Starting October 9, purchase a PS4-branded Taco Bell Big Box and text the included code for a chance to win a bundle including a white PS4 and Destiny. Taco Bell and Sony Computer Entertainment America promise to pick a winner every 15 minutes during the promotion, which ends on November 19.
Death of former Cuban fighter tells me I don’t want to be present at the deaths of any more hardcore Xenites.
My Kiwi pal, who has never seen an episode of Xena, was watching the queue of autograph seekers at a fan convention. At first they are laughing and joshing at the back of the line. Then when they get to within four or five people from the table she said they become very still and focused on me.
Starz announced today the greenlight of the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.
Alexandra Tydings, Aphrodite on Xena, will be part of a project called 'Dream Within A Dream', a transmedia project centering on Edgar Allan Poe. She is one of the angels.
Central Gondor stretches before you. Orcs and other foul things come from the mountains and the endless raids come from the sea. The great city of Pelargir now bends to the will of the Haradrim and Corsairs seeking to tear the realm of Men apart. As the sky darkens to the East, muster your strength and take your sword to those who pillage and burn!
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announce cast members for this year’s Panto at the Playhouse Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight. The cast will feature Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as “Aurora” (Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It”), Lucy Lawless as “Carabosse” (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”)
Bungie has announced Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, will be available on December 9 for $19.99 / £19.99 as a standalone purchase, or as part of the $34.99 / £34.99 Season pass which also offers the second expansion, House of Wolves.
Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Love May Fail, a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick that Mike White has adapted. Matt Tolmach is producing. Elizabeth Cantillon is the exec producer.
Turbine appears to be going through another round of layoffs that are possibly affecting the Lord of the Rings Online team, according to Twitter messages.
Renee was a guest at the San Pedro International Film Festival this weekend. Actress, Producer, Director Renee O’Connor joins us on the podcast to talk about SPIFF, the San Pedro International Film Festival. Renee is Co-Director of the festival with Ziggy Mrkich and we talk about what you can expect from the jam packed weekend of events, feature films, documentaries and panels. I highlight some of the local interest films that are a must see for San Pedrans!
A few more guests are added to the 'last' con list for February in Burbank. So far there will be:
It’s official: Syfy is renewing two summer thrillers, including a pickup for supernatural freshman drama Dominion.
Lucy Lawless Promises a Butt-Kicking Turn in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the second half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team are effectively operating as outlaws, trying to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. and quash Hydra at the same time. Enter Lawless' Agent Isabelle "Izzy" Hartley, a woman Lawless says is "no shrinking violet."More than 19 years ago Lucy Lawlessburst onto the TV scene with Xena: Warrior Princess, earning legions of fans as the butt-kicking title hero known for that infamous war cry and her relationship with her companion—and soulmate— Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor). Now Lawless is stepping into a whole new world, one made up of equally devoted fans with a gig on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I don't know if you remember this, but I interviewed you a few years ago and afterward you sent me a package, including a chakram, which is still proudly on display in my apartment.
Oh my god, I must have loved you! [Laughs.]
It meant so much to me! You sent me a chakram, an animation cell and a nice note. I'm so excited to get the chance to talk to you again.
You must have written something so terrific…
It was for Spartacus.
I've only done that for a few people. At the end, you must have been so good to us. Thank you very much, I'm glad you told me that.
No, thank you. It meant to much to me. So, what appealed to you about Agent Hartley?
Well, I want to be part of the Marvel world. I've never done that and it is really a great nod to my fans from the Comic-Con world and also I have been doing a lot of other quite heavy stuff and it was a chance to slip back into a world that is such a comfortable, no-brainer for me. It was like taking a lovely warm bath.
How does the big Hydra twist affect your character?
It affects Coulson in that he now has to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. because Hydra has just grown so enormous and has infiltrated and smashed his organization. It's a case of "Who are you going to call?" and he calls the one person the world he knows who will not betray him and that's Isabelle Hartley. She brings her team and she's got this hotyoung assistant played by Nick Blood who's a lot of fun. Have you interviewed him?
He's pretty bloody fantastic and I think everybody who likes great characters and great actors—and good-looking ones at that—are going to be every happy this season.
