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29 August 2011

Xena Episode Stills for Season 6 Episode 4 Who's Gurkhan?

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Episode Stills for Season 6 Episode 4 - Who's Gurkhan?

When Gabrielle learns that her niece has been captured by the vicious raider Gurkhan (Calvin Tuteao), she sets sail for North Africa on a rescue mission with Xena, Eve (Adrienne Wilkinson) and Virgil (William Gregory Lee).

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SCRIBES & SCROLLS: Story by Robert Tapert. Teleplay by R.J. Stewart. Directed by Michael Hurst. Edited by Rob Field.

PASSING PARADE: Willa O'Neill (Lila); Adrienne Wilkinson (Eve);
William Gregory Lee (Virgil); Calvin Tuteao (Gurkhan); Tandie Wright (Sonata); Gina Varela (Milda); Michelle Langstone (Lana); Jo Lo (Yo).

DISCLAIMER: Xena's uncanny ability to recover from devastating wounds was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

STORY SO FAR: Gabrielle goes to North Africa, seeking vengeance on the vicious raider who captured her niece and killed her parents and her sister’s husband years before.

REWIND FOR: Xena's helping hand on the tiller in the first shot on board the ship to Mogodor. Touch of the perennial back seat driver's syndrome there. She clearly doesn't trust anyone, least of all the captain of this ship to do anything as well as she can. Can you spell control freak?

Yet another human resource recycling moment. You may remember the follicly challenged slave auctioneer in Mogodor from that ol' classic The Quill Is Mightier. He played the hapless general waiting for Ares' "You'll know it when you see it" sign to attack. Guess all those naked Gabrielles must have given him an idea for a career change.

Xena growling at Virgil to back off when he squeezes her cheeks (the upper ones) in front of the slave auctioneer. No one can do 'pissed off' quite like Xena. The priceless expression on Virgil's face was bettered a few seconds later when Xena was stripped naked in front of him. There were no FX guys involved when you saw his tongue rolling out of his mouth and his eyes bug out on the end of stalks.

The expression a moment later on Gabrielle’s face just before she asks Eve "Where is she".... Eve might have killed whole armies, but she hasn’t truly known danger until that moment methinks.

A classic Joxer moment as Superlius - Pirate of the High Seas aka Virgil returns to the ship singing "I capture beautiful maidens and sell them - -." The delusions of grandeur, the fumbling as he drops his bag of gold coins, ending with a "Hi Gabrielle!" would have brought a tear to his father's eye, and an approving belch from his mother.

The look on Xena's face when Gabrielle shimmied into view (in a marvellous costume) as she literally bent those glorious abbs over backwards for Gurkhan during her dance audition. Xena's expression was a confused mix of:

1. That's a new trick, and why haven't I seen it before.

2. Where could Gabrielle possibly be concealing a weapon in that outfit she's almost wearing, and,

3. How come she never dresses for me like that?!

The scene when a pummelled Xena declares she’s "peachy" as Gabrielle cradles her. Awwww, couldn’t y’all just feel the love. *g*

Gabrielle trailing her fingers down Xena's arm in the bathing room scene. That one small gesture demonstrated her deep love and affection for the Warrior Princess better than a thousand ham-fisted scripts ever could.

QUOTABLE:

"She doesn't have what it takes to kill in cold blood. Do you think I inherited that talent from you mother?" The butter wouldn't melt in her mouth look, and the creepy tone in Eve's voice made you want to itch something.

"Eve, that peaceful smile is not going to cut it!" Gabrielle's under the strain of Eve's new 'goody goody' phase and calls her bluff. Guess you can only fool some of the people some of the time, huh Eve?

"We did it because we love you." You guessed it, Eve again. Uggh. We surrender already. That girl has all the charm of fingernails being dragged down a chalkboard.

"You'll be beaten, dragged, manacled, thrown in a dark dungeon and left to die."

A dark dungeon as opposed to the well-lit, rooms with a view, prisoners are usually forced to endure. Meanwhile, Yo, self-appointed entertainment director, impresses her fellow slave girls with a list of 'fun things to do' at Club Gurkhan.

"For in my stables, I have rare beauties from every part of the world, just waiting to be plucked." He did say plucked, right?

"I have a request - Sarah's head on a plate." And don't be skimpy with the french fries, right Xena?

"Join us little one." Ghurkhan seals his death sentence by snuffing out any chance of mercy from Gabrielle. You don't do short jokes around the Bard, mate.

