Photo: Sam and Caitriona on the set of Outlander on Sam’s 38th birthday, Starz
Diana has been sharing more Daily Lines from her upcoming 9th book in the Outlander series: Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone. Experience tells me that this means her writing is in a new phase, and I commented about that in a tweet to her recently:
awesome, as always. Thank you for the peek. Feels like the story is tumbling forth these days x
— Courtney Williams (@Courtilini14) May 6, 2018
Her response is really exciting!!
I've got Critical Mass–that point where the book achieves its own life force and starts moving without having to be pushed uphill every inch of the way.
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) May 7, 2018
No date yet, but this is very good news!
Speaking of dates, surely you know the news by now, that Outlander Season 4 will premiere in November, 2018! Everyone is excited, but many were hoping for September. Starz cushioned the blow by letting us know that Seasons FIVE AND SIX are in the plans. WOOT. Story here: Season 4 Premiere Date.
The full trailer for Sam’s new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me, shot in Budapest, Hungary last summer while he was on hiatus from Outlander filming was just released, and it looks mighty fun…
Bill Shatner was the first to say that Sam should be the next James Bond (I miss those old fun days with Bill – Go HERE for a sample!); it looks like we’ll get a preview of Sam’s Bond skills in this film.
In an interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, (you remember Josh, he’s the one who did the fabulous Couples Therapy Interview with Sam & Cait during promotion of Season 3 last September), costars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon talk about Sam…
— MTV (@MTV) May 6, 2018
The story line in the movie is “Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.” Source: ET.
Sam plays said British agent, Sebastian Henshaw, in the film, and cheats on Claire too 😜…
The film is due out August 3rd in the US, and is Sam’s first big feature film. Congrats Sam! Can’t wait to see it!
Meanwhile, back on Fraser’s Ridge, filming continues, with recent updates coming from the crew…
Last Thursday, May 3rd, Anita Anderson, Cait’s makeup artist, posted that Block 5 has wrapped. A block consists of 2 episodes, so that means they are finished shooting through Episode 410 (keeping in mind they often film out of order due to actors’ schedules and/or availability of locations or just to be efficient). For example, last season, they did Episodes 302 and 308 early on, to make efficient use of the Lallybroch (Midhope Castle) location. Sam and Caitriona actually filmed their big fight in Episode 308, before their reunion in Episode 306. By the same token, in Season 1, they filmed their rousting make up sex in Episode 109 before their wedding night! I guess you have to be flexible as an actor!
As outlander_forever comments here, there are only 3 more episodes left to film! That’s exciting.
Filming is due to finish in the end of June (unless it runs over), so why the delayed release date? I haven’t read anything official, but I know the Beast from the East – the storm that shut down the UK in early March- certainly caused delays in the production schedule. It takes 2 months to post produce each episode – so the beginning of September is the earliest that process would be completed. There is also the Starz schedule to consider, and maybe, just maybe they are delaying to give our hard working cast and crew some time off. I’m all for that. Because frankly, this Outlander thing is a marathon, not a sprint, and we want to keep everyone healthy and happy, and loving their jobs. Remember that after they finish filming, if the release date is right away, they have a small break and then they go straight into pretty intensely promoting the show, and then straight back to filming. That’s Sam and Cait. The behind the scenes folks, particularly the writers, producers, set and costume designers essentially got no break between seasons 3 and 4. In fact, based on past experience, I assume producers and crew mentioned above are already hard at work on Season 5.
I did read that Seasons 5 and 6 will both be 12 episodes long, instead of 13. I don’t know what to think about that, I have to wait and hear what Maril or someone has to say about it.
It ‘s been a busy time for Sam, who ran the Stirling marathon on Sunday April 29th, with a time of 3:13!
And was up to all kinds of shenanigans while ringing in birthday number 38 (April 30th) on set the next day.
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) April 30, 2018
What is happening, anyway? Caitriona’s eyelashes are being tinted, presumably so Claire can cry or be doused in water without her mascara running! (smart)
And apparently The King of Men has his done too! 😜
You know what …. I’ll be kind…. and not post the pic of you getting your’s done ..!!!! 🤪 https://t.co/FSJu2U1brw
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) May 1, 2018
With this response in the wee hours from Sam…
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) May 1, 2018
And of course, we celebrated the birthday of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, the following day, on May 1st. It seems Sam partied enough for the both of them!
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) May 1, 2018
🤢 night shoot cures that…. 💤 https://t.co/Fsqwisq1Ta
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) May 1, 2018
We got some nice Daily lines from Diana in honor of Jamie’s big day…
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) May 1, 2018
We know that Sam has been in the US this past week, doing publicity for The Spy Who Dumped Me. He attended a pre-MET gala party put on by Harry Josh Pro Tools on Saturday, May 5th, in New York City, no doubt after finishing filming in the wee hours on Friday, May 4th. It’s no wonder he looks a wee bit tired here, but still smiling!
Photo: Just Jared
I am not versed in this stuff, so for the benefit of people like me, I’ll include some background. The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the MetBall, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Vogue had this to say: “‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ is designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings.”
Terry Dresbach tweeted saying…
The only Red Carpet that is ever interesting… https://t.co/qfZ9JOCq7T
— Terry Dresbach (@draiochta14) May 7, 2018
I found it interesting, and beautiful; if you’d like to see more: MET GALA 2018.
A wee birdy told me that Sam appeared on Entertainment Tonight last night (May 10th), so hopefully we’ll see that video soon.
Sam also has this special with Cameron McNeish coming out soon (May 16).
“It's a real connection to the land" @SamHeughan @Outlander_STARZ talks about his love affair with the great outdoors in Take A Hike, our @Adventure_Show special coming soon with @CameronMcNeish on BBC Two Scotland pic.twitter.com/GdWEzZ3fgu
— BBC Scotland Comms (@BBCScotComms) May 2, 2018
There was a recent Murtagh sighting!
An old friend is visiting me tonight in Liverpool…Duncan La Crotch!!😂…celebrating that seasons 5 and 6 of Outlander is going ahead…The Bigman is so happy he cried tonight!!👌x pic.twitter.com/kkOd2vDVDm
— Stephen Walters (@StephenWalters) May 10, 2018
And a hearty congratulations to Laura Donnelly who won an Olivier Award for her magical portrayal in The Ferryman, AND the show is headed to Broadway. More on that later…
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 10, 2018
On April 22nd, Caitriona completed her first ever marathon with her sister, in London –
More on that here – Congrats Caitriona.
And speaking of marathons, Sam is planning to run the Edinburgh marathon, on May 27th!
The fan convention season was kicked off with a bang by Sasnak City, which by all accounts, was a blast for everyone involved. Fans were treated to lots of fun, including the first appearance of Ed Speleers, who plays Stephen Bonnet in Season 4.
Photo: Ed Speleers, Gary Lewis, and César Domboy at Sasnak City, 2018. Photo Credit: @justpkschroeder
For a full list of upcoming Outlander events, check out OutlanderPrintshop.org.
I will be doing an Outlander fan panel at the Denver Comic Con, along with A Dram of Outlander and Outlander Medicine. Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek will be at the convention. We are putting together some Outlander fun, and hope you’ll join us. If you plan on coming, come join our Facebook page: Outlander Fans at Denver Comic Con.
That’s a wrap for now. More news soon xo