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29th July 2009 -Fest Total, Lucy in the News


Sorry I've been so slow with the updates. The May UK Xenafest was another big success and we raised a magnificent £1730 which brings our total raised over the years to £30,868. Thanks to all who attended and hopefully see you in November!
Lucy has been making a lot of appearances inthe US to promote the upcoming Spartacus - Blood and Sand. The show is filmed in New Zealand and Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are amongst the producers. The series is due to air in January 2010
Online Trailer

Good interview with Michael Ausiello


29th March 2009 - Next UK Xenafest, Happy Birthday Lucy and more


We have reached a milestone with our Midlands Xenafests - number 20 is to take place on Saturday May 30th, and after an influx of new faces at the last fest, we hope to see more this time to celebrate 20 glorious fests!
Lucy Lawless celebrates her 41st birthday on March 29th so happy birthday Lucy! There was a great little video clip of her on the 'behind the scenes' special to mark the finale of Battlestar Galactica recently, where she revealed how she approached her role - very enlightening (and funny!)

Lucy also appeared on the finale of The L Word and can be seen as Detective Mary Beth Duffy on the Showtime website's Interrogation Tapes - Look out for tape 3 where she is flirting with Helena Peabody!


30th November 2008 - Xenafest Total

Thank a lot to everyone who attended the 19th Midlands Xenafest on the 29th November. It was great to meet new people who are just getting into the show and old friends who seem to have been around since the year dot! The Xena community spirit is alive and well in the UK, and once again we raised a good total for local charities. The amount raised was a brilliant £1371 so thank you very much to everyone who bought raffle tickets, entered the lucky dip and bought items in the auction.
In other news, Lucy is appearing all over the place! Look out for her in the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Bedtime Stories. She had a small role in a recent CSI: Miami episode, and can be seen in the trailer for the 6th and final season of The L Word as a detective.


8th June 2008 - Next UK Xenafest, BSG and More


The UK Midlands Xenafests are back! After a break so as not to clash with the London Xena Con, we return in the autumn, Saturday 29th November 2008 is the date to mark in your diaries. See the fest page for more details and hope to see you there.

Lucy Lawless returns to Series Four of Battlestar Galactica this week, in the episode The Hub as D'Anna is unboxed! (Aired in the US last Friday on the SciFi Channel, UK fans, Tuesday 10th June at 9pm, Sky One). So great to see Lucy back. I might be biased, but I love the character and she's going to be fun thins time I think! There is a VERY funny video clip on the SciFi.com website of behind the scenes with Lucy. Lots of swearing and not to be taken seriously but hilarious!
Series 2 of Army Wives starts this weekend on Lifetime tv in the US. Renee O'Connor is due to be appearing at some point, but not sure when and for how long. Created by Xena writer and fan favourite, Katherine Fugate, I enjoyed the slightly soapy show. Nice to see strong women characters on TV - even if their lives do revolve around their husbands!




5th May 2008 - London Convention Report

Well, what a weekend that was! The Xena Convention in London was brilliant, a big highlight being Lucy's concert at the Carling Academy. Great energy from Lucy and the crowd. I've just completed my convention report right here, and you might want to visit the Xenaville message board to leave any thoughts. Roll on the next one!!



28th April 2008 - Countdown to the Convention!

With just a few days to go before the London Xena Convention with Lucy Lawless, all us UK Xenafans are getting very excited! Hope to see lots of you down at the Hilton Metropole and at Lucy's concert (I'm going on Saturday.) It's been many years since we had a big event like this and of course Lucy has never appeared at a UK convention, so fingers crossed for a fab weekend for us all! See you there..!

6th April 2008 - News Catchup

Apologies for the slowness on the updates, but those of you keen for the very latest news really should be checking out MaryDs AUSXIP page rather than here!
The 4th and final series of the excellent Battlestar Galactica has just begun on US screens. The SciFi channel on Fridays is the place to be. Not sure how many episodes Lucy Lawless is in, but there is a video Q&A with her on the SciFi Channel Battlestar website available now.
Lucy has been filming a part in a new Adam Sandler film, and on her official website, mentions a film called Bitchslap with a bunch of other Xena old boys including Renee, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst and Zoe Bell.
Lucy Lawless celebrated her 40th birthday on March 29th. Happy birthday Lucy.
Renee O'Connor is appearing in an episode of Criminal Minds that is on this week I think.
Of course, for us UK fans, the May Convention is the thing we are looking forward to. The guest list now includes Lucy, Joe LoDuca, Steven L Sears, Adrienne Wilkinson, Paris Jefferson and Brittany Powell. There are also 2 concerts at the Carling Academy in Islington (see poster to the left.) Pricey weekend, but it should be great. Hope to see you all there!

21st December 2007 - LUCY IN LONDON!!!!

FANTASTIC Christmas present for UK Xena fans, Creation Entertainment have announced that Lucy Lawless will be headlining a Xena Convention in London in May 2008. Other guests to be confirmed, but already on the list is Xena music maestro Joseph LoDuca, who will also be working with Lucy on 2 live shows at a London club, so we get a chance to see Lucy sing live. The even better news is that this is a Bank Holiday weekend, so we can party all weekend, and stagger home on Monday! Brilliant news for us fans and a great opportunity to get together and meet Lucy.
All the available details are on the Creation website and Gold package tickets are available to book right now (for a pretty hefty pre-Christmas pre-January pay packet) $US397 or 199 or 276 EUROS. That Gold package does look tempting... Ideal Christmas present to me!

