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30 December 2011

AUSXIP The Year In Review

Image2011 is coming to a close and it's been quite a year. Here are some of the interesting things that happened on AUSXIP in the course of the year. The highlight for me (in a year chock full of highlights) is AUSXIP's 15th birthday and the support I have received from my very loyal sidekicks Roger and Lori. Added to the mix was Lucy's active role in sending messages / pics throughout the year for various events and the wonderful interview she gave for the 15th Anniversary. Renee came to the 15th Anniversary party with a fantastic third interview with AUSXIP. Lots of good stuff happened in 2011 and some sadness as well. We lost some Xenites and a Thracian warrior, Andy Whitfield.

What's coming up in 2012? I can pretty much guarantee that AUSXIP will be around for another year. We will be live blogging the Final Journey Convention and a whole bunch of other cool things which we don't know about yet.

May you all have an absolutely awesome end of year party and let's hope 2012 is all that you wish for and more.

Below is the highlights of the AUSXIP Year.





  • AUSXIP Lesley-Ann Brandt fan site merges with Official Site


  • It was generally a quiet month ausxip related but lots of updates


  • MaryD head to New Zealand and meets up with Starship; awesome bunch with new CEO Brad Clark!
  • Lucy graciously signs a whole bunch of stuff for the new AUSXIP Charity Auction in 2012. Quite a few are incredible for Xena fans and Sparty fans.
  • Viva Bianca and Katrina Law also contribute some incredible for those in the AUSXIP Charity Auction 21-28 March 2012!
  • The 2012 Xena Convention Page added - The Final Journey
  • AUSXIP Noir is born! AUSXIP Noir is Rob Tapert's new show on the Starz Network coming in 2012.
  • AUSXIP TV Zone is now live (and will have a very short life)
  • AUSXIP Viva Bianca is merged to become The Official Viva Bianca Site


  • Official Campbell Cooley Site is born! Campbell appeared in Xena, Legend of the Seeker and now Spartacus. Long overdue site.
  • AUSXIP Reporter Lori interviews Katrina Law, Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett at Comic Con (hysterical "interview". Lori lost complete control and it became a fun free for all between the three castmates. Lori gave up trying to control or ask question. Watch here: Part 1 and Part 2
  • I go insane during Comic Con (well more insane than normal). That was one very busy weekend and wish the Sparty kids would all go home and stop giving interviews.



  • Andy Whitfield passes away and AUSXIP Andy Whitfield is now a tribute site
  • Lucy Lawless sends message about Andy's passing and details on how to help Andy's family with the Andy Whitfield Trust Fund
  • Starship Spring Clean Auction Watch
  • AUSXIP Supports Lucy Lawless Feel The Love Week
  • AUSXIP Frog Committee buys Lucy's Archey's Frog for Greenpeace and the print is donated to Starship




See you in 2012!!



30 December 2011

Uncovering Hollywood's Secret Irish Heritage - Irish Independent 27 December 2011

The Ireland based Irish Independent newspaper has an article tracing the roots of Hollywood celebrities. Listed amost the actors with an Irish heritage is Lucy.

ImageUncovering Hollywood?s secret Irish heritage
Irish Independent 27 December 2011

While some celebrities find it difficult to hide their Irish heritage behind their red hair and freckles, the Celtic ancestry of others, like George Clooney, is a little harder to hone in on. Indeed, it is surprising how many un-irish celebrities actually have Irish roots.

Xena: Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless, who played the sexy and strong warrior in the hit TV show, may be the most famous actress from New Zealand to ever swing a sword, but she is also the daughter of the unmistakably Irish couple Frank and Julie Ryan.



29 December 2011

Hudson Leick's Yoga Retreat 1-3 June 2012

There is going to be another Yoga Retreat in Hempstead, NY next June and tickets are now on sale through the Healing Heart Yoga Center website.

East Coast Yoga Retreat - Hempstead, NY - June 1-3, 2012 (Actual location TBA)

$775 single occupancy / $675 per person double occupancy

The 3 day/2 night retreat package includes the following:

2 nights of lodging (Fri/Sat)
Dinner on Friday
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Saturday
Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday
Snacks throughout the stay
All officially scheduled activities (Yoga, etc.)

