February 2015 Archives

23 February 2015

Press Release: Salem Cast A Spell On The 22nd Annual SWSW Film Festival

Image635619967031911748WGN AMERICA’S ‘SALEM’ CASTS A SPELL ON THE 22nd ANNUAL SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

National Cable Network to Present a Bewitching Friday the 13th Opening Night Party, Celebrating Season Two Launch of Its Breakout Original Series

Panel with ‘Salem’ Stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Lucy Lawless and

Creator Brannon Braga, Saturday, March 14

LOS ANGELES – February 23, 2015 – WGN America is set to cast a spell on the 22nd annual South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), by presenting SXSW’s Film Opening Party celebrating the innovative festival and season two of the national cable network’s provocative, Supernatural thriller, “Salem.”  Serving as the official opening festivity of SXSW Film, the event to be held at the historically haunted Speakeasy on the Avenue begins at 10 p.m., where festivalgoers will experience an Unforgettable ‘witches playground,’ with soothsayers, levitating enchantresses, apothecaries, and more.  “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Made In Jersey,” “Human Target”), Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) and Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”) will be on hand at the “Salem” at SXSW celebration.

WGN America will also put the spotlight on the second season of its breakout hit series with an exclusive “Salem” panel & Q&A at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel on Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m.  The panel will feature Montgomery, West, Lawless and creator, writer and executive producer Brannon Braga who will pull the curtain back on the sophomore season, debuting Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT, exclusively on WGN America.

“SXSW is the perfect destination to celebrate this truly unique and captivating series and we couldn’t be more excited to bewitch the festival’s passionate creative community with ‘Salem,’” said Brian Dollenmayer, EVP, Marketing and Promotions, WGN America and Tribune Studios.  “SXSW will set the stage for what will be a spectacular season of storytelling for one of our most important franchises.”

From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), “Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the Infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts.  The series stars Janet Montgomery (“Made In Jersey,” “Human Target”), Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”), Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”), Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”).  New to the cast of “Salem” for season two are Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Spartacus”), Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”), Joe Doyle (“Raw”) and Oliver Bell (“The Saint”).

“Salem” is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez.  Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer.  The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.


 

 

22 February 2015

Katherine Fugate’s Xena Play “The Returned” PDF Now Online

Katherine Fugate's play "The Returned" with Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Victoria Pratt, Alexandra Tydings, Adrienne Wilkinson,
Katherine Fugate, Steven Sears, Crystal Chappell, Kim Delaney, Frances Fisher, Jason George and MaryD is now online! Fab play that brings Xena and Gab back!

http://ausxip.com/conventions/2015Burbank/


 

 

22 February 2015

Lucy Photos from 2015 Xena Con!

Here’s some photos I took during Lucy’s Q&A at the 2015 Xena Con

More to follow!

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9 February 2015

Xenite Retreat 2016! Three Days of FUN! 15-18 April 2016

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3 February 2015

AUSXIP Starship Auction Upcoming Items

A full list of items in this year's AUSXIP Starship Auction will be posted in the first week in March (after I come back from the US). In the meantime check out some of the items donated by Chris Clogstan!

You need to register to bid on all the items. Register at http://charity.ausxip.com

The auction runs from 21 to 27 March!

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An original Xena show prop donated by Chris Clogstan
Original Metal Retractable Prop Xena Sword

http://charity.ausxip.com/ starts 21 March 2015!

This was obtained during the online Yahoo! auctions managed by It's A Wrap! so this will come with a COA. This is a metal Xena sword with a retractable blade, using a spring mechanism (you can hear the spring contract when you push the blade tip towards the grip. Xena occasionally buried her sword into an enemy's torso during a fight and this is how those shots were accomplished.

This sword did not come with a scabbard.

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3 February 2015

Lucy Tweets About Salem

Lucy posted the following tweets about her role as Countess Marburg of Salem in Season 2. The second season will premiere on 5 April in the US. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite