September 2010 Archives  

30 September 2010

Spartacus Image Gallery Update and GotA Cast Info

With the release of promo images for Gods of the Arena, the image galleries have been updated. The GotA cast page has also been updated.


Added the following galleries to the Spartacus Image archive

- GotA Character Images
- Posters (and updated the Blood and Sand Posters as well)



Updated the GotA Character / Cast information



30 September 2010

Gods of the Arena - New Gannicus Promo Image

Starz Media has released the following image of Gannicus (Dustin Clare)
Click on the image for the full size:





30 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Ratings for Episode 8 on Aussie TV

ImageThe ratings for Spartacus on Aussie TV are in and they remain steady on 196,000, the same as last week. I suspect the ratings will be influenced somewhat for Episode 9 next week because it's going up against the coverage of the Commonwealth Games in India.

29 September 2010 Episode 8
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 196,000

22 September 2010 Episdoe 7
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 196,000

15 September 2010 Episode 6
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 161,000

08 September 2010 Episode 5
Total Viewers: 197,000

01 September 2010 Episode 4
Total Viewers: 204,000

25 August Episode 3
Total Viewers: 198,000

18 August Episodes 1 and 2
Total Viewers 223,000



30 September 2010

Andy in Amnesty New Zealand Poster for Feedom Week


This is an incredible poster and it's Andy wearing an Amnesty "I Heart Human Rights" t-shirt. The poster is to support Freedom Week 2-8 August 2010.

Wow. Click here for the full size version

Andy loves human rights because collectively we have all the power in the world to remove the need for one human being to harm another


Many thanks to sallyjaybee for the news



30 September 2010

Spartacus Calendars on Official Hungarian Spartacus Site

ImageThe company that designed the official Hungarian Spartacus site has also created some Spartacus calendars.

HBO channel will launch the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand on the 1st June 2010.

Factory has completed the interface design of the series' website and a calendar with the main characters on the pages.

Click here to view larger image



30 September 2010

Hair Colours They Are a-Changing...Lucretia and Gaia

ImageApologies to Bob Dylan for bastardising his song title but I just noticed this and figured I would write about it.

Did anyone notice the colour of Gaia's hair is the same colour as Lucretia's from Season 1? Lucretia has Lucy's natural brown colour.

Interesting. I wonder how much influence Gaia is going to have over Lucretia since it looks like the older Lucretia of Season 1 is mimicking her friend Gaia.

We do know that Lucretia tries to copy women she admires or wants to connect to (going blond for Ilithyia). Fascinating.



30 September 2010

The Real Spartacus on Aussie TV

Foxtel's History Channel is going to be showing a doco called The Real Spartacus for those interested in the legend of the Thracian soldier. This is somewhat an oldish doco (2001) but well worth a look while we are waiting for S:GotA to arrive.

The Real Spartacus
9:30 pm to 10:30 pm Tuesday 5 October 2010 History Channel / Foxtel

We take a visually spectacular journey to expose the true story of the soldier, robber, slave and gladiator who led the most memorable slave uprising of the Roman Republic



30 September 2010

Spartacus on French TV 03 October 2010


Great news for French Spartacus fans - Spartacus Blood and Sand on French TV from
3 October 2010. Condorcet sent me the following message

Spartacus Season 1 will be aired on Orange Cinechoc, each Sunday, 20:40 (8.40PM), beginning with episodes 1 and 2 on the 3rd of October.



30 September 2010

Gods of the Arena Promo Pics and Poster Confirmation

Image We finally get some promo pics from Gods of the Arena!

Firstly, the poster on the left is real and it was confirmed by Steven DeKnight on his Facebook page: "For those of you wondering, yes, this is real. That's the amazing Jaime Murray in the background, and Dustin Clare looking extra manly in his gladiator gear." Many thanks to Luna and Roland for the news.

Next we have some gorgeous promo pics of Gannicus, Oenomaus and Batiatus.

The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" will explore its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him. It's a time of transition as Quintus Lentulus Batiatus takes the reins of his father's stable of gladiators, with ambitions to elevate the house beyond all former glories. With his beautiful, scheming wife Lucretia at his side, he will stop at nothing to see his name forever carved into history. Batiatus stakes his fortunes on the roguish gladiator Gannicus, a man whose skill with a sword is surpassed only by his appetite to live every day as if it were his last. But there are those who would see Batiatus and his champion destroyed. Loyalties will be tested, lives shattered, and battles waged in this thrilling prequel to "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."



Gannicus (Dustin Clare) - click on the image for the larger scan

A true physical specimen, fearless in the arena and possessed of a thirst for the fleeting pleasures of life, Gannicus is the gladiator a girl’s mother doesn’t want her to bring home. Newly promoted to the top position at Batiatus’s ludus, Gannicus is best friend to Oenomaus and his wife Melitta, forming an unlikely triangle of loyal friendship


Oenomaus (Peter Mensah) - click on the image to view larger scan

Oenomaus is, we already know as Doctore but at this time he is not yet the rigid disciplinarian who will come to reign over the ludus as the gladiator trainer. He is not far removed from the status of top gladiator at the House of Batiatus, having only recently survived his fight with the legendary Theokoles. He longs to return to the sands of the arena and reclimb the peak he feels is rightfully his, but he is yet a slave like so many others and bound to the notions of his masters. He finds himself caught in the middle of much turmoil, his status seized between the generational conflict within the house, between old loyalties and new responsibilities.


Quintus Batiatus (John Hannah) - click on the image to view larger scan

Batiatus is one in a long line of gladiator owners in his family, and at the time of the prequel, with his father away attempting to regain his health, has newly come to inhabit the role. Bold and impulsive where his father is restrained and conventional, Batiatus wishes to seize more for himself, to rise beyond his father’s station. With his wife Lucretia ever by his side fueling his ambitions, Batiatus schemes beyond his reach.


News submitted by Barbara Davies



29 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 8 Mark of Brotherhood on GO!


