September 2012 Archives

30 September 2012

Lucy Video: Parks and Recreation - How A Bill Becomes A Law Clip

Check out a clip from the 10/4 episode of Parks and Recreation with Lucy - 'How a Bill Becomes a Law'.

Here, Diane wonders if Ron can do the job (of filling a pothole)

For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

29 September 2012

Lucy Episode Stills Parks & Rec Ep 5.03 How A Bill Becomes A Law

Spoiler TV has episode stills from Season 5 Episode 3 How A Bill Becomes A Law


For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

29 September 2012

Young Hollywood Interviews Lucy & Parks and Recreation Cast

Young Hollywood has a very fun clip of the cast of Parks and Recreation including Lucy although there's not enough of Lucy.

Tere are many things one can learn after spending time with the cast of NBC's "Parks & Recreation", and we head to the set to be enlightened -- Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir, Retta, Ben Schwartz, Chris Pratt, and Lucy Lawless reveal to us the laundry list of amazing guest stars over the years, what viewers can expect from Season 5, and what YH's motto SHOULD be.

 

For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

29 September 2012

Top Of The Lake Sneak Peek at Cockatoo Island Film Festival 27 October 2012

Image634845038323457031Sydney fans who want a sneak peek at the first footage of Top Of the Lake (Lucy is Caroline Platt in the first episode of the mini-series) can do so at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival on 27 October. The cost of the all day ticket for Saturday is $85 (AUD) and you also pay for the ferry return trip for $10.

Jane Campion & Gerard Lee tell all on Top Of The Lake
27 September 2012

Join acclaimed director Jane Campion and her co-writer Gerard Lee on the morning of Saturday 27 October for an in-depth case study on the development of the new drama Top of The Lake which will screen in Australia on UKTV next year. Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The West Wing), Holly Hunter (The Piano, Saving Grace), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Public Enemies) and Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting) Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting mystery set in New Zealand against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes on the planet. This seminar will provide insight into the process of creating cutting edge content for the small screen from a big screen team. Lucky audience members will be treated to a sneak peek at some of the first footage to be released for the highly anticipated television production. Executive produced by See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) and Jane Campion, Top of the Lake is produced in association with with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC, UKTV, The Sundance Channel and BBC Worldwide.

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Link submitted by Barbara Davies


More news and multimedia (when it becomes available) of Lucy on Top of the Lake can be found on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Top Of the Lake  Subsite


 

 

28 September 2012

Lucy Featured in Defenders Of The Earth Mexican TV Show

Defenders of the Earth is a Mexican TV Show (in Spanish). They discuss Lucy's role in the Save the Arctic protest and Greenpeace. I don't understand Spanish but I've been told it's a very positive and supportive story about Lucy.

Link submitted by @adi_15 on Twitter

 


See more on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Support Page for more news, photos, video and other multimedia

See more of Lucy's role as an Eco-Warrior and Greenpeace Ambassador


 

 

27 September 2012

1996 Video Interview: David Letterman Interviews Lucy

David Letterman Interview with Lucy Lawless 9 April 1996
Posted on: 27th September 2012

Lucy is interviewed by David Letterman on 9 April 1996 Promoting Xena Warrior Princess and a look at the new Xena action figure

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26 September 2012

1996 Interview & Skit: The Jay Leno Show with Lucy Lawless

I'm going through and converting/uploading older interviews and posting them to the AUSXIP Video Lucy Lawless Channel

Jay Leno Show with Lucy Lawless 30 October 1996
Posted on: 26th September 2012

Jay Leno Show with Lucy Lawless 30 October 1996

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Lucy’s first interview after her accident doing a skit on the Tonight Show earlier in the month (8th October 1996).

Click here to view

 

 

Xena Skit with Lucy Lawless on the Jay Leno Show 30 October 1996
Posted on: 26th September 2012

Xena Skit with Lucy Lawless on the Jay Leno Show 30 October 1996

Lucy’s guest appearance after her accident on the 8 October 1996 while filming a skit (which is featured in this episode of the tonight show). Lucy had filmed the skit but was coming in for a second take when the poor horse slipped and Lucy was thrown. She fractured her pelvis.

Click here to view

 

 

 

For more Lucy interviews check out the AUSXIP Video Lucy Lawless Channel


 

 

25 September 2012

Lucy 1996 Interview: Rosie O'Donnell Show 16 February 1996

Rosie O’Donnell Show with Lucy Lawless 16 February 1996
Posted on: 25th September 2012

Rosie O’Donnell Show with Lucy Lawless 16 February 1996

Lucy interviewed on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and sings “I’m an Old Cowhand” This interview led to a Broadway producer watching it, thinking Lucy would be perfect as Rizzo and she was cast in the 1997 Grease! production on Broadway as Rizzo

 

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For more Lucy interviews check out the AUSXIP Video Lucy Lawless Channel


 

 

25 September 2012

Lucy Video Interview Mike & Maty 13 February 1996

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Posted on: 25th September 2012

Here’s an older interview with Lucy from 13 February 1996. Lucy talks to Mike & Maty about juggling motherhood and Xena. Very funny interview.
Click here to view


For more Lucy interviews check out the AUSXIP Video Lucy Lawless Channel


 

 

24 September 2012

Lucy Photos at Mr Black LA Club 18 September 2012

Lucy attended Mr Black LA club on 18 September 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Link submitted by Barbara Davies


For more Lucy Lawless at various events, please see the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event section


 

 

23 September 2012

Spartacus Game of Blood and Treachery Spoils of the Arena Contest

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Gale Force Nine, LLC announces the Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

Spoils of the Arena contest on Facebook.

Earlysville, VA – To herald the release of its highly anticipated board game, Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, Gale Force Nine is running a contest to win the Spoils of the Arena on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/spartacusboardgame).

Fans of GF9’s Facebook page will be able to enter for a chance to win amazing Spoils of the Arena weekly prizes and a chance to win the champion’s grand prize!  The Spoils include:

Each week, FIVE lucky winners will receive a full set of all five (5) Legendary Champions of the House of Batiatus Gladiator promo Market Cards

On November 16th ONE lucky winner will be crowned champion of the arena and receive the Grand Prize:

  • A copy of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, autographed by the game’s designers.

