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Eva Green in International Trailer for Polanski's 'Based on a True Story'

"You're in danger carrying this trust..." An official international trailer from France has debuted for the latest Roman Polanski drama titled Based on a True Story, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Most of the reviews were mixed to negative, despite two great performances, the story is redundant and bland and the film never amounts to much. Based on a True Story is about a famous writer, played by Emmanuelle Seigner, going through a tough time who hires a ghost writer to help her with her work. However, it turns out "L", played by Eva Green, is more of an obsessive admirer who actually has an ulterior motive. The full cast includes Vincent Perez, Damien Bonnard, Dominique Pinon, Noémie Lvovsky, and Camille Chamoux. This is worth watching just for Eva Green, but that's about all I can say. Here's the first international trailer for Roman Polanski
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The Legend Of The Holy Drinker Starring Rutger Hauer Available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy September 26th

Director Ermanno Olmi’s The Legend Of The Holy Drinker (1988) Starring Rutger Hauer will be available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy September 26th

Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend Of The Holy DRINKERr is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs).

Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances – and his alcoholism – forever intervene.

Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique
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Saturn Awards 2017: Will ‘Outlander’ clobber ‘Game of Thrones’ as Best Fantasy Series? Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe also nominated

Saturn Awards 2017: Will ‘Outlander’ clobber ‘Game of Thrones’ as Best Fantasy Series? Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe also nominated
Outlander” fans will be watching the Saturn Awards very closely this year, as Starz’s romance epic is nominated in four categories: Best Fantasy Series, Best TV Actor for Sam Heughan, Best TV Actress for Caitriona Balfe and Best TV Guest Performer for Dominique Pinon. However, HBO’s rival genre series “Game of Thrones” is also nominated […]
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Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne to star in Hamlet Revenant

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has added two more leading actors to its cast, with Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne set to star in Hamlet Revenant.

The two stars will join Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the leading role, as well as Newcomer Maria Boda who is set to play Ophelia.

The film will detail the dark, violent, and psychological elements that the classic play is known for; charting a quest for revenge and descent into madness.

Set to begin production later this year, the cast also includes French actors Lambert Wilson and Dominique Pinon, and British actor Lex Shrapnel.

Ian McKellen of course needs no introduction, a veteran of the stage, and known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

Gabriel Byrne is a Golden Globe winning actor for his performance in the HBO show In Treatment, and
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TrustNordisk boards 'Hamlet Revenant' with Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne

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Ken McMullen directs this modern update of Shakespeare’s most famous play.

TrustNordisk has boarded sales for Ken McMullen’s Hamlet Revenant, which will star Mikkel Boe Folsgaard as a contemporary Hamlet and Maria Boda asOphelia, alongside an all-star cast including Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Lex Shrapnel.

The film will begin shooting later this year.

France’s Albatros Films produces in co-production with Germany’s Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, Italy’s Filmexport Group, Denmark’s SequoiaPictures and Zdf in co-operation with Arte with the support of ArtKoCo.

London-based Ken McMullen has credits including Arrows of Time, Partition, Lucky Man and Zina.

The screenplay by McMullen, adapted from Shakespeare’s most famous play, is set in present times and will “brings to the surface the violence anddestructive instincts that haunt the human psyche,” the filmmakers said. They added the film would have a “haunting and atmospheric visual aesthetic.”

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Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne Join Cast of ‘Hamlet Revenant’

Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne Join Cast of ‘Hamlet Revenant’
Oscar-nominated actor Ian McKellen has joined the international cast of Ken McMullen’s “Hamlet Revenant,” which Danish sales company TrustNordisk has boarded for worldwide sales. Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne and “Gladiator” star Connie Nielsen have also been announced for the film, to be presented to buyers in Cannes.

An original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the film explores the violence and destructive instincts that haunt the human psyche through the story of a man caught in a vortex of revenge, doubt and madness. It is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2017.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard will head the international cast playing the Danish prince. The actor is best known for his lead role, opposite Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen, in Nikolaj Arcel’s Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair.” Newcomer Maria Boda is set to play Ophelia. The cast also includes French actors Lambert Wilson and Dominique Pinon and British actor Lex Shrapnel.
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Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne & Connie Nielsen To Star In ‘Hamlet Revenant’ – Cannes

Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne & Connie Nielsen To Star In ‘Hamlet Revenant’ – Cannes
Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne and Connie Nielsen are set to star in Hamlet Revenant, directed by Ken McMullen. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Lex Shrapnel also join the cast for the title, which TrustNordisk is shopping to buyers along the Croisette. Story is an adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic play Hamlet and follows a character caught amidst treasonous political upheavals, family crisis, sexual tensions and ambiguous friendships: a vortex of…
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Here in my car by Anne-Katrin Titze

Claude Lelouch on Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby and his own La Bonne Année as films to watch to cheer you up: "Very good choices!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for tomorrow's opening night screening of Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael’s Ghosts (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël) starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard with Louis Garrel and Alba Rohrwacher, and a score by Grégoire Hetzel. Claude Lelouch with Un Homme Et Une Femme, starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, in 1966 had won Palme d'Or honours and with Pierre Uytterhoeven, a Best Screenplay Oscar.

Mr and Mrs Gallois (Charles Denner and Judith Magre) with Simon (Jean‑Louis Trintignant) in Le Voyou: "One must learn how to detect cheaters."

Driving with Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana in Roman De Gare, Abbas Kiarostami and cars, Un + Une in India with Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein,
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Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Connie Nielsen Join 'Hamlet Revenant'

Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Connie Nielsen Join 'Hamlet Revenant'
Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne and Connie Nielsen have signed on to star in Hamlet Revenant, a new adaptation of the iconic Shakespeare play, which British artist and filmmaker Ken McMullen will direct.

Danish actor Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, best known for his break-out performance as a real-life Danish king in the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, and more recently seen in this year's Danish Oscar nominee Land of Mine, will play Hamlet in the new version, which is set to begin shooting in the second half of 2017. Newcomer Maria Boda will play Ophelia. The cast also includes Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon...
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‘Alien’ Movies, Ranked From Worst To Best

‘Alien’ Movies, Ranked From Worst To Best
The genius of the “Alien” franchise — and the temptation to continue it ad infinitum — is that each of its installments has been so markedly different. From the ominously sparse thriller that first introduced the world to the Xenomorphs, to the steroidal orgy of muscles and machine guns and alien mucus that James Cameron fashioned out of its sequel, to the fascinatingly garbled industrial sludge of “Alien 3,” and so on… this series has proven to be as endlessly adaptable as the extraterrestrial monster that inspired its title.

So, when people complain that “Alien: Covenant” isn’t an “Alien” movie, it’s hard to know what they mean. Apart from strong women, two-mouthed nightmares, and the dark promise of outer space, there isn’t much that runs through this series and ties it together as a stylistically coherent whole. On the contrary, the saga is defined by its flair for change,
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‘Somewhere Beautiful’ Clip: Ambitious Homage to Atom Egoyan’s ‘Calendar’ Bakes Up Something Tasty — Watch

‘Somewhere Beautiful’ Clip: Ambitious Homage to Atom Egoyan’s ‘Calendar’ Bakes Up Something Tasty — Watch
Somewhere Beautiful,” Albert Kodagolian’s tribute to Atom Egoyan’s classic “Calendar,” is a movie with layers, that’s for sure.

Shot on 16mm and 35mm film, Kodagolian split filming time between Argentina and Los Angeles, telling two different, intimate stories about human connection.

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In South America, the story revolves around a love triangle and a photographer’s doomed relationship. In California, Kodagolian creates an alternate reality of his own life when he films himself caring for his two-year-old daughter as his marriage collapses. Egoyan was deeply involved in the making of the film, creating a collaborative relationship with Kodagolian throughout.

French film star Dominique Pinon stars in the film, along with Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Pablo Cedron, Maria Alche, and Robyn Buck.

Somewhere Beautiful” opens in
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The observer by Anne-Katrin Titze

Claude Lelouch with Anne-Katrin Titze on Quentin Tarantino and Le Voyou: "He told me if he hadn't seen that film he wouldn't have made Pulp Fiction." Photo: Sylvie Sergent

On the afternoon of the Focus on French Cinema screenings at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York of Un + Une (One Plus One) with Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Christophe Lambert and Alice Pol, and Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man And A Woman), starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, I met with the director/screenwriter Claude Lelouch at his hotel.

