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This Just Chiseled! Rome in the Media


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Posted Aug 22, 2005 @ 8:03 PM

Mediay!

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Posted Aug 22, 2005 @ 11:05 PM

EW has a detailed article here.

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Posted Aug 23, 2005 @ 7:08 PM

Canada's Macleans magazine for August 29, 2005 has a very small tidbit about the show mostly detailing how it's like the Sopranos, and uses sex scenes frequently to offset any slowness in the plot. It gives a small spoiler about Marc Anthony raping a sheperd girl on his way to Rome, but she seems more "bored than traumatized" to demonstrate this. It also notes the acting talents of Ciaran Hinds (Ceasar) and Atia (Polly Walker). Overall, highly entertaining it seems.

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Posted Aug 23, 2005 @ 9:13 PM

I love this thread's title.

That EW article really made me want to see this now.

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Posted Aug 24, 2005 @ 11:13 AM

For anyone who has Time Warner Cable digital service, HBO'S On Demand has snippets about Rome. I haven't seen them, but I hear they're awesome and definitely worth a looksee.

I'm all for excess sex and violence on my HBO shows. Now if there's a gladiator screaming in the middle of the Roman Forum "are you not entertained?", that'll just be icing on the cake.

And yeah, the title of this thread? Freaking brilliant.

Edited by AlmondEyes, Aug 24, 2005 @ 11:14 AM.


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Posted Aug 24, 2005 @ 11:29 AM

The Post has some nice things to say.

ETA: must be 2 for 1 day at The Post.

Edited by Millie, Aug 24, 2005 @ 11:32 AM.


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Posted Aug 25, 2005 @ 12:41 PM

I just chariotted in to say that the title of this thread? Brilliant!

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Posted Aug 25, 2005 @ 3:11 PM

The Independent has a tantalizing overview of the series' perspective on historical verisimilitude.

I've also seen the On Demand previews and they are indeed droolingly delicious.

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Posted Aug 26, 2005 @ 9:14 AM

USA Today has a decent review. It says the Polly Walker as Atia is over-the-top while Ciaran Hinds as Caesar is kind of a drip.

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Posted Aug 26, 2005 @ 11:31 AM

SF Chronicle reviewer likes it. Says first couple of eps. are slow but it builds up. Not as good as Sopranos, Wire or Deadwood but still hews to a high standard.

Even with full frontal male nudity.

http://www.sfgate.co...DGU3EA8DR26.DTL

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Posted Aug 26, 2005 @ 2:29 PM

Hmm, Slate is not positive on this series, though there are lots of phrases that you could pull out of this review to make it sound wonderfully salacious.

Edited by starchystarch, Aug 26, 2005 @ 2:29 PM.


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Posted Aug 28, 2005 @ 6:22 PM

There is a special ON DEMAND section in my TV Guide with an article on ROME. Those who have ON DEMAND will have the first two episodes after their premieres but will be able to see the third on Sept. 5. Six days before everyone else. I'm so glad COMCAST has it.

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Posted Aug 28, 2005 @ 9:43 PM

Those who have ON DEMAND will have the first two episodes after their premieres but will be able to see the third on Sept. 5. Six days before everyone else.

There are also 3 different behind the scenes promos avaliable On Demand; The making of special, one that focuses on slavery in ancient Rome & one that deals with the role of women in ancient Rome.

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Posted Aug 29, 2005 @ 12:55 AM

Roush Review

It's "Hail, Rome!" for Roush, calls it a "lusty, gaudy spectacular."

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Posted Aug 29, 2005 @ 3:30 AM

There are also 3 different behind the scenes promos avaliable On Demand; The making of special, one that focuses on slavery in ancient Rome & one that deals with the role of women in ancient Rome.


Add another one to that list -- it's called Worship in Rome, and strangely, it's not grouped with the other promos in the Rome section of HBO On Demand; at least on Comcast, it's located in the HBO area of the 'Premium Sampler' section. Don't ask me why. It's well worth watching, though, dealing with the gods and religious practices of the times.

Edited by Becks, Aug 29, 2005 @ 3:32 AM.


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Posted Aug 29, 2005 @ 12:32 PM

Take the HBO survey and let them know what you thought about the premiere episode.

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Posted Sep 12, 2005 @ 1:37 AM

Seven Questions: Ray Stevenson. Globe and Mail.com.
Oh, mirabile dictu: it appears there will be a second season of Rome!

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Posted Sep 12, 2005 @ 8:27 AM

It looks as though the Ray Stevenson article is available only to paid subscribers. *grumble* Does anyone know if it is availabe in its entirety anywhere else?

Edited by eejm, Sep 12, 2005 @ 8:30 AM.


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Posted Sep 12, 2005 @ 10:36 AM

It doesn't have the Ray Stevenson interview, but here's another article that says Rome has been renewed:

http://tv.zap2it.com.../...|1|,00.html

Edited by Rhoswen, Sep 12, 2005 @ 10:48 AM.


