23 November 2005
Upcoming Lucy Events:
A couple of tough days ahead for Lucy as she heads back to New
Orleans to lend her support to the fundraising efforts. It's
going to be a very tough ride back but not as tough as the
people that have lost their homes and have lost loved ones. My
thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to Lucy and
How can you help? By donating money so you can help someone have
a thanksgiving dinner:
The following is from
Bring Thanksgiving back to New Orleans - help
us provide an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner for 5000 people who
need your help.
Join Sheriff Marlon N. Gussman, The Corps of
Compassion and Feed The Relief to feed the elderly, displaced
and First Responders - who are also now the victims - homeless
and away from their families. You can sponsor an individual, a
family or full tables - donate money and gift-cards today:
Individual Dinners $20
Full Table $200
Available - call for details 702-544-1400
If you wish to
donate you can do so through paypal through the Corps of
Lucy Attending New Orleans Fundraisers Nov. 23 and 24
The following is from Sharon Delaney / Official Lucy Fan Club
- Lucy's headed off to New Orleans tomorrow to
attend a couple fundraisers on Nov. 23 and 24.
One is the New Orleans Louisiana Sheriff's 31st
Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the New
Orleans House of Blues. Another one is in
Jefferson Parish on Nov. 23. She wants to help
raise awareness that there is still much to be done
in New Orleans and on Thanksgiving, this is the time
to find a way to do some giving ourselves.
- Further to the announcement above Sharon
indicated she will be going with Lucy and filming
thier journey: Iam going with her and the video
powered up and loaded with
tapes. I'll be documenting every part of the
trip I can. I don't know that we'll have any
internet access so I may be offline until
Thanksgiving night. I don't really have any
words for what I'm feeling right now. Both
Lucy and I just hope some good will come of it.
Everyone take care of yourselves and each other.
Tickets for the New Orleans Louisiana Sheriff's 31st
Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration are not available. According
the press release:
"On Wednesday, November 23, the night before Thanksgiving,
the House of Blues has offered the venue, upon its return
since being closed following Hurricane Katrina, to have a
free concert for the first response team as its first event.
Tickets will be distributed by lottery."
wasn't sure if Lucy was to perform at the free concert.
19 October 2005
Vampire Bats Articles
- Added interview with Lucy about Vampire Bats from Gannett News
Gannett News Service - 14 October 2005 - CBS uncloaks 'Vampire Bats'
"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."
30 September 2005
Lucy Lawless, star of the TV programme Xena: Warrior Princess,
is still recovering from a nightmare escape from New Orleans to
avoid Hurricane Katrina. The New Zealand actress fled the US
city with the masses when officials issued a mandatory
evacuation alert over the weekend, as the category five storm
threatened. She says, "The traffic was going one-mile-per hour
sometimes, then it was two-miles-per hour, then five. It took
nine hours for what should have taken 50-55 minutes." Lucy was
in town shooting a new movie, Vampire Bats.
20 September 2005
Lucy Radio Interview -
This was a very raw, honest and quite blunt
interview conducted on AM1105 with Harrison on the Edge.
Transcribed by me.
Lucy Radio Interview -
Harrison on the Edge (Air America Network)
Delaney reported that Lucy has conducted an interview with Air
America. That interview is on Harrison on the Edge Radio Show.
HOUR 3, Segment 1: Xena Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless, going at
it against Bush and the Gulf Coast debacle./
to download the file.
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Harrison on the Edge - Audio File - mp3 format - 5 mb
is quite an interesting interview, very articulate both from
Lucy and Harrison, her interviewer. No holds barred, raw and
honest. It's a very good interview IMO.
Many thanks to
Roger for the clips
14 September 2005
And the first news item from the Official Lucy site is:
- Lucy did a phone interview with Entertainment Tonight about
her journey out of New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina
hit. She talked with them the day she arrived in Baton Rouge.
Although part of the conversation didn't make the piece that
aired on the show, ET was kind enough to give us a copy so the
fans could hear Lucy talk about the Xena fans who chartered a
private plane and pilot to fly her and some of the Vampire Bats
movie crew to Texas.
Click here to listen to her conversation with Mark Steines.
Vampire Bats Update
The Official Lucy Lawless Fan Club Page:
- The movie production moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The
producers of Bats were finishing up filming another movie there
and that crew will become the Bats production team in a couple
days. It's a challenge because the new crew will have no idea
what went on before. They also need to reproduce sets, costumes,
etc. Lucy said Brett Butler worked for one week in New Orleans
and her work was finished. However, Timothy Bottoms is there
along with Dylan Neal and many of the rest of the cast.