  • Four (4) amazing resin-cast production masters of the Gladiator Figure playing pieces, each one hand painted to a masterclass-level.  These Gladiator Figures are a one-of-a-kind treasure that will bring your arena combats life!

  • A full set of all five (5) Legendary Champions of the House of Batiatus Gladiator promo Market Cards.

  • A copy of the STARZ Original Series Spartacus: Vengeance on DVD.

The Spoils of the Arena contest will run from Friday, September 21st 2012 to Friday, November 16th 2012.  Visit GF9 at www.facebook.com/spartacusboardgame to learn more!

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery is the exciting new board game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series from Gale Force Nine. Players assume the role of a Dominus, leading a great house competing for influence in the era of ancient Rome. Players must undermine the machinations of their rivals, leverage their wealth for advantage at market and pit their gladiators in bloody contest with their rival’s gladiators; all with the goal of seeing their House rise to supremacy.

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery will be available in game and hobby stores starting in week 1 October in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.  German and Spanish language versions will soon follow for availability in Europe.  The game will also be available direct from Gale Force Nine via the Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery website at www.spartacusboardgame.com.   The MSRP of Spartacus:  A Game of Blood and Treachery is $39.99 USD.


For more about Lucy's role as Lucretia on Spartacus visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Spartacus subsite or the AUSXIP Spartacus News and Multimedia Site


 

 

22 September 2012

Lucy Lawless Feel The Love Week 21-28 September 2012

Image634839001518164063It's that time of year again when Lucy fans celebrate the good and we do it in honour of Lucy Lawless. This is the 6th year that this event is being held.

Lucy fans will begin a week of charitable works be it helping others or contributing to charity.

September 21 kicks off a week of charitable acts and contributions by Lucy fans all over the world. Taking our love for all things Lucy and sharing it with those around us who are in need.

You can choose what you'd like to do, whether it is donating money or supplies to a charity, volunteering your time or services to a charitable organization, reading to a child, or helping out a neighbor, co-worker, or friend. Any act of charity or kindness counts!

Feel The Love!

From Lucy's Official site:

To make sure your pledge gets recorded correctly please use the following format in your e-mail:

"In honor of Lucy Lawless Feel the Love Day, I will (insert your intended contribution), then put your name and location (city, state, country) as you want it to appear on the pledge list."

The subject of the email should be Feel the Love Day.

Please email your pledges to lucylawlessfanclub@dslextreme.com

The deadline for submitting pledges is October 12.

Lucy’s so proud that her fans came up with this idea. It’s something she’s talked about in many interviews. I know she enjoys reading the pledge list. Can’t wait to pass it along to her again this year.

 

 


 

For more Lucy Lawless at various events, please see the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event section


 

 

22 September 2012

High Resolution Lucy Premiere Photos: The Possession

Added high resolution Lucy Premiere Photos from the premiere of Rob Tapert's box office smash hit "The Possession" on 28 August 2012 at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.

All Images (C) 2012 Photographer: S Bukley / Shutterstock.com
Licensed from Shutterstock.com

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More images and video of Lucy attending the premiere can be found here:

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For more Lucy Lawless at various events, please see the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event section


 

 

22 September 2012

Wonder Women: Hollywood's Top Female Action Icons Lucy Lawless

Image634838450997939453The following appeared in the Irish paper Irish Independent magazine supplement Day and Night 21 September 2012. It was primarily an article on Action Women (and an extensive interview with Milla Jovovich as she talked about Resident Evil)

Wonder Women: Hollywood's Top Female Action Icons Lucy Lawless
Irish Independent
Day & Night Magazine Supplement
21 September 2012

LUCY LAWLESS

With Xena: The Warrior Princess on her film CV and the likes of Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, she now stands as one of toughest female stars.


 

 

22 September 2012

This Week's Lucy Photo Links

Here's a few photos from around the web. Click on the thumbnail to get to the larger image on original site

TWITTER LINKS

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WEB LINKS

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21 September 2012

Lucy Interview with Interview Magazine: Lucy Lawless Visits Pawnee

Image634838086499199219 The Parks and Recreation episodes featuring Lucy are soon to be seen (on 4 October) so that means we will be getting more information about Lucy's role as Diane Lewis, a single mother of two young girls.

Interview Magazine features a new Lucy interview about her role on Parks and Recreation.

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
September 2012

Lucy Lawless Visits Pawnee

It would be difficult to overstate the cultural impact of Lucy Lawless over the years. How many other actresses can claim to have inspired a dwarf planet, or an experimental line of military uniforms? At only 44, Lawless boasts a curriculum vitae that would surely make even Ph.D. seeker James Franco blush—she's a proud mother of three, an impassioned environmental activist, ally to the LGBT community, a musician who has played sold-out performances in New York and LA, a speaker of four languages, and perhaps most famously, a Warrior Princess.

Her itinerary this fall? Comedy. Ever versatile, Lawless guest-stars this fall on the NBC hit Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)'s love interest. "It's so funny," Offerman said to the Huffington Post. "We realized that the world of popular culture had been creating the perfect candidate for many years: the female champion of the universe." Though the role may initially seem to be an odd fit for the New Zealand native, Lawless is no stranger to exercising her wit, having begun her onscreen career as a sketch comic in the New Zealand show Funny Business. Since then, she's tickled plenty of funny bones on The Simpsons, Two and a Half Men, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. "There were many episodes of Xena that were pure slapstick," Lawless laughs. "Bruce Campbell, who plays Autolycus, we did a lot of kooky stuff with him."

Of the many things accounted for in Lawless' daily schedule, sleep surely isn't one of them. Her work as a Greenpeace ambassador recently cost her court time—she and five other volunteers climbed up to the top of an oilrig bound for offshore drilling, and were promptly arrested. "Have to go face the judge," she remarks wincingly. As if that weren't enough to manage, she's back in school, pursuing a degree in philosophy, and loving every minute of it. "If I could hide in academia for three years, I'd do that," she says with a smile.
Lawless spoke to us in Los Angeles en route to New Zealand ("It's right next to New York in the dictionary," she smirks), and we talked Parks and Recreation, unintentionally offending Ted Danson, life after Xena, and the relationship between her activism work and newfound interest in philosophy.