1st December 2007 - Fest Total and more

Sorry, bit late adding this news, but our latest UK Xenafest on 10th November was a great success. We welcomed a few new people and thanks to some generous donors had lots of great items in the charity auction. We raised a magnificent 2,540 which will be shared between two excellent local charities. Huge thanks to all concerned for a great day.
Not loads happening in Xena news right now but a few updates. Former Xena star Karl Urban has been cast as Dr Bones McCoy in JJ Abrams new Star Trek film (written by former Herc and Xena writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.) Renee O'Connor will be appearing in several episodes of season 2 of Xena writer Katherine Fugate's show Army Wives. Renee's also starring in Boogeyman 2 (Lucy Lawless was in the original) which is released in the new year. MaryDs AUSXIP Page is the one to bookmark for all the news.
If you're a fan of Lucy Lawless' singing Creation Entertainment have DVDs available of her recent Chicago concert with Xena music man Joe LoDuca, plus video clips on the site.

31st October 2007 - News Bits

Several updates in XENA news. Lucy Lawless is filming Battlestar Galactica in Vancouver right now for about 3 episodes somewhere in the middle of the series. There's an interview with Lucy online where she talks about it, but the big news from this interview is Lucy says she is coming to the UK to do a show in London! UK fans will enjoy that!! No details anywhere, although Lucy's Official site does have some news updates. (Always a good idea to check in there regularly as she's pretty good with the updates.)
Lucy guest starred recently on Curb Your Enthusiasm (episode 7 of this current 6th season if you're trying to find it.) The Annual Burbank Convention in January wil lalso see Lucy return to sing at The Roxy with everything happening the weekend of 25-27th January 2008. See the Creation Website for details.

Next weekend, Saturday 10th November, is our next UK Xenafest, and this one is shaping up to be great fun. We're got more people signed up that we have for a while, and there is some REALLY quality stuff in the auction this time. Bring your cash along. Check out the Fest page for more details.
In other news, former Caesar/Cupid Karl Urban has been cast as Doctor Leonard McCoy in JJ Abrams new Star Trek film. Meanwhile Zoe Bell's star is definitely on the rise, and now she's appearing on Lost. Guess Kurtzman and Orci remember their RenPics pals!

16th September 2007 - Latest UK Fest and More..

A long absence again - I've been on holiday, including another trip to New Zealand. No Xena beaches this time, but what a beautiful country!
The latest UK Xenafest is not far away, 10th November 2007 and we are changing the venue again, so please do check out the details on the UK Xenafest Page. The new venue, the Baron's Court Hotel, is a 4 star hotel and sounds very nice, so please do come and join us, whether you are an old timer regular or an eager young newbie! You get a great days entertainment, with music videos, TV shows and Xena episodes, my super duper quiz, Angie's exceedingly entertaining auction, fabulous prize raffle, mystery prize lucky dip and free food too, all for the bargain price of 12. The hotel is doing a special deal on rooms too. As usual we are supporting a local charity, and hope you can join us for a fun day.

UK DVD buyers might want to check out the Universal Playback releases of Xena on DVD. They contacted me about the S1 and 2 releases (see below), but didn't tell me Season 3 and Season 4 were out, with Season 5 and Season 6 out on 24th September. While the US Davis Panzer releases are much better in terms of extras, those of you with region 2 DVD players only (why???) might be interested. Playback are also releasing an "Ultimate Collection" box set in October. Rather nice looking box - presumably with all the episodes.

In TV news, Lucy Lawless filmed a guest appearance on the TV series, Burn Notice in which she was very good. Bruce Campbell also appears on the show and got Lucy in. There's a good interview with Lucy on TV Guide.com about it. She'll be on Curb Your Enthusiasm in the coming weeks too. However, the BIG news is that Lucy will be returning to the fabulous Battlestar Galactica for an undisclosed number of episodes in the shows 4th and final season. Woo Hoo!
Much talked about for years, Renee's film Diamonds and Guns is finally available apparently! Seems a loooong time since we first heard of that one. Buy via the website for an autographed copy
Wish I could go, but the Chicago Xena Convention looks good. Lucy and Renee, and Lucy will be singing with Xena Music God, Joe LoDuca! Check out details on the Creation webpage you lucky convention goers.

28th May 2007 - 10 Years of Xenaville!!

Yes, it is Xenaville's 10th Birthday today! So here's a brief(-ish) history of Xenaville.

Sometime in Autumn 1996 I accidentally caught a Xena episode when there was nothing much else on. The episode was The Greater Good, and I was instantly hooked on the drama and the characters, and also the tone of the show. I love the humour and the action, and Lucy Lawless impressed me immediately with her uncompromising portrayal of a hero.
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19th May 2007 - UK DVD News!

Now there's something I haven't typed in a while. UK DVD buyers, seasons 1 and 2 are being re-isued by Universal Playback on Monday 21st May, in nice new packaging, and according to the Universal Playback site, they might even have the season 1 episodes in the correct order this time! As ever with Universal Playback, there are zero extras, but if your DVD player can't handle region 1 DVDs, you might be interested. Plus it will be nice to see XENA back on the shelves in the shops! Complete seasons, on 6 discs, Amazon is selling them for 26.24 with free P&P.

