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30 May 2017

Wonder Woman Isn't The Only Butt Kicker in Fantasy - Xena Listed!

ImageNow, after years of speculation and false promises, the world’s most recognizable female superhero is finally headlining a major motion picture. “Wonder Woman,” featuring Gal Gadot in the title role, muscles its way into multiplexes Friday.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, let’s take a look at 10 other prominent female action heroes of film and television.

Xena Warrior Princess

Tall, confident and clad in a leather miniskirt, boots and bronze breastplate, the sword-swinging Xena made her debut in 1995 in episode 9 of season 1 of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Played by Lucy Lawless with a gleam in her eye, Xena was given her own show later that year, the comedic “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and it became a cult classic, ultimately outstripping “Hercules” in terms of fan following and fun factor.

Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor), no slouch herself, accompanies Xena on her adventures through a fantasy version of ancient Greece, battling evil warlords and unjust gods.

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29 May 2017

5 Cult TV Shows That Deserve A Reboot Including Xena!


5 Cult TV Shows That Deserve A Reboot

Ben Robins with 5 cult TV shows that deserve a reboot…

Xena: Warrior Princess

Because there’s only so many buddy cop-comedies the market can manage, why not give new life to a totally different beloved female icon of the 90s instead? No, not Buffy (one exceptional case of a cult TV reboot being a terrible idea). Originally a spin-off of the Sam Raimi-produced, live-action Hercules series, Xena: Warrior Princess developed a totally insane cult following of its own, running for 6 Emmy-award-winning seasons and even earning its star, Lucy Lawless, one of the most memorable Simpsons cameos to date.

Especially with Wonder Woman set to open the door for a totally new breed of female warrior, a Xena movie could be a clever move for a studio looking to find their own way into the new-look swords-and-sandals trend. The lacklustre performance of the last several Hercules movies probably won’t do it any good, but considering just how much the original show totally outshone its male counterpart, there’s nothing stopping the Hollywood movie equivalent doing the exact same.

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25 May 2017

Adrienne Wilkinson For Aussie Supernova in Sydney & Perth June 2017

ImageAdrienne is heading down under to Sydney and Perth for Supernova!

She will be doing a Q&A, signing autographs and photo ops!


Sydney (June 16-18), and then onto Perth (June 24-25)

Appearance Notes

Adrienne looks forward to meeting all her fans in Sydney and Perth in June 2017.
Adrienne will conduct a general admission Q&A, and participate in signing and photo sessions on Friday (2:00pm to 5:30pm) in Sydney, and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities.

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24 May 2017

Blasting News Interviews Steven Sears: How 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Paved The Way for Modern Female TV Characters

ImageHow 'Xena: Warrior Princess' paved the way for modern female TV characters in an article published by Blasting News. They interviewed Steven.

We caught up with 'Xena' creator Steven L. Sears at an Infolist party in Beverly Hills.

Xena: Warrior Princess" stormed TV screens across the world from 1995 to 2001, breaking new grounds for female TV characters. Lucy Lawless embodied this fearless warrior and enchanted a swarm of fans, who continued to be loyal long after the sixth and final season aired. How did this character come about in the nineties, before there was such a thing as a fight for gender equality in Hollywood and a conversation about diversity? We caught up with show writer and producer Steven L. Sears at an Infolist party in Beverly Hills, celebrating the Cannes Film Festival that is in full swing in France.

"It’s hard to say I was inspired, I just thought that’s the way it should be written," says Sears, reflecting on the enduring legacy of his "Xena." "I didn’t realize until much later that writing real female characters reflecting the strong women I knew in my life was unique in the business," he adds.

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20 May 2017

Spotlight on a Xena Fiction Series - Raising Melosa

Raising Melosa Series - #1 Wrapped by T. Novan

aising Melosa is the series dealing with Xena and Gabrielle as they settle down with the Amazon Nation with Gabrielle as Queen and Xena her Consort. Melosa is their daughter.