 

Read Full Interview

 

For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

21 September 2012

Parks and Recreation Lucy Episode Stills - EW Magazine

ew-lucyparksThe latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (EW) Magazine has a behind the scenes image of Lucy in her role as Diane Lewis on Parks and Recreation. We will be seeing Lucy on the show on 4 October in a multi episode arc.

EW says it's 2 episodes but it may be more.

 

CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS

 



Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan

 

Here's some more photos from EW Online


 

 

20 September 2012

Featured Lucy Photos of the Day + Auckland Concert AfterParty

I've been adding some photos up on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Twitter account over the last two days. Here are the pics!

lucy-AucklandMay2012Lucy in Concert - I took this photo right after the 27 May Auckland concert at the afterparty. It's Lucy with Jo LoDuca. That was an incredible concert! Go check out the concert page with all the pictures that were taken on the night including the rehearsal


 

 

20 September 2012

Lucy on Parks and Recreation News Update

Image634837229808466797The Huffington Post has an interview with Nick Offerman who will be Lucy's love interest on Parks and Recreation.
(the picture on the left is from the Calzones Blog - click here to view the larger version)

Here are some of the Lucy tidbits from that interview.

"When we came down to figuring out who it was going to be, we realized that the world of popular culture had been creating the perfect candidate for many years: the female champion of the universe."

When asked how many episodes Lucy will be in, Nick said at least 3 or 4  (we initially got the news that Lucy will be in a couple of episodes so it looks like this has increased to 3 or 4 which is FANTASTIC!)

On working with Lucy:
It was really fun also to just have someone who has such a statuesque presence. Lucy is such an incredible leading lady that I haven't had the opportunity in my entire career to stand next to someone like her and speak dialogue, so it's pretty exciting. [Laughs.]

So you were a fan of hers before?
My favorite work of hers has been "Battlestar Galactica." It's been one of the many incredible boons of my dream job is I get to work with people who walk among the giants. [Laughs.]


Read the full interview here


For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

18 September 2012

Lucy Wears Save The Arctic T-Shirt & Shell Stops Drilling!

I just love Lucy's sense of humour. She was on twitter this morning and showing off her t-shirt that brought about Shell's decision to stop drilling in the arctic for the year. All kidding aside, yesterday's news that Shell had decided to postpone their drilling of the arctic came as welcome news. This kind of postponement is very welcome. As we reported yesterday: Shell has abandoned controversial plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic this year after a final test of its environmental protection equipment failed to meet the standards required to gain a full drilling permit.  The oil and gas group said a new type of "containment dome" designed for use in the event of a leaking wellhead  had been damaged during testing. (Read more of that article)

On 24 February 2012, Lucy Lawless and seven Greenpeace Protesters (aka The Taranaki 8) scaled the Noble Discoverer's derrick to protest Shell's plans to drill in the arctic. This protest signaled the start of an ongoing campaign to halt drilling for oil in the pristine waters of the Arctic. All eight protesters pleaded guilty of trespassing. The sentencing was due to take place on 14 September but it was postponed after Shell demanded (via the police) Greenpeace pay $700,000 in damages. The court case will next be heard on 22 November 2012.


See more on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Support Page for more news, photos, video and other multimedia

See more of Lucy's role as an Eco-Warrior and Greenpeace Ambassador

See more of Lucy's Messages and Special Selected Tweets


 

 

17 September 2012

Save The Arctic: Shell Postpones Arctic Drilling Until Next Year

1This is a bit of good news in the ongoing campaign to stop Shell drilling in the Arctic. It won't stop the company from achieving it's mission BUT it won't be doing anything about it this year.

On 24 February 2012, Lucy Lawless and seven Greenpeace Protesters (aka The Taranaki 8) scaled the Noble Discoverer's derrick to protest Shell's plans to drill in the arctic. This protest signaled the start of an ongoing campaign to halt drilling for oil in the pristine waters of the Arctic. All eight protesters pleaded guilty of trespassing. The sentencing was due to take place on 14 September but it was postponed after Shell demanded (via the police) Greenpeace pay $700,000 in damages. The court case will next be heard on 22 November 2012.


The following article is from The Guardian Shell postpones plans to start Arctic drilling until next year

Firm abandons efforts to start drilling before winter after test of protection systems fails to meet standard to gain permit

Shell has abandoned controversial plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic this year after a final test of its environmental protection equipment failed to meet the standards required to gain a full drilling permit.

The oil and gas group said a new type of "containment dome" – designed for use in the event of a leaking wellhead – had been damaged during testing.

"During a final test, the containment dome aboard the Arctic Challenger barge was damaged," Shell told investors in an update on Monday morning. "It is clear that some days will be required to repair and fully assess dome readiness."

As a result Shell has been unable to secure a permit to undertake full drilling operations and will have to wait at least until after the Arctic winter to resume its efforts.

Read Full Article


See more on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Support Page for more news, photos, video and other multimedia

See more of Lucy's role as an Eco-Warrior and Greenpeace Ambassador


 

 

16 September 2012

2012 Starship Spring Clean For Lucy Lawless Donated Xena Items Ends

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The Lucy Lawless / Xena portion of the Starship Spring Clean has ended and I'm stoked to report that we have raised $5830 USD ($7024 NZD)

 

 

Here are the final totals for each item:

$1,510.00 USD Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Many Happy Returns
$1,450.00 USD Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Soul Possession
$1,170.00 USD Xena Costume From Season 6 Episode 3 Heart of Darkness + Boots
$650.00 USD Uncut Xena In Motion Trading Cards
$550.00 USD Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 5 Script: Married With Fishsticks
$500.00 USD Argo Starship Warrior Princess Full Size Fibreglass Horse Designed by Lucy Lawless

Argo Starship Warrior Princess since 2011 when Lucy first painted her has raised

$2400 (initial auction)
$5000 (FB Likes for Argo)
$3460 (Auction #2 Starship Spring Clean)
$500 (Starship Spring Clean)

Total: $11,360

This is the gift that keeps on giving.


 

 

14 September 2012

This Week's Lucy Photo Links

There are two photos this week for Lucy fans to have a look at.

l-10The first one is from the 2003 Dave Dobbyn Tour that Lucy participated in.


