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20 September 2017

Two New Xena and Gabrielle Poster Art by Calli

Call has created two new Xena Posters! Check them out below!

You can find more of Calli's art on her site - Calli's Creations which is hosted on AUSXIP

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19 September 2017

Xena Classic XIPPY Award Winner FanFic of the Day - 20 September 2017

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Oh this is a tearjerker! Gabrielle is given a scroll by Eponin - a last letter from Ephiny. Pack the kleenex.

Awarded a XIPPY Award on 31 August 2000


 

 

19 September 2017

Interview with Rob Tapert on Xena, Spartacus and His Latest Show Pleasuredome!

Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand, with the interview available as both audio and a transcribed excerpt.

What do The Evil Dead, Xena, Spartacus and an immersive 80s extravaganza live theatre spectacular have in common? If you guessed Rob Tapert, you’ve got the chocolate fish.

It’s very exciting to get a chance to talk to a person who’s brought jobs and about a billion dollars of overseas investment to New Zealand. He’s helped build an industry and inspire local film and TV.

Which is no mean feat, especially when you’re doing it on the other side of the world from his native America. That’s the kind of extra challenge that Tapert has thrived on and had a track record of pulling off. The latest of these is Pleasure Dome. To find out about what that is and about show business, Rob joined me in conversation in a secret location in West Auckland.

 


 

 

16 September 2017

CNN Readers Share Most Inpsired TV Women Choices - Xena Included!

ImageCNN readers share which TV women most inspired them

Xena Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless as Xena, "Xena: Warrior Princess" – Gwen Frederick, 54: "'Xena: Warrior Princess' as played by Lucy Lawless. A woman on a redemptive mission who could 'out woman' and 'out man' anyone, all at the same time! The character inspired me to be fearless in my dreams and pursuits (I changed
careers because of her) and to never give up in spite of obstacles or past mistakes."

Full List here


 

 

8 September 2017

Renee To Attend Central Canada Comic Con 2017 - 29 October 2017

ImageAs we reported on 4 August 2017, Renee is to attend the Central Canada Comic Con in October. The Q&A with Renee has now been updated for 29 October.

 

Tickets here

Location:
Central Canada Comic Con
at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg – Winnipeg,MB

ALL ABOUT OUR ANNUAL PASSES
Supporter Annual Pass – $75

Weekend Wristband for C4 2016 ($55 value)
Limited Edition C4 Badge ($10 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s St. Valentine’s Horror Con 2018 ($30 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s Manitoba Comic Con 2018 ($30 value)
Wait in a shorter line to access C4
Subscription to the monthly C4 e-newsletter
Total Value = $125

Deluxe Annual Pass – $125

Weekend Wristband for C4 2016 ($55 value)
Limited Edition C4 Badge / Swag Bag ($40 value)
$25 T-Shirt Redemption Coupon (C4 Store)
VIP Access to After Parties ($50 value)
Advance Seating Single-Use Pass ($10 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s St. Valentine Horror Con 2018 ($30 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s Manitoba Comic Con 2018 ($30 value)
Wait in a shorter line to access C4
Subscription to the monthly C4 e-newsletter
Total Value = $240

VIP Pass – $200

Weekend Wristband for C4 2016 ($55 value)
Limited Edition C4 VIP Badge / Swag Bag ($40 value)
$25 T-Shirt Redemption Coupon (C4 Store)
Fast Pass to Guest Alley ($100 value)
VIP Access to After Parties ($50 value)
Advance Seating Unlimited Pass ($50 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s St. Valentine’s Horror Con 2018 ($30 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s Manitoba Comic Con 2018 ($30 value)
Wait in a shorter line to access C4
Subscription to the monthly C4 e-newsletter
Total Value = $380

Gold Annual Pass – $500

Weekend Wristband for C4 2016 ($55 value)
Early Access to C4 one hour prior to general admission ($200 value)
Limited Edition C4 VIP Badge / Swag Bag ($40 value)
$25 T-Shirt Redemption Coupon (C4 Store)
Fast Pass to Guest Alley ($100 value)
Reserved Seating for all Programs and Panels ($100 value)
VIP Access to After Parties ($50 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s St. Valentine’s Horror Con 2018 ($30 value)
Weekend Pass to C4’s Manitoba Comic Con 2018 ($30 value)
Wait in a shorter line to access C4
Subscription to the monthly C4 e-newsletter
Total Value = $630

Programming Advance Seating Passes
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ADVANCE SEATING SINGLE-USE PASS $10.00
ADVANCED SEATING UNLIMITED PASS $50.00

ALL PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT OUR OFFICE:
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204-227-2592
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7 September 2017

Rob Tapert Talks About The Xena Reboot - The World Needs A Superhero Like Xena

xenagab"The world needs a superhero like Xena as much now as it ever did," Rob Tapert said in a recent interview with Fairfax media (stuff.co.nz) on Xena's 22nd birthday.

Rob believes it's only a matter of time before the show gets back off the ground and it's something he will "never give up on".

"The time is probably always going to be right in bringing it back, but there's no point in doing it if it doesn't find a way to capture what worked in the original, but still give the audience something they feel is fresh and new.

"There have been a few attempts, and for various reasons they have hit a brick wall, but there's always going to be a market for it, there's always going to be a desire for it."

