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29 February 2012

2012 AUSXIP Charity Auction FAQ

The 2012 AUSXIP Charity Auction is fast approaching (21-28 March 2012) and we have quite a few goodies to add to this year's auction.

Many items have been signed and/or donated by: Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Adrienne Wilkinson, Steven Sears, Katherine Fugate, Crystal Chappell (Venice), Viva Bianca, Erin Cummings, Katrina Law, Stacy Haiduk and many others have donated, autographed and contributed items for the Charity Auction.

Every year we get items sent to us by fans who want to contribute their collectables to the auction or contribute other items such as books or artwork

For this auction, Lucy Lawless took time out of her very busy schedule in July 2011 to sign a great many items and donated some very special items as did Rob Tapert, Erin Cummings, Viva Bianca, Katrina Law, Stacy Haiduk, Adrienne Wilkinson and others.

2012 ANNUAL AUSXIP CHARITY AUCTION
In Association with The Starship Foundation
21-28 March 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 29 February 2012

Please read before sending in your question - this section will be updated as required.

1. Which charity will benefit from this year's Charity Auction?
2. Why isn't the Auction Also Raising Money For Renee's Charity?
3. Where did the Items come from and can I donate?
4. How long does the auction last?
5. Where can I go to place a bid?
6. Can you use the same password and user ID from previous auctions on AUSXIP?
7. How can I register to participate in this auction?
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11. How do I pay for shipping?
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14. Would you like to ask a question not included in the FAQ?


 

 

29 February 2012

Lucy's Court Date Changed to 20 March 2012 - AAP Report

1Six Greenpeace activists, including actress Lucy Lawless, who face burglary charges after occupying an oil exploration ship for four days at Port Taranaki have had their court date shifted.

The protesters were arrested and charged with burglary after two police officers scaled the 53-metre high drilling tower aboard the Shell-contracted Noble Discoverer on Monday morning.

The group, who were trying to stop the ship from exploring oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, had been up the derrick for 77 hours.

Originally due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, the activists will now appear on March 20.

The other activists facing charges are: Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino and Naoni Hammer all from Christchurch, Shai Nades from Wellington and Vivienne Hadlow from Auckland.

Zac Penman is also due to appear on charges of being party to burglary.

Greenpeace issued a statement saying no property was taken or damaged during the occupation which began last Friday morning.

The Noble Discoverer was scheduled to leave the port on Sunday.

Greenpeace is calling on Shell to cancel its plans to open up the Arctic to oil drilling.

Lawless became an international celebrity for her role as Xena in the TV action series Xena: Warrior Princess which first screened in 1995.

In 1997 People Weekly magazine named Lawless as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".

AAP


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29 February 2012

Video: Lucy Lawless on E! News 27 February 2012

Lucy was featured on the US TV Show E! News on 27 February 2012 (US) about the Greenpeace protest, her arrest and speaking to the media after release from police custody.


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29 February 2012

Lucy's Xena Warrior Princess on Top 50 TV Character List

Is this a surprise to anyone that Xena and Gab make a list on AfterEllen? Here is the news!

imageXena made #3 on Ellen's top 50 tv characters list here is their caption: If you don't know anything else about lesbians, you would know that Xena was going to land in one of the top spots on our list of best TV characters. She is practically a lesbian deity. Her relationship with Gabrielle is the stuff of legend, of course.

But so is her badassery and her outfits and her bossiness and that smirk.

She may have died at the end of the show's run, but she will live on in our Sapphic hearts (and tomes of fan fiction) for all time.


 


More on AfterEllen.com

More on Lucy's role as Xena Warrior Princess can be found on The Australian Xena Information Page


 

 

29 February 2012

Lucy's Cameo Role on Top Of The Lake 29 February 2012

The Otago Daily News reports that Lucy's role on Top Of The Lake is a cameo role. Check out the brief mention below:

Arrested eco-warrior and Hollywood star Lucy Lawless guest-starred last week in the Top of the Lake television miniseries being shot near Queenstown.

The Spartacus actress, one of seven Greenpeace activists to appear on burglary charges in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow, described the fun she had on location.

"Queenstown is absolutely gorgeous! Best honeymoon spot anytime of the year," Lawless tweeted.

Lawless has a cameo role as Caroline, the estranged wife of Bob, a real estate agent who crosses drug lord Matt Mitchum.

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You can find out more about Lucy's role and the movie by going to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top of the Lake Subsite

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28 February 2012

Take Action Now Save The Arctic - Send A Message To Shell

savethearcticAfter an epic 77-hour occupation of Shell's Arctic bound drill ship in the Port of Taranaki, Lucy, Viv, Ilai, Shai, Ra, Mike and Shayne have all been arrested and forced to come down.

Just before their arrest, Lucy tweeted this: Seven of us came up the tower on Shell’s drillship but 4 days later 130,000 will come down. In solidarity we can #savethearctic.

She's talking about the 130,000 people who had emailed Shell (it's now over 155,000!) and the unprecedented wave of support and awareness that their action created.

And Lucy and the team may have now been arrested, but that doesn't stop us from taking action.

Join more than 155,000 and tell Shell to keep out of the Arctic:

Tell Shell's bosses their oil rigs have no place in Arctic waters!

If we can keep up the momentum this action has created we have a very real chance of stopping Shell drilling in the Arctic.

Let's see if we can make it to 200,000 people calling on Shell to stay out of the Arctic by the end of the day!


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28 February 2012

Images: After The Protest In Front of Media Official Greenpeace Photos

Greenpeace New Zealand has released images of Lucy Lawless, Vivienne Hadlow (both from Auckland), Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Raoni Hammer (all three from Christchurch), Shai Nades (Wellington) were released from police custody and talked to the media.

All images used are copyrighted to Greenpeace New Zealand
(C) 2012 Greenpeace NZ - Used with Permission

 The final six

The final six

Actor Lucy Lawless, centre, the remaining five from left, Mike Ra,Viv, Shai and Shayne, outside New Plymouth's central police station, after their release on bail on charges relating to their 77-hour occupation of the Noble Discoverer.

 

Free!

Free!

Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace activists Viv and Shai leave New Plymouth's central police station,

 

Talking to the press

Talking to the press

Lucy Lawless with Viv and Shai talking to media after being released from custody.

 

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28 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Shrugs Off Shell Advert - Stuff.co.nz 28 February 2012

Image634660126947353515Actress and Greenpeace activist Lucy Lawless has shrugged off revelations she acted in a 1990s television commercial for Shell Oil, the company she protested against for the past four days at Port Taranaki.

Lawless and five other Greenpeace members were arrested yesterday when police ordered an end to their occupation of the Arctic-bound drill ship Noble Discoverer.

Another protester, who left the Shell-chartered rig on Saturday was also arrested.

The seven protesters were charged with burglary and released on bail to appear at New Plymouth District Court on Thursday.

In the early 1990s Lawless acted as a pump attendant in a television advertisement for Shell petrol.

Yesterday, Lawless admitted she was in the advertisement but then immediately launched into an environmental tirade and ended the media session.

"I remembered only when we were up there (the rig) that I actually did. I was pumping gas and somebody, and I don't think it was me, said `it's the fuel of the future'. I don't think it was my character but I always remember that line. And ah, sadly it isn't the fuel to take us into the future, we've got to get something clean."

Greenpeace NZ executive director Bunny McDiarmid said they were aware Lawless had taken part in the commercial "20 years ago, when climate change was hardly a speck on the radar".

She said it was no surprise Lawless had changed sides.

"She, like most people, they're going to wake up and realise that we have to stop drilling in the Arctic if we're going to have a future," McDiarmid said.

The immediate future for Lawless and her fellow Greenpeace activists will see them in court on burglary charges.

Central District police communications manager Kim Perks said burglary was found to be the most appropriate charge for the activists.

She summarised the legal definition of burglary as "to enter property without authority and with the intent to commit a crime," and said that the difference between burglary and trespass was criminal intent.

Illegally boarding a ship is a crime under the Maritime Transport Act.

Port Taranaki security manager Arun Chaudhari said the protesters entered the port through a neighbouring property.

"The breach was a break-in via one of our neighbour's properties. We are entirely satisfied with our security measures and plan," he said.

Chaudhari said that rumours that the activists rammed through a gate or piggybacked on a truck going through security were untrue, and said he had no knowledge of the activists wearing the uniform of port staff to get past security.

The Taranaki Daily News understands that Greenpeace used bolt-cutters to hack open padlocked chains on the neighbouring property and gain access.

Greenpeace spokesperson Steve Abel said they had inside information from port staff and ship workers that the ship was in a state of disrepair and was not fit to sail.

Shell said the Noble Discoverer had been upgraded in 2006 to drill in the Arctic.

"Shell has invested significantly in the readiness of the Discoverer, including strengthening the hull against ice forces."

The activists said they were pleased with their efforts.

"When we started this seven of us went up the rig but 133,000 came down with us in solidarity," Lawless said. "They're writing letters and we know that new heroes are going to spring up ... to make sure the energy industry is ... renewable and clean."

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28 February 2012

Greenpeace Exec Director Bunny McDiarmid on Breakfast TV on Shell Protest

Image634660118582001953 Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid discusses the Shell protest action on NZ Breakfast TV.

Main points:

The protesters have been charged with burglary, which seems to wrap up all charges into one.

Greenpeace sitting down with their lawyers today.

When asked, do you have another 6 protesters to pop up the ship?
Answer: - we have 140,000 !!

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28 February 2012

Lucy's Burglary Charge Could Seriously Impair Travel to US - NZ Herald 27 Feb 2012

Lawless burglary conviction could 'seriously impair' travel to US
NZ Herald 27 February 2012

Image634660113378564453Lucy Lawless' ability to travel to the United States could be "seriously impaired" if she is found guilty of burglary following her arrest after participating in a Greenpeace protest, a legal expert says.

The star of Xena and Spartacus was among seven protesters charged after a demonstration aboard a Shell drillship in Port Taranaki yesterday.

Police officers scaled the Noble Discoverer's drilling tower to arrest the group, four days after the protest began, 53m up the ship's drilling tower.

The group would appear in New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, police said.

Though unlikely, the protesters could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, said Auckland University Faculty of Law associate professor Warren Brookbanks.

"They're not going to get imprisonment at all, it would probably be dealt with by a fine, I would think. Or if they have a good lawyer they might be able to successfully persuade the court to convict and discharge them."

Mr Brookbanks said Lawless' lawyer would most likely seek a discharge without conviction which would allow her to continue to travel to the United States - where she frequently works - without any problems.

"[A conviction] could seriously impair her ability to travel to countries like the United States, where they take criminal convictions very seriously."

Mr Brookbanks was surprised police chose to charge the protesters with burglary - defined by the Crimes Act as breaking and entering into any building or ship without authority and with intent to commit a crime.

"They could have charged them with being in an enclosed yard or disorderly behaviour or something like that. It strikes me that this is an element of overkill," he said.

The Noble Discoverer was meant to leave Port Taranaki over the weekend on a 6000 nautical mile journey to the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska, to drill three exploratory oil wells.

"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," Lawless said before the arrests.

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28 February 2012

Greenpeace Press Release: Arrests end Shell Arctic drillship occupation 27 February 2012

Image634660076144062500Auckland, February 27th 2012 -- The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship's drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was into its fourth day and the activists had spent over 77 hours on top of the 53 metre drilling tower.

The activists are currently being processed by police and are expected to be available to comment briefly to media once they are released.

Despite the fact that the charge of "unlawfully being on a ship" was available, prosecutors have chosen to charge the protestors with the more serious charge of burglary.  Greenpeace insists that no property was taken or damaged during the occupation.

"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," said Lucy Lawless, before being arrested. "Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down."
She continued, "We will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities and species that depend on the Arctic for their very lives until Shell cancels its plans to drill in this magical world, and makes the switch to clean, sustainable energy."

Image634660077271875000The six activists who were arrested this morning are

Mike Buchanan from Christchurch.
Shayne Comino from Christchurch.
Raoni Hammer from Christchurch.
Shai Nades from Wellington.
Vivienne Hadlow from Auckland.
Lucy Lawless from Auckland.

 


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28 February 2012

Bunny Diamand Blog: Seven Went Up, 133,000 Came Down

Image634660070982656250Bunny Diamand, the Executive Director of Greenpeace wrote a blog on Greenpeace NZ site about the Greenpeace protesters on board the Nobel Discoverer.

Lucy and Bunny have a connection that goes back to 1992.  Jane Redmond was the fictional character played by Lucy in the 1992 movie The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. The role was based on Bunny McDiarmid, a crewmember of the Rainbow Warrior. Bunny is now the Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand.

Bunny and Lucy worked together again during the 2009 Greenpeace Sign On Campaign.


Bunny's Blog:  Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down.
Greenpeace Blog: 27 February 2012

Image634660052587187500As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

This has been a fitting first chapter for what will undoubtedly be an epic battle. The battle to save one of the most beautiful, unique and iconic places on earth from the seemingly  insatiable greed of the oil industry. A battle to save the world from climate change - the greatest threat we face today.

Throughout this time Shell has tried to say they want to talk, to explain how they can drill safely in the frozen Arctic, and that there's nothing to worry about. But both common sense and scientific consensus tells us there is no way to safely drill up therein the frozen North. A spill in the icey Arctic seas would be impossible to clean up. And it is no time to talk when aging rust-buket drillships like the Noble Discoverer are heading for the Arctic right now. Now is the time for action.

Image634660069306875000I just greeted the team as they walked out of the police station where odly enough they were charged with burglary. A legal slight of hand by the police. Of course we didn't actually steal anything, we never do.

Though maybe we did... When I think about the actions of these seven and the 133,000 people globally who joined them, we have gone a long way towards stealing back the future of the Arctic from the desperate clutches of Shell and the oil giants.

This is just the start of the story. The fight for the Arctic has only just begun.

Join us now to finish the job at greenpeace.org/savethearctic

- Bunny Mcdiarmid

Blog post Copyrighted to Greenpeace New Zealand - (C) 2012 Greenpeace NZ - Used with Permission


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28 February 2012

Lucy Lawless, Arrested, Battles On Up Beat Magazine 27 February 2012

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Our friends over at Update Magazine have an interesting article on Lucy's involvement with the Greenpeace Save The Arctic Protest

Lucy Lawless, Arrested... Battles On

Lucy Lawless took on Shell Oil and created an "awareness" that hopefully won't go away anytime soon. She obviously created a massive "hole" in the oil company's plans to continue drilling in the Arctic off the coast of Alaska as Shell Oil managed to "dig up" an old ad that the actress did for them OVER 20+ years ago! This is precisely the reason that this story MUST be told in the United States of America! The story has NOT been broadcast here in the US on any major network-- cable or otherwise! The questions we should now be asking are: WHY IS THIS STORY BEING SUBDUED IN THE US? and... WHY AREN'T THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF OFFSHORE DRILLING? How is it that Shell Oil was allowed to slip their "agenda" under the radar? We have a few theories here at UPBEAT... First of all, Shell Oil is a publically traded company. This means that ALL information about the company, including any/all plans are PUBLIC DOMAIN according to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. So why were we not informed?

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27 February 2012

New Greenpeace Video: Four days of action in defence of the Arctic

Greenpeace has released a new video of the Greenpeace Magnificent Seven: Lucy, Shai, Mike, Viv, Raoni, Ilia and Shayne scaling up the derrick. This is an incredible video.

 

 


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27 February 2012

Lucy Talks To The Press Screencaps 27 February 2012

Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have been released from police custody this afternoon. They were arrested soon after they they scaled the derrick of the Noble Discoverer but it wasn't until 4 days later (27 February) did the police arrived to escort them off the ship.

The following screencaptures are from Lucy and the rest of the protest team fronted to to the media right after they got released from police custody. They were charged with burglary (?!)  and will appear in a Taranaki court on Thursday.

Screencaptures by MaryD

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27 February 2012

Lucy Talks To Reporters After Being Released - Video

screenshot_05The following is from the Taranaki Daily News 27 February 2012 update tonight in New Zealand.

Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have been released from police custody this afternoon.

The protesters were arrested this morning and descended the rig of the Shell-chartered Noble Discoverer around 12pm.

Greenpeace said they considered the action to have been hugely successful.

"When we started this seven of us went up the rig but 133,000 came down with us in solidarity. They're writing letters and we know that new heros are going to spring up in our fervent mission to make sure the oil industry becomes an energy industry is one that is renewable and clean," Lawless said.

The protesters have been bailed to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, when they will face charges of burglary.

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Image634659640232714844Actress Lucy Lawless and five other Greenpeace protesters were arrested after spending four days on board the Noble Discoverer, which was due to travel to the Arctic in exploration of oil.

Lawless and a group of Greenpeace activists scaled the ship's 53-metre drilling derrick and unfurled banners in Port Taranaki at 7am on Friday.

The ship was scheduled to leave the port yesterday to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, but the journey was delayed due to the protesters' actions.

Lawless' involvement drew international attention to their cause.

The police climbed the tower this morning to speak with the protesters, and subsequently arrest them. They did not resist.

Lawless, before being arrested, said the battle to save the Arctic had just begun.

Over the course of the occupation, more than 133,000 people sent an email to Shell executives telling them to cancel their plans to drill in the Arctic, causing Shell email systems to overload repeatedly, Greenpeace claimed.

Police said it was too early to say when the protesters, including Lawless, would appear in court.

Steve Abel, a Greenpeace climate campaigner, who was at the Taranaki port, said it was one of the longest lasting occupations in recent history in New Zealand."

"If there was an oil spill in the Arctic it would be impossible to clean up," Abel said. "


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27 February 2012

Charges Laid Against Lucy and Protesters

Lucy has been charged with burlgary. Wow, charges of Burglary? That's just ridiculous. She occupied the ship and the worse was trespass. She didn't destroy or steal anything from the rust bucket of a ship.

The only thing she "stole" was time. Time from Shell to destroy the arctic. Get real. I guess Lucy is a big fish and they want to appear tough since their security was non existant which allowed the protesters to board the boat in the first place. What else is non existant in their arctic endeavour?


Thumbnail image for 1freelucylawless.pngLawless charged with burglary after ship protest
by TVNZ

Seven protesters, including actress Lucy Lawless, have been charged with burglary after police ended their occupation of an oil drilling ship in Taranaki today.

The Greenpeace activists had spent three nights onboard the Noble Discoverer, owned by oil company Shell, which they said was heading to the Arctic to drill.

Police said at 11am that they had sent "a couple of officers" on to the Noble Discoverer who climbed the drilling tower and asked the protesters again to come down.

They were held at New Plymouth police station this afternoon while charges were decided.

Greenpeace said this afternoon that police had decided on a more serious charge of burglary, despite a lesser offence of 'unlawfully being on a ship' was available.

It says no property was taken or damaged during the occupation.

"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," Lawless said, before being arrested.

"We will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities and species that depend on the Arctic for their very lives until Shell cancels its plans to drill in this magical world, and makes the switch to clean, sustainable energy."

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27 February 2012

Day 4 Official Greenpeace Photos - The Arrest

Lucy is now under arrest along with her fellow protesters. Whilst this is serious and it may lead to a criminal conviction (trespassing?) it is without a doubt one of the most inspirational things I've seen an an actor do. She put herself, her reputation and her career on the line for something she believed in.

She is without doubt one hell of a human being and the THOUSANDS that have supported her and the other protesters would agree.

here are the photos just released from Greenpeace NZ

All images used are copyrighted to Greenpeace New Zealand
(C) 2012 Greenpeace NZ - Used with Permission

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The police arrive The final moments
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27 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Talks About The Experience TV3 News

Lucy has been arrested along with her fellow protesters. TV3 News has the news (and the press release which was sent out by Greenpeace)

lucylawlessgreenpeace1200.jpgLucy said:

"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," said Lucy Lawless, before being arrested.

"Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down."

One protester had already quit the protest for 'personal reasons'. Greenpeace says 133,000 people sent emails to Shell, telling them to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

"I can't wait to get home to my kids to tell them all about this amazing journey, but I'm so glad I took part in this peaceful action," says Lawless.

"We did what we came to do. Together we sent a clear message that has been heard and echoed across the globe: there's no place in this world for your reckless Arctic oil."


