Lucy Lawless and Hurricane
TV Times (Los Angeles Times
TV Guide supplement)
30 October - 5 November 2005. In a new CBS thriller, Lucy Lawless is in hot pursuit of
The Tampa Tribune 30 October 2005 - The Bat Pack. Four
young Tampa area actors shoot pool with Lucy Lawless and
face Hurricane Katrina while filming the TV movie "Vampire
The Fresno Bee - 28 October 2005 'Xena' actress goes to bats Her crew got
a real-life jolt from Katrina. Forget blood-sucking vampire bats. It was Hurricane Katrina
that scared actress Lucy Lawless.
New York Vue - 30 October 2005 Blood Thirst - Lucy Lawless Stars in
"Vampire Bats" - Scans contributed by Victoria
Arkansas Democrat Gazette 30 October 2005 Vampire Bats wing it to CBS
- Lucy Lawless stars as the crusading scientist and critter
hunter on the CBS made-for-tv movie Vampire Bats - Scan contributed by
Toronto Star 30 October 2005 - Xena vs. Mother Nature
Locusts, mutant bats, a vast flood — these are the terrors that torment Lucy
Lawless - updated with scans from maRia
Dallas Morning News 30 October 2005 'Locusts' conquered, Lawless puts bite
on bats - Scans contributed by Lisa
Toronto Star 29 October 2005 - Lucy in the sky with... bats?
Houston Chronicle 30 October 2005 Bats in New Orleans
the cool title and seeing Xena's Lucy Lawless reprise her Locusts' role, there's another good reason to check out tonight's
Vampire Bats on CBS: the New Orleans scenery.
Zap2It 29 October 2005 Lucy Lawless Faces 'Vampire Bats'
...As with Bruce Willis opposing terrorist after terrorist in the "Die Hard"
movies, could Lawless fight even more horrors in future CBS offerings? "Oh,
I don't know," she muses. "How many plagues are there? I'm really looking
forward to 'Head Lice.'"
Entertainment Weekly - 28 October 2005 - Lucy Lawless on Vampire
Boston Herald 28 October 2005 From ‘Bats’ to Baton Rouge: TV’s Xena
battles hurricane during filming of CBS movie
TV Guide Online 28 October 2005 Lucy Lawless: From Xena to Katrina. Lucy
Lawless really should go on Fear Factor. The former Xena: Warrior
Princess star had to fight off a swarm of gonzo grasshoppers earlier this
year in the CBS TV-movie Locusts, and now in the sequel, the imaginatively
titled Vampire Bats (Sunday at 9 pm/ET), she's battling a horde of... well,
you get the idea. But she also weathered far more real storms this year, as
you'll see in TVGuide.com's interview with the Kiwi.
The Times-Picayune 28 October 2005 - Bats' just entertainment, Lucy Lawless
says. The cast and crew of "Vampire Bats" had about a week of shooting left
when Hurricane Katrina forced evacuation.
Star Lucy Lawless waited until midmorning on Katrina Sunday to leave.
New York Post - 28 October 2005 BAT-TY BOOP
FRESH from their riveting roles in that TV movie classic, "Locusts," Dr.
Maddy Rierdon (Lucy Lawless, "Xena") and hubby Dan Dryer (Dylan Neal) are
back to battle more revolting creatures in a soon-to- be-classic,
- ET Online 26 October
2005 Lucy Lawless' Hurricane Scare
Kiwi powerhouse LUCY LAWLESS
was filming her new CBS TV movie "Vampire Bats" in New Orleans when
Hurricane Katrina hit. ET's KEVIN FRAZIER talked to the star about her new
thriller, and her terrifying encounter with the hurricane.
- NZ Herald 26
October 2005 Lawless graduates from locusts
to vampire bats Actress Lucy Lawless is taking on vampire bats in her
latest role, rather than confronting the vengeful gods
of her former Xena: Warrior Princess series.
- SciFi.com Review -
Vampire Bats Review 26 October 2005 - After their
adventures in the CBS movie Locusts, professor Maddy Rierdon
(Lawless) and her husband, Dan Dryer (Neal), attempt to get
their bearings after moving to Louisiana with their two
daughters in search of a simpler life.
