Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTLANDER Casting: Lionel Lingelser as King Louis XV



French actor Lionel Lingelser has been cast as King Louis XV in OUTLANDER Season 2!  Here's the announcement.

Louis XV

The portrait above shows King Louis XV of France, as he looked in 1748, only four years after Jamie and Claire met him.
While the King might rise at dawn, apparently he blossomed at night. Not much taller than my own five feet six, Louis entered with the carriage of a much taller man, glancing left and right, nodding in gracious acknowledgment of his bowing subjects.

Now this, I thought, looking him over, was a good deal more in line with my ideas of what a king ought to look like. Not particularly handsome, he acted as though he were; an impression enhanced not only by the richness of his clothes, but by the attitude of those around him. He wore the latest backswept wig, and his coat was cut velvet, embroidered all over with hundreds of frivolous silk butterflies. It was cut away at the middle to display a waistcoat of voluptuous cream-colored silk with diamond buttons, matching the wide, butterfly-shaped buckles on his shoes.

The dark, hooded eyes swept restlessly over the crowd, and the haughty Bourbon nose lifted as though smelling out any item of interest.

[....]

I had forgotten the red dress; His Majesty halted directly in front of me and bowed extravagantly, hand over his waist.

"Chère Madame!" he said. "We are enchanted."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 9, "The Splendors of Versailles". Copyright ©1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Lionel Lingelser is only 31, a little younger than the real King Louis would have been in 1744, but I think he'll do fine.  I'm looking forward to seeing him in Season 2!

(Please note: we still have no information on Brianna or Roger's casting. I promise I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More OUTLANDER merchandise

Here are a few more items related to the OUTLANDER TV series that some of you may be interested in:

2016 OUTLANDER Calendars

There are two different types of 2016 OUTLANDER calendars available on Amazon.



Outlander 2016 Wall Calendar



Outlander 2016 Boxed/Daily Calendar

I don't have detailed information on the daily calendar, but here's a preview of the 2016 wall calendar, from OUTLANDER TV News.



OUTLANDER Season 1 Trading Cards

I think these OUTLANDER trading cards from Cryptozoic look interesting. According to the Cryptozoic website, the release date will be in the 4th quarter of 2015. No word yet about pricing.  Look here for more information.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Funniest lines or scenes from the books

What are the funniest lines or scenes from Diana Gabaldon's books?

There are a LOT to choose from! Here are a few of mine:

OUTLANDER:
"Jamie...I said...for all she's a Sassenach bitch...with a tongue like an adder's...with a bum like that...what does it matter if she's a f-face like a sh-sh-sheep?"

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 27, "The Last Reason". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER:
"I'll leave it to you, Sassenach," he said dryly, "to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 27, "L'Hôpital des Anges". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
VOYAGER:
"Stop trying to change the subject. We were talking about your firmness.”

“Well, ye can just stop talking about it, because--” He broke off with a small yelp, as I made a fortunate grab with my left hand.

“Clumsy, am I?” I said, with considerable satisfaction. “Oh, my. Heavens, you do have a problem, don’t you?”

“Will ye leave go of me?” he hissed, looking frantically over his shoulder at the door. “Someone could come in any moment!”

“I told you you should have bolted the door,” I said, not letting go. Far from being a dead mullet, the object in my hand was exhibiting considerable liveliness.

He eyed me narrowly, breathing through his nose.

“I wouldna use force on a sick woman,” he said through his teeth, “but you’ve a damn healthy grip for someone with a fever, Sassenach."

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 56, "Turtle Soup". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
DRUMS OF AUTUMN:
There had luckily been enough sewage in the bottom of the pit to break his fall. From appearances, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere had landed facedown. Lord John stood for a moment on the path, wiping his hands on his breeches and surveying the encrusted object before him. He rubbed the back of a hand over his mouth, trying either to hide a smile or to stifle his sense of smell.

Then his shoulders started to shake.

