Lizzie Bennet Diaries spin-off Welcome to Sanditon premiered its first episode yesterday – but that’s not all. Catch up on everything Sanditon with our handy guide.

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon was released yesterday, however if you were paying attention you may have noticed that episode 1 wasn’t the only Sanditon-related thing to hit the internet. So you may be wondering – what in the world is going on in Sanditon?

New ‘Welcome to Sanditon’ characters:

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon saw the introduction of three brand new characters. We hinted at these introductions last week when we published the twitter accounts of several possible Sanditon characters.

Tom Parker:

welcome to sanditon casting tom parkerThis was Mayor Tom Parker’s first appearance. He seems set on reestablishing Sanditon as a health and fitness destination, regardless of the desires of the rest of the town’s population.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Joel Bryant

Clara Breton:

welcome to sanditon casting clara bretonClara Breton is the owner of of the Sanditon Scoops ice cream shop, which can be found on Twitter and Facebook. She seems opposed to the Mayor’s plans – we can see some drama on the horizon.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Lenne Klingaman

Edward Denham:

welcome to sanditon casting edward denhamEdward Denham is assistant to the mayor, and runs the @SanditonCA twitter account. Prior to his appearance on episode 1, we saw him answering questions on the Sanditon Reddit – and we still haven’t heard him speak.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Kyle Walters

Other characters:

If you have been keeping an eye on the list of Official Characters over at @SanditonSeries, you may have noticed a few more characters who we have not yet been introduced to onscreen.

During the Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD and mini-series Kickstarter, fans could buy the opportunity to be an official Sanditon character. Meet the two backers who did:
Robyn Worth: (@WorthRobyn), Head Librarian at the Sanditon library.
Sarah Richard-Preston: (@Sassyfaff), a visiting Australian writer, who has uploaded her first Domino video.

In addition to Clara’s Sanditon Scoops, there are some other official Sanditon businesses:
Sanditon House B&B: (@SanditonHouse, Facebook), The B&B where Gigi is staying.
SanditonCinematheque: (@SanditonCinema, Facebook), A Sanditon cinema.

And keep an eye on @MaryPofSanditon, as this is another account which will surely come into play at a later date.

‘Welcome to Sanditon’ transmedia updates:

New characters aren’t all that we got yesterday. In conjuction with Theatrics, Pemberley Digital launched the Domino Beta Portal, where fans can upload videos as their Sanditon persona. That’s right – you can use the Domino application. Think of it as a mini Sanditon social network – you can create a profile, add photos, follow your friends, and more. While videos are not required, here is the template to achieve the Domino interface if you do choose to upload a video.

If you don’t want to participate as a character in the Welcome to Sanditon universe, never fear. The creators of the show have made it very clear that you will be able to enjoy and understand the story without participating in the roleplaying element.

At the same time, the team reinforces that as fun as the roleplaying element is, it won’t necessarily impact the story itself. In a Google Hangout Q&A, Transmedia Producer Alexandra Edwards says, “Don’t think you’re going to crowdsource how our webseries ends.” That being said, Showrunner Jay Bushman adds “We will absolutely reference things that are going on in the wider community when we can.”

If you are having trouble with the Domino application, you can contact @DominoSupport or submit a report to Theatrics. There is also a Welcome to Sanditon wiki to help you keep track of the story updates, and the Welcome to Sanditon homepage which will act as an archive for the entire story.

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

A photo posted by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on

Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

A video posted by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on

Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21