The retreat site will have some great amenities available, including a swimming pool and outdoor walking areas.

The cost for all of the above is $775 for a single room or $675 per person for double (Healing Heart staff will make room assignments unless a sharing preference is otherwise requested and pre-arranged).

Please note that transportation is not included, but the site has convenient public transportation from both JFK and LaGuardia International Airports.

Hudson and the staff of Healing Heart Yoga is really looking forward to seeing you and spending this sacred, healing time together!

'i am thrilled to be teaching this yoga retreat, please do come if it speaks to you.' - hudson

Click here to order and more information

News submitted by Cindy Tingley



29 December 2011

Hudson Leick's Favorite Inspiration Quotation Book - Pre-Order

ImageHudson Leick is putting together a limited-edition keepsake that is going to be available for pickup at the 2012 Xena Con in Burbank, CA. It's a book of quotations that is both personal and inspirational to Hudson, that she would like to share with all of you. It will also feature some special images selected by Hudson.

This book of quotations is very dear to Hudson's heart and it is with great sacredness and gratitude that she shares it with you.

Please note, this book will only be available in a very limited quantity so pre-order it today to save $5 and make sure you get a copy! (If any copies are left, they will be available for purchase in the Vendors' Room at the convention for $30 each.)

Hudson Leick's Favorite Inspirational Quotations book...$25 (YOU SAVE $5 by purchasing online before January 27, 2012)

Click here to order



29 December 2011

Xena: Warrior Princess Documentary Project Centered on Final Convention

Below is the news of a Documentary about Xena Fans about the 2012 Xena Convention being the final journey. News was submitted by the producer Annabella Hargrove:

ImageFive days ago, a new Xena: Warrior Princess documentary project launched on the popular arts and humanities website,

The Final Journey: Saying Farewell to Xena has received an enormous amount of support in such a short period of time. People from all over the world, and all walks of life, have showed their devotion to Xena by rushing to the aid of this documentary project. But, there are still twelve days to go before the project deadline, and the creators need YOUR help to make this documentary a reality.

The idea behind this notable documentary came from the disenchanted rumblings of Xenites who were saddened by the news of the 2012 Xena Convention being the last. With so many fans unable to attend, and no movie in sight, the creators decided it would be a great idea to document this historical event.

The aim of The Final Journey: Saying Farewell to Xena, is to capture the essence and magic behind the series and its fandom. It is slated to become a full length documentary. If funding is successful, the real filming will begin January 26, 2012, and will resume throughout the three day Xena convention. After filming will come the extensive post production process. And, finally, it will be entered into the various film festivals.

You can find everything you need to know about this project here:

Be sure to check it out and support it any way you can! The creators want you to know that they are not only artists, but fans of Xena themselves. This documentary will be a film by fans for the fans. If you have any questions, please feel free to email You can also contact them through the project itself, their Facebook fan page, or Twitter.



29 December 2011

Xena Mention In AfterEllen Article Does Lesbian Subtext Still Matter

Image explores if there is a need for lesbian subtext in shows such as Rizzoli & Isles and other shows. Naturally Xena was mentioned since you can't talk about subtext without talking about Xena and her relationship with Gabrielle which has sparked thousands of subtext fanfic for over 15 years.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

It's been over a decade since Xena ushered in the golden age of lesbian subtext. For six seasons between 1995 and 2001, the show's writers danced around the issue of the Warrior Princess' relationship with Gabrielle. Perpetual innuendo, running jokes and subtle references to Xena and Gabby's sexuality permeated the plot and dialogue. And though Lucy Lawless is on record as calling the couple "married," the show's creative team never offered up a definitive answer about their relationship.

Read more of the article



28 December 2011

Xena and Spartacus Connection In The Movie Colombiana

Well this is interesting and it shows the writers of the film Colombiana are obvious Xena fans who didn't do their homework. Roland sent in the following note:

xenaI watched Colombiana the other day and there was a Xena mention in it! I thought it might interest you! They even showed a Xena Comic book (the lead character - Zoe Saldana - wanted to be like Xena when she was little). They made a mistake though! Because the scene was in 1992 and we didn't have Xena in '92...

and the Spartacus connection? Well Cynthia Addai-Robinson who plays the new Naevia is in this movie. Roland continues...