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Support Lucy and Greenpeace Buy #SaveTheArctic T-Shirt From Greenpeace
Day 4 Morning Save The Arctic Protest Images by Greenpeace
End of Day 3 Save The Arctic Protest Images by Greenpeace
Lucy Lawless & Greenpeace Five Save the Arctic Comic by Olansamuelle
Day 3 Photo - 48 Hours on the Drill Ship Save The Arctic Proest
New Photos from Greenpeace NZ of Lucy and The Greenpeace Five Day 2 Second Batch
Greenpeace Photos Day 2 Lucy and Fellow Protesters Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Lawless Photo Update From Greenpeace Save The Arctic Protest
New Lucy Photos from Greenpeace NZ
Photos of Lucy At the Protest Greenpeace NZ Photos


PRESS / TRANSCRIPTS

Press Release: Lucy Lawless and Fellow Protesters Have Been Arrested
BREAKING NEWS: The Police Have Arrived...TVNZ Reports
Protesters expect removal by police today - NZ Herald 27 February 2012
Protesters Get Global Support - Taranaki Daily News 27 February 2012
Press Release: Flood of Support Online Boosts Arctic Drillship Protest
Lawless Expects Arrest Waikato Times 27 February 2012
Lucy Lawless v. Shell: David v. Goliath Voxy News 26 February 2012
Lucy Lawless NZ Local News Roundup for Day 3 Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Lawless Twitter Q&A #SaveTheArctic Protest 26 Feb 2012
Day 3 Lucy Lawless Video Message - Is Anyone Out There?
NZ Media RoundUp of Save The Arctic Protest Day 3
Live Twitter Q and A With Lucy onboard Noble Destroyer 26/02
Lucy's Tweets For 25 February From Save The Arctic Greenpeace Protest
TV3 Nightly News 25 Feb with Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Protest Update
Press Release: Activists Vow To Continue Arctic Drillship Occupation Into Third Day
Audio Interview Taranaki Daily News Interviews Lucy 24 February 2012
Lucy Interview Transcript NZ TV Saturday Breakfast Show 25 February 2012
Ice Drilling Madness: Lucy Lawless NZ Herald 25 Feb 2012
Save The Arctic Protesting Half Dozen Update - Nighty Night
Lucy Lawless Interview on TVNZ Close Up 24 February 2012
Greenpeace Protesters are Settling In For The Night
Lucy Lawless Captures Oil-Drilling Ship For Greenpeace The Village Voice
Lucy Blog - I Had Little Choice From Protest Site
Take Action Like Lucy Lawless and Send A Message To Shell - Save The Arctic
Latest Tweets From The Protest
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Lucy Lawless Protesting
Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship
Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest


VIDEO / AUDIO

Evening Day 3 Protest Day Lucy Lawless Video
Lucy Interview with TMZ 25 Feb 2012 - Audio
Lucy Lawless From Greenpeace NZ Save The Artic Video
TMZ Video of Lucy With Her Friends On Board Shell Drill Ship
Video TV1 News Lucy Lawless Prepares for Night On-Board Oil Ship
Video: Protest Bold Career Move For Lawless - TV3 News 24 Feb 2012
Combined Videos of All of Lucy's Interviews From Protest
Lucy Does The Xena War Cry - Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Video Released by Greenpeace and Lucy's Arrest Reported on TV3
Greenpeace Lucy Lawless Video From Protest

 

 

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27 February 2012

Press Release: Lucy Lawless and Fellow Protesters Have Been Arrested

PRESS RELEASE FROM GREENPEACE:

Activists, actor Lucy Lawless arrested for Shell Arctic drillship occupation

 Auckland, February 27th 2012 -- The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship's drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was into its fourth day and the activists had spent 77 hours on top of the 53 metre drilling tower.

"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," said Lucy Lawless, before being arrested. "Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down."

She continued, "We will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities and species that depend on the Arctic for their very lives until Shell cancels its plans to drill in this magical world, and makes the switch to clean, sustainable energy."

The activists entered the Port of Taranaki at 6:30 a.m. on February 24th, scaled the drilling tower of the Shell drillship the Noble Discoverer and set up camp. The ship was preparing to leave for the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska where it is scheduled to drill three exploratory oil wells this summer.

"In these four days we have shone a global spotlight on Shell's reckless plans to destroy the precious wild Arctic for just a few years of oil," said Viv Hadlow, one of the drillship activists.

She continued, "It's insane that oil companies like Shell regard the melting of the Arctic sea ice not as a warning to humanity, but as a chance to drill for more of the oil that caused the problem in the first place. Today this occupation ended, but like the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined our cry to save the Arctic, we will not be silenced."

Over the course of the four day occupation, more than 130,000 people sent an email to Shell executives telling them to cancel their plans to drill in the Arctic, causing Shell email systems to overload repeatedly. Thousands of people around the world also sent messages of support to Lucy and the activists via social media and the hashtag #SaveTheArctic, which featured on banners hung from the drillship, has trended on and off around the world over the past 4 days. Celebrities like Jared Leto and the official Beatles twitter account also posted messages to their followers.

"I can't wait to get home to my kids to tell them all about this amazing journey, but I'm so glad I took part in this peaceful action," said Lucy Lawless.

She continued, "I am in awe of the multitudes of people who have sent us so many inspiring messages of support, not to mention my fellow activists who put their personal liberties on the line to stand up to Shell's mad plans to drill in the Arctic.

"We did what we came to do. Together we sent a clear message that has been heard and echoed across the globe: there's no place in this world for your reckless Arctic oil."

Shell is the first major international oil company to make exploitation of the Arctic a major focus. If the Noble Discoverer strikes oil this summer, other global oil giants will quickly follow and spark an Arctic oil rush. The company has a very tight window in which to drill for oil. Freezing temperatures, extreme weather conditions and a highly remote location pose unprecedented challenges, and make an Arctic oil spill virtually impossible to contain and clean up. (1) According to a senior official at a Canadian firm that specialises in oil-spill response, "there is really no solution or method today that we're aware of that can actually recover [spilled] oil from the Arctic." (2)

Total estimated Arctic oil reserves would satisfy just three years of current global oil demand, but would both contribute significantly to carbon emissions and pose a grave risk to the local ecosystem. (3) Numerous reports show that through energy efficiency and clean energy, global energy needs can be met while leaving the Arctic untouched. (4)

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27 February 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The Police Have Arrived...TVNZ Reports

BREAKING NEWS: The police have arrived...looks like Lucy will be arrested today...the police are climbing the ladder

Tweet from Lucy: ‏ @RealLucyLawless
Anticipating imminent arrest so doing final cleanup of camp #savethearctic. Will be dissapointed if we have to leave but will go peacefully.

Seven of us came up the tower on 's drillship but 4 days later 130,000 will come down. In solidarity we can


The following is from TVNZ Update

Police have climbed the drilling tower of a ship at Port Taranaki to try to persuade Greenpeace protesters to come down. The protesters, including actor Lucy Lawless, have spent a third night on the drilling tower of the Noble Discoverer.

Police say they have sent "a couple of officers" on to the Noble Discoverer.

"They have climbed the tower and are currently talking to the protesters to ask them again to come down," said Kim Perks, Central District Police Communications Manager.

Earlier, Shell said Greenpeace activists have been told this morning that the Noble Discoverer will be moved away from its berth for a short time and turned around in a routine operation to take on fuel.

The company says its primary concern remains the safety of all concerned and it is continuing its normal work on the vessel to the extent that safety allows.

"That work includes taking on fuel and the boat will be turned around to do this. This will be done safely and with the minimum disruption," Rob Jager, Chairman of Shell New Zealand said in a statement.

The main engine would not be started, but three pilot boats would slowly tow the Noble Discoverer out from the quay and, assisted by the vessel's propellers, turn it around before it returned to the same location to take on fuel.

The operation was expected to be completed in three to five hours and would be performed safely within Port Taranaki harbour, Jager said.

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Day 3 Photo - 48 Hours on the Drill Ship Save The Arctic Proest
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Greenpeace Photos Day 2 Lucy and Fellow Protesters Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Lawless Photo Update From Greenpeace Save The Arctic Protest
New Lucy Photos from Greenpeace NZ
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PRESS / TRANSCRIPTS

BREAKING NEWS: The Police Have Arrived...
Protesters expect removal by police today - NZ Herald 27 February 2012
Protesters Get Global Support - Taranaki Daily News 27 February 2012
Press Release: Flood of Support Online Boosts Arctic Drillship Protest
Lawless Expects Arrest Waikato Times 27 February 2012
Lucy Lawless v. Shell: David v. Goliath Voxy News 26 February 2012
Lucy Lawless NZ Local News Roundup for Day 3 Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Lawless Twitter Q&A #SaveTheArctic Protest 26 Feb 2012
Day 3 Lucy Lawless Video Message - Is Anyone Out There?
NZ Media RoundUp of Save The Arctic Protest Day 3
Live Twitter Q and A With Lucy onboard Noble Destroyer 26/02
Lucy's Tweets For 25 February From Save The Arctic Greenpeace Protest
TV3 Nightly News 25 Feb with Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Protest Update
Press Release: Activists Vow To Continue Arctic Drillship Occupation Into Third Day
Audio Interview Taranaki Daily News Interviews Lucy 24 February 2012
Lucy Interview Transcript NZ TV Saturday Breakfast Show 25 February 2012
Ice Drilling Madness: Lucy Lawless NZ Herald 25 Feb 2012
Save The Arctic Protesting Half Dozen Update - Nighty Night
Lucy Lawless Interview on TVNZ Close Up 24 February 2012
Greenpeace Protesters are Settling In For The Night
Lucy Lawless Captures Oil-Drilling Ship For Greenpeace The Village Voice
Lucy Blog - I Had Little Choice From Protest Site
Take Action Like Lucy Lawless and Send A Message To Shell - Save The Arctic
Latest Tweets From The Protest
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Lucy Lawless Protesting
Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship
Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest


VIDEO / AUDIO

Evening Day 3 Protest Day Lucy Lawless Video
Lucy Interview with TMZ 25 Feb 2012 - Audio
Lucy Lawless From Greenpeace NZ Save The Artic Video
TMZ Video of Lucy With Her Friends On Board Shell Drill Ship
Video TV1 News Lucy Lawless Prepares for Night On-Board Oil Ship
Video: Protest Bold Career Move For Lawless - TV3 News 24 Feb 2012
Combined Videos of All of Lucy's Interviews From Protest
Lucy Does The Xena War Cry - Save The Arctic Protest
Lucy Video Released by Greenpeace and Lucy's Arrest Reported on TV3
Greenpeace Lucy Lawless Video From Protest

 

 

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27 February 2012

Protesters expect removal by police today - NZ Herald 27 February 2012

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Protesters expect removal by police today

NZ Herald 27 February 2012


Greenpeace protesters are expecting police to lead them off a Shell oil-drilling ship today.

The Noble Discoverer was meant to leave Port Taranaki over the weekend on a 6000 nautical mile journey to the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska, to drill three exploratory oil wells.

However, seven Greenpeace activists, including actress Lucy Lawless, boarded the ship early on Friday to protest against the planned drilling.

One protester, Aucklander Ilai Amir, left the vessel yesterday morning for "personal reasons'', and was arrested for unlawfully being on a ship.

This morning Lawless told Newstalk ZB the group of protesters were expecting police to turn up and take them away, as they entered day four of the protest.

The group would leave peacefully if police turned up, and would not make police scale the 53 metre drilling tower the protesters were up, she said.

"We'd never make them do that, that's unsafe ... we wouldn't put them in that position.''

Earlier the group had vowed "Guantanamo" style tactics would not bring them down from a tower aboard a Shell ship bound for the Arctic.

The six had spent a "gruelling" night last night at Port Taranaki, according to Greenpeace NZ climate campaigner Steve Abel.

Bright lights and loud music through the night kept the group awake but they remained "resolute, determined to stay".

Lawless posted on Twitter last night: "Loud music over speakers about 1.30 AM. They starting to go Guantanamo on our ass?".

She tweeted this morning: "...I found last night pretty darn scary. Not for sissies".

Mr Abel described the music as "loud, sort-of hard rock", and said no one had taken responsibility for playing it.

Shell corporate communications manager Shona Geary said the lights were necessary for the ships crew to carry out routine work.

"It appears that last night the protesters disabled the light at the top of the drill tower. These lights are there for safety reasons. A spotlight was used instead to light up the mast to help ensure the group were safe during crane and other night time operations."

She also said no loud music was played, and the sound was "coming from an alarm clock".

In a video published on Greenpeace NZ's website this morning, Lawless described the night as "pretty dark, dark in your soul".

Mr Abel said it has been difficult for the protesters to see the global response to their actions first-hand, which might have an alienating effect on the group.

"When you're in the absolute thick of it, it can sometimes feel very lonely."

He said the group were determined to remain atop the ship's 53m drilling tower as long as they had food and water.

"It's not something that can go indefinitely but, at this stage, they're confident they've got enough to last them a while yet."

Greenpeace's website said more than 123,000 people had joined its campaign, sending emails to the CEO, director and vice-president of Shell.

"The principle of this thing is that an oil spill in the Arctic would be impossible to clean up and that's exactly why Shell shouldn't even begin", Mr Abel said.

In a press release, chairman of Shell New Zealand Rob Jager said he was disappointed in Greenpeace's unco-operative stance and was concerned about the welfare of the activists still onboard.

"It was good to see yesterday one of the protesters halt his unlawful occupation of the drilling rig and the matter resolve itself safely. We look forward to the remaining protesters taking similar prudent and respectful action.

"Actions like this jeopardise the safety of all involved and our offer of an open conversation still holds."

He added: "Shell has taken unprecedented steps to pursue safe, environmentally responsible exploration in shallow water off the coast of Alaska."

Shell's oil spill response plan for the voyage was approved by the United States Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on February 17.

Mrs Geary said she could not comment on the costs that the delayed departure was incurring.

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27 February 2012

Evening Day 3 Protest Day Lucy Lawless Video

It's evening on Day 3 and Lucy is settling in for the night. Video is from Greenpeace NZ

Video used is copyrighted to Greenpeace New Zealand
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27 February 2012

Support Lucy and Greenpeace Buy #SaveTheArctic T-Shirt From Greenpeace

Image634659225703447266Image634659224180322266Greenpeace has announced that you can now buy the same t-shirt Lucy is wearing on her protest #savethearctic.

Show your support of Lucy and Greenpeace!


The price is $25

 

 

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27 February 2012

Day 4 Morning Save The Arctic Protest Images by Greenpeace

Day 4 has dawned and our eco-warrior Lucy is still up the derrick (GO LUCY) with her friends Viv, Ra, Mike, Shayne and Shai . Here are the latest photos released by Greenpeace this morning. I am so proud of her and I know everyone is as well. I suspect her mum and dad are bursting with pride as are her children and her husband Rob. We are right behind you Lucy!

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27 February 2012

Protesters Get Global Support - Taranaki Daily News 27 February 2012

Image634659197869208984Greenpeace activists are claiming support from hundreds of thousands of people for their Port Taranaki protest aboard the Noble Discoverer.

Seven activists boarded the drillship after eluding security at the New Plymouth port about 7am on Friday to protest Shell's plan to drill exploratory oil wells in the Arctic.

One activist was arrested after climbing down on Saturday and a supporter was arrested on Friday.

Celebrity protester Lucy Lawless and five Greenpeace activists remained at the top of the 53-metre-high drilling derrick yesterday.

Greenpeace spokesman Steve Abel said the group was in good spirits.

"They had a bit of a tough night but they are bolstered by the good weather today and they woke up to a magnificent view of the mountain," he said.

Greenpeace claim that since the protesters boarded the ship, more than 120,000 people worldwide had contacted Shell's CEO, Peter Voser, calling for the cancellation of its plans to open up the Arctic to oil exploration.

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27 February 2012

Press Release: Flood of Support Online Boosts Arctic Drillship Protest

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Auckland, 26 February 2012: The occupation of Shell Arctic drillship Noble Discover has continued for a third day. Five Greenpeace activists and actor Lucy Lawless remain in place on top of the drillship, after spending a chilly second night on top of its 53 metre drilling tower.

Morale onboard has been boosted by the thousands of support messages that have been flooding in over the course of the day.

Yesterday activists hung a giant #SaveTheArctic hashtag banner on the drill tower and the hashtag has been trending on and off around the world ever since.

The activists, who are equipped with iphones and tablets, which they are keeping charged with a foldable solar panel, have been inundated with twitter messages, facebook comments and emails from supporters around the world. All of this is being aggregated in a ‘live feed’ on the Greenpeace home page: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz

“It’s been so inspiring to get all of these online messages and to know that standing alongside the six of us on this ship, there are hundreds of thousands of other people  around the world who feel passionate about the Arctic and are prepared to take action to put a stop to Shell’s crazy Arctic drilling plans” said activist Viv Hadlow.

In direct response to the drillship occupation over 122,000 people worldwide have emailed Shell over the past 48 hours, asking the company to drop its Arctic oil drilling plans.


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27 February 2012

Lawless Expects Arrest Waikato Times 27 February 2012

Here's a scan from the Waikato Times (New Zealand) 27 February 2012. We're coming into Day 4 of the protest and Day 4 of supporting Lucy and the her Greenpeace fellow protesters.

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27 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Wishes Newborn Swedish Princess A Long And Happy Life

While Lucy was high on a derrick, she took time to talk to a Swedish newspaper and
said hello to the newborn Swedish Princess. Wished her a long and happy life.



many thanks to Freya for the news


 

 

26 February 2012

End of Day 3 Save The Arctic Protest Images by Greenpeace

The third day is coming to an end and our intrepid protesters: Lucy Lawless, Raoni, Shayne, Viv,  Shai and Mike are still up the derrick and bedding down for the night.

You can show these guys some major love by following them on twitter

@GreenpeaceNZ, @RealLucyLawless, @GP_Viv, @GP_Raoni, @GP_Shai and don't forget to use the hashtag #savethearctic. Why use the hashtag? Well check these figures out that Nick from Greenpeace initially checked: 1,500 tweets generated 5,619,833 impressions, audience of 1,659,594 followers within 24hrs for the hashtag #savethearctic


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26 February 2012

Lucy Lawless v. Shell: David v. Goliath Voxy News 26 February 2012

Image634658778298398437Here's a very well written article about Lucy, the role of Shell and our reliance on oil. Yes that has been in the news before The Greenpeace Seven stormed the Noble Discoverer and scaled up the derrick on Friday 24 February. What this has made this occupation more media focused is because of one Warrior Princess on board and that is gold. Gold for the issues because it makes people who didn't know anything about the situation pay attention because this well known celebrity is part of the occupation of the Noble Discoverer.

Samantha Lee from Voxy wrote a great article on it. Have a read.

Lucy Lawless v. Shell: David v. Goliath
by Samantha Lee

I am a fan of strong female characters on TV. I fully subscribe to the adage "you can't be what you can't see." A huge part of that is having highly visible, positive role models on our screens.

It's also no secret I'm a fan of David v. Goliath - backing David for the win. Those in power seem almost inevitably to misuse their authority in some way, and those that fight against this in a non-violent but proactive capacity will always have my vote. 

Two of my favourite things have combined this week as Lucy Lawless, (of Spartacus and Xena Warrior Princess fame), along with six other activists working with Greenpeace, has scaled a 53 metre tower on a ship called the Noble Discoverer at the Port of Taranaki. It's leased from the Noble Corporation by Shell, and is bound for the Arctic to start "exploratory shallow water drilling." The Greenpeace team argue that a spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico could conceivably happen again, which would have far-reaching consequences world-wide. They want Shell to cease all planned operations in the Arctic.They are currently, two days later, still ensconced on the ship's tower, attracting worldwide media attention. (TMZ undoubtedly has the best interview so far - there's a Xena war cry in it for you.)  

To be completely honest, I started researching this purely because of the guts it took to do this. Think about that conversation for a moment:

"First of all, Lucy, you have consciously decided to break the law. Look, cheers for that. Now, what we want you to do is scale a 53 metre tower, with no safety instructors or stunt doubles present, on a rust bucket loosely called a ship that is just about to leave for the Arctic, which we hear is quite cold.The plan is to survive for two days and nights and counting. No, we don't know exactly how long. Just go with it. We want you to champion the cause on a tiny little platform with no creature comforts. Maybe a laptop. Don't play too much Words with Friends. There'll be no showers or toilets, sorry. Also, you're going to get very little sleep because helicopters and loudspeakers will be going almost non-stop. There'll be very strong wind, and being this is Taranaki, probably rain. Oh, and you'll have to pull it together quick smart and keep it together, because you're now the star of this enterprise and media from all over the world are going to be expecting you to coherently explain just what the hell it is you think you're doing. Thanks for your service to Greenpeace, please accept this commemorative pin."  

Unless you're Vanessa Redgrave, celebrities just don't do this stuff. So one can only come to the conclusion that Lucy Lawless is crazier than the Lost polar bear plotline, or she and the rest of her team believe so passionately in their cause and have such hope of making a difference - against a giant as indifferent and unyielding as Shell- that they've risked their own safety, legal charges and career damage as a result.

I'll say it. I admire Lucy Lawless along with the other people on board the "Ignoble Destroyer" for putting her money where her mouth is. You don't see many people genuinely doing that, let alone people who have a very high profile career and surely enough money to buy an island somewhere should the world go to hell. I figure, if she's going to spend some time voluntarily standing on a very tiny, windy platform in the middle of the Port of Taranaki promoting a cause, as a fan of the little guys versus the big guys and a Kiwi who loves being part of a nation with a tendency to stand up for what they believe in, I'll look into it. 

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26 February 2012

Lucy Lawless NZ Local News Roundup for Day 3 Save The Arctic Protest

Image634658735766962890New Zealand television and other media has been following the events of the Greenpeace protest on the Noble Discoverer and that very well known derrick (who knew I would know what a derrick was other than a man's name) since Friday.

Here is tonight's overview. AUSXIP Reporter Jo in New Zealand has called in with the news:

Tonight's coverage on TV3 was more a brief update that the 6 protesters are about to go into  a third night. The ship was set to leave today and Ilai Amir was arrested yesterday.

They showed a snippet of Steve Abel from Greenpeace and he said "if there is any point at which they are not capable to safely sustain themselves up there in terms of hydration, then they'll come down."


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26 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Twitter Q&A #SaveTheArctic Protest 26 Feb 2012

Image634658588499775390Lucy held her first Twitter Q&A this morning at 11 am New Zealand time. Below is the image of all the tweets in the Q&A. Or you can go to @RealLucyLawless on twitter and read them there.

Lucy also changed her profile pic on her twitter to one from the Save The Arctic images.

 

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26 February 2012

Day 3 Lucy Lawless Video Message – Is Anyone Out There?

Greenpeace NZ releases new video of Lucy.