Tonight on Spartacus Blood and Sand on Aussie TV - it's Episode 8 Mark of Brotherhood

Mark of Brotherhood
Batiatus purchases a fresh batch of slaves at an auction to be trained as gladiators and ponders the idea of selling Crixus. Ilithyia coaxes a new recruit to try to kill Spartacus.

Credits | Official Page | Promo Pics | Episode Promo #1 #2 #3

My first reaction to this episode was 'oh those poor slaves' and then it was "oh my those slaves" <g> Illythia new slave has some serious problems on his hands by the end of the episode. Since the log line spoils that particular pairing he does indeed try and please his new Domina.

The episode has several subplots running through it. The aftermath of Crixus' wounds, Naevia and Lucretia's concern for him; neither of them wants to see Crixus be sold off to another Ludus, Barca's "freedom", the relationship between Crixus and Spartacus, the power plays, Varro and the rest of the Ludus. It's a hotbed of intrigue. Batiatus is up to his usual nasty ways but that's now normal programming for the Dominus.

We get new slaves who are in for a world of hurt (some more than others). One major subplot involves Lucretia and her BFF Illythia. What a fascinating look at those two. The young Roman is going to find herself in a very sticky situation; one of her own making that will come back and bite her (or not)

The ending will make you sit up and take note. Two slaves follow their Domina's is thrilled and the other...not so thrilled with the outcome. Let's just say it's sometimes not a great idea to follow the orders of your Domina. Not a good idea at all.

Rating: 8/10



28 September 2010

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Poster

ImageWow. This is one hell of a poster! Not sure if this is the official poster (it looks like it). Starz will also be releasing official photos soon so those will be going up shortly.

Pictured is Batiatus, Lucretia, Gaia (Lucretia's long time friend) and the Champion of Batiatus' Ludus Gannicus

A true physical specimen, fearless in the arena and possessed of a thirst for the fleeting pleasures of life, Gannicus is the gladiator a girl’s mother doesn’t want her to bring home. Newly promoted to the top position at Batiatus’s ludus, Gannicus is best friend to Oenomaus and his wife Melitta, forming an unlikely triangle of loyal friendship

Interesting? :)

Check out the larger version of the poster

Many thanks to Roland for the news!



28 September 2010

Upcoming Katrina Interview With SciFi Guys 29 September 2010

ImageAfter last weeks triumphant, nearly four hour return (Now available to download free on, the Sci Fi Guys returns this week with special guest Katrina Law, Mira from the hit Starz media series, Spartacus Blood And Sand (In association with SFB Events).

Katrina who is known to viewers currently for her role on the aforementioned show, has also worked on shows such as Chuck and Legend Of The Seeker to name but a few, talks to Stuart about working on Spartacus, the reaction from her family about the roles requirements, the Gladiator table and more.

The fun resumes at 8pm UK time on Wednesday 29th September live from with the guys also discussing all of the week’s news and giving their opinions and much much more. Listeners can also interact live with the guys via the shows show twitter feed which can be found at or they can join the forums and use all the new features which include a chat function, at, alternatively they can email

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28 September 2010

TV Week Preview of Season 1 Episode 9 Gladiators Are Go!

gladiators-whoreprevAustralia's TV Week Magazine has a preview of one of my favourite episodes "Whore". Next week Australia gets the chance to view this episode. I'm not sure what the episode will look like with all the editing but it will be interesting.

Katrina makes her debut in this episode as well and we get to see Lucretia becoming totally loopy over the possibility of losing Crixus..that wall will never be the same again and neither will Licinia. <g>

Just a mention about something in the article. The reviewer says that Katrina bears an uncanny resemblence to Erin. Um. No they don't other than the dark hair. Very different to me.


Sometimes I wonder if the Aussie reviewers have actually watched the show; before the show started one reviewer described the show as a teenage Spartacus: the early years!! Nothing teenage about Andy Whitfield!



28 September 2010

Andy's Cancer News in Australian TV Week Magazine


Australian tv guide "TV Week" this week has a mention of Andy's cancer news.


TV Week - 2-8 October 2010


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27 September 2010

Andy Support Messages Update 27 September 2010

ImageThis is just an update on Andy's support messages. All the messages have been sorted and added to a mammoth PDF ready for Lesley-Ann to print and give to Andy.

Again I was blown away by people's very emotional outpouring of love towards this man.

The line below the main image (artwork by Beatriz) says:

Fans reach out to support their hero, the wounded warrior. Andy, this is for you, your fans love you, support you and wish you the very best.

Battle On, Andy, Battle On

The PDF is now with Lesley-Ann ready for that special delivery.



27 September 2010

Ausiello: Spartacus May Close Up Shop...

Ausiello from EW has an article about what will happen now that Andy has left the show to concentrate on his battle with cancer.

Personally I can't see why they would shut down the show. It's a hit show and despite what we all want (for Andy to come back as Spartacus) this will not happen. Andy's health comes first. Starz is a business and it has to look at the business side; they showed alot of heart by allowing Andy time to recover but now it's  different. Andy will no be back and they need to move forward.

My personal opinion is that they will recast Spartacus and move on with the show. There are so many people relying on Season 2 to go into production; a whole industry of people and the trickle down effect of suppliers etc. Shutting it down doesn't make good business sense. Spartacus is Starz' flagship show and quite popular.

Ausiello quotes Steven:

"The two main options are to close up shop or recast," says DeKnight. "I want to talk to Andy and find out how he feels about the options. That's obviously very important to us.

"We're still absorbing what's happened," adds DeKnight. "I think it's going to be a little while before we reach any conclusions." (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a prequel to the series, will still air as scheduled in January 2011.)

Read full article



26 September 2010

Andy Support Page - Comments Now Closed

abouta4Andy Whitfield Support Page message board has now closed for submissions.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their message and to Lesley-Ann Brandt for being the cool lady that she is for taking these messages of love with her when she sees Andy.

