OUTLANDER RETURNS

Apr 9, 2016 by

Outlander returns tonight–are ye ready?

Outlander returns to Starz

Season Two has Claire and Jamie Fraser journeying to Paris. They will engage in a desperate game of espionage and diplomacy in order to stop the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

Their goal is change history and save the Scottish Highlands from the brutal changes Claire knows will be imposed after the Scottish loss at Culloden.

One thing I need to clarify:  Outlander returns tonight, but not always to Scotland.

Unlike the first season, season two is not filmed mostly in Scotland. The exterior scenes and Paris scenes are filmed in Prague( a bee-you-tiful city), other spots in Europe, and even the south of England.  The scenery will still be spectacular, just not the beauty of Scotland.


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Outlander Fans In Fife 

Jun 7, 2015 by

Outlander fans go star spotting as filming takes place in Fife

 

Lead actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan were on set in Dysart Harbour, which has been transformed to portray the French port of Le Havre during the 1740s.

 

Dressed in period costume Balfe, who plays time-travelling nurse Claire Randall, and Heughan, who plays Highlander Jamie Fraser, shot scenes for the second series.

 

Outlander, dubbed Scotland’s Game of Thrones, has a legion of fans in the US and Canada, but is only available on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK.

Sourced from :Outlander fans go star spotting as filming takes place in Fife – Fife / Local / News / The Courier

~Haven’t read the books yet? Click HERE to get any of Diana Gabaldon’s first four novels in the Outlander series.  The DVD set of Starz’ Outlander cable series, Season One, Part One, is available HERE.

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Sam Heughan Is Anglo Fan Man of 2014

Dec 6, 2014 by

It’s now official–Sam Heughan is America’s favorite British man.   BBC America’s Anglophenia blog just held their fourth annual Anglo Fan Favorite Men’s tourney and Sam Heughan won kilts down over fellow Scotsman, David Tennant.

 

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Handsome Scottish hottie, Sam Heughan image

 

America successfully drove out the mighty British army more than two hundred years ago, but we can’t seem to resist those sexy Scottish men who reach our shores via films and television.

For example, when someone mentions James Bond, your first thought likely is of Sean Connery, the Scotsman who made that role come alive — Connery IS Bond.  Now, everyone’s favorite book boyfriend, 18th century Highland warrior James Fraser from Outlander, has been brought to life by Scottish actor Sam Heughan, and we must say:

we like him, we really, REALLY like him!

 

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Sam Heughan as James Fraser in Starz’ hit show, Outlander-image via Starz

 

With 32 contestants and more than three million votes cast, Sam Heughan ultimately defeated his closest rival, David Tennant, by a whopping 61% to 39%.    That is no small feat by relative newcomer Heughan in light of Tennant’s huge fan following from Doctor Who and Broadchurch.  Click HERE to read fan comments about the agony of being forced to choose between Sam Heughan and David Tennant:

“David Tennant is a stellar actor. But Sam IS Jamie. Can’t we have them both?”

Here’s a brief thank you from Sam Heughan–on location in Scotland– to all the fans whose votes propelled him to victory:

 

While Droughtlander will continue until April 4, 2015 (when the second half of Season One continues), Starz kind of feels our pain. On the fourth of each month until April, Starz will release a bit of previously unseen footage from the first 8 episodes.  Here is the most recent tidbit:

 

More videos are available on Youtube,  and the full 8 episodes can be seen on Starz On Demand.

To truly understand why fans are so passionate about Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, first read Diana Gabaldon’s books, starting with Outlander, then watch (or re-watch) the tv episodes.   You can then make your own decision as to whether Sam Heughan has earned his title as Anglo Fan Favorite of the Year for 2014.

I vote AYE.

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Surviving the Outlander Drought

Oct 14, 2014 by

 The season of the Outlander drought is now upon us. 

The first 8 episodes of Starz’ Outlander have come and gone and Outlander’s second half is a tantalizing goody bag we can’t open until April 15, 2015.  What’s an Outlander fan to do? 

 

If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, you already know –generally–what will happen in Episodes 9-16.  Executive producer Ron Moore has shown he’s not afraid to stray from the sacred text of Diana’s book.  Can we all say “wedding ring debacle“?

If you haven’t read the books yet, however, waiting for the second half of Outlander may be even more frustrating for you.  Your cinematic Outlander world is still nascent, showing thrilling promise, but, suddenly you’re cut off from all contact with the mother world.

 

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The Outlander drought: what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. As Claire well knows.

 

 Wandering in the desert may be good for the soul; it’s hell on an Outlander fan, though. 

If you’ve got Jones on the jukebox and Jamie on your mind, here’s a few suggestions to whet your appetite during the Outlander drought.

 

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The Outlander drought: desperate measures for desperate times.

 

Admittedly, for many fans, the worst part of the Outlander drought is the lack of Jamie Fraser, played so well by hunky Scotsman, Sam Heughan.   In fact, Sam’s medieval muscle was just featured in the October 2014 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine.   So, I say use the Outlander drought downtime to enjoy the myriad of Jamie Fraser/ Sam Heughan pictures on the net.

Try to avoid licking the screen, though.

Why not watch some of the many fan-created videos on YouTube while you wait for the Outlander drought to end?

The Outlander fandom is creative, devoted and TALENTED!

 

 

Tashopolis’ above video is the segue to my next suggestion for surviving the Outlander drought:

  READ. THE. BOOKS.

Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling books are what gave birth to the world of Scottish history, brave Highlanders and romantic, time traveling adventure we know as Outlander.   As I’ve said many times before, Outlander is NOT just a romance novel for women–not that’s there anything wrong with that.  Romance is by far the bestselling genre in fiction, and has been wrongly tagged by some in the so called media elite as lonely-women-with-cats/middle-aged-moms-with-issues pulp unworthy of the “modern”, intelligent female.