Read Sheryl-Lee's Review


 

 

20 August 2011

Xena Episode Stills - Season 4 Episode 2 Adventures in the Sin Trade Part 2

ImageXena Episode Stills for Season 4 Episode 2: Adventures in the Sin Trade Part 2.

This was a Renee-lite episode (one scene at the end of Xena's vision which made the Warrior Princess very happy when she saw what appeared to be Xena & Gab getting crucified and Gabrielle being very much alive in her future).

Renee was on set but was shadowing director TJ Scott and preparing for her directorial debut in Season 4 Episode 22 Deja Vu All Over Again.

S4 - Episode 2 Adventures in the Sin Trade Part 2
Xena travels to the Amazon Resting Place to battle the evil witch, Alti, and learns that Gabrielle is still alive.

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READ EPISODE REVIEW by Shery-Lee

SCRIBES & SCROLLS: Story by Robert Tapert & R.J. Stewart; Teleplay by R.J. Stewart; Edited by Robert Field; Directed by T.J. Scott.

PASSING PARADE: Marton Csokas (Borias); Claire Stansfield (Alti); Sheeri Rappaport (Otere); Vicky Pratt (Cyane); Kate Elliott (Yakut).

STORY SO FAR: Xena continues in her quest to kill an evil black shamaness and right a wrong from her past which has kept a tribe of Amazons trapped in the Land of the Dead. She is helped by a group of young Amazons in a far off land, whom she leads. Meanwhile, the shamaness haunts Xena with images of Gabrielle, her future and past - revealing a secret curse that was placed on the Warrior Princess’s son.

DISCLAIMER: Xena's search for Gabrielle was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

REWIND FOR: The fastest outfit change in the west (now that’s a gal to go clothes shopping with); followed by a tree-limb sprint that would have put Tarzan to shame; Xena, either by sheer insolence or accident (most likely the latter given her views on Caesar), gives the Roman salute (a single chest thump), not the double chest thump Amazon sign to Cyane at the funeral of the "little redhead" Amazon who Xena killed; the tree swoop fight, overlong, but with enough mystic ambience and originality in places to make you forget they’re just swinging about on ropes; and finally, hey, I know it’s obviously from some upcoming episode, but that flashfoward of Xena and Gabs on the crucifixes saying their final goodbyes, wow, there’s a heart stopper that almost stole the show.

QUOTABLE: "This is good for me, right?" Otere cynically questioning Grasshopper Xena’s unusual cleansing ritual and/or seduction techniques. The big question remains: Since when does the Amazon administering the Great Palm Frond Whupping have to be nekkid themselves... hmmm? No wonder Otere had her doubts!

"I can never ask your forgiveness. I do ask you let me help you build a new life. That’s what my friend Gabrielle did for me..." And Gabrielle’s been gone how many minutes, Xena? That Warrior Princess sure hangs the Sidekick Wanted sign up fast.

Best comebacks:
Borias: Trying to assassinate her was idiotic.

Xena: You’re right, she’s much too tough to die. We should definitely hang with her for awhile. (A rather prophetic choice of words about Cyane.)

Xena: You think I deserve better than that (Borias)?
Cyane: No, I think he deserves better.

Alti: Tell me who she is. Tell me who the blonde one is.

Xena: She’s goodness and innocence Alti. And she lives inside me forever.

Xena: Gabrielle, you’re the best thing in my life.

Gabrielle: I love you Xena. (Okay, okay, so I cheated, and it’s from the future. So shoot me ‘cos I can’t wait that long.)

Alti: Your little friend is dying. How does that make you feel?

Xena: Good. Cos if she’s dying in my future that means she’s AL-II-IIVE...


 

 

20 August 2011

Video: Xena Promo from NATPE Convention 20 January 1998

snapshot 009Xena Promo from NATPE Convention 20 January 1998

The following Xena promo was shown at the start of the NATPE Convention Xena Panel. Lucy, Rob and Universal/USA execs were there to promote the show. The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is an organization dedicated to providing information, marketing and meeting opportunities in television programming.

Date: 20 January 1998

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20 August 2011

2012 Xena Calandars From Creation Entertainment Now On Sale

ImageImageTHE 2012 CALENDAR SET WITH BONUS OFFER from Creation Entertainment

For collectors we have a very special offer: YOU GET BOTH 2012 CALENDARS plus a super bonus: a hand signed autographed photo of a favorite Xena star randomly selected from these celebrities.

EVERYONE GETS ONE AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO AND THE QUESTION IS: WHO WILL YOU GET? You have a ONE IN 12 chance of GETTING A LUCY LAWLESS OR RENEE O'CONNOR AUTOGRAPH!

