What Outlander’s Writers Changed About That Epic Hurricane

The Outlander season three finale ends with a thrilling, emotional sequence when Claire, Jamie and young Ian are leaving Jamaica to return to Scotland on the Artemis, but are caught in a hurricane and wind up washing ashore in what will become the United States — Georgia, to be exact. And thus begins their adventure in the Colonies on the cusp of the Revolutionary War.

The show did a remarkable job with the ending of the book, with some incredible shots of Claire sinking in the ocean and a beautiful, sweeping tracking shot of the Georgia coast. There was also a harrowing sequence of the storm that was part CGI and part sound stage, but all of it worked together to look incredibly realistic.

The only thing we’re slightly disappointed about is that the show’s writers changed the hurricane slightly and robbed viewers of a couple very exciting moments. We understand why they needed to make the changes — staging a hurricane on TV cannot be cheap — but it’s a bummer nonetheless.

In the book, Jamie, Claire, Ian and the gang flee Jamaica in the governor’s pinnace, which is a small boat carried aboard larger vessels to serve as a ferry or delivery boat. They are pursued through the Caribbean by the Porpoise, because Captain Leonard has not given up on capturing Jamie. When they encounter the hurricane, the relatively featherweight pinnace rides the waves with ease. But the Porpoise is not so lucky — its fate is almost like what happens on screen with the Artemis.

«The Porpoise’s foremast was oddly bent, the top of it leaning far to one side. Before I had time to realize what was happening, the top fifteen feet of the mast had split off and pitched into the sea, carrying with it rigging and spars.

The man-of-war swung heavily round this impromptu anchor, and came sliding sideways down the face of a wave. The wall of water towered over the ship, and came crashing down, catching her broadside. The Porpoise heeled, spun around once. The next wave rose, and took her stern first, pulling the high aft deck below the water, whipping the masts through the air like snapping twigs.

It took no more than three waves to sink her; no time for escape for her hapless crew, but plenty for those of us watching to share their terror.»

After the Porpoise sinks, a new wave rises and inside the glassy wall of water, Claire sees the body of Captain Leonard, suspended in a «grotesque ballet.» Then as the storm worsens, the pinnace is surrounded by lightning strikes, causing the spars and rigging to be enveloped in what is known as St. Elmo’s fire.

No, not the 1985 Brat Pack movie. St. Elmo’s Fire is a weather phenomenon wherein glowing plasma is created by discharge in the atmosphere, like what happens during a thunderstorm. At that point, all the crew can do is hang on for dear life and wait for the hurricane to pass.

It’s quite the sequence. While the show did a tremendous job with the Artemis in the storm, I’ll confess to being a little sad we didn’t get to see it play out as written. However, the way they incorporated Claire being swept overboard, which in the book happens after the storm has passed, when the pinnace’s mast snaps suddenly, was great and her voice over is lifted straight from Diana Gabaldon’s text.

But one thing the show did omit at the very end is that Jamie doesn’t appear to have the gemstones Geillis was using in the cave. In the book, he takes the time to grab six gems before they run out of the cave. Perhaps the show has decided to eschew the gemstone aspect of time-travel altogether. It certainly will simplify matters as the series goes on, since the Frasers won’t have to worry about getting their hands on one every time someone wants to travel through the stones.

Overall, though, I was quite impressed with the finale and also how the show managed to condense Voyager into 13 episodes. The book, which might be my favorite of the entire series, is jam-packed and this season managed to hit all the highlights. I am eagerly anticipating season four.

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7 Books That Are About to Become Your New Favorite TV Shows in 2018

Hear that? It’s the sound of a rough year mercifully winding down, and while we can’t exactly look forward to positive events IRL, thankfully, the land of make-believe is providing us with some much-needed respite in the form of movies and TV. Books, long the safe place for your brain, are also inspiring some of next year’s most exciting movies and TV shows. This year’s book-to-TV adaptations included Big Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, and The Handmaid’s Tale, so 2018 has some big shoes to fill. Looking at this list, you’ll be pretty confident that these series are up to the task.

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Justin Bieber’s Mom Opens Up About Her «Special Bond» With Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may have a rocky on-and-off again relationship, but his mother Pattie Mallette, says her relationship with the 25-year-old «Wolves» singer couldn’t be better. «I don’t know so much about their personal relationship because he doesn’t share a whole lot, but I love her,» she told People at the Justice Speaks Holiday Benefit Luncheon in LA on Saturday.

Pattie, who was a keynote speaker at the event, also addressed the reports that her son has rekindled his romance with Selena this year, saying, «I support anything [he does], if he loves her I love her, and I’ve met her and we have a special bond so I think she’s precious. I can’t really speak on their relationship, that’s between them.»