Click here to view larger file on Flickr

 

You can find out more about Lucy's tour with Dave by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless The Summer Holiday Tour with Dave Dobbyn & Lucy Lawless music page

 

 

 

Image634832027770507812 Lucy photo backstage at the Bare For Christchurch theatre benefit to raise money for Christchurch.


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About Lucy's Character

Lucy's character....... well, what can we say, she took her position in the dark, lights out ready for us to see what she was going to do.  Lights up... and Lucy is bending over with her butt stuck up in the air at the audience as her character is peeing in the streets !!  (for those with keen hearing, you actually knew it was Lucy on stage by the groan she let out as she was peeing - think A Tale of Two Muses toilet scene)[Dressed in, umm, help, a dress, don't ask me about colour, a shade of green or was it grey but it was open backed] 

She proceeds to have an hysterical drunken "conversation" with an officer about men & women peeing in the streets, the rights & wrong, inequalities, I forget the actual words, but do remember her going from drunken character peeing & arguing to suddenly striking a goddess statue with grace & pose (and toned arms).   Read More


You can find out more about Lucy's role in Bare For Christchurch including photos and video by going to the
AUSXIP Lucy Lawless:  Lucy Lawless in Toa Fraser's BARE for Christchurch 25 March 2011 page

 

Photo Links submitted by Barbara Davies


 

 

13 September 2012

Lucy and Taranaki 7 Court Case POSTPONED to 22 November 2012

Lucy's court case has once again been postponed. Now this is getting ridiculous. It seems Shell wants some money...to the tune of $700,000. Check out Lucy's Tweet!  Voxy is reporting: The presiding judge has adjourned sentencing to November 22nd, on the basis that Police are seeking reparation. Greenpeace New Zealand understands that these are in excess of $700,000, and are being lodged on the behalf of Shell. Greenpeace NZ has insufficient detail to comment further, but it is likely that reparation will not be agreed to.

In the early hours of 24 February 2012 in Taranaki 8 fearless Greenpeace activists boarded the Noble Discoverer and scaled the derrick. They stayed up on that derrick for 3.5 days and by staying there they brought attention to the world Shell's plans for drilling in the Arctic. No longer was it a story relegated to the inner pages of the newspaper or deeply buried online. It shone a light on Shell's plans to be the first in a race to use up the Arctic's oil. Lucy Lawless used her name and her celebrity to such devastating effect that the whole world paid attention. That is not to take away from the rest of the Greenpeace protesters but if it wasn't for Lucy being involved, their valiant effort would have been overlooked.

 

What is this all about? Watch the video


See more on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Support Page for more news, photos, video and other multimedia

See more of Lucy's role as an Eco-Warrior and Greenpeace Ambassador


 

 

12 September 2012

Upcoming Lucy Interview: The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast #64

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast will be interviewing Lucy for their upcoming podcast (Number 64) on Fame and celebrity. The latest podcast is #62. The format is an informal roundtable discussion, with each episode loosely focused on a short reading that introduces at least one “big” philosophical question, concern or idea.

The official site states:

The jumping-off point for our discussion was a 2010 book, Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity by Tom Payne, who’s a British classics dude who wrote book reviews for The Telegraph and now teaches classics at the Sherborne School in Dorset, England (here are some of his articles at Huffington Post, to get a flavor of his writing). The book combines anecdotes about Homeric heroes and Roman emperors with discussion of people like Britney Spears and Kate Winslet. His thesis is that celebrities fill a social need, an outlet for our collective aggression, that we can trace back to ancient times, where young maidens were lavishly bestowed with fineries and then sacrified. We idolize them, but set them up to disappoint our expectations, at which point we turn on them and raise up a fresher, younger replacement. The book is fun to flip through, and transmits and applies some interesting ideas, largely from anthropologist James Frazer’s The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (1890). From wikipedia: “Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship of, and periodic sacrifice of, a sacred king.” Another key source is Walter Berkert’s Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth (1972). Also from wikipedia:

Read more from The Partially Examined Life


 

 

12 September 2012

Save The Arctic: Mother Nature Stops Shell's Arctic Drilling

Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace activists stop a Shell-contracted oil drillship leaving Port Taranaki, New Zealand and heading to the Arctic to start drilling for oil. They deploy banners which read ‘Stop Shell’ and ‘#SaveTheArctic’. Shell is positioning itself to be at the head of an oil-rush into the Arctic, in expectation that climate change will continue to drive up the average Arctic summer ice melt, and so make drilling in the region easier. Oil spills are virtually impossible to clean up in Arctic conditions. Activist Raroni Hammer also appears in the shot. Looks like Mother Nature doesn't particularly like Shell either. The following story appeared in The New York Times. As reported yesterday, Shell began it's drilling of the Arctic but they were stopped. Not by the courts, not by Greenpeace or any other protesters. This time Mother Nature stepped in and you can't take Mother Nature to court! As Lucy and the rest of the Taranaki 7 prepare for their sentencing in New Plymouth Court on Friday, the news that Shell has been stopped (albeit temporarily) is welcome news.

The New York Times says that the under terms of its drilling permit, Shell must cease drilling in the Chukchi Sea by Sept. 24 to allow time to drill a relief well if needed before ice sets in for the winter. Shell has asked for an extension because its projections show a later ice season this year. You can fight the protesters, you can take them to court, charge them with trespassing or worse but you can't stop Mother Nature!

Shell Halts Arctic Drilling Right After It Began
The New York Times 10 September 2012

WASHINGTON — A day after it began drilling its first well in the Arctic Ocean, Shell has been forced to temporarily abandon the work because of sea ice moving into the area.

The delay was the latest setback for Shell, which has invested six years and more than $4 billion to win the right to drill for oil and natural gas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the North Slope of Alaska.

The company has been repeatedly stymied by equipment problems, regulatory hurdles, persistent sea ice and legal challenges from Alaska Natives and environmental groups. Shell had hoped to complete as many as four wells in the Arctic this summer. It now expects to begin one or two wells and finish next year.
Early Sunday, Shell’s Noble Discoverer drill ship sank a bit into the Burger Prospect, about 70 miles off the Alaska coast, the start of a 1,400-foot pilot hole that will form the basis for a mile-deep exploration well.

But late Monday, Shell announced it was pulling the floating drill rig’s multiple anchors and moving it off the well because of encroaching sea ice. The company said it had based its decision on satellite images, radar and on-site reconnaissance.

