Duncan gives you a little insight to his mysterious ways, and business ownership rules.
This lad is just way too happy all of the time!
Duncan gives you a little insight to his mysterious ways, and business ownership rules.
This lad is just way too happy all of the time!
Just in time to cheer you up a bit as we all go into COVID restrictions again. May the farce be with us!
Thank you Steve and associates for such fun!
As the world slowly crawls out of COVID shut down, we know that actors are chomping at the bit to get back to it. We, the audience, meet with them in online interview sessions as virtual experiences. Many people in productions around the world are trying to get back in action. So this will be the longest Droughtlander to date. Are you ready to get through this?
You’ve just got your Season 5 DVDs and are planning watch parties with friends.
Things To Consider, And There May Be Spoilers
We know season 6 will center on the next phase rolling up to the War of Independence. Remember, Independence was declared but there were years of war afterwards. Readers of the Outlander series know that there are several years of plots and intrigues before war officially breaks out, and all the ugly lawlessness that leads up to it. Speaking of fallout, Lionel Brown’s corpse delivery sets off a revenge feud that will follow Claire and Jamie through the next few seasons.
Will we get season 7 and 8 announcements soon? It’s a struggle not knowing when production will start back up. It was set to happen this coming month, however the UK and Ireland are going back into restrictions. Production around the world is starting, then getting halted.
Will we get back to some of the book storylines, like the affair between Jocasta and Ulysses. If you didn’t see that one coming, it’s another book storyline. Ulysses has been Jocasta’s eyes for twenty- plus years. Phaedra’s absence during this season, was a mystery for many of us, being as she was Jocasta’s body slave. We hope we will see her return this next season. And when/if she does, some interesting developments will occur. After all, why build her character up so much in Season 4?
All of the Frasers have now dealt with rape. It was sad in the books, and now onscreen. How do they all cope with recovering from such a thing as a family. The only one who has escaped is Roger, who was instead violated by nearing dying and losing his voice. BY the end of the season, Roger has regained a new voice, one where his Father-In-Law shows him some respect at last.
And there will be a whole slew of new settlers on the ridge. Some for good, some for far worse. Besides, the Browns’ can’t be the only villains. That’s too easy.
What do you think they will add or keep in Season 6?
Need to find a present for an Outlander fan and they keep buying everything Outlander? Or really want to cheer yourself up for the holidays and get through that Droughtlander time. Oh, did I mention there is a raffle fundraiser to help Sam Heughan’s charity My Peak Challenge raise money for its charities involving blood cancer research and support?
12 Days of Caroling or 12 Outlandish Days with Outlander actors, where you can also help fund raise for My Peak Challenge charities by purchasing a raffle ticket for a membership with MPC. Graham McTavish, Annette Badlands, Steven Cree, and Lotte Verbeek to name just a few of the actors participating. The actors will be reading from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Or a bit from the 12 Days of Christmas and the actors holiday remembrances. Perhaps a carol, a song for the holidays?
Packages start at $75.00.
Please note: This is not a fundraiser by My Peak Challenge as is produced by © Himber Entertainment Worldwide Inc., 2020. Since some of the packages are high in price, you may want to do some research on the company. I haven’t found much in the entertainment industry about them.
We’ve missed our Angus, played by Stephen Walters in Seasons 1 & 2 of Outlander. Giving us one of the best death scenes as a character in the battle of Prestanpans, Stephen has kept busy with a few other series since leaving Outlander, namely Shetland Season 4, Tin Star, and Into The Badlands. Coming up there are appearances in Silent Witness , Seven Times (2020), a long-running crime scene investigation series, and Anne, a film at ITV in post production.
However, along with Stephens musical endeavors, he has caught the Podcast Bug during the COVID shut down. His show, Radio Rodger, is Stephen creating everyday people calling into his show on various topics. Watch the space for new projects.
Stephen is also participating in the 12 Days of Caroling or 12 Outlandish Days with other Outlander Actors, where you can help fund raise for My Peak Challenge charities. Graham McTavish, Annette Badlands, Steven Cree, and Lotte Verbeek to name just a few. The actors will be reading from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Sam Heughan hasn’t just been riding bicycles built for two in and hunting down whisky distilleries in Scotland. Back in 2019 he went into production on a special forces drama. Sam Heughan is starring in a Sky TV Cinema production of special forces drama, SAS: Red Notice coming soon.
Oh, have you got your copy of Clanlands Book yet?