Day 3 Lucy Lawless Video Message – Is Anyout Out There?
Posted on: 26th February 2012

A message from Lucy from Greenpeace New Zealand on Vimeo.

 

Our brave little team has been occupying the Shell drillship in Taranaki for well over 48 hours now. Raoni, Shayne, Viv, Shai, Lucy and Mike are camped at the very top of the ship’s 50m drill tower. All they have with them is what they carried up on their backs.

While they stay on the ship it won’t be leaving for the Arctic to drill for oil. They’ve succeeded in bringing the world’s attention to Shell’s reckless plans for the Arctic. They remain determined and don’t intend giving up any time soon.

But it has been tough.

It’s cold, dirty and uncomfortable. They’re hungry, and water rations are low. They’ve contended with loud music blasting at 3am and spotlights shone on them all night. They can’t see much of what’s happening in the world and hope more than anything that people are listening and taking action with them.

Lucy sent us this video early this morning … Please leave a message for the Lucy and the team – they need some love!


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26 February 2012

Lucy Lawless & Greenpeace Five Save the Arctic Comic by Olansamuelle

This is a tribute art to Lucy's Save The Arctic protest now stretching into Day 3. As many of you know, Olansamuelle created the Spartacus Draw Them All comic strip and here she turns her attention to the Greenpeace Six - Lucy and her fellow protesters.

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26 February 2012

Day 3 Photo - 48 Hours on the Drill Ship Save The Arctic Proest

Here's the first photo of Day 3... All images are copyrighted to Greenpeace New Zealand
Used with permission.

48 hours on the drill ship


MORE PHOTOS DAYS 1 - 3

30 photos

items are from between 12 Oct 2011 & 25 Feb 2012.

Lucy Lawless Preparing camp The long climb The top of the derrick 12102011009 24022012007 Lucy and the crew ARCTIC DEFENCE STARTS HERE

Lucy Lawless Comms gear Stop Shell The ship from our point of view banner shot It's going to be cold up here  GOPR0157 Settling in for a long stay

STOP SHELL  Good night all!  Morning  Day two! Getting busy on day 2 Arctic defence starts here Save The Arctic! Day two banner

Lucy having a nap The whole crew People below Sunset 48 hours on the drill ship

 

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26 February 2012

Lucy in Top of the Lake Mini Series Character Information

Lucy's Auckland Actors profile site has been updated with the news about Lucy's role on Top Of The Lake mini-series. Lucy's role is Caroline Platt. We don't have any other information about the character other than the name.

Here's some production info about the movie:

Top Of The Lake
See-Saw Films Pty Ltd

Producers
Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Philippa Campbell

Executive Producers
Jane Campion, Sharon Menzies

Writers
Jane Campion, Gerard Lee

Director
Jane Campion

Broadcaster
BBC (UK), UKTV (Australia), TV3 (NZ), Sundance (USA)

Funding: funding from Screen Australia and Screen NSW

Sales and Distribution BBC Worldwide (UK), UKTV (Australia - Foxtel)

To Be Released: 2013

Top Of The Lake is original drama at its finest, bringing to screen a unique landscape – remote, mountainous New Zealand – in a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find.

A twelve-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and she won't say who the father is, insisting it was 'no one'. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin, the investigating detective, will find this the case that tests her to her limits. In the search for Tui she will first have to find herself.

Directed by Jane Campion, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. It is a multi-part serial for BBC Two and will film in 2011.

Says Deirdre Brennan, Director of TV for BBC Worldwide Australia:

Top of the Lake is a unique creative collaboration, a truly international project that showcases a remarkable production team, cast and location. It is an honour to play a part in bringing this landmark drama series exclusively to UKTV audiences in Australia and New Zealand.”

For more news on Lucy's role in Top of the Lake visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top of the Lake subsite


RELATED NEWS ABOUT TOP OF THE LAKE

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26 February 2012

NZ Media RoundUp of Save The Arctic Protest Day 3

As you would expect the New Zealand media(and the rest of the world) is covering Lucy's Greenpeace protest on board the Noble Discoverer. We are going in Day 3 of the protest. Here's a rundown of the press coverage this morning. There is a lot more but they are generally repeating one another.


NZ Herald - 26 February 2012

Lawless foregoes comforts to fight oil drilling

Eco-princess Lucy Lawless has given up home comforts for a second night up a gusty tower with no place to sleep or pee. The star of Xena Warrior Princess illegally boarded a ship docked in Taranaki with seven Greenpeace activists this week to protest oil giant Shell's plans to drill for oil in Alaska. Police told Lawless she would be arrested when she stepped off the Noble Discoverer, which is due to depart on a 6000 nautical mile journey to drill in the Chukchi Sea. But Lawless said the discomfort of her new digs, as well as the threat of arrest, was a small price to pay.

"It's not the Ritz but we didn't come here for a pleasure cruise," Lawless told the Herald on Sunday. "We have a moral responsibility to be here and we are well prepared."

Read More

 

TVNZ News - 26 February 2012

Protesters weather second night on ship

Gives a rundown of Day 2 and coming into Day 3. Also includes details of the police showing up and basically they are all under arrest and it's only a matter of time as to when they will be taken off the ship. The crew member who was arrested is Ilai Amir (25 years old) and he got off the ship for personal reasons.

Before climbing down he said: "I'm proud of what we've achieved here and I will still be with the team in spirit, as they continue to make sure that Shell hears the message loud and clear - the world does not want your reckless Arctic oil."

Amir was arrested upon disembarking and charged with unlawfully boarding a ship. He has been bailed to appear at New Plymouth district court on Thursday.

Read More

 

TV3 News - 26 February 2012

Greenpeace activists begin third day on ship

Just a rundown of what is happening and that the protesters are into day 3

Read More

 

The Sunday Tasmanian (Australia) 26 February 2012

Protester arrested but Xena keeps fighting


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ONE of a group of Greenpeace protesters occupying a tower on a Shell contracted oil-drilling ship has been arrested after leaving the ship.

Seven protesters, including Xena:warriorprincess actor Lucy Lawless, boarded the Arctic bound ship, Noble Discoverer, and scaled the 53m drilling tower, on Friday morning.

Aucklander Ilai Amir left yesterday for personal reasons, Greenpeace says.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved here and I will still be with the team in spirit, as they continue to make sure Shell hears the message loud and clear: The world does not want your reckless Arctic oil,” Mr Amir said.

Mr Amir was arrested for unlawfully being on a ship, Sergeant Bruce Irvine said.

He was being held in police custody yesterday afternoon and police were yet to decide whether or not he would be charged, he said. Greenpeace says the rest of the protesters have vowed to fight on and will spend a second night on the tower.  The group hope to stop the ship heading to the Arctic and are calling on Shell to cancel its plans to open up the Arctic to oil drilling.  Greenpeace said since they began their occupation more than 96,000 people had emailed Shell in support of the cause. 

Ms Lawless said: “The fact is that if drilling is allowed to go ahead it’s not a question of if there will be an oil spill in the Arctic, it’s a question of when.”


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26 February 2012

Live Twitter Q and A With Lucy onboard Noble Destroyer 26/02

The following is from Greenpeace NZ:

Have you got a question for @RealLucyLawless (currently blocking a Shell drill ship in New Zealand)? Live twitter Q&A at 11pm CET/ 5 pm EST!

Follow Lucy on Twitter by going to http://www.twitter.com/@RealLucyLawless


Twitter Chat Transcript


@Adele_AL  Please, no! We all use the product. We all let our governments sell our territories. We are all in this together. #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 10:49 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173555287851139074)


@Ludiefg6706 @OperationWeed Sorry, that might be stretching myself too thin. But good luck with that. #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 10:38 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173552535607582720)


Re. Petrobras tanker, Was delivering diesel to base on King George Island, Antarctica. None spilled. Dangerous environment. #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 10:35 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173551704250396672)


@DiessyRibas using solar right now to charge phones. Wear sweaters, not heating. Hybrid car but want something better! #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 10:15 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173546722621001728)


RadioNZ has informed us that a Petrobras tanker ran aground off Antarctica 12/11. Cover-up. Follow this story. @GreenpeaceNZ #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 10:10 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173545455228162049)


@rocarangi @haas_valerie hello, Baby! Please go to
http://t.co/1GVnlLGv for  easy ways get on board our ship! Merci! @greenpeaceNZ
26/02/2012 9:33 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173536125095391232)


@taycole Hes in the backpack. Had to haul his ass. He still hasn't recovered. Keeping him out of sight.  #SaveTheArctic
26/02/2012 9:29 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173535212796514304)


@xenageneration it could do. Always lived quietly so I could vanish into my characters. Celebrity lacks appeal but I must use it for good.
26/02/2012 9:26 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173534362980188161)


@nikkiwilliams23 yes! taranaki on a good day is awe inspiring!  And I love my GP team #SaveTheArctic @GreenpeaceNZ
26/02/2012 9:23 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173533616054341632)


@Solianne31 @camillelabeyrie @GreenpeaceNZ il y a une equip fantastique avec moi: Shai, Viv, Shayne, Ra, Mike, Ilai. Ils sont des Heroes!
26/02/2012 9:21 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173533033855594496)


@YRautenbach Only if everyone who cares demands Renewable energy. They totally know how to give it to usbut R withholding.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:18 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173532253245276160)


@XenaAmazon Let me tell ya, courage isn't the absence of fear. You just have to believe in Climate Justice.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:15 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173531619964096514)


@CayZeeLawless snatches of loud music at wild times of night overhead. Got earplugs.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:13 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173531151061889025)


@averyxenalife 'Plunge into the din of battle. But keep your heart at the lotus feet of the Lord.' love, Lucy+friends  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:11 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173530483559378944)


@Mooney62 The Gethsemane hour is often Day3. You wonder if anyone cares. Then a letter from Alaska touches you deeply. On! #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:09 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173529986953789440)


@amazngLee @Greenpeace Par for the course, I'm afraid. Same people write to Kim Kardashian. Gotta go towards the light.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 9:06 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173529402636906498)


@MuffAnn18 I knew my posse would be behind me. But we need everyone on board too. We feel pretty alone up here sometimes. Great to meet U!
26/02/2012 9:04 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173528697150783488)


A crew member has a fantastic accent from Arkansas or somewhere. We want him to talk forever over loudspeaker. sensational! #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 6:10 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173484918511374337)


@Yo_AdrienneW thank-you, Adi. Its scary but I believe only people power is going to cause a shift. Is anybody out there?  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 5:29 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173474761156997120)


These ninjas are fast asleep with their eyes open but I found last night pretty darn scary. Not for sissies.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 5:26 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173474044589510656)


@CampbellCooley Thanks, Campbell. Weird night scene here.  #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 12:17 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173396312199409664)


Every moment we are being filmed. For legals? #SaveThe Arctic
26/02/2012 12:17 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173396075057655808)


Could be just someone's alarm (Roughneck Rock). We switched off the overhead lights so they bought out the spotlights. Made em twitchy.
26/02/2012 12:03 AM

(Source:
https://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless/statuses/173392678220865536)



 

 

25 February 2012

New Photos from Greenpeace NZ of Lucy and The Greenpeace Five Day 2 Second Batch

Greenpeace has posted more photos of Lucy and her five colleagues on the Shell Ship. The following photos are from Greenpeace's Facebook Page

Reposted with permission from Greenpeace  (C) 2012 Greenpeace New Zealand

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25 February 2012

Lucy's Tweets For 25 February From Save The Arctic Greenpeace Protest

Image634657915240859375Lucy has been very busy today tweeting from high up the derrick on the Nobel Discoverer; they are still there enjoying the view of Taranaki. One of their fellow protesters has had to come down and was arrested by police when he did so.

 

There are now Six Greenpeace Protesters including Lucy.

 

 

LUCY LAWLESS TWEETS FOR 25 FEBRUARY 2012

Tweets

32m Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

@GreenpeaceNZ GREENPEACENZ: WE MAKE IMPOSSIBLE HAPPEN


35m 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

@GreenpeaceNZ these guys sleep with their eyes open

In reply to Greenpeace NZ


36m 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Okay, I'm living with a bunch of Ninjas 50 metres off the ground. @GreenpeaceNZ


3h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless


@VivaBianca Thanks, V! It's a bit like being on a pashna, I think. Love you to bits, Lucy #save the Arctic

In reply to Viva Bianca


3h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

@fitperez @linguisticninja thanks for all the support. It cheers us up no end. #savethearctic

In reply to Jess Wilson



6h
 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

@jaredleto Cheers, mate! We've all been waiting for the cavalry to swoop in. Now we realize it's us! People power #SaveTheArctic



6h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

19% of Gulf oil spill cleaned. @Shell claims  it’ll clean 90% of an Arctic spill. I call B.S! #savethearctic


6h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

19% of Gulf oil spill cleaned.  Shell claims  it’ll clean 90% of an Arctic spill. I call B.S! #savethearctic


6h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Oil, the miracle product of the 19th Century has become the curse of the  21st. #savethearctic

 

6h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Why does Shell think it is easier to cleanup an oilspill thru an Arctic winter than one in the warm Gulf of Mexico? #savethearctic


10h 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Been putting sunscreen on the team. My job this morning was to dry all the sleeping bags and covers. Imperative to keep warm #SaveTheArctic

 

14h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless


@FemSpartan Me too, Lindsay! But we can all make changes and demand change from our reps and corporations, right? #savethearctic

In reply to Lindsay S.

 

18h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

This can only be an act of extreme Non-violence! #savethearctic


18h
 
Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

I hear there are protests at Shell Stns in Europe. Remember, we must be instruments of Peace. #savethearctic

19h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

"Plunge into the din of Battle. But keep your heart at the lotus feet of the Lord." #savethearctic

 

19h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

On watch. Pretty chilly but wind has died down. Can't imagine being on this tub in the Arctic circle. These guys must freeze #savethearctic

 

19h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

  • We are all One. What happens in the Arctic no longer stays in the Arctic #savethearctic


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25 February 2012

Lucy Interview with TMZ 25 Feb 2012 - Audio

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Lucy makes her second appearance on TMZ and this time she calls in and talks to the hosts of TMZ. Lucy talks about why she is protesting and why it's important to her.

Lucy is asked how she got up to the drill ship and other questions. Lucy sounds very good, a little tired but the determination is there.

Lucy's audio interview starts at 23:50 into the full video

 

Click here to view


 

 

25 February 2012

TV3 Nightly News 25 Feb with Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Protest Update

Lucy was interviewed by phone and also video footage is included In this TV3 News bulletin about the latest on the Greenpeace protest on the Shell OilDrill Ship Nobel Discoverer

TV3 Nightly News 25 Feb with Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Protest
Posted on: 25th February 2012

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A Greenpeace activist, Ilai Amir, who was occupying the Nobel Discoverer has been forced to abandon the Shell Oil ship a short while ago due to personal reasons and has been taken in by Police for questioning. Lucy is interviewed by phone and also video footage.    




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25 February 2012

Press Release: Activists Vow To Continue Arctic Drillship Occupation Into Third Day

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GREENPEACE PRESS RELEASE

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace New Zealand activists this afternoon vowed to continue their occupation of Arctic bound Shell drillship Noble Discoverer into a third day.

Aucklander Ilai Amir was forced to end his involvement in the occupation this afternoon for personal reasons.  Before climbing down he said "I'm proud of what we've achieved here and I will still be with the team in spirit, as they continue to make sure that Shell hears the message loud and clear: the world does not want your reckless Arctic oil."

The remaining five activists and Lawless have vowed to fight on. They remain camped out on the top of the ship's 53 metre drilling tower and intend to stay put for a second night. They are calling on Shell CEO Peter Voser to cancel its plans to open up the Arctic to oil drilling.

Since the activists boarded the ship yesterday morning over 96,000 people worldwide have emailed the Shell CEO asking him to drop the company's Arctic oil drilling plans. It has also captured media attention across the world.

Commenting from the top of the Nobel Discoverer Lucy Lawless said, "Shell has said that they are very disappointed with Greenpeace for launching this direct action. Well we're disappointed that they are planning to drill in the pristine Arctic. And overnight 96,000 people have written to Shell to express their disappointment."

"Shell use words like 'safe' and 'environmentally responsible' but this is laughable. The fact is that if drilling is allowed to go ahead it's not a question of if there will be an oil spill in the Arctic, it's a question of when".


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25 February 2012

Audio Interview Taranaki Daily News Interviews Lucy 24 February 2012

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LATEST: Protesters, including actress Lucy Lawless, have had a comfortable night atop the derrick of the Noble Discoverer, a Greenpeace spokesperson says.

Seven activists climbed onboard the Shell drill ship bound for the Arctic at 7am yesterday and have now been protesting for more than 24 hours.  Nathan Argent said the group were committed to their cause and the mission to stop the ship from sailing was still the same.

"We only take action when we feel we've come to the end of the rope," he said.

"If Shell were to make a commitment to stay out of the Arctic it would change things."

The group are well equipped,  have enough food and the gear to last a couple of days, he said.

Yesterday, police boarded the boat and told the activists they were under arrest.

However, the protesters had successfully blocked access to their vantage point and police left the ship last night.

"Although the protestors are breaking the law by being aboard the ship, they are in an isolated location on the ship which allows both the Port and the ship to operate their normal business," Inspector Blair Telford said last night.

"We have considered various options and we have the skills, capabilities and equipment to deal with all options. However safety remains paramount and we won't needlessly jeopardise the safety of our staff, the crew of the ship or the protestors."

Mr Argent said the protesters did not hear from police overnight, but were expecting police to take action today.

One man was arrested yesterday in relation to the protest, but he was not one of those onboard.

The protesters are being supported by other Greenpeace members in New Plymouth at an undisclosed location.


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25 February 2012

Greenpeace Photos Day 2 Lucy and Fellow Protesters Save The Arctic Protest

Greenpeace has released more photos of Lucy and her fellow protesters.

Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace New Zealand activists on the second day of their protest to stop a Shell-contracted drillship from departing Port Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling programme threatens to devastate the Alaska's coastline.

Lucy having a nap 

 

 

Lucy taking a nap

 

 

 

 

Morning  The end of along cold night but they are resolute!

 

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  Save The Arctic!  is this the biggest hashtag in the world?

 

Arctic defence starts here  Lucy definitely showing Taranaki and the world her message. GO LUCY!

 

Day two!  Beautiful start of Day of the protest


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25 February 2012

Lucy Interview Transcript NZ TV Saturday Breakfast Show 25 February 2012

Lucy was interviewed on the New Zealand TV Show BREAKFAST via phone. Below is the transcript by Jo. The video of this interview with Lucy should be up on the Breakfast site soon.

 

BREAKFAST TV SHOW INTERVIEW WITH LUCY LAWLESS

Transcribed by Jo for AUSXIP Lucy Lawless


Image634657535382910156Lucy Lawless joins up by phone now. 

Saturday Breakfast:  Good Morning Lucy.

Lucy: Good Morning.

SB:  Can you tell us first of all, you've spent the night on this ship, what's happened overnight and where are you at in terms of communication with the police?

LL: Well the police left us, I don't recall the time, maybe at 1pm yesterday, saying 'you understand you're arrested and how do you feel about that' and we said 'yes, thank you so much for your concern, we do understand that and unfortunately we don't feel we have any choice but to hold our ground'.  We suspect they will be back and um, that's the way it goes.  We have no quarrel with the police, we love em, but we need to do this.

SB:  Lucy, have you personally been arrested, because I understand someone in your group has, but have you personally been arrested?

LL:  No, of course not.  Despite the name, I married somebody with that name, despite the name, I'm not prone to this kind of thing, this is my first arrest action ever, but I feel as everybody else does here, that what's going on in Alaska could really topple things. That their environment is horribly under threat from an oil spill, but you just can't clean it up at temperatures that low and in terms of that remote.  That whole food chain could be poisoned. They still haven't been able to clean up Exon, so its unthinkable what's going to happen there.  Plus the tipping point for climate change will happen within our lifetime if we don't get on it, so its our duty as parents to safeguard our childrens' future.  It would be neglectful not to.

SB:  Are you expecting the police to be more forceful today? They left you at 1 o'clock yesterday.

LL:  Possibly, but the police know that we are a peaceful movement, we don't destroy property, we're not going to cause any damage, except to get out our message. I don't expect that they're going to need to bonk us on the head with anything, you know what I mean.

SB:  Lucy, thank you so much for joining us at short notice this morning.  And we'll be following this story throughout the day.

LL:  Thank you so much


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25 February 2012

Lucy Lawless From Greenpeace NZ Save The Artic Video


On 24 Feb 2012 in the Port of Taranaki, New Zealand seven Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless scaled the derrick on a drillship commissioned by Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.

 

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25 February 2012

TMZ Video of Lucy With Her Friends On Board Shell Drill Ship

TMZ has video of Lucy showing viewers around the top of the Noble Discoverer.

Lucy Lawless is learning the hard way ... bathrooms are off limits when you've illegally boarded an oil tanker and refuse to leave in the hopes of preventing Arctic drilling.

Fortunately, the "Xena" actress has found another way to relieve herself during her freezing cold protest on the top of the tanker with the Greenpeace people ... they just have to be careful when they reach for the Gatorade.

Sources close to Lucy tell us ... she's still in good spirits after spending her first cold and windy night on the ship ... and doesn't plan to leave anytime soon.
As we previously reported, Lucy KNOWS she'll be arrested the second she sets foot from the ship ... but tells TMZ it's "worth it" to save the "delicate ecosystem" in the Arctic.