Read More of the article


See more on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Support Page for more news, photos, video and other multimedia

See more of Lucy's role as an Eco-Warrior and Greenpeace Ambassador


 

 

12 September 2012

Gorgeous Xena Poster by Calli

Calli has created a gorgeous new Xena Poster - check it out below! I love this show so when I see artwork like this, it stokes the fires! Not bad for a show that has been off the air for 12 years.

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You can find more of Calli's work on http://calliscreations.com


 

 

11 September 2012

Top of the Lake and Jane Campion at MIPCOM 9 October 2012

Image634829429178798829News is just starting to to trickle through about the Jane Campion Mini-Series "Top Of The Lake". We don't have a lot of details on Lucy's character. We do know her character's name is Caroline Platt .  Caroline is the estranged wife of Bob, a real estate agent who crosses drug lord Matt Mitchum. Lucy appears in the first episode of the mini-series

Jane Campion will be presenting a keynote address about Top Of The Lake at MIPCOM.

MIPCOM is a TV and entertainment market which is held in the town of Cannes once every year, normally in October. It is essentially a content event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content. It provides the people involved in the TV, film, digital and audiovisual content, production and distribution industry a market and networking forum to discover future trends and trade content rights on a global level.

“Top of the Lake” begins with a mystery – Tui, a 12 year old girl, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realise that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well hidden.

The mini-series will be screened on the following stations around the world: BBC (UK), UKTV (Australia), TV3 (NZ), Sundance (USA)

CREATIVE TALKS “TOP OF THE LAKE” Paradise has its own dark shadows Tuesday, 9th October 2012 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
Keynote
Palais des Festivals, Grand Auditorium, Level 1

KEYNOTES & SUPERPANELS

Oscar winning writer and director Jane Campion takes the MIPCOM stage for a unique interview with co-creator and co-writer Gerard Lee to share insights on the powerful and haunting starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan and David Wenham.
“Top of the Lake” is a See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC, UKTV, The Sundance Channel and BBC Worldwide.

Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, “Top of the Lake” is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.

“Top of the Lake” begins with a mystery – Tui, a 12 year old girl, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realise that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well hidden.

Featuring
Jane Campion, Oscar Winning Writer & Director
& Gerard Lee, Co-creator and Co-writer

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11 September 2012

Press Release: Shell Starts Arctic Drilling as Ice Levels Plummet

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Auckland 10/9/2012: The Shell-chartered drillship the Noble Discoverer – which actor Lucy Lawless and six other activists occupied for four days in New Plymouth in February - has begun drilling in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska, overnight New Zealand time.

Shell is leading a push by the world’s oil ‘supermajors’ to advance into the Arctic, as climate change causes the Arctic ice cap to shrink (1).

Late last month the Arctic summer melt ate further into the ice cap than at any time since satellite monitoring began in 1979. The previous record was set in 2007, in mid-September, when the minimum ice extent is usually reached; the Arctic could still shrink even more than it already has.

Thirty years ago the typical size of the Arctic ice cap at this time of year was around the same as Australia. Currently, the ice extent is only half that size. Some scientists are predicting than within a matter of years, it could disappear completely during the summer months (2).

Shell’s drilling plans have been dogged by a series of incidents, including when the Noble Discoverer dragged its anchor and almost ran aground, and delays around emissions consents, and the certification of an oil spill response barge. As a result, the company is now planning to only make a start on drilling, and only on a single well.

“Shell’s embarrassingly problematic summer should serve as a warning to investors across the world. From human errors to fierce storms, the company has ably shown that it is woefully unprepared to operate in the Arctic, one of the world’s most hostile environments,” says Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.

“Spending $4.5 billion to conduct just preparatory work on a single well is not only a poor return on investment; it poses a serious threat to the company’s global reputation,” Naidoo says.

“We all need to protect the Arctic to safeguard the way we live, given that the Arctic acts as a giant air conditioner for our planet, reflecting sunlight back into space,” says Greenpeace New Zealand’s Nathan Argent.

Since June, nearly one and a half million people have signed a Greenpeace petition calling for the High Arctic to be designated an internationally-protected region (3).

Shell now faces a race against the clock to complete its work before the 24th of this month, when its permit stipulates that it must stop operations because of the risk from ice floes.

The seven activists who helped launch Greenpeace’s campaign to save the Arctic by occupying the Noble Discoverer (and an eighth man who was arrested before the occupation began) will be sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court this Friday, September 14.


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10 September 2012

So It Begins: Shell begins petroleum drilling off Alaska coast - AP 9 September 2012

In the week leading up to Lucy's sentencing in New Plymouth Court for her role in the Save The Arctic protest comes the news that Shell has started drilling the Arctic. Her protest was not in vain. It brought attention to the world, Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic waters and started a worldwide education program on the dangers and what will happen when we have another Deepwater Horizon incident. It's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when. It will happen. What will Shell do then?

The following is a report by AP on the latest developments.

Image634828573121914062ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than four years after Royal Dutch Shell paid $2.8 billion to the federal government for petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea, a company vessel on Sunday morning sent a drill bit into the ocean floor, beginning preliminary work on an exploratory well 70 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska.

Drilling began at 4:30 a.m., said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith. Shell Alaska vice president Pete Slaiby called it historic.

"It's the first time a drill bit has touched the sea floor in the U.S. Chukchi Sea in more than two decades," Slaiby said in a prepared statement. "This is an exciting time for Alaska and for Shell. We look forward to continued drilling progress throughout the next several weeks and to adding another chapter to Alaska's esteemed oil and gas history."

Federal officials estimate Arctic waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas hold 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 130 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Aug. 30 that Shell would be permitted to begin preparation work at the Chukchi site even though the company's spill response barge has not been certified and is not positioned nearby.

The company is authorized to drill narrow pilot holes 1,400 feet below the ocean floor and roughly 4,000 feet above a petroleum reservoir.

Shell has spent upward of $4.5 billion for Arctic Ocean drilling but had been thwarted from drilling by environmental lawsuit, regulatory requirements and short open-water drilling seasons. Despite the requirement to stay out of oil-bearing rock, they were elated to finally begin work.