There were 767 messages of love and support. Amazing.

You can view the messages



26 September 2010

Spartacus Merchandise 20% Off

Image Save 20% off your purchase from the Spartacus: Blood and Sand shop (, excluding shipping charges, gift wrap charges and applicable sales tax.

Coupon code SPART1DDL must be entered at check out. Promotion starts on September 21, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. (PST) and ends on October 4, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

All orders must be from the URLs Excludes product orders originating from the CafePress marketplace, Gift Certificates, Flip Minos, SIGG bottles, CafePress Groups purchases and bulk orders. Offer cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotions and may change, be modified or cancelled at anytime without notice.



26 September 2010

The Fight Of His Life - Herald on Sunday Andy Article


The Herald on Sunday (New Zealand newspaper) has an article on Andy and the return of his Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The Fight of his Life
Herald On Sunday - 26 September 2010

With the shock news that Spartacus star Andy Whitfield's cancer has returned, Sarah Lang recalls an interview days earlier in which he was celebrating the all-clear.

Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan



25 September 2010

Enter BE A GLADIATOR Contest Developed by Artificial Life

Join the BE A GLADIATOR contest for a chance to appear in the next update! Discover how in STORY MODE!

From Sep 7 to Oct 7, players can enter the "BE A GLADIATOR" contest and submit their Story Mode scores to the leaderboard. The player with the highest score wins and will have his or her face rendered to become one of our fighting gladiators in the next update.

Appear in Spartacus: Blood and Sand iPhone game! -Developed by Artificial Life

Purchase the game on iTunes

See Official Rules at

STARZ ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. and APPLE, INC are not sponsors of or responsible for conducting this Contest.

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Featured as “New & Noteworthy” and “What We're Playing”

- “Imposing 3D characters, stunning backdrops, and lots and lots of gory blood effects.” - Softonic

- “This game delivers amazing realism in the Spartacus Blood and Sand world.” - iPhoneTunes

- “The graphics are excellent.” - touchmyapps

- “It's a nice touch that really ties the game to its source material.” - Side To Play

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Step into the arena. Hear the deafening roar of the crowd. Prepare to FIGHT! The Roman legions have disgraced you and the path to avenge them is soaked with blood and brutality! Prevail over your opponents in gruesome battles, and discover that the sword carves justice with a blade of retribution. Horrific tooth-and-nail fights ending in shocking carnage will quench your thirst for bloodshed. Finish your opponents with humiliating decapitations leaving them on the sand as a feast for circling vultures. You are the ultimate gladiator. You are Spartacus.

Based on the Starz Original TV series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” this 3D fighting game allows players to engage in intense combat as our Thracian hero fights for survival and freedom. Vie to become the top gladiator of Capua, compete in head-to-head multiplayer battles via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or customize your fighting experience in the challenge and survival modes.

A gladiator does not fear death. He embraces it.

Game Features:

- Battle your way through intense fights against expert gladiators armed with barbaric weapons as they attack using merciless fighting styles

- Experience realistic 3D characters, settings, and weapons, all based on the original show!

- Customize a variety of fight conditions including: characters, locations, difficulty, time settings, and more!

- Unlock characters as your fighting skills improve

- Challenge a friend to an intense multiplayer battle via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

- Share updates and compete against friends via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter

Only on Starz.



23 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Ratings for Episode 7 on Aussie TV

The ratings for Spartacus: Season 1 Episode 7 saw and increase in viewers from episode 6 (161,000) to Episode 7 (196,000)

22 September 2010 Great and Unfortunate Things
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 196,000

15 September 2010 Episode 6
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 161,000

08 September 2010 Episode 5

Total Viewers: 197,000

01 September 2010 Episode 4

Total Viewers: 204,000

25 August Episode 3
Total Viewers: 198,000

18 August Episodes 1 and 2

Total Viewers 223,000



22 September 2010

Lucy Sends a Message to Andy Whitfield


Lucy has posted a message on her Official site and it's a moving tribute to cast mate and friend Andy Whitfield as he battles Non Hodgkins Lymphoma a second time.

Read Lucy's Message



22 September 2010

Spartacus DVD Reviews Media Round Up

It's Spartacus Blood and Sand DVD, Blu-Ray and Itunes release day.

DVDDizzy has a very extensive review plus spoiler free mini synopsis for each episode plus extras. A pretty good review.

More Reviews can be found here:



22 September 2010

Spartacus on Itunes + Extras Included


Spartacus Blood and Sand DVD and Blu Ray is being released today including on Itunes - see the screen capture attached. Click on the image for the larger pic

There are three extras you get on Itunes

- Behind the Scenes - 14.54 minutes

- Spartacus Kill or Be Killed
A collection of Spartacus' greatest hits (as well as cuts, slashes, chops and rips. With exclusive commentary from the series producers and cast - 15:46 minutes

- Spartacus A Legend Re-Imagined - 4:03 minutes

Click here to access the Itunes version



21 September 2010

Spartacus: Season 1 Episode 7 Great and Unfortunate Things on GO!

ImageSpartacus: Season 1 Episode 7
Great and Unfortunate Things

Overcome by the pressure of Batiatus' control, Spartacus must make a choice: leave his past behind and assume the mantle of a champion gladiator, or die.

Episode Stills




21 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Is Now Available on Itunes!


For those that have been waiting for this news, it's finally arrived.

Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1 is now available on Itunes according to the latest Starz newsletter! The 13 episodes of the first Season and bonus material will be available. (I suspect the Itunes versions will go live once the DVD and Blu Ray editions are released (scheduled for 21 September 2010)

Click here to view on Itunes



21 September 2010

Star's Loss Raises Question Over Spartacus Series

2010 8 2 12 21 53 090820-Spartacus-05-0521 CRT cópiaThis is an interesting article about how much the show costs to produce.

Wellington, Sept 20 NZPA - The withdrawal of British actor Andy Whitfield from playing title role in the proposed second season of US cable television show Spartacus has raised questions over future plans for the TV series, which has contributed millions of dollars to Auckland's movie-making industry.

"The future of Starz's Spartacus series is now in doubt," reported an industry website which specialises in news on ending television series,

Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March and, after treatment, was declared cancer-free in May. He was training hard to get back into filming, but has now been advised by his doctors to resume aggressive treatments immediately.

In a statement, Whitfield said: "It's with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved."

Spartacus was renewed for a second season even before the first started airing, but when filming of the second season was postponed so Whitfield could undergo treatment, Starz ordered a prequel called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena which focuses on co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah.

Whitfield was supposed to return to shoot Spartacus next month, but Starz Media managing director Carmi Zlotnik, said: "We will address our programming plans at some later date."

The prequel is still filming in west Auckland and will screen in the United States in January. The second series which has been contracted was expected to air next September.

Reuters reported the first series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, cost more than $US2.74 million ($NZ3.76m) for each of the 13 hour-long episodes filmed over 149 days from March 31 last year.

Though Spartacus benefited from New Zealand rebates of 20 percent of what was spent here, executive producer Rob Tapert -- who along with Sam Raimi produced the cult hit Xena: Warrior Princess -- admitted at one stage he had to ask Starz for more money.

That first series was the highest-rated show on cable in the coveted adult audience aged 18-49 years on 12 of its 13 Friday screenings.

The series features Whitfield as the title character, a Thracian fighting to return to his wife after being sold into slavery at a gladiatorial school, run by the deceptive Lucretia (Lawless) and her power-hungry husband Batiatus (Hannah).

The show also features New Zealand actors Antonio Te Maioha, Manu Bennett and Craig Parker.




20 September 2010

Moving Tributes to Andy by Fans

Image I found this image to be pretty much how I'm feeling right now with the news about Andy's cancer. Sparty is a little broken. Andy's Support Page is overflowing with love for him.
It's been very moving to read the fans supporting this man. There were times when I had to stop because it was getting very emotional.

Currently there is 339 messages of support. If you wish to add to the messages, you will have until 26 September 2010 where i will have to close the comment submission form. I will then be formatting the messages so Lesley-Ann can take them with her.

Please go to the Support Andy section to read the messages and post.



20 September 2010

Michael Hurst Directing Gods of the Arena Episode 3 of 6

The following was posted by Michael Hurst's official site (it's also Michael's birthday today):

September 2010: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Michael is directing episode 3 of the 6-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand for Starz Productions.



19 September 2010

Send A Message of Support To Andy

ImageAs we have all read, Andy Whitfield has been stricken once again with cancer resulting in needing treatment and bowing out of Season 2 of Spartacus.

This page has been set up to provide a way for fans to leave their support to Andy.

Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) will be taking these messages with her when she goes to see Andy and his family in a week’s time. I’m quite sure Andy knows how much the fans love him but your words of encouragement will help him through the difficult times ahead.

Please leave your message below. If you would like to send Andy a video message, please post on YouTube and post a link to the YouTube site.

All messages will be moderated. Once again this site will be up for a week so Sunday to Sunday 26 September 2010. Lesley-Ann will take the messages with her and present them to Andy.

Click here to leave message

Please spread this message far and wide; let's show how much we love Andy!



18 September 2010

We Must Choose Hope - Andy Whitfield's Cancer


Quite a few years ago an actor I admired greatly, Christopher Reeve, said:

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

A simple but very powerful statement. On May 27, 1995, Christopher became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse in an equestrian competition.

Like Christopher, Andy is facing a battle to save his life. Back in July we all rejoiced at the news that Andy Whitfield had beaten back the cancer that struck him during the filming of Spartacus Season 1. He looked great at Comic Con; a little skinny but looking fantastic. He received the all clear from his doctors and was ready to go back to Capua.

Official news hit my inbox this morning and I was dumbstruck. I looked at the email and just couldn't believe it. A decent, gentle guy who had the world at his feet, a young family and a great future but cancer had other ideas. I saw "Cancer" and everything else was blotted out. The fact that Andy won't be back for Season 2 is not important. What is important is that he gets the treatment he needs, recovers and spends the rest of his long life with his family. Andy's cancer has returned after the doctors gave him all the all clear.

That's how life is sometimes. It's cruel. We get the huge joys and great heartaches. Everyone has come to love Andy for his brilliant portrayal of Spartacus, the Thracian slave, in Spartacus Blood and Sand. Andy WAS Spartacus. Above all else, Andy is a fantastic guy.

When he was initially diagnosed in March 2010 with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, there was shock but a hope that Andy caught it in time and was going to be treated AND recover.

In July 2010, Andy celebrated his return to public life by declaring his was cancer free and went to his first Comic Con where he was greeted like the champion that he is.

The cancer had aother ideas. His Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is back and he has to undergo aggressive treatment. Into the arena he goes for another battle; this time not as the mighty Spartacus but as Andy Whitfield, the husband, father, son, friend, favourite actor to many.

If this adversary could be beaten by love, the fans outpouring of love would have destroyed the cancer. Alas it cannot.

Andy, your family, your friends and your fans are behind you and supporting you.

Battle On, Andy, Battle On.



18 September 2010

NEWSFLASH: Andy to undergo more Cancer Treatment

Oh my god this is so so so sad. I just received this and sadly passing it on. This is horrible. My heart goes out to Andy, his family and his friends.


Andy Whitfield, star of Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has been advised by his doctors to immediately resume aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer, as a result of which he will not be returning for the series' second season, which was tentatively set to air in September 2011.

"It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as ‘Spartacus’ and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far," said Whitfield.

"Our hearts and prayers are with Andy and his family during this difficult time," said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. "Andy is not only an incredible actor whose portrayal of Spartacus made an indelible impression on Starz audiences, he is also an amazing human being whose courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity have inspired all of us."

