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26 September 2020

Renee's Tribute For 25 Years of Xena: Warrior Princess

Is ANYONE surprised that Renee has posted this in celebration of 25 years of Xena: Warrior Princess?

From Renee's Official Instagram Account:

XENA * 25 year Anniversary *

I adjusted the edit to the XENA wrap party video, to celebrate 25 years, since these iconic, strong women and men came to television screens, and fought for the Greater Good.

Posted with permission from Renee O'Connor




26 September 2020

Deleted Scene from Battlestar Galactica '2x08: Final Cut'

BSG is such an awesome show (and I can't believe they are going to do another reboot of this show!)




26 September 2020

25th Anniversary: Rob and Lucy with US Consul General at Whoah! Studios




10 September 2020

Xena 25th Anniversary - Lucy Lawless

You can't celebrate the 25th Anniversary without Lucy Lawless because there would be no Xena!




10 September 2020

NZ Herald: My Story. . .Lucy Lawless as told to Elisabeth Easther


NZ Herald

8 September 2020

NZ Herald: My Story. . .Lucy Lawless as told to Elisabeth Easther

After hurtling to fame playing the title role in Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless has become a household name. These days she devotes much of her energy to activism, although she still finds time to act and, most recently, to produce and play a guest role on local telefeature Toke which airs on September 14 on Three.

From about the age of 4, my first best friend Michele and I spent all our weekends together. We took bottles back to the shop for money. We ran bogus lucky-dip scams, selling broken old stuff door-to-door. We were little moneygrubbers, and spent everything we earned entirely on lollies. We also put on plays and recitals and sold tickets and, once I got to intermediate and high school, I continued with performance.

‘ When I was at Marist College, we would do musicals with Mt Albert Grammar. At the time I thought the productions were so high-level, that they were the most magical things. Being on stage, singing beautiful songs with sparkling lights, that feeling of pure romance was really addictive. I think I got validation, from those sorts of things.

‘ People have subsequently told me they pitied my parents when they heard I wanted to be an actor. But god bless my parents for never telling me I couldn’t. My father actually told me I could do anything, including bending spoons with my mind like Yuri Geller. I tried that and failed, but I did become an actor.

‘ I was lucky. In New Zealand you don’t have to pigeon-hole yourself and just do TV, or just film or just ads, but in America in those days, if you did an ad you’d never get a TV show, as that was seen as lowbrow. In New Zealand you did everything you possibly could to put food on the table — voiceovers, ads. I even presented a travel show, but acting was always the big draw.

‘ At my very first convention, I was determined to sign for every single person in the room and there were probably about 5000 people. I signed photos and arms, then some people came back with a tattoo of my signature. But this chap at that first convention, he was bearded, quite dishevelled, he was wearing a yellow raincoat and was all wet. He handed me this axe, a wet hatchet, which rather creeped me out, and he asked me to sign it. So I did. It was harmless but it made me feel uncomfortable.

The first time I heard about the spectre of climate change, I was about 13. I was driving to the country with my godfather and his wife, as I had a pony at their place. And I heard this climate scientist on National Radio, Jim Salinger, and he said we were facing something really serious. Everything I heard that day made sense; it fell with the weight of anvils. It felt like truth and I wasn’t able to shrug it off.

‘ Years later I played a role in the telefeature The Rainbow Warrior. My character was based on Bunny McDiarmid, one of the Greenpeace crew members. When I met her, I was blown away by her and her partner Henk. They’re nothing like the crazy hippies you see represented on TV. They’re erudite and funny, compassionate and wise. There’s nothing airy-fairy about these people, they’re the most practical people on earth. They told me about the Sign On campaign and I became involved because, what use is it to be a public entity if you’re not using it for good?

‘ A big part of my upbringing, the whole ethos at Marist Sisters’ College, is that you are your brother’s keeper. You take care of the little guy. My mum and dad were like that too, so it felt like the natural thing to do. When Dad died while I was in the Arctic on a protest against oil drilling, it was a very weird feeling. Should I go home for the funeral or go on with the mission?

‘ I decided I couldn’t do anything for big Frank, but little Frank, his grandson, I could do something for. Even though Dad didn’t approve of my activism. He thought I was a rabble-rouser and it took a report on climate change by the Pope for my Dad to think it was legitimate. I struggled with Dad’s view of my activism, it hurt that he didn’t trust me to be doing it for the right reasons and not just politics.

‘ Because I’m a ‘good girl’ when I’m protesting. I mind more about being arrested than falling and dying. But I never feel that vulnerable, I just get on with it. There’s an incredible sense of peace when you’re acting in line with your beliefs, even if you’re doing something dangerous or against the law.

‘ The worst moment for me on a protest was before we broke into Port of Taranaki. I knew I was about to cross a line — and that threshold, it went on for ages. I wanted to panic, to freak out and run away, but that wasn’t an option. I couldn’t let those people down.

‘ But we kept not being arrested. That was so shocking. We climbed up the tower on the drill ship in our overalls, I was so stressed I was mouth-breathing. The other female with us, Viv Hadlow, she had a massive tower of dreadlocks on her head, and a safety helmet perched on top so she looked like Marge Simpson. And I’m thinking, how are we not going to be arrested? ‘Gidday fellas’, we’re saying and they’re saying, ‘yeah gidday’ back. We kept not being arrested much longer than I expected, and all I remember is peanuts and chocolate.