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25 February 2012

Ice Drilling Madness: Lucy Lawless NZ Herald 25 Feb 2012

Image634657483471103515The New Zealand Herald has another article today about the protest and speaking to Lucy via phone.

Hollywood star and eco-warrior Lucy Lawless says she has accepted the prospect of criminal charges and potential career damage after illegally boarding a ship to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

The Xena: Warrior Princess star and six other Greenpeace protesters sneaked onto the Shell-contracted Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki at dawn yesterday, climbing its 53-metre drilling tower and hoisting banners which read "Stop Shell" and "Save the Arctic".

The group are attempting to prevent the Liberian-flagged ship from drilling three exploratory oil wells in the remote and ecologically fragile Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. The drill ship is due to leave for the region via Seattle this weekend.

Speaking to the Weekend Herald from the "uncomfortable" peak of the ship's tower, Lawless said: "I'm a mother, I don't do this stuff. But I feel I have to stand up and be counted and act on behalf of my children and grandchildren."

Greenpeace is particularly upset that Shell is capitalising on ice melt in the region to seek more oil reserves.

Lawless said: "To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning to humanity but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place is the definition of madness. What Shell is doing is climate-change profiteering."

Police last night said the protesters would be left where they were after earlier arresting one member of the protest party who was not on board the ship, and climbed the tower to speak to the activists.

New Plymouth area commander Blair Telford said the protesters were "clearly breaking the law" but were in an isolated location on board which allowed both the port and the ship to operate normal business.

"We have considered various options and we have the skills, capabilities and equipment to deal with all options. However safety remains paramount and we won't needlessly jeopardise the safety of our staff, the crew of the ship or the protesters."

Lawless noted that her stunt-training for Xena had prepared her for the task of climbing the ship's tower.

"I feel like I have been training for this all my life. We will be here for as long as it takes."

Asked whether criminal charges could threaten her future acting projects, she said: "It could. But I can only be myself."

Shell's oil spill response plan for the expedition was approved by United States environmental safety authorities last month. But Greenpeace climate campaigner Steve Abel argued that its response methods were untested in Arctic waters.

GNS Science exploration geophysicist Chris Uruski said that since the Gulf of Mexico disaster oil giants were acutely aware of the consequences of a major oil spill near fragile ecosystems.

"I think that the fact that a spill is enough to endanger the very existence of BP - and it's not exactly a small company - that's incentive enough to make sure that those things don't happen."

Shell said its commitment to basic principles of environmental safety was "unwavering". A request for further comment from Shell New Zealand was not replied to.

The Noble Discoverer has a 105-day window for drilling while the ice retreats, but it has to stop drilling after 67 days to ensure it has time to fix a well blowout.


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24 February 2012

Save The Arctic Protesting Half Dozen Update - Nighty Night

Looks like the Protesting Half Dozen are bedding down for the night. Doesn't look comfortable but you have to do what you have to do. Thank you to Lucy and the other five for making this stand. It' s not easy, they are cold, out of their comfort zone and generally uncomfortable but they are there.

(They were the Magnificent Seven but he fell back, got arrested and gave his team time to move towards their goal of occupying the ship).

Good night all!


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24 February 2012

High Resolution Lucy Lawless Photoshoot From 1988

Here's a blast from the past - these photos were taken by Kevin Hill back in November 1988! In 1988 Lucy was doing the NZ TV comedy show Funny Business. Click here to view some of the clips from that show


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24 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Interview on TVNZ Close Up 24 February 2012

The TVNZ show Close Up interviewed Lucy by phone (the video / audio) Click here for the video/audio.

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AUSXIP Reporter Jo transcribed the interview.

CLOSE UP INTERVIEWS LUCY LAWLESS 24 FEBRUARY 2012

Transcribed by Jo

Actress Lucy Lawless is used to stunts from her days on the TV as Xena, but her latest is a doozy and right now she's atop a derrick on an oil exploration vessel in New Plymouth.  Its part of a Greenpeace protest, she's been there since breakfast, so is she in it for the long haul, what does that mean, she joins me now live on the phone:

Close Up:   Lucy, how long are you prepared to stay up there?

Lucy:  Hi Mark, well as long as we can, as long as we can, can't say fairer than that.

CU:  Is it scary?

LL:  At times. Well, not anymore. We're perfectly safe, but the climb for me was far outside my general life experience, you know, and, it was way exciting, put it that way, but I had to take half an hour to do a bit of deep breathing and collect myself once we got to to the top.

CU: Look, for Greenpeace its a coup, because of the celebrity culture, you're going to attract a lot more attention, to be honest its why we're talking to you tonight, but you could be risking a criminal conviction doing this?

LL: Yeah, I am, but you know what, I am a true believer in the fact that climate change, if it runs away on us is going to bring down a terrible future on our children, and as a Mother and as a human being I find it absolutely reprehensible and in our lifetime I believe we have to clean this up, take care of this burden so our children won't have to.

CU:  Look, I presume to do something like this, you have to plan it, you have to think about it, there's safety considerations, there most be also practical ones, I mean how do you eat or go to the toilet?

LL:  (hearty laugh) Its been a steep learning curve there actually, Mark, living in pretty close confines, about 4m maybe 6m by 3m, and a bit of a catwalk around the back of the derrick, so every now & again one of us has to go behind and take care of business, and we just give one another a lot privacy and we're all in this together so there's a lot of mutual respect and um, yeah, it gets done.  And believe me you're not eating great big hearty meals full of fibre on this kind of thing, your appetite's down and its just kind of peanuts and raisins for you my friend.

CU:  Alright, so you could be facing a cold night there tonight?

LL: Yeah, its pretty darn blowy, but in for a penny in for a pound, and you know you've got to believe in it to do this kind of stuff, its not for everybody.

CU:  Well no-one could accuse you of not having the courage of your convictions, Lucy Lawless, thanks for talking to us there atop a derrick in the port in Taranaki.

LL:  Thanks for having me


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24 February 2012

Video TV1 News Lucy Lawless Prepares for Night On-Board Oil Ship

Image634657016548554687TV1 News featured Lucy in their nightly news broadcast and the video is now online. Click on the image or click here

Seven protesters, including Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless, are preparing to spend the night on-board a deep sea oil drilling ship docked in Taranaki.

One man has already been arrested in connection with the anti-oil protests, and police have been talking to the activists on the ship.

They said the protesters will be left alone for now, but police will be keeping a close eye on their actions.

"Although the protesters are breaking the law by being aboard the ship, they are in an isolated location on the ship which allows both the Port and the ship to operate their normal business," Inspector Blair Telford said.

"We have considered various options and we have the skills, capabilities and equipment to deal with all options. However safety remains paramount and we won't needlessly jeopardise the safety of our staff, the crew of the ship or the protesters."

Greenpeace said the protesters climbed a 53 metre drilling derrick on the Noble Discoverer and then chained themselves to the ship's drilling platform.

Greenpeace said the Noble Discoverer is due to depart on a 6,000 nautical mile journey to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

ONE News spoke to a man employed on the ship who said more than 400 people, including many New Zealanders, do shifts on board and he is concerned there will be layoffs if Greenpeace stops it from sailing.

Lawless, who is famous for her role in Xena, told TV ONE's Breakfast she is prepared to be arrested for this cause.

"I don't care, I don't care (about being arrested) I just have to do what I feel is right and this is what I feel is right."

Oil drilling 'unacceptable'

Lawless said oil drilling in the Arctic is "absolutely uncalled for and unacceptable" and "ordinary people" like her have to stand up and say no.

"Deep-sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far," Lawless said.

"I don't want my kids to grow up in a world without these extraordinary places intact or where we ruin the habitat of polar bears for the last drops of oil."

The protesters unfurled anti-oil drilling banners reading "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic" on the ship.

Lawless and the other Greenpeace protesters are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.

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24 February 2012

Video: Protest Bold Career Move For Lawless - TV3 News 24 Feb 2012

Image634657010172031250 TV3 News covered today's protest and brought up the subject that Lucy will have a criminal record after this (!). They interview Lucy via telephone and ponder how 7 protesters could get past security for the ship

Protest Bold Career Move For Lawless
TV3 News

Actress Lucy Lawless and a group of Greenpeace protesters are refusing to leave a Shell Oil ship berthed at the port of Taranaki, after they breached security to occupy the ship's drill tower.

The Noble Discover, due to sail to the Arctic this weekend, has been contracted by Shell to carry out drilling work in the Arctic - something which Ms Lawless and Greenpeace protesters find unacceptable.

“I'm a mother and a human being and I feel very strongly that fossil fuels are terrible for our grandchildren. And what kind of mother would I be if I did not fight like a tiger for the well being of my kids?" says Ms Lawless.

Ms Lawless and her fellow protesters made easy work of the Port of Taranaki security, sacrificing a decoy for arrest which allowed them to reach their target.

“The reason we took action this morning was to stop the drilling rig from leaving New Zealand and heading 6000 nautical miles to the Arctic to drill for oil,” says Greenpeace spokesman Nathan Argent.

Greenpeace says there are 90-million barrels worth of oil in the arctic circle, and that is where they should stay.

“We really need to start weaning ourselves off our dependence on oil and start moving towards a cleaner, smarter way of doing business,” says Mr Argent.

Shell says it is disappointed that Greenpeace has chosen this method to protest, and that it jeopardises the safety of everyone involved.

The company maintains it has taken unprecedented steps to pursue safe, environmentally responsible exploration in shallow water off the coast of Alaska.

But Greenpeace does not see it that way and say they will continue to occupy the vessel, and embarrass Shell.

The move is a bold career move for the Ms Lawless who is big in America – a country that takes a tough line on anyone with a criminal record.

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24 February 2012

Combined Videos of All of Lucy's Interviews From Protest

Someone has combined all the video interviews and audio interviews and put them on one clip on YouTube (thank you)




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24 February 2012

Greenpeace Protesters are Settling In For The Night

lucygreenpeaceIt's now around 6:30 pm in New Zealand now and it doesn't look like the police are going to move in tonight. They did meet up with the protesters during the day, arrested one protester on the dock but left the others alone.

Looks like they are settled in and won't be moving.

Lucy has tweeted the following about the evening ahead:


@RealLucyLawless: Wind strengthening. Taking the shredded banner down. Fasten your seatbelts, Muchachos, it's going to be a bumpy night !#savethearctic

@RealLucyLawless: Activists are going to be tucked up like the Little Rascals. Sleeping hardcore 50m up in the air. Gotta be done #savethearctic

 

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24 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Photo Update From Greenpeace Save The Arctic Protest

imageHere's some more photos of Lucy (I love that red jumpsuit).

Lucy is 60 metres up, quite dangerous and from the latest news there is some pretty strong winds buffeting the protesters. Take a moment and think why 7 people would risk their lives to send a message like this.

join Lucy and send a message to Shell that drilling in the Arctic is not the right thing to do. 22,786 people have done so. You can join them too (and you don't need to climb up a ship to do so)

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24 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Captures Oil-Drilling Ship For Greenpeace The Village Voice

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?Interview with Lucy by The Village Voice

Lucy Lawless  -- of Xena, Warrior Princess and Spartacus -- has taken over an Artic-bound, oil-drilling ship along with several other Greenpeace activists today.

Lawless and the Greenpeace members boarded the Shell-contracted ship this morning, in hopes that their protest would keep it from leaving Auckland, New Zealand for the Alaskan coast. That vessel, the Noble Discoverer, is scheduled to drill three exploratory oil wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Runnin' Scared reached out to Lawless, who took a few minutes to chat about the demo.

Runnin' Scared: So how are you doing? It sounds kind of noisy over there...

Lawless: I'm doing good, thank you. I'm way up high and on top of the drill-bit. We're right at the top of the tower. That's the police telling us to come down and speak.

Runnin' Scared: What's it like on the boat?

Lawless: I've been on the ship since 7:30 this morning. I'm going to say I'm a bit shell shocked, but we really believe in the cause and that's why we're here. We're way high up -- 50 or 60 meters off the ground.

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24 February 2012

Lucy Blog - I Had Little Choice From Protest Site

imageHere is Lucy's blog from high up the derrick on the Shell's Noble Discoverer

I Had Little Choice
by Lucy Lawless

24 February 2012

What the Hell am I, Lucy, actress and mother, doing scaling a derrick on a drillship in New Zealand??

My heart was pounding as we made the ascent and my mouth was dry. I felt shell-shocked for half an hour after we reached the top. We have just scaled a 60 metre tower and the wind is buffeting us on all sides. I'm writing this using a small laptop we've brought with us.

I'm safe, I'm ok, my carabiners are sound, but it was pretty scary! I think I'd rather be home with a latte, but I don't feel that I had a choice.

Instead of seeing the melting of Arctic sea ice as a dire warning to humanity, the oil barons are cynically using it as an invitation to dig up more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place. This aging rust bucket, the Noble Discoverer (more like the Ignoble Destroyer), is one of the oldest drillships in the world and it will be spearheading Shell's crazy foray into the dangerous and pristine Arctic.

Despite admitting to woefully inadequate means to deal with oil spills, Shell is proceeding, determined to be "the first" in the Arctic.

Clearly in a cost/benefit analysis, Shell reckons that an Arctic spill is an acceptable risk to them. 

But make no mistake, due to the harshness and remoteness of the Arctic environment, an oil spill up there will make the Gulf of Mexico look like a children's party.

An oil spill under the ice could rage for years before they could cap it.  The plankton that prop up the whole ecosystem would die and the ripple effect would be heinous.

Join me in sending a message to Shell that devastating one of the world's last pristine environments is not acceptable to us!

Who died and made the oil barons God?

Don't they want their kids to grow up in a world where polar bears and the magical narwhal still exist?

Unless we stand up now, I fear our grandchildren will condemn us for our laziness, our stupidity and our cruelty.

We have the technology and the know-how for a clean and viable future.  Inevitably, we must more to a clean energy economy. 

Let's do it while there is still an Arctic left to save!

- Lucy

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24 February 2012

Take Action Like Lucy Lawless and Send A Message To Shell - Save The Arctic

PHOTO: Lucy on the ship

Right now in the Port of Taranaki seven activists - including our friend Lucy Lawless - are blocking the departure of a Shell oil drillship bound for the Alaskan Arctic  They are exposing Shell's  efforts to break into one of the last pristine environments on the planet.

You can help Lucy Lawless and our team stop this madness now...

Take action!

Just like the deep sea oil drilling we face in NZ , Arctic drilling is extremely risky. The fact its being considered at all shows just how desperate the industry is to reach the last drops of oil - no matter what the cost.
The Rena oil spill showed us just how damaging even a small spill can be.  Imagine the consequences of a large scale blow-out in the remote and pristine Arctic environment. It directly threatens the polar bear and other species already under pressure from climate change and will further worsen their plight.

We're on the cusp of an Arctic oil rush, the stakes are high and our chance to  stop it is now.

This is a defining moment.  We can choose a future path where clean energy replaces the climate change, resource wars and environmental devastation that are the consequences of our oil addiction.

Help stop Arctic destruction now by sending an email to Shell to demand it scraps plans for deep sea oil drilling in this fragile environment: 

TAKE ACTION

 


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24 February 2012

Lucy Does The Xena War Cry – Save The Arctic Protest

Lucy is on such a high in achieving something she passionately believes in. In an interview with TMZ from the Shell Ship she has unleashed a Xena War Cry as one of the police helicopters hovered above!  You have to admire the courage of this woman to climb to the top and stay there for quite some hours and to boldly declare she is right and this is wrong. AUSXIP stands 1000% behind Lucy in this – this is the right thing to do.

What a passionate advocate Greenpeace has gained in Lucy Lawless.

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Here’s some more news about the protest

 

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Video
Lucy Video Released by Greenpeace and Lucy’s Arrest Reported on TV3
Greenpeace Lucy Lawless Video From Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Photos
New Lucy Photos from Greenpeace NZ
Photos of Lucy At the Protest Greenpeace NZ Photos

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Tweets & Press
Latest Tweets From The Protest
Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Lucy Lawless Protesting
Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship
Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Audio
Lucy Audio Interview with TVNZ From The Boat

 

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24 February 2012

Lucy Video Released by Greenpeace and Lucy’s Arrest Reported on TV3

Goodness this has been quite a morning (and on my day off no less…was looking forward to some quiet time…LOL! I’m not telling the universe ever again I want some quiet time)

Police have told protesters aboard the Noble Discoverer – including Lucy – they are under arrest. - read full story »

 

Video supplied by Greenpeace NZ of Lucy preparing to wear her red jumpsuit and join the 6 other protesters

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TV3 News Reporting That Lucy and the other protesters are going to be arrested or have been arrested

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Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Video
Greenpeace Lucy Lawless Video From Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Photos
New Lucy Photos from Greenpeace NZ
Photos of Lucy At the Protest Greenpeace NZ Photos

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Tweets & Press
Latest Tweets From The Protest
Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Lucy Lawless Protesting
Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship
Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Audio
Lucy Audio Interview with TVNZ From The Boat

 

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24 February 2012

New Lucy Photos from Greenpeace NZ

Photos of Lucy from Greenpeace NZ Flickr site – click on the images to take you to the full size version

 

Lucy Lawless Lucy and the crew

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Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Video
Greenpeace Lucy Lawless Video From Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Photos
Photos of Lucy At the Protest Greenpeace NZ Photos

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Tweets & Press
Latest Tweets From The Protest
Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Lucy Lawless Protesting
Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship
Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest

Lucy Lawless / Greenpeace Protest Audio
Lucy Audio Interview with TVNZ From The Boat

 

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24 February 2012

Photos of Lucy At the Protest Greenpeace NZ Photos

Actor Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace New Zealand activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling programme threatens to devastate the Alaskan coastline. Six Greenpeace New Zealand activists, along with Lawless, famous for her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, have boarded the vessel, scaled its 53 metre drilling derrick and are hanging banners from its summit, reading "Stop Shell" and “#SaveTheArctic." They are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.

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24 February 2012

Latest Tweets From The Protest

lucyprotest It's been a little busy this morning - here are the most updated tweets from Lucy and Greenpeace if you haven't been following on Twitter

Tweets From @RealLucyLawless 

54m  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

@Shell has the technology to be world leaders in clean energy. We ask them to join the 21st century so that all may flourish #savethearctic

1h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Because of remoteness, harsh weather and 6 months darkness, an oilspill could rage for years under the ice  #savethearctic

1h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Oil Scientists say they do not have the technology to clean up an oilspill in the Arctic. #savethearctic

2h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Scientists say they do not have the technology to clean up an oilspill in the Arctic. #savethearctic

2h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

All safe up here but a squall coming in. Good spirits.

2h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Why?3. Because We have the technology and knowledge to change the course of  runaway climate change. We owe it to our kids #savethearctic

2h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Why? 2. Because a blowout under Arctic ice will make the Gulf of Mexico spill look like a children's party #savethearctic

2h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Why? 1. The Arctic is in the crosshairs of Climate Change profiteers.  #savethearctic

3h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

I'm on one of the oldest drill rigs on the planet and it's heading to the Arctic.  Tell Shell to stop #savetheartic greenpeace.org/savethearctic

4h  Lucy Lawless ? @RealLucyLawless

Today I'm taking direct action with GreenpeaceNZ in peaceful protest against Shell's Arctic oil drilling  #savethearctic

 

TWEETS FROM @GREENPEACENZ 

13m  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

UPDATE: The banner is going out but the police are on their way up the ladder ... #SAVETHEARCTIC

23m  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

LIVE: Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against @Shell's Arctic oil drilling bit.ly/z5d5lk #savethearctic #DT @Greenpeace

1h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

LIVE: Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against @Shell's Arctic oil drilling bit.ly/wGHAlh #savethearctic #DT @GreenpeaceNZ

1h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

LIVE ACTION: Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against @Shell Arctic oil drilling greenpe.ac/save-the-arctic to #savethearctic

Oil Scientists say they do not have the technology to clean up an oilspill in the Arctic. #savethearctic

Retweeted by Greenpeace NZ


2h 
Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

Help stop @Shell drilling oil in the Arctic at greenpeace.org/savethearctic #savethearctic

2h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

BLOG: Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against @SHELL'S Arctic oil drilling greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en...

2h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

Lucy Lawless @realLucyLawless is tweeting from atop @Shell's oil drillship as she takes action with Greenpeace to #savethearctic

3h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

UPDATE: Lucy and the team have made it to the top of the Derrick on @Shell's drillship and set up camp #savethearctic

 

4h  Greenpeace NZ ? @GreenpeaceNZ

BREAKING: Lucy Lawless and five Greenpeace climbers have boarded an Arctic-bound @Shell oil drillship in Port Taranaki -More soon


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24 February 2012

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Lucy Lawless Protesting

lucyprotest  We hear about celebrities who support a cause and that is fantastic, they give money and that's great to but it takes it to a whole new level when your actions back your words.

This morning Lucy Lawless backed up her words with action. Along with Greenpeace New Zealand she boarded a boat that was going to drill in the Arctic. Think about this for a moment. The arctic is one of the few places on earth where it hasn't been drilled, mined, polluted. Should we just sit on our hands and let Shell and others do their thing?


If we don't speak up now, when are we going to speak up? When the drilling rigs are dotting the Arctic like cancerous growths?

Lucy has backed up her words with action; peaceful action.

SPEAK UP and ACT!

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24 February 2012

Press Release: Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship

LUCY LAWLESS OCCUPIES ARCTIC DRILLING SHIP

Auckland, 24 February 2012 ? At 7am this morning actor Lucy Lawless joined Greenpeace New Zealand activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling programme threatens to devastate the Alaskan coastline.

The Noble Discoverer is due to depart on a 6,000 nautical mile journey to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Six Greenpeace New Zealand activists, along with Lawless, famous for her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, have boarded the vessel, scaled its 53 metre drilling derrick and are in the process of hanging banners from its summit, reading "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic." They are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.

"I'm here today acting on behalf of the planet and my children," said Lawless. "Deep-sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far. I don't want my kids to grow up in a world without these extraordinary places intact or where we ruin the habitat of polar bears for the last drops of oil."

She continued, "To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning to humanity but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place is the definition of madness. What Shell is doing is climate change-profiteering."

Shell is the first major international oil company to make the exploitation of the Arctic a key part of their strategy. If the Noble Discoverer strikes oil this summer, other global oil giants may quickly follow, sparking an Arctic oil rush.

The Arctic's extreme weather conditions and short summer season means Shell has a limited window for drilling new exploratory wells before the return of winter sea ice. Freezing temperatures, unpredictable weather and remote drilling locations pose unprecedented challenges, making an oil spill impossible to contain and clean up (1).

According to a senior official at a Canadian firm that specialises in responding to oil spills, "there is really no solution or method today that we're aware of that can actually recover [spilled] oil from the Arctic" (2).

Total estimated Arctic oil reserves would satisfy just three years of current global oil demand, but would both contribute significantly to carbon emissions, and pose a grave risk to the local eco-system (3).

"A large scale oil spill would devastate the fragile frozen Arctic world and hindered by ice, darkness and fierce winds, a clean up would be impossible," said Greenpeace New Zealand Climate Campaigner Steve Abel, "Where oil production happens, spills happen, it is not a matter of if but when."

He continued, "There is no more striking an emblem of the madness of oil expansion than the struggle for the Arctic. We must draw a line in the ice and stop Shell and the oil industry from ruining these last unspoiled ends of the Earth, and transition to the clean energy sources that can power our world without cooking it."
Earlier this week, the Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Shell's Oil Spill Response Plan for the Chukchi Sea (4). The plan included devices for cleaning up a spill ? including capping and containment systems and ice deflection barriers ? that Shell admits have never been properly tested except in laboratories or on paper. (5)


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24 February 2012

Lucy Lawless in Arctic Drilling Protest Boards Boat Greenpeace Protest

Lucy has just tweeted about a protest she will be a part of against Shell’s Arctic oil drilling. The news is just coming through of Lucy taking part in a Greenpeace protest.

Lucy Lawless @RealLucyLawless

Today I’m taking direct action with GreenpeaceNZ in peaceful protest against Shell’s Arctic oil drilling  #savethearctic

RT GreenpeaceNZ : BREAKING: @RealLucyLawless and five Greenpeace climbers have boarded an Arctic-bound @Shell oil drillship in Port Taranaki



Lucy Lawless boards oil drillship in protest
TVNZ 24 February 2012


Actress Lucy Lawless along with four other Greenpeace protesters have climbed a ship in the Port of Taranaki to protest drilling oil in the Arctic.

Greenpeace said around 7am the protestors climbed on a 53 metre drilling derrick on the ship Nobel Discoverer and have begun to unravel banners, reading "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic".

According to Greenpeace the ship is heading to the Arctic Circle to drill for oil for Shell off the coast of Alaska.
Lawless, famous for her role in Xena, and Greenpeace are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.

"Deep-sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far. I don't want my kids to grow up in a world without these extraordinary places intact or where we ruin the habitat of polar bears for the last drops of oil," said Lawless.

"To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning to humanity but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place is the definition of madness. What Shell is doing is climate change-profiteering."

Greenpeace claims Shell is the first major international oil company to make the exploitation of the Arctic a key part of their strategy.

"If the Noble Discoverer strikes oil this summer, other global oil giants may quickly follow, sparking an Arctic oil rush," Greenpeace said

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24 February 2012

'Crazy cast' take to lake for TV series – NZ Herald 24 Feb 2012

imageToday’s NZ Herald has a brief mention of Top of the Lake, the new mini-series featuring Lucy, Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss.

 'Crazy cast' take to lake for TV series – NZ Herald 24 Feb 2012

Top of the Lake, a six-part TV drama series for BBC Two and the Sundance Channel, has started filming in Queenstown and Central Otago. It's written and directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion and stars Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss as a detective looking for a pregnant 12-year-old girl who goes missing.

Holly Hunter, who worked with Campion on The Piano, also stars in the mini-series alongside Robyn Malcolm and Lucy Lawless, who took to Twitter to describe the shoot.

"High times with the crazy women on the lake," Lawless tweeted this week.

"They've all been here a month but so kind and nutty, I fit right in."

She added: "That was the most astonishing day of filming I've ever had! What a nutty bunch. Campion sure knows how to pick 'em."

Malcolm was a little less revelatory. "It's gunna [sic] be amazing telly."

 

Check out more related news about the mini-series on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top of the Lake Subsite


February 2012

January 2012

 

 

23 February 2012

2012 Xena Convention Photos From Sunday by Fiona Rae

image We have more photos from the 2012 Xena Convention. They were contributed by Fiona Rae

Sunday

Lucy
Renee
Lucy and Renee
Jennifer and Sheeri
The Widow Twanky and Jennifer


You can find more photos and reports from the convention by going to the AUSXIP 2012 Xena Convention event page


If you would like to contribute your photos or a report about the convention, please email me


 

 

22 February 2012

Lucy Photos from New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner 16 February 2012

The Quikpix.co.nz site has photos from the 2012 New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner on 16 February 2012. Lucy performed with the Tuxedo Swing Band and she sang three songs.

Something to note here: you can purchase the images but you only have up to 17 May 2012 to do so and then they are taken offline.

Lucy's photos are in Gallery #7

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Select an item from the list below, select the quantity and click 'Add to Cart'. Click on the product for more details.

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Photos expire on: 17 May 2012

Link submitted by Barbara Davies

Check out the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event page for the New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner with images, videos and report


 

 

22 February 2012

Christchurch Memorial One Year On and Lucy Pays Tribute 22 February 2012

One year ago (22 February 2011) Christchurch suffered it's most catastrophic earthquake. On TVNZ's site they had a chronology of today's events as New Zealand remembers as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch at 12.51pm on February 22, 2011.

Lucy showed her support and thanks to the rescuers and to the people of Christchurch. She tweeted the following on @RealLucyLalwess

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@RealLucyLawless Love+ thanks also to those gallant rescuers who came from far and wide to help our friends and family at the time of the quake #OneLove 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

@RealLucyLawless Kia Kaha to the people of Christchurch, on this tragic anniversary of the Earthquake. Two mins silence at 12.51 to pay our respect #chch 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

As many people in New Zealand and around the world came together to raise money for Christchurch, Lucy lent her name, her talent and also ran to raise money for Christchurch.

- Lucy and Andrew Young ran in Britomart Block Benefit Photos & Video - 29 May 2011

- Lucy at the Bare for Christchurch Benefit 26 March 2011

Christchurch continues to rebuild (while they are still having earthquakes).

 



 

 

22 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 5 Episode Stills

dded 14 high resolution episode stills for Spartacus Season 2 Episode 5

Episode 5: Libertus

Spartacus tries to free Crixus from Roman captivity, but a gladiator from the House of Batiatus complicates it.
Airdate: 02-24-2012

Click on the thumbnails to view larger images

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spartacuss2e5-012

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Click here to view all Episode Stills


 

 

22 February 2012

Lucy Makes Boston Herald TV Critic's Heart All Aflutter

ImageMark is a tv critic at the Boston Herald and as many people are, he's a Lucy fan. The following note is after he received a letter of thanks from Lucy. This hardened tv critic's heart went all aflutter and professes his undying love for her and wants to marry her. I think Rob may have something to say about that but what the heck it's always good to get another marriage proposal or two.

Get in line Mark, there is a long long long line of people ahead of you!

Lucy's note read:

Dear Mark,

BOO! I live to terrify. Thank you so much for your kind words to me and our show "Spartacus: Vengeance."

It means the world to me to have had your support since it's harder to stay alive in cable TV than ancient Capua.

Blessings on you!"

(signed) "Lucy Lawless.

Click here to read Mark's letter to Lucy


 

 

22 February 2012

Spartacus Vengeance Marathon on 25 February on Starz

A marathon of episodes 1-5 of “Spartacus: Vengeance” will air on Saturday, February 25

beginning at 9pm ET/PT, exclusively on STARZ.

WHAT: Episodes 1-5 of the STARZ Original Series, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” will air back-to-back on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT, exclusively on Starz.

Catch what you’ve missed on this season of the hit STARZ Original Series “Spartacus: Vengeance” with a marathon of episodes 1-5. This one-hour, ten episode series, which has already been picked-up for a third season, will continue with the second half of season two on Friday, March 2nd.

Synopsis: 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.

WHO: Liam McIntyre (Ektopos, Radev, “Neighbours,” “The Pacific”) in the title role of Spartacus; Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”) as Lucretia; Peter Mensah (Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore; Manu Bennett (The Marine, 30 Days of Night), as Crixus; Dustin Clare (“Underbelly,” “Satisfaction”) as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay (“Crash,” “CSI: Miami”) as Ashur; and Katrina Law (“Third Watch”) as Mira. This season also brings the return of “Blood and Sand” cast members, Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Cladius Glaber, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia (Accidents Happen), played by Viva Bianca. Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Dirt”) joins the series as Naevia.

“Spartacus: Vengeance” is executive produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead). This same conceptual creative team also produced the first two installments of the series: season one, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and the prequel, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.”


 

 

21 February 2012

Photo of Lucy from the Mini-Series Top of the Lake

ImageGeorgiKay's blog has a great photo of Georgi with Lucy on the set of Top of the Lake from today.

Georgi is a young indie musician/actress who is keeping a blog while she's making Top of the Lake.


Click here to view her blog

Follow the latest news on Lucy's role in the Jane Campion Mini-Series "Top Of The Lake" by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of The Lake subsite


 

 

21 February 2012

Lucy Talks About Filming on Top Of the Lake 21 February 2012

Lucy has finished filming for the day on the set of Top of the Lake in Queenstown and she tweeted the following about the filming:

@RealLucyLawless: Okay, that was the most astonishing day of filming I've ever had! What a nutty bunch. and Campion sure knows how to pick em.

Here's more news related to the movie

February 2012

January 2012

 

Follow the latest news on Lucy's role in the Jane Campion Mini-Series "Top Of The Lake" by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of The Lake subsite


 

 

21 February 2012

Spartacus Vengeance Episode 5 Libertus Video Preview

Here's the preview for Spartacus Episode 5 coming up on Friday!

Spartacus tries to free Crixus from Roman captivity, but a gladiator from the House of Batiatus complicates it.

Airdate: 02-24-2012

Credits | Official Site | Episode Stills

 


 

 

21 February 2012

Top of the Lake Filming and Casting News

Robyn Malcolm has been added to the cast list for the Jane Campion mini-seires "Top Of the Lake" with Lucy Lawless, Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan and David Wenham

Robyn tweeted the following:

@robynmalcolm On set for Top of The Lake in Central Otago. Its gunna be amazing telly. fb.me/1oSZIcCo0

Lucy has tweeted the following about the filming today (21 February 2012)

High times with the crazy women on the lake. they've all been here a month but so kind and nutty, I fit right in.

Filming Top of the Lake will continue for 16 weeks in Queenstown.

ImageThe following news is from the Otago Daily News about the filming of the mini-series:

Star-studded Campion shoot starts in Queenstown - 03 February 2012

"Auckland-based Philippa Campbell (Black Sheep), of Escapade Pictures, told the Otago Daily Times the television miniseries Top of the Lake was "a very ambitious project" with a "top-notch team" assembled around Campion, who was now in the resort, and co-director Australian Garth Davis.

The fictional six-part series will be shot on remote private and public locations around Queenstown over 16 weeks.

Ms Campbell said the mystery story written by Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie) was "about people living on the edge of the wilderness, so it's a psychic space in a way and that position offers up the characters opportunities and also challenges and that's what the story explores."

Read full article


and in other news related to the mini-series (thanks to Barbara Davies for the link)

This young indie musician/actress is keeping a blog while she's making Top of the Lake.
http://www.georgikay.com/category/blog/


Follow the latest news on Lucy's role in the Jane Campion Mini-Series "Top Of The Lake" by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of The Lake subsite

 

 

20 February 2012

Lucy Video: 1988 Rock Band Judging Funny Business with Lucy Lawless


Rock Band Judging Funny Business with Lucy Lawless (1988)

Posted on: 20th February 2012

Rock Band Judging Funny Business with Lucy Lawless (1988)

One of Lucy's first television appearances was with the New Zealand comedy show Funny Business. This skit involves Lucy as part of the judging panel for the 1988 version of New Zealand idol.



More Funny Business Clips

  1. 1988 Lucy Funny Business Skit: Check Out Girl
  2. 1988 Lucy Funny Business Skit: Do Up The House
  3. 1988 Lucy Funny Business Skit: Lounge Suite
  4. 1988 Funny Business Skit - Perfume Of The Gods

 

 

19 February 2012

2012 Xena Convention Photos by Lori Boyles

2012 Xena Convention Photos have now been added to the photo galleries:

Sunday Photos by Lori Boyles

- Lucy

- Lucy and Renee

- Renee

- Jennifer and Sherri

- Widow Twanky & Jennifer


 

 

19 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 5 Libertus Episode Preview

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Spartacus Vengeance Season 2 Episode 5

Libertus

Spartacus tries to free Crixus from Roman captivity, but a gladiator from the House of Batiatus complicates it.

Airdate: 02-24-2012

Credits

| Official Site | Episode Stills


 

 

19 February 2012

New Starz Video - What The Critics Are Saying About Spartacus Vengeance

Starz has released a new video of what the critics are saying about Spartacus Vengeance

 


 

 

19 February 2012

Lucy Video: Clip 10 From Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless 1993

Added the final clip from the New Zealand tv show Marlin Bay - Season 2 (1993). Lucy role was Chloe Smith

Clip 10 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Posted on: 19th February 2012

Clip 10 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Clip 10 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production). The clip also features Kevin Smith

Drama series set in and around an exclusive lodge with its own gaming room in the heart of scenic New Zealand.

Three Seasons of Marlin Bay were filmed. Lucy appeared in the second season (1993).
A Total of 40 episodes were filmed.


You can also watch clips 1 - 9

- Clip 09 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 07 -  Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 06 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 05 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 04 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
Clip 03 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 02 -  Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
- Clip 01 -  Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)


You can watch more Lucy Lawless videos on AUSXIP VIDEO Lucy Lawless Channel


 

 

19 February 2012

Lucy Talks About Top Of The Lake Mini-Series

Lucy has posted the following about her upcoming Jane Campion Mini-Series Top Of The Lake on Twitter. No word yet on what role Lucy is playing in the mini-series

Went for costume fitting on Jane Campion's new show. This character is the opposite to Lucretia in every way. How lucky am I? LL
10m Lucy Lawless Lucy Lawless @RealLucyLawless

I am working with the gorgeous Elizabeth Moss this week. What a doll! LL

Follow Lucy on Twitter - @RealLucyLawless


Follow the latest news on Lucy's role in the Jane Campion Mini-Series "Top Of The Lake" by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of The Lake subsite


 

 

19 February 2012

Lucy at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner Dominion Post 18 February 2012

ImageThe following brief mention is from The Dominion Newspaper in New Zealand about the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards where Lucy performed three songs.

The photo they used was from 2002 Dave Dobbyn tour (rather strange but it's a nice photo of Lucy singing)

 

 

 

 

Check out the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event page for the New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner


 

 

19 February 2012

New Lucy Lawless Tweets and Photo

ImageLucy is out of the gate and tweeting - it's a tiny trickle at the moment but it's going to gain momentum. Check out the tweets below and follow Lucy on Twitter.

Her twitter account is @RealLucyLawless - following Lucy is a great way to keep up with her tweets. For those that don't know anything about twitter, here is an FAQ to help out

Lucy's Latest Tweets:

RealLucyLawless @MichaelAusiello Dah-link! How was your party? 52 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite

RealLucyLawless Who the Hell are all these people? LL about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

RealLucyLawless Thanks to MD and the Posse for the gorgeous flowers! A riot of colour. Lovely. pic.twitter.com/fx233pN4 about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

RealLucyLawless Got lots of exciting developments this year. Ready for a wild ride? Lucy Lu


 

 

18 February 2012

Lucy Lawless On Twitter! The Real Deal! 100% Lucy Lawless

The twitter account you have been waiting for. LUCY LAWLESS. The real deal, @RealLucyLawless is 100% organic Lucy Lawless! GO GO GO FOLLOW!

http://twitter.com/RealLucyLawless

Let the fun begin!

Lucy has 233 followers so far - guarantee you that this will be double that before I finish this sentence!

It is 100% Lucy's account. Guaranteed. No ifs, no buts, no fakes.

It's Lucy.

Have fun!


 

 

18 February 2012

Lady Saxa Meets Her Hero Xena

Talk about fandoms colliding. I recently interviewed Ellen Hollman and we talked about her punking of Lucy Lawless at the recent 2012 Xena Convention in Los Angeles. Ellen posed as a fan and totally confused Lucy until Lucy figured it out. I was in the audience at the convention and I think the majority of the fans there (around 1000 at a rough guestimate) collectively groaned as the newbie fan (who obviously didn't know how to get to her question without taking the scenic route) was taking a long time to get to her question.

It was revealed (well Lucy did figure it out eventually that it was Ellen) and Ellen joined Lucy on stage briefly for a laugh. Now this is even funnier because Lucy did something similar to her co-star and friend Renee O'Connor a few years ago. So Karma came to the convention and paid Lucy a visit :)

Ellen said about the punking:

You recently surprised your Spartacus co-star Lucy Lawless at the Official Xena Convention, how did that come about?

I don't know if it's the fact that I'm born on April Fools day, or if I'm just a prankster in general that inspired my recent 'punk' at Xena-Con. Michael Hurst tweeted he was going to be there and when I looked up the schedule I discovered, much to my delight, that Xena Warrior Princess was indeed going to be present for questions and photo ops. Saxa just happens to be a HUGE Xena fan so naturally an appearance was necessary.


Were you surprised by the fan reaction?

If by 'reaction' you mean "while I was scantily clad in Xena garb in front of hundreds of die hard fans insisting on a non-allowed autograph did I fear for my very life?" Yes...Yes I was fearful/surprised and ready to 'get all Saxa on them' if need be. Thank God she brought me on stage for accolades, explaining I was fellow cast! I don't think the Warrior Queen herself is used to a warrior-in-training Convention Punking her, ha! She's such a great sport, I would basketball through a minefield for her.

Check out the video below of Ellen preparing to meet the legendary Xena

 


 

 

17 February 2012

Lucy Lawless at 2012 New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner Report & Video 16 February 2012

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Lucy was at the 2012 New Zealander of the Year Gala Dinner and she performed three songs with the Tuxedo Swing Band.

AUSXIP Reporter on duty was Jo and she sent in her report and videos from the event

High Resolution Video Captures
Three Video Clips
Report by AUSXIP Reporter Jo




 

 

16 February 2012

Lucy Lawless at the NZ Of The Year Gala Dinner 16 Feb 2012 - Mini Report

ImageLucy performed at the NZ Of The Year Awards Dinner and she was on fire despite the technical glitches with the sound at the start of her performance! AUSXIP Reporter Jo was in the audience and she tells me that Lucy was superb (of course).

She wore an Alek Adorian dress and sang three songs with The Tuxedo Swing Band. There will be a longer report tomorrow with hopefully some photos. From the description of the dress, I think, it's the gold Alek Adorian dress she wore in Celebrity Duets BUT Jo will confirm this tomorrow.

This photo is not from tonight's event but backstage on Celebrity Duets with that dress.

Stay Tuned for more tomorrow!


 

 

16 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Confirms Role In Jane Campion's Top Of The Lake Mini-Series

ImageThis is mega cool news - (this news has been around since 28 January but wasn't confirmed 100%). It has now been confirmed that Lucy will be in the Jane Campion Mini-Series which is shooting now in Queenstown, New Zealand

She begins filming next week on the mini-series which also stars Holly Hunter.

The mini series is set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the story follows the disappearance of a five months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. In this classic mythic struggle, investigating detective, Robin Griffin (Moss), must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui's father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women's camp. Robin will find this the case that tests her limits and sends her on a journey of self-discovery.

You can follow all the news about Lucy's role on Top Of The Lake on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of The Lake subsite


 

 

16 February 2012

Free Seminar: More NZ Actors on Screen Including Top Of The Lake Cast

This is a press release from Auckland Actors - the interesting part (along with the actual seminar is the bolded part I've highlighted - They will be joined by a guest actors, fresh from shooting Top of the Lake in Queenstown at the seminar. Not sure if Lucy will be there (Auckland Actors are her reps in New Zealand) and she is also attached to the Top of the Lake mini-series

For more about Lucy's role on Top Of The Lake - Visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top of the Lake Subsite

Seeing more of NZ Actors on Screen

Film NZ and NZ Film Commission are sponsoring this seminar series which is free to professional actors and industry professionals.

It's a chance to hear from directors and casting directors about what they want from actors in auditions, and on set. During the first session casting director Tina Cleary (Boy, Home By Christmas, Emperor and Jane Campion's current series Top of the Lake) and acting coach Miranda Harcourt (Bright Star, The Lovely Bones, Soul Surfer) will use direct on-screen examples from American and NZ auditions. They will be joined by a guest actors, fresh from shooting Top of the Lake in Queenstown.