Also, Cynthia Addai-Robinson is in this movie, she's playing the little girl's mother!

Fandoms colliding in a funny way. Also the film review from picked up on the Xena connection:

The character Xena, Warrior Princess, first appeared on the television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, in an episode that aired on March 13, 1995. I?m mentioning this bit of TV trivia because while watching the opening minutes of director Olivier Megaton?s new film Colombiana, I was baffled at how our young heroine, at the age of nine in a scene clearly stated to be set in 1992, could be reading a Xena comic book, and proclaiming that she would like to be like Xena. It bothered me enough that I even indulged in a moment of obnoxiousness, leaning over to my viewing companion to state for the record that Xena wouldn?t have been around until 1995.

Read the review



27 December 2011

AUSXIP Convention News and Multimedia Section Redesigned


The AUSXIP Convention news and multimedia section has been redesigned to include a news archive and easier access to all the conventions since 1997.

The convention section contains images and reports from all Creation and other fan conventions

Click here to view



27 December 2011

New Xena Art by MaryD - Sins of the Past

ImageCreated some new Xena artwork based on Season 1, Episode 1 Sins of the Past

Xena (Lucy Lawless) journeys homeward determined to make amends for the sins of her past, but her efforts to begin a new life are challenged by the vengeful warlord Draco (Jay Laga'aia).

Click on the thumbnail to view the larger image



27 December 2011

Upcoming Xena Fan Convention in Paris France October 2012

ImageThe French Xenites have decided to hold a Xena convention in Paris, France and you are invited. Xenan, from the Xena Immortal site and organiser of the event sent in the following news about the con. No guests have been announced yet:

Xena-Immortal presents Xenite Con' , which will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October 2012 at Paris , not far from the Eiffel Tower !

Come to the first convention in France entirely dedicated to the show
"Xena: Warrior Princess" with your favorite actors!

During these two wonderful days, there will be: autograph and photo op sessions, question/answer sessions, analytic conferences, contests, party, VIP dinner with the guests...

Besides, on Friday 26th of October 2012 , the day before the convention, we organise a FREE visit of the most beautiful city in the world, Paris . Those who have never had the chance to do it, will finally be able to discover this magic city and to be with Fans before the big event.

A convention for the Fans made by Fans! So without further ado, reserve your seat!

Informations and bookings, here:



27 December 2011

2012 Xena Convention Guest Update & Tentative Schedule



Brittney Powell has been added to the 2012 Xena Convention Guest List and a tentative schedule of events has been posted on the Creation site:

Brittney joins the following guests on 27-29 January 2012 for The Final Journey


Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor
Hudson Leick
Michael Hurst
Ted Raimi
Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Adrienne Wilkinson
Tsianina Joelson
Musetta Vander
Sherri Rappaport
Jennifer Sky
David Franklin
Jacqueline Kim

Steven L. Sears
Katherine Fugate
Missy Good



21 December 2011

Jacqueline Kim Added to 2012 Xena Convention Guest List!

ImageCreation Entertainment's Official XENA CONVENTION is heading toward Los Angeles on January 27-29, 2012 (in Burbank, where it all began) and we have a non-stop, all partying weekend planned for our fellow Xena fans!




21 December 2011

Lucy Lawless NOT on Twitter or Facebook or ANY Other Social Network

ImageOkay here we go again. This seems to be a never ending problem. It seems that "Lucy" has been very busy of late setting up accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Pretty much like she was throwing boots at the police during the OccupyOakland protests.


Have I mentioned it's not true?

Lucy Lawless does NOT have a twitter account

Lucy Lawless does NOT have a facebook account

Lucy Lawless did NOT throw a shoe at a cop during OccupyOakland protest

Lucy does not participate in any of the myriad of social networks.

IF in the event Lucy does decide to jump on any social network, be it an official twitter and facebook account, Sharon Delaney who runs Lucy's Official Fan Club page will announce it, then it will be true.

It's not true.

To those people who want to lie to people and pass themselves as Lucy, can you stop being dimwits and close down those accounts. It's not nice.