AUTOGRAPH LIST INCLUDES:
LUCY LAWLESS (1 in 12)
RENEE O'CONNOR (1 in 12)
CLAIRE STANSFIELD
GINA TORRES
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ROBERT TREBOR
TIM THOMERSON
VICTORIA PRATT
ADRIENNE WILKINSON
MICHAEL HURST
TSIANINA JOELSON
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THIS VERY SPECIAL BONUS WILL BE INCLUDED ONLY IF YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30TH, SO PLEASE ACT QUICKLY! THANKS!

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16 August 2011

Beyond The Farthest Star - Win Autographed Copy of The Novel

ImageThere is a contest on Facebook to win an autographed copy of the Beyond the Farthest Star novel. There is no word on who is signing it but details will be posted when it's announced.

From the official Beyond the Farthest Star Facebook Wall

"WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED 1st EDITION BTFS NOVEL! Enter by typing your name and city in a comment below. Then get 10 people in your city to BRING IT vote. If your city moves up by 10 votes, you are entered! (we'll be watching!). If there are two people from the same city, the city must go up by 20 votes (10 each) and so on. You can enter as many times as you want! After your 10, type in your name and city again in a comment. Once you have another 10, you get two chances to win the novel. Hurry! Get 10 & WIN! The more people you get to BRING IT to your city, the more chances you have to win the autographed novel!"


Go to the official Beyond the Farthest Star Facebook Wall for more details and to enter.


 

 

15 August 2011

New Movie Subsite on AUSXIP Renee O'Connor - Infinity

ImageRenee's movie Infinity now has a new subsite on AUSXIP. It has news and links to the Official site including behind the scenes images.

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Elizabeth enjoys the perfect life. A perfect home. A perfect 4 year old daughter, Chelsea. A perfect loving husband, David. Even a kind but quirky next door neighbor, Edith, who keeps apprised of all matters, great or small, in her community. But, something is amiss. David seems troubled since returning from a tour of duty with his guard unit in Iraq. Struggling alone, his resolve breaks as he turns to a higher power for help, leading to a stint in a mental facility. Elizabeth carries on, projecting a brave face, to shield Chelsea from a reality the four year old couldn't possibly understand. But, in Poe-esque tradition, bad things happen to good people as this perfect life unravels in the blink of an eye. This tale spirals downward from the unthinkable to the even darker unknown depths of the unimaginable. What if, the eyes truly are the windows to the soul?

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15 August 2011

Renee's Awareness Seminars Update For October 2011

Renee's September Awareness Seminar in Palm Springs, CA is now Sold Out: http://www.iamaware.info/palmsprings_seminar.htm

Throughout the two days, we will be sharing our direct experiences together in the following ways:

Clarifying Awareness:
Each person will have the opportunity to feel Awareness directly and create a benchmark for sustaining this feeling for use in life.

Patterning:
We will look at "Trapped States". What are they? By taking a story from one's own life, we will be able to show through example the cause and effect of living in this state of mind.

Emotional Behavior:
We look at emotions in a general sense, and then we scale back to see what type of emotions serve us, and the whole of all of us.

Choice and Willingness:
You make choices to learn to recognize your patterns, now comes your willingness to stop acting mindlessly. Having a willingness to curiously move into an expansive life takes courage!

Through a series of inductive questions, you will get to see the method with which you make your choices, and to see the way in which you play out your willingness to make the changes for your personal growth.

Matches:
Are the choices you have made in your career, or relationships serve your personal growth, or are they sustaining a limiting belief you hold about yourself?

The next scheduled seminar will be in Paris, France (in English & French) on October 22-23:

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14 August 2011

Blog Report on First Beyond The Farthest Star Screening

renee.jpgBlog Report on First Beyond The Farthest Star Screening

There is a good report by Natalie Gore who worked on the film and co-wrote a song for it about the first test screening of Beyond the Farthest Star in Irving, TX on July 15th   It includes a photo of Renee.

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1 August 2011

Campbell Cooley's Xena Trivia and In Sickness and In Hell Clip

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Hop on over to Campbell Cooley's official site and read his Xena Trivia. If you are not familiar with the name, Campbell was the actor who was on the other end of the Gabrielle drool in the episode In Sickness and In Hell (one of my all time fave episodes - it's so funny).


From the site:

For those who haven’t seen it yet, this is my main claim to fame in the Xena-verse. It’s so gross… but funny!

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Campbell promises there is more to come


 

 

 

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