If you like your history full of sex, gratuitous violence, and buckets of blood then season four of Starz‘s Spartacus:War of the Damned is right up your ally. I love the show, not for it’s sketchy history, or kitschy dialogue, but for the sex and fight scenes. The show knows it’s no Rome (HBO series, fantastically fun show, go check it out . . . 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and doesn’t try to be.
“Epic Kills of Spartacus: War of the Damned,” gives us a look at some of the gory deaths and bloody action scenes we’ll all be hooting about in the upcoming final season of the show. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) takes on the might of Rome when Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells), his son Tiberius (Christian Antidormi) and the young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) join the battle against the revolting gladiators and slaves.
Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres January 25th, 9PM Eastern on Starz.
Starz is showed it’s happiness with the success of the Spartacus franchise and ordered a third season before the second season of the series had even premiered. Spartacus: Vengeance premieres on January 27 and production on the yet to be named third season is set to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.
“Many surprises are in store for Vengeance viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” said exec producer Rob Tapert.
Vengeance marks the debut of Liam McIntyre in the title role of Spartacus, in which he succeeded the late Andy Whitfield. McIntyre is joined by returning cast members Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, as Crixus, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay, and Katrina Law. The most recent chapter of Spartacus was the prequel, Gods Of The Arena which aired in January 2011 and averaged an estimated 6.2 million total viewers per episode across all linear channels and on-demand viewing. Those kind of numbers have made the series a Starz favorite.
Hollywood actor and 39-year-old star of the cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Andy Whitfield has passed away.
Born in Wales and raised in Australia, Andy was considered by many a virtual unknown when hired alongside fellow actors Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Peter Mensah to star in the original series from the Starz network. A series known for it’s sexual content and graphic violence Andy fit the role of Spartacus perfectly, a former soldier condemned to fight in the arena as a gladiator and ultimately leads a rebellion against the Roman Empire. This role showcased not only his athletic side, but allowed Andy to show his depth as an actor and portray a man deeply in love with his wife. This duality made Andy an instant star the world over.
Sadly, in March 2010 while prepping for the second season of “Spartacus”, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodkin Lymphoma and began treatment immediately. In between all this adversity Andy still took the time to have fun, co-starring alongside Youtube filmmaker Freddie Wong in the 2 minute short Time Crisis. Earlier this year fellow Australian Liam McIntyre was signed to take over the role.
Andy’s manager Sam Maydew confirmed that he passed away Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.
In a statement made by Whitfield’s wife Vashti she called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife.”
The man was a true warrior to the end and will sorely be missed by his fans, but more importantly his friends and family.
Last week Nerdbastards posted that Austrailian Liam Mcintyre was a front runner for the role of Spartacus. Andy Whitfield had to step away from the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand last September when his cancer returned. Starz was left with two options: recast the role of Spartacus or cancel the series.. Starz confirmed their choice today.
When Spartacus Season 2 returns we can expect lots of sweat, skin, and tight abs. I’m really excited about the news that Lucretia played by Lucy Lawless, will be returning to the second season! We all know that Lucretia can be a cold hearted bitch when she feels slighted in the smallest way. Wonder what kind of floodgate will be opened after taking a sword to the gut from the gladiator she loved. Whole lot of Roman-spurned-woman-venom coming Criux’s way.
Wait, I just realized that I have written this whole post about Spartacus without using the word Merkin. There, I thought I was leaving something out, I feel better now.
Don’t forget this Nerdbastards reminder:
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena starts this FRIDAY! Set your DVR!
I love Spartacus Blood and Sand. I liked the fighting, I liked the outrageously huge blood splurts, I liked the full frontal nudity, I even liked hearing about Lucy Lawless‘s merkin. What? You don’t know what merkin is? Google it! Pretty sweet huh?
OK, back to Spartacus. I was pretty bummed out for Andy Whitfield when his cancer returned and he had to put his career on hold. (Nerdbastards thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Andy!) Starz had no choice but to cancel the show or recast the role. With the shows popularity it was pretty much a no brainer to move on and recast. Now the question is how will this affect the show? Will is be as obvious and unforgettable as the Darren switch in Bewitched, or forgettable like the Jimmy Olsen switch in Louis and Clark? (Didn’t know about that one did ya? One nerd point for me.?
From the Daily Blam:
Word from Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht is that they will going through with the second season and are close to recasting the lead role of Spartacus. According to Michael Aussiello, Liam McIntyre may be cast in the starring role. At the Television Critics Association Albrecht said:
“This will be the official second season, which picks up where we last left Spartacus and his gang of escaped gladiators. We don’t have casting news for you today, but the reason that we are announcing the official moving ahead is because we’re very confident that where we are in the casting process will result in finding a lead actor who can ably step into Spartacus’ sandals, although we will never be able to truly replace Andy Whitfield.”
That one’s for you Nerdbastard ladies. Well, Liam certainly has the physique for it. Now we just have to wait and see if his acting is as well toned.
The second part of Starz announcement is that Lucretia played by Lucy Lawless, will be returning to the second season! Executive producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight says, “What we have planned for Lucretia in season two makes season one and the prequel pale in comparison to what she’s up to in season two.” So Lucretia survives that vicious slicing she received from Crixus in the season finale. Does she lose Crixus’s baby? Oh, I can see some vengeance and blood in her future if that’s the case. Or even better, what if she AND the baby survive? We’ll just have to wait and see. But fear not faithful Spartacus lovers. In the meantime we have Spartacus: Gods of the Arena to tide us over!
