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30 November 2011

Non Sport Update Magazine Exclusive Spartacus Promo Card


nonsport2In the current issue of Non Sport Update Magazine is the news that the next issue of the magazine (mid January 2012) will feature Dustin Clare as Gannicus on the front cover. The photo is another variation to the often seen promo but from a different angle.

The January issue will also feature an exclusive Spartacus promo card (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena trading cards).

Scanned by Andrea



30 November 2011

The Actress, The Nudity And A Role Too Good To Refuse - Daily Telegraph 29 Nov 2011

dailytele291111Sex Factor Doesn't Mean Viva is typecast.

The Daily Telegraph
29 November 2011

Written by Vicky Roach

The Actress, The Nudity And A Role Too Good To Refuse

VIVA Bianca says the fact she has played two scantily clad, sexually assertive female characters in a row is just a coincidence.
I’m not about to be typecast,’’ says the 28-year old actress, who just finished shooting the second series of sex, sword and sandals saga Spartacus in New Zealand.

Read more of the interview on Viva's Official Site



29 November 2011

Conan Stevens on Spartacus: Vengeance Interview with Comic Book Movie


The site Comic Book Movie interviews Conan Stevens. Conan makes a guest appearance on Spartacus: Vengeance. Read the excerpt below:

You've seen Conan Stevens as Sir Gregor Clegane in HBO's Game of Thrones and you'll see him again in numerous projects, most notably Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. He's über busy but I was able to snatch a moment to pick his brain.

Conan was asked about his role on Spartacus: Vengeance:

Mark Julian: You'll also be featured in an upcoming episode of Spartacus, what can you say about that role?

Conan Stevens: I can say that I'll be appearing in Season 02 Episode 07, which should air in the US on STARZ around the first week of March 2012. One person described the role as a "Guest Starring" role, [but] I'll go on record saying you definitely won't miss me in that episode. Being that Spartacus is very action orientated and so are my major skill sets you an guess I won't be playing a shopkeeper.

The best thing about that role was that it fit in perfectly with a break in filming "The Hobbit" and it was a series that I had been watching for about 12 months for an opening as I really wanted "Spartacus" on my resume alongside "Game of Thrones" and "the Hobbit" - I was sure that those three mentioned together would open the audition door to almost any movie that I will be interested in working on.

Read The Full Interview



24 November 2011

AUSXIP's 15th Anniversary Giveaway - Lucy & Renee Photo Ops or Mystery Gifts! Enter Today!

ImageAUSXIP is celebrating 15 years online (15 December 1996 - 15 December 2011) and we are giving YOU the presents as a thank you for your support over these last 15 years. AUSXIP has received tremendous support over the years by our regular visitors and contributors.

How does this work? Select the gift you wish to submit your name for (see SELECT GIFT BOX below) enter your name and email address and on the 15th December, MaryD will announce the winners! It's that easy. Please be aware for the PhotoOps for Lucy and Renee, you will need to have a convention ticket in order to gain entry to the photo ops area.

You have 15 days to submit your name! It closes on the 15th December (Aussie Time).

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22 November 2011

Spartacus + Andy Whitfield DVD & Blu-Ray Black Friday Deals on

ImageImage is having a Black Friday special on DVD and Blu-Ray version of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Blood and Sand DVD $18.99
Blood and Sand Blu-Ray $18.99
Gods of the Arena DVD $18.69
Gods of the Arena Blu-Ray $18.99



and for Andy Fans - Andy's movie Gabriel is also on special for $6.99

Click here to purchase

Gabriel is a dark action/drama that takes place in the realm of Purgatory. It reveals the struggle between Arc and Fallen angels for control over the city and its population of re-born souls. At present, darkness rules and Gabriel, the last of seven Arcs sent to return light, must assume a human form for the first time. In the darkest places of the human soul, this lone arc angel's battle with his human feelings and emotions will prove as perilous as facing the Fallen. Purgatory's dangerous and seedy underworld will reveal the human condition as frail and strong, as corruptible and honorable but always undeniably powerful and precious.

Image Andy and Tabrett Bethell in The Clinic

Rated Version | Unrated Version

A road trip turns into a battle for survival when Cameron (Andy Whitfield, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and his pregnant wife, Beth (Tabrett Bethell, Legend of the Seeker), stop for the night at a desolate motel. That night Beth is suddenly abducted from their room and wakes up in an ice-filled bathtub?with her baby now gone! She finds herself captive at a sinister clinic with other women whose newborns are being taken for an unknown purpose, and as Cameron desperately searches for his missing wife, time is rapidly running out. Inspired by true events, this nail-biting thriller, in the tradition of Wolf Creek, explores the most unspeakable, forbidden terror a new mother could possibly face.



18 November 2011

Spartacus Coming To Mobile Devices Soon!