21 December 2011

Creation Salutes Kevin Smith at 2012 Xena Convention


If this final convention wasn't going to be emotional enough, Creation have decided to add a tribute to one of the most beloved actors in the Xenaverse. Kevin Smith passed away from an accident in 2002 in China while he was filming a movie. I suspect we are all going to need massive amuonts of tissues for this con. Thank you to Creation for this very thoughful addition to the con. We can't have a final salute to Xena without including Kevin.

A fond remembrance of an all-time great:

Join us as we look back on everyone's favorite Xena bad boy, Kevin Smith. In this one hour presentation we will offer exclusive footage, slides, music videos, factoids and concert videos of Kevin on stage, as Ares, and rock and rolling along with fellow musicians Joel Tobeck and others.

We'll even have some Kevin trivia questions that you can win prizes if you answer! Don't miss this heartfelt tribute to a legendary, wonderful entertainer and person.

Click here for tickets



19 December 2011

New Xena Artwork by Klippart - Warrior

Klippart sent in her new artwork called Warrior (Xena Warrior Princess)




17 December 2011

Xena Season 3 Re-Released on DVD 13 March 2012


Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Season 3 of Xena (the season of the infamous rift between Xena & Gabrielle) will be re-released on DVD.

Anchor Bay released Season 3 back in 2004 and now the re-released version will be in stores on 13 March 2012 (in the US). The price will be $29.98.

The episode list:

The Furies
When the Furies find out that Xena (Lucy Lawless) never avenged the death of her father, they curse her with persecution and madness.

Been There, Done That
Only Xena (Lucy Lawless) can unravel the mystery when she awakens each morning to find that she and her companions are actually beginning the same day over and over again.

The Dirty Half Dozen
Xena (Lucy Lawless) enlists the help of four notorious criminals to go up against Ares (Kevin Smith) and his ambitious young protégé Agathon (Jonathon Roberts).

The Deliverer
While Xena (Lucy Lawless) and her former enemy Boadicea (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) join forces to battle Caesar (Karl Urban), Gabrielle's (Renee O'Connor) life is threatened by worshippers of the evil spirit Dahak.

Gabrielle's Hope
The devoted friendship between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) is severely threatened when Gabrielle gives birth to the child of Dahak.

The Debt - Part 1
Xena (Lucy Lawless) is betrayed when she journeys to the Kingdom of Chin to settle a debt from her dark past.

The Debt - Part 2
Xena (Lucy Lawless) narrowly escapes execution for attempting to kill the ruthless young Emperor Ming T'ien (Daniel Sing) and finally repays the debt she owes her spiritual mentor, Lao Ma (Jacqueline Kim).

King of Assassins
When Joxer's (Ted Raimi) twin brother Jett (Ted Raimi) plans to assassinate Cleopatra (Gina Torres) with the help of Autolycus (Bruce Campbell), Gabrielle (Renee O' Connor) uses as many Xena-like tactics as possible to try to stop the murder.

Xena (Lucy Lawless) foils an evil plot by Balius (MacGregor Cameron) with the help of her two look-alikes, the Hestian Priestess Leah (Lucy Lawless) and the lusty barmaid Meg (Lucy Lawless).

The Quill is Mightier
Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) gains new respect for the power of the word when Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings) casts a spell on her scroll, turning everything she writes into reality.

Maternal Instincts
Imbued with the evil power of her father Dahak, Gabrielle's (Renee O'Connor) daughter Hope (Amy Morrison) joins forces with Callisto (Hudson Leick) to kill Xena's (Lucy Lawless) son Solan (David Taylor).

The Bitter Suite
The bitter conflict between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) reaches a crescendo in this musical episode, set in the dreamworld of Illusia.

One Against an Army
When Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) is struck with a poisonous arrow, Xena (Lucy Lawless) must find a way to save her while battling the entire Persian army on her own.

When Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) set out to recover the stolen Urn of Apollo, they are joined by Tara (Shiri Appleby), a feisty 16-year old who wants a chance to turn her life around.

King Con
When Joxer is badly beaten up, Xena sets out with two conmen and Gabrielle to scam the man behind it.