Is it safe to assume since it's you and it's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that you will be doing some butt kicking.
Yeah! But don't worry, Hydra gives back, so I'm not going to come away completely unscathed, but S.H.I.E.L.D.'s adaptable and we always fight back.
You mentioned you wanted to join the Marvel universe. Was it intimidating at all? It's so expansive and you're no strange to rabid fans, but…
No, like I said it was like a lovely warm bath. [Laughs.] You know, smashing Hydra, it's like mother's milk to me, you know? In fact, on Hercules and the Amazon Women, my first American job ever, I think we were dealing with Hydra then.
Right, right. You have a lot of experience with Hydra.
A lot of experience with Hydra. That's why Coulson knows he can trust me!
Do you have a favorite superhero?
[Pause] No, I love them all. Don't get me in a fight Christoph, I'll come and take that bloody chakram back! [Laughs.]
You'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!
What is it that you think fans should know about your guest appearance before they see it?
Hey, you can't call it that. You don't know that.
My premiere. What should they know before? Trick question. Next question, I'll figure that out.
A different topic: Will you be returning to say goodbye to Parks and Recreationthis year?
They're always asking me to and I've been working Down Under, so if I can get back there in time, then yes. I love them so much. It's such a cute relationship and I'd love to put a button on that, but it's about getting back in time!
You mentioned your work Down Under. I know you have The Code coming out and we'll see that on DirecTV here in the States.
Yeah, it's a political thriller. That was a very heavy and interesting experience. Culturally, there's a lot of stuff going on that overseas audiences won't understand about Aboriginality and the law, all sorts of things going on there. I've also been writing Down Under, so to go into Marvel was like going back to my roots. It was a huge relief and gave me a new attitude.
You said The Code is a little heavier and Marvel is what you're used to. Do you prefer one to the other?
Oh no, I love it all. It's texture. And I think what people can count on—to go back to your earlier question—what people can count on is that Isabelle Hartley is no shrinking violet. She's there to kick ass. It's what she does.
Xena recently celebrated its 19th birthday. In your opinion, what is the show's greatest legacy?
Oh, it's incredible fanbase who is a force for good in the world. It's a very loose sorority, although there are a lot of men in that, who are agents for positive change in their communities. They get together—they do amazing things. They raise a lot of money for charities and animals—just service, service to the world. I don't know anybody else who has a fanbase quite like that. I'm sure they do exist, but I really honor them.
Another random Xena question because it happens to me sometimes: Do the songs from the musical ever pop into your head?
From which musical?
"The Bitter Suite," the first Xena musical.
Yes, occasionally! [Laughs.]
There are times where I just wake up and a song is stuck in my head.
Do you really?!
Yeah, I'm like, "What is going on in my dreams?"
Oh my god! [Laughs.] That's so funny. I often think about—not from the musical, actually but [singing] "Joxer the mighty, Gabby as his sidekick…writing wrongs and singing songs." That always occurs to me, just kind of jaunty, silly activist mentality, I suppose, that appeals to me.
Joxer was a part of my first Internet screenname, that's how big a fan I am.
Oh my goodness! How old are you?
Oh you're a baby.
Going back to S.H.I.E.L.D., I just saw Ming-Na Wen tweet about the show. Did you guys compare notes because she kicks so much butt in that show.
Yeah, yeah. She's gorgeous. Did we compare notes? No, we talked about all manner of other things because you can get into a good intellectual conversation with Ming-Na. There was no shortage of conversation on set. Compare notes? No, we didn't have to. That stuff is just inherent in the job.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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5 Things we'll miss about 'The Wil Wheaton Project'
by Sep 2, 2014 | 4:06PM
Wil Wheaton recently posted some sad news for fans of his and The Wil Wheaton Project. Syfy announced it will not pick up the series for a second season and, while Wil’s taking the news in stride, I’ll admit to being bummed about it because I really liked the show.
RENEE drops the bucket. Renee has been challenged by BTFS producer Bejamin Dane to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. BTFS just posted this message: "We just got word Renee O'Connor is taking on the #ALSIceBucketChallenge from producer Benjamin Dane. Look for it soon!"