Starz has more extreme gladiator action in store to kick off the new year. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the smash hit Spartacus: Blood and Sand, filling in the back stories of popular characters like Batiatus and Lucretia (John Hannah, Lucy Lawless), an ambitious couple who run a house of gladiators in ancient Rome. It also introduces a new character, Gannicus, played by Aussie Dustin Clare. The six-episode saga premieres Jan. 21.
OK, it’s a ways away, but we know there are lots of you Spartacus fans out there, and that many of you will be looking for any insight into the new season that you can find. Starz isn’t giving away much in the way of secrets at this point — the season doesn’t actually begin until January — but they have released a “behind the scenes” video clip for Spartacus: War of the Damned, which will mark the final season of the Spartacus series. Currently filming in New Zealand, the new season begins following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius […]
The play’s the thing in The Dresser. King Lear, to be exact. And whether — apologies, Hamlet — it is to be or not to be. And a pair of Sirs make Starz’ upcoming film adaptation of the Ronald Harwood play a must-see, whether you’re a Shakespeare lover or not. The Dresser follows Sir (Sir Anthony Hopkins), an embittered, once-famous actor whose star has faded to twilight in a local Shakespeare troupe. As Sir’s anger and despair get the better of him — and World War II rages across England — Sir’s faithful dresser Norman (Sir Ian McKellen) tries to ensure that Lear […]
After testing the waters of original programming with Head Case, Crash and Party Down, Starz makes its biggest splash yet with an extreme action epic that turns an ancient tale into a bacchanal of guts, glory and a generous helping of flesh. Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Fridays beginning Jan. 22) — in addition to taking full advantage of the freedom that comes with airing on a premium channel — marries the graphic-novel visuals of 300 to the dramatics of Gladiator, and in the process promises to make a star out of Aussie newcomer Andy Whitfield. Writer/executive producer Steven S. DeKnight […]