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Posted Sep 12, 2005 @ 11:46 AM

TV Guide Online is reporting the same thing about the second season.

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Posted Sep 12, 2005 @ 4:32 PM

I don't know how long this link will remain valid, but for now, it has the Globe and Mail interview (which reads as if it might have been conducted via email). I wonder if they send all British actors to charm school. What manners.

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Posted Sep 17, 2005 @ 2:56 AM

I swear, if I have to read once more this stupid name tag "swords-and-sandals drama"... Why the endless cop shows and lawyer shows are not labeled "cuffs-and-guns"?

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Posted Oct 12, 2005 @ 2:49 PM

You've all by now ordered your NoN shirt, right, Romans?
Glarkware conquers the ancients!

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Posted Oct 12, 2005 @ 2:56 PM

Downtown Rome Business Improvement Association

Hee.

I saw, I giggled, I couldn't afford.

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Posted Oct 14, 2005 @ 2:38 PM

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

"In a dry season of TV drama, HBO's 'Rome' rises to the top"

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Posted Oct 16, 2005 @ 2:46 AM

When in Rome. TheScotsman.com. Nice long article about Kevin McKidd, and a nice, nice photo, but he really does look better with a Caesar 'do.

Hero of the Hour. SundayHerald.com. More about Kevin McKidd. Both The Scotsman and the Sunday Herald are Scottish papers; the Scots have gone ga-ga for their boy. And deservedly so ...

Roman Orgy. SundayHerald.com. A companion piece to the above about the show.

The Empire Strikes Back. New York Daily News. One sort of spoiler in here, so read with caution. And the name of the actress who plays Cleopatra is revealed.

The Three Joys of 'Rome.' National Catholic Reporter. Good review by a Jesuit professor of humanities.

Five things to love about 'Rome." Short and sweet.

What to watch this weekend. USAToday.com. Unlike just about every other critic, this one thinks the show is running out of steam. May he be raped by dogs!

But dammit, when will someone write the in-depth article about Ray Stevenson that I'm anxiously waiting for?

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Posted Oct 16, 2005 @ 10:26 AM

But dammit, when will someone write the in-depth article about Ray Stevenson that I'm anxiously waiting for?

I hear ya! Do they not recognize what a delicious hunk of man he is?

Thanks for the links to the articles. I enjoyed reading them.

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Posted Oct 16, 2005 @ 10:56 AM

Unlike just about every other critic, this one thinks the show is running out of steam.

Robert Bianco is a blithering idiot. And takes every opportunity to remind us of this.

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Posted Oct 23, 2005 @ 9:23 PM

The BBC Rome website has some entertaining info, but most amusing is the image at the top of the homepage (at least as of 10.23.05) which is a total beefcake lineup of "The Fleeing Senators!"
Yup, all of you Scipio, Cicero, Pompey, Cato, and Brutus fans, here's your new desktop image!!

Also the BBC press kit has some interesting interviews (that others have linked to), but alas, no Cato pin-up pictures. sigh.

Edited by dustdevil, Oct 23, 2005 @ 9:27 PM.


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Posted Oct 25, 2005 @ 7:07 PM

There is a very interesting article in the November Harper's Magazine, "Valkyries Over Iraq" by Lawrence Weschler. The gist of it is the problem of war as a subject of film-making, and how it's impossible to do cinematic justice to the subject without aggrandizing and glorifying it.

Mainly, the article talks about the new film Jarhead, and how it depicts present-day soldiers getting themselves psyched for combat by watching Apocalypse Now and revelling in its depiction of war. The reason I mention it here is that the author interviewed John Milius, a writer for Rome, and quotes him saying things like, "I love how a few years after [Apocalypse Now], when the copters came barrelling down in on Granada, they were playing the Ride of the Valkyries... I am proud to join the long line of military pornographers". Then Milius talks a bit about how he is very proud to have given battle-horny soldiers a "mantra" ("I love the smell of napalm in the morning"), and says that the point of such a mantra is to "keep the spear point juiced... Otherwise, we will end up like Rome, with the barbarians coming in pouring over the gates".

It's kind of interesting to ponder the series knowing that this is the perspective of one of the creative minds working on it. Milius also cops to admiring The Birth of A Nation. I am not sure what to make of all this except that it explains, somewhat, the amoral take on Rome I have been complaining about. Some folks have pointed out that the series portrays a civilization not bound by Judeo-Christian codes of conduct, but that doesn't mean the civilization was amoral, only that its morality was not the same as ours. The Rome of the series, though, is amoral, and the naked lust for power is portrayed with a kind of cheerful acceptance, as though it is a rambunctious soccer game. This interview kind of explains it.

Given that the creative team has a fine and enthusiastic military pornographer on board makes the piffle that was Pharsalus even more baffling, though.

I don't want to hold a political debate or anything, but I thought I'd mention the article here for folks curious about the minds behind the scenes.