by (@shalapitcher)

Outlander To Be Adapted For TV By Battlestar Galactica Producer

Kate Winslet and James McAvoy, our casting choices for Outlander

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Hunger Games casting speculation and Comic-Con reports for another bit of fangirling: Deadline reports that Sony is closing a deal to turn one of my all-time favorite time-traveling romance book series, Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander, into a TV show. And it will be Battlestar Galactica exec producer Ron Moore at the helm, so you know it will be epic.

“Big fan of @Writer_DG’s Outlander books for many years, excited for the opportunity to do a FAITHFUL interpretation!” Moore tweeted this afternoon. That’s the kind of statement a fan can get behind!

Let me take a step back and tell the uninitiated why this is so exciting: Outlander is about an English nurse named Claire Randall who takes a vacation with her husband in Scotland shortly after World War II. While out exploring on her own (OK, following some suspicious ladies doing a Wiccan ritual), she accidentally steps into a portal and winds up in the Scotland of 1743, when a number of Highland tribes are plotting a rebellion against the English king. Claire’s outspoken modern ways and her medical knowledge get her in a number of touchy situations, but fortunately a young Highlander named Jamie Fraser keeps coming to her rescue. Unfortunately, she finds out that Jamie’s mortal enemy, an English soldier named Jack Randall, happens to be her 1945 husband’s ancestor. The story weaves magic, medical drama, historical fiction and humor into a very engrossing (if long) package. Also, two selling points: sexy men in kilts and awesome witch conspiracies.

Without spoiling the series for you (READ IT NOW), I would just like to suggest my own fantasy casting ideas: My favorite swoonworthy Scot James McAvoy as Jamie (hey, he can die his hair red easily enough!), and Kate Winslet as Claire (again, her look’s different from the book, but she’s got Claire’s spirit, and she’s hilarious when she’s playing super frustrated with men and their manly ways). Though I doubt these two would do regular TV, maybe they’d be up for a shorter, HBO-style series. What do you think, Outlander fans?

[Photos: Getty Images, Dell Books]

by (@hallekiefer)

X-Men: First Class Review: Xavier’s Kids Graduate With Honors

When the weather gets hot, sometimes all you want to do is hide a Cherry Coke in your purse (or man-bag; I don’t discriminate), sit down in an air-conditioned movie theater, and watch a big, flashy, over-the-top action movie. Alternately genius and goofy, carefully crafted and dripping with molten cheese, X-Men: First Class gets an A- for honoring the big budget summer movie tradition, and is worth seeing even if you don’t know Azazel from Angel Salvatore (don’t worry; I had no idea who they were either).

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by (@missmuttoo)

X-Men: First Class New York Premiere Brings Out The Pack

This is one of the movie’s we can’t wait to watch this summer! The X-Men: First Class premiere took place at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City yesterday and most of the star cast turned up for it. January Jones decided to play where’s-the-baby-bump, because we could see nary a sign of it in her Preen dress and Prada shoes. Zoe Kravitz and Michael Fassbender—co-stars and a couple—looked liked the perfect pair. She was slinky in an Alexander Wang dress and Chanel shoes, and he was gorgeous in a three-piece grey suit and aviators.

James McAvoy (who we just love), Kevin Bacon and Lucas Till rounded up the men and we’re thinking… this movie is going to be such a babe fest! Rose Byrne looked better than we’ve ever seen her in a Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 navy lace dress with Bryan Atwood pumps. We’re a little disappointed that Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, but that’s just us fangirling.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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