June 2015 Archives

30 June 2015

Lucy Twitter Pic Round Up

Here's a round up of Salem related tweets. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite  


 

 

26 June 2015

Episode Stills Salem Season 2 Episode 13

Here are the episode stills for the last season 2 episode of Salem and the last episode Lucy will be appearing in as Countess Marburg.

Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

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Here’s more official episode stills from Season 2

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24 June 2015

Lucy Joins Cast of The Barefoot Bandits: Kiwi Animated Show

Lucy has joined the cast of the Barefoot Bandits (a kiwi animated show also featuring her daughter Daisy according to IMDb)

The Barefoot Bandits, is an animated story based on two hard-case characters Tane and Fridge, who first appeared in the NZ On Air-funded special Missing Christmas. It is for young primary age children.

 


 

 

24 June 2015

New Autographed Xena Artwork by Patricia Saunders

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I'm very pleased to welcome Patricia Saunders to the Xenaverse Art Gallery with her gorgeous artwork of Lucy as Xena.

Lucy signed her art and Pat is sharing the artwork here on AUSXIP.

Click here to view the larger version


 

 

23 June 2015

Salem Season 2 Episode 12 Reviews: CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS

Salem Season 2 is coming to an end and episode 12 aired in the US.

Please note: There are MAJOR spoilers below about Lucy’s character Countess Marburg. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

 

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ANNE, I AM YOUR MOTHER

This was pretty damn surprising because seriously, WHAT?! Even when Anne read her book of shadows, I had NO indication that Marburg was her mother. There were no hints and if there were, and it definitely flew over my head. Well… cat’s out of the bag. Anne is part Essex, part German.

Poor Sebastian though. First, his mother regrets him not being the sacrifice years ago. Then she refuses to give him Mary as his bride. Now, he’s being outranked by Anne as heir to Marburg’s throne. The guy works so hard for his mother and gets nothing in return. This may be the turning point for Sebastian. Once he finds out Anne is the next heir, he may betray his mother. This is my prediction.

 

MERCY IS STILL A PAWN

Poor Mercy. She thinks she’s really up there with the Marburgs and even going as far to challenge Mary. She must be really disillusioned to think Sebastian would want her. He did yell at her when she killed a girl on the ship putting blood everywhere. Didn’t she see he didn’t like her then?

Well, Sebastian totally let her know now. He ain’t into her. Nope. He wants her arch-rival Mary Sibley. That’s got to hurt. I predict Sebastian is going to kill Marburg and Mercy is going to end up killing Sebastian, because she’s crazy.


 

 

20 June 2015

Article Scans: Emmy Magazine Interviews Lucy Lawless June 2015

There’s a fabulous interview with Lucy in Emmy Magazine (Issue #5 2015) issue. The article discusses how Lucy got the role of Xena, Battlestar Galactica, and Spartacus. Doesn’t cover Salem or Ash Vs Evil Dead. Many thanks to Christa Morris for the scans!

If you would like a digital copy of this magazine you can purchase it from here

 

Click on the thumbnails for the larger scans

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You can read more Lucy articles by going to the ARTICLES section


 

 

18 June 2015

High Res Episode Stills and Trailer Salem Season 2 Episode 12: Midnight Never Come

Here’s the latest episode details plus high resolution episode stills, video trailer and twitter pics for Salem Season 2 Episode 12: Midnight Never Come

With the Starry Messenger comet drawing ever closer, John Alden fights for his very life, while Anne Hale works to comfort and protect one whose life or death brings with it great consequences for Witch and mortal alike. She soon learns another unfathomable secret about her past, and finds she’s faced with a terrifying decision that could greatly impact the Countess’s plans. Mary, palpably affected by recent events, finds herself in a wholly unfamiliar situation, leading her to try a risky gambit. Meanwhile, when John shares shocking and unbelievable information with Cotton, it leads the younger Mather to seek out answers on his own, but he discovers only more questions; Mercy pursues desires of her own, but finds another’s prediction to be fatefully and disappointingly accurate; and Isaac finds himself in a wholly unfamiliar position among his fellows.

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Watch The Trailer


 

 

16 June 2015

New Artist and Artwork of Xena by Sarah Beninger

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I'm very pleased to announce that Sarah Beninger has been added to the AUSXIP Xenaverse Gallery.

Her first illustration is of Xena!

