Spartacus Vengence Extended Teaser Trailer

- 12-14-11TV Posted by Mark Poynter

 

Spartacus is back with a vengence . . . yeah, it is a little too early in the week for puns, but this extended teaser trailer for the January premiere on Starz looks terrific. Forgetting all the tragedy that this show has endured with the death of Andy Whitfield, there are still some amazing stories to be told.

Lucretia – the baby, her revenge.

The Slave uprising and battles.

Ilithyia – she has some payback coming.

Those are the top concerns for this NerdBastard. The show has been a great ride, the bloody fights, the sex, the merkins. Everything is set at eleven. Below is the series synopsis and the teaser trailer. 

Here’s the synopsis:

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 in Spartacus: Vengeance. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.

Spartacus Gets “Thumbs Up” on Third Season

- 11-07-11TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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.

‘Spartacus’ Star Andy Whitfield Dies of Lymphoma at 39

- 09-11-11TV, WTF? Posted by NickBungay

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.

Via: Associated Press

Torchwood’s Chances For Another Season Are Looking Grim

- 07-29-11TV Posted by Veronique Medrano

Torchwood’s light of hope for another season is ebbing away as Starz reports that, despite being happy with the sci-fi shows success,  they do not plan on renewing the show for another season.  Even though its premiere showed solid ratings, the show’s future is not as secure as some would suspect. It turns out that this season’s 10 episode order which was an unusual commitment for BBC, was only due to Russell T Davies involvement.  Starz CEO Chris Albrecht attests that it is up to Davies, and that

“… he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will affect the future of Torchwood.”

The fact that Starz never planned to continue this show after the first season is slightly odd. I mean why waste the time, and energy to build up a sci-fi epic only to have it cut short.  There has been a reasonable amount of positive feedback about the show and continues to pick up steam. Do you agree that it should be left alone at the first season or do you want to see more Torchwood?

Leave your thoughts or comments below, or else a flaming stick will appear at your doorstep. (spooky)

 

‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ Sneak Peak Reminds Us How Much We’ve Missed Captain Jack

- 06-28-11TV Posted by Sarah Moran

Captain Jack Harkness is finally returning to television. He’s been long absent with no appearance in Doctor Who since Matt Smith stepped out of the Tardis and his own series, Torchwood has been off air since Children on Earth in 2009. The surviving members of the team, Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) return July 8th with Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz.

With this eagerly awaited premiere all most here Starz has released an awesome 11-minute preview. Including great action, touching moments and tons of drama (as well as an odd intense, movie trailer voice over) this teaser has everything to bring you up to speed with the Torchwood team. Having made the switch to Starz for U.S. viewers, Miracle Day is presented as a good jumping on point for series n00bs and this sneak peak fills you in on Jack and Gwen if they’re unfamiliar. Of course, fans know the real skinny on Jack because, sadly, this promo leaves the fun parts of his history out. Which is kind of surprising, since one, the show is on Starz and two, sex sells.

Joining Barrowman and Myles are “CIA agent Rex Matheson (played by ER‘s Mekhi Phifer), his partner Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins), Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur), convicted killer Osward Danes (Bill Pullman) and Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose).”

Watch the 11-minute sneak peak below and let us know how excited you are for Torchwood to return. Has the wait been worth it?

source: Blastr

Bullets Galore! Anime Series Noir Getting Adaptation on Starz

- 06-19-11TV Posted by NickBungay

I consider myself a pretty big geek for Japanese animation, I still have VHS tapes of Gundam Wing littered somewhere in my house. So, when I heard about this latest news, even I had to go “wha?”.

The Japanese anime Noir is getting television show. Those that know the Anime must be thinking it’s some sort of reboot, it’s all the rage with production studios today, but they’d be wrong. This is going to be a full, live-action, TV show backed by Starz Entertainment.

Airing back in 2001, Noir was very popular among those with a hard-on for girls and guns in the same scene. While there are sites that cater to that now, the series did in fact carry an overall story:

Following two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past own past lives and how they’re connected to each other. Together, they form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.

Being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and those little known “Evil Dead” movies. That in itself is exciting news. However, they’re working on an Anime, that’s almost unheard of here in North America. On the other hand,  assassins, boobs and bullets, how can you not lose?

As of right now there is no set time on when we’ll see any bullets fly, but it’ll get more then a made for TV movie kind of deal. Starz tends give shows on their network an 8-10 episode as a first season deal, plenty of leg room for the writers to work with. It’s being written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce alongside Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Via: The Mary Sue

Full Torchwood: Miracle Day Trailer Shows Bazooka Toting Cap’n Jack, Bill Pullman Being Crazy and a Ton of Explosions

- 05-23-11TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

Regrettably I haven’t gotten into BBC’s Torchwood yet. Yea, yea, fuck me, 100 nerd demerits, I know. It’s on my agenda. I’ll join the party soon enough. Though, I am debating if I should really bother cuing myself up with the 4 seasons of the Doctor Who spin-off. I think I’d rather jump on the bandwagon July 8th for Miracle Day on Starz. Besides, now that Torchwood is in the hands of a vastly superior network (aka bigger budget and access to better creatives), were assured programming that is practically guaranteed to be better than anything the BBC can muster (yes, I know it’s co-produced but still). Feel free to argue with me, but I think newly released trailer for the series speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, it’s from Access Hollywood, so there’s rather loud (why is AH so loud?), and obnoxious narration. Also gotta deal wit that annoying AH floating logo. Distractions aside, you got your first decent look at the series. Cap’n Jack running around with a bazooka, Bill Pullman being a creepy serial killer of sorts and and more explosions than you can shake a stick at.  Enjoy:

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

“Torchwood,” premiering July 8, stars John Barrowman (“Torchwood”, “Desperate Housewives”) as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles (“Torchwood”, “Little Dorrit”) as Gwen Cooper, Mekhi Phifer (“ER”, “Lie to Me”) as Rex Matheson and Bill Pullman (While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day) as Oswald Danes.

Review: ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ Premier

- 01-24-11Featured, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premiered last Friday with all the blood, gore, and gloriously sweaty full frontal nudity that any geeky fan boy or girl could want.  The opening retells the all too deserved death of Batiatus at the hands of Spartacus, thus ending the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  As Batiatus lays next to his wife dieing, his minds eye flashes back to the days before Spartacus, the days where the Gods of the Arena ruled his world.

While Batiatus at the edge of death dreams of days long gone we the viewer are treated to the opportunity to see many of the cast before we knew them, the chance to see that tipping point that drove the characters into those we loved to love, or hate in Blood and Sands.

If you are in need of a new drinking game for your party friends just play Spartacus: Cock and Drink. Every time a character says the word “cock” everyone drinks.  Last one standing after the episode wins.  First one that falls gets the magic marker treatment.

Overall this opening episode for Gods of the Arena was a great starting point.  Bring on the blood, the sweat, and the Merkins!

Couple of interesting things I noticed:

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New Spartacus Enters the Arena of Blood and Sand

- 01-18-11TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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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!

Spartacus Season Two Official – Starz To Recast Spartacus Role

- 01-12-11TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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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.”

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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!

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