Buy Season 1 and Season 2 from Amazon

15th May 2007 - Updated News Update!

Football Wives is no more! Lucy reports on her website the show was not picked up by ABC television.
Just a week to go until the next UK Xenafest. If you're interested, we welcome all Xenafans - check out the Fest Page and see you on 19th May in Walsall!
UK TV ALERT - According to the Sky TV Magazine, The Darkroom with Lucy Lawless is on the SciFi Channel on 23rd May at 10pm.
"Lucy Lawless and Greg Grunberg of Heroes fame star in this creepy horror. A troubled teen befriends an escaped mental patient, who is suffering visions of young women's gruesome deaths."

In other UK TV Lucy alerts, the absolute classic Simpsons episode, Treehouse of Horror X, which every Xena fan should see, is on Sky One on Thursday 31st May at 8.30pm. On a much crappier note, Lucy's Just Shoot Me guest spot is on Channel 4 at 8am on Tuesday 22nd May.

Want to see what Lucy's house in LA looks like? Apparently she's selling and the Real Estalker weblog - which features celebrity homes for sale - has details and photos. Guess it's a celebrity thing, but who REALLY needs 7 and a half bathrooms??? What is half a bathroom anyway?

Finally, Xenaville's 10th Birthday is approaching! 28th May 1997 was when it all began and we're still here 10 years later. Any comments or suggestions for appropriate birthday celebrations? Email me here

10th April 2007 - Zoe Bell in Grindhouse

Zoe Bell in GrindhouseFor American Xena fans, get along to see the Quentin Tarentino./Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse. Echoing the Evil Dead movies, Rodriguez's cannibal zombie gorefest Planet Terror mixes truly disgusting images (in a slightly tongue in cheek way) with absurdly violent shootouts.
However, for Xena fans, it's Tarentino's Death Proof that is the draw as it stars out favourite stunt woman Zoe Bell, Lucy's stunt double for the last three years on the show. Zoe also doubled Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and anyone who has seen the brilliant Double Dare film knows what an engaging and likable person Zoe is. Here she is playing herself, but does have to do a fair bit of acting before we see her do what she does best, and she's great! Zoe is one of a group of girls homicidal maniac driver Kurt Russell goes after. We have a long scene of Zoe hanging onto the bonnet of a car while Russel tries to run them off the road. In a nicely feminist twist, the girls turn the tables and go after Kurt, ending with Zoe doing a Xena-like spinning head kick to finish him off!
If you're not a Tarentino fan or into pornographically violent splatter movies, you might not like this film. Anyhow, it's only the US that is getting this release. The rest of the world will be getting the films released separately. But it is really good to see the terrifically talented Zoe Bell getting some recognition. She'll be far too famous to return as Lucy's stunt double of that Xena movie ever gets made!
Read more about Grindhouse at the IMDB

13th October 2006 - Xenaverse News, UK Fest etc
Not updated in while, but Lucy Lawless has been in the spotlight quite a bit. She made it all the way to the Celebrity Duets final, finishing as a very creditable runner up. The new series of Battlestar Galactica began last Friday on the SciFi Channel, with Lucy having a lengthy 10 episode run.

Meanwhile, its Christmas!!! OK, so it's not quite, but the UK Xenafest Christmas Party is coming up. Put Saturday 18th November in your diary. The event will be taking place at the County Hotel in Walsall once again, and all for the bargain price of 10. For more detail, visit the updated Fest page

30th August 2006 - Lucy on Celebrity Duets
Lucy's Official Page has Quicktime or Windows Media Video of Lucy on Celebrity Duets singing with Smokey Robinson. Lucy and Smokey sang "Oh Baby Baby." Lucy was the very first one on singing "Time Love and Tenderness" with Michael Bolton.
Check out the FOX Celebrity Duets page which has quite a few video clips etc. I quite enjoyed the recap of the first show too.
MaryDs has very comprehensive coverage, including more video clips. Lucy made it safely through the first night without being eliminated, and looked fab, of course! Thought her song with Smokey was good too. From the website, looks like Thursdays will be the show's regular night, starting September 7th so you USers, vote Lucy!!

15th August 2006 - News Bits
Long time between updates - sorry. The Xenafest in May raised 1953.50 for the Walsall Breast Cancer support group, which was wonderful. Thanks once again to all those generous Xena fans.
Lucy Lawless is going to be hitting US screens in a new reality show (yes ANOTHER) called Celebrity Duets which will feature - hey guess what? Celebrities dueting with singers! MaryD has a page with info about this show and you can also download a podcast from Lucy's site. Lucy was also at San Diego's Comic Con in July, appearing on the Battlestar Galactica panel.
Talking of Battlestar, the Region 2 DVD will be out on 28th August (beating the Region 1, 2.5 release by a few weeks) Buy here from Amazon.co.uk to help support the site - 34.99.

11th May 2006 - News Bits
UK Xenafans, this Saturday is the 15th Midlands Xenafest, which will this time also include a Strong Women of TV theme. It's not too late to join us at the County Hotel in Walsall. For more details see the Xenafest Website
Lucy Lawless is in Vancouver filming on Battlestar Galactica. Lucy recently contributed to a CD where a bunch of celebs sang soppy songs to raise money for charity. Unexpected Dreams included contributions from Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johanssen, Jennifer Garner, Teri Hatcher and more. You can hear clips online at various places. AOL were doing the whole CD available to listen to, but that seems to have gone. Artists Direct have a stream of the full album which you could try, although I waited a while for the streaming to start.
Xenaville is approaching its NINTH birthday - have to start planning for next year! Anyway, feeling nostalgic? Why not take a look at the original site at Geocities. Might use that title graphic...