“What news from the Underworld, Persephone?” he said, unable to keep the quaver of laughter out of his voice.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 25, "Enter a Serpent". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
THE FIERY CROSS:
"Oh, no, Father; it was a barrel churn. The sort that lies on its side, aye, with a wee handle to turn it? Well, it’s only that she was workin’ the churn with great vigor, and the laces of her bodice undone, so that her breasts wobbled to and fro, and the cloth clinging to her with the sweat of her work. Now, the churn was just the right height--and curved, aye?--so as make me think of bendin’ her across it and lifting her skirts, and--”

My mouth opened involuntarily in shock. That was my bodice he was describing, my breasts, and my butter churn! To say nothing of my skirts. I remembered that particular occasion quite vividly, and if it had started with an impure thought, it certainly hadn’t stopped there.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 13, "Beans and Barbecue". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES:
Feminine fingers wiggled gently in his grasp, and the hand’s fellow promptly took up operations in its stead. His first coherent thought was that the lassie would be an excellent baker, so good as she was at kneading.

Other thoughts followed rapidly on the heels of this absurdity, and he tried to grab the second hand. It playfully eluded him in the dark, poking and tweaking.

He groped for a polite protest in Cherokee, but came up with nothing but a handful of random phrases in English and Gaelic, none of them faintly suitable to the occasion.

[....]

“Ian, there is a woman in my bed,” he said in Gaelic, trying to match his nephew’s calm tone.

“There are two of them, Uncle Jamie."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 14, "People of the Snowbird". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
AN ECHO IN THE BONE:
"Would you care to explain to me exactly which aspects of plant inspection require a penis?"

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 16, "Unarmed Conflict". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD:
I’d considered that with a sort of morbid relish--I might have been ten--and then asked with interest just how a vestal might betray her vows. Which is how I learned what used to be called “the facts of life,” Uncle Lamb not being one to shirk any fact that wandered across his path, or mine. And while Uncle Lamb had assured me that the cult of Vesta had long since ceased operations, I had at that point resolved not to be a virgin, just in case.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 55, "Vestal Virgins". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
What about the rest of you?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Favorite minor characters in the OUTLANDER TV series

Who are your favorite minor characters in the OUTLANDER TV series?  I'm talking about the people who appear for only an episode or two, maybe even for only a single scene, but leave a lasting impression.
 
Here are a few of mine:

- The one and only Iona MacTavish, played by Diana Gabaldon in Episode 104, "The Gathering".

- Mrs. Graham, especially for her part in Episode 108, "The Way Out".
 
- Wee Roger in Episode 108.

- The Duke of Sandringham in Episode 110, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs".

- The wool-waulking ladies in Episode 105, "Rent".

- Frazer Hines as Sir Fletcher Gordon in Episode 115, "Wentworth".

- Corporal Hawkins in Episode 106, "The Garrison Commander".

What about the rest of you?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary nominated for an Emmy!

Congratulations to OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary on being nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Musical Composition for a Series"!

It turned out to be OUTLANDER's only Emmy nomination this year. I know a lot of people will be disappointed to hear that, but I'm philosophical about it. The series is just getting started, and there's always next year!



I'm delighted that Bear McCreary's wonderful music for OUTLANDER is being recognized.  Here's the opening title sequence, which still gives me shivers (in a good way!) a full year after I heard it for the first time.

For more about Bear McCreary, visit his website at www.bearmccreary.com. If you're not familiar with the OUTLANDER composer or his music, this is a good place to start.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Season 1 Volume 2 DVD/Blu-ray available for pre-order!



The DVD and Blu-ray of the 2nd half of OUTLANDER Season 1 (covering episodes 109-116) will be released on September 29, 2015!

The pre-order links on Amazon are here:

DVD

Blu-Ray

Ron Moore has said that one of the "extras" will be a slightly different version of Episode 109, "The Reckoning", than what we saw on TV.  For more information about the contents of the Blu-ray and DVD, look here.

PLEASE NOTE: If you bought the Blu-ray Collector's Edition of OUTLANDER Season 1 Volume 1, there is a cardboard "place-holder" in the box that is intended for the second half of the season.  When you get your copy of the Volume 2 Blu-ray, simply remove the cardboard from the Collector's Edition box and insert Volume 2, so you'll have a complete set of Season 1 in one box.

NOTE IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE US:  The links above are for the US version only. I have no information about availability of the Volume 2 DVD or Blu-ray in other countries.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

OUTLANDER news from SDCC!

Thanks very much to the live-tweeting efforts of @OutlanderPod and others who shared the news from today's OUTLANDER panel discussion at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con)!

Here's the official video of the panel discussion.



Here's the Season 1 gag reel mentioned in the video.



