVD News Erin, Rick & Steven Commentary

ImageJust received the following news from Erin about the upcoming Spartacus Season 1 DVD. Erin, Rick Jacobson and Steven DeKnight will be doing a DVD commentary on episode 6. Check out the message below

Regarding Sparty DVD news:

"Just found out that Rick, Steven and I will be doing the dvd commentary together for episode 6! Really awesome since they were the guys who got me the job."

Pre-Order Season 1 DVD & BluRay



7 May 2010

Spartacus Slays Manilla Times 6 May 2010


Spartacus Slays! - Manilla Times
6 May 2010

WITH everything I’ve been hearing about the new television mini-series Spartacus, I had my expectations set on a slice of television that would satisfy my predilections toward more primal persuasions.

Spartacus happily and shamelessly borrows much from the Zach Snyder film 300. The dirty, sweaty, beautiful, muscular men, the slow motion flight of the spear, shield, dagger or sword before it hits flesh, the spewing of fireengine-red blood across monotones. The various stages of dishabille, the casual manner clothes are tossed off. All here, lovingly art directed for your viewing pleasure.

But it will certainly take more than that to capture the interest of viewers— and I was wonderfully surprised to find out it does.

Spartacus is the story of a brave, honorable, passionate warrior from Thrace who was arrested by the Roman army for insubordination. Instead of dying in the arena for his crime, he rocks the decadent Roman audience and has them raising their fists and calling his “name.” His life is spared and a man known as Batiatus purchases him.

This is where the fun begins. Batiatus is played wonderfully by John Hannah Matthew from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Rachel Weisz’s scheming brother in the Mummy movies. And, surprise, Lucy Lawless a.k.a. Xena the Warrior Princess plays his cunning, complex and loving wife and partner, Lucretia.



6 May 2010

Lucy Lawless & Peter Mensah To Attend Monte Carlo TV Festival

ImageLucy and Peter Mensah are scheduled to attend the Monte Carlo Television Festival from 6-10 June 2010 in Monaco as part of the Spartacus team. They are both mentioned on the official Monte-Carlo Television Festival site as attending

Barbara Davies sent in the following news related an interesting tweet this morning:

Tweet: Attending the Festival of TV at Monte Carlo: Lucy Lawless and Peter Mensah for #Spartacus. Bridget Regan for #LOTS

About This Event: The Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo was created in 16-20 January 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco who wished to "encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men". In 2002, the festival was reorganized to include additional categories to recognize new trends in the television industry. The top prize in the festival is a statuette, a gold copy of the "Salmacis" Nymph by the Monegasque sculptor, François Joseph Bosio, commonly known as a Golden Nymph.

View scheduled guest list (with Lucy and Peter mentioned)

Official Site



5 May 2010

Katrina Law World AIDS Orphans Day PSA


Katrina has recorded a PSA for the World AIDS Orphans Day which is on 7 May. You can watch the video on AUSXIP Video Katrina Law Video Channel

World AIDS Orphans Day, on May 7, is an international movement to draw attention to the plight of the over 20 million children orphaned by AIDS. AHOPE for Children is dedicated to caring for these AIDS orphans, most of whom are HIV positive themselves, by providing a safe and loving home, life-saving medications, meals, an education, and the belief that every child’s life is important.

Please join us in marking World AIDS Orphans Day and help AHOPE for Children by texting "HIV" and " the $ amount you wish to donate" to "27138" (e.g. HIV $50). Please respond "Yes" to process your donation.

To learn more, please visit



5 May 2010

Ande "Duro" Cunningham Official Facebook Page

ImageAnde Cunningham, who plays Duro on Spartacus: Blood and Sand, finally got his very own FB page up. If you get a chance, click "Like" on his page and show him just a little support.

View Ande's Spartacus Pics

Ande Cunningham's Photos - Russell Baer photoshoot

View Facebook Page



4 May 2010

In Spartacus The Women Rule


Klippart has sent in a gorgeous new artwork featuring the women of Spartacus: Sura, Mira, Lucretia, Ilythia and Naevia called "In Spartacus...The Women Rule"

Check it out on Klippart's Spartacus Gallery



3 May 2010

Erin Meets LA Firemen After Salon Fire!


Erin was in a bit of a bother on 1 May when the salon she was getting her hair done caught on fire! She sent along the following tweets about it with a cool pic of her and the firemen. She was okay and the firemen got to meet Erin and revealed they were Spartacus fans!

# guess is that the aluminum siding acted as a magnifying glass w the sun and slow burned the dry wood inside the ledge. (hunch?) 7:46 PM May 1st via Tweetie

# You'll have to ask @LAFDConversation of the official cause of fire (no, my hair was NOT on fire), but... (to be continued) 7:45 PM May 1st via Tweetie

# Thanks to the LAFD for putting out the fire at Transcend Hair Salon and for being fans of @Spartacus_Starz! (yes, 3:24 PM May 1st via Twitpic

# LAFD putting out the fire behind Transcend Hair Salon this morning. Thanks guys! 3:21 PM May 1st via Twitpic

# Special thanks to Frank and the boys at the LAFD for putting out the fire at Transcend Salon! I'll post photos as soon as my hair dries. :-) 12:36 PM May 1st via Tweetie



1 May 2010

Show Patrol Interviews Katrina Law


Show Patrol interviewed Katrina and it's a pretty cool interview. Check it out.

Somebody to watch: Katrina Law's ready for more 'Spartacus'

It's unlikely we'll ever see Katrina Law wearing her long hair Snooki style.

But the gorgeous New Jersey native, who played the slave Mira in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" this past season, doesn't deny how "real" some cast members on MTV's "Jersey Shore" are--especially the guys.

"It's just so funny because everybody in Jersey is all up in arms right now about how this is such a stereotype," she told me Wednesday. "I hate to be the one to set it straight, but I have dated boys that I fully expect to see on 'Jersey Shore.'

"They took longer to get ready than I did. They're hair was more immaculate. Their nails were manicured. They were spray tanned--the whole nine."

Law, who was raised in rural South Jersey in a suburb of Philadelphia, now lives in L.A. but spent a lot of time this past year in New Zealand, where she filmed "Spartacus" and a role in "Legend of the Seeker."

You can see Law--in leather but with no Snooki poof--at 4 p.m. Saturday on WGN when she guest stars as Mord'Sith warrior woman Garen in "LotS." The episode, "Extinction," is the second of two parts that kicked off last weekend with "Walter." ("Walter" repeats at 3 p.m. Saturday.)

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