13th April 2006 - New Online Games
Been discovering some stuff my web hosting service has and creating some Xena games. First off, why not test your Xena knowledge with the new Xena quiz. Do let me know if there are any errors!
Some puzzles now. Jigsaw fans, try out this Xena Puzzle. Quick tip - you have to click on the pieces to rotate them! I'm hopeless at these ones, but I know some people like them. Try this Sliding Tiles Puzzle game. You have to click on Mix Puzzle to get started. Have fun!

21st March 2006 - Baby Girl for Renee!
Sharon from Creation passed on a note from Renee O'Connor:
"I had a baby girl yesterday, March 19. Iris Sura O'Connor -- 7 lbs. 15 oz. and very mellow."
Congratulations to Renee and her family.

In sadder family news, Lucy Lawless' father Frank Ryan is reported to be seriously ill in an Auckland Hospital according to stuff.co.nz.

Meanwhile, UK fans can check out the newly re-designed website for the next UK Midlands Xenafest which will be taking place on May 13th at the County Hotel, Walsall! Book now to avoid disappointment!!

25th February 2006 - Cylons Rule!
With the ending of Xena, Buffy, Angel. The X Files etc, anyone in the scifi/fantasy know MUST be watching the brilliant Battlestar Galactica, and the second season is building to a climax on the SciFi Channel right now. This week's episode, "Downloaded" saw the return of Lucy Lawless, and the best news is, she's going to be back for TEN (count 'em") more episodes next year. This week's episode was FABULOUS and once again got me thinking about starting a Battlestar Galactica page...
Lucy is clearly going to have a good character to sink her teeth into, and isn't it just so cool that she gets to do her own NZ accent!

Spent a bit of time spotting old XENA stars this week. Marton Csokas in the movie Aeon Flux, Tim Omundsen as a baddie in 24, and kids show Madigan's Quest just finished airing in the UK. I caught on late, but am hoping for a repeat as it was classy and stylish stuff. Plus it starred Rose McIver(Little Problems), Olivia Tennent (If the Shoe Fits), Michael Hurst and Danielle Cormack. Good website too. I was rather surprised to find their official website links to my page on director Charlie Haskell! Maybe I better try and update it.
Odd link of the week, fans of The L Word, Tina's randy suitor is a film director named Josh Becker! And hey, he turned out to be a total jerk!

1st January 2006 - Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all of Xenaville's visitors. Hope 2006 brings you all you wish for.
What lies ahead in the Xenaverse in '06? Well, some good news for Renee O'Connor who announced she is due to give birth to her second child in the spring of 2006. Congratulations Renee!
13th-15th January sees Creation's Annual Xena convention in Burbank, CA. Both Lucy and Renee are appearing, along with a whole bunch of other guests. Hope all you attendees have a blast. I'm guessing this will also be our chance for an update on any possible Xena movie, but to be honest, does anyone still hold out much hope??
Lucy fans need to keep their TVs on in the new year. Lucy is appearing on the fabulous Veronica Mars in January and returns for one, possibly two episodes of Battlestar Galactica.
UK fans, the next Midlands Xenafest WILL be happening, hopefully in the spring of 2006. Stay tuned for more details.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who takes to time to contact me with information/questions/comments. It's good to know people still appreciate the show and find something on Xenaville they like. Can I encourage a few more of you to visit and join up at the Xenaville Message Board. Its been a bit quiet round there lately and we always welcome new blood!
15th November 2005 - Xenaverse News Bits
Lots of bits and pieces around right now. Firstly, good news for Lucy fans. Not only will she be returning in two more Battlestar Galactica episodes in 2006, but she will be appearing in the fabulous Veronia Mars in January. Kristen from E! News reports that she will be playing an FBI agent in an episode called "Donut Run" airing on 18th January.
Meanwhile, do keep an eye on Lucy's website, where you can order her self designed t shirts, and also Renee's website, which has been updated recently.

UK TV alert - 7th December, 10pm, Sky One is airing Locusts, which I enjoyed a lot. A good leading role for Lucy. Sky are also repeating Tarzan on Sunday afternoons if you didn't see it.
And in other big news, I turned 40 this month...!

4th October 2005 - Planet Xena and Moon Gabrielle!
The coolest news of the month so far is the announcement of the discovery of a 10th planet in our solar system, informally named Xena. This week, Planet Xena's moon was spotted, and promptly nick-named Gabrielle! Clearly those astronomers were fans! Check out Lucy Lawless' Fanclub page - she's pretty pleased about the news too!
BBC News on Xena and Gabrielle
The official announcement
I especially liked this bif of that announcement:
What is the moon called?
Sadly, the committees deciding the fate of 2003 UB313 and its name have still come to no decisions. Since we get tired of saying a name with 9 syllables, we still call the tenth planet by our original code name, Xena. The moon officially goes by the name of S/2005 (2003 UB313) 1. Depending on how you count, that is something like 15 syllables.. It should come as no surprise to some, then, that we very quickly decided to call the moon by the code name Gabrielle. We look forward to the day that the committees finally decides and both of these bodies can get permanent names. In the meantime we are glad that Xena and Gabrielle are together again.