How To Help
Auction of Autographed Artwork
The following is from CindyT:
My friend and a wonderfully talented writer, Robin Alexander
(author of “Gloria’s Inn” and “Murky Waters”), has been trying
to help those in need in her area of Baton Rouge. I am helping
her out and I hope you will too. She has provided a partial list
of things that are needed:
* All baby items: food, clothing, and bottles
* Any old summer clothes that you have laying around that you
would like to get rid of
* Personal Hygiene items: deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
soap, tissue, toilet paper, first aid supplies, etc.
* Non-perishable foods: Canned Tuna, soups, etc.
* Bottled Water
* Bedding Supplies
* Toys for the kids
Most of the people who left the areas hit just took a few
belongings. They probably weren’t prepared to 'camp out' for a
For more info and to get the address for sending your donation,
please contact Robin directly at
REMEMBER: EVERY BIT HELPS…LET’S DO THIS FOR THE GREATER
Auction for Hurricane Victims - Message
On Yahoo! Auctions, I'm selling some of my
original artwork. I intend giving 100% of the
donations to the American Red Cross for the Katrina relief
Here are the links:
Added public service announcement campaign in support of the
American Red Cross's efforts to help victims of Hurricane
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Screencaptures from E! News 2 September 2005
MTV 2 September 2005 - Hurricane Shuts Down Movie Productions In
Once-Busy Louisiana. Interview with Lucy ... 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."
Lucy was interviewed On E! News about escaping
Added E! News Interview with Lucy - wmv format 1.8 mb
screencaptures from E! News
AUSXIP XENITE WATCH
Keeping Track of a Our Xena Family after Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina has blazed a trail of devastation throughout
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Across the Gulf Coast, Katrina
engulfed thousands of homes and decimated the landscape in what
could become the most destructive storm in U.S. history.
Many of our friends have been affected. This section of AUSXIP is to
keep track of those friends, to alert others of ways that we can
help and to do our little bit for The Greater Good.
There is a Xenite Safe List for those that have checked in with
friends that they are okay
There is a Xenite Waiting Info - we haven't heard from these people
If you know of anyone still missing or if friends have contacted you
please let us know.
There is also an announcement list where you can subscribe to at
This is only for announcements not chat.
E! Building Hurricane Relief PSA Campaign
E! Networks is creating a public service
announcement campaign in support of the American Red Cross's
efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The spots are
set to begin airing Saturday; featured celebrities and
performers include Eva Longoria, Pamela Anderson, Destiny's
Child, Steve Carell, Nicole Richie, John Larroquette, Julie
Andrews, Brooke Burns, George Lopez, Lucy Lawless, Mariah Carey,
Carlos Santana and Paula Abdul. The PSAs also will be seen on
Style Network in the U.S., in more than 75 countries on the E!
International Network, and online. E! will air a one-hour
edition of "E! News" on Sept. 9 leading up to the multinetwork
telethon to raise money for hurricane relief.
Many thanks to Barbara Davies for the news
For Aussies E! is broadcast on the Foxtel
Cable Service and accessed through channel 22 for those on
The following is from the Official Xena Fan Club
Battlestar Galactica Publicity
The following is from The Official Xena Fan Club page:
Battlestar Galactica PR in print -- no TV interviews planned at
this time Here's a list of things to look out for.
They will run much closer to, probably ON, the air date of the
episode, Sept. 9.
- San Antonio Express News (syndicated thru Hearst)
- SFX Magazine
Soap Opera Weekly
- Star Magazine
- Starlog Magazine
- Tribune Media Services (syndicate)
- TV Guide
- TV Zone
- Maxim Online
- NY Daily News
- Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) - syndicated thru Scripps
- Battlestar Galactica official Mag, vol. 2 (out in October)
Help the victims of Hurricane Katrina this Friday from 5am
(Los Angeles, CA) -On Friday,
September 2, 2005, 100.3 THE BEAT will encourage listeners
to stop by any Southern California Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
location between 5am and 3pm to make a donation to the
American Red Cross to support disaster assistance for the
victims of Hurricane Katrina. When listeners make a
minimum $10 donation to the American Red Cross, they will
receive a dozen original glazed donuts as a way of saying
â€śthank youâ€ť from Krispy Kreme and 100.3 THE BEAT
screencaptures from Entertainment Tonight 31 August 2005 interview
with Lucy. The screengrab on the left captured Lucy's mood and
the mood of the whole country and the world at the events unfolding
after Hurricane Katrina.
GCLS Relief Fund
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lesbian Fiction Community Bands Together Under GCLS Banner to
Help Its Own
In light of the truly devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina,
the board of the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) has
established a special GCLS Relief Fund (
http://www.goldencrown.org/ ). This fund, to be
administered by the GCLS Advisory Board, will take donations
from the public on behalf of all those authors, publishers, and
supporters in our community who have been affected by the storm.
