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31 May 2015

Salem Gets Classical Lawless - Bangkok Post 31 May 2015

imageEven Lucy Lawless admits she is great at being terrible, so the wicked witches of ‘Salem’ may have finally met their match.

The witchy tale takes a new twist with the arrival of a tough New Zealander with an even tougher agenda

For its first scripted series last year, WGN America went all in on out-there with Salem, a witchy tale that rivalled American Horror Story in its willingness to be audacious. Few who saw the pilot will forget the scene in which a naked Mary Sibley helped her husband vomit up a frog. With Season 2, how does the channel plan on upping the ante? By recruiting one of television’s most cult-inspiring actresses to join the cast.

The season premiere introduces a character played by the always fearless Lucy Lawless. How will she fit into Salem’s already bizarre story?

“I don’t fit in,” Lawless said in a telephone interview. “That’s not what people hire me to do.”

Lawless has put that brashness into each of her roles, most notably the titular one in the series Xena: Warrior Princess, which ran for six seasons, ending in 2001.

That character, which was first seen in several episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, brought her a following as a sort of renegade model of female empowerment. She expanded her reputation and fan base playing Lucretia in the Starz Spartacus franchise, where the costuming was often just as provocative as in Xena but the warrior-ing was more of the power-politics variety.

She finds herself in a different time period and milieu with Salem, which is set in 17th-century Massachusetts and imagines the famous witch-trial period a bit differently than the history books describe it.

The show stars Janet Montgomery as Mary, who finds her calling as a witch. And a rather determined one at that. Over the course of Season 1, she fought her way to the top of Salem’s rather well-populated witch world, but the crown sits uneasy.

Season 2 is titled Witch War. Into this fray comes Lawless’ character, Countess Palatine Ingrid von Marburg.

“I’m playing this real old witch,” Lawless explained. “She has survived many incarnations and finally fixated upon Salem.”

Our introduction to the countess is classic Lawless. When we first meet her, late in the premiere, she’s in a bathtub. An aide comes in to give her a report, and she stands, giving him an alluring eyeful that also proves costly. And that, Lawless said, is only the beginning.

“I’ve done things on this show that outdo anything I’ve ever done before,” she said. “Often I hit my head and say, ‘How can nice people dream up these encounters that are so dark and bizarre?’ ” There is, for instance, the countess’ agelessness. “My character has some very unpleasant ways of staying young,” Lawless said, not wanting to give too much away.

That bathtub scene notwithstanding, Lawless said one of the joys of the role is that the countess has quite a wardrobe.

“When I went to the costume fitting, I was thinking, ‘Gee, I’m 47 at the end of this month; that’s not very far from 50’. When they dressed me up and made me so glamorous, I was shocked.”

The wardrobe is high-toned, and so is the character when she’s not being nasty, which for Lawless is part of the appeal.

“She’s so charming and so witty and so cultured, and she is unbelievably inhumanly savage,” she said. “I always like to put that duality into characters — as destructive as they are, they’re also constructive.”

Lawless, a New Zealander, said the bold roles for which she is known weren’t a conscious choice — “I have never planned my career,” she said — but she welcomes them. “I’m great at being terrible,” she admitted.

But she also savours the opportunity to do different types of jobs, like an episode of the HBO musical-sitcom Flight of the Conchords.

“I got to play a woman who is about as impactful as a stain on the wall,” she recalled. The countess is no wall stain; she will be an integral part of the witch war that is to occupy the second season.

“I’m here to give Janet’s character a hard time,” Lawless said. “A very, very hard time.”

Salem is a drama, but the outrageousness of the goings-on — did we mention that in the pilot Mary later fed that frog back to her husband after suckling it on a sort of nipple on her thigh? — give it a darkly comic undercurrent. Will her fans accept this warrior-turned-witch?

“They’ll like it, because they have a great sense of humour,” she said. “And they’ll need it.”