‘ There were seven of us on this platform, a couple of spidermen hanging banners and my whole perception of time and space warped to cope with the situation. I became camp mother, and I’d tidy up and make sure everyone wore sunscreen, and do the interviews. Then it was, ‘my god, where did that day go?’ We put our beds on this thing the size of a hearthrug, seven of us sleeping on this savage grille that’s about as comfortable as bicycle pedals. It was brutal on the knees. When I got home from the protest, I walked through our house thinking, ‘oh my god, there’s too much space’. I was swimming through a miasma of space. What are all these chairs for? You don’t need all these chairs.

‘ New Zealanders have a lot of native good sense, and we must not let go of that. These agitators, these supposed grown-ups, politicians like Gerry Brownlee and Winston Peters, they’re fomenting mistrust and anarchy. When people are afraid, and you start putting out earworms — and the whole community is a little bit afraid right now — you’re fomenting social unrest. It’s an antisocial thing to do and I call them on it. Shame on them. That is not what New Zealanders are about.





7 September 2020

Lucy on TOKE in NZ September 7, 2020



7 September 2020

Video: Lucy on Aussie Today Show About Xena’s 25th Anniversary

Richard Wilkins interviewed Lucy on the Australian tv show “Today” on Saturday September 5, 2020 about Xena’s 25th Anniversary.




5 September 2020 Lucy Lawless In Toke - Kiwifruit and Cannabis has an article on Lucy’s new Kiwi film Toke.

In one of Lucy Lawless’ most recent roles, she played a detective in the Australian crime drama My Life Is Murder.

This time she is on the wrong side of the law in Three’s telefeature drama Toke where she is cast as a powerful player in the illegal drugs trade.

Lawless plays Duke, a glamorous American, who hears about a new strain of marijuana in New Zealand and wants in.

“She wants a piece of that action – not just a piece, she wants all the action,” says Lawless.

The former Xena star describes Duke as a female Mr Asia.

Toke revolves around three kiwifruit orchard workers in the Coromandel who discover a strong strain of marijuana and subsequently become embroiled in a criminal underworld.

Tatum Warren-Ngata (Ahikāroa), Tia Maipi (Born To Dance) and Troy Kingi (The Pa Boys, Mt Zion) play the orchard workers.

“They are hapless, lovable stoners who inadvertently become drug kingpins and have to deal with all the trouble that brings,” says Lawless.

And if that wasn’t enough, Lawless’ Duke has another problem.

“There is also a local villain in the community who is moving in on them, so they are caught in this terrible pincer and they and the whole community are drawn into a real fight for sovereignty for their homeland and their product.”

Other familiar faces in the cast include Roimata Fox (The Ring Inz), Josh McKenzie (Bad Mothers) and Xavier Horan (Westside).

“The show kind of reminds me of going back to New Zealand in the 80s when New Zealand had amazing action-adventure movies like Came A Hot Friday and Goodbye Pork Pie,” says Lawless. “They were just a romp. This is like that.”

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5 September 2020

Xena 25: The 25th Anniversary Podcast from Syfy


This looks great! To celebrate Xena's 25th Anniversary, Syfy is creating a podcast! This sounds like so much fun.

Hey Xenites! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Xena: Warrior Princess with a brand new SYFY Fangrrls podcast. Hosted by resident Xena mega fan, Katie Wilson, we’re looking back at over 25 years of Xena and talking about what makes this show so important. From special guests, to fans, this podcast is going to be better than hot tubs and subtext.

More info about the podcast here



4 September 2020

Message From Rob Tapert To The Fans About Xena's 25th Anniversary!

Rob sent a message to all the fans on Xena's 25th Anniversary!


Sept 4 1995 marked a new era in television with the launch of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. She boldly went where no woman on television had gone before and opened the door for women as leads in tv series. She launched imitators, fan fiction and a realization that a strong woman leader is often what the world needs.

For me it was a time of personal growth, love, and creatively. I was never more creatively satisfied than working with the XENA team to entertain the audience. Thanks to Lucy, Renee, RJ, Liz, Steve, Eric, Ned and Dan and all the cast and crew that made XENA into something special. And thanks to the audience who found something meaningful in a Saturday afternoon matinee tv show. I take some great delight that fans took Xena and Gabrielle on their own creative journeys to places that a tv show would and could never go. XENA was never merely passive entertainment!





4 September 2020

Are We There Yet? 4 September - Xena 25th Anniversary and Book Release

On the eve of the 25th Anniversary... here's something to shout it in the 25th Anniversary and the release of Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World Book!

I love this video by James Gottfried. James submitted to the Xena 25th Anniversary video list and it's in the Xena book. Aussies check your kindles; you will have got the ebook early since it's the 4th September today! The rest of you...sorry gotta wait!

I Am A Warrior

Xena Music Video - I Am A Warrior from James Gottfried on Vimeo.



2 September 2020

NZ TV Guide: Going Green–Lucy’s New NZ TeleMovie "Toke"



2 September 2020

NZ TV Guide: Going Green–Lucy’s New NZ TeleMovie “Toke”



1 September 2020

She Nerds Out Podcast: Lucy Lawless

The awesome ladies of She Nerds Out interview Lucy Lawless on the eve of Xena's 25th Anniversary! Listen in, great interview ladies!