Click here to view the artwork

Click here to see the full list of Xenaverse artists


 

 

16 June 2015

Aussie STAN To Stream Ash Vs Evil Dead At Same Time As US

starzAussie fans you are in for a treat. Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has bought Starz series Ash Vs Evil Dead. The Evil Dead spin-off Ash Vs Evil Dead is expected to premiere on Starz later this year,

Stan’s content and product director, Nick Forward said:

“We’re committed to bringing the best premium, first-run TV shows exclusively to Stan at the same time as they’re available in the US,”


You can subscribe to STAN by going here

Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite


 

 

16 June 2015

Bloomsday Lucy Shouts The Bar Guardian 15 June 2015

Image635700395924575271It’s that time of year again when fans around the world are celebrating James Joyce’s Ullysses. Lucy took part last year in Auckland and from what was written in the Guardian, everyone had a great time! You can also check out the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Event page for more pics and news

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Usually, says Dean Parker, he helps stage a musical show in Auckland’s red light district: a three-hour musical cabaret of dramatised episodes from Ulysses. Last year was a “stunning, jam-packed success”, with Lucy Lawless, aka Xena Warrior Princess, reading Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. “By the time of the soliloquy the audience was pretty liquored up as Lawless (who’s from a prominent Auckland Irish family) had whacked a thousand bucks down on the bar for Guinness and shorts. One of the cast reported he’d been outside having a smoke when a punter burst out into the street hollering, ‘They’re giving away the beer in there!’” he says.

This year, they’re sticking to songs and readings in the Thirsty Dog pub, due to “exhaustion and over-commitments elsewhere”. It’s “next to Suzie Wong’s Massage Parlour”, he adds

 

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14 June 2015

New Xena Art by MaryD - The Warrior Princess

Here's some new artwork from my favourite show Xena Warrior Princess!

Check out more of my artwork here

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12 June 2015

Press Release: Starz At Comic Con with Ash vs Evil Dead Lucy To Be on Panel

The Ash vs Evil Dead PR is just starting to heat up - here comes Comic Con and Lucy, Bruce, Rob and Sam Raimi are heading to Comic Con for an Ash vs Evil Dead panel on 10 July at 6 pm. Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite

Here's the press release:

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WITH OUTLANDER AND ASH vs EVIL DEAD

Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Ronald D. Moore, and Diana Gabaldon of the critically acclaimed series "Outlander"

Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert of the highly anticipated "Ash vs Evil Dead"

WHAT: STARZ to host panels for the critical and fan favorite "Outlander;" (returns 2016) featuring cast and creators including Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, as well as for the new original series "Ash vs Evil Dead," (first season premieres Fall 2015) featuring cast and creators including Executive Producers and original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, plus Lucy Lawless, during San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

Ash vs Evil Dead San Diego Comic-Con Panel
Friday July 10th, Room 6A in the San Diego Convention Center
6:00 - 7:00 PM


ABOUT:

"Ash vs Evil Dead":

"Ash vs Evil Dead," which is currently in production in New Zealand, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in Fall 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons -personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless ("Salem," "Spartacus") as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago ("Touch," Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones ("Sleepy Hollow") as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Follow "Ash vs Evil Dead" Online:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashvsevildead

Twitter: @AshvsEvilDead

Join the conversation with: #AshvsEvilDead


 

 

12 June 2015

New Episode Still Salem Season 2 Episode 11

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Here's a new episode still of Lucy as Countess Marburg from Salem Season 2 Episode 11. Click on the thumbnail to view

Episode Details: As the Countess and her son move against two of John Alden's valued allies, Mary suffers under the yoke of Puritan oppression stemming from an alliance between the Marburgs and another of Mary's powerful enemies in Salem. But even as she seems to be at her most hopeless, Mary tries to take advantage of a widening schism between mother and son. As John and Cotton proceed with their monumental and unfamiliar task, each must process new information and gather strength to aid them in what lies ahead. Meanwhile, wracked with guilt and sorrow, a mournful Isaac pays a surprise visit to an already somber town gathering, Anne Hale finds the fate of many may rest in her novice - but powerful - Witch's hands, and John and Cotton get the first glimpses of the enemy they are facing.



 

 

11 June 2015

Ash Vs Evil Dead Denied Access To Auckland Location

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Looks like the Kiwi council is getting a little protective of it’s turf. The following is from today’s Auckland Now newspaper. Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite

US TV series denied use of reserve

Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless is known for her onscreen superpowers but on Auckland's North Shore it's a local board that holds the power.

Two commercial applications requesting to use a Northcote reserve have been rejected, including the makers of American television series Ash vs Evil Dead, starring Lawless.

The film crew from Screen Auckland had asked to erect pop-up tents in Smith's Bush, during filming for the horror sitcom television series based on past Evil Deal movies, but Kaipatiki Local Board denied the application.