US-born Tapert, who is currently producing the immersive musical theatre production Pleasuredome with his wife, says the recent roadblocks have come down to changes he and the Xena team have not been willing to make.

"In the developmental process, one organisation said 'we really want to do this, we see it as our brand'...Then they said, 'now that we think about it, swords and sandals never really worked for us'."

But the hardest thing is trying to find the right tone for any future version of the show.

"The original show went from being able to have Xena and Gabrielle hating each other through to stupid comedy about nits and foot rot, so the scope of the canvas it was painted on was so huge, to now start again and figure out where on that spectrum is the right starting tone for a modern-day audience.

"There's a big difference between Game of Thrones and Rogue One and Wonder Woman and 300. It's a pretty wide spectrum, and Xena slots into all of those in its own way.

"Me personally, I like the dumb comedy stuff. But watch this space."

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5 September 2017

What You Never Knew About Xena: Warrior Princess

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This is pretty much old news for Xenites but hey any article about Xena is always welcome!

What You Never Knew About Xena: Warrior Princess

TODAY marks the 22nd anniversary of Xena: Warrior Princess, who first came into our lives in 1995 and has remained a major part of pop culture ever since.

For many, Xena was an icon of feminism, female empowerment and strength and became an icon for the LGBT community thanks to her challenging ideas of masculinity and femininity, and her relationship with sidekick Gabrielle.

So to celebrate all that Xena’s given us over the years, here are a few facts you may not have known about the show, complete with tributes from around the Twittersphere from fans celebrating this auspicious day.

LUCY LAWLESS WAS NOT THE FIRST CHOICE TO PLAY XENA

Xena is so ingrained in pop culture now that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the part, but she wasn’t actually the first choice for it.

The first choice was British actress Vanessa Angel, who starred in the TV adaptation of Weird Science. However Angel fell ill before she was supposed to fly to the set and Tapert eventually decided on giving Lawless the role.

RENEE O’CONNOR WASN’T THE FIRST CHOICE FOR GABRIELLE, EITHER

Renee O’Connor has similarly become the only face fans could imagine playing Xena’s trusty sidekick and love interest Gabrielle, but she also wasn’t the first choice.

Sunny Doench was meant for the role but backed out, reportedly because she didn’t want to leave her partner in the States. Lucky break for us, but not so much for her.

XENA’S LOOK WAS MODELLED OFF A TENNIS STAR

Xena was originally going to be blonde, but Lucy Lawless died her hair black.

Lawless decided that an Amazonian princess should look more like Gabriela Sabatini who was “the big noise in tennis” at the time.

In an interview for the Emmys, Lawless said: “I was like, ‘What about being like her? She’s big and bronze and dark-haired.’ Fortunately they went that way, because my hair would have fallen out if we tried to keep it blonde.”

THE CREDITS HAD A RUNNING IN-JOKE FOR FANS

The credits regularly had a fake disclaimer similar to the Humane Association messages saying “no animals have been harmed”.

It started as an occasional joke in season one, but by season two, every single episode had disclaimers like, “Despite Gabrielle’s incessant hurling, Ulysses’ ship was not harmed during the making of this motion picture”, “No harpies were harmed in the making of this episode”, “No oversized Polynesian-style Bamboo Horses were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However many wicker lawn chairs gave their lives,” and in an episode featuring Xena’s death; “Xena was permanently harmed in the making of this motion picture, but kept her spirits up.”

Fans caught on and started keeping track of each message via internet forums. Which brings us to the next point.

XENA AND GABRIELLE WERE PRACTICALLY MARRIED

Speculation has always been rife over the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle and through many interviews over the years, the cast and crew have confirmed that gay subtext was done entirely on purpose.

But while the relationship was never made explicitly clear on the show, Lawless told Lesbian News in 2003 that Xena was “Gay. Gay, definitely.” Not bisexual, not pansexual, not even just curious and experimenting — as far as she’s concerned Xena and Gabrielle, “They’re married, man.”

XENA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SHOWS TO HAVE AN ONLINE FANDOM — AND IT’S STILL GOING STRONG

While nowadays, we use the internet for pretty much everything all the time, the 90s were a different time. Yet somehow, Xena managed to grow an online fandom.

The Xena fandom was one of the first to utilize the net to discuss their favourite show via the Xena Online Community board.

The Xena fandom was so strong that it only just had its final convention in 2015, a full 14 years after the show ended, and the online forums are still alive and thriving.

XENA WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO DIE

Xena was originally only brought into Hercules because producer Rob Tapert wanted a dark figure to counterbalance the cheerful and heroic Hercules.

She was supposed to be there for three episodes and then die, but Tapert and the other producers liked Xena so much that they remodelled their previously planned Hercules spin-off just for her.

Praise the TV Gods.

This story originally appeared in the New Zealand Herald.


 

 

5 September 2017

22 Years Ago A Warrior Princess and Her Bard Queen Changed The World...

Image There are very few shows that can lay claim to a simple truth - they changed lives. Xena Warrior Princess is that show that not only changed the lives of it's creators / actors but also the entire Xena fandom.

22 Year Ago a show that got spun off from Hercules went on to beat it and other shows like Baywatch and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

22 Years Ago...the fandom is GROWING and GROWING. We are not going away.

22 Years Ago..a legend was born.

Happy Birthday Warrior Princess and her Bard Queen.

Battle On!

MaryD


 

 

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