Here is your opportunity to help people you know and love in
recovering from this disaster. Some women have lost possessions,
others are now homeless; all of these folks need our assistance
Funds will be disbursed based on applications filed with the
GCLS. The amounts disbursed will be dependent on donations
received and the extent of the need.
Please, give what you can. In addition, a percentage of the
profits from purchases made at StarCrossed Productions (www.scp-inc.biz)
during the month of September will be channeled into this fund,
so you may also wish to contribute in that way as well. We hope
many of you will join us in this effort.
The GCLS Advisory Board
To donate, just go to
www.scp-inc.biz and click on the disaster relief fund
The following is from the Official
Xena Fan Club Page:
Entertainment Tonight 31 August 2005
Lucy Lawless talks to ET at the Houston Airport on her way home.
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- Lucy TV Alerts
Lucy will be on Entertainment Tonight -
31 August 2005
Lawless tells ET she and the crew thought about sticking it
thought we were just going to tough this one out and stay in the
with the locals," she says. "We're so glad we got out -- we're
grateful that the news service made us ... we had a car and we
to get gas before it all ran out."
Update: Lucy will
NOT be interviewed on Larry King Live on CNN
Aussies - this is shown on Foxtel at 6 pm on CNN
The following information is from
Josh Becker's site
I just spoke with Rob's office, as well as their nanny, and Lucy
got back to L.A. last night and she's fine. I just spoke with
Rob and he says that Lucy will be on Larry King's show tonight
discussing the hurricane in New Orleans.
**UPDATE -- Rob just emailed and said that Lucy was cancelled on
Many thanks to Doug for the updated news
Help people and the animals affected by this
hurricane by making a donation today.
Katrina has blazed a trail of devastation throughout Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama. Across the Gulf Coast, Katrina
engulfed thousands of homes and decimated the landscape in what
could become the most destructive storm in U.S. history. Victims
are stranded and in need of immediate medical care, food and
water, and tens of thousands of people will need temporary
housing for months.
Network for Good (there are many charities you can
Xena/Lucy Fans Reach Out
I want to thank the
fans who organised the charter plane and pilot to take Lucy out
of New Orleans. Now that is what I called the Xenaverse in
action. Good on ya guys whoever you are. Unfortunately Lucy's
couldn't make the connection but the effort fans put into trying
to get her out is what counts. Makes me proud to be part of this
The National Ledger reports: The former "Xena: Warrior
Princess" star actually had several offers for private homes in
which to stay, some set up by a network of loyal "Xena" fans. In
fact, some of the fans had managed to charter a plane and pilot
for Lucy to leave the area, "but we couldn't make it out to
where the plane was," she says, clearly moved by the efforts.
She's grateful, also, that husband Robert Tapert and their two
young sons, who had been staying at the house, happened to have
left New Orleans a week ago.
Click here to read the full article
The following videos were
contributed by Jenn from XWPOnline
Lucy told Showbiz Tonight: There was children on the
side of the road...that was terrible...and the strain on the
policemen's faces because you knew they were staying out a sense of
duty, to us...and people yelling at them. [Lucy is clearly moved]
because we are all so self interested in getting out of the disaster
and we forget about those people that have to stay out of a sense of
They are great heroes.
We want the people of New Orleans to know that we will be back.
We want to help grow the industry. We love being there and we love
them. They have been so kind to us and we will be back.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT 30 AUGUST 2005
Update from CBS On Vampire Bats Filming
I followed up the note from the CBS Media Relations to ask if
the movie would be pushed back due to Hurricane Katrina.
Jennifer Gunderson, from CBS Media Relations sent me the
- The airdate of "Vampire Bats," nothing has changed - it will
still be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, Oct. 30. As for completion
of the movie, production will not be going back to New Orleans
to finish filming, however they are currently working out their
plans to finish the movie and should have that worked out
Lucy on CNN Showbiz Tonight and
31 August 2005
Got this note from the Media Relations Coordinator at CBS...
The New Orleans production of the CBS television movie "Vampire
Bats" was interrupted earlier this week when Hurricane Katrina
swept into the town. The crew and cast, including star Lucy
Lawless, began evacuating on Sunday to places including Houston,
Dallas, and, in Lawless' case, Baton Rouge, and were safely out
of harms way when the Hurricane struck. The producers of the
movie hope to resume production soon.
Help Noah's Wish....
With this latest tragedy we have seen many people lose their
homes and some have lost their lives. We also need to remember
the animals that are sufferring. I read a news report that made
me heart sick yesterday. I won't repeat it because it's just too
tragic. Carol Stephens sent me a note that I think is worth
passing on - there is an organisation called Noah's Wish and
they help animals in disaster areas. They are sending a team to
the devestated areas to help care for the animals. Who are they?
The following is from their web site:
is a not-for-profit, animal welfare organization, with a
straightforward mission. We exist to keep animals alive during
disasters. That's it.
