Starz releases teaser trailer for ‘Outlander’

12:00 pm EDT, January 15, 2014

Filming for the upcoming Starz original series adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander began in early October 2013. Since then, we’ve only been given glimpses of sets and locations and every once in a while an exciting photo of Claire and Jamie.

Fans have patiently waited for a trailer of the highly anticipated television show, and on Saturday, January 11, 2014 Starz delivered. The trailer debuted at a fan gathering in Los Angeles where members of the cast and creative shared concept art, answered fan questions and gave updates on their progress so far.

In attendance were Diana Gabaldon, executive producer/writer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and the two stars of the show, Sam Heughan (Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire). The trailer, a 48-second teaser, opens up with a look at the standing stones of Craigh na Dun. It’s a great introduction to a complex story about Claire’s accidental time travel to 1743.

From the event on Saturday, we know that filming hasn’t gotten very far (they haven’t even filmed the wedding yet!) so we can expect a longer trailer with more Jamie in the next couple months. Still no specific air date was given but they plan to have it out by the summer of this year.

Five interesting facts about ‘Outlander’

Cameo appearance
At Friday’s news conference, Diana revealed that she will be making a cameo appearance on the show. She’s been given two lines to say in one scene. Not much else was said about Diana’s part but I’m very excited to see that the production is keeping her involved with the show. She is given all the scripts to read in advance and so far she hasn’t noticed anything really significant missing.

From the panel at New York Comic Con, we know that they plan to include flashbacks of Claire and Frank so that the viewer can visually see the internal conflict Claire fights. She struggles with trying to find a way home, back to Frank, but at the same time she doesn’t want to leave Jamie. We will also get to see Jamie before he became an outlaw. Two specific scenes in general: when Jonathan Randall (aka Black Jack) comes to make trouble at Lallybroch and the whipping at Fort William.

For consistency and convenience, the creators decided to switch the seasons. Since filming began in the fall – so will the story. Meaning, when Claire falls through the stones it will be around Sanheim not Beltane.

Sex and Violence
Moore explained that they aren’t adding any more sex and violence to the show. What Diana wrote is what is and will be written into the scripts. So there will be lots of sex and violence.

Diana’s Inspiration
Doctor Who. Diana was inspired while watching a Classic Doctor Who episode about the Doctor traveling to the 18th Century where he meets up with a Jacobite Scot named Jamie MacCrimmon. Not knowing anything about that time and place, Diana decided she was going to write a novel. If only it were that easy.

Watch the entire event here:

Check out the beautiful set locations of Scotland and behind-the-scenes glimpses on the official Starz Outlander Instagram.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?