ImageThe New York Post is reporting that Spartacus is coming to the app world soon.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said yesterday that a new Starz app offering movies and original shows, such as "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" will be available for mobile devices starting in 2012. There is no mention of Gods of the Arena or Vengeance

Starz's app will require "authentication" and will only be available to Starz's subscribers through their cable or satellite-TV company.



18 November 2011

Press Release: Spartacus Vengeance in Canada 29 Jan 2012

The following press release is for Canadian Spartacus fans - the show will premiere on Sunday, 29 January 2011 at 9:00 pm PT/10 pm ET. The Canadian premiere follows the US premiere which will be on Friday 27 January 2011 on the Starz Network.


Liam McIntyre debuts as Spartacus when the series returns for its second season,
Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET

(November 17, 2011 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Spartacus: Vengeance, the third installment of Starz's action-adventure original drama series about the Roman Republic's most famous rebel. The 12-part season debuts Sunday, January 29 on Movie Central at 9 p.m. PT and on The Movie Network at 10 p.m. ET.

In the season finale of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus led a brutal rampage at the House of Batiatus that more than fulfilled his promise of killing his adversaries. When Season 2 premieres - just a few weeks after that massacre - Capua is in an uproar and the gladiators have escaped and formed an uneasy alliance. Spartacus is still looking to exact revenge on the man responsible for killing his wife, but he soon comes to understand his life may be about something greater than avenging Sura's death: building an army, setting free the slaves and toppling the Roman Empire.

Spartacus: Vengeance marks the debut of Liam McIntyre in the title role of Spartacus. He is joined by returning cast members Lucy Lawless as Lucretia; Peter Mensah as Oenomaus (once known as Doctore); Manu Bennett as Crixus; Dustin Clare as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay as Ashur; and Katrina Law as Mira,

Season 2 brings the return of Spartacus: Blood and Sand cast members Craig Parker as Gaius Cladius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and Viva Bianca as Ilithyia, his cunning wife. Cynthia Addai-Robinson also joins the cast as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.

In Western Canada, Spartacus: Vengeance will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD, and on demand and online with Movie Central On Demand, following its network premiere. In Eastern Canada, the series will be available in High Definition and on demand, and on The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV Online, Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron's Illico Web.

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films. Visit the Movie Central website at



18 November 2011

New Spartacus Art by Vadim Lisak

Added three new artwork by Vadim Lisak to the Spartacus Artwork galleries


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18 November 2011

Olansamuelle's Draw Them All Rewatch Season 1 Episode 9

ImageOlansamuelle's Draw Them All
Spartacus Comic Strip - Re-Watch Season 1

Season 1 Episode 9 - Whore

Batiatus breaks the news that Spartacus is to service the richest woman in Rome and agrees to perform whatever duties necessary.

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15 November 2011

Comics Bulletin Interviews Spartacus Cast at SDCC

The Comics Bulletin site has just posted their interviews with the Spartacus cast from the 2011 Comic Con - check them out!

  1. Spartacus interview #1 (of 5): Lucy Lawless

    Interview - Karyn Pinter - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:26

  2. Spartacus interview #2 (of 5): Dustin Clare

    Interview - Karyn Pinter - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:25

  3. Spartacus interview #3 (of 5): Manu Bennett

    Interview - Karyn Pinter - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:24

  4. Spartacus interview #4 (of 5): Steven DeKnight and Liam McIntyre

    Interview - Karyn Pinter - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:23

  5. Spartacus interview #5 (of 5): Katrina Law

    Interview - Karyn Pinter - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:21



11 November 2011

Olansamuelle's Draw Them All Rewatch Season 1 Episode 8

ImageOlansamuelle's Draw Them All
Spartacus Comic Strip - Re-Watch Season 1

Season 1 Episode 8 - 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.

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8 November 2011

Press Release: Spartacus Renewed For Season Three!

Gladiators Return to STARZ in 2012
"Spartacus" Renewed For Season Three
Green Light Comes Months Prior to "Spartacus: Vengeance" Premiere

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The most celebrated STARZ Originals franchise, "Spartacus," will continue to wow audiences worldwide with a renewal secured for a thrilling and bloody third season. The green light comes well in advance of "Spartacus: Vengeance," which will debut exclusively on STARZ - Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10PM ET/PT.

As yet untitled, production on the third season of "Spartacus" is expected to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.

Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik commented, "There is no denying the impact 'Spartacus' has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. 'Vengeance' brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three."

"Many surprises are in store for 'Vengeance' viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series," said Rob Tapert, executive producer. "It's incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide."

"The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans," added Steven S. DeKnight, executive producer.



6 November 2011

Spartacus Social Media Game Launching Next Week

ImageWith the broadcast of the new Spartacus series on Starz, the Liberty Media unit is launching a big social media game around the television show, says Mark Debevoise, SVP for Digital. The new game launches next week. Debevoise tells Beet.TV that Spartacus show has one million "friends" on Facebook. Our West Coast producer Jeff Brooks spoke with him at CES. Debevoise also speaks about the value of the iPad and other tablets for consuming premium cable programming.