"In the days to come, drilling will continue in the Chukchi Sea, and we will prepare for drilling to commence in the Beaufort Sea," Slaiby said.

Drilling is bitterly opposed by environmental groups that say oil companies have not demonstrated they can clean up a spill in ice-choked water. They say a spill of the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico would be catastrophic in a region hammered by climate warming and home to endangered or threatened marine mammals such as bowhead whales, polar bear and walrus.

Shell officials say there's little chance of that happening. They are drilling in about 130 feet deep, versus 5,000 at the site of the gulf spill, and wellhead pressure is expected to be far less. Shell also claims its support vessels could quickly choke off and respond to a spill.

Smith said workers Friday completed mooring of the drill ship, the Noble Discoverer, in heavy seas with eight anchors that each weigh 15 tons and are staged on the seafloor in a circular pattern. The diameter of the anchor pattern, he said by email, was more than 6,500-feet.

A 20-by-40-by-40-foot mud-line cellar will allow a blowout preventer to be positioned below the seafloor, protecting it from ice scraping the bottom.

The oil spill response barge remains in Bellingham, Wash., and is expected to undergo sea trials over the weekend, he said.

Shell's other Arctic Ocean drill ship, the Kulluk, is in the Beaufort Sea waiting for the fall whale hunt to end before moving to the drill site.

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10 September 2012

Kiwi Comedy Lucy Lawless The Salem News 8 September 2012

The following article appeared in the US newspaper "The Salem News" TVspotlight supplement for 8 September 2012 about Lucy's upcoming role in Parks and Recreation in October 2012.

Image634828555251875000KIWI COMEDY: When people discuss Lucy Lawless, inevitably the first thoughts conjured are those of ‘90s nostalgia when she kicked butt while dressed in a skimpy leather skirt and corset-like armor as the warrior princess Xena. More recently, she thrilled her fanbase by taking on the intense role of Lucretia in Starz’ violently epic “Spartacus” series.

Yet, after her “Spartacus” character died in the season finale, few of her fans likely expected her next role would be in a comedy.

The “Hollywood Reporter” recently announced that the New Zealand actress will return to television in October as a guest star in NBC’s quirky “Parks and Recreation,” which stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Rob Lowe. Lawless confirmed the report on Twitter by expressing her excitement about working on the “kooky, ironic and elegant” series.

She’ll play a single mother named Diane, who is living in Pawnee and needs the help of the Parks Department to deal with a problem in her neighborhood. She ends up having some noticeable chemistry with Ron (played by Offerman).

The first of the episodes featuring Lawless is scheduled to air Thursday, Oct. 4.

While Lawless is certainly best known for roles in fantasy fare, she has dabbled with comedic roles in the past. She guest starred in “The Flight of the Conchords,” “Two and a Half Men,”“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Just Shoot Me!” Of course,“Saturday Night Live” fans will recall her portrayal of Stevie Nicks when she hosted an episode in 1998. The following year, she poked fun at herself when she did a guest voice role in “The Simpsons” for its annual Halloween episode. Additionally, she did a rather amusing cameo as a dominatrix in 2004’s “EuroTrip” and co-starred with Adam Sandler in 2008’s “Bedtime Stories.”


For more about Lucy's role as Diane on Parks and Recreation Season 5 visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Parks and Recreation subsite


 

 

9 September 2012

Lucy To Be Key Speaker at Power Shift NZ Pacific 2012 Climate Summit

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Lucy is schedule to be a key speaker at the Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012. Bookings for the summit are now available from EventFinder:

Join the biggest youth climate summit New Zealand has ever seen! Power Shift will be part conference, part festival, part workshop and part celebration of the power of 1000 young people to change the world. Are you in?

We’re inviting 1000 students, young professionals and emerging leaders from across the Pacific region to converge in Auckland for the first ever Power Shift NZ-Pacific.

Based on the international Power Shift movement, over the 3-day summit we’ll engage with climate solutions, hear from inspirational speakers, learn new skills, take climate action and forge new friendships.

At Power Shift we’ll also launch a big campaign to push for climate solutions this corner of the world has ever seen - yow!

Power Shift is led by young people, for young people. So if you are aged between 14-35 years*, come and join us! No matter what your level of experience is with climate change and campaigning we want you to be involved.

We’ve got 1000 spaces, people coming from all over the country, and the Pacific, so get your ticket today!

Key speakers include: Lucy Lawless, Len Brown, Jinty McTavish and many more still being confirmed.

There will be entertainment on the Friday comedy night, with great NZ and Auckland comedians, and a music gig with a Pacific flavour on the Saturday night. Acts still to be confirmed, but may include Head Lock (Che Fu and King Kapisi)... but all this depends on how many early-bird tickets we can sell, so get your ticket now and then we can confirm our acts! Early-bird sales close on 31st September.


When:

Fri 7 Dec, 8:00am–5:00pm

Sat 8 Dec, 9:00am–5:00pm

Sun 9 Dec, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: University of Auckland, 24 Princes St, Auckland CBD Show map

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Early-bird (before 31 Sept): $63.00
  • Regular: $90.00
  • Booking fees may apply

Website:

 

 

 




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8 September 2012

Lucy on The Insider For StandUp 2 Cancer 7 September 2012

Lucy was featured on The Insider tv show for 7 September 2012 about the Starz and Be Here Now video she did in honour of Andy Whitfield and StandUp 2 Cancer.

The StandUp 2 Cancer network telecast did not feature the Starz video which was a shame. No reason was given but the good thing is we do have Lucy's video courtesy of Starz. It would have been great to have seen it on TV and to honour Andy with the rest of the fallen and those who are battling the disease.

Starz did feature Lucy's video on their telecast of the benefit but it did not appear in full on the network stations telecast.

 

 

 

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Here's Lucy's tribute

 

You can find out more about StandUp 2 Cancer on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless StandUp 2 Cancer subsite

You can find out more about Andy Whitfield and the Be Here Now Documentary on AUSXIP Andy Whitfield Tribute Page


 

 

8 September 2012

Lucy Interview on The Film Freak Movie Talk Show Podcast 09 September 2012

Image634827700703069921The Film Freak Movie Talk Show brings the star power once again! The stars on the red carpet of the super scary “The Possession” stop by the studio, Lucy Lawless, Natasha Calis, and the team of Ole Bornedal and Sam Raimi!

