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Starz Greenlights OUTLANDER Season 2; Will Adapt the Second Book in Diana Gabaldon’s Historical Fiction Series

Not even a week after the premiere episode of Starz’s Outlander debuted, the network has already given the greenlight for Outlander Season 2.  The show is based on the bestselling series of Diana Gabaldon novels and tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743.  The books (there are eight in total) traverse the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure, making them ripe for the visual medium of TV.  

Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is at the helm of the Outlander TV show, spearheading what looks to be a rather successful adaptation.

Starz has ordered “at least 13 episodes” of Outlander Season 2, which will be based on the second book in Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber.  This first season consists of 16 episodes, so one imagines that could be in the cards for the second season as well.  Whereas HBO is focused on a variety of heavy drama series, with Spartacus, Da Vinci’s Demons,and now Outlander, it appears that Starz has carved out a nice little genre-oriented niche for itself in the world of premium cable.

'Outlander' star auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' seven times

He may be the perfect Jamie Fraser, but he’s no Jaime Lannister.
Starz’ Outlander star Sam Heughan told Vulture that he auditioned for that other  premium cable fantasy drama — HBO’s Game of Thrones – a whopping seven times.
“I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times!” the actor said. “Loads of times. I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!’ [Laughs.] Everyone was going in for those parts. But you know, it’s funny about those things. You’re up for so many things, and coming from those auditions, and testing on other shows, I had more experience, more experience with the process. And maybe I was more confident. And I don’t know, something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him.”
The Scottland-set romantic drama based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon series premiered last weekend to solid ratings and continues with its second episode Saturday night.
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'Outlander' star auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' seven times

He may be the perfect Jamie Fraser, but he’s no Jaime Lannister.

Starz’ Outlander star Sam Heughan told Vulture that he auditioned for that other  premium cable fantasy drama — HBO’s Game of Thrones – a whopping seven times.

“I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times!” the actor said. “Loads of times. I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!’ [Laughs.] Everyone was going in for those parts. But you know, it’s funny about those things. You’re up for so many things, and coming from those auditions, and testing on other shows, I had more experience, more experience with the process. And maybe I was more confident. And I don’t know, something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him.”

The Scottland-set romantic drama based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon series premiered last weekend to solid ratings and continues with its second episode Saturday night.

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Outlander isn’t a perfect show — it’s fun the way Game of Thrones is fun, and it can be similarly over-the-top. The scenery is delicious; the leading man is, let’s be very, very clear, incredibly handsome, and his accent is legit. Claire has some elaborate knitwear that rivals Katniss’. There’s complicated military intrigue and scheming; there are visceral action scenes; there are men being men and living the sort of simple life of honor that, according to Gabaldon, has attracted droves of military servicemen to her books. There are even witches and beautiful interludes that look only slightly as if they belong in the video for Enigma’s “Return to Innocence.”

Exclusive: Miles Teller Was Lured To ‘Divergent’ With The Promise Of Punching Shailene Woodley

The only thing more exciting than watching that brutal boxing match between Dauntless initiates Tris and Peter: getting to be one of the contenders who brought it to life on screen. In this behind-the-scenes clip from “Bringing Divergent to Life,” the documentary extra from the “Divergent” Blu-Ray, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller remember what it was like to put together their amazing fight scene, from which Miles’ character Peter emerged victorious.

Although Shailene has nothing but good things to say about how well-choreographed the sparring was, Miles remembers having qualms about the realization that he was going to have to beat up a girl.

“I said, you know, how’s this going to look? It’s kind of hard to redeem yourself,” he said. “But that’s just this [“Divergent’s”] world.”

However, producer Lucy Fisher has a different story.

“One of the ways we enticed Miles Teller to do the movie was to say, ‘You’re going to get to beat up Shai!’” she said.

The documentary on the making of “Divergent” is just one of the special features available on the DVD. If you want one for your library, “Divergent” drops on Digital HD July 22, and Blu-ray/DVD August 5.

Theo James Shows Off Four's Tattoos In New Behind The Scenes Divergent Clip

After those heady few months when Theo James was everywhere thanks to his lead role in Divergent, we’ve been experiencing some pretty major withdrawal pangs. Luckily, the DVD release for the smash hit movie is just around the corner which means we get Theo treats like this.

Divergent was a massive box office hit earlier this year, with the movie based on Veronica Roth’s popular novel bringing together the super hot dream team of Theo and Shailene Woodley.

Theo and Shailene in Divergent (Lionsgate)

The DVD of the movie is due for release this month, and we’re promised lots of extra bonus bits including behind the scenes clips like this one uploaded by Vulture today.

The footage sees a shirtless Theo getting his tattoos applied, an essential part of his character Four. The intricate designs are pretty amazing, with a talented team of craftsmen explaining how they came up with the designs, but tbh it’s Theo’s topless moments which are the highlight of the vid.

Theo is back in the makeup chair as we speak, with shooting for Divergent’s follow-up Insurgent kicking off in Atlanta a few weeks back.

Theo and Shailene are busy working on the Divergent sequel (WENN)

The new film will hit cinemas on March 20, 2015, with Shailene and Theo reprising their roles as Tris and Four. There’s some new additions though, with Naomi Watts cast as Theo’s mother while Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction.

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