It also turned down an application from Run Auckland organisers.

The board holds decision-making powers over the use of parks on the community's behalf.

Board member John Gillon says the board's bold decision sends a signal that future applications for events like this won't be approved.

Read more of the article

Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite


 

 

11 June 2015

Article Scan: The Trials of Lucy Lawless NZ TV Guide 23-28 May 2015

Scanned the article that appeared in the NZ TV Guide – 23 to 28 May 2015 Issue.

Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

Click on the thumbnails for the larger scans

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10 June 2015

Episode Log, Trailer and Screencaps for Salem Season 2 Episode 11: On Earth As In Hell

On the next episode of WGNA's SALEM, titled 'On Earth As In Hell', as the Countess and her son move against two of John Alden's valued allies, Mary suffers under the yoke of Puritan oppression stemming from an alliance between the Marburgs and another of Mary's powerful enemies in Salem. But even as she seems to be at her most hopeless, Mary tries to take advantage of a widening schism between mother and son.

The episode airs Sunday, 9/8c

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9 June 2015

Lucy as Antigone in The Partially Examined Life Podcast Download

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Lucy’s in a new The Partially Examined Life podcast – check out the details below and click on the link to download the podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:24:46 — 77.7MB)

An unrehearsed, dramatic read-through of the text we'll be discussing on ep. 117, a Greek tragedy written around 441 BCE, telling the myth of the cursed line of Oedipus, mother-f*#king king of Thebes. Featuring Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan, plus special guest starts Lucy Lawless as Antigone, Paul Provenza as Creon, Alice Sinclair as Ismene, and John Castro as Haimon. After the performance, the cast discusses the conventions of Greek tragedy, our selected translation, and a little about why philosophers should be interested in this. Read more about the topic and get the text to read along. Want to get this ad-free, with an extra several minutes of discussion plus wacky outtakes? Become a PEL Citizen! It's a great way to support the podcast. We also accept donations. End song: "Antigone (Choragos Speaks)" by Mark Lint. Read about it. Sponsors: Intuit Quickbooks: visit tryselfemployed.com/PEL. Also see thegreatcourses.com/PEL, for massive discounts on great lectures. Antigone image by Genevieve Arnold.

 

MORE OF LUCY’S PODCASTS WITH THE PEL TEAM

 

Image634907583361524545Back in October (Oct 7) The Partially Examined Life site released a 2 hour podcast they did with Lucy on the subject of fame. This was such an interesting podcast. It was unfortunate for non English speaking fans that some could not understand all of the podcast. I was asked by several fans if a transcript existed. I contacted the guys from Partially Examined Life and asked. Unfortunately there wasn't a transcript. I received a very cool email this afternoon from Seth from the Partially Examined Life site to say they did have an transcript that I could share with the fans! Many thanks to Seth and the team at Partially Examined Life for this wonderful transcript!

It's in PDF format and quite lengthy.

READ THE TRANSCRIPT

 

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

On Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity by Tom Payne (2010).

What’s the deal with our f’ed up relationship with celebrities? Payne says that celebrities serve a social need that’s equal parts religion and and aggression. TV’s Lucy Lawless (Xena, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica) joins us to discuss the accuracy of this thesis, along with her obsession with philosophy (and our podcast), the relation between fandom and mental illness, the drive for fame, sacrificial heroes, celebrity encounters, fame for fame’s sake, infamy, celebrity philosophers, mentally ill philosophers, and what Nietzsche’s will to power has to do with all of this.

 


Image635694743092986348The Partially Examined Life Blog present their second annual dramatic reading of a work of philosophical theatre. – 2 January 2014

Mark Linsenmayer and Wes Alwan are joined by real actresses Lucy Lawless (Xena,Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreation, etc.) and Jaime Murray (Defiance, Dexter,Warehouse 13, etc.), who are pals through working together on Spartacus.

Warning: This is a cold read, not a rehearsed production, for educational purposes only (meaning you’re not allowed to have fun listening to this, I guess). Also, the ladies’ sound quality is a bit lo-fi by fault of their crummy mics and Skype.