No decisions have yet been made about the future of the series. "Right now, we just want to extend our concern and support to Andy and his family," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director, Starz Media. "We will address our programming plans at some later date."

Starz still plans to air the prequel to "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" in January 2011. Entitled "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," it focuses on the House of Batiatus before Spartacus arrives in Capua and stars returning cast members John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah and Manu Bennett, along with newcomer Dustin Clare.



17 September 2010

Katrina In The Resistence Brings Katrina to Starz & Spartacus - Hollywood Reporter

Image'Resistance' Web series tests TV waters
EXCLUSIVE: Starz gives webisodes multiplatform launch

Starz Media is ready to test the waters for sci-fi action thriller "The Resistance" and will do so by taking advantage of the digital age.

The project, originally envisioned as a Web series, could blossom into a TV series or even a movie, depending on the reaction to a pilot of sorts that will be distributed through digital platforms and a one-night TV outing. It's an example for how the entertainment industry is experimenting with new models for the creation and testing of content.

To gauge "Resistance's" potential, Starz on Oct. 4 will take over the 11 p.m. hour of Syfy's two-hour Ani-Monday anime block, which is programmed by Starz's Japanese animation arm Manga Entertainment.

The "Resistance" story runs about 35 minutes as the producers have placed all webisodes back-to-back for the TV version. Added behind-the-scenes material makes for 44 minutes of content.

For digital distribution, the TV version will be split into two pieces for iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation Network, Amazon and other platforms. Hulu will get the advertising-supported Web run. The ad-supported four- to five-minute webisodes with animated intros will be available within a few weeks of the TV airing on YouTube, DailyMotion and MetaCafe.

"Resistance" is set in a world where brilliant chemist Syrus Primoris has taken control in the wake of a devastating virus that has killed 99% of the population. Only Primoris' suppressant keeps the survivors from succumbing to the plague. One group opposes his regime and fights to find another cure.

If audience reaction -- including buzz on social networks and the blogosphere -- seems promising, the partners will consider turning "Resistance" into more than a one-off.

"We wanted to see if we can launch something in a truly multiplatform, experimental way via TV and digital," said Marc DeBevoise, senior vp digital media, business development and strategy at Starz Media and the lead executive for Starz Digital Media. "We would like to see it blossom so we can do more with it."

Others are using digital as a test ground. MTV recently teamed with Eventful to launch a social-media campaign for its indie slasher film "Savage County" and gauge interest in a TV run.

"Resistance" came to Starz via Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, Starz's production partner on "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." In 2008, Ghost House executive Aaron Lam noticed the online trailers for the Web series project on YouTube and thought he may have found a "Spartacus" director. He looked up creator Adrian Picardi on Facebook -- only to find out he was a 21-year-old fresh out of film school.

But impressed by the vision of Picardi and his producing partner Eric Ro, Lam talked to Starz, which agreed to put up money -- believed to be in the low-six-figure range, or a minimal percentage of the cost of a TV show episode -- to put together an initial "Resistance" story.

Picardi served as director, cinematographer, writer and editor, and Ro was a producer and cinematographer.

One immediate benefit that Starz and Ghost House got out of it was that they liked the work of Katrina Law, who plays resistance leader Lana Strife. They cast her as Mira in "Spartacus."

If the buzz for "Resistance" is strong, a TV series is one option.

"That's what we had in mind, and that's where we still hope it will go," Lam said.



17 September 2010

Lucy Feel The Love Day Pledge List Starting!


The countdown to Lucy Lawless Feel The Love Day/Week has started. As a recap for those not familiar with Lucy Lawless Feel The Love Day (now week). It was started in 2006 to honour Lucy by Official Lucy Lawless Fan Club members. It kicks off a week of charitable donations and/or charitable acts in Lucy's name. You can find out more about this on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Feel The Love Week info page

Starship has got a donation page for those that want to donate - so far it has raised $3,327.34! Click here to donate

The following is from Sharon Delaney at Lucy's Official site:

Lucy Feel The Love Day Pledge List Starting!

It's that time of the year! I've just posted the note on Lucy's website
and will start collecting the pledges. Yesterday I raised my hand at my
local shelter to start fostering kittens. Great timing <G>



16 September 2010

Spartacus Spoilers for Season 2 from Ausiello!!

This was posted in Ausiello's latest spoilers update


Question: I'm very disappointed by the lack of Spartacus: Blood and Sand spoilers. To make up for this, how about a spoiler on the second season? It's only fair. --Carol


I broke my wrist ag *f a **. Don't lecture me about fairness, Carol. Having said that, your timing is fortuitous as I just got off the phone with series creator Steven S. DeKnight. Sparty's boss told me that the search for a new Big Bad (or big Bads) to fill the void left by John Hannah's Batiatus will soon get under way. "There will be some new people on the villain side," he says. "But we're not far enough into [season 2] to nail down any big casting news." DeKnight went on to say that he "kicked around" the idea of a romance between sworn enemies Spartacus and Ilithyia, but he added that "it's a tricky thing since she tried to kill him several times, and he firmly connects her to Glaber, who he partially blames for the death of his wife. But will they have some interesting interactions in season 2? Absolutely."




16 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 6 Aussie Ratings

The ratings for Spartacus: Season 1 Episode 6 Delicate Things has been posted. The show has lost 62,000 viewers from episode 1 to 6 and 36,000 viewers from episode 5 to 6.
Not good.

15 September 2010 Episode 6
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Go! 161,000

08 September 2010 Episode 5

Total Viewers: 197,000

01 September 2010 Episode 4

Total Viewers: 204,000

25 August Episode 3
Total Viewers: 198,000

18 August Episodes 1 and 2

Total Viewers 223,000



16 September 2010

‘Spartacus’ Creator Says Viewers See More on Disc


‘Spartacus’ Creator Says Viewers See More on Disc - Home Media Magazine

If there’s one advantage to TV series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said it’s that all the gore and nudity cut to make episodes work for TV get put right back in.