30 May 2015

Awesome Lucy Message to Ill Fan and Their Response

Sometimes it’s just the simple things that are the most important and one simple gesture from Lucy was all it took – seconds of her time to give to someone some happiness. Awesome doesn’t begin to cover it. Andi is a cancer patient and a Lucy fan. Her friends got together and asked Lucy to send a message to their friend. Lucy did and this is the result.

Lucy Lawless sends message to Andi Sorrell to get well!

GUYS THIS IS THE VIDEO LUCY SENT TO ANDI... THANK YOU ANDI FOR SHARING IT WITH US!!!!! :)))Ella dice... Hola Andi esta es Lucy Lawless de Xena La Princesa Guerrera y yo solo quería enviarte un mensaje a través de este video ya que estoy aqui en New Zealand trabajando en un show y estoy por tomar un avión para ir de regreso a Louisiana y solo quería tomar un minuto rápido para enviartelo con todo mi amor porque escuche que no te has estado sintiendo bien últimamente pero yo se que tu puedes vencer esto, toma tu medicina y continúa respirando todos estamos apoyandote .. con mucho amor.. besitos

Posted by Ana K Guzmán on Thursday, May 28, 2015


and now Andi’s response and if this doesn’t make you tear up, nothing will. Get well soon Andi!

Lucy Lawless of XENA and SALEM surprises Andi, a young cancer patient with a well wish. Thanks to Suzanne Keilly, Andi's friends and of course the beautiful Lucy Lawless, for bringing a smile to Andi's face. It really starts at 1:34




30 May 2015

Salem Season 2 Episode 9 Wages of Sin Episode Stills

Here are two episode stills from the Season 2 Episode 9 Wages of Sin episode due to go to air this week. 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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30 May 2015

Salem Teaser - Lucy Lawless Breaks Terrifying News on 'Salem'!

Things are about to go from bad to worse on Salem.

WGN America's spooky witch drama airs an all-new episode this Sunday and ETonline has your exclusive first look at the action-packed hour featuring a crackling scene between Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) and Countess Von Marburg (Lucy Lawless).

Mary realizes that she may have a new ally in English doctor Samuel Wainwright (Stuart Townsend), but there's just one problem: her young son, Little John (Oliver Bell) has gone missing. 

In the sneak peek, Von Marburg assures a distraught Mary that "our little lamb is safe and sound," but obviously that's not good enough. "Tell me what you've done with him or I will rip the truth out from your heart," Mary demands.

Turns out, there's a far greater reason for why Von Marburg has kidnapped Mary's son -- and it has to do with the "greatest of all sacrifices."

Watch the rest of the scene to find out how Mary takes the terrifying news. 



30 May 2015

Press Release: Starz Releases New Teasers For Ash Vs Evil Dead



Original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell Serve as Executive Producers on the Series starring Campbell and Lucy Lawless among others

Beverly Hills, Calif., May 29, 2015 - The STARZ Original series "Ash vs Evil Dead" is rolling out new teasers this week for the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series 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. "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.

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.

Raimi is directing the first episode of "Ash vs Evil Dead" that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), and Tom Spezialy ("Chuck," "Reaper," "Desperate Housewives"). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, "Spartacus," Xena: Warrior Princess") and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") along with Craig DiGregorio ("Workaholics," "Chuck") who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam ("Spartacus") and Chloe Smith ("Spartacus") will serve as producers.




28 May 2015

More Photos of Lucy at Xenapolooza II from Facebook and Twitter

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26 May 2015

Lucy Pics at #Xenapalooza Event Instagram

Here’s a round up of photos from the Xenapalooza Event from Instagram


Maccentric owner Thomas Avallone and customer Walter Johnson with Salem's Lucy Lawless #salem #lucylawless #maccentric

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#lucylawless in #Shreveport #Louisiana #Salem #WitchWar @thereallucylawless

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#lucylawless in #Shreveport #Louisiana #Salem #WitchWar @thereallucylawless

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#lucylawless with a fan in #Shreveport#Louisiana#Salem#WitchWar@thereallucylawless

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#LucyLawless #Shreveport #Xenapaloosa