You can hear Lucy's brief interview where she discusses what's important to her, why climate change is important and why the US Elections matter to everyone even they are not in the US.

Lucy's segment begins 11 minutes into the podcast

Listen Online on Film Freak  |  Download mp3


Link submitted by Barbara Davies


See more about Rob Tapert's movie The Possession on AUSXIP Rob Tapert

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7 September 2012

Upcoming Lucy Appearance on The Insider on US TV 7 September 2012

ImageOn Saturday the StandUp 2 Cancer telecast will be broadcast on all US network channels and also on YouTube.

Lucy is scheduled to appear on The Insider TV show as part of the StandUp 2 Cancer promo. The official Insider site is located here

The Standup 2 Cancer benefit will screen on US TV and YouTube on 7 September (US) and 8 September (Aust / NZ). This is the third benefit for the organisation that is fighting to build build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the "bench to the bedside" as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.

If you are in the US, The September 7 telecast will air simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as BIO, E!, Encore, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, Style, TBS and VH1 at 8/7 c.

If you are not in the US, you can follow it via YouTube

You can find out more about StandUp 2 Cancer on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless StandUp 2 Cancer subsite


 

 

7 September 2012

Lucy Lawless and StandUp 2 Cancer Andy Whitfield Tribute Video

ImageOn Saturday the StandUp 2 Cancer telecast will be broadcast on all US network channels and also on YouTube. StandUp 2 Cancer has released the video that Lucy and Starz created in honour of Andy.

The Standup 2 Cancer benefit will screen on US TV and YouTube on 7 September (US) and 8 September (Aust / NZ). This is the third benefit for the organisation that is fighting to build build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the "bench to the bedside" as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.

If you are in the US, The September 7 telecast will air simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as BIO, E!, Encore, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, Style, TBS and VH1 at 8/7 c.

If you are not in the US, you can follow it via YouTube

 

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You can find out more about StandUp 2 Cancer on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless StandUp 2 Cancer subsite


 

 

5 September 2012

Spartacus Vengeance DVD Extras: The Making Of...Costumes

ImageSpartacus Vengeance DVD and Blu-Ray will be officially released on 11 September. I was in Sanity Music Store on the weekend I found myself staring at the Spartacus Vengeance DVD (the Blu-Ray version was sold out). The store guy said it was selling quite well. So if you are in Oz, check out Sanity.

I love the costumes on Spartacus and the dresses are just amazing, beautiful and the attention to detail is incredible.

Here's another video which was sent to me via Anchor Bay.

SPARTACUS: Vengeance -- DVD extras "Making Of -- Costumes"

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Anchor Bay PR sent along the latest DVD cover art for the upcoming release of Spartacus Vengeance on DVD and Blu-Ray. Included was the video of Michael Hurst directing the show which feature Lucy as Lucretia.

On 05 June 2012 I posted the official press release with a promo video - Press Release: Spartacus Vengeance on DVD and Blu-Ray + Bonus Features

Three-Disc Set Contains All 10 Episodes And Bonus Features!

BONUS FEATURES | DVD INFORMATION | BLU-RAY INFORMATION | WATCH 1st TRAILER


 

 

5 September 2012

The Power, The Passion - Xena's 17th Birthday! Hail The Warrior Princess!

xe17Today (in the US) is Xena's 17th Birthday - can you believe it? This show that has changed so many lives; from the actors / producers / crew to the fans has created something so unique, so special. It has created The Xenaverse - go over to the AUSXIP Charity Site to see the generosity, the love, the downright brilliance that is the Xenaverse in action. The Xenaverse has raised over 15 MILLION dollars for various charities in the last 17 years. What an amazing, incredible generosity of spirit this show has produced.

It is because of Xena: Warrior Princess we have all come together. It is because of Rob Tapert's vision, the brilliance of Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor who created the roles we fell in love with. We have a community that no only has grown to be such a force for good but it brings in new fans every day. It without a doubt the best show ever made; I know of no other that has impacted the lives of so many.

THE POWER, THE PASSION, THEIR COURAGE CHANGED OUR WORLD! Hail The Warrior Princess and Her Bard and the Xenaverse!

After 17 years this opening theme to my favourite show of all time still gives me a thrill

"In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."


 

 

5 September 2012

Stand Up 2 Cancer Subsite Now Online

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The AUSXIP Lucy Lawless StandUp 2 Cancer subsite is now online.

The Standup 2 Cancer benefit will screen on US TV and YouTube on 7 September (US) and 8 September (Aust / NZ). This is the third benefit for the organisation that is fighting to build build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the "bench to the bedside" as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.

As many of you know, we lost Andy Whitfield on 11 September 2011 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Lucy Lawless, Starz and Be Here Now (the Andy Whitfield documentary) combined to lend their support for the event.

If you are in the US, The September 7 telecast will air simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as BIO, E!, Encore, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, Style, TBS and VH1 at 8/7 c.

If you are not in the US, you can follow it via YouTube


More Info:
Press Release  |   About The Show  |   Official Site   |   Donate


 

 

4 September 2012

Lucy Lawless with Joel McHale and Sparty Cast at Comic Con

Lucy, Joel McHale (The Soup), Liam, Viva and other Spartacus cast members board the bus for a party. They meet with fans to sign autographs before boarding.

 

 

Catch up with the latest news of Lucy at Comic Con on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Comic Con Event Page

For more Lucy Lawless at various events, please see the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event section


 

 

4 September 2012

Starship Spring Clean Auction Update Day 4

Here is the update on the progress of the Starship Spring Clean Auction currently underway.

Starship and AUSXIP have teamed up to host the Lucy Lawless donated items for the annual Starship Spring Clean. This is open to international visitors. Starship Spring Clean is a unique fundraising campaign that is held in September every year to raise money for the Starship Foundation in New Zealand.

All proceeds from this item will benefit kids at Starship through the Starship Spring Clean www.starship.org.nz/springclean.

For more information about Starship and the work they do, please visit their site.

100% of the money raised in this auction will go to Starship.

