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.

Marvel fans aren’t pleased with the twist in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.

By now you know that Steve Rogers is revealed to be a Hydra agent in the first issue of the new Captain America: Steve Rogers series (Read our in-depth analysis of the new issue here). Naturally this news — that ultimate do-gooder Cap would be so evil — has not sat well with fans.

The general consensus is that this shit is unacceptable…

… And the only thing to do is ignore it:

Others think Marvel need a taste of their own medicine:

And/or need to fire their lame-o writers:

Then there are beautiful Photoshops like this one of Chris Evans’ Captain America ripping up a tree the comic:

Some people are Photoshopping the comic to make him say things that are just as outrageous as him being a HYDRA agent:

While others are giving him a different revelation — one concerning Bucky. This is the twist that SHOULD be in the new Captain America series

Marvel, please write yourself out of this one as quickly as possible.

… Before you start coming up with other outrageous revelations

Emilia Clarke proves there is more to Dothraki than death threats in a recent appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Clarke, who plays the indomitable Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, sets Meyers straight on the fact that Dothraki is, in fact, a real language created for the show. Linguist David J. Peterson crafted Dothraki, and all of the other fictional languages used on Game of Thrones — but even after six seasons, his words present Clarke with a continual challenge.

“You get it in English, at the top in the first script, it’s like, ‘This will be in Dothraki,'” Clarke recounts of her learning process. Following English is the Dothraki speech, followed by a literal translation, and then finally the dialogue in spoken English.

“And then I get an MP3, and then my kitchen hears it for weeks and weeks and weeks on end, until I sound convincing,” Clarke says.

But given the opacity (and complete invention) of the Dothraki language, Emilia Clarke admits that there have been times when she replaced her lines with something a little more… interesting.

“With the latest marvelous actors we’ve had doing Dothraki with us, it was a long day,” Clarke admits, giggling. Not realizing that the camera was on her, Clarke allowed a moment of silliness to take over.

“I thought it would be funny if I did ‘MMMBop’ in Dothraki,” she says. “And that didn’t help him at all! And then I think some of that was definitely my take.”

Ever game, Clarke dives in to her rendition of the Hanson hit, translated into the language of the brutal horse lords.

“I can’t stress how much less catchy that is!” Meyers laughs.

Game of Thrones 6×06, “Blood of My Blood,” airs Sunday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

Following news that Warner Bros. is planning an all female superhero movie featuring Harley Quinn, a new report states the studio is also looking at spinoffs for her fellow Suicide Squad teammates!

Fans of superhero movies are heavily anticipating the release of Suicide Squad this August, so it came as no surprise that Warner Bros. is already planning on a film featuring one of the Suicide Squad stars Harley Quinn as played by Margot Robbie.

A new report by We Got This Covered says that Warner Bros. is also looking at spinoffs for two other characters on the Suicide Squad team. The report teases, “They’re going to do a sequel for sure, and the recently announced spinoff with Margot Robbie has got everyone excited, too, but their plans don’t end there.”

So who will the other spinoffs reportedly feature? One is basically a no brainer: Jared Leto’s version of the Joker already has fans talking, though whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen. The actor definitely has big shoes to fill given how passionate fans are for the character and how loved Heath Ledger’s version of him was. It’s clear that Leto is going in a totally different direction, though, which could be great for Warner Bros. if fans end up falling in love with Leto’s version, too.

The report also states a second character they’re looking into: “They’re also really hot on Jai Courtney’s character Boomerang right now.” Boomerang definitely doesn’t have the built-in fan base like Harley Quinn and the Joker, so it’s an interesting move by Warner Bros. It will probably depend on the character’s reception in the film, but it could really pay off if it’s done right.

Would you like to see ‘Suicide Squad’ spinoffs featuring Joker and Boomerang?