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I love LucyLawless! She's the SweetestThing! #Xenapalooza #SalemCrew

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A picture of a picture of a picture taken by Lucy Lawless. #lucylawless #xenapalooza

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I love LUCY #lucylawless #xenapalooza #shreveport

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24 May 2015

Zombie Warrior Herald On Sunday 24 May 2014

The Herald on Sunday has a gorgeous photo of Lucy about the filming of Ash Vs Evil Dead in Auckland. 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



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



22 May 2015

Legacy Interview with Lucy–Feb 2015

Can strength and vulnerability coexist in ourselves? Actress Lucy Lawless is living proof.

Lisa Haisha met Lucy Lawless backstage at a staged performance of Maleficent, where Lucy starred as the misunderstood villain herself. And after hearing Lucy's life story in their subsequent Legacy Series interview together, Lisa learned that being misunderstood is something Lucy knows a lot about!

Through their conversation, you learn that Lucy's life growing up in conservative New Zealand culture where self expression was frowned up, to becoming the star of Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, and numerous other Hollywood roles, she has not diminished her optimism for life, her love of people, and her desire to give back to them as an ambassador for Greenpeace.

Self expression, parenting, living in the present, discarding the past, and paedophelia are just a taste of the topics Lisa and Lucy discuss, so dive into this conversation-- you'll discover that even you have misunderstood what Lucy Lawless is all about!
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21 May 2015

25 Greatest Entertainment Moments of 1995 - Xena




21 May 2015

Screencaps from Salem Season 2 Episode 6


Posted screencaptures from Salem Season 2 Episode 6

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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18 May 2015

Upcoming Live Tweeting with Lucy About Salem Season 2 Episode 7

Lucy just posted the following about a live tweet she is doing

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



18 May 2015

Lawless Loves The Dark Side–Sunday Star Times 17 May 2015

The following article was published in the Sunday Star Times 17 May 2015. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite



For once, Lucy Lawless isn’t playing a hero — and she’s really enjoying the change, she tells

SHE ONCE offered the ultimate in female heroism, now some 20 years later Lucy Lawless is playing the most diabolical villain of her career – and loving it.

Lawless’ latest project sees her join a cast including Janet Montgomery, Shane West and Seth Gabel in the second season of the hit supernatural fiction series Salem.

It’s a dark, horror-fiction reimagining of the infamous Salem witch trials, in which Lawless’s character, Countess Palatine Ingrid von Marburg, is the last witch in an ancient German line.

‘‘She’s quite awful, I’ve never played a character that I would perceive as a villain but she is, and she’s completely thrilling to play,’’ Lawless says gleefully.

‘‘She does things that are not only morally corrupt, but that give me ethical concern while playing them. I’ve played some pretty blimmin’ wacky stuff, but this takes the cake, utterly.’’

Her CV boasts roles in everything from her breakout role as Xena: Warrior Princess, to spots on CSI, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus, and, more recently, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The one thing her major roles have in common? They’re all strong female characters – easily a testament to the legacy of Xena, who Lawless says ‘‘gave me everything’’.

Lawless takes my call from what she calls ‘‘the buckle of the bible belt’’ – Louisiana – still answering with a Kiwi-as ‘‘gidday’’.

She talks about the horror of the show with vigour and a kind of admiration. ‘‘It’s a juggernaut. Even I can’t stop it. Sometimes it’s like, ‘oh my god, I can’t believe you thought of that’, and I’ll question Adam Simon – our writer – who says, ‘well, actually that comes from a historic account’. The weirder it is, the more likely it is to have actually happened.’’

It’s a disturbing example of art imitating life, but Lawless is no stranger to the darker side of humanity, having taken to spending spare time in courtrooms – just watching.

‘‘I’m a person who wants . . . to see the truth of it – what’s really going on. It’s not even just cases. I go to jury selection which other people find tedious and I find fascinating,’’ she says.