All Auction items can be found here
 

  STARSHIP SPRING CLEAN AUCTION ITEMS HIGHEST BID
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 5 Script: Married With Fishsticks Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 5 Script: Married With Fishsticks  170.00 USD
Xena Costume From Season 6 Episode 3 Heart of Darkness + Boots Xena Costume From Season 6 Episode 3 Heart of Darkness + Boots  1,170.00 USD
Argo Starship Warrior Princess Full Size Fibreglass Horse Designed by Lucy Lawless Argo Starship Warrior Princess Full Size Fibreglass Horse Designed by Lucy Lawless  500.00 USD
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Soul Possession Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Soul Possession  1,450.00 USD
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Many Happy Returns Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Many Happy Returns  1,510.00 USD
Uncut Xena In Motion Trading Cards Uncut Xena In Motion Trading Cards  270.00 USD
     

 

 

4 September 2012

Arctic Becomes Cold War Zone Washington Times Daily 3 September 2012

Greenpeace leads fight against oil prospectors

Washington Times Daily 3 September 2012

screenshot_01STOCKHOLM Global warming has ignited a rush to exploit Arctic resources — and Greenpeace is determined to thwart that stampede. Employing the same tactics it has used against nuclear testing or commercial whaling, the environmental group is now set on preventing oil companies from drilling for oil near the Arctic’s shrinking ice cap.

The campaign took off in May 2010, when oil was gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, Greenpeace was startled by reports that a small Scottish energy firm was proceeding with plans to drill for oil and gas in iceberg-laden waters off western Greenland.

“It felt slightly surreal,” said Ben Ayliffe, now the head of Greenpeace’s campaign against oil drilling in the Arctic. “After what happened in the Gulf of Mexico, how can anyone respond to that by going to drill in similar depths in a place called Iceberg Alley?”

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Greenpeace quickly arranged to get a ship to Greenland, where four activists attached themselves to a drilling rig for two days until a storm forced them to abandon the protest.

That stunt, a similar one in 2011 off Greenland and protests last month at an oil rig off northwestern Russia are at the core of what Greenpeace calls “one of the defining environmental battles of our age.”

Spreading a simple message

“Polar work feels like it’s going back to the early campaigns: simple message, people get it and the lines are very clearly drawn,” Mr. Ayliffe said.

From a publicity standpoint, the campaign has been successful: Greenpeace officials said 1.6 million people since June have signed the group’s online petition urging world leaders to declare the Arctic a global sanctuary, off limits to oil exploration and industrial fishing. Dozens of celebrities, including Robert Redford, Paul McCartney and Penelope Cruz have announced their support, said Greenpeace activist Sarah North.

“I have never experienced engaging famous people at this kind of rate and with such ease in a campaign issue,” said Ms. North, a 15-year veteran at Greenpeace.

The impact on the oil industry, however, is unclear. The Arctic is thought to hold up to a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves. Despite difficult operating conditions and high costs, the payback for Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Gazprom OAO, Statoil and other companies searching for commercial quantities of hydrocarbons could be huge.


 

 

3 September 2012

EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek Lucy Photos from Starship's For The Love Of Our Kids Book

Here's an update on the Starship Book "For The Love Of Our Kids" that features well known kiws including Lucy. Cindy from Starship told me some interesting news about the book and Lucy

Lucy now has several pictures in the book including a bit of a 'hero' spread in the middle - specifically for the fans.

Starship has been gracious enough to offer Lucy fans a sneak peek via AUSXIP of the photos featuring Lucy, her sons Julius and Judah, Koha and the kitten. These are just gorgeous photos!

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So if you want a pre-Christmas gift to order, now would be the time! It will be released in November.

MILK (Moments of Inspiration, Love and Kinship) and Starship Foundation have compiled a beautifully bound photo book entitled For the Love of Our Kids which can be yours for $45 + postage.

Image634822548174536250Purchase Now

Featuring photos of well-known faces such as Lucy Lawless, Tiki Taane, Keven Mealamu, Jaquie Brown (on the cover with her gorgeous boy Leo), Shane and Nerida Cortese, Dame Rosie Horton, Dominic Harvey and JJ Feeney, Trelise Cooper, Kerre Woodham, CJ Bruton, Graeme Hart, Toni Street, Rawdon Christie, Paul Flynn (Flynny), Kate Hawkesby and Sir Peter Leitch with their own children or special Starship patients. Plus there are also photos of patients and generous supporters with their families - and all with heartfelt messages of what their children mean to them.

This book, with its beautiful images by photographer Michelle Carlson, is exclusively available through the Starship Foundation website. All proceeds from the sale of For the Love of Our Kids will come to the Starship Foundation to help fund care for the thousands of children from around New Zealand who are treated at the national children's hospital every year.

Copies are available for ADVANCE ORDERS now. Please note that For the Love of Our Kids will not be available for delivery until November but you'll need to get in early for Christmas purchases. Purchases will be mailed out in the last week of November.

Purchase your copy now

 

 

1 September 2012

Starship Spring Clean Auction Update Day 1 Totals

Here is the first update on the progress of the Starship Spring Clean Auction currently underway.

Starship and AUSXIP have teamed up to host the Lucy Lawless donated items for the annual Starship Spring Clean. This is open to international visitors. Starship Spring Clean is a unique fundraising campaign that is held in September every year to raise money for the Starship Foundation in New Zealand.

All proceeds from this item will benefit kids at Starship through the Starship Spring Clean www.starship.org.nz/springclean.

For more information about Starship and the work they do, please visit their site.

100% of the money raised in this auction will go to Starship.

All Auction items can be found here


 

  STARSHIP SPRING CLEAN AUCTION ITEMS HIGHEST BID
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 5 Script: Married With Fishsticks Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 5 Script: Married With Fishsticks  170.00 USD
Xena Costume From Season 6 Episode 3 Heart of Darkness + Boots Xena Costume From Season 6 Episode 3 Heart of Darkness + Boots  420.00 USD
Argo Starship Warrior Princess Full Size Fibreglass Horse Designed by Lucy Lawless Argo Starship Warrior Princess Full Size Fibreglass Horse Designed by Lucy Lawless  500.00 USD
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Soul Possession Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Soul Possession  1,450.00 USD
Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Many Happy Returns Autographed Working Xena Warrior Princess Season 6 Script: Many Happy Returns  1,510.00 USD
Uncut Xena In Motion Trading Cards Uncut Xena In Motion Trading Cards  50.00 USD