“The sexual content especially was a little too much for Starz,” he said. “Look for more orgy scenes and a gladiator with a large endowment.”

Fans of the series will find that and a lot more when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the first season of the series on DVD ($59.97) and Blu-ray Disc ($79.97) Sept. 21.

“We have a ton of bonus features — lots of on-the-set stuff, a commentary with almost every episode,” Knight said. “I’m most excited to see it in 1080p.”

The DVD and Blu-ray sets will both have featurettes about the history behind “Spartacus,” make-up effects, actors training to be gladiators, along with the commentaries, episodes with enhanced digital effects, bloopers and trailers. The Blu-ray gets an exclusive four “Director’s Cut Extended Episodes,” selected by executive producer Rob Tapert.

“For those scenes cut, sometimes it’s just because of pacing or we had too much footage,” DeKnight said. “A lot of the way the show looks is because of Rob.”

Besides the added gore and violence, DVD and Blu-ray also give people who’ve missed episodes a chance to watch them all concurrently.

“Each episode got better as the season went along, and we picked up more viewers along the way,” DeKnight said.

While Knight praised all the actors in the series, he saved special praise for the man who plays Spartacus himself, Andy Whitfield. The actor was treated for Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year.

“We looked high and low to find Spartacus,” DeKnight said. “We were lucky to find him.”




16 September 2010

Spartacus Blood and Sand In Turkey


It was Turkey's turn last night as Spartacus Blood and Sand premiered. Esra sent me a note to say that the premiere (15 Sept) in Turkey! Ep 1 airred on e2 at 21:15 CET (Central Europen Time or 22:15 Turkish Time) if you didn't catch it, set the PVR and catch a rerun.

Also from Turkey (and Esra) is the promo pic that was published in the local paper. Click on the image for the larger scan.

The official Turkish Spartacus site is located here



15 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 DVD Blu Ray Advert

Roger scanned this great advert for the upcoming release of Spartacus: Blood and Sand Season 1 DVD / Blu-Ray set


Click here to view larger scan



15 September 2010

Spartacus S1 E6 Delicate Things on GO! Tonight

Season 1 Episode 6: Delicate Things

With the glory and riches reaped by Spartacus' victory in the arena, it appears that his long desired reward will be granted when Batiatus informs him that he will be reunited with his wife.
Credits | Official Page | Episode Stills | Episode Promo #1 #2 | MaryD Episode Preview




14 September 2010

Spartacus Behind The Scenes Video - Andy & Jai Prep For The Hole Scene

Excited about SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND (Season 1) coming to DVD & Blu-ray next week?

Anchor Bay/Starz sent over another fantastic video. Here is a sneak peak at a brand new clip from the DVD/Blu-ray featurette "Grime and Punishment: The Hole". Star Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) and Jai Courtney (Varro) prep for a scene where they are punished by being sent to "The Hole", with real cockroaches and all!



Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing SPARTACUS: BLOOD and SAND Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD in the US next Tuesday, September 21st.



12 September 2010

Katrina at Reunion 8 Convention!

Katrina is over in the UK for her first convention for Spartacus and Legend of the Seeker.

ImageKatrina is having mega fun over in the UK at the Reunion 8 Convention. The photo is of her and Eddie McClintock from Warehouse13.

View larger image

Reunion 8 Convention has been raising money the Teenage Cancer Trust and Katrina made a charity bet to raise money for the trust. She bet that the Redskins to win against the Cowboys. They did indeed win and the $20 + winnings went to the charity! View larger image

Watch out for more photos and news when Katrina comes back home!



10 September 2010

THR - TV's Top 50 Showrunners - Steven S. DeKnight

ImageSteven S. DeKnight
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (Starz)

In his next life, DeKnight wouldn't mind running a show that takes place in the real world. "You know, a nice quiet family drama where people sit around and talk about their feelings -- that'd be great," he says. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Smallville" alum scored this year with Starz's gladiator action series, which premiered to record-setting viewership in January. He's currently in Vancouver filming a six-episode prequel. Favorite TV Moment: "I've been rewatching old TV movies that scared the crap out of me as a kid, like 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.' I remember being really young, in the '70s, and sleeping with the lights on for two years after that."

Big Break: "Joss Whedon plucked me from obscurity to write for 'Buffy' and taught me everything I know, especially about running and producing a show. But technically, my first paying TV job was on MTV's primetime soap, 'Undressed.' And I share that honor with Damon Lindelof."




9 September 2010

Lucy Lawless Interview Radio Wammo NZ

Lucy Lawless Interview: Spartacus - Gods of the Arena [TV]

Lucy Lawless is starring in a new TV series based on the historical figure of Spartacus (played by Andy Whitfield), a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Lucy joined me by phone on set where she is currently filming the prequel 'Gods of the Arena'.



9 September 2010

Spartacus Aussie Ratings for Episode 5 on GO!

The ratings for Spartacus: Season 1 Episode 5 Shadow Games has been posted.

08 September 2010 Episode 5
Total Viewers: 197,000


01 September 2010 Episode 4

Total Viewers: 204,000

25 August Episode 3
Total Viewers: 198,000

18 August Episodes 1 and 2
Total Viewers 223,000



8 September 2010

Upcoming NZ Radio Interview with Lucy Lawless

The following tweet was posted about a possible radio interview with Lucy

Chatting with Lucy Lawless soon. Any Spartacus fans out there? Anything you just HAVE to know about the series?
about 6 hours ago via Seesmic Desktop

Glenn Williams

[Bio Host of the Radio Wammo Breakfast Show on the Kiwi FM Network in New Zealand] Source

News submitted by Barbara Davies



8 September 2010

New Artist to Spartacus Art Gallery - Julie Popowicz

Image I am very pleased to welcome Julie Popowicz to the AUSXIP Spartacus Art Gallery. Julie has created a gorgeous piece on Spartacus The Thracian.

