Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS VENGEANCE producer on the latest season

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Starz Network’s SPARTACUS series, Friday nights at 10 PM, has gone through almost as many tribulations as its legendary hero. The first season, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, starred Andy Whitfield as the Thracian warrior sent into slavery and trained as a gladiator, only to turn on his master and free his fellows. Then Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the production company did a prequel season, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, while waiting for Whitfield to recover. Sadly, Whitfield’s cancer returned. He gave his blessing to the producers to recast the role and passed away in September 2011. Liam […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE talk with Lucy Lawless and creator Steven S. DeKnight

Lucy Lawless in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE, which premieres tonight on Starz at 10 PM, is actually the second season of the SPARTACUS series, even though it’s the third year of the show. Series creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight understands how this might cause some head-scratching. In 2010’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Andy Whitfield starred as the famous historical figure. The season followed him through his early days of being enslaved, being trained as a gladiator and finally leading a revolt at the Ludus (gladiator training camp) that left its owner Batiatus (John Hannah) definitively dead and Batiatus’ pregnant wife Lucretia, played by […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Premiere

Lucy Lawless at the SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Premiere | ©2012 Sue Schneider

STARZ presented the premiere of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE on January 18th at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The story: on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will premiere on STARZ, January 27th at 10 pm ET. Walking the carpet were the stars of the series: Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law Peter Mensah, Dan Feuerriegel, Nick Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Ellen Hollman, Bonnie […]Read On »

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THOR is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

THOR Blu-ray | © 2011 Paramount Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies THOR – There was a time when superhero movies sucked it up royally and could not be counted on at all to provide enjoyment at home or the theater. But most of the time nowadays, comic book movies from Marvel and DC deliver the goods. THOR is […]Read On »

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In Memoriam: SPARTACUS star Andy Whitfield passes away at 39 – plus an excerpt from one of his final press interviews

Andy Whitfield in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 | ©2010 Starz

It’s always tough to hear about the passing of an actor from a beloved TV series or movie, but when that person is as young as Andy Whitfield, it makes things all the more tragic. The 39-year old actor best known for playing Spartacus in the hit Starz series SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer 18 months ago which delayed the start of Season 2 of the series. He went through treatment, but it went into remission and returned. Ultimately, he lost this battle and passed away on Sunday in his home of Sydney, Australia leaving […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will be “epic” says creator Steven S. DeKnight

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA - "Missio" | ©2011 Starz

Season 2 of SPARTACUS (dubbed SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE) is a half a year away from debuting, but creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight says the new season will outdo things that have already been seen in BLOOD & SAND and GODS OF THE ARENA. Part of this stems from the show getting out of the gladiator arena and sending the slaves on the run. “It’s exponentially more difficult and gigantic,” says DeKnight while speaking at today’s 2011 TCA session for Starz. “I ship the scripts off to [producer] Robert Tapert and dump a huge problem on his table. I’m always […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Lucy Lawless says SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will reveal how Lucretia survived her death

Lucy Lawless in SPARTACUS - BLOOD AND SAND | ©2010 Starz

While promoting the second official season of SPARTACUS, dubbed SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE (airing in January), Lucy Lawless hinted about how her character of Lucretia survived Season 1. “There is a scar,” says Lawless at the Starz 2011 TCA session today. “ I can’t tell you [how I survived] because the executive producer [Steven S. DeKnight] is right here. You do find out how she survived and it’s going to backfire horribly on her.” Click on Link: For More news from the Summer 2011 TCA Click on Link: For Steven S. DeKnight talks about SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL […]Read On »

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Exclusive: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE creator Steven S. DeKnight gives the scoop on the new season

Lucy Lawless in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 - "Sacramentum Gladiatorum" | ©2010 Starz

While at the 37th Annual Saturn Awards Thursday night, ASSIGNMENT X caught up with SPARTACUS creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight who filled us in on how filming for SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE is going in this exclusive interview. “We’re shooting Episode 5, so we’re almost halfway done,” he reveals. “Obviously, it has a lot of the same feel, but the stories are much, much bigger. The technical challenges are huge and soul crushing to my producing partner Rob Tapert down there [in New Zealand].” As far as the major story arcs, DeKnight says those will be bigger too. “The arcs […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS creator Steven S. DeKnight gives the scoop Season 2 – Part 2

Andy Whitfield in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 | ©2010 Starz

SPARTACUS GODS OF THE ARENA and SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND are two of the most popular genre series that have been on television in recent years. Both were immense hits for Starz, and in 2012 there will be a new second season picking up where BLOOD AND SAND left off. Steven S. DeKnight, one of the series creators and writers loved giving back story for the prequel, and is looking forward to all of the challenges in the works for the next season of the Starz original. ASSIGNMENT X continued our chat with DeKnight getting more insider information about GODS […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA star Peter Mensah is Doctore of the house

Peter Mensah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA only has two episodes to go, but fans of the series can rejoice that season two of the first series, is heading back into production. One of the main characters, who has the good fortune to not only survive the first season, be part of the prequel series, and return for the second season is Doctore played by accomplished actor Peter Mensah. Mensah’s gleaming smile and charm are something that he doesn’t get to use in abundance on the series, but with the prequel he has gotten to play the softer side of his character. […]Read On »

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