13 May 2017

Xena Fan Fiction Pick of the Day

Harder Please by Silk

Um...can something be Subtexty Gen? This is funny. It's a short piece that is just too good and saying anymore will ruin it. Lets just say - go and read it!

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13 May 2017

Photos: Renee at Dinner With Friends Theatre Show in Los Angeles

Here's some photos of Renee at Dinner With Friends theatre show in Los Angeles. Dinner with Friends new run dates are May 10 through May 28: Wednesdays May 10, May 17 and May 24 at 8pm, Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28 at 8pm, and Sundays May 21 and 28 at 2pm. The May 21 show features a special Talkback session where the actors and creative team will be available for a post-show discussion with the audience. Regular priced tickets are $27/$25 for seniors for the remainder of the run. Tickets can be purchased online at, or reserved by phone at 310-512-6030, or by text at 424-226-6030. Popular subscription packages of Anytime Tickets are available now and can be used at any of Little Fish Theatre's regular season productions, at any time.




13 May 2017

Press Release: NZ Government Boost to Film Industry with Rob Tapert on Set of Ash Vs Evil Dead

Screen industry support great news for thriving sector
12 May 2017


Rob Tapert on NZ Government Boost To Film Industry from AUSXIP Media on Vimeo.



Auckland’s screen production industry is booming, and today’s announcement by the Government of a $305 million, four-year commitment to the national industry will help to ensure that Auckland remains a sought-after destination for international and domestic producers.

Ministers Simon Bridges and Maggie Barry made the announcement at an Auckland set of Ash v Evil Dead – the latest hit from legendary US producer Rob Tapert, which is into its third season of filming in Auckland. Tapert has been a huge contributor to, and supporter of, Auckland’s screen industry since filming the Hercules and Xena series here.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is mandated to support and drive growth of the regional screen industry on behalf of Auckland Council.

This includes attracting productions to Auckland, and operating Screen Auckland – the region’s film office – and the new 27ha Kumeu Film Studios, which was established thanks to a landmark partnership between ATEED, government agency the New Zealand Film Commission, and major international studios Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures.

Dean Butchers, ATEED General Manager Business Attraction & Investment, says the Government’s internationally competitive New Zealand Screen Production Grant is an absolutely crucial component of a thriving screen sector in Auckland, and New Zealand.

“The grant system is the foundation on which our screen sector continues to be built, so we are delighted to see the Government’s renewed commitment outlined by ministers Bridges and Barry today, including the substantial commitment to the domestic industry,” says Dean Butchers. “The Government’s consistent support gives industry and the private sector confidence to invest.”

In 2016, Auckland’s screen production and post production sector earned $972[1] million gross revenue, employed thousands of skilled people in high-paid jobs, and supported more than 300 businesses. Auckland accounted for 64 per cent – $431 million – of the country’s total gross overseas production revenue.

“We are on target for another record year of issuing Council permits for filming in public spaces, and with the Kumeu studios set to expand with two new 2500m2 sound stages operational by next year, and ongoing strong interest in its world-class facilities from producers in China, the US and around New Zealand, the medium to long-term future for our regional industry is looking very positive,” says Dean Butchers.

“While Auckland’s highly desirable locations, renowned crews and talent, and portfolio of studio assets, are attractive to producers, there is no doubt the screen grant system has been critical in fuelling the current strength of our region’s industry.”

Kumeu Film Studios’ assets include a huge green screen, dive tank and outdoor ocean pool which were built by the producers of MEG – Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures – and left behind as part of an agreement with the NZ Film Commission which enabled the producers to gain the extra 5 per cent uplift available under the grant system.

“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the commission, both here and internationally, as we grow this key creative sector for New Zealand alongside industry. That approach encourages innovation which leads to competitive advantage internationally,” says Dean Butchers.



12 May 2017

Photo: Lucy, Rob and Ash Vs Evil Dead Castmates Out on the Town

This is hysterical! Lucy, Rob and some of the cast of Ash Vs Evil Dead out on the town in Auckland.