Disguises in La Bonne Année (Happy New Year) with Lino Ventura and Charles Gérard, kidnapping in Le Voyou (The Crook) with Trintignant and Christine Lelouch, traveling with Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana in Roman De Gare (Crossed Tracks), influencing Terrence Malick, Abbas Kiarostami and cars, Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby, Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, dogs versus cats,
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Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

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Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

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‘Outlander’ Boss Ron Moore Breaks Down Claire’s Pivotal ‘Star Chamber’ Scene

‘Outlander’ Boss Ron Moore Breaks Down Claire’s Pivotal ‘Star Chamber’ Scene
The cast and crew of “Outlander” traversed a narrative minefield in the seventh episode of Season 2, titled “Faith,” as Caitriona Balfe’s Claire Fraser was quickly forced to rebound from the despair of losing her baby to the high-stakes tension of an audience with King Louis Xv (Lionel Lingelser), in which she attempted to earn freedom for her incarcerated husband, Jamie (Sam Heughan), as well as save the lives of her friend Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon) and nemesis Le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber).

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore explains how the pivotal “Star Chamber” scene came together through five key contributions behind the scenes as part of our Emmy season feature, Anatomy of a Scene.

Toni Graphia, writer

The script was a delicate balancing act, according to Moore, and Graphia fought for it from the get-go. “We broke it together as a staff, and I think the element that we worked over the most and kept going back to and reworking was what happened within the Star Chamber itself, trying to make sure it was clear what everyone’s motivation was, why Claire was doing the things that she did. When you went to voiceover, what was the king’s motivation? What did Claire think was happening? When did Raymond put the poison in? There were a lot of mechanics involved in that scene, that just meant it got reworked several times before it was even drafted.”

“Toni’s first draft was really good. My big note for her for the second draft was, ‘it’s really not about Claire sleeping with the king.” That plays a pretty big element in the book; [Claire and Jamie] have a pretty big fight about it, but I said “for the TV show and for what we’re doing, nothing in this episode is as big as the loss of the baby. Go back and just dig deeper and make it about the loss of the baby.’ And she just took that note and embraced it, and dug really deep, and the second draft was amazing. I remember she was in Scotland and we were both there, and I just walked into the writer’s office and hugged her and kissed her and said, ‘oh my God, it’s a beautiful piece of work. I’m so proud of you.’ I’m still blown away by what she did. The second draft was just an amazing piece of writing.”

Metin Hüseyin, director

A returning director from Season 1, Hüseyin had already helmed some complicated episodes in Season 2, including the opening two episodes of the year. “Metin had done a fine job,” Moore says. “The cast had a great affinity with him, a great relationship. And it was complicated material, and the culmination of a lot of things through the course of the season that he’d already been intimately involved with, so that just seemed like a no-brainer to us.”

The layout of the Star Chamber set also required a knowledgeable hand, Moore explains: “It was a difficult set to shoot in because of the design. It had unique lighting challenges to get the shafts of light coming down from the stars. It took so long to rig it that you didn’t really want to do a lot of different setups. It was a very long scene, so the production requirements forced Metin into a certain style of direction; he just couldn’t afford the time to keep playing around and resetting things.”

Jon Gary Steele, production designer

The striking look of the Star Chamber set was conceived by Steele (who told us more about his design process in our recent Artisans video). “The very first conversation we had was very conceptual. He asked me, ‘tell me about where this room is in the palace, and how old is it? Is it a room that’s been converted to this purpose? What’s the feeling?’ Because the show has always been at pains to be authentic as possible, and in this instance I said, ‘This one should have a certain heightened quality to it, it’s mystical, magical, and let’s say that this room was purpose-built for this, by his grandfather who built Versailles,'” Moore recalls.

“The next conversation, he started telling me he had these big plans, and he wanted to do a dome and I was like, ‘Really? Because you know it is just one scene?’ He’s like, ‘yeah, trust me,’ and then he brought me down and showed me a three-dimensional model that he’d had built in the art department. This is one of the things I love about our art department — they build actual models, not just all computerized stuff; there’s actual models to look at. And I saw it, it had the dome on it, and you can bend down and look through the doorways and he said, ‘now, it’s going to be expensive…’ He was just so passionate about it and he really believed in it, and I just said ‘okay, let’s do it, spend the money, let’s build it.’ I think he was a little surprised I said yes, too.”

The end product was clearly worth the expense. “It’s a gorgeous scene and a gorgeous set,” Moore observes. “I’m struck by how well you see it. A lot of times you go on the set and sometimes it’s not shot correctly, or we don’t use most of it … this was an instance where you saw the whole thing. You saw the dome, you saw the fires, the brassieres, and the columns, and the depth, and the floor decoration. Suddenly you’re disconnected from Paris and you’ve just entered this other reality that you had no idea was right behind that door.”