1st October 2005 - Xenaverse News
Quite a few happenings in the Xenaverse lately, chiefly, both Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor have launched official websites. Essential for Xena fans to check out, Lucy Lawless' Official Page and Renee O'Connor's Official Page both have similar web addresses, but while Renee's is the slicker looking, Lucy's page appears to have lots of Lucy imput. Odd that they wait til 4 years after Xena ends to launch official fan club web pages... Anyway, do check them out.
Lucy's Battlestar Galactica appearance was FAB!!! As a fan of Lucy and Battlestar, I LOVED it big time! And the best news, Lucy will be back for TWO more episodes in 2006. The series is on a break til the new year right now. Do have a look at the SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica page for Ron Moore's commentary on the episode and David Eick's video blog of Lucy on set. Lucy will also be reprising her role as Maddy from Locusts in a follow up TV Movie names Vampire Bats. Filming in New Orleans coincided with Hurricane Katrina, so with the Battlestar gig, Lucy certainly has been in the news lately.
On a TV theme, I hear Hudson Leick will be appearing in this week's US airing of CSI. Victim? Murderer?? For other Xena alumini, see Melinda Clarke in The OC, Kathryn Morris in Cold Case and many more!
The 15th UK Midlands Xenafest was another fun day, and over 1300 was raised for local charities. Lucy's Battlestar Galactica episode and Locusts proved very popular. Thanks to all who attended, and if you didn't make it, keep your eyes open for Midlands Xenafest 15 in Spring 2006!!
Finally, a last minute, probably too late UK TV alert. Sunday 2nd October sees Discovery Civilisations rerun almost the whole of Lucy Lawless' Warrrior Women show from 9pm. I enjoyed the series a huge heap, so do try and tune in if you missed it first time round.

3rd September 2005 - Lucy News
What a busy girl Lucy Lawless has been lately. Next Friday (9th September) sees her guest appearance on the fabulous Battlestar Galactica, and a trip to the SCIFI.COM website will reveal the trailer and also producer David Eick's video blog of Lucy's episode.
Meanwhile Lucy's been in the news a lot as she was filming Vampire Bats, a follow up to Locusts, in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit. Lucy and the crew were forced to flee and got out of the city just in time. See more details here

10th July 2005 - Next UK Xenafest Announced
To all the UK Xenafans, it's that time again! Yes, UK Xenafest 14 is taking place in September, and you can start booking up right now. We will be having the usual videos and DVDs to watch, a charity auction, the Xena trivia quiz and you even get food - all for just 10.
Read more details right here

Meanwhile, next years Annual Xena Convention in Burbank will feature Renee O'Connor as the main guest once again. The event takes place on 13th January 2006 and you can find out more at the Creation website.

The second season of Battlestar Galactica begins this week on the SciFi Channel, and details are still a bit sketchy about Lucy Lawless' involvement. We know she's in episode 8, and there is talk of a further two episodes. Tune in anyway, because the series is absolutely great!

6th June 2005 - Lucy on Battlestar!?
According to Mike Ausiello at tvguide.com, Lucy Lawless will be appearing on the brilliant Battlestar Galactica, which will begin its second season on the SciFi Channel in July.

Question: Got any intel on the next season of Battlestar Galactica? John

Ausiello: Lucy Lawless is gonna do a few episodes playing a Christiane Amanpour-type character. And I hear Sci Fi censors are freaking out about a really disturbing (yet visually stunning) scene in Episode 5. An upcoming issue of TV Guide magazine will have more on that little controversy.

Excellent news, as Battlestar Galactica is a fabulous show, and workign with class actors like Edward James Olmos and Mary MCDonnell will be great for Lucy! Sounds like she'll be some sort of reporter, so no fighter pilot Lucy I guess...

I saw Locusts the other days, and actually relly enjoyed it. Lucy was excellent in the leading role, and the film was daft but fun. Less fun was Renee in Alien Apocalypse, which I thought was dire! Please get a proper job soon Renee!

Finally, UK fans, we are in the planning stages of the next UK Xenafest, and it's looking like September, so keep your weekends free then!

2nd April 2005 - Xenaverse Titbits
Sorry for not updating in a long time, but there isn't a great deal happening Xena-wise. However, both Lucy and Renee are keeping busy. Lucy and Rob have been quit high profile recently with the worldwide success of Boogeyman and Lucy getting pretty good notices. Meanwhile, Renee's movie with Bruce Campbell and Josh Becker, Alien Apocalypse aired recently on the SciFi Channel in the US. Lucy has filmed a TV movie for CBS called Locusts! starring as Dr Maddy Rierdon.
Check out MaryDs Locusts Page for more
Don't forget to vote, and check out the Archives!

10th February 2005 - Lucy and Renee Updates
Lucy Lawless racks up yet another guest starring role on a US sitcom, as she is filming a guest appearance on the CBS show Two and a Half Men which stars Charlie Sheen.
Lucy said: "I am doing Two and a Half Men this week. I am playing a chick who Charlie fancies but who is not interested in him, which drives him crazy." Not seen the show, and no news yet on when Lucy's episode will air.

Meanwhile, Renee's short movie, "One Weekend a Month," is now available to view online on the Sundance site at www.sundanceonlinefilmfestival.org
Click on "Sundance Shorts," then "Films," then scroll down to the movie title to watch the movie. You must be a registered user to view the films, but registration is pretty straightforward.The short film is 11 minutes long, and is pretty much all Renee. I thought Renee was good, and the film very effective.