12 May 2017

Photo: Lucy Gives Keynote Speech at Edmund Rice Dinner in Auckland




12 May 2017

Broadway World: TV Star Renee O'Connor Appears in DINNER WITH FRIENDS at Little Fish Theatre


Little Fish Theatre is honored to welcome back Xena: Warrior Princess star Reneé O'Connor to its stage in Dinner with Friends, opening May 10. Directed by Mark Piatelli and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, Dinner with Friends examines the complexities of a marriage and the friendships that are affected by its breakup. This special limited engagement production runs May 10 through May 28.

Reneé made a name for herself when she resided in Auckland, New Zealand, playing the role of Gabrielle, Xena's trusted sidekick on the tremendously popular fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess from 1996-2001. The scene stealing role created a huge worldwide fan base, one still active in countless websites dedicated to the actress and this signature series. Prior to her breakout role, Reneé starred in the serial Teen Angel, a regular feature on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club. Other credits include the Disney film, The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood, and television movies such as Follow the River with Ellen Burstyn, Danielle Steele's Changes with Cheryl Ladd, and James Garner's second Rockford Files reunion movie. Her televisions series appearances include Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Criminal Minds, and NYPD Blue.

A long time supporter of both Little Fish Theatre and its parent company, Shakespeare by the Sea, Reneé's favorite stage role continues to be Lady Macbeth in SBTS's 2002 production of Macbeth with fellow Dinner cast member Patrick Vest. Reneé also served as a co-producer of the San Pedro International Film Festival for four years, which used the LFT stage for its first industry panel.

After Xena, Reneé moved on to launch her own film Production Company, collaborating as either producer, director, or actress for award-winning short films, web series, and feature films, bridging social awareness with the entertainment industry. In addition to her talents on stage, and on the big and small screen, Reneé was the Producer for the San Pedro International Film Festival Youth Film Intensive program, a not-for-profit mentorship program to educate and showcase middle school and high school talent. She has been an annual nominee for the Women Making A Difference award by the Los Angeles Business Journal since 2010. Reneé is currently producing, with her husband Jed Sura, a feature film called Watch the Sky, which was written and directed by San Pedro raised Alex Murillo.

Dinner with Friends new run dates are May 10 through May 28: Wednesdays May 10, May 17 and May 24 at 8pm, Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28 at 8pm, and Sundays May 21 and 28 at 2pm. The May 21 show features a special Talkback session where the actors and creative team will be available for a post-show discussion with the audience. The opening night performance offers a special "First Look" price of only $23 per ticket. Regular priced tickets are $27/$25 for seniors for the remainder of the run. Tickets can be purchased online at, or reserved by phone at 310-512-6030, or by text at 424-226-6030. Popular subscription packages of Anytime Tickets are available now and can be used at any of Little Fish Theatre's regular season productions, at any time.

Founded in 2002 as an artists' ensemble, Little Fish Theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in an intimate setting on Centre Street in downtown San Pedro.

*This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.



11 May 2017

Xena FanFic Flashback: Classic and Uber Fic

Here are today's picks for Fanfic Flashbacks!

Classic - Alt

Classic - Gen

Uber - Alt



11 May 2017

Video: Renee Talks About Beyond The Farthest Star

Video: Renee Talks About Beyond The Farthest Star. Renee plays Maureen Wells.




5 May 2017

Radio Interview with Quentin Kenihan on the show "BIG" 22 April 2017

Lucy was interviewed recently by Quentin Kenihan on his show BIG which aired on 22 April 2017.




5 May 2017

Renee in Dinner with Friends - Buy Tickets NOW!


NOTE: NEW PERFORMANCE DATES MAY 10-28 ONLY! An insightful play about the destruction of Beth and Tom’s marriage and the shockwaves it causes in their friends’ lives. “A surprisingly touching rumination about the changes that come with age: the changes redefining relationships, the changes within relationships...and the balances and affections that shift unexpectedly, just because, despite our reluctance to want to accept it, life goes on.” AISLE SAY NY

Dinner with Friends - NEW DATES
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 2:00 PM TALKBACK
Wednesday,May 24, 2017 8:00 PM
Friday, May 26th, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 28th, 2017 2:00 PM



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