It also appears the once-troubled teen star has done some soul searching as of late. «I think [Justin’s] just keeping his focus on God, and really trying to figure out what counts and what matters,» Pattie shared. «I think he’s trying to be somehow normal in such an abnormal world, trying to find that balance. I feel like he’s growing up and I’m really proud of him.»

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The Zombie Angelina Jolie Girl Lied About Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Like Her Idol

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An Angelina Jolie-centric post seems to always get heated in the comments, but can’t we all agree that it must be disappointing to open your laptop one morning, check your Google Alerts, and find pics of an emaciated nightmare hell creature claiming to have had 50 surgeries to look like you? That’s not Christmas. Sahar Tabar, a 19-year-old from Iran, posted several pictures and videos (most of which have now been deleted) of herself looking like Dead Taylor Swift’s little sis. She claimed she went through dozens of plastic surgeries to look like her lord and savior Angie. Well, she lied, as reported by Sputnik (via The Sun). For those of you who believed those pics, I’m a member of the Royal Family in Nigeria with an urgent, private matter. I want to give you 100 million Euros. I’ll just need your Social Security number, 1000 blessings on your family, thank you.

Sahar has admitted that the pics of her looking like Jennifer Aniston’s conception of the Leprechaun doing Angelina Jolie cosplay was due to “make-up magic and computer wizardry.

Sahar told Sputnik : “Now I can see that I have something in common with (Angelina Jolie), but I amuse myself, and to look like someone is not my goal.”

Angelina Faux-lie initially claimed that she had spent 40K on surgeries to look like the Messiah of neutral tones. LIES. That hollow face with the pouting rubbery lips was a LIE. Angelina doesn’t have facial piercings. I kid!

“Over time I post a photo, I make my face more fun and funny, it is a form of self-expression, a kind of art.

It is art because she made herself look like something that wouldn’t be out of place at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. That’s craft! Here’s what the crafty Sahar actually looks like (via Instagram).

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Eagle-eyed viewers” noticed that many of Sahar’s pics looked like they might have been retouched by the winner of the Pimpin’ Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The warped background and odd lines in the shot suggest that it has been tweaked using a computer.

If Sahar REALLY wanted to make us think she was determined to look like The One Who Was Foretold Would Save The Earth, she would have Photoshopped in some upstaging cheetahs and a stoner husband.

Pics: Instagram

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Supernatural: 3 Questions We Have About Mary Winchester

Supernatural has reunited three out of four of our favorite ghoul-busting men in an intense, action-packed episode. We assumed that finding Jack and Cas would be the big adventure, but alas, a much bigger, completely unexpected chain of events unfolded that all revolve around Mary Winchester. Surprise! Dean and Sam‘s mama is trapped in some sort of alternate dimension, alive for right now, but in great danger. Who knew?

We’re all thrilled. Dean nearly does a backflip at the thought of seeing his mother again, perplexed because he never thought that she’d be found alive. Jack spent his time gone proving he can do good things with his powers for chosen family, and that almost makes me forgive him for leaving us for two episodes. But back to Mary.

Last time we saw her, it was a few episodes ago, when she was tempted to run after witnessing a brawl between Michael and Lucifer. Where has she been and how did she manage to get herself locked inside a cage in another world? Girl, there are a few pressing questions we need answers to.

1. Where has she been all this time?

Obvious question, but still important. Has she been trapped in this apocalypse since we last left her? Lucifer insinuates that she was being held prisoner along with him earlier this season, but we don’t actually see that. She could still be in the hands of Michael — or somewhere else. In this show, who knows?

2. What will her reaction to Jack be?

Mary isn’t exactly fond of Lucifer. On one hand, there is that bad blood and suspicion that might result from it. But on the other hand, she was quite fond of Kelly and therefore might give him a benefit of the doubt. Jack is adamant about having nothing to do with his biological father and would be the first to explain that to her once she gets out of that cage.

3. How far are the four of them from one another?

Jack and Mary are together in whatever torture chamber she has inhabited, while Dean and Sam have landed in a prehistoric land that resembles Jurassic Park. Jack finds Mary in the first place through opening doors to other worlds, so as far as we know, it could be a while before we find them all in the same place again. Dammit! Right when everyone is reunited.