The following week there's the chance to upgrade your American accent free - with renowned accent coach Jacque Drew (Bridge to Terabithia, Emperor).

In response to questions and comments from actors, directors, casting directors and producers Tina and Miranda will explore how we can advance local actors' audition technique and 'castability'.

NZ is increasingly attracting international productions such as Top of the Lake and Emperor. NZ actors and agents eager to make sure that local talent scores great roles, and Film NZ and the NZFC are keen to support local talent on screen.

Do you have a question you would like answered at the seminar? Email to mirandaharcourt@actrix.co.nz

We will research your question and bring responses to the forum.


AUCKLAND SEMINARS

Sunday 26 February
10AM - 1PM
Tina and Miranda's free workshop seminar

Sunday 4 March
10AM - 12PM
Jacque Drew's free US accent uprade workshop

WHERE - TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs

Tea, coffee and a snack provided.


WELLINGTON SEMINARS

Sunday 4 March
10AM - 1PM
Tina and Miranda's free workshop seminar

Sunday 11 March
10AM - 12PM
Jacque Drew's free US accent uprade workshop

WHERE - Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, 11 Hutchinson St, Newton

Tea, coffee and a snack provided.

Source


 

 

16 February 2012

Lucy Singing Event - NZ Of The Year Awards Dinner 16 Feb 2012

Last year on 23 November 2011 the news was posted that Lucy will be performing at the New Zealander Of The Year Awards Gala Dinner - This is a reminder that the event will be held today in Auckland, New Zealand.

ImageLucy is picking up her mic again and taking to the stage with The Tuxedo Swing Band in 2012 in New Zealand.

She will perform at the New Zealander Of The Year Awards Gala Dinner on 16 February 2012 in Auckland.

The Tuxedo Swing Band (Orchestra)  also played at the 2009 Starship Supernova September 2009


Read more about this 2009 Starship Supernova Event on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Music Site




 

 

15 February 2012

2012 Xena Convention Photos by Ross Olmos - Sunday

Updated the 2012 Xena Convention Photo Gallery with photos from Ross Olmos of the Sunday guests:

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Lucy and Renee

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Musetta


 

 

15 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 4 High Resolution Episode Stills

Added high resolution episode stills for Spartacus Vengeance Episode 4

Click here to view

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Spartacus leads survivors through the woods; Crixus returns to a place of past suffering; Lucretia pries into Ilithyias affairs.

Airdate: 02-17-2012

Credits | Official Site | Episode Stills


 

 

15 February 2012

TV Guide Spoilers on Lucretia's New Man

If you are keeping spoiler free - now is the time to stop reading. Here are some spoilers from TV Guide Online

ImageWhat's coming up on Spartacus?

NATALIE: Is Lucretia out of mourning already? The widowed domina will be getting very cozy with a new man, a Roman, not a slave this time during a decadent party held at the former House of Batiatus.

Could this be one of the love interests Lucy Lawless teased?

In an interview with Lucy with TV Guide on 26 January 2012, Lucy said:

A Love for Lucretia. The domina survived the House of Batiatus slaughter, but is not the Lucretia we once knew. Nevertheless, she still holds appeal for at least one person. "Lucretia's lost everything," Lawless says. "She's lost her beloved husband, the child she was going to give him, the lover who enabled the child, the home, status and therefore it's quite understandable that she's lost her marbles in the meantime... but she does have two love interests. Somebody falls in love with her."

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15 February 2012

Spartacus S2 E4 Episode Clip Petition The Gods For a Different Union

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Spartacus S2 E4
Petition The Gods For A Different Union

Posted on: 15th February 2012

Ilithyia and Lucretia.

Spartacus leads survivors through the woods; Crixus returns to a place of past suffering; Lucretia pries into Ilithyias affairs.
Airdate: 02-17-2012

Credits | Official Site | Episode Stills |


 

 

14 February 2012

KT's Con 2012 Report - Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor

Con 2012 Lucy and Renee Report
by KT

Click here for Main 2012 Xena Con Page | Photos

ImageOkay, a few corrections from my prior posts, with thanks to the folks who passed this info on to me: I said, “She said something about there being a picture of one little red shoe on the ground and she immediately said, “Oh, that’s too small!” (to be mine). Actually, she was looking out into the crowd and was saying that at the moment about the first shoe that was held up. Which was, cool enough, a little child sized version of the ruby slippers Dorothy in Oz wore. And which became one of the pairs of shoes donated to the homeless.

I said, “Someone asked something like even though Lucy is now a star herself, does she feel like she’s one when she meets other stars. (Something along that line.) Lucy said she’s still excited about meeting some stars. She said, “Neil Patrick Harris, Colin Firth”

A friend wrote that she remembered the question more as something like does she ever get fangirlish over any stars even though she is a star. And are there any stars that she wants to meet. She did mention Neil Patrick Harris and Colin Firth and then added that Neil was a friend of a friend and she still hasn't met him.

The same friend said that she thinks Lucy was talking about Madonna as being able to sniff out the heterosexual dude in a crowd. And then she informed me that Brittney’s bra brought in $6,000 for charity. Whoot!

Okay—Lucy and Renee:

A fan said, “We need to find a way to get Renee on the show” (Spartacus). (Not sure which “we” she was talking about--she didn’t seem to have someone with her at the mike. Perhaps she meant she, Lucy and Renee; or she, Lucy, Renee and the Xena fan base, or she and the whole wide world at large?)

Read More


 

 

14 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 4 Empty Hands

ImageSpartacus Season 2 Episode 4 Empty Hands

Spartacus leads survivors through the woods; Crixus returns to a place of past suffering; Lucretia pries into Illithia's affairs.

Airdate: 02-17-2012

Credits | Official Site | Episode Stills

 

 


 

 

14 February 2012

2012 AUSXIP Charity Auction 21-28 March 2012

It's that time of year where AUSXIP is gearing up for our annual Charity Auction to benefit The Starship Foundation!

This is our 6th Auction since 15 December 2006. Help us raise money for The Starship Foundation in New Zealand. Since 2006 we have raised money for Starship and other charities we have raised close to $90,000 (to be exact $88,682.60).

What goodies have we got? Whilst I was in New Zealand last June, some very special items were donated by Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert, Viva Bianca, Katrina Law and since then we have received more items to be auctioned off.

100% of the money raised goes to Starship.

- Autographed A Good Day Script with photos and notes. Photos of Lucy, Renee, Karl and others from that episode. It was donated by Lucy and Rob and autographed by them both. SUPER RARE AND EXTREMELY UNIQUE

- The AUTHENTIC and original mask worn by Viva Bianca in the Spartacus Season 1 episode "Whore" - Lucy donated it, Viva and Lucy signed it and I accepted it with glee. It still has the markings on the inside where the Sparty crew made adjustments for Viva. Signed by both Lucy and Viva on the inside of the mask.

- This item truly made my eyes bug out - Season 1 DVD signed by EVERYONE on the cast and some from the production crew (except for Andy Whitfield). There are 14 signatures on it. A SUPER RARE item

- Autographed Spartacus T-shirt including Andy Whitfield of the main cast!

- Renee O'Connor Autographed DVDs and Photos

- Autographed photos from Xena, Spartacus and other roles by Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor

- Costumes and Jewelry worn by Lucy Lawless and Adrienne Wilkinson

- Hard to find books by Writers from the Xenaverse

- Autographed artwork

- Autographed t-shirts from the entire cast of Venice The Series with Crystal Chappell, Adrienne Wilkinson and more.

- Photos and much more

there is something for everyone. I will have a complete list of items a few days before the auction starts on 21 March.

Stay tuned of more!


 

 

14 February 2012

New Spartacus Store Designs - Lucretia Payback's a Bitch T-Shirt

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Starz has released a new design on their merchandise store.

This one is of Lucretia..Payback's A Bitch

The link to ordering it is not working at the moment but you can go to the main page.

 

Click here to view all the designs


 

 

12 February 2012

Spartacus Vengeance on German TV 11 April 2012

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This is for German Sparty fans, Petra just sent me the following information regarding when Spartacus will premiere on German TV

the German pay-TV channel RTL Crime will send the second season of the tv series ”Spartacus- Vengeance” from the 11th April on Wednesdays at 20.15 clock
(serienjunkies.de)


 

 

12 February 2012

Clean Energy - No Deep Sea Oil Lucy Lawless Mention in Organic NZ Magazine Jan-Feb 2012

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Lucy is mentioned in a brief section of the New Zealand magazine Organic NZ, Jan to Feb 2012 Issue.

Lucy added her name to the growing list of New Zealanders who have signed a Greanpeace petition calling for a shift to clean sources of energy.

In November, Lucy sent me a message directed to the NZ Governement which was posted on 23 November.

Dear New Zealand Government,

I and many other New Zealanders are putting you on notice that your courting Deep Sea Oil Drillers is totally unacceptable to us.

Petrobras [the Brazilian oil company that is intending to drill for oil in up to 3100 metres of water off the East Cape, is the part-owner of an oil field northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where a serious oil leak has developed] already has an uncontrollable leak off their own coast which is spewing filth into their own marine environment.

Why are you giving offshore oil companies carte blanche to risk OUR fisheries, OUR coastal way of life, OUR clean green brand upon which all our premium exports rely?

Do you work for us or for them?!

Your answer, please?

Lucy Lawless

The petition exists in hard copy form, and online at: http://greenpe.ac/nodeepseaoil

December 2011

November 2011

For more on Lucy's role as Greenpeace Ambassador, check out AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite


 

 

12 February 2012

More Marlin Bay Video Clips with Lucy Lawless

Added two more video clips of Lucy in the 1993 New Zealand tv show "Marlin Bay"

Drama series set in and around an exclusive lodge with its own gaming room in the heart of scenic New Zealand. Three Seasons of Marlin Bay were filmed. Lucy appeared in the second season (1993)

Clip 06 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
Posted on: 12th February 2012

Clip 06 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)


Clip 6 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production). The clip also features Kevin Smith





Clip 05 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
Posted on: 12th February 2012

Clip 05 - Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)


Clip 5 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production). The clip also features Kevin Smith 



Click here to view clips 1 - 4 which were posted yesterday





 

 

12 February 2012

Daily News TV Spotlight Lucy Lawless And Her Music 11 February 2012

The Daily News newspaper in the US has a supplement called TV Spotlight which featured a Q&A about Lucy's singing abilities. Check out the response below.

Q: Is it true that Lucy Lawless put out a music album?

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A: Not exactly. Lucy Lawless, best known to most as the warrior princess Xena in the cleverly titled cult classic series "Xena: warrior Princess," has released a recording of a live concert she performed at L.A.'s famed Roxy Theater, and an EP (mini-album) with five tracks, three of which are just remixes of the first.

However, Lawless is certainly aware of her physical appeal, which undeniably aided in the success of her TV show (which featured her jumping around in the tightest, skimpiest battle Armour ever worn by a warrior princess). Perhaps that's why, though she's released just two audio recordings, she's released multiple live-concert DVDS, including two filmed at the aforementioned Roxy.

 

 

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She also contributed a song to the 2006 CD "Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars," a compilation of lullabies performed by various film and TV stars. Other contributors include Scarlett Johansson, Ewan Mcgregor and "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher.

 

 

 

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As is the case with most actors who can sing, Lawless appeared in a Broadway run of "Grease," playing Rizzo. Her appearance earned a fair bit of press -- "Xena" was nearing its popularity peak at the time -and so this was most people's introduction to Lawless's musical bent.

But despite all this she hasn't abandoned her TV fans. Indeed, her current series, Starz's "Spartacus," has a lot in common with "Xena: warrior Princess." Both are factually loose, racy portrayals of classical eras -- with "Spartacus," she's moved forward in time from ancient Greece to slightly less-ancient Rome.

The second season of "Spartacus" premiered on Jan. 27, and the series has already received a green light for a third season.


For more about Lucy's singing career, check out AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Music


 

 

11 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Videos - Marlin Bay TV Show 1993

Added four video clips from the New Zealand show "Marlin Bay". Drama series set in and around an exclusive lodge with its own gaming room in the heart of scenic New Zealand. Three Seasons of Marlin Bay were filmed. Lucy appeared in the second season (1993).

Clip 04 – Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
Posted on: 11th February 2012

Clip 04 – Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Clip 4 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production). The clip also features Kevin Smith [...]



Clip 03 – Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
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Clip 03 – Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Clip 3 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production).

 



Clip 02- Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
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Clip 02- Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Clip 2 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production).

 

 


Clip 01- Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)
Posted on: 11th February 2012

Clip 01- Marlin Bay with Lucy Lawless (1993)

Clip 1 of Lucy Lawless in 1993 tv show Marlin Bay (New Zealand production).

 

 

For more of Lucy's previous roles, watch more videos on AUSXIP Video Lucy Lawless Channel


 

 

11 February 2012

Lucy Photo - Lucy in New York with Liam McIntyre January 2012

This photo was previously posted as part of an article in the NY Post on 25 January 2012 but it was a smaller version. Here is the larger version. The photographer is Tamara Beckwith from the NY Post. Click on the smaller image to get the full size version.

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For more coverage of the Spartacus Vengeance PR, check out AUSXIP Spartacus and AUSXIP Lucy Lawless


 

 

10 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 3 The Greater Good Episode Preview

Starz has posted a new episode clip for Spartacus Season 2 Episode 3 "The Greater Good"

Spartacus S2 E3 To Feel A Child Grow Within You
Posted on: 10th February 2012

Spartacus S2 E3 To Feel A Child Grow Within You

Ilithyia, Seppia and Lucretia discuss Ilithyia’s unborn child. Spartacus must navigate a divide that opens up among the gladiators after news of Naevia’s fate. Lucretia reveals a long-held secret to gain information, and an attack puts the rebels at risk

Airdate: 02-10-2012



 

 

10 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray Pre-Order

You can now pre-order the Season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray from Amazon.com. No release date is indicated as yet.

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DVD

Spartacus: Vengeance - The Complete Second Season

Price: $44.99

Blu-Ray

Spartacus: Vengeance - The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]

Price: $44.99



Catch up with Spartacus on DVD and Blu-Ray with extra footage, commentary and other fantastic extras!


Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season - DVD

 


 

 

10 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Gives Spartacus Vengeance Scoop - Huffington Post 09 February 2012

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The Huffington Post interviewed Lucy about Spartacus (and included some Xena questions):

Lucy Lawless Gives 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Scoop, 'Xena' Movie Update
Huffington Post

09 February 2012

To say "Xena: Warrior Princess" left a lasting impression on its cultish following would be an understatement. Fans -- this Xenite included -- have followed series star Lucy Lawless, who eventually found her way back in the time of ancient gods, warlords and kings in Starz's "Spartacus: Vengeance."

Lawless has put down the body armor and weapons in favor of flowing gowns and hair accessories as Lucretia, but it's not exactly a stress-free life for the former first lady of the House of Batiatus. Lucretia has had her world turned upside down and suffered tragedies (including the death of her unborn child) that have all taken a toll on her psyche.

"She has every right to be out of her mind given that she's gone through such complete loss," Lawless told HuffPost TV in a phone interview from her home in New Zealand. "It was the destruction of her entire world, so is it so far-fetched for people to believe that she has actually lost her mind for real?"

Read the rest of the interview to find out why "Spartacus" is her biggest challenge yet, if there could ever be a "Xena" movie and Lawless' feelings on "The Real Housewives."

Read More


 

 

10 February 2012

Will There Be A Xena Movie? New Lucy Interview with Huffington Post 9 February 2012

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Lucy was interviewed recently by the Huffington Post and was asked if there would be a Xena Movie...

Is there any chance we'll see some kind of "Xena" reunion or movie?

That would have been really fun ... The whole trouble with it was there was some sort of glitch in the paperwork in ownership. The movie company doesn't own all the rights to it and they don't want to share, so -- it's just kind of gone sour for all these years. I shouldn't say they don't want to share, but there's not enough in it for them if they have to share the rights with somebody else. By the time somebody realizes it's a completely wasted franchise and they should reinvigorate it, I'm too old to play her.

Read more of the interview

Read more about The Xena Movie on AUSXIP


 

 

9 February 2012

Spartacus Vengeance in New Zealand 12 February 2012

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The Listener online magazine is reporting that Spartacus Vengeance will air in New Zealand on 12 February 2012!

Spartacus: Vengeance (The Box, Sky 005, 9.30pm). The new season of Spartacus kicks off with a bloodbath and an orgy at the same time. The swords, sandals, sex and gore saga is so OTT we can't help but love its moxie, and new Spartacus Liam McIntyre (who replaced Andy Whitfield, RIP) rips into the role with abandon. He's after Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) and his wife, the scheming Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) and so is Lucy Lawless's Lucretia, who miraculously survived last season's bloodbath, but is somewhat deranged. Huzzah!

Date: 12 February 2012
Time: 9:30 pm
Station: The Box, Sky 005

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9 February 2012

Gods of the Arena Trading Cards Non Sport Update Magazine Feb-March 2012

The Non Sport Update Magazine (issue Vol. 23 No. 1 Feb/Mar 2012) has an article on the Spartacus Gods of the Arena Trading Cards. The article was scanned by Andrea.

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ImageRittenhouse Archives is releasing a new set of Spartacus cards.

This all-new series will feature cards based on the original
Spartacus: Blood and Sand as well as the prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena with 2 Autograph Cards per pack!

CHECKLIST INCLUDES

Autograph Cards: (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena): Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), Jaime Murrary (Gaia), John Hannah (Batiatus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Craig Walsh Wrightson (Solonius), Temeura Morrison (Doctore), Jeffrey Thomas (Titus), Jessica Grace Smith (Diona), Stephen Lovatt (Tullius), Shane Rangi (Dagan), Peter Feeney (Quintillius Varis); (Spartacus: Blood & Sand): Lliam Powell (Numerius), David Austin (Medicus), John Bach (Magistrate Calavius), Reuben de Jong (Theokoles) and more! (2 autographs cards per Premium Pack)

18 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Episode Synopses Cards, 3 cards per episode (2 cards per Premium Pack)

9 Gladiators In Action Cards (1 card per Premium Pack)

9 Battle for Freedom Cards (1 card per Premium Pack)

9 Spartacus: Vengeance Preview Cards (1 card per Premium Pack)

9 Women of Spartacus Cards (1 card per Premium Pack)

12 Spartacus Gold Plaque Cards (1 card per Premium Pack)

Product Configuration:
9 Cards Per Premium Pack
15 Packs Per Box

Box Topper:
Andy Whitfield (1972-2011) In Memoriam Card
2-Box Incentive:
Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) Relic Card
4-Box Incentive:
Peter Mensah (Doctore) Autograph Card
8-Box Incentive:
SPARTACUS 2012 Premium Pack Archive Box, including
a complete master set of all pack-inserted cards.

Click here to order


ImageSpartacus: Legends & Lore Card Premium Pack

This all-new series will feature cards based on the original Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as well as the prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Each box will also come with a guarantee of a Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) or Jaime Murray (Gaia) autograph card! Inserts will include 18 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Synopsis Cards (2 per pack), 9 Gladiators in Action (1 per pack), 9 Andy Whitfield Tribute Cards (1 per pack), 9 Women of Spartacus Cards (1 per pack), and 12 Spartactus Gold Plaque Cards (1 per pack). Autographs will include: John Hannah, Many Bennett, Dustin Clare, and many more (2 per pack).

Click here to order

 

ImageSpartacus: Legends & Lore Card Album

This all-new series will feature cards based on the original Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as well as the prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Each box will also come with a guarantee of a Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) or Jaime Murray (Gaia) autograph card! Inserts will include 18 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Synopsis Cards (2 per pack), 9 Gladiators in Action (1 per pack), 9 Andy Whitfield Tribute Cards (1 per pack), 9 Women of Spartacus Cards (1 per pack), and 12 Spartactus Gold Plaque Cards (1 per pack). Autographs will include: John Hannah, Many Bennett, Dustin Clare, and many more (2 per pack).

Click here to order the Album


 

 

9 February 2012

M&C Previews Spartacus Vengeance Episode 3 The Greater Good

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Monsters and Critics previews the upcoming Spartacus Vengeance Episode 3 "The Greater Good"

"Spartacus: Vengeance" (Fri., 10 p.m. EST on Starz) is reeling in the aftermath of Oenomaus (Mensah) and his guilt-fueled combat in the mines as penance for having helped destroy the house of Batiatus.

Lucy Lawless, Nick Taraby, Viva Bianca, Peter Mensah and Manu Bennett make Friday night a no miss event on STARZ.

"Spartacus: Vengeance" (Fri., 10 p.m. EST on Starz) is reeling in the aftermath of Oenomaus (Mensah) and his guilt-fueled combat in the mines as penance for having helped destroy the house of Batiatus.

However, the twist was that Ashur (Tarabay) delivered him into the hands of Spartacus' enemy, Claudius Glaber.

At Glaber's home in the night, Ashur said, "I have come bearing a gift that shall set you on the path for the fall of Spartacus."

Enter our blood-soaked Lucretia (Lawless), fresh from sacrificing to the gods: "The gods truly hear my prayers."

Read More


 

 

9 February 2012

Lucy Lawless Answers Six Science Questions For Huff Post Science 8 February 2012

ImageThis is an interesting Q&A with Lucy. She's asked some science related questions and Lucy also included a couple of answers on the environment in keeping with her role as Greenpeace Ambassador

Lucy Lawless, Star Of 'Spartacus: Vengeance,' Answers Six Science Questions

Huffinton Post - Science 8 February 2012

As part of HuffPost Science's new Celebs Talk Science series, we challenged Lucy Lawless, star of "Spartacus: Vengeance" and best known for her role in "Xena: Warrior Princess," to answer six quirky science questions.