- TV Guide (US) - 24
October 2005 It's Xena! Vampire Bats (CBS, 9 pm)
St Petersburg Times - 24 October
2005 - Among campy and classic on TV for Halloween is the
toothless Vampire Bats,
which nevertheless gives a local actor his big break.
TV SMACKDOWN: Lucy Lawless is on the
job! - 21 October 2005
Beacon TV 21 October 2005 - A
Few Minutes With Lucy Lawless
Gannett News Service - 14
October 2005 - CBS uncloaks
"Vampire Bats" seems cozily
distant from the harshness
of realism and real life.
"It's good fun," says Lucy
Lawless, who stars in the
CBS movie on Halloween eve.
"Not everything has to be
deep and meaningful."
National Ledger 7 October 2005 Lucy Lawless Thrilled with Real Life Planet Xena
Entertainment Weekly 16 September 2005 Storm Surge: Entertainers respond as tragedy hits New Orleans
Daily News 1 September 2005 No cheers in Hollywood as film rival flattened. "There is nothing I would love more than to film near my house in Los Angeles," Lawless said. "But if you have to go away, Louisiana is a wonderful place to be. It's such an evocative place, visually and culturally." Lawless said the hope is to resume shooting somewhere else as early as next week. "We're trying to regroup," she said. "We are very passionate about finishing and seeing the film through."
New Zealand 4 September 2005 Young Kiwis make it out of New Orleans hellhole.
Lucy Lawless' mother Julie Ryan said her daughter felt grateful to have made it back safely to her home in Los Angeles to join her husband and three children after escaping the devastation.
MTV 2 September 2005 Hurricane Shuts Down Movie Productions In Once-Busy Louisiana. ...Ask her the basic plot of the film, and she can barely work up enough
enthusiasm to mumble, "It's a Halloween, teen flick, really." Begrudgingly, she added that "for all intents and purposes, it is lost. We are going to shoot next week [with new sets and costumes] in Nova Scotia."
"It's tough," she continued. "But who gives a sh-- if it's tough for us? It does not even compare to the difficulties facing those people there."
NineMSN - National Nine News (Australia) 1 September 2005.
US hurricane forces Lucy Lawless to flee
Brief mention about
Vampire Bats being halted in Canada.com Entertainment Section
- 31 August 2005 - Lucy Lawless' Race To Escape Hurricane
New Zealand Woman's Weekly 31 August 2005 - Lucy Lawless Flees Hurricane
Variety Magazine 30 August 2005 Katrina's wake
Hurricane forces biz to rethink plans
New York Daily News - 31 August 2005 Katrina foils 'Vampire'
Hurricane Katrina has halted production on the October CBS movie "Vampire Bats," starring Lucy Lawless."Bats" was in production in New Orleans. A spokeswoman said the producers hoped to resume filming in a few
days, but exactly where has not been decided.
Irish Examiner 31 August 2005
Movies abandoned as storm wreaks havoc
Chicago Sun Times - 31 August 2005
KATRINA ZAPS FILMS: No question about it, Mother Nature is democratic when it comes to causing
havoc. Just like everyone else, movie stars and filmmakers were chased out of Louisiana by the fury of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, the crew for
Lucy Lawless' upcoming CBS flick ''Vampire Bats'' (catchy
title, eh?) themselves are hunkered down in Baton Rouge -- having fled
their much more dangerous New Orleans filming locales.
Fangoria Magazine - 30 August 2005 Lucy Lawless battles BATS, escapes hurricane
Hollywood Reporter 30 August 2005 - Frank von Zerneck, who is producing "Vampire," said it would be at least a
week before his production could resume what would have been its last week of shooting. "Everyone is safe," von Zerneck said, "but now I'm dealing with things like, are the trucks flooded? Where is the equipment?
Everything was boxed up and stored, but now the city is pretty much closed down."
Washington Times - 29 August 2005 Stars flee Big Easy film
sets - Lucy evacuates from the set of Vampire Bats.