We are not involved in any other
animal welfare issues. It's not that we are not concerned about
all the ways animals are abused and exploited. Noah's Wish would
like nothing more than to see all suffering stop. Fortunately,
there are a multitude of national and local animal welfare
organizations who are tackling the issues that adversely affect
animals. No other organization has made the commitment though to
just focus on disaster relief work for animals. That's the void
we are filling.
Read more on their web site
The Red Cross and
all the other US organisations that are geared for this sort of
support is looking after the people and Noah's Wish is looking
after the animals - please help them in their quest. To donate
Entertainment Tonight 29 August 2005
Lucy Lawless talks
to ET by phone from Baton Rouge where she escaped to after
orders to evacuate New Orleans halted production of Vampire
Bats. Also contains footage of Lucy on the set of Vampire Bats
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Videos contributed by Roger
Sharon has posted a phone pic that Lucy sent in to reassure fans
that she's okay. Check out the full size pic on
The Official Xena Fan Club Page
30 August 2005
News about Katrina and Lucy safety
Judi got the live feed
from ET - Click here to view captures
images of Lucy are from an interview Lucy did with ET about
Vampire Bats. Lucy spoke to ET via phone from Baton Rouge
Lucy told ET "I turned on the television and saw Category 5,"
Lawless tells ET.
The actress was one of the mass swarm
of people who have fled the devastating storm. She had been
shooting the CBS movie "Vampire Bats" in the Big Easy when the
frantic call to evacuate the city came.
"The traffic was going one-mile-per hour sometimes," Lawless says of
trying to leave the city. "Then it was two-miles-per hour, then
five. It took nine hours for what should have taken 50-55
Lucy had no electrical power and was only able to communicate via
telephone. With her family back home and out of harms way, she
left the city with three production members and is staying in
Baton Rouge, LA. But the popular star is concerned for the
people who weren't as lucky as her.
"I just realized all
those people in incredibly low-lying areas are in such threat,"
she says. "I just worry about them."
Just last week Lucy told ET how fond of the city she was. "I love this
town, I love the heat" the New Zealander said. "I was afraid of
coming, working in sweltering heat and swamps, but it's just
been pure joy. I would move here if I could work here all of the
Lucy on ET tonight, Aug.
29 to thank the fans that made offers of shelter and a charter
Lucy is in Baton Rouge (according to ET) and is
safe. You can see a
video clip of
her brief chat with ET on ET Online Many thanks to LB for
the ET Link
(via Sharon Delaney /
Official Xena Fan Club Page)
Talked with her
again this morning. Said she woke up in the wee hours to the
sound of three explosions which was probably trees hitting power
lines. Still lots of wind and rain but a safe place to be and
they hope to go back to finish the movie.
Official Xena Fan Club
This message was posted earlier from Sharon about Lucy's
Talked to Lucy yesterday afternoon and
she wanted everyone to know all the cast and crew of the movie
are safely out of New Orleans. They're staying with friends of
the production company. It was a long, slow ride out of town,
but they made it. Their thoughts are with those still in the
city and the surrounding area and everyone is praying that the
storm weakens. She's grateful for the offers of help that were
received as they were readying the troupe to move out.
The Washington Times reports
flee Big Easy film sets
Aug. 29, 2005 at 3:08PM
Hurricane Katrina has shut down production on at least two
Hollywood projects filming in the New Orleans area. Former
"Xena: Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless was in the Big Easy
shooting "Vampire Bats" for CBS when the evacuation call
came in, "Entertainment Tonight" reported Monday. "The
traffic was going 1 mile per hour sometimes," she told "ET"
about her ride out of town. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary
Swank was also evacuated from her Louisiana set. She was
shooting the supernatural thriller "The Reaping" in St.
Francisville, "ET" said.
28 August 2005
those in the path of Hurricane Katrina (and who won't be reading
this but getting the heck of town) - Get out of town and out of
the path of Katrina!
Lucy has been filming
Vampire Bats in New Orleans - let's hope she makes it out of
is from Bloomberg News
Evacuates as Hurricane Katrina Approaches (Update3)
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- New Orleans residents were
ordered to evacuate the city today as Hurricane Katrina, one of
the most powerful and potentially deadly storms ever to threaten
the U.S. Gulf Coast, approached land with its 175 mph winds.
Mayor Ray Nagin said only essential personnel and people unable
to travel may remain in the city. Thousands already have fled
southern Louisiana as the storm, which hit Florida two days ago,
gained strength in the Gulf. Forecasters said the storm's eye
will come ashore about 7 a.m. local time tomorrow.
Katrina was upgraded to Category 5, the most severe on the
Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, this morning. Only
three Category 5 storms have hit the U.S., and a direct hit
would devastate New Orleans, much of which lies below sea level
just 100 miles upriver from the Gulf.