‘‘One woman had not only a son who had gone to prison for rape as a minor, but also had an aunty who was kidnapped and murdered the year before, and she was a very upright, wonderful, gentle, elderly woman, and they picked her for the jury. I was so shocked.’’

It’s something she says can get dark at times but, on the other side of the coin, she’s also learning a lot about southern hospitality which provides the lighter side to balance her new life. She says she’s learning to drink beer like the locals, after not having touched it for near 30 years.

‘‘Here it’s just what you do, and I always want the authentic experience so it was just, like, bring it on. We had a party the other day and about 400 locals showed up and some local musicians came on board, they’re calling it Xena-polooza and they’re having it next year,’’ she laughs.

It seems Xena will always follow the actress around – something she’s proud of, but she’s ready to pass on the mantle.

‘‘They should definitely remake it, it’s a bloody fantastic franchise. Two cool females moving through the world righting wrongs and singing songs. Why not?’’

She reckons she’s ‘‘too old to play her now, but someone should’’, and besides, she’s having a great time playing the dark side.

‘‘Right at the time when I thought my career would be fizzling out, it’s really taken off again. [The Countess] is absolutely the most intense person, she’s pretty diabolical. Everything I learned by being razzed by my brothers and sisters goes into this role, because she’s just such a terror,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s really, really naughty and we just laugh all day long; it’s a pretty weird gig, man. But I love it.’’ Salem airs on Wednesdays, 9.30pm.


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



15 May 2015

Countess Marburg Recap Video

A recap of Countess Marburg coming to Salem…

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



15 May 2015

Salem Season 2 Episode 7 Episode Still and Trailer

Here’s the new Lucy episode still from Salem Season 2 Episode 7 and trailer

salemS2E7“Salem” Episode 2.07 – “The Beckoning Fair One” (air date 5/17/15)
Mary (Janet Montgomery) resorts to drastic measures in a bid to attain valuable information for use in combating the Countess (Lucy Lawless), and she tries to shore up her political hold over Salem with a move that could either assure her success or seal her fate.

As Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant) continues her Witch’s tutorial, she learns that getting what she desires comes at a cost and that in order to continue on her seemingly powerful path, she must still remain supplicant to others.

As the Countess and her son, Sebastian (Joe Doyle), continue to work their plan, they are presented with a rare glimpse into their enemy’s stronghold, where a fascinating introduction is made and their cause is made stronger by a new but unpredictable ally.

Wainwright (Stuart Townsend) returns to Salem, having gained some measure of information that may shed light on the town’s particular strain of plague, but further investigation reveals shocking results.

Meanwhile, Tituba (Ashley Madekwe) makes plans for her recently captured prey, and Cotton (Seth Gabel) gets a surprising visit. Written by Donna Thorland and Adam Simon; directed by Joe Dante.


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



12 May 2015

Lucy Salem Tweets, Reviews and Pics Roundup

Here’s the latest images from twitter and Istagram of Lucy on the set of Salem and also from episode 6. Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite







10 May 2015

Lucy’s Performance of the Week Honourable Mention in TVLine

Image635668457853295496HONORABLE MENTION | We knew from the moment we heard that Lucy Lawless was joining Salem that we were in for a treat. The natural born badass was just so, so right to play the Countess Marburg — the one witch wicked enough to make even alpha female Mary Sibley nervous — that we were left giddy by the prospect of their inevitable showdowns. And when at last the first of them took place in this week’s episode, “The Wine Dark Sea,” the erstwhile Xena, Warrior Princess, didn’t just meet our expectations — high as they were — she exceeded them, milking every venomous line for all it was worth. Take this gem, for instance: “You can put a crown on a sow’s head, it doesn’t make it a queen.” Hurled by a lesser actress, the insult might have come off campy and cheap; but, as delivered by Lawless, it came off campy and sublime. Color us enthralled.


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



9 May 2015

High Res Official Salem Season 2 Episode 6 Episode Stills

Added high resolution episode stills from Salem Season 2 Episode 6

A Visitor Comes To Town

Countess Marburg arrives in Salem and threatens Mary’s stronghold on the city.