The six part prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, was announced when Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, delaying season 2 of the show. Creating GOTA was an exceptionally cavalier move on behalf of Starz to support Whitfield. When his relapse was announced Starz as supportive as they were, had to decide on a recast. Although they haven’t decided on whom will fill the sandals, I’m sure we will know soon.
Along with a lengthy synopsis after the jump is the trailer. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena debuts on January 21 at 10pm EST on Starz. (more…)
All week long nerdbastards has been running a pretty sweet contest. Called the “I Bleed. I Sweat. I Fight. I am a Fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand Nerdbastards PS3 System/Blu-Ray Giveaway”, sponsored from our friends at Starz. See, they wanted us to get the word out on their hit original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Now Available on DVD & Blu-ray) . In spreading the Spartacus gospel they gave us a FREE Playstation 3 System paired with a copy Spartacus: Blood on Sand on Blu-ray, as well as two copies of first season on DVD to giveaway to our fans. So, we ran a simple contest on twitter and facebook. To win these epic prizes all fans had to do was follow, or become a fan of nerdbastards on twitter, or facebook and make an update on our feed, or wall saying “I Bleed. I Sweat. I Fight. I am a Fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand”.
Within the week that we ran this contest we received hundreds of submissions and increased our nerdbastards army. It’s been great, but this is not about us. This is about you, the fans. A week to find out if you’ve won a PS3 or Spartacus: Blood and Sand is torture. Every minute of everyday scratching yourself like a crack head wondering if you, out of hundreds get to walk a way as the winner. Well, the pain of uncertainty is over. The contest has run it’s course. We have our winners.
OUR WINNERS (By way of random selection) ARE:
Winning the Playstation 3/ Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Blu-Ray combo (Our GRAND PRIZE) is:
Twitter user WBandoy (@WBandoy) Jay Bandoy.
Our Runners up, receiving a copy of Spartacus: Blood and Sand Season 1 on DVD is:
Twitter User gjrkow (gjrkow) Gabriel Rivera and Facebook User Jodee Rose
Let us congratulate Jay, Gabriel, and Jodee, the lucky bastards. [Winners] If you are not contacted by means of twitter or facebook then contact Luke on twitter (@nerdbastards) or email him (lukeg37atgmail.com)
We’d like to thank all those that entered and made this our best contest yet. Being that we got such a good response we are going to look into running more contests like this in the future. So stay tuned.
For those that did not win today, but still want a another chance to win a DVD copy of ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ you can try your luck on the Spartacus Facebook Fan Page, Trivia/ Caption Contest. There’s a winner for each contest week and a new one posted every Monday and Thursday.
We appreciate our readers, like a lot. We do what we do because of you.
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There is no way to show just how much we appreciate you, but we got something today that’s very close to doing just that.
So, let me ask you. How do you feel about Playstation 3 and Starz original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand? We certainly hope you got good feelings for them, because we are giving them away FOR FREE! Yes, that’s right, FREE!
“What’s up”, you say? See our friends from Starz want us to spread the word on their critically acclaimed series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The First season is on DVD/Blu-Ray right now and they/we want it on every nerds DVD shelf.
And, if I must say, why wouldn’t they? Spartacus: Blood and Sandis awesome. It’s about a wronged tribal leader (Spartacus) that must fight for his freedom in the arenas of Rome. It’s filled with backstabbing, plotting, cliques, chicks, jocks, fighting, sex, sex and yea did I say sex (Naked Lucy Lawless!)? It’s a ramped up, blood spraying, full front guilty pleasure, but I digress. The show speaks for itself. To celebrate the boobs, blood, mayhem and chiseled dudes in loin clothes (hey it gives the ladies a reason to watch) Starz has partnered with Nerdbastards. Together we are thanking fans and bringing awareness to those among you that missed out on the show that makes ‘300’ look like a Disney film, by providing the ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away 3 killer prizes to 3 random, but equally lucky fans that spread the Spartacus gospel on Facebook or Twitter.
“What exactly are the prizes”? “What exactly do I need to do to win”?
You look out the window and see the night sky is an interesting kaleidoscope of purple, gold, and green; the dark swirling clouds threaten storms of untold proportions. An alien mother ship hangs ominously over the burning city in the distance, spewing laser beams and attack crafts to the ground. The zombies outside beat a steady rhythm on your front door…wait a minute, is that Betty White? In the next room the TV anchor is droning on about the meteor headed toward earth bound for impact in eight days; as if it mattered. You grab the remote and flip through the channels, the meteor . . . zombies . . . aliens . . . man-eating frogs . . . zombies . . . Jersey Shore . . . meteor . . . tornadoes . . . some kind of western about four weird guys on horses . . . yeah, nothing on, at least that much hasn’t changed.
Not much else to do but go nail another board over that window, grab your baseball bat, a bottle of Tequila, your favorite snacks, and watch:
What’s up bastards! Once again it’s a Tuesday and like always, NerdBastards got y’all covered with the DVD Tuesday feature. Every week we tell you what movie was released and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. We got the full listing today as we have the Old Movies Are New, TV Show DVD (one show has violence, and boobs), Anime Pick (about ghosts), and the LOL/WTF Release (in which the DVD comes with a shirt). So what are y’all waiting for, check after the jump to see what came out and see if there is anything you want! (more…)