July 2010 Archives

30 July 2010

Renee's New Movie "Moby Dick" Update

In io9's interview with Renee, she revealed a little more about her new movie with Trey Stokes based on the classic story "Moby Dick". Renee is in the role of Ishmael. For those not familiar with the story:

Ishmael is the narrator (and arguably the protagonist) of the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by U.S. author Herman Melville. It is through his eyes and experience that the reader experiences the story of the ship Pequod, and the fight between Captain Ahab and the white whale. He is a central character in the action in the early part of the novel, essentially fulfilling all the requirements of being a conventional protagonist. After the Pequod leaves Nantucket, he increasingly recedes into the background as a commentator, with his voice approaching that of an omniscient narrator at times, able to see into all parts of the ship and into the private motivations of other characters.

Renee said:

And O'Connor added that she and Stokes are also working together on a full-length movie for The Asylum, makers of Transmorphers, Titanic II, Princess Of Mars and Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid. It's a reimagining of Moby Dick, in which they fight a "mega whale." O'Connor isn't sure if this whale is mutated, or just extremely giant by whale standards. Barry Bostwick (Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show) plays Captain Ahab, and O'Connor plays Ishmael. "At the end, I'm rowing in the coffin. It's fun, we're having fun."

Click here to watch video of the interview



30 July 2010

Renee Interviewed By io9 About Ark

I09 talks to Renee at the recent Entertainment Weekly / Syfy Party at Comic Con about the web series “Ark”

It’s about this woman who wakes up, and she finds herself on this “ark,” and she’s in space and she has to figure out how to get home. And there’s a really strange ending where you’re not really sure if it’s a set-up, or if it’s part of a higher conspiracy… It has an Alien-esque feel to it. It’s very dark and moody.

A child’s voice call out “Mom, wake up.” Connie obliges, slowly regaining consciousness after a deep sleep. But she doesn’t wake up in her bed. She is not in a bed of any kind. Consumed with panic, Connie screams and pounds against the glass of the coffin-like pod in which she is mysteriously confined. But the relief that comes with escape is only replaced by fear and confusion unlike any Connie has ever experienced. Because Connie is not in her bed. Connie is not on this planet.

For more about Ark visit the AUSXIP Renee O’Connor Ark Subsite

Reported by Teresa Ortega



28 July 2010

HQ Photos of Renee at Comic Con


BCNGal from AUSXIP TX ROC Chat found two HQ photos of Renee from the Entertainment Weekly & SyFy Party at Comic-Con (smaller versions were posted to the Renee gallery here).

Click here for Photo #1

Click here for Photo #2

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28 July 2010

Renee Filming New Movie - Moby Dick

According to this article on - The Asylum Hunts Moby Dick - Renee has just begun filming a high-tech version of Moby Dick for The Asylum (makers of movies like Jolly Roger - Massacre At Cutter's Cove, Transmorphers, 2012: Supernova, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Cheerleader Camp, etc. etc. etc

Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Spin City") and Renee O'Connor (Xena's sidekick "Gabrielle") have just begun filming The Asylum's take of Moby Dick, set to be released to DVD on November 23rd.

A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormous prehistoric whale that maimed him.

Whether this Moby Dick will attempt to follow in the campy footsteps (Should that be finsteps?) of previous over-the-top aquatic Asylum schlockers Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Piranha or attempt to be a more straightforward modernization with shades of science fiction remains to be seen.

Reported by Michael (AUSXIP TX ROC Chat)

Chat about ROC's new movie on ROC Chat



26 July 2010

Ark The Series - Official Word From Trey Stokes

The following was posted on AUSXIP Talking Xena ROC Chat by Trey Stokes and it's the official word on Ark and why it suddenly appeared without warning (and great news for non US fans...we will eventually get to see it!)


You can find the series here and on hulu

Trey Stokes

I told Renee you guys would wonder why we didnt say anything...

long story made very short because I'm posting from someone's iPhone:

yep, it's legit. Syfy and hulu are both affiliated with NBC/universal, so this came about as a result of the syfy "interest". It happened very fast, all within the past week. We asked hulu to give us a warning before the show went live but they didn't. So we didnt have a chance to announce anything. When Renee gets back from comiccon I'm sure she'll say something about it on her site.

Also Renee and I were real busy with... something else this week, and we'll both be saying more about THAT as soon as we can...

let's see, what else... I have no idea what "huhu" is, but they have nothing to do with any of this. I guess that was a misprint of "hulu" somewhere.

And for non-US viewers, be patient - I just took over that long-dormant Ark page on YouTube, and the episodes will all show up there after we see how we fare on hulu. We might throw some other extras on there as well.

Gotta go - but for now, spread the word about ark: watch it, tell everyone you know to watch it, post reviews on the hulu site, etc. If we get a big response on hulu, that only increases that potential "interest" that could lead to bigger things

Discuss this on ROC Chat!



26 July 2010

More Photos of Renee From Comic Con


Renee attended the EW & Syfy Celebrate Comic Con Party and here are more pics from that event!

