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Drama

“Spartacus” Star Andy Whitfield Talks About Getting Into Gladiator Shape

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 […]

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Comedy

Starz to bring back “Party Down” for Season 2

Burbank, CA. – November 4, 2009 – Starz’s hilarious original comedy series Party Down ramps up the second season humor with the return of Jane Lynch and Kristen Bell as guest stars. The critically acclaimed half-hour comedy — about a team of Los Angeles cater-waiters stuck working for tips while hoping for their big break in Hollywood — is currently in production on 10 new episodes, scheduled to return to the air on Starz in April 2010. Jane Lynch, who currently stars in Glee on FOX, reprises her Party Down role as Constance Carmel, an actress who spent years in […]

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Family

What to watch this Halloween season

**This was our 2009 Halloween preview. To see what’s coming up for Halloween 2010, click here. Whether you’re looking for hardcore horror, family-friendly frights, or something in between, here’s a selection of some of the shows and movies to get you in a macabre mood this Halloween season. For more detail on the scary movies listed here, and to search for others throughout the month, visit our online movie database. Goosebumps — Cartoon Network, weekdays at 4:30pm ET through Oct. 29. Episodes from all three seasons of the show that adapted R.L. Stine’s spooky book series for television. The Othersiders […]

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Drama

Eric Roberts plays a good guy, for a change, in “Crash”

Crash © 2009 Lions Gate Television Inc. and Starz Entertainment, LLC. Credit: Colleen Hayes By Stacey Harrison For actors trying to play a sympathetic character, it’s helpful to have certain aspects to work with. A limp, maybe. A troubled past. If it’s a particularly attractive performer, going ugly always helps. But what about an egomaniac who happens to be one of the world’s richest men? That’s Eric Roberts’ assignment as he joins the cast of Crash, which begins it second season on Starz Sept. 18. He plays Seth Blanchard, a Richard Branson-type billionaire whose latest conquest is bringing pro football […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Comic-Con 2009: Don’t mess with Spartacus

By Stacey Harrison Today’s highlight was a sneak preview of the upcoming Starz gladiator epic, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Or, as you’ll see as we get closer to the January premiere date, the TV version of 300. In describing the sex and violence quotient, the moderator said, “It’s going to make Rome look like Full House.” Included on the panel were Lucy Lawless, who plays Lucretia, wife of Spartacus’ master; Erin Cummings, who plays Sura, Spartacus’ long-suffering wife; Peter Mensah — who was actually in 300, as the Persian messenger who gets kicked down that hole by Leonidas — plays […]

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks (Plus Two)

by Karl J. Paloucek There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 19-25. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 19 The Pianist (2002) Director Roman Polanski revisits the Warsaw of his childhood in this compelling story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) and his struggle to survive the destruction all around him. The film earned three Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director. Harrowing and brilliant. IFC, 10pm ET April 20 The Conversation (1974) In between directing his epics The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, Francis Ford Coppola