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Spartacus' Andy Whitfield Attacking Cancer "Like a True Champion"

Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator Steven. S. DeKnight wants Andy Whitfield's fans to know the actor is actively fighting the disease. "Andy of course is being very private about his condition and what he's going through with his family," DeKnight said Tuesday to discuss the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. "It's been a little while, but the last thing I heard was that he was attacking it like a true champion. I have the utmost faith that he will... //www.tvguide.com/News/Spartacus-Andy-Whitfield-1028064.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Spartacus' Creator Talks About Recasting the Title Role and What's to Come for the Gladiators

Though lead actor Andy Whitfield had to leave 'Spartacus' for health reasons last year and the drama's title role is being recast, the gladiator's journey is far from over. On Friday, Starz president Chris Albrecht told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour that the network had definitely decided to go forward with a second full season of 'Spartacus.' In an interview later that day, Albrecht said a new lead actor for the drama would be announced in "weeks" and the second season of 'Spartacus' would probably arrive in early 2012. Read More.... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/09/spartacus-starz/

Starz Moving Forward with Second Season of Spartacus, "Very Confident" in Recasting

Spartacus: Blood and Sand will return. "We are officially going ahead with the long-planned, but unfortunately delayed second season of Spartacus ," Starz President Chris Albrecht announced at Friday's Television Critics Association's winter preview sessions. Production on the series was halted in March after ...  //www.tvguide.com/News/_television/genres/starz-Moving-Forward-1027465.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Lucy Lawless' Husband Encourages Her Racy 'Spartacus' Scenes - Starpulse

TV star   Lucy Lawless   insists her husband has no problems with her full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes in racy drama   Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena   (The six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand ) - because he's a producer of the show. The former   Xena: Warrior Princess   star appears completely naked in many scenes as Roman socialite Lucretia, but her husband Robert Tapert just cheers her on.   Read More... //www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/01/06/lucy_lawless_husband_encourages_her_ra

Starz Launching 'Spartacus' Game on Facebook

Starz's digital media unit is trying its hand at its first Facebook social media game tied to the premium TV service's  Spartacus  franchise, making it one of the first major TV properties to get a social game. The company will also launch an iPad script app that will present  Spartacus  episode scripts with video and commentary, director's notes, cast photos, historical background information and more. The free  Spartacus: Gods of the Arena  game -- which works similar to such hit social games as Mafia Wars  that have become one of the red-hot areas of the entertainment industry -- will launch in limited beta on Thursday to the first 10,000 fans who register on  Facebook . The full public launch will happen Jan. 20, a day before the Starz TV debut of the  Spartacus prequel, which has the same name as the game. Social media gaming publisher 6waves -- which, with more than 75 million monthly active users, is one of the largest players in the space -- will help Starz launch the game. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/DwDw3CHWcX8/starz-launching-spartacus-game-facebook-67912

'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' Meet the New Gladiators (VIDEO)

Now that 'The Walking Dead' is on hiatus, why not fill your blood and violence void with Starz's 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena'? The prequel to 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' will feature Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, John Hannah as Batiatus before Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) joined the gladiator world. Dustin Clare also stars as Gannicus. Our own Maureen Ryan had an exclusive preview of the series earlier this month. Before the mini-series premieres Jan. 21 at 10PM, get to know the hunks gladiators of the arena. Source & Video

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (Starz) Trailer and Photos

Check out the trailer and more photos from Starz’ SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA which will premiere on January 21, 2011 at 10pm. Synopsis: Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave. Other returning actors include Peter Mensah (Doctore), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) – and others. New characters will also be added – most notably the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus – who will help fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus and ancient Capua as a whole. Source & Trailer

'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' exclusive trailer: Blood, lust, and bloodlust (Watch here)

While you wait for Starz to (hopefully) resume Spartacus: Blood and Sand next year (sadly, without Andy Whitfield), tide yourself over with this exclusive trailer for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel to the network’s beloved series. And Jupiter’s c—, does it look like appointment viewing! Blood! Sex! More blood! More sex! The prequel — airing Jan. 21 — follows champion gladiator Gannicus (Dustin Clare) and Batiatus (John Hannah), who seeks to overthrow his father. Along with Hannah, expect to see other Blood and Sand alums in the prequel: Lucy Lawless reprises her role as Lucretia, and Peter Mensah returns to play Oenomaus. Enjoy the exclusive trailer — and its shirtless stars — after the jump. Careful parents — this somewhat NSFW trailer isn’t for the kiddies. Source & Video

SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND "Kill Them All" Episode 13 (Season Finale) - Photos

Watch a sneak peek and also check out photos of the season finale episode of SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND "Kill Them All" Episode 13 which will air Friday April 16 2010. Episode Synopsis: Passions and deceptions ignite as Spartacus fights Crixus in a match celebrating Batiatus' political rise. The fates of Spartacus, his gladiator brethren, and their Roman masters hang in the balance. Source & More Photos

SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND Preview "Revelation" Episode 12

Watch a sneak peek and also check out photos of an upcoming episode of SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND "Revelation" Episode 12 which will air Friday April 9 2010. Episode Synopsis: 'Batiatus' fortunes rise as Glaber returns to Capua to discuss patronage. Spartacus' allegiance to the House of Batiatus is increasingly strained by revelations of dishonor and betrayal. Source & Preview