Uhm, yeah—NO.

These eight (with a ninth on track) hefty tomes, most over 500 pages, have serious historical cred for men AND women intrigued by Scottish history and-SPOILER ALERT-18th century American history.   Bloody battles like Culloden, as well as 18th century weaponry, culture and daily life (not romantic topics) are all carefully detailed within the Outlander book series.

Keeping in mind that the novels are historical fiction, I think they do a damn fine job on the history side, too.  Gabaldon accurately and movingly (hence the millions of fans) tells the story of the 1745 Jacobite uprising and its devastating aftermath in the Scottish Highlands, a tragedy that echoes down the generations to many Americans whose ancestors fled their native land to escape the brutal reprisals imposed by the British.

My last, but by no means least, recommendation for surviving the Outlander drought is to go to Scotland.

  You may not have time or the means to get to Scotland before Outlander returns in April 2015, but you can start planning your trip.

Notice that I’m not saying you should consider going to Scotland or that you should think about taking a trip to Scotland.   I’m saying you MUST go to Scotland.  Make it happen– start saving your pennies,  win the lottery, find your own circle of standing stones–do whatever it takes to get yourself on a plane to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

 

 

Nothing short of seeing Scotland with your own eyes, your own heart, can truly convey the story of Outlander.

Scotland is the main character of both the books AND the television series, and unlike Jamie Fraser, it’s a character you can actually touch, explore, feel under your hands.   I can promise you this–once you go to Scotland,  you’ll find yourself caught up in a new,  yet ancient love story even more stirring than Outlander.

A bold statement maybe, but then again, I’ve been to Scotland.  I became part of the love story that is Scotland long before Jamie Fraser was even a twinkle in Diana’s eye.

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Starz Releases Outlander Episode One

Aug 1, 2014 by

The long wait is over, Sassenachs!!

Starz will release Outlander Episode One on August 2nd at 12 am EST on Starz.com, Starz Play ( their phone app), on your television via On Demand service and on the Starz Youtube channel.

At last, we’ll see author Diana Gabaldon’s  Outlander come to life, complete with Jamie Fraser, Claire Randall and all the glory and beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

  Are ye ready?

Starz Releases Outlander Episode One

Starz releases Outlander Episode One at midnight, August 2.

 

 

Here are the pertinent details to ensure you get to see the first episode of Outlander as soon as it’s released:

This complimentary episode is FREE, FREE, FREE-no subscription needed.

It is the full 1st episode, uncut and commercial free, but it is available to US VIEWERS ONLY, no other countries.

The official premiere is still August 9th for subscribers and the rest of the season will be available to Starz subscribers only. Starz is betting that after you see the first episode, you’ll be hooked and become a subscriber so you can see the entire series. Considering the legions of fans garnered by the Outlander book series, I’d say this is a safe bet on the part of Starz.

For all the details, click HERE to go to the Starz Outlander site.  You’ll find links to download the phone app, a list of cable providers offering the show via On Demand service and what devices you can use to view the episode.

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Starz’ Outlander Debuts In San Diego

Jul 26, 2014 by

Outlander,the new romantic adventure cable series set in 18th century Scotland,  officially made its debut last night, July 25, 2014 at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and the clips, peeks, and reviews are starting to pour in.   I’ve gathered a few videos and pictures here to whet your appetite until the first episode debuts on August 9th on Starz cable channel; the episode will be available online beginning August 2nd.

 

 

 

 

The official trailer, just released at Comic Con. I saw it today on the Starz cable channel on my big screen, hi def tv–all I can say is WOW, guess the new tv was worth it, after all.

 

 

Starz has also released the beautiful opening credits sequence for Outlander. The song is the well-known Scottish traditional tune, Skye Boat Song, in an arrangement composed by Bear McCreary featuring the vocals of his singer wife Raya Yarbrough. I’m sure this version will be available on iTunes within 48 hours.

 

 

 

Cinema Blend sent a reporter to the SDCC premiere of Outlander, who snapped a shot of this helpful kilted hottie pointing the way to the screening at the Spreckels theater. Read the full report HERE.

 

 

I like this review by on-the-scene reporters because they talk about Outlander from the perspective of someone who hasn’t read the book series, and/or maybe doesn’t even like historical romance. They gave Outlander a shot because they ARE fans of Ron Moore, who also produced the award-winning sci fi series Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), ultimately giving positive comments for style and adherence to the books.

I, too, am a long time fan of Ron Moore (who also wrote episodes for Star Trek:TNG) so I’m glad to hear that he has been so meticulous with Outlander. It’s good to know there will be no True Blood (the disastrous, from a book fans view, HBO adaptation of Charlaine Harris’  vampire novels) style mangling of Diana Gabaldon’s books, thanks to Ron Moore.

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New Outlander Sneak Peek From Australia

Jul 2, 2014 by

Fans of the upcoming Starz’ series Outlander got another sneak peek at the show today, courtesy of SohoTV in Australia and fabulous fan page Outlander Italy.


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Starz plans a red carpet debut of the first Outlander episode, entitled Sassenach at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con on July 25, with all the major stars attending, along with author Diana Gabaldon and series creator Ron Moore. Those of us without Comic Con tickets will have to wait until the US television debut on August 9, 2014, at 9pm. In the meantime, I’ll share a a few new pictures of the show, courtesy of PopSugar and Starz:

 

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Starz has a newsletter detailing the who, what and how Outlander's creation.

Starz has a newsletter detailing the who, what and how Outlander’s creation.

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