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PODCAST & TRANSCRIPT: Billions Co