UK Convention fans, not much good news to report. The Starfury Con with Bruce Campbell has been cancelled - I guess Bruce is busy, and there is still nothing further on the Autograph Mania one.

24th January 2005 - Conventions News
This weekend saw the big 10th Anniversary Convention in the US. Not heard too much yet, but there are some great pictures at the Uber Abode site.
Meanwhile, thanks to the UK people who emailed me about Autograph Mania. The latest about them is a note on their website, saying they are no longer affiliated with autographmania.com and theat all events planned for 2005 are "in the pipeline"...Hmm. Their website is at www.autographmania.co.uk. If you are in the mood for a convention, Bruce Campbell will be attending Starfury Necronomicon in late March 2005. Xena fans will remember the Starfury conventions with affection, and they aren't likely to go out of business before then! Check out the details on the Starfury website

8th January 2005 - DVD News
The sixth and final season of XENA will be out on DVD on 8th March 2005. This is the Region 1 Anchor Bay release, and once again features the sort of extras we want! However, there are not too many commentaries on this set. Joel Metzger, writer on The Ring, Lucy, Renee, Rob and Michael Hurst on To Helicon and Back, Lucy, Renee and Rob on When Fates Collide and Lucy and Renee and Rob on A Friend in Need part 2 (which IS a new commentary and different from the director's cut DVD from a few years back.) Interesting to see that the director's cut is also included, so presumably, the ones on the DVDs are the original TV eps. As always, there are some episodes that don't have any sort of feature, and you wish they did. Haunting of Amphipolis, The Abyss, Return of the Valkyrie, The God You Know, Send in the Clones and A Friend in Need 1 are the neglected eps this time round.
Check out the Shopping page for more details of what is on the S6 DVDs.
Pre-Order Season 6 from Amazon.com

12th December 2004 - UK News
Anyone who was interested in the XENA convention organised bu autographmania.co.uk might be a bit worried. The convention was due to be held in Manchester in 2005, but the site is down - as it has been on and off for a while. Then they announced the convention was moving to London, now I see on a Michael Hurst website, he has cancelled anyway. I booked, so am one of the worried ones! If anyone has any information, do let me know right here.

On a lighter note, XENA completists may be interested in purchasing The Complete Xena on DVD - all 133 eps on 36 DVDs. It's a region 2 release from Universal Playback, so has no extras, but the box is nice! Check out my updated shopping page for more

5th December 2004 - UK Xenafest Total
Thanks very much to everyone who came to the 10th UK Xenafest Xmas party yesterday, I think everyone had a great time and once again showed their generosity. 1510 was raised, and is being donated to two local charities - LOROS and the Walsall breast cancer support group.
Didn't get there and want to have a go at my quiz? Click here and try your luck!

25th October - Lucy Lawless to Appear at 10th Anniversary Convention, 2005.
The Annual Xena convention in Burbank, California is looking like THE event of the year, and they've finally snagged the essential guest! Lucy Lawless will be there, and her and Renee will be doing a Q&A session on the Saturday of the convention. The event happens January 21-23, 2005 and the guests include Lucy, Renee, Hudson Leick, Claire Stansfield, Danielle Cormack, Tsianina Joelson and many more!
Click on over to the Creation Entertainment webpage for more details.

16th October - S5 DVDs out now.
All dedicated Xena fans should have their Season 5 DVDs by now - and once again, Anchor Bay have done us proud. The S5 set includes commentaries and features, as with the other sets. Sadly, slightly less in the quantity, but one bonus is that the episode interviews/features are slightly longer this time. Most of the features are about 10-15 mins long, and are excellent. Just a shame some of the more significant episodes don't have any extras. Did we really need a directors cut of Animal Attraction, yet nothing at all on Amphipolis Under Siege?
While S5 was not one many fans will count as their favourite, this is another must have set for fans.
Order Season 5 from Amazon.com
Join in the discussion on the S5 DVDs on the Xenaville Message Boards
The Creation website has details of the all new 2005 Creation Calendars - always fab and worht having. Plus more details of the guests for the 10th Anniversary Xena Convention.
Meanwhile, US TV viewers should look out for Lucy Lawless guest starring on Less Than Perfect this week - 22nd October I hear.

Me and Xena on Bethalls Beach15th September 2004 - Back from Bethells!
You've probably deleted Xenaville from your bookmarks by now, but for those of you still visiting, sorry for the extended delay - over 2 months! Aren't I bad...
Anyway, I had THE most amazing holiday, the highlight of which was visiting New Zealand, which was absolutely gorgeous! A trip to the Bethalls Beach area with my Xena action figure was a real thrill! Click here to see a couple of Xena-themed photos from my trip

So, what's new in the Xena world? Well for UK Xena fans, the big news is the EXTRA SPECIAL UK Xenafest Christmas Party which has been announced for Saturday 4th December 2004. Lots of festive fun is planned, so check out the Xmas Fest Page and get booked in!
The next Xena DVD release - Season 5 - is due out on 19th October. Support Xenaville and pre-order Season 5 from Amazon.com

Other News Bits Another UK Convention is in the pipeline. I had an email from www.autographmania.co.uk who are organising a Warriors and Legends Con in Manchester, March 2005. The guest line up is pretty good: Michael Hurst, Danielle Cormack, Joel Tobeck and Robert Trebor. I've no idea what the company are like, but they appear to run quite a few conventions. Vist the website for more details.
Had an email from www.craigparker.co.nz for fans of the LOTR and Xena actor.
Lucy Lawless has been filming a guest slot on a US TV show, Less Than Perfect. never heard of it myself. Some sort of sitcom?
Lucy's movie Boogeyman is due for release around February 2005
You really SHOULD check out Sharon Delaney's Xena Page on the Creation website for the very latest on the Xena Fan Club kits, and what Lucy and Renee are up to. Sharon certainly keeps busy!