Click here to watch video



6 November 2011

Press Release: Spartacus Returns With A "Vengeance"



Beverly Hills, CA., November 3, 2011 – “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” premiered on STARZ in January 2010, and quickly became one of the most talked about shows on television. The first season ended in an explosive finale, “Kill Them All,” as Spartacus led a brutal rampage at the House of Batiatus that more than fulfilled the promise of the episode’s title.

“Spartacus: Vengeance” begins just a few weeks after that massacre. Capua is in an uproar. The gladiators have escaped and formed an uneasy alliance. Spartacus wants to exact revenge on the man responsible for killing his wife, but he will soon understand his life is about something greater than avenging Sura’s death. His mission is to build an army, set free the slaves and topple the Roman Empire. STARZ Originals newest series “Spartacus: Vengeance,” premieres Friday, January 27th at 10pm ET, only on STARZ.



5 November 2011

Spartacus: Vengeance Production Biographies

Starz has released the official bios of the production crew and they are a talented bunch:


ROB TAPERT (Executive Producer)

Rob Tapert is currently the executive producer of the STARZ Original series “Spartacus: Vengeance,” as well as the preceding series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and the prequel “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.”

Tapert is the longstanding producing partner of acclaimed director Sam Raimi. Tapert and Raimi have been working together since they met at Michigan State University, where they formed the Society for Creative Filmmaking. After producing the horror cult classic Evil Dead, Tapert continued to collaborate with Raimi on Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, Darkman and Army of Darkness.

Tapert went on to serve as executive producer on the action features Hard Target and Timecop, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also executive produced the TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” both of which were the long-running worldwide sensations. Following success in television, he returned to features to executive produce Raimi’s suspense thriller The Gift (starring Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves) and the action western The Quick and the Dead (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman).
In 2002, Tapert and Raimi formed Ghost House Pictures with Mandate Pictures. Ghost House was conceived to produce feature films that would deliver great scares and offer horror fans a thrill-ride experience. Tapert has since produced a string of number-one box-office hits that started with The Grudge (which grossed $187 million worldwide), Boogeyman, The Messengers and 30 Days of Night. In 2009, Tapert produced Raimi’s first directorial effort under Ghost House, the critically acclaimed Drag Me to Hell.

Tapert recently executive produced the TV series “The Legend of the Seeker” for Disney-ABC Domestic television and ABC Studios.

(Executive Producer, Writer, Creator)

Steven S. DeKnight is currently the executive producer, writer and creator of the STARZ Original series “Spartacus: Vengeance,” as well as the preceding series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and the prequel “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.”

DeKnight received an undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from UCSC and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from UCLA. He went on to write, produce and direct for MTV’s “Undressed,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Smallville,” “Viva Laughlin” and “Dollhouse.”



5 November 2011

Spartacus Vengeance Character Bios Updated

ImageStarz has released the new bios for the Season 2 characters and now includes three additional characters and actors

The New Characters are Varinius (Brett Tucker), Seppius (Tom Hobbs) and Seppia (Hanna Mangan)

Click here to read the Character bios

On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in "Spartacus: Vengeance." Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.



4 November 2011

Lucy Lawless Gives Michael Ausiello Spartacus Prop From Spartacus Blood and Sand

Michael Ausiello received a pretty cool gift from Lucy from the Spartacus set - one of those spectacular gold masks from one of my favourite episodes of Season 1 - Episode 9: Whore.

ImageMichael Ausiello
MichaelAusiello Michael Ausiello
Congrats @Niknud1 for being the first to correctly guess the gift giver (Lucy Lawless) & show from which it came (SPARTACUS) #bestswagever

Michael Ausiello
An actress I adore swiped this prop from the show she currently stars on and mailed it to me. It just arrived. Guess...



Not sure if this is the same mask worn by Spartacus before Ilithyia went loco with Licinia and smashed the poor woman's brains on Batiatus' favourite tiles.



4 November 2011

Olansamuelle's Draw Them All Rewatch Season 1 Episode 7

Olansamuelle's Draw Them All
Spartacus Comic Strip - Re-Watch Season 1

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.

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4 November 2011

New Spartacus Poster of Liam, Video and Premiere Date

ImageAs we approach the 27 January 2012 premiere of Spartacus, we are going to be seeing a lot more PR stuff coming out from Starz. First cab off the rank is EW with a gorgeous new poster of Liam as Spartacus. He certainly looks the part and has that brooding Spartacus look.

They also reveal the premiere date (although this was guzumped by Liam himself when he tweeted the date on 18 October)

and a new video with interviews from Liam, Rob, Manu and Katrina.

Click here to check out the poster and video



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