Michael O’Halloran, editor

Because Hüseyin filmed the Star Chamber scene all the way through in long, unbroken takes to maintain the emotional intensity, the episode also required careful editing from O’Halloran. “It was a difficult scene to cut because there weren’t that many takes, and sometimes the eye lines don’t match up on these long masters because people just forget where they are,” Moore says. “If you’re not running the scene over and over again, suddenly you’re trying to cut them together. That took a lot of time and effort.”

Terry Dresbach, costume designer

The costumes on the show are almost characters in themselves, diligently created by Dresbach (who also happens to be Moore’s wife), and her team. In the case of the Star Chamber scene, Moore notes, “It’s a dark set, but those costumes provide a lot of color, interest and detail — a lot of bling in the room. The most important thing about the costumes in this scene, like in every scene, is that they so quickly define the characters. Claire’s dark dress anchors her at the center of things, and she’s been put at the center of things. The king is still wearing that long robe, so he’s the only casual one here, but he has the most power.”
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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as
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How ‘Outlander’ Created Its Most Devastating and Powerful Episode Yet

How ‘Outlander’ Created Its Most Devastating and Powerful Episode Yet
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Outlander” Season 2, Episode 7, titled “Faith.” Catch up on our previous “Outlander” recaps and coverage here.

Outlander” never shies away from challenging material, and there are few issues more challenging than miscarriage and sexual assault — both of which were present in the harrowing latest installment of the Starz drama, which saw Claire lose her baby after witnessing Jamie’s duel with Black Jack Randall — a fight that was precipitated by Jamie discovering Jack raping Fergus, a boy who works for the couple.

The episode, sensitively written by Toni Graphia and directed by Metin Hüseyin, exemplifies why “Outlander” stands head and shoulders above the majority of other primetime dramas, especially when it comes to portrayals of rape and loss. While it’s often hard to stomach the violence that human beings inflict on each other, “Outlander” takes pains to explore the emotional aftermath of its physical cruelties,
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Edinburgh Film Festival Celebrates Cinéma du Look, Comic-Strip Adaptations

Edinburgh Film Festival Celebrates Cinéma du Look, Comic-Strip Adaptations
London — Thirty years since the Edinburgh Film Festival opened with the U.K. premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue,” the fest is to devote one of its retrospectives to the Cinéma du Look wave of 1980 and early 1990s French filmmaking. Another retrospective, “Pow!!! Live Action Comic-Strip Adaptations: The First Generation,” delves into the evolution of the live-action comic-strip adaptation in cinema.

The Gallic retro will focus on the work of Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, the three directors around which Cinéma Du Look revolved. Titles in the strand will include Beineix’s “Betty Blue” (1986) and “Diva” (1981), Besson’s “Subway” (1985), “The Big Blue” (1988) and “La Femme Nikita” (1990), and Carax’s “Mauvais Sang” (1986) and “Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf” (1991).

The films showcase performances by Jean Reno, Christophe Lambert, Michel Piccoli, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Dominique Pinon and Julie Delpy. Several of the stars will attend the festival, which is headed by Mark Adams.
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'Outlander' Season 2 Trailer Arrives, Premiere Date Announced

'Outlander' Season 2 Trailer Arrives, Premiere Date Announced
Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced the return of its hit original series Outlander on Saturday, April 9th at 9Pmet/Pt. The eagerly awaited second installment will be 13 episodes and is based upon the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, entitled Dragonfly in Amber. The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Starz also released a new trailer and first look at their teaser art featuring Outlander couple Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) on the steps of Versailles. Instead of swords and guns, they're armed with political savvy and the finest 1700s Parisian fashion as they embark on their new mission - infiltrating the French aristocracy and rewriting history. The new image gives viewers a taste of what's to come in this exciting
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'Outlander' Season 2 Trailer: Jamie and Claire Vow to Change the Past

'Outlander' Season 2 Trailer: Jamie and Claire Vow to Change the Past
After a successful first season, the hit Starz series Outlander is gearing up to return next year with Season 2. To help get fans ready for these upcoming episodes, Starz has released the first-look teaser for the return of Outlander. The critically-acclaimed series adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and will be back in Spring 2016.

The Season Two teaser is the first release for Starz' 25 Days of #OutlanderOfferings. Starting December 1, Starz will release exclusive content across Twitter and Facebook, including never-before-seen Season 2 photos, cast interviews, holiday recipes, and the chance to win special Outlander store items. Be sure to stay tuned for more Season 2 footage released during these new Outlander Offerings.

Season 2 of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart,
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