May 2017 Archives

30 May 2017

Wonder Woman Isn't The Only Butt Kicker in Fantasy - Xena Listed!

ImageNow, after years of speculation and false promises, the world’s most recognizable female superhero is finally headlining a major motion picture. “Wonder Woman,” featuring Gal Gadot in the title role, muscles its way into multiplexes Friday.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, let’s take a look at 10 other prominent female action heroes of film and television.

Xena Warrior Princess

Tall, confident and clad in a leather miniskirt, boots and bronze breastplate, the sword-swinging Xena made her debut in 1995 in episode 9 of season 1 of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Played by Lucy Lawless with a gleam in her eye, Xena was given her own show later that year, the comedic “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and it became a cult classic, ultimately outstripping “Hercules” in terms of fan following and fun factor.

Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor), no slouch herself, accompanies Xena on her adventures through a fantasy version of ancient Greece, battling evil warlords and unjust gods.

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29 May 2017

5 Cult TV Shows That Deserve A Reboot Including Xena!

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5 Cult TV Shows That Deserve A Reboot

Ben Robins with 5 cult TV shows that deserve a reboot…

Xena: Warrior Princess

Because there’s only so many buddy cop-comedies the market can manage, why not give new life to a totally different beloved female icon of the 90s instead? No, not Buffy (one exceptional case of a cult TV reboot being a terrible idea). Originally a spin-off of the Sam Raimi-produced, live-action Hercules series, Xena: Warrior Princess developed a totally insane cult following of its own, running for 6 Emmy-award-winning seasons and even earning its star, Lucy Lawless, one of the most memorable Simpsons cameos to date.

Especially with Wonder Woman set to open the door for a totally new breed of female warrior, a Xena movie could be a clever move for a studio looking to find their own way into the new-look swords-and-sandals trend. The lacklustre performance of the last several Hercules movies probably won’t do it any good, but considering just how much the original show totally outshone its male counterpart, there’s nothing stopping the Hollywood movie equivalent doing the exact same.

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24 May 2017

Instagram Video: Lucy Talks About Her Australian LGBT Award

Lucy is on Instagram (again as a blond) on the set of Ash Vs Evil Dead to talk to fans about her Australian LGBT Award which she received in March 2017.

@lgbti_au Be what you are! Hooray for everything!!!

A post shared by Lucy lawless (@reallucylawless) on

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24 May 2017

Blasting News Interviews Steven Sears: How 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Paved The Way for Modern Female TV Characters

ImageHow 'Xena: Warrior Princess' paved the way for modern female TV characters in an article published by Blasting News. They interviewed Steven.

We caught up with 'Xena' creator Steven L. Sears at an Infolist party in Beverly Hills.

Xena: Warrior Princess" stormed TV screens across the world from 1995 to 2001, breaking new grounds for female TV characters. Lucy Lawless embodied this fearless warrior and enchanted a swarm of fans, who continued to be loyal long after the sixth and final season aired. How did this character come about in the nineties, before there was such a thing as a fight for gender equality in Hollywood and a conversation about diversity? We caught up with show writer and producer Steven L. Sears at an Infolist party in Beverly Hills, celebrating the Cannes Film Festival that is in full swing in France.

"It’s hard to say I was inspired, I just thought that’s the way it should be written," says Sears, reflecting on the enduring legacy of his "Xena." "I didn’t realize until much later that writing real female characters reflecting the strong women I knew in my life was unique in the business," he adds.

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12 May 2017

Photo: Lucy, Rob and Ash Vs Evil Dead Castmates Out on the Town

This is hysterical! Lucy, Rob and some of the cast of Ash Vs Evil Dead out on the town in Auckland.

 


 

 

12 May 2017

Photo: Lucy Gives Keynote Speech at Edmund Rice Dinner in Auckland

 


 

 

5 May 2017

Upcoming Show: Pleasuredome - A Dirty Urban Musical with Lucy Lawless!

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It looks like Rob's Pleasuredome idea is becoming reality. Lucy based her Pleasuredome concerts on this idea - see here for more about the concerts - and now Rob and Lucy are bringing this to life. Michael Hurst will be directing. Check out the call for actors below.

Pleasuredome - a dirty urban musical

Welcome to the ultimate 80's experience - a booty shaking musical epic of sex, love, cocaine, glamour and greed played out on the dance-floor of an underground Manhattan nightclub. Pleasuredome is a sexy celebration of 80's NYC, a risqué love story told through songs from the period.

Dates Auckland, July - Dec 2017. Possible international tour - 2018
Produced by Rob Tapert & Charlie McDermott
Directed by Michael Hurst
Starring Lucy Lawless

A general note:

We are looking for powerful performers. The songs are all hits of the 80s, but tranferred to a musical setting. As such, they carry drama, character and story, much more so that when they are presented in isolation. This is not a concert, it is a fully realised dramatic production with music. We need people who can really sing.
Rehearsal / production dates

July - December 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand.
Job compensation

 

ROLES

LILITH
Beautiful and striking, Lilith is the daughter of a powerful, Trump-like business magnate. She is something of an innocent, but no fool. Her world is turned upside down as she is exposed to the exotic, pulsating world of the Pleasuredome. Lilith's journey is one of self- discovery. She moves from a world of protection & comfort to one of exhilaration & truth. She finds strength, true love and the meaning of passion through transformation. Lilith needs to be able to sing with passion and power

Females, aged 25 to 35 from New Zealand

 

VICTOR
Lilith’s father. A ruthless businessman, financier and rabid homophobe. Think Donald Trump.

Males, aged 45 to 65 from New Zealand

 

SETH
Seth is a gay Jewish man whose joy and life energy has all but been extinguished since his partner Paul died of aids. He loves Sappho, he loves the Pleasuredome, and he can’t stand see them both die slowly of their own excesses.

Males, aged 35 to 50 from New Zealand


OTIS

African American DJ; the voice of the Pleasuredome.
Males, aged 25 to 40 from New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience

DOM
The leading performer in the House of Ogasma, a chorus of drag queens who perform at the club. Dom is fabulous, driven and unashamedly excessive. Like many who have done the hard yards, he is resilient and has no time for people who “fake it”.

Males, aged 25 to 45 from New Zealand

Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience


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5 May 2017

Radio Interview with Quentin Kenihan on the show "BIG" 22 April 2017

Lucy was interviewed recently by Quentin Kenihan on his show BIG which aired on 22 April 2017.