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Starz To Pay Tribute To Andy Whitfield

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Andy Whitfield Starz Tribute

The tragic death of Andy Whitfield has left Spartacus fans mourning.

To honor his wonderful contributions to the television community, Starz will pay special tribute to Andy, who died at 37 of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

In October, they were showcase five of his most outstanding episodes from the series. The mini marathon will air October 2.

They will also re-air the entire season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on December 16, 2011.

We miss you, Andy! We hope you're smiling wherever you are!

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Starz May Pick Up Dramatic NASCAR Series That Puts Tits In The Pits

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Tits In The Pits may sound like a bad late-night cinemax softcore porn, but it's actually the name of a television pilot about the first woman to ever own her own NASCAR team!

Starz may be picking the series, which insiders are describing as a "red state Mad Men".

According to sources, the one-hour original drama "follows the jilted wife of a legendary driver who seeks revenge by courting sponsors from Madison Avenue and building her own NASCAR team from scratch."

Apparently the name isn't just a clever rhyme meant for chuckles either. It alludes to the NASCAR expression,"No tits in the pits!"

Despite the reference, we're still not overly enthused by the title. For anyone who agrees that the title is a bit too sexist for a show that wants viewers to take the female leads seriously, the good news is it's only tentative!

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Camelot Canceled After One Season!

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Lame!

Despite its status as the networks' highest rated new series ever, Starz's Camelot has been canceled after one, ten-episode season!

The show, which starred Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, and Eva Green's apparently started out with strong numbers, but they later dropped significantly.

Such a shame! We thought people really were enjoying this one!

Luckily, all of those actors have pretty decent careers, so at least we're confident they'll find other projects soon!

Best of luck, guys!

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Cynthia Nixon To Star In $44 Million Miniseries!

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It's been an exciting few months for Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon!

Last we heard from Cynthia, we were thrilled to announce that her GF Christine Marinoni gave birth to baby boy Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni!

Now, it looks like Cynthia's career is going just as well as her personal life, because she's landed a leading role in Ridley & Tony Scott's eight-hour Starz miniseries World Without End.

The show is based on Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, and it co-stars Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, and The Duchess' Charlotte Riley.

Here's how the show's being described:

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Disney Vs. Dish Network

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Disney has some beef with Dish Network, which hit the big 3-0 this year!

In celebration of Dish Network's 30 years in business, the satellite company has decided to hand out to its customers one year of access to 7 different Starz channels for FREE.

The problem is that the access includes free access to Disney's recent releases, so the company has filed a lawsuit accusing Dish of breaching the "pay television" provisions of its contract and committing copyright infringement.

Luckily for Dish and it's viewers, a New York judge has denied a motion by Disney to enjoin the satellite TV company from distributing the studio's popular movies for free.

However, Dish isn't off the hook yet because the judge has not dismissed the case yet.

Similarly, in Colorado courts Starz filed a lawsuit in early May, but the judge has not yet ruled on the movie channel's request for preliminary injunctive relief.

Do U think that Dish has the right to give out Starz and the movies they air to their customers for free?

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Gus Van Sant Directing Kelsey Grammer In TV Pilot

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Director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Elephant) is going to be making his television directorial debut by directing Kesley Grammer in Boss, a new series about a Chicago mayor with a dark secret.

Penning it is the same writer who wrote Mel Gibson's Apocolypto, Farhad Safinia, so we know that the story line will pretty much have to be solid.

They're making the show for Starz, which starts shooting in a week, with a premiere some time in October. Sant may even come back to direct a few more episodes!

Looking forward to it, guys! You've got a brilliant bunch for your team, that's for sure.

Will U be watching??

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Spartacus Actress Calls It Quits, Won't Return For Next Season

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Last month, we were happy to report that Starz' prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena started out strong, despite star Andy Whitfield's departure from the show.

Now, it looks like another cast member, Lesley-Ann Brandt, will be leaving the show.

Brandt has reportedly quit the show to pursue other pilot projects, and her character Naevia will be recast for the show's upcoming season, Spartacus: Vengeance, which will premiere on Starz in late 2011.

Spartacus fans really seem to love this series, so we're thinking that they'll be able to handle the role being recast.

Do U watch the show? If so, who do U think would be good to take over the role of Naevia?

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