We didn't get any new information about Season 2 casting at today's event, but we did get a few intriguing bits of news:

a) The DVD and Blu-ray of the 2nd half of OUTLANDER Season 1 (covering episodes 109-116) will be released on September 29, 2015! You can pre-order on Amazon here.

b) Diana Gabaldon will be writing a script for Season 2!  She mentioned on Facebook that it will be Episode 211. (I have no further details at this time, but I'll post more information as it becomes available.)

c) Diana said,
The next book probably is not the last book, but I won't know 'til I finish the one I'm writing.
So it sounds like she is not ruling out the possibility of a Book 10 (!!), but please keep in mind that Diana is still in the early stages of writing Book 9, so nothing is set in stone at this point.



Fuirich agus chi thu! (That's "wait and see" in Gaelic, one of Diana's favorite phrases.)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jamie in my living room!



Look what I brought home with me today from the OUTLANDER event at Barnes & Noble!
 
We had a very small group at our local B&N, but I was happy enough with it.  I won the near-life-size Jamie in the raffle, and my mom won a copy of the OUTLANDER soundtrack, which I haven't yet listened to.

Most of the group at our location were very new to the books, but it was fun to talk to other local fans.
 
They made sure all the attendees in our group went home with something of value -- the updated OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume 1, the DVD of the first half of Season 1, the promotional poster from the second half of Season 1, even a copy of the OUTLANDER audio CDs.

I'm glad this Jamie is not actually full-size, by the way, otherwise he'd be well over a foot taller than I am! <g>  He's plenty big enough, though, well over five feet tall, and he looks very striking standing there in my living room!
 
Thanks, B&N!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

REPOST: "1776", the Musical



Wishing all of you in the U.S. a very happy Fourth of July!

As I do every year, I'm taking this opportunity to put in a plug for my favorite Revolutionary War movie: "1776", which is a musical about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

If you've never seen "1776", I highly recommend it. It came out in 1972 (based on the Broadway musical of the same name) and I think I've seen it almost every year since I was nine or so. That tradition continues to this day; my family always watches it on DVD every July 4th, and we will do so again this year.

Diana Gabaldon likes it, too; I've heard her describe it as "hilarious, moving, and very singable". I asked her specifically about the costumes, because I'm fascinated by the details of the 18th century clothing in this movie, and she said they're pretty accurate.

Here are a couple of my favorite songs from the movie:

1) "The Egg" - Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson choose America's national bird.



2) "Sit Down, John" - This is the movie's opening number.



You can get "1776" via Amazon and Netflix. If you're in the US, it will be shown on TCM at 3pm today, July 4th.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

OUTLANDER event July 5th at Barnes & Noble



Barnes & Noble bookstores all over the US will be holding a "Time Travel with OUTLANDER" event on Sunday, July 5th.  Sounds like fun!

I am planning to be there, at my local B&N in Raleigh, NC, but I'm not sure if all B&N locations are participating.  Contact your local bookstore for more information.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June poll results

Here are the results of the June poll, which asked the question, "What's your favorite episode from the 2nd half of OUTLANDER Season 1?"
  • 30.41% - I love them all!
  • 18.45% - Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
  • 17.65% - Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
  • 9.69% - Episode 116: "To Ransom a Man's Soul"
  • 8.89% - Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
  • 3.68% - I've only seen the first 8 episodes so far.
  • 2.34% - I don't have STARZ, or the TV series isn't yet available where I live.
  • 2.14% - I don't have a favorite.
  • 1.74% - Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison"
  • 1.67% - Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
  • 1.60% - Episode 114: "The Search"
  • 0.87% - Episode 113: "The Watch"
  • 0.87% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • When Claire doesn't go back through the stones.
  • I never watch a visual version of any book I've read. It's too disappointing.
  • no favorites, liked 1st half of the season
  • hard to pick just one,,,,maybe 109 or 112
  • I want to choose 111 and 116! Just Wow!
  • None, I do not recognize Claire or Jamie as revealed through Diana's writing.
  • combination of eps 15 & 16, with ep. 9 being next
  • I didn't care for this season. But loved last season.
  • did not like The Search
  • All except The Watch
  • ALL '' MURTAGH'' SCENES
  • the books are infinitely better
  • 113 & 114
There were 1496 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! Please take a moment to vote in the July poll, which is all about your favorite ways to read or listen to Diana Gabaldon's books. Thanks!