7th July 2004 - DVD Details
Get saving now, as there are details available of the forthcoming Season 5 and 6 DVD releases, due later in 2004. Anchor Bay have put together another tasty package, although a tad less feature heavy than we might have hoped (or am I just greedy??!!)
Click here for more details

12th June 2004 - Xenaverse News - An Honour for Lucy!
A fab honour for Lucy Lawless, who was recognised with an award in the Queen's New Zealand Birthday Honours announced on 7th June. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to entertainment and the community, which I guess covers her charity work and her role as Xena. Congratulations Lucy! A wonderful achievement. Ngila Dickson and three other Lord of the Rings crew were honoured as well.
Read more at the NZ Stuff site

Just a few days to go before the release of the Anchor Bay S4 DVDs, and if you still haven't ordered yet, check out Amazon.com

Renee O'Connor has been filming Alien Apocalypse with Josh Becker and Bruce Campbell in Bulgaria. Josh has been answering questions about it on his website that you might find interesting.
http://www.beckerfilms.com/

Finally, as daft as it sounds, could you NOT visit this site too often please!! Or if you have it as your home page, could you switch it. I am being hit with extra charges from my web hosting company pretty much every month now, due to heavy traffic here. I love doing Xenaville.com, and intend to continue, but I don't update that often these days (as you can see from this page!) So do drop by, but not too often!! Thanks.

13th May 2004 - News on S5 and S6 DVDs
Sharon from Creation has posted details of the interviews and commentaries for the Season 5 and 6 DVD releases coming up in 2004.
Click here to read
To summarise, the episodes with commentaries in S5 are: Fallen Angel (RJ Stewart), Seeds of Faith (Lucy and Renee), Antony & Cleopatra (Lucy, Renee, Rob Tapert and Michael Hurst) and Motherhood(Lucy, Renee and Rob).
In the season 6 set, commentaries will be on: The Ring (Joel Metzger), To Helicon and Back (Lucy, Renee, Rob Tapert and Michael Hurst), When Fates Collide (Lucy, Renee, and Rob) and A Friend in Need 2 (Lucy, Renee, and Rob)

Slightly disappointing that there aren't many episode commetaries - just 3 from Lucy and Renee per season, and not much from other writers and directors. Apparently the Friend in Need commentary is a new one, not the one from the DVD release. And where oh where is the Married With Fishsticks special feature/director's cut???!!

4th May 2004 - Trumpet Blowing...
There is a really excellent article on the Lesbian Nation website, celebrating one the THE best things to happen as a result of XENA - the charity fundraising Xena fans have contributed to. The generosity of Xena fans is something to be celebrated, so go on, read, and lets blow our own trumpets for once!

30th April 2004 - Xenaverse News Bits
The UK release of Kill Bill 2 and the DVD release of Kill Bill 1 has seen a whole slew of interviews with Uma Thurman's stunt double Zoe Bell - better known to us as Lucy Lawless' stunt double for several years. Unlike some former Xena actors who appear in big hits and NEVER mention Xena (I'm thinking of you Karl Urban!) Zoe's interviews often feature snippets about her time on Xena.
BBC Films website
Channel 4 Interview
NZ Listener article

Had an email from a NZ Based Independent Film maker, Mark Prebble, who is making a film with some ex-Xena actors, including Akemi herself, Michelle Ang. He's looking for funding to finish the film, so check out the website www.makemarksmovie.com

Finally, if you haven't pre-ordered your S4 DVDs, take a look at my Xena Shopping Page for details and a link to Amazon.com.

20th April 2004 - Tarzan Swings Onto UK TV!
UK viewers have their chance to make their mind up about Lucy Lawless flop shop Tarzan, which starts this week on Sky One in the UK. The first episode airs on Wednesday 21st April at 8pm, and I must admit, I thought the first ep was great. However, be warned....there is NO LUCY in this episode! Tarzan is an update of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs jungle man, with Jane as a New York cop, and Tarzan a hunky wild child who has to escape the clutches of his sinister uncle Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi of X Files fame). Lucy plays Tarzan's aunt, Kathleen Clayton, and appears in episode 2. The show ran for 8 episodes before being axed.


5th April 2004 - UK Xenafest News
Thanks to all who came to the UK Xenafest this weekend. Great to see everyone and once again a wonderful amount raised for charity. The total was 1839! another fabulous amount. Our UK Xenafests have now raised 16,989 (or $31,370 if you like!) for various local charities. The generosity of Xena fans has to be one of the best things to come out of the success of the show.

For those of you not able to make it, why not try out my UK Xenafest Quiz. I've said I'd put them online for ages, but finally got round to it. There's even a picture round..but no prizes (just like the Xenafest!)