Click here to view her artwork

Julie Popowicz has been drawing for over 30 years, experimenting in mediums such as watercolour and pastel before deciding on pencil as her media of choice. Having no formal art training, she has slowly taught herself how to create such realistic works. Art runs in her family, and she is most happy when she is continuing this tradition.

Click here to view her artwork | Click here to view Julie's site

Check out the AUSXIP Spartacus Art Gallery for more great art



8 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 5 Shadow Games on GO! Episode Stills & Video Promo

Image On tonight's episode of Spartacus Blood and Sand - Season 1 Episode 5: Shadow Games on Australian channel GO!

Shadow Games -Batiatus is presented with a gladiatorial opportunity of a lifetime. Spartacus and Crixus must overcome their mutual hostility to fight as a team against a legendary and unbeaten opponent.







8 September 2010

Artificial Life Invites You to Be the Next Gladiator...

ImageArtificial Life Invites You to Be the Next Gladiator in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" iPhone Game

LOS ANGELES, BERLIN and HONG KONG, Sept. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Artificial Life, Inc. (OTCBB:ALIF) ( today announced the "Be A Gladiator" contest for the official "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" iPhone game to celebrate its success on Apple's App Store. The winner of the contest will be able to have his or her face represented as one of the Gladiators in the game!

The "Be A Gladiator" contest is open worldwide from September 7, 2010 (Tuesday) to October 7, 2010 (Thursday). Players can enter the contest by publishing their results in the game's Story Mode onto Facebook. Contestants will be ranked on the contest leaderboard by their submitted scores--the higher the submitted score, the higher the contestant is ranked. Further details and an alternative entry method can be found on A video demonstration on "How to Be a Gladiator" is available at

The grand-prize winner's face and features will be rendered into a brand new actual fighting Gladiator in the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" iPhone game*. Additional "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" souvenirs will be awarded to the second, third, and fourth place winners of the contest.

To enhance the players' gaming experience, Artificial Life has published an exclusive tutorial video that demonstrates the essential combos and tactics to complete the Story Mode of the game. These combat tips are available at

The Starz original series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," was a breakout success for Starz Entertainment earlier this year. The "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" mobile game is published by Starz Digital Media in association with Artificial Life.

For more details about the "Be A Gladiator" contest, please visit The "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" iPhone game is available on Apple's App Store here:



7 September 2010

Lucy Lawless Magazine Cover for Spartacus TV Musor Tele Hold July 2010

Added the following magazine cover for TV Musor Tele Hold July 2010 to the Lucy Lawless Magazine Covers gallery for 2010


You can find more Lucy Lawless covers from 1996 - 2010 including 1996-2001 Xena Magazine covers

Scan contributed by Chris



7 September 2010

Lesley-Ann Tweets From The Spartacus Set

Lesley-Ann's tweets are coming through from the set of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena:

Things you hear on Spartacus, "ur waxing my rug". As the camera assistant pulls gaffa tape off fur rug in opposite direction. Thanks Lucy! 22 hours ago reply

Nothing like a sex scene on Spartacus to smack you in the face and say "good morning"!!!!! Ha ha ha ha 23 hours ago reply

up and off to work. Episode 3 of the prequel and we have Michael Hurst directing!!! yesterday reply

Follow Lesley-Ann on Twitter



5 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 4 The Thing In the Pit - Edited Version Review

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 4 The Thing in the Pit.
Reviewed by MaryD

spartacus-ep4-11Having performed shamefully in the arena against Crixus, Spartacus is forced to fight in the Pits. Batiatus, determined to profit from Spartacus, may be at risk if his debts aren’t repaid.

Here are my thoughts of the episode. I didn't review the unedited version way back in Feb so I don't have notes to compare this version with that but I'm going from memory (please correct me if I'm wrong). The timing of the episode is 60 minutes (Foxtel IQ has a neat timer so I checked that from start to end credits). The edited episode + adverts.

1. Lucretia and Quintas are talking about The Pits and how Barca is going to protect him in the pits. I've replayed this scene about 5 times and I still can't figure out what Lucretia said she was going to do with Barca's jewels if he had harm were to befall to her husband. It's a garbled mess.

2. The face ripping scene...GONE!! Had to be the cleanest fight ever with minimum amount of blood.

3. Crixus and Naevia scene...a total scene cut completely. I don't believe this. The scene where Crixus gives Naevia the necklace and she knocks it back. Why the heck was that scene edited out? Doesn't make sense. Was this scene in episode 3 and I totally missed (and forgot it) or was this in episode 4?

4. Lucretia and Crixus scene .. edited a great deal, lots of closeups and only shown for a few seconds.

5. The violence is back but an amazing lack of the red stuff. Sparty is all bloodied up but no red stuff to be seen anywhere. Amazing.

6. I love Varro's loyalty. I miss his passing.

7. Okay what happens when you hit someone's flush in the face and break his nose? Answer? Nothing. Only slow motion whap. Wow. They edited out the blood.

spartacus-ep4-028. One of my all time favourite scenes: Naevia gives Crixus a real talking too, calling him thick! I *LOVE* this scene :) Go Naevia! Crixus of course stops her in mid rant with a kiss. LOVE those two. What's even cuter is that Naevia is really enjoying this kiss and then breaks off and she's mad :) LOL!

9. It's Batiatus' turn to feel the wrath of his wife. I love this scene as well. I just love the fact this series doesn't make the women weak; thank you Steven! Lucretia just loves her Quintas.

10. My other favourite scene is the dream Sparty has of Sura and him falling to his knees clutching at her. That has to be one of the beautiful scenes. The rain comes and it's blood - so now they find the red stuff but that's also edited out a great deal.

11. Sparty saving Batiatus' life. There is something so unreal about all the violence without the blood; I keep saying it but it's true. It truly looks ridiculous that you can slice a man and not have a single blood spot.