Following a rather light, uneventful episode, it was exhilarating to have things kicked into full gear again. Guess we’ll have to tune in next week to see what happens. While we’re at it, can we have Cas back? We deserve at least that much.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Shuts Down Confusion About Sexual Assault With Spot-On «Children’s» Book

Tracee Ellis Ross is making things really simple for anyone confused about the recent sexual harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood — actually, scratch that. It’s not a «scandal» — it’s a «systemic problem about the abuse of power that takes place across all industries,» she reminded viewers during Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. Tracee, like many other women, is not totally surprised by the ongoing list of women coming forward with their stories as of late. But for anyone who is confused about what constitutes as sexual harassment, she wrote a «children’s» book called The Handsy Man to break things down in basic terms.

Rhyming her way through the book, Tracee reads paragraphs like, «You cannot smell my hair, you creep, or grab my boobs while I’m asleep. I do not want a back massage. Did you follow me into the parking garage?» She drives the point home by saying, «I’ll say it clearly, nice and slow. If she doesn’t consent, the answer is NO.» Any questions? Watch the full video to see Tracee completely nail it.

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Nobody Gets More Excited About Christmas Than Reese Witherspoon

In case you don’t already know, Reese Witherspoon loves the holiday season, especially Christmas. Not only did she recently unveil a Draper James holiday collection in 2016, but the actress, who is best known as «Wreath Witherspoon» during the cold Winter months, also makes it a point to blow out the holiday as soon as Thanksgiving is over. In 2015, Reese posted a bright and festive Instagram photo of herself sitting by a plate of gingerbread cookies 24 days before Christmas, writing, «Never too early to wait for Santa … Am I right?? #AnyMinuteNow.» We can’t say we don’t admire her dedication. Sleigh on, Reese, sleigh on.

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J.K. Rowling Finally Breaks Her Silence About the Johnny Depp Casting Controversy

J.K. Rowling has kept noticeably mum about the controversial casting of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, but now the iconic author has finally broken her silence.

Following an uproar from fans after the release of a cast photo for the upcoming sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Rowling posted a link to her website on Facebook on Thursday, where she explained her feelings about Depp’s casting in the film despite the disturbing domestic abuse allegations that were brought against him by ex-wife Amber Heard in 2016:

When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise.

Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.

The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

I’ve loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see The Crimes of Grindelwald. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.

Depp was embroiled in a contentious divorce from Heard that dragged on for months in 2016 before culminating in domestic abuse allegations. Heard alleged that Depp «violently attacked» her on a number of occasions and that during the «entirety» of their four-year relationship, Depp was both «verbally and physically abusive» to her. Depp contested the allegations, and following the settlement of their divorce, Heard withdrew her request for a domestic violence restraining order.

For many fans, Depp’s role in such an inclusive, positive universe felt like a betrayal. Much of that anger was directed at Rowling, who has blocked a number of Harry Potter fans on Twitter after they reached out to her about the issue via the social media platform in recent months. The allegations cast a nasty shadow over Depp’s career, but that hasn’t stopped studios from casting him in everything from new Pirates of the Caribbean films to Murder on the Orient Express. Judging from Rowling’s statement, Fantastic Beasts fans should brace themselves for seeing a lot more Depp in the coming years.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Who Taylor Swift’s Songs Are About

In the wake of Taylor Swift‘s recent release of Reputation there’s no better time to make sure you have your Swift facts straight. Most importantly, she writes from the heart, and a lot of her songs are about certain people. She doesn’t reserve her songwriting for romance gone bad, either: she’s also called out a couple of ladies and exes. Here is a brief history of Swift’s songs about other famous people.

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You Won’t Be Able to Stop Listening to This Haunting Song About Tonya Harding

This week, the prolific musician Sufjan Stevens released a new song titled «Tonya Harding.» The haunting ode is, you guessed it, dedicated to the complex, iconic figure skater of the same name. In a blog post about the song, which was posted on the website of Asthmatic Kitty Records, Stevens admits, «I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991.» In a separate post on his official Tumblr account, he says it is not at all related to I, Tonya, to new biopic starring Margot Robbie that is already generating some serious award season buzz. (He did, for the record, send the song along, but they didn’t end up using it.)

In his blog post, Stevens goes on to chronicle the complex (and eventful) life of Harding. Perhaps his last two paragraphs sum everything up in the best and most artful way:

Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: America’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs — sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all.

In addition to the mesmerizing YouTube video, which syncs the song almost seamlessly with one of Harding’s 1991 routines, Stevens also posted a second version of the song (complete with album artwork) on Spotify. I’m not sure what else to say. If you’re a fan of Stevens, you’ll know how magically he seems to capture the heartbreak and precious fragility of a person’s spirit. With «Tonya Harding,» he’s absolutely done it again. And, if you’re not a fan of Stevens or have somehow never heard of him, perhaps the song will speak for itself.


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