Deep beneath the English Channel a small army of well-trained war criminals have seized control of the Eurostar, taking four hundred hostages at gunpoint. Their plan: to blow up the Channel Tunnel and declare economic war on a government that has its own fair share of secrets to keep. One man stands in their way – SAS operator Tom Buckingham who is hiding somewhere inside the train. Alone and injured, he’s the only chance the passengers have to get out alive.
Based on Andy McNab’s bestselling novel ‘Red Notice’ Source: British Council Film
Other projects, well that Sassenach Whisky is coming for Black Friday, so if you can handle the golden distilled elixir, go to the website and get on the email list. Available to ship in the US to certain states.
Sam hinted at some developments in filming Outlander Season 6, costume fittings are underway and getting ready for table reads for block one filming in January.
So what has our Jenny (Janet) Murray been up to, besides starring on Broadway in The Ferryman? And when will Jenny be back? Fans of the Frasers have missed Jenny, that spitfire sister that Jamie is so close to. In the books, he and Claire are writing very long letters appraising her of Young Ian, and life on The Ridge. She doesn’t make an appearance again for some time, however in the Outlander series universe, that could get changed up. Maybe the end of Season 6? But if you like Laura’s spikey style, here are some other productions she’s in.
You can catch her for a second season of Britannia as Hella, the bounty hunter. Known for her extremely blunt, get it done jobs. She’s recently asked for her weight in silver. Plucky. Check her out in Britannia, a rollicking and sometimes very silly graphic novel adaptation from Vertigo. Druids vs. The Roman Invasion. It’s also an interesting look into the tribes that forged modern Britain. You’ll see some other acting favorites, dressed in some very fun, not so practical attire. Created by Laura Donelly’s partner Jez Butterworth (The Ferryman) and brother Tom Butterworth.
What else has Laura been up to lately?
She’s starring in the Jos Weddon series, The Nevers, coming out in 2021, as Amalia True. It’s a Sci Fi drama about a group of Victorian women, or should I say gang, that find out they have mysterious powers. Laura stars as Amalia True, a very damaged woman that really shouldn’t have been given abilities at all. And apparently can drink anyone under the table. Look for it on HBO in 2021. The project was started on Patreon and has resumed production in September. However, as the UK is going back into lockdown, this may delay the series more. Time travel is on the wind.
So, look for Laura Donelly in these productions while you are in the binging during Covid lifestyle.
Tolkein Film as Mabel Tolkein
We all know this Friday’s Star Force 3 Instagram film trailer has you hooting it up, that’s Hootenanny affirmative. It’s the best in socially distanced filming fun, and it’s in space! Starring Cree, Caitriona Balfe, James McAvoy, ADOW star Teresa Palmer, James Kirk, Chris Forbes and a few special guests.
So, what has Steven been up to? He did not make an appearance in Season 5 of Outlander, and may not make an appearance again until Season 7, if they are following the books, which as we know the writers are swapping about scenes between books. We miss Ian Murray! But never fear, along with his spaced out larks, Steven’s got some new characters coming your way.
Steven showed up stateside on Amazon Prime/PBS App this week in COBRA, a rather chilling and close to the bone tale of the disaster and secret ops UK division that the Prime Minister, played here rather well by Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, Once Upon A Time) calls into session over a disaster. The sun erupts with a solar flare that wipes out communications and power all over Europe. It’s not far off from what could really happen, science wise, and shows how governments are ill prepared for such disasters. Oh, the drama!
Steven Cree stars as the very harried Chief Constable of Tyneside Police, Steven Collier. When a decision is made by the Prime Minister that jeopardizes the whole of the north of the country, Cree has to contend with vigilantes and hoards of people who have no power or communications. Just think COVID isolation on steroids. Watch now on PBS App on Amazon.
But what Steven has really been having fun on, is working on A Discovery of Witches, based on the All Souls Trilogy books by Deborah Harkness. Season 3 production just started rolling back in due to COVID shut downs. While we have yet to see season 2 stateside, January 8th it is available in the in the UK.
Yes, Steve is in another time traveling show! Steven Cree plays Gallowglass de Claremont, a Scottish vampire and Mathew’s nephew in the vampire family way, in 1590. For some back story on Gallowglass, go here but beware of spoilers. Watch the series or read the books first. If you haven’t watched the series, do. If you haven’t read the books yet, do, preferably first. Anything to get your mind off world affairs for the next few weeks. I mean, you get to see men in leather jerkins, can’t get better than that. You can watch Season 2 in the UK on Sky One TV and NOW TV on January 8, 2021. The series will show on Sundance Now and Shudder TV in the US shortly after.