12. One the best scenes in all the series follows Batiatus' rescue and that is between Lucretia and Batiatus. I simply adore this scene. Lucretia's hatred for Spartacus reaches new levels. She loves her husband but fears what Sparty will do (she should, she's not gonna like ep 13). I love these two; they are twisted; they are cruel but the love they have for each other is just so pure. Lucy Lawless and John Hannah are just SUPERB. I know it's been said before but these two are just magic together.

Something I neglected to mention is the end credits. In the original you have a montage of Lucretia and others. In the edited version you don't see that at all. The editing even extends to the end credits.

So ends episode 4. Next week is episode 5.



4 September 2010

Lucy and the New Zealand Earthquake

As many of you know, there was an earthquake in New Zealand today in the South Island which caused a great deal of damage (see below)

The following message was posted by Sharon Delaney on Lucy's official fan club list:

I've been in touch with Lucy. Everything's fine in Auckland. Our thoughts are with the people in Christchurch and the surrounding area.

Official Lucy Lawless Fan Club

Follow the latest on NZ Herald's Earthquake Updates

(the video is from the Australian Sky News channel)



2 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 4 Ratings for Australia

The ratings for Spartacus: Season 1 Episode 4 The Thing In the Pit has been posted.  It has seen a slight increase from Episode 3 of 198,000 to 204,000.

01 September 2010 Episode 4
Total Viewers: 204,000

25 August Episode 3
Total Viewers: 198,000

18 August Episodes 1 and 2
Total Viewers 223,000 



2 September 2010

Spartacus Blood and Sand CD Track List

The track list has been released by here and there is 70 minutes of music to look forward to!

Spartacus: Blood & Sand - O.S.T. [Soundtrack]

You can pre-order from

Composed by: Joseph LoDuca

# Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Soundtrack
# Label: Varese Sarabande

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.

Release Date: 09/21/10

Track List:
1. Six Against One (3:12)
2. Leaving Sura (1:08)
3. Off To War (:25)
4. Thracians Brave (1:21)
5. Sura Ambushed (1:39)
6. Village Burned (1:09)
7. No Life Without You (2:12)
8. Sura Abducted (1:19)
9. Orgy (1:08)
10. Cena Libera (2:20)
11. Thumbs Up (1:58)
12. Tuck & Roll (2:08)
13. Training (1:18)
14. Ludus Envy (2:39)
15. Rematch (2:02)
16. Dominus (1:22)
17. In The Arena (1:25)
18. We Are Gladiators (1:12)
19. Barker’s Legend (:51)
20. Transporting Spartacus (:49)
21. Losing Mind (:54)
22. Dottore’s Legend (1:07)
23. Theocoles (1:16)
24. Rain At Last (1:42)
25. Arse A Bit (1:34)
26. Going Off (2:08)
27. Barca Betrayed (1:36)
28. Reunion Imminent/Tragic Reunion (5:28)
29. I Am Spartacus (1:56)
30. Batti On A Roll (1:15)
31. Statue (1:00)
32. Demonstration (1:07)
33. Always A Choice (2:39)
34. Different Sword (2:35)
35. Proving Legend (2:29)
36. No More Mr. Nice Guy (3:35)
37. Pale Shadow Of Love (1:25)
38. Crixus Fading (1:50)
39. Crixus Revenge (1:31)
40. Batti’s End (2:07)
41. Blood Demands Blood (1:36)
42. Spartacus End Titles (1:44)

Reported by Annie Smith



1 September 2010

Lesley-Ann Message on Facebook About Gods of the Arena

Lesley-Ann posted the following about the filming of Gods of the Arena on her Official Facebook Page

castsi26Hi everyone.

Well we are almost done filming episode 2 and had a table read of ep 3 with the cast last night. There are so many wonderful new characters in the prequel, you are all going to love them. Steven De Knight and his team are pulling out all the stops. Hope you guys are having a great week. And Happy first day of Spring to everyone in the Southern hemisphere. Beautiful day in Auckland. X

Follow Lesley-Ann on her Official Facebook Page here



1 September 2010

Spartacus DVD & Blu Ray Promo Video - Behind The Scenes

Hot off the presses from Starz/Anchor Bay is a video promoting the Spartacus DVD & Blu-Ray release with a brief look at the extras




1 September 2010

Spartacus Season 1 Episode 4 On Aussie TV

ImageSeason 1 Episode 4 The Thing in the Pit
Tonight on GO! at 9:30 pm

Having performed shamefully in the arena against Crixus, Spartacus is forced to fight in the Pits. Batiatus, determined to profit from Spartacus, may be at risk if his debts aren’t repaid.





1 September 2010

Spartacus Caption Contest - Photo From The Thing In the Pit

ImageCaption Competition: Add a clever caption to this photo or vote (like) for your favorite.

The photo is from Episode 4: The Thing In the Pit

Having performed shamefully in the arena against Crixus, Spartacus is forced to fight in the Pits. Batiatus, determined to profit from Spartacus, may be at risk if his debts aren’t repaid.

Click here to submit your caption



1 September 2010

Spartacus News from Turkey

indexThere is good news and there are bad news for Turkish Spartacus fans.

The Good News: (as reported on 27 August): Two channels will be showing Spartacus in Turkey: e2 on 15 Sept and Cnbc-e on 19 Sept!
and a Satellite station called HDen

The Bad News
: Spartacus' edited version on 2 nation-wide available channels e2 and Cnbc-e and full version on not-very-much available satellite one called HDen

So Turkey joins Australia in showing the edited version although they do have the choice of the full version where Australia doesn't.

News submitted by Esra



1 September 2010

Lucy Photo Being Interviewed At Spartacus Dusk 'Til Con Party

ImageMedia host - Josie Lee (interviewing actor Lucy Lawless - Spartacus, Xena Warrior Princess)

The From Dusk 'Til Con Party. Interviewing Lucy Lawless (Spartacus, Xena Warrior Princess).

Click here to view photo

News submitted by Barbara Davies



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