Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Spartacus Stars Visit the Starz Booth. Madness Ensues!

Well, it's been busy all day, every day at the Starz booth. But when the stars of Spartacus:Vengeance turned up, let's just say the floodgates opened. Joining us in the Ludus were Manu Bennett (Crixus), Katrina Law (Mira), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) and the creator of Spartacus, Steven DeKnight. I tried to capture as many pictures as I could but crowd control was quite the priority. Everyone was just dying to get into the Ludus and get their pictures taken. If you did it, well done! If not, well, there's always the show to watch and get you excited.

Friday at Comic-Con - TORCHWOOD panel and press rountable.

Fans of TORCHWOOD, you won't be disappointed.

After getting into a very very packed panel and finding a great seat, the Torchwood panel began with an exclusive video trailer. You can see that right here.

And some shots right from the panel.

John Barrowman gets an autograph from Alexa
John and Eve in very good spirits, loving the HUGE crowd.

John being his usual shy, retiring self. Did I mention he sang "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" for the whole crowd, who then joined in?

Mr President himself, Bill Pullman, with Alexa and Mekhi (henceforth to be known as "Anaconda."

It was a great panel. Obviously there couldn't be too many spoilers or revelations, but some interesting little nuggets did creep in. There is, in fact, a reason that Jack Harkness has 4 stripes on his epaulets instead of the usual 3, and it's an army/navy thing. He's hinting we'll find out more.
Video footage of the roundtable interviews will come soon, and they're knockout. I can honestly say I've never met a more welcoming, open and fun cast. Watch this space.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Half Way Through Day 2, It Just Gets Crazier...and Cooler.

I took a break from booth duty to run around, grab some pictures and video footage and share them with you guys. The booth was under assault from the get-go, and the buttons and freebies were flying off the shelves (in the case, the Luduas wall) quicker than we could untie the bags holding them. And it that wasn't enough, the completely cool, calm and collected John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkeness) popped by the booth to have his photo taken with a hunky gladiator. Great actor, great personality, real sport.
I leave you with the best photos of the day so far. I also took a little video footage which I'll update soon. OH, and remember. The TORCHWOOD cast will be at the screening of Episode 103 tonight. Whatever you reason may have been for not attending, it's just no longer relevant.

Join the Q&A Conversations on the Message Boards

If you have questions for the Spartacus cast, or the Torchwood cast, the message boards are a fantastic place to check out. We have two topics running right now, and the questions from fans like you are flooding in. I will be meeting with them tomorrow, and I will do everything I can to get your questions answered. Here are the two threads we have running, go there now and get your questions in before the deadline. I'll be picking my favorites tonight.

Have a burning question you’d like to ask the Spartacus: Vengeance cast? We’ve got an insider on the floor of the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con ready to grant your wish. Our insider will have one-on-one interview time with:

* Liam McIntyre (Spartacus)
* Lucy Lawless (Lucretia)
* Dustin Clare (Gannicus)
* Manu Bennett (Crixus)
* Katrina Law (Mira)
* Steven S. DeKnight (Executive Producer, Head Writer)

Post your questions in reply here. The SDCC Insider will choose the best questions, ask and post the response.  Deadline to submit a question is Thursday 7/21 5pm MT.

Have a burning question you’d like to ask the Torchwood: Miracle Day cast? We’ve got an insider on the floor of the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con ready to grant your wish. Our insider will have one-on-one interview time with:

* John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness)
* Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper)
* Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes)
* Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson)
* Alexa Havins (Esther Drummond)
* Jane Espenson (Writer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica)

Post your questions in reply here. The SDCC Insider will choose the best questions, ask and post the response.  Deadline to submit a question is Thursday 7/21 5pm MT.

Preview Evening at SDCC - The Hordes Descended!

My first experience at the SDCC was something of an eye-opener, and I loved it. This is my crowd, my people and I met a ton of viewers who love Spartacus, Torchwood and Camelot. I had the chance to chat with many fans, and when I say fans I mean hardcore, knows the scripts backwards, give a right lung to see something before anyone else kind of fans.
The atmosphere was electric and maniacal. When the doors opened at 5pm the floodgates opened. We were inundated with requests for buttons, bags and INFORMATION! Make no mistake, these fans knew what they wanted, and they wanted scoops. It took all my effort not to reveal anything, some were so genuinely obsessed.
Anyway, I took the liberty of grabbing as many shots as I could of the opening night. Check out the mad scene that is Comic Con 2011. It's just not something that a few images can get across, and the attention the Starz booth received was unprecedented!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Put Mind To Pressing Task. Submit Spartacus: Vengeance Questions!

Friday, July 22nd, from 2-4pm, I will have the great honor of attending the roundtable with the stars of Spartacus (and Torchwood...naturally).
Now, I'm fine asking questions that pour out of my goodly brain, but I'd much rather throw questions at the stars that came from the fans out there. You
So, here's a list, with a brief recap (like you need it) of the characters/stars who will be sitting down with me for a quick chat. Get you questions in at the SPARTACUS MESSAGE BOARDS. The list is growing and I can't ask them all...but man, for you guys, I'll try!

LUCRETIA – Lucy Lawless
When we left Lucretia at the end of Spartacus: Blood & Sand, she was all but dead. Her husband Batiatus was killed by Spartacus, he unborn child’s life was taken when Crixus ran her through with his sword. Now, she’s back, played with incredible intensity by Lucy Lawless. What questions do you have for her?

SPARTACUS - Liam McIntyre
The new face of Spartacus, Liam McIntyre has endured rigorous training and a grueling schedule to fill the shoes of the leader of the rebellion. Spartacus will have his vengeance on those who betrayed him, and justice for every slave. If you have questions for Liam, make haste and ask them now.

CRIXUS – Manu Bennett
They may have started out as enemies, but by the ends of Spartacus: Blood & Sand, Crixus and Spartacus had formed an allegiance in order to overthrow the House of Batiatus. In doing so, Crixus stained his hands with the blood of Lucretia. The mighty Manu Bennett plays Crixus, throw some questions his way.

GANNICUS - Dustin Clare
In Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Gannicus was a master swordsman. He won his freedom, earning a Rudis for his service to Capua. But time has passed since the day he set foot on Capua's soil as a free man, and the House of Batiatus has since been overthrown. What would you ask Dustin?

MIRA - Katrina Law
In Spartacus: Blood & Sand, Mira was sent to comfort the grieving Spartacus - an offer he initially rejected. But over time, it became clear that their future was entwined, and Mira played a pivotal role in the uprising at the House of Batiatus. What next for Mira? Ask Katrina Law.

Steven DeKnight
Creator, head writer and executive producer of Spartacus: Vengeance, as well as Blood & Sand and Gods of the Arena, Steven holds all the cards. Whether or not he'll show any of his hand is another matter entirely, but ask anyway! You have no idea what he may tell you.