Click here to view WireImage (Licenced) photos (3 from today and three from yesterday).



25 July 2010

Renee Attends EW & Syfy Celebrate Comic Con Party


Renee attended the EW & Syfy Celebrate Comic Con Party yesterday.

Also there was Kevin Sorbo!


Click here to view the images



24 July 2010

Ark The Series Now Online


Okay this is an interesting development. Ark The Series - the web series starring Renee hasn't been seen since the initial flurry of promos at the last 2008 Comic Con when the official teaser came out.

Eagle eyed Cata over at AUSXIP Talking Xena ROC Chat discovered the entire series online. There hasn't been any advertising or promoting of the series so far. The other possible explanation is that someone has pirated the show and posted it.

The show cannot be seen outside the US and it's a streaming video (very slow for those not on broadband).

If you are in the US - go here

Word has gone out to Trey Stokes, the director, to see if this is really legit.



24 July 2010

Steve and Renee at Comic Con

Image Renee and Steven were at Comic Con. Steve tweeted the following pic of the two happy souls.

Click here to view the larger image



19 July 2010

S1 E8 Promethius Episode Promo & Multimedia


Xena Episode Promo for Season 1, Episode 8 Promethius

Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) and Iolaus (Michael Hurst) join forces with Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) to free Prometheus (John Freeman), who has been chained by the gods.

Scribes and Scrolls: Written by R.J Stewart, Directed by Stephen L Posey, Edited by Robert Field.

Passing Parade: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Michael Hurst (Iaolus), John Freeman (Prometheus), Jodie Dorday (Jo), Pau Norell (Statius), Russell Gowers (Demephon), Sara Wiseman (Young Woman), David Mitchell (Innkeeper)

Disclaimer: Ioalus was harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, the Green Egg Men went on to live long and prosperous lives.

Story So Far: Xena and Hercules race to free Prometheus from chains after his capture puts man’s ability to heal in jeopardy. Gabrielle makes eyes at Iaolus.

More Multimedia For This Episode

| Review | Screengrabs | Episode Stills



19 July 2010

Intriguing tweet about Renee

Wonder what Renee is working on?

In last two weekends I have worked on set with Renee O'Connor of Xena fame, and Pat Brown of Sister Act fame. Fun times!
about 22 hours ago via mobile web

News submitted by Barbara

Discuss this on AUSXIP Talking Xena ROC Chat



14 July 2010

Renee VIP Pass 5 For The Musical Convention Update

The following is related to the convention Renee will be attending and you could win a chance to have dinner with Renee. News sent in by Xenan:

The VIP Pass number 5 (the last VIP Pass) of The Musical Convention is put up for sale here on ebay

The auctions will end next Sunday at 8.30pm (French time).

You are dreaming of spending an evening with Renee O'Connor? So, try your luck on E-bay and get the VIP Pass number 5 put up for auctions.

With this precious sesame you will have the unique opportunity to spend opportune moments with the actors. Among other things, you will have dinner with them in one of the most beautiful restaurants of Paris and you will spend unforgettable moments with them!

The VIP dinners are always great moments for the fans as well as for the actors!

Don't hesitate to bid, it's worthwhile, you won't regret it!

A topic has been created on Talking Xena where you can find a lot of infos and help to help you to go to this convention, it's here:



11 July 2010

Xena Season 1 Episode 7 The Titans Video Promo


Season 1 Episode 7 The Titans

Xena must save an entire village when Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) unwittingly frees three ancient Titans, who have been imprisoned for centuries in stone.

SCRIBES & SCROLLS: Written by R.J. Stewart / Directed by Eric Brevig


Mark Raffety (Hyperion)
Amanda Tollemache (Thea)
Edward Campbell (Crius)
Andy Anderson (Hesiot)
Paolo Rotondo (Philius)
Syd Mannion (Calchas)
David Mackie (Rhodos)
Jack Dacey (Creon)
Sian Hughes (Young Woman)
Peter Morgan (Barkeep)
Maggie Tarver (Villager #1)
Simon Cameron (Villager #2)
Tania Anderson (First Woman)
Julianne Evans (Second Woman)

DISCLAIMER: No disclaimer

Gabrielle accidentally frees three Titans who worship her, then turn on
her. Gabrielle tries to defeat them single-handedly in order to prove herself to Xena.

Montage | Review | Screengrabs | Episode Stills



8 July 2010

Renee's Movie Fitful Gets A Distributor

ImageRenee's movie Fitful now has a distributor.

"Fitful" follows Renee as Paula, an inspector for the historic trust who visits an old ship after Vigs, the vessel's "self-appointed caretaker" played by Campbell, files an application for historical status. Car trouble requires Paula to stay overnight on the ship, which leads to the creepiness that makes the film "a very, very dark comedy" filled with suspense.