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














6 May 2015

Salem Countess Marburg Twitter and Video Pics

Twitter pics, video trailers and snippets Salem roundup

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








6 May 2015

Lucy Lawless is bad down ‘to the marrow’ on WGN's 'Salem'–Fox News 30 April 2015


Lucy Lawless is bad down ‘to the marrow’ on WGN's 'Salem'

Lucy Lawless has shifted from warrior princess to witch in WGN America's "Salem," a fictional recounting of what happened in the 17th century village that held the witch trials. And her character, Countess Marburg, is as far from Glinda the Good as possible. She is even more evil than the Wicked Witch.

Truth be told, this is the most malevolent villain Lawless has played to date, and that includes her role as the devious Lucretia in Starz’ “Spartacus” franchise.

"Lucretia was a survivor," Lawless told FOX411. "It was easy for me to justify her behavior. She was a survivor in a very tough environment. Then she lost her mind when her husband was killed because he was everything to her. So she had that redeeming quality of absolute love for her husband. But in the case of the countess, she's bad, not just to the bone, but to the marrow."

The Countess Marburg is a very powerful witch, who is a part of an ancient line of German witches. Not a descendant, but an original. And on Sunday night's episode, "The Wine Dark Sea," which Lawless described as "a juggernaut of horror," there is a big reveal of the hideous method by which she stays young.

"The character is so morally corrupt by society's standards, not only today, but in those days, and, for me, that presents ethical issue," Lawless said. "But because this is horror, and it's beautifully realized horror, I can't let my personal feelings get in the way. Honestly, I really had to consider the morality of even shooting some of these things. It's pretty hard-core stuff."

Lawless' interest in the horror genre developed at a young age. Her father would tell vampire stories in order to keep the kids quiet in the back of the car when they took long drives. So is it any surprise the first movies she watched were horror films? She joked, "I learned how to fight vampires at an early age."

Even so, when it came to playing Countess Marburg, Lawless didn't look to any characters from previous horror projects to craft her role. Rather, she said it is a result of growing up in a large family. She has five brothers and one sister.

"There was a lot of competition for things like cookies-- food in particular-- so you would have to cheat, lie and manipulate to get your share," she recalled. "We would torment one another and razz one another mercilessly. Often, I use the razzing skills I developed as a kid in the show to sort of nah-nahny-nah-nah another character without being seen to."

When "Salem" wraps production in Louisiana shortly, Lawless will return to New Zealand, and jump right into another horror project, "Ash vs. Evil Dead,"  which is being executive produced by Lawless' husband Robert Tapert, of "The Evil Dead" fame.

And there is a funny story there. When Lawless was 17, her first boyfriend took her to watch a "really great film" called "The Evil Dead." Not too far into the film, there is a scene where a girl gets raped by a tree. This incensed Lawless so much, she stomped off and didn't watch the rest of the movie.

"I remember saying that the people [whoever] made this movie were misogynists, and I never wanted to see anything from those people again," she said. "So, before I know it, I'm married to one of them. That's one of those never-say-never moments. That's crazy, isn't it?"

"Salem" airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

Originally published on Foxnews


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



6 May 2015

Image Update: Salem Season 2 Episode 5

Added screencaptures for Salem Season 2 Episode 5



5 May 2015

Ash Vs Evil Dead Tweets and Pics Roundup

Ash Vs Evil Dead has began production in Auckland New Zealand. Lucy indicated she would be joining the cast this month after she finishes with filming Salem.



5 May 2015

Salem Season 2 Episode 5 Tweets, Pics and Video Roundup

Here's some tweets, pics and video from Salem Season 2 Episode 5 (which featured Lucy as Countess Marburg a great deal - Roger has created screencaps from the episode and they will be up shortly)



1 May 2015

Xena Episode Stills–The Debt

The Debt was one of my favourite Xena episodes. Here are some episode stills from it.

Find out more about Lucy’s role as the mighty Xena Warrior Princess on AUSXIP Xena