Listen to the show here or download the file 80 mb and time: 1:27:11

Read the script (courtesy of vtheatre.net)

NO EXIT
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

No Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, referring to a private discussion behind closed doors; English translations have also been performed under the titles In Camera, No Way Out, Vicious Circle, Behind Closed Doors, and Dead End. The play was first performed at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in May 1944.[1]

The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness

SYNOPSIS

Three damned souls, Joseph Garcin, Inès Serrano, and Estelle Rigault, are brought to the same room in Hell and locked inside by a mysterious valet. They had all expected torture devices to punish them for eternity, but instead find a plain room furnished in the style of the Second French Empire. At first, none of them will admit the reason for their damnation: Garcin says that he was executed for being a pacifist, while Estelle insists that a mistake has been made; Inès, however, is the only one to demand that they all stop lying to themselves and confess to their moral crimes. She refuses to believe that they have all ended up in the room by accident and soon realizes that they have been placed together to make each other miserable; she deduces that they are to be one another's torturers. Garcin suggests that they try to leave each other alone and to be silent, but Inès starts to sing about an execution and Estelle vainly wants to find a mirror to check on her appearance. Inès tries to seduce Estelle by offering to be her "mirror" by telling her everything she sees, but ends up frightening her instead. It is soon clear that Inès is attracted to Estelle, Estelle is attracted to Garcin, and Garcin is in no mood for sexual behavior.

After arguing, they decide to confess to their crimes so they know what to expect from each other. Garcin cheated on and mistreated his wife; Inès seduced her cousin's wife while living with them; and Estelle had an affair and then killed the resulting child, prompting the child's father to commit suicide. Despite their revelations, they continue to get on each other's nerves. Garcin finally begins giving in to the lascivious Estelle's escalating attempts to seduce him, which drives Inès crazy. Garcin is constantly interrupted by his own thought, though, and begs Estelle to tell him he is not a coward for attempting to flee his country during wartime. While she complies, Inès tells him that Estelle is just feigning attraction to him so that she can be with a man—any man. This causes Garcin to abruptly attempt an escape. After trying to open the door repeatedly, it inexplicably and suddenly opens, but he is unable to bring himself to leave, and the others remain as well. He says that he will not be saved until he can convince Inès to trust in him. She refuses, saying that he is obviously a coward, and promising to make him miserable forever. Garcin concludes that rather than torture devices or physical punishment, "hell is other people." Estelle tries to persevere in her seduction of Garcin, but he says that he cannot make love while Inès is watching. Estelle, infuriated, picks up a paper knife and repeatedly stabs Inès. As they are all already dead, this attack does nothing and Inès even halfheartedly stabs herself, beginning to laugh. As Estelle comments on the idea of their being trapped here forever and laughs too, all three join in prolonged fit of laughter before Garcin finally concludes, "Eh bien, continuons" (roughly "Eh well, let's continue on...").

Characters

Joseph Garcin – cowardice and callousness caused his young wife to die "of grief" after his execution He deserted his unit in World War II, and he was unfaithful to his wife – he even brings his affairs home and gets her to make them coffee in bed, without any sympathy. Initially, he hates Inès because she understands his weakness, and wants Estelle because he feels that if she treats him as a man he will become manly. However, by the end of the play he understands that because Inès understands the meaning of cowardice and wickedness, only absolution at her hands can redeem him (if indeed redemption is possible).

Inès Serrano – Inès is the second character to enter the room. A lesbian postal clerk, she turned a wife against her husband, twisting the wife's perception of her spouse and the subsequent murder of the man (who is Inès' cousin). Indeed, Inès seems to be the only character who understands the power of opinion, manipulating Estelle's and Garcin's opinions of themselves and of each other throughout the play. She is honest about the evil deeds she, Garcin, and Estelle have done. She frankly acknowledges the fact that she is a cruel person.

Estelle Rigault – Estelle is a high-society woman, a blonde who married an older man for his money and had an affair with a younger man. To her, the affair is merely an insignificant fling, but her lover becomes emotionally attached to her and she bears him a child. She drowns the child by throwing it into the lake, which drives her lover to commit suicide. Throughout the play she tries to get at Garcin, seeking to define herself as a woman in relation to a man. Her sins are deceit and murder (which also motivated a suicide). She lusts over "manly men", which Garcin himself strives to be.

Valet – The Valet enters the room with each character, but his only real dialogue is with Garcin. We learn little about him, except that his uncle is the head valet, and that he does not have any eyelids, which links to Garcin because Garcin's eyelids are atrophied.


 

 

9 June 2015

Reviews of Salem Season 2 Episode 10

Here are a couple of reviews of Salem Season 2 Episode 10. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite


 

 

5 June 2015

New High Resolution Images from Salem Season 2 Episode 10

Image635690871669272168Added to the Salem image gallery are two images from Salem Season 2 Episode 10

 

Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite



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2 June 2015

High Resolution Lucy Episode Still from Salem S2 E9 Wages of Sin

Added one more high resolution image from the Salem Season 2 Episode 9 Wages of Sin episode.

Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

click on the images to take you to the gallery

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