So, to keep you a little entertained until then, here’s some behind the scenes fun, some Steven Cree madness, and more.
Here’s the Season 2 Behind the Scenes for A Discovery of Witches, premiering in the UK on Sky Arts in January 2021. Filming for season 3 has just started up again. Great insight to props, set details, favorite and worst costume memories, and a few teasers.
Here’s some catch up on episodes 1 and 2 on Star Force. Enjoy. Watch Cait rock that Russian 1980s look.
© 2020 Sky TV
Very silly talks about Men in Kilts show, Clanlands Book about the series, Outlander, pet peeves, and the Trivia Deathmatch. Josh Horowitz interviews them about the Clanlands project Graham conceived and finally got down to doing this last year. Enjoy!
And Graham must eat or have a latte every two hours or there will be blood!
That Duncan Lacroix! On October 3, 2020 I joined a chat via Sasnak City’s magical portal, and preceded to ask the most difficult questions and embarrass myself silly. But really, we did have a wonderful conversation with our man that plays Murtagh, and we were gifted with a bit of insight to the mysterious Duncan Lacroix.
The following is a summary of the subjects that were covered.
Duncan was asked a question about how accomplished he was with riding before the Outlander series began. He explained that most actors put on their CV that they have ridden horses, but none of that is true. Unless you are really working on a productin with some heavy riding, you don’t get the experience. He had had some riding, or rather being placed on a horse sitting, brief scenes like in Vikings (Season 2). However he was very fortunate in being cast early for Outlander, he was part of the cast in bootcamp horse training. He got more training as they were doing the long riding treks like in the episode The Rent. He also watched some YouTube videos on communicating with horses and found that he wanted to take the time with the horse to get to know the animal, he would go and groom and handle the horse building up a relationship.
In contrast, when he was on the production The Outlaw King, the horse he was given was very green. Apparently at the time of production, Game of Thrones was in its last season and had hired all the horses trained to work in production. The horses they had hired for Outlaw King were from horse rescue and the one he was given had never been ridden. That was quite an experience. He then went on about how the horses all have their personality days. Oh yes, there was biting?
Duncan was asked if he had any advice for youth. After thinking for a bit, advised they get away from the social media. Being a group of teachers, we agreed!
On the subject of his current educational endeavors, Duncan discussed his Philosophy studies and going back to university to pursue another degree. He expressed some frustration at university being mostly online, even before COVID issues, and missed the face to face classes we have all experienced. We all agreed and discussed how education had changed. Philosophy was discussed, how could it help acting, or just understanding phycology and people in general.
Duncan was not able to travel for most of his life, stage acting in Ireland times were lean. He told us how fantastic it had been to have a month in New Zealand to himself, exploring. When COVID clears, he wants to travel to the Mongolian desert and travel using a 4×4 for about a month. It’s Murtagh Mobile Mach II.
I asked a question about makeup and costume stories he may have, and he was very gracious and supportive of the crew and how hard they work to make him and the other actors look good. They were there long hours. I asked about complexity and he talked about season 1 and the way they had Murtagh first looking, with the easiest of course being the muddied up and road dirt, to a slight prosthesis for pock marked cheeks and ruddiness. They dropped this in subsequent seasons, and of course the most recent change where he was aged to silver fox mode. He mentioned some of the gluing of beard parts, and the wig.
I asked a question about the pictures that surfaced of him having a nap between filming shoots for season 1. Was it really a difficult shoot first season and tiring, do you rest in between? He mentioned that well, there were some long shoots for the blocks around the episodes The Rent, and also when they were filming the “Finding Jamie” episode, there was a lot of riding and being out of doors for long hours. Besides, if it was beautiful out, wouldn’t you rest in a field?
Of course the most important was “Will we see you in anything soon?” Duncan explained that along with many other actors and productions being shut down due to COVID, there was nothing on at the moment. He had been in Los Angeles when the restrictions went in, meeting with a manager that he liked. The idea had been to get him trying for Broadway plays. He discussed how he really missed doing theatre, he had not been on stage since before Outlander started filming and really wanted to get back at it. It seems that even though doing another series would be great, his true passion is the stage and it would be a dream to get on Broadway. He’ll have to try again once productions get underway.
Thank you Duncan for putting up with the teachers and letting us catch a glimpse of your new directions in acting and life. It was a wonderful way to forget the world for a time and get some great insight to our favorite series and the man who played our favorite Godfather.