The following is news about the distribution deal

Thursday, July 8, 2010
A Distributor for "FITFUL"
Great news! Rich signed with Circus Road Films in Los Angeles to represent our latest film FITFUL. These folks know pretty much everyone in the film distribution arena and have represented us before on Mr. Art Critic. We consider ourselves lucky to have high quality relationships like these to round out the production process. Fans, stay tuned for official distribution info. Posted by Tracey at 12:38 PM

(News submitted by Barbara Davies)

Discuss the movie on AUSXIP Talking Xena Renee Chat

Read more about the movie on AUSXIP Renee O'Connor Fitful Movie subsite



7 July 2010

Xena Season 1 Ep 6 The Reckoning Video Promo


Xena Season 1 Ep 6 The Reckoning Video Promo

Ares (Kevin Smith) sets a trap for Xena (Lucy Lawless) aimed at returning her to her former life as a ruthless warrior.

SCRIBES & SCROLLS: Written by Peter Allan Fields. Directed by Charles Siebert

PASSING PARADE: Kevin Smith (Ares) Bill Johnson (Benitar) Christopher Mayer (Peranis) Danny Lineham (Grathios) Christian Hodge (Teracles) Phaedra Hurst (Teresia) Meryl Main (Areolis’ Widow) Sam Holland (Teen Son) Ross Harper (Polinios)

DISCLAIMER: No disclaimer

Xena is wrongly arrested for murdering a group of peasants and, while Gabrielle fights in the courtroom to free her, Ares attempts to lure Xena back to the dark side.

More Multimedia from this Episode
Montage | Review | Screengrabs | Episode Stills



6 July 2010

Videos Added Price is Right & 2001 Hollywood Insider Interview

Updated the AUSXIP Video - Renee O'Connor Video Channel with the following two videos:

ImagePrice is Right Renee O’Connor 1991

Renee was a contestant on the Price is Right in 1991.

View Video


Image2001 Hollywood Insider Interview with Renee O’Connor

2001 Hollywood Insider interview Renee on the set of Xena during the filming of A Friend In Need.

*the interview was only the top half of the screen as it was being airred*

Watch Video



5 July 2010

S1E04 Cradle of Hope Episode Promo

ImageS1E04 Cradle of Hope Xena Warrior Princess

Xena (Lucy Lawless) protects a helpless infant doomed by a prophecy that identifies him as a future threat to the King.

Watch Episode Promo

Other Multimedia

Montage | Review | Screengrabs | Episode Stills



5 July 2010

Renee News Words Unspoken Movie Update

ImageAccording to Renee's official site, Words Unspoken will be shown at the Slater Brothers' Hamilton, New York International Film Fest in August 2010.

Visit the site for more info

Words Unspoken is a short film written and directed by Renee. The movie is about a man searches his heart for forgiveness to assist in his father's dying wish.

For more about the film go to AUSXIP Renee O'Connor Words Unspoken site



5 July 2010

E! News October 1997 Renee O’Connor & Michael Hurst

ImageAUSXIP Video Renee O'Connor Video Channel has been updated with an interview Renee gave to E! News during the 1997 Valley Forge Xena Convention. Also interviewed was Michael Hurst for his role on Hercules.

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5 July 2010

AUSXIP Video ROC Channel - 1998 NZ TV Awards


1998 NZ TVGuide Television Awards – Renee O’Connor & Kevin Smith

In November 1998 The NZ TV Awards were hosted by Kevin Smith. Two of the presenters were Renee and Lucy. This is Renee’s presentation for the Best Comedy Program.

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4 July 2010

More Xena Promotional Image Scans


Here is the next batch of Xena Promotional Image scans.

Added Xena, Gabrielle & Xena/Gabrielle images

Xena and Gabrielle

The main Xena Promotional Gallery is here



4 July 2010

Bitch Slap Interview with Mother Superior & Sister Batril


Bitch Slap interview with Mother Superior and Sister Batril (Bless them). Hysterical!

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2 July 2010

ROC July Video Channel Update

ROC's July Video Channel has some great stuff including:

- Interview with Bernie Joyce, film & TV producer (including producer on X:WP) who Renee has considered a mentor since X:WP ended.

- Another funny 5 Ways short film with Andy Pinon

- From 1988: Another cute McDonald's commercial AND her screen test for Teen Angel (she's soooo adorable they would have been fools not to cast her )

According to a comment Renee wrote on her Facebook page, it is her online Video Channel that got her the nomination for LA Business Journal's 2010 Women Making A Difference Award.

Subscribe / Watch Video Channel | Chat about this on AUSXIP ROC Chat



1 July 2010

New Scans Xena Promotional Images


Updated the Xena Promotional Photoshoots section in the Promos & Adverts Gallery / AUSXIP Xena Images.

Added four new colour scans and one b/w scan to the Xena Gallery

Added one new b/w scan and one colour (which was from the same photoshoot and appeared in the Official Xena Magazine cover to the Xena & Gabrielle Gallery

I've got a few more to be scanned in and will be adding them shortly.

The combined galleries can be found here