When in Rome
Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) go up against the ruthless Caesar (Karl Urban) to rescue the mighty Gaul warrior, Vercinix (Tamati Rice).

Forget Me Not
Haunted by images of the past, Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) goes to the Temple of Mnemosyne to forget her painful memories

Fins, Femmes & Gems
When Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings) obtains the stolen Mystic Diamond, she puts a spell on Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) and Joxer (Ted Raimi) to distract them from rescuing the prized jewel.

Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) and Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) summon all their resources to escape from a ship submerged by a monstrous tidal wave.

Vanishing Act
Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) and Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) pull off a spectacular heist to retrieve the golden statue of Pax.

Sacrifice P art 1
Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) and Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) pull off a spectacular heist to retrieve the golden statue of Pax.

Sacrifice - Part 2
Xena (Lucy Lawless) reluctantly agrees to join forces with Callisto (Hudson Leick) to kill Gabrielle's (Renee O'Connor) evil daughter Hope (Renee O'Connor).



7 December 2011

Vicki Pratt Photoshoot by TJ Scott - She Caught My Attention


TJ Scott tweeted a gorgeous photo of Vicki Pratt from one of his photoshoots. Vicki Pratt was Cyane, Queen of the Amazons when Evil Xena reigned

View larger image here


Here's Vicki as Cyane:




6 December 2011

Xena Conventions Beyond 2012? Creation Entertainment Survey

Creation Entertainment has posted the following notice on the 2012 Xena Convention Page asking fans if they want another convention:


We value your feedback, and would appreciate if you took a few moments to respond to a single question about the future of Creation Entertainment's Official Xena Conventions.

Click here to submit

Please note: You will have to turn on pop ups in your browser for the survey to pop up on your screen so you can vote:




5 December 2011

TV Guide Auctions Comic Con Celebrity Guestbook for City of Hope Charity + Lucy Lawless Autograph

Image TV Guide Magazine has a unique item on Ebay - 170 celebrities have signed their guestbook and that includes Lucy Lawless. 100% of the money from this auction is going to charity.

The money will be going to City of Hope Charity.

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy, and supported by a national foundation of humanitarian philanthropy.

Click here to bid on this item



3 December 2011

2012 Xena Convention News Michael & Jennifer

ImageMichael Hurst has released the following information on his official site about his and Jennifer's appearance at the 2012 Xena Convention:

27-28 January 2012: Official Xena Convention: "The Final Journey" Michael and his wife Jennifer Ward-Lealand will be official guests at the final Xena official convention presented by Creation Entertainment, to be held at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California.

They will participate in the cabaret on Friday and a Q&A session on Saturday. The Widow Twanky will also attend with a Q&A of her own. Meet-and-greet opportunities are now up for auction for a maximum of 10 people

Click here to buy tickets for the con

Click here to bid on the Michael and Jennifer Meet & Greet



3 December 2011

Great Origin Stories From Movies & TV - IMDb's Look At Xena Warrior Princess

ImageWhat becomes a legend most? IMDb editors Melanie McFarland and Mark Englehart talk about the notable films and television shows that have created and chronicled the origin stories of some of our favorite classic and contemporary heroes and heroines.

It's probably enough that "Xena: Warrior Princess" executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert introduced the world to the incomparable Lucy Lawless with this syndicated television swashbuckler. "Xena's" die-hard fans, however, saw something much more profound in Xena's redemption story. The show's writers greatly capitalized on Xena's (and Lawless's) remarkable athleticism, and her ability to best nearly all challengers in hand-to-hand combat. They also had fun expanding her history of being a village girl transformed by vengeance into a warlord before, with the help of Hercules, turning into an agent for the greater good seeking redemption for past crimes.

But the beating heart of "Xena: Warrior Princess" was the heroine's relationship with her best friend, the shepherdess-turned-bard Gabrielle. As the series progressed, Xena taught Gabrielle how to defend herself, eventually making her quite a force to be reckoned with on her own. Gabrielle, meanwhile, made sure Xena never lost her morality. And their bond felt real in the best and worst ways: Xena and Gabrielle turned away from each other, even betrayed one another, over the course of the series. In the end, their friendship was stronger than every obstacle -- including death.


News submitted by MET



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