SDCC ’09: Spartacus: Blood and Sand 7/24 Panel featuring Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert…

Our previous post on the new Spartacus series here

Fans will be able to enter the arena of the eagerly anticipated Starz original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con July 24 from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM PT (room 6BCF). Starz is bringing some of the leading creative and on-air talent for fans and critics to meet in person to the leading industry fan event. Set to debut exclusively on Starz in January 2010, the violent and epic gladiator tale will have a graphic novel look and style unlike any other series on TV.

Join Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”), actor Peter Mensah (300, Avatar), Executive Producers Rob Tapert (Evil Dead 1-2, Drag Me To Hell) and Steven S. DeKnight (“Angel,” “Smallville, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and actress Erin Cummings (“Dollhouse”). They will discuss the fresh narrative approach to the ancient legend and offer exclusive first look footage at the ground-breaking series. Andy Whitfield, who plays the title character, will deliver a video message and Comic-Con greeting from New Zealand.

Ultimate “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Fan Packs to first 2,000 Fans at Comic-Con Panel

The first 2,000 fans attending the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” panel will be treated to complimentary “Ultimate Spartacus: Blood and Sand Fan Packs,” which will include:

  • Limited edition copy of “Spartacus: Upon The Sands of Vengeance, ” issue #1 in the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” comic book mini-series with an exclusive Comic-Con cover
  • Autographed 8X10 headshots, featuring 1 of 10 randomly selected autographed photos from a member of the cast of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”
  • “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” trading cards
  • “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” USB flash drive featuring cast/unit photos, graphics, poster art, cast and series biographical background information, and more.
  • “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” poster with mailing tube
  • “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” collectible t-shirt (one of four being created)

About “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”…


July 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Comments off.

Market Mover Thursday: Existing Home Sales Rise, Prices Fall 15.4% y/y…

And the beat(ing) homeowners are taking goes on….the markets are up 175 on the DOW, IMO missing the point these are short sales and foreclosures, the banks are holding shadow inventory and unemployment is still climbing…as long as homeowners continue to see their home values drop and jobless rates rise we will not spend….



Existing-home sales rose again in June from the previous month, but prices are still down sharply compared with last year. Home resales rose more than expected, by 3.6%, to a 4.89 million annual rate from a revised 4.72 million in May, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.The NAR originally reported May sales up 2.4% to 4.77 million. Wall Street expected a sales rate of 4.85 million sales rate for previously owned homes.

Foreclosures and short sales reflect 31% of sales in June. Distressed property sales have pushed prices lower, year over year. The median price for an existing home last month was $181,800, a 15.4% decrease from June 2008.

The average 30-year mortgage rate rose to 5.42% in June from 4.86% in May, Freddie Mac data show. Tighter credit and rising unemployment are also reducing sales.

Previously owned home sales, year-over-year, were down 0.2% from the pace in June 2008, Thursday report said.

Weak demand has kept inventories of unsold homes high. Inventories of previously owned homes fell 0.7% at the end of June to 3.82 million available for sale. That represented a 9.4-month supply at the current sales pace, compared to 9.8 in May. Excess supply is depressing prices….

July 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

SAW VI – SDCC 09 (health care themed?)…

I think it is a great commercial for not giving Uncle Sam power over health care decisions. Am I just burned out?

July 23, 2009. Tags: , , . Entertainment, Film, Healthcare, Horror, Politics. Comments off.

NJ: Mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus, City Council Prez arrested in FBI sweep….


The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, New Jersey, and several rabbis were among at least 30 people arrested today as part of a public corruption and money- laundering investigation by U.S. authorities. Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, 31, and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, both Democrats, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega Jr., and State Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, a Republican from Ocean Township, were among those arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, later today.

“Approximately 30 arrests have occurred this morning in a two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high- volume, international money-laundering conspiracy,Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, said in a statement.

The roundup of suspects is one of the largest ever in New Jersey, where more than 100 public officials have been convicted of corruption in the past few years.

Cammerano, Hoboken’s youngest mayor, was sworn in July 1. Leona Beldini, a deputy mayor of Jersey City, and several rabbis in New York and New Jersey were among those arrested….

July 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

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