1. If you could reengineer the human body, what is one thing you would change?

I would have a dual respiration system so that we could convert our breathing from oxygen to carbon dioxide to carbon dioxide to oxygen and back again. Of course we'd be excreting coal dust, which would be murder on the soft furnishings. Not sure what to do about that. Black sheets?

5. If time travel were possible, what day/era would you want to get to? Why? What would you do? Whom would you meet?

I would go forward and ask my great grandchildren what they wish we'd done better. Though I'm afraid I already know the answer to that. We have to move on climate change NOW. Or our grandchildren will damn us for our sheer laziness and cruelty.

Read More of the interview

Find out more about Lucy's role as Greenpeace Ambassador and her interest in environmental issues


 

 

8 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 3 Lucretia Promo Pics

Added two images of Lucy as Lucretia from Spartacus Vengeance Episode 3

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Spartacus must navigate a divide that opens up among the gladiators after news of Naevia?s fate. Lucretia reveals a long-held secret to gain information, and an attack puts the rebels at risk
Airdate: 02-10-2012

Click here to view


 

 

8 February 2012

Spartacus:Vengeance Spoilers

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From Ask Ausiello:

Question: I got hooked on Spartacus: Blood and Sand last week on On Demand. I’m still withholding judgment on Liam McIntrye as the new lead, but any spoilers for Spartacus: Vengeance? —Courtney

Ausiello: The Tasmanian Devil is going to take possession of Mira’s (Katrina Law) body in Episode 4, giving rise to one of the most spectacular girl-on-boy(s) killing sprees I’ve ever seen. There are also some juicy Crixus/Lucretia scenes coming up, as well as an answer to this question: What does it look like when someone has their lower lip sliced off slowly by a sword?


 

 

8 February 2012

 

 

8 February 2012

Lucy Lawless On 'Parks And Recreation': She Almost Played Tammy

ImageLucy Lawless has made it no secret she loves comedies.

The "Spartacus: Vengeance" star, who frequently appears on "The Soup" and guest starred on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," revealed to The Huffington Post that she was very close to sparking fear in the heart of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) on "Parks and Recreation." No, not as Xena, the role that made Lawless a star; but as one of Swanson's ex-wives.

I've read in the past that you love comedies. Is there a comedy you'd like to guest star on?
Oh, I love "Parks and Rec."

It's amazing.
Love that show. Love anything to do with Larry David.

Right, you did "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Yeah, I've done that, but you can just never get enough of that guy. He's so unusual and so -- I find him really charming.

Do you have a "Parks and Rec" character already created in your head?
Well, they did come to me about playing one of the ex-wives of --

Really!? Tammy!
Yeah, and I couldn't because I was doing "Spartacus." I would have loved to have done that, but I had a very good excuse not to. [Laughs.]

As great as Patricia Clarkson was as Tammy 1, can you imagine Lawless going toe-to-toe with Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope? The Tammy ship may have sailed, but let's hope Mike Schur and the "Parks and Recreation" crew find a way to get Lawless to Pawnee.

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6 February 2012

 

4 February 2012

'Spartacus: Vengeance': Lucy Lawless on nude scenes, crazy Lucretia

ImageWe're totally obsessed with "Spartacus: Vengeance" here and we were thrilled to get a chance to sit down with genre legend Lucy Lawless who plays Lucretia at the Winter Press Tour. Lawless, who's character is in a desperate situation this season, gives us a look at playing a crazy (or not so crazy) woman, doing nude scenes and what playing "Xena: Warrior Princess" has done for public perception.

"I think if she's crazy, she's crazy like a fox. She's entering a terrible -- she's going down a path with many snares and it's not going to be a comfortable life for her. She hasn't got any friends. She's got no support. No husband, no house, no baby, no lover and not a thing. Ilythia (Viva Bianca) shows up and that seems like it ought to be a good thing but it ain't."

We asked Lawless about playing "crazy" and what it takes as an actress to walk that fine line between over doing it and getting it just right. "I don't. People just suspect me. Because it's Lucretia or because it's the person who played Xena or who played the bad girl. 'She's in the bad girl role,' that we assume she's going to be totally bad. I can play it totally straight, absolutely down the line and you're going to suspect me anyway."

We talked about doing nude scenes and whether or not she'd gotten comfortable with it. "Who's comfortable?" she says. "Actually, we have to hire people who are comfortable. If you're doing a brothel scene, you can't have extras who are being prima donnas. It just holds everybody up at $100,000 a minute, or however much it is. For us, no. There is no getting used to it. It's a very funny thing."

She also says that you sort of lose your sex drive working on the show. "Those things lose their taboo. We're so sick of thinking about it, worrying about it, talking about it. The show is great for everyone else's sex drive but ours," she laughed.

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4 February 2012

CraveOnline - Lucy Lawless on 'Spartacus: Vengeance'

ImageThe continuation of Spartacus on Starz is inherently bittersweet because of the loss of Andy Whitfield, but Lucy Lawless can keep things light. When Starz presented the new "Spartacus: Vengeance" to the Television Critics Association, Lawless took questions about her Honey Badger segments. I followed up with Lawless about the new and crazier Lucretia in the current season.

 

Crave Online: Lucretia looks crazy. Is she a little crazy this year?

Lucy Lawless: Well, you would be crazy, wouldn't you? Your unborn child has been unceremoniously stabbed within yourself. You've lost your husband, you've lost everything, so she may or may not be crazy. I'm going to let you decide.

Crave Online: Do you get to play that the whole year?

Lucy Lawless: No, because that would be very tiresome very quickly. Somebody's crazy, that’s interesting for about three seconds, but you quickly want to get back to the characters you know and love. That took a bit of doing actually, figuring that out. I found that extremely challenging.

Crave Online: Are they making Lucretia pick up some weapons and get her hands dirty?

Lucy Lawless: No, but I am on the receiving end of some very bad treatment this season.

Crave Online: We love how outrageous the show can be.

Lucy Lawless: Yeah, continues to be completely outrageous, I promise you. Again, they even manage to shock me.

Crave Online: Do you find yourself topping yourself and the things you've done earlier?

Lucy Lawless: Yes, I did, and very recently too. Before I came over here, I went through something that was down such a dark tunnel. It was a bad experience and I was so proud of it, and I hope that it comes out on screen as good as it felt terrible to make.

Crave Online: Which episode is that in? We’ll look for it.

Lucy Lawless: Six.

Crave Online: Is Honey Badger more famous than Xena now?

Lucy Lawless: [Laughs] I don't know. It's a threat. It's a serious threat.

Crave Online: Xena is on Netflix now. Do you hear from new viewers and fans who are seeing it that way for the first time?

Lucy Lawless: I don't hear anything. I'm analog but it stresses me out. I don't Twitter or anything because to try to promote a virtual self is so stressful to me, therefore I'm not going to do it. I'd rather go and make Honey Badger and be a dork and laugh my ass off. That's the real me.

Crave Online: If this is the last season for Lucretia, what kind of character would you like to play next?

Lucy Lawless: I continue to want to play morally imperiled characters, people that you guys think are bad. You know what? I'd love to play a victim. I love to play the vulnerability and that's what I love about Lucretia, is her vulnerability.

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4 February 2012

Lucy on the cover of the February issue of She Magazine

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She Magazine interviews Lucy for its 13th anniversary issue.

 

You can read it online here


 

 

4 February 2012

TVGuide - Spartacus Star Lucy Lawless is Back With a Vengeance

ImageDoes she have her own private wi-fi connection to the gods? Tonight's episode of Spartacus: Vengeance finds Lucy Lawless' character, Lucretia, being treated like a superstar by the citizens of Capua. They believe she's divinely blessed -- how else to explain her narrow escape from death during the bloody slave revolt? -- and that she can tap into the wisdom of Mount Olympus. It sure seems that way. Before long, Lucretia starts spouting prophecy.

"She's no Tim Tebow," says Lawless. "Lucretia does not believe the gods are sticking their fingers in her personal business, but she is a widow with no means of support who is surrounded by enemies and desperate for survival. So she works it." And eventually that'll pay off -- big time. "By the end of the season, Lucretia will get a new man," Lawless reveals. "In fact, after much tribulation, all her dreams will come true. All of them."

Lawless is also doing well in the dream department. Spartacus, shot in her homeland of New Zealand, has finally brought her serious acclaim as an actress, plus another juicy gig -- she's joining the killer cast (Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss) of the BBC miniseries Top of the Lake, directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion. But it wasn't too long ago that Lawless was living in L.A. in a post-Xena funk. She and her best pal, Tony-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, "would go to the shopping mall and sit in the vibrating chairs at the Brookstone store, stuffing ourselves with muffins and crying about our s---ty careers," recalls Lawless with a laugh. "I had to move back home to become successful again!"

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3 February 2012

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 2 A Place In The World Preview by MaryD - NO Spoilers

Spartacus Season 2 Episode 2 A Place In The World
Screener Preview by MaryD

Spartacus and his men liberate a Roman villa, but its slaves are wary. Oenomaus throws himself into the brutal Pits, and Glaber supports Lucretia’s prophecies, despite Ilithyia’s protests.

I held back from watching the second episode from the press kit until today. There are no spoilers in the preview below so it's pretty safe.

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Credits | Official Site | Episode Stills

Continue to Spartacus Season 2 Episode 2 A Place In The World Preview by MaryD - NO Spoilers


 

 

3 February 2012

New gladiator enters fight in 'Spartacus'

ImageWhat a different vision these two stars of "Spartacus: Vengeance" offer in person.

Here is Lucy Lawless: In her Starz adventure-action series, she builds on worldwide fame as Xena, Warrior Princess, by playing wily Lucretia, widow of the Roman sports impresario. Her "ludus," an extreme training camp for gladiators, was where Spartacus had been enslaved. Transported from first century B.C. Capua to modern-day Manhattan, Lawless, 43 — in bright sweater and snug jeans — is pretty, girlish and full of laughs.

Alongside her for this recent interview is Liam McIntyre, who this season is taking over the role of Spartacus. Unlike the raging Thracian out to forge an army and topple the Roman Empire, McIntyre is chipper, affable and ready with wisecracks.

The first season concluded two years ago in a brutal rebellion led by Spartacus at the ludus. Roman blood flowed and his masters' bodies dropped. Among the many victims were seemingly Lucretia.

Now the saga picks up just a few weeks later with the gladiators having made their escape and Spartacus plotting widespread payback to their oppressors. And Lucretia makes her shocking return. "She's lost everything," says Lawless. "She's lost her husband, her baby, her lover, the house, her status — and her marbles."

"Spartacus: Vengeance" retains a potent mix of hyper-realism and epic fantasy, with generous helpings of violence, nudity, sex and other visual pizzazz.

But real-life tragedy, too, is a part of the story. Andy Whitfield, who originated the role of Spartacus, announced in March 2010 that he was stricken with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. That May, a six-episode prequel concentrating on characters other than Spartacus was set for the following year, to give Whitfield time off for treatment. But a few months later when the cancer returned, he announced his departure from the show. Last September, he died at age 39.

"Being a fan of the show, I loved Andy's Spartacus so much," says McIntyre, now 29. "He wasn't just an action hero. In my auditions I tried to capture the heart that I felt in Spartacus due to Andy's great performance."

"The show needed someone who could not only carry the role that Andy had created," Lawless adds, "but also bring something of his own that was authentic."

But McIntyre was hardly Spartacus-brawny when he got to the set in New Zealand for his audition. "I'd never liked my body," he confides, "and my nightmare was to be filmed in underwear. I was no body builder. I was just this guy who liked sports and video games."

It took months of grueling training for McIntyre to bulk up to Spartacus proportions — "that kind of intense exercise is horrible," he cringes — and only then, finally, to clench the role. His selection to inherit Spartacus' leather Speedo was announced last January.

The ailing Whitfield supported McIntyre as the recasting choice, and offered to meet with his successor, "which I thought was amazingly big-hearted considering everything he was going through." Whitfield's failing health prevented their getting together, "but we exchanged emails," says McIntyre, "and I feel very blessed to have those."

The Australian-born McIntyre, who made his U.S. television debut two years ago in HBO's miniseries "The Pacific," became an actor in an unlikely way, while studying business in Ireland on a student-exchange program. A chum inveigled him to take a role in a school production, and after first resisting, he got the bug.

"One day during a performance it all clicked," says McIntyre. "And then, when 'Gladiator' came out, I wanted to be in a film like that more than anything. Now, here I am!"

When shooting on "Spartacus" began, McIntyre eased into the routine.

"Bringing Liam in was as easy a transition as it could be," says Lawless, who had weathered the series' uncertainty both as a principal player and as the wife of executive producer Rob Tapert. "Because of who Liam is, and because everybody else is so good at their jobs, it smoothed over the discombobulation that comes from having a star disappear from your roster."

But that doesn't mean Whitfield was forgotten, or he isn't missed as Spartacus fights on.

"This great journey that I get to go on now — there are times when I just get so sad 'cause it seems so unfair that someone who had this exact experience a couple of years ago isn't here to enjoy it now," says McIntyre, his eyes damp in a way you wouldn't associate with Spartacus. "It's a shame."

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2 February 2012

AssignmentX talks with SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE's Lucy Lawless and creator Steven S. DeKnight

ImageSPARTACUS: VENGEANCE, which premieres tonight on Starz at 10 PM, is actually the second season of the SPARTACUS series, even though it’s the third year of the show. Series creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight understands how this might cause some head-scratching.

In 2010's SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Andy Whitfield starred as the famous historical figure. The season followed him through his early days of being enslaved, being trained as a gladiator and finally leading a revolt at the Ludus (gladiator training camp) that left its owner Batiatus (John Hannah) definitively dead and Batiatus' pregnant wife Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless, probably mortally wounded but still twitching.

Sadly, while Season Two was being planned, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Waiting for Whitfield to return to the show after he underwent treatment, the SPARTACUS company decided to do SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, a prequel season of six episodes, which ran in 2011, showing the earlier days of Lucretia and Batiatus and introducing Dustin Clare as Gannicus, a fighter who later figures into Spartacus' story.

Then Whitfield's remission ended and it became unhappily clear that his health would not allow him to return to the series. Whitfield passed away on September 11, 2011, but gave his blessing to his SPARTACUS colleagues to recast the role and continue making the show. SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE went forward with Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.

DeKnight understands how the fractured timeline can lead to mix-ups. "VENGEANCE is actually Season Two," he explains. "It confuses everybody."

Between them, DeKnight and Lawless have enough genre street cred to give rise to a two-person convention. Lawless in fact will be at a Creation Convention in Burbank this weekend honoring her indelible title character in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS; she also played the Cylon D'Anna in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

DeKnight has been a writer, producer and director on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL and SMALLVILLE. They tease each other often during a private interview during the Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel inPasadena.

DeKnight's fellow executive producer and Lawless' husband Robert Tapert is just around the corner, giving interviews of his own

ASSIGNMENT X: If you weren't going into Season Two, would you have liked to extend GODS OF THE ARENA?

STEVE DeKNIGHT: When I first suggested the idea of the prequel, I suggested a two-hour movie to keep the show alive, but it really didn't help anybody, and then Rob suggested four hours, and that didn't quite work with the writing, it wasn't long enough for a convoluted story, and it was too long for a nice short story, and then Starz wanted to do six episodes, and that was just right. I think any longer, GODS OF THE ARENA wouldn't have worked, and any shorter, it wouldn't have worked.

AX: In SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, you had the bookend sequences that began and ended with the events at the end of Season One, so when does VENGEANCE, Season Two, start in terms of the story?

DeKNIGHT: Somewhere six to eight weeks after the breakout in Season One.

AX: Is that enough time for Lucretia to have recovered from being nearly killed, or is she still recovering?

LUCY LAWLESS: Evidently she is not fully recovered. We find her when she's in quite a state. I loved [acting] it, but I got a little bit lost inside myself [laughs], so it was an uncomfortable two weeks of actual madness.

DeKNIGHT: Rob must have loved that.

LAWLESS: Oh, he didn't notice.

[Both laugh.]

LAWLESS: I just had no reference, so I did way too much research that I don't know was particularly helpful, because I lost my bearings a little. I needed somebody else to take the reins at times – the director being the one to have the taste of how to play this thing. He reined me in.

AX: Now, because Lucretia didn't run off with Spartacus et al –

LAWLESS: I wasn't invited, okay?

AX: Can you tease at all how she's worked back into the story and how much of a challenge was it to work her back into the story?

DeKNIGHT: It worked really organically. Lucretia originally was supposed to die at the end of Season One. We loved the character so much that Starz asked, "Is there any way to bring her back?" And Rob called me up and said, "Starz would really like to bring Lucy back." I said, "So would I – but she has to die! There's no way to bring her back!" Rob said, "Okay." And that night, I had an idea and I called Rob the next morning: "I've got an idea of how to bring Lucy back that I think is really, really juicy." And it was really down to the wire. That's why we filmed it both ways at the end of Season One, one where she's twitching and one where she's clearly dead, because we weren't really sure at that time which way we were going to go. It was actually very natural. She basically never leaves the Ludus. That's where we find her when we come back and I don’t think it's giving a lot away that we re-use Batiatus' Ludus in a different way this season and she's part and parcel with the Ludus.

AX: How is Liam McIntyre different from the late Andy Whitfield in playing Spartacus?

DeKNIGHT: With Liam, we were looking for someone to fill those sandals. We weren't looking for an Andy clone, because quite frankly, nobody could replace Andy. He was such a singular talent. We were looking for somebody that had similar qualities. And what was great about Andy is that he had this quality of compassion that was really important for the character. When we were auditioning people, one of the things we told the casting directors is, "Spartacus may go into a mad rage and kill everybody, but it's not from a place of anger, it's from a place of a wounded heart," and that kind of pain and compassion is what we were looking for, and that's what Liam had in his auditions. And then there was a lot of talk about, should we write Spartacus specifically for Liam, should we change the way we’re writing him? And we decided, no, we'll write Spartacus as Spartacus, and Liam will bring his own [qualities].

LAWLESS: Liam has a leadership quality that I think is really important to Spartacus now that he's out on the road and he's got to bring all these disparate peoples together as an army. Liam is very outgoing in that way, so I think his strengths play really well to the requirements of the role.

AX: Besides recuperating from her injuries, how is Lucretia different than we've seen her before?

LAWLESS: She's a kinder, gentler Lucretia [laughs]. She wants everyone to love her, because they'd better, because something bad's going to happen if she doesn't find a friend, and quick. Fortunately,Olympia's around, and she should be an easy mark. [Lucretia] does find a little friend, somebody she's never paid much attention to before, and he falls in love with her. By the end of the season, all Lucretia's dreams will come true.

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2 February 2012

Catching up with Lucy Lawless of 'Spartacus: Vengeance'

ImageShe became an icon on the campy but highly successful television series "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995-2001). At 43, Lucy Lawless remains fit for battle -- or, in the case of her current series, "Spartacus: Vengeance," nudity. Among the New Zealander's other assets is her voice. She once considered opera as a career path.

Although Lawless is heterosexual, married twice with three children, Xena's sexuality was always suspect. In the last episode, the Warrior Princess basically came out of the closet, which garnered Lawless a loyal lesbian following. Currently, she is playing Lucretia, a Roman woman who has lost everything and stops at nothing to regain her power and position.

"Spartacus: Vengeance" airs on the premium channel Starz at 10 p.m. EST Fridays. Nudity, violence and a lot more make it appropriate for mature audiences only.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q: Were you into science fiction or mythology as a child?

A: No -- zero. We did lots of acting, my friend Michelle and I. We were always adapting fairy tales and things and putting them on for the old folks. My mother ran the senior-citizens brigade or whatever it was called. So we would do that sort of thing all the time as play. I don't know how this happened to me.

Q: I also read you were interested in opera at one point, but decided against it because you didn't like the lifestyle.

A: Well, I thought I'd have to be a big fatty. No, no, really, the truth is that's not my gift to sing that way. So even though I love singing to this day, not opera but other things, acting just comes first.

Q: How comfortable are you doing the semi-nude and nude scenes?

A: Not at all, zero comfortable. Oh, God, it makes me sick.

Q: It doesn't get easier?

A: No, it doesn't. You'd think it would, but it doesn't. But you know what? You believe in the role, and you just soldier on through and be as professional as you can because the scenes are not about sex. I don't care what anyone says, it's not porn. There's a transaction of power going on. Somebody's getting screwed, and it's not about sex. (Laughs).

Q: So with that said, there has to be pressure to stay in shape.

A: Yes, I try, but (laughs) that's a mystery to me, that whole discipline thing. I do work out with a trainer, but I don't know. You can go 10 pounds up and maybe 3 pounds down but tend to stay in a certain zone.

Q: Is your character on "Spartacus" more challenging to play than Xena was?

A: Yeah, because Xena had a moral compass that we relate to. Lucretia doesn't. I think if you live in a society where subterfuge is the order of the day, then there is no morality. Everybody is stabbing one another in the back. It's stab or be stabbed, and she's survived a long time. She's got her work cut out for her this season because things get really nasty. She is going to have to be extremely vigilant and clever to survive.

Q: Does it enhance your acting if you know the arc the character will be taking a few episodes ahead?

A: I think it's really important to know. You don't telegraph that to the audience, but I think it's very important to know. I remember on "Xena" we would set up for something being a fact and true and all your acting would sort of cleave to that rule, and three episodes later you are doing something completely the opposite. (Laughs) It kind of makes a liar of you.

For instance, in the last episode when they almost explicitly came out and said that Xena was gay, I was cross with them. All these years, they could have told me that ahead of time that they were going to do that. I wouldn't have had to sort of obfuscate. In this case ("Spartacus"), it was extremely important. By the end of this season when you see the final episode, I guarantee you're going to say, "Oh my God, now I have to go back and watch it again from the beginning." It's like a feature film.

Q: With the sex scenes, do you find it easier to do them with a man or a woman, or does it matter?

A: I find it easier to do with a man. To me, a man feels like I expect they are going to feel (laughs) and a woman doesn't. (Laughs) Even fat dudes feel differently to me than a woman. (Laughs) Just when you touch the flesh, it's different. I guess that means I'm straight.

Q: You have fans in both camps.

A: I know. I love them. But I know all I need to know. (Laughs)

Q: What about the choreography? Is it as complex as a fight scene?

A: Oh, it's much more complex.

Q: What about your sons? Do you think about them seeing (the sex scenes) someday?

A: Oh, I do. I think about them a lot. One of them is a very sensitive person, and he knows academically that I have to do those scenes. It's part of a role. But he does not want to see it. He does not want to see any part of it.

The other one is like his dad. He's just a moviemaker. Even though he's younger than the other boy, he's much more able to cope with everything to do with acting. When he gets old enough to see it, I will be less worried about him.

My daughter works on the show. I think at 23 years old it still grosses her out. When those scenes are on, she turns her back or she's not on the set. She doesn't punish me at all for it. She's very professional.

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2 February 2012

InsideTV Podcast: Who would win a Xena vs. Spartacus duel to the death? Lucy Lawless and Liam McIntyre argue it out

ImageSpartacus kicks off again tonight with a new season, a new title (Spartacus: Vengeance) and a new leading man (Liam McIntyre, taking over for Andy Whitfield). But don’t worry, the show hasn’t changed too much. After all, there are still plenty of orgies, decapitations, and decapitations during orgies! In celebration of the Starz drama’s return this evening, McIntyre and costar Lucy Lawless stopped by the InsideTV Podcast, and wouldn’t you know it — all hell broke loose! In addition to discussing the ins and outs — no pun intended — of season 2 (which included McIntyre stabbing a man in the penis for his very first scene), the duo was grilled on a variety of topics. Such as: How does Lucy feel about losing the coveted Celebrity Duets title to Alfonso Ribeiro? And what kind of Super Bowl prediction is Patriots fan Liam ready to make while sitting here in the enemy territory of New York City? But we saved the best question for last: Who would win in a battle between Spartacus and Lucy’s iconic warrior princess, Xena? Not surprisingly, our two guests have very differing opinions on the matter.

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2 February 2012

Lawless: New 'Spartacus' an expert in leading 'dudes in their underpants'

ImageSwords-and-sandals epic lovers arise and claim your show: "Spartacus: Vengeance" is slashing its way back onto the Starz network on Jan. 27 with a new season of battles, escapes, affairs and intrigue.

But there will be one major difference: Spartacus himself has been replaced. Fans of the show are familiar with the untimely death of character originator Andy Whitfield, who portrayed the rebellious slave in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" in 2010 before being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

"It's a horrifying thing to get everything you ever wanted – a wife, two children, your big break – and after one year, a horrifying diagnosis," Lucy Lawless, who stars as Lucretia, told TODAY.com. "We thought he'd go into treatment, we'd execute a prequel and he'd come back. But that never happened."

Well, the prequel, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" did happen, but Whitfield did not return. Enter Liam McIntyre, an Australian actor who some may have spotted in HBO’s "The Pacific," but who is mostly unknown.

"(Whitfield) wanted the show to continue," Lawless said. "He requested that they replace him quite early on, and even rang Liam to encourage him and congratulate him. He was a big man, and we remember him fondly for that. The tragedy was really his family's, and our loss is nothing compared to his."

McIntyre slips easily into the role, but he's more than just a new face, said Lawless. "He's a great morale leader on the set, which is what you need when you're leading 100 dudes in their underpants around without much to do for long periods at a stretch. They can get a bit ... distracted. They're totally nice, but you need someone to help focus on the work, and Liam has that kind of charisma."

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2 February 2012

TV Tango Interviews Lucy Lawless of SPARTACUS

ImageTV Tango: What was it like filming that last, bloody scene in BLOOD AND SAND?

Lucy Lawless: Sticky, all wet.A hard floor. The tiles on that floor -- I don't know what the hell they were made out of, but they were sharp. They did put down a rubber version of them for a tiny bit.It was fine, but it was sticky. Arrrr...so gross! I hate it when they pour sticky blood all down your dress, and your legs are sticking together in the most unpleasant way -- sort of caramelizing.

TV Tango: They filmed two endings for BLOOD AND SAND. When did you know that your character, Lucretia, was going to live?

Lucy Lawless: After. After we shot it.I think even though I didn't know -- and I would've been fine either way -- I think I had a sense that Lucretia would be back. I didn't panic about it, and I think that's why I don't remember. I don't remember it upsetting me; I just had a calm awareness.

TV Tango: The finale of BLOOD AND SAND was not what Lucretia imagined or wanted. What would the ending have been if it was up to her? What was she going after?

Lucy Lawless: The whole kit and kaboodle -- the husband, the baby, and status for the first time in her life. I don't think she came from status; she's one of the aspirant, hard-working, lower-middle-class girls. Her husband was her true love. Who knows what would have happened down the line, but that was her man -- beyond the need to have the male support in Roman society at that time and the status that came with that man. Aside from all of that, I think she loved him. He was a megalomaniac. She did whatever he told her to do -- she didn't want to throw those sex parties.

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2 February 2012

AfterEllen.com - Live from the 17th Annual "Xena: Warrior Princess" Convention report

ImageCheck out AfterEllen's report on the Xena Con with some great backstage photos of Lucy, Renee and more.

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1 February 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance Cast Discuss the Challenges of Filming, "It's Really Harrowing"

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Liam McIntrye, Viva Bianca, and Lucy Lawless discuss the physical - and emotional challenges of filming.

Note: This article contains material appropriate to the mature rating of the series and contains small spoilers from the season premiere.

It's no surprise that Spartacus: Vengeance has done as well as it has. The STARZ show has drawn in an immense (and diverse) crowd. Packed with gore, nudity, sex, and a surprising dose of humanity, the show has done well for itself and has already been renewed for a third season. Writer Steven DeKnight continues to impress with his scripts, as testament to the first episode of season 2. The episode boasted plenty of gore (opening with an impressive sword fight) and holding true to it's "M for Mature" rating. DeKnight did his research, describing in a live web interview recently that he prides the show on being as realistic as possible for the setting. Viewers are taken on a whirlwind ride during every episode, but with all that violence and sex, one has to wonder how the cast feels filming some of these scenes. Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), and Viva Bianca (Illithyia) shared their personal experiences on set – and their answers may surprise you.

Spartacus goes through it’s fare share of blood and guts, but actress Lucy Lawless shared it was never nearly as scary filming them as seeing them on screen, as most of the final effects are done post-production. “It’s brilliant,” she commented about the editing. But just because the blood and intestines are fake doesn’t make filming violent scenes is any easier. The attack on the brothel (or "gentleman's money making facility", as McIntyre put it) mid-way through the season premiere proved to be an emotional challenge to shoot. "It was one of the most harrowing moments in my life," revealed Liam McIntyre - who was actually shooting the scene on one of his first days on set. He described it was difficult realizing that all that stood between himself and ‘death’ is a small piece of steel. "I remember thinking - Oh god, what have I got myself into?'"

And it’s not just the blood and guts that sometimes gets to the cast. At innumerable points in the series, the cast members have found themselves naked on set and doing things they never expected. "I've done things again this season that I've never ever done before and never seen on television before," said Lawless. "It was heavy duty." She admitted that after a day of filming sex scenes, she wanted nothing more than to go home, have a "quiet little melt-down," and just sleep. Viva Bianca agreed. "They're far from a turn-on," she said. In fact, many were draining and emotionally exhaustive. The gravity of what some of the scenes entail (DeKnight certainly did his research) often takes its toll on the actors. “Sometimes I do need a hug,” said Lawless, “because it’s harrowing. It’s really harrowing”. The cast may have signed up for the roles, but according to McIntyre, they never get used to sex scenes. As Australians, Lawless revealed that "its very hard for us to be comfortable with nudity and sex scenes. I've tried...I want to be cooler about it, but I'm just not".

What makes Spartacus a truly superb show is how vividly the characters are portrayed on screen. As actors, the cast delve into the heads of their individual characters to really understand whythey do what they do. But even they admit to being surprised sometimes. Viva Bianca described many of the scenes with Illithyia this season as excruciatingly brutal. After filming a particurally vicious scene in episode four, Bianca remembers approaching the director saying, "I can't believe Illithyia just did that." Spartacus speaks heavily about the exploitation of slaves and woman during the time period, and as such, Lawless and Bianca had to truly explore the upper class mentality of Roman women. "The truth for these Roman aristocratic people," said Bianca, "is that they didn't consider slaves, or people of that class, as people. For Lucy [Lawless] and I to get ourselves in that mentality is quite an extreme step. It can be quite horrific - and as an actor to carry the reality of what human is doing to another - it can weigh heavy on us".

But despite the difficulties and challenges associated with filming the season, the cast gushed about how much they love filming a show so drastically unlike modern times. "It's like having a second life!" said Lawless, "and I just love it". In fact, Lawless admits the challenge is what makes acting on the show so spectacular, "I've had a really crazy ride as Lucretia this season and I'm really grateful". Bianca echoed her thoughts, saying that it's the real joy of filming comes from being able to enter an entirely new world and reality. "We love going into fantasy make-believe worlds and playing. I think that's a lot of what makes actors, actors".

 

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1 February 2012

Sky Guide interviews Lucy Lawless

ImageThe king of the arena returns to challenge the might of the Roman army in the epic second series, Spartacus – Vengeance.

A brand new face in the form of Liam McIntyre replaces Andy Whitfield, who sadly lost his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last year, but has Liam got the chops to prove himself as the legendary hero who raged against Rome? Sky Guide meets Liam and co-star Lucy Lawless, to find out more.

'Obviously, Andy Whitfield left an indelible mark on all of us in the Spartacus family,' says Lucy. 'He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, and a brilliant actor. Andy's presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives.'

McIntyre, who starred in HBO's The Pacific and Neighbours, is up for the challenge. 'I have to live up to Andy's legacy. I was a fan of the show beforehand and if he hadn’t done such a great job, none of us would be here.' Legacy is the right word. First series Spartacus – Blood And Sand quickly gained a cult following, enticing audiences with its action, political machinations and saucy sex scenes in debauched Rome.

In the thrilling finale we watched as Spartacus, a Thracian slave thrown into the life of a gladiator, rose up against owners Batiatus [John Hannah] and Lucretia [Lucy Lawless]. Now Batiatus is dead, and Spartacus has escaped with his fellow slaves. What next? According to Liam, 'Spartacus has to face the might of the republic.' Lucy Lawless tells us more…

Can you describe the show?

At first glance, it is full of sex and violence. So if that's a turn off to you, please do not tune into the show. If you can handle it, it's a rollicking good ride. People would often question if it is soft porn, and I’d say no it's hardcore drama. It's very intelligently written and we are very proud of it.

Blood And Sand concluded with you wounded, Batiatus dead, and the gladiators on the run… What happens next?

Well I live! Spartacus has busted out with his rotten mates. My husband [Robert G.Tapert] produces it. We find it best if I don’t know anything too far in advance, otherwise you spend all your time in angst over something that may or may not happen. Initially I was meant to die too and then they figured out they get press out of me, so they resurrected my character, which I'm thrilled about [laughs].

Do you think there will be just as much sex this time around?

Probably! But when you think, 'sweet! I'm going to be naked 24/7' – nobody is really naked. They've got these hand-knotted little merkins, everybody has got one. So you feel like you are wearing underwear, and I've never actually been naked myself. The suggestion on the sets are far greater than what's being filmed. It's the way you frame things. If you see my ankles over somebody else's you are going to make assumptions about what's going on between you. It's quite clever and funny.

How would you describe Lucretia?

The ultimate survivor! Loved her husband, did anything for him even to a point of having sex with another man to produce an heir.

Do you think that she's a bit like Lady Macbeth?

That was the immediate attraction for me to play her. I didn't want her to be melodramatic and two dimensional, so I tried to make her somebody where you can kind of see her point. She does terrible things but I'm totally interested in them, rather than just writing her like she’s Joan Collins.

How do you feel about the costumes, especially the bright red hair?

I love all that, it really kicks you into a whole other dimension. It helps me with the character. I really never think about the character until the costume is on, then something just pops out of me.

Is it hard to take a back seat having been the main character of a TV series for so long on Xena: Warrior Princess, or do you just love your role?

Yeah, I do, I love the new character and I wouldn't trade it. You have to be humble, you have to take your place and I think that is part of life too. I feel it's all part of it, although when you see Judi Dench doing astonishing work, you think, 'hey, the best could be yet to come!'

Why do you think people love the Roman era?

It's purely voyeuristic, because you can see people behaving badly and doing all the things that we are highly curious about, even if we don't want to do it ourselves. For example, a husband and wife can be having a chat and a slave goes to him and the conversation continues without missing a beat. It means nothing to them that the slave is sexually servicing the husband. It blows the audience's mind, because they've never seen that before, and then you quickly realise that you aren't in Kansas, you're not in London…

So did this all really happen?

Evidently we are bending history a bit because we don't know a lot about these characters, but they are real names quite often. The customs and the costumes are all well researched and the pretty weird stuff you see wouldn’t happen unless we knew it was well documented. We have a couple of historians who are on tap all the time.

What do you miss about home when you are away?

I don't have the missing gene, the gene to miss things, I'm like a goldfish. After five minutes wherever I am, it's like my new favourite place. But I miss my children and my husband of course! Sometimes you just need a cuddle and sometimes you go through Frankfurt airport and they pat you down and you say, 'this is better than sex!' Instead of intimacy I would take a rub down at the airport! Sometimes I stash paper clips down my pockets just to trick them!

You are still in incredible shape. How do you do that?

I am working on it. I'm in my forties now. I do weight training, which funnily enough is better at burning fat, and I cut sugar out for a while, but then I'm back on it again. Weight training is my little secret. It's really good for you. In New Zealand they're not into the craziness of dieting and exercise. If I can be better at 43 than when I was at 23 that’s awesome! By the time I am 50, forget it I'm not doing anything, I'm going to turn into one of those French women who sit on the beach with their bosom sagging, eating a croissant, having a fag and loving it!


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1 February 2012

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Lucy Lawless

ImageShe became an icon on the campy but highly successful television series "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995-2001). At 43, Lucy Lawless remains fit for battle, or in the case of her current series, "Spartacus: Vengeance," nudity. Among the New Zealander's other assets is her voice. She once considered opera as a career path. Although Ms. Lawless is heterosexual, married twice with three children, Xena's sexuality was always suspect. In the last episode, the Warrior Princess basically came out of the closet, which garnered Ms. Lawless a loyal lesbian following. Currently, she is playing Lucretia, a Roman woman who has lost everything and stops at nothing to regain her power and position. The second season of "Spartacus: Vengeance" airs on the premium channel Starz 10 p.m. Fridays. Nudity, violence and a lot more make it appropriate for mature audiences only.

Were you into science fiction or mythology as child?

No -- zero. We did lots of acting, my friend Michelle and I. We were always adapting fairy tales and things and putting them on for the old folks. My mother ran the senior citizens brigade or whatever it was called. So we would do that sort of thing all the time as play. I don't know how this happened to me.

I also read you were interested in opera at one point but decided against it because you didn't like the lifestyle.

Well, I thought I'd have to be a big fatty. No, no, really, the truth is that's not my gift to sing that way. So even though I love singing to this day, not opera but other things, acting just comes first.

How comfortable are you doing the semi-nude and nude scenes?

Not at all, zero comfortable. Oh, God, it makes me sick.

It doesn't get easier?

No, it doesn't. You'd think it would, but it doesn't. But you know what? You believe in the role, and you just soldier on through and be as professional as you can because the scenes are not about sex. I don't care what anyone says, it's not porn. There's a transaction of power going on. Somebody's getting screwed, and it's not about sex [laughing].

So with that said, there has to be pressure to stay in shape.

Yes, I try but [laughing] that's a mystery to me, that whole discipline thing. I do work out with a trainer, but I don't know. You can go 10 pounds up and maybe 3 pounds down but tend to stay in a certain zone.

Is your character on "Spartacus" more challenging to play than Xena was?

Yeah, because Xena had a moral compass that we relate to. Lucretia doesn't. I think if you live in a society where subterfuge is the order of the day, then there is no morality. Everybody is stabbing one another in the back. It's stab or be stabbed, and she's survived a long time. She's got her work cut out for her this season because things get really nasty. She is going to have to be extremely vigilant and clever to survive.

Does it enhance your acting if you know the arc the character will be taking a few episodes ahead?

I think it's really important to know. You don't telegraph that to the audience, but I think it's very important to know. I remember on Xena we would set up for something being a fact and true and all your acting would sort of cleave to that rule, and three episodes later you are doing something completely the opposite [laughing]. It kind of makes a liar of you.

For instance, in the last episode when they almost explicitly came out and said that Xena was gay, I was cross with them. All these years, they could have told me that ahead of time that they were going to do that. I wouldn't have had to sort of obfuscate. In this case [Spartacus], it was extremely important. By the end of this season when you see the final episode, I guarantee you're going to say, "Oh my God, now I have to go back and watch it again from the beginning." It's like a feature film.

Do you find yourself more likely to underact or overact when you are doing these period pieces with costumes?

[Laughing] I think it's every actor's burden to try not to overact, try not to act at all. Yes, it's always harder. I always just want to do shtick. You know, I started out in comedy, and I just want to make everything a joke. I had to stomp hard on myself, especially in the first season, not to do that. 'Cause you just wanted to go back into sort of Xena mode, you know, make it all ridiculous. But that's not the vibe of this show at all. You've got to play it real straight.

With the sex scenes, do you find it easier to do them with a man or a woman, or does it matter?

I find it easier to do with a man. To me a man feels like I expect they are going to feel [laughing] and a woman doesn't [laughing]. Even fat dudes feel differently to me than a woman [laughing]. Just when you touch the flesh, it's different. I guess that means I'm straight.

You have fans in both camps.

I know. I love them. But I know all I need to know [laughing].

What about the choreography? Is it as complex as a fight scene?

Oh, it's much more complex. I was extremely blessed to work with the people that I worked with when I did the sex scenes. The hardest sex scene was the one with John and Jamie Murray. It was like the first day I'd met her or nearly. There was this sort of ménage a troi going on, and they [the characters] are all spaced out on drugs. So as you do when you are spaced out on drugs, of course, you have a threesome [laughing], I guess.

I was so blessed to be surrounded by people I've known for 15 years. Having to do these scenes in front of them just grosses me out, but to do it with Jamie and John was just fantastic. They are real theater performers, and they had that workman-like attitude for preparation. You forget it all, and you just achieve and fulfill the scene as fully and quickly as you can. You don't waste any time being shy or petulant or whatever. Just be professional. I think we took a few slugs of booze that day.

What about your sons. Do you think about them seeing this someday?

Oh, I do. I think about them a lot. One of them is a very sensitive person, and he knows academically that I have to do those scenes. It's part of a role. But he does not want to see it. He does not want to see any part of it.

The other one is like his dad. He's just a movie maker. Even though he's younger than the other boy, he's much more able to cope with everything to do with acting. When he gets old enough to see it, I will be less worried about him.

My daughter works on the show. I think at 23 years old it still grosses her out. When those scenes are on, she turns her back or she's not on the set. She doesn't punish me at all for it. She's very professional.

 

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1 February 2012

A.V. Club interview Lucy Lawless

ImageSome consider the STARZ hit Spartacus a glorified skin-and-sin show. Others might dismiss it as a low-budget swords-and-scandal saga. But beneath the show's veneer is a beating heart that transcends genre and speaks to issues of power, loyalty, corruption, and people's innermost desires. Lucy Lawless, who plays Lucretia on the show, has been a fantasy icon since her star-making role on the syndicated series Xena: Warrior Princess. From there, she turned up as a Cylon in the remake of Battlestar: Galactica, and in roles on Flight Of The Conchords, No Ordinary Family, Burn Notice, and Veronica Mars. At this winter's Television Critics' Association press tour, she sat down with The A.V. Club to discuss her role as Lucretia in the Spartacus series, her contempt for the Internet, and exactly who's getting vengeance in Spartacus: Vengeance, which premiered this past Friday on STARZ.

The A.V. Club: The title of the season is Spartacus: Vengeance. But "vengeance" could be applied to almost any other character. Does that word help describe how Lucretia survived the end of the first season, Spartacus: Blood And Sand?

Lucy Lawless: There certainly is a trace of vengeance through what Lucretia does. But I don't think that's her driving force, actually.

AVC: What would her driving force be?

LL: Well, at first, it's what it has always been, which is survival. She needs a friend, quickly. And as soon as she recovers her marbles, she’s going to have to worm her way into someone's affections, because she has no support. And that was tantamount to death in ancient Rome.


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