1st April 2004 - XENA Casting Shocker!!
In news sure to rock the Xenaverse, it was annouced today that the roles of Xena and Gabrielle have been recast. Producer Rob Tapert said, "We thought by going for Britney Spears and Christina Agulilera we could appeal the the younger generation. Another Xena musical now looks likely, plus there's that whole kissing girls thing..."
Britney has reportedly been practising with a staff, while Christina has been trying to work on her Xena yell. "I've nearly cracked it," she said to our reporter. "I just have trouble keeping to the notes. I'm so thrilled to be playing Xena cos I've always thought that truth lassoo was cool. However, I am a bit worried about the costume. It's just not revealing enough!"

(Click on the picture to see the big version - have to watch my bandwidth these days!!)

1st April 2004 - UK Midlands Xenafest This Weekend!
UK People, just a quick reminder about the UK Midlands Xenafest this weekend. All are welcome, so don't think it's too late! great time guaranteed (probably!)
Find out more details right here

16th March 2004 - DVD News
DVD fans can look forward to Season 4 of XENA, due for release on 15th June 2004 with Season 5 and 6 also expected in 2004 according to Anchor Bay.
You can support Xenaville and pre-order via Amazon.com (although as I am STILL waiting for my S3 DVDs, 5 weeks after its release, not sure I'd recommend Amazon!!! UPDATE - got the DVDs today - UK Customs are the culprit! Amazon posted as promised, UK customs are the idiots who lost them for a month!)
In terms of extras, content is still to be confirmed, but there will be another set of interviews, video and audio commentaries. (Check out MaryDs for details), so its sounds like another must-have set!

1st March 2004 - Oscar for Ngila Dickson
Former XENA costume designer Ngila Dickson was part of the LORD OF THE RINGS Oscar success at the 2004 Adacemy Awards yesterday. Ngila and Richard Taylor were presented with their Oscar by Renee Zellweger. A great night for New Zealand, with Peter Jackson and co taking 11 awards. No Best Actress award for young Keisha Castle-Hughes(Whale Rider) though.

1st March 2004 - Next UK Midlands Xenafest - Book Now!
Yes, UKers, it's that time again. The 12th Midlands Xenafest is happening on Saturday April 3rd. There will be the usual opportunuties to meet up with your XENA pals, enter the quiz, spend money in the charity auction and see some of the new stuff from the S3 DVDs (and thanks to the useless Amazon.com, I'll probably STILL be waiting to see it by then!!)
Find out more details right here

10th February 2004 - S3 DVD Clips Online!
Cinescape has 4 cute little video clips from the S3 DVDs - interview clips with Lucy, Renee and Ted. Obviously, those of you who already have your DVDs won't care, but the rest of you might want a little taster...Try to ignore their XENA ignorance in the first sentence!
Go to the Cinescape site
Want to know more about what is on those eagerly awaited DVDs? Go to the Xenaville Meassage Board


2nd February 2004 - Burbank Convention News
The XENA convention took place last weekend, and did indeed feature a surprise appearance from Lucy Lawless - obviously Renee doesn't read Xenaville, (or other websites) as she was apparently totally surprised by Lucy in disguise!
Hopeful news from writer Katherine Fugate about the Xena movie and more on Renee's remarkable performance was passed onto me - thanks a lot Chris.
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30th January 2004 - Burbank Convention
If you are ANYWHERE in the LA area, the Burbank XENA con this weekend looks like a must. A not that cryptic email from Sharon Delaney strongly suggests that Lucy Lawless will be there on Saturday!

Let Us Celebrate You won't want to miss this extra super-special surprise that will be taking place Saturday afternoon at the Official Xena Convention at the Burbank Airport Hilton Hotel.
Tickets will be on sale at the door, and you can't say we didn't warn you not to miss what is gonna happen: it will be the talk of Xena fandom!

Turn up for a day ticket of you are anywhere near - then email me and tell me about it!!

28th January 2004 - Oscar Nominations
Ex-XENA costume designer Ngila Dickson is in the Oscar news after receiving TWO nominations for an Academy Award for Costume Design for her work on Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and also for The Last Samurai. Ngila was nominated last year too.
This years Oscars look like being a distinctly Kiwi affair, with Peter Jackson in the running for Return of the King and fabulous young actress Keisha Castle-Hughes being nominated as Best Actress for the excellent Whale Rider. Keisha was spotted by XENA casting supremo Diana Rowan (who also had a bit part in Motherhood!) Diana also found Anna Paquin for The Piano, to say nothing of being the casting director on Hercules and the Amazon Women introducing a certain Lucy Lawless!

In other Lucy news, if you haven't seen this picture yet, you might get a surprise!
Less than 2 weeks to those eagerly awaited Season 3 DVDs!

14th January 2004 - The Definitive Word on Season 3 DVDs...??
There has been much discussion on the Xenaville Message Boards (and other places too no doubt) about what will be on the upcoming Season 3 DVDs, and especially on the US only Best Buy version, which has extra footage that some people might want.

An email from Sharon Delaney at Creation seems to clear things up (thanks to LadyKate63 for this info)
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29th December 2003 - UK Conventions
UK Convention goers might be interested in a couple of upcoming UK Starfury Events. Gina Torres and Adrienne Wilkinson can be seen in the UK in 2004 at two separate Starfury events - well known Xena convention organisers - so check out www.starfury.co.uk for more details.

Gina is at Starfury "Fusion" in Blackpool in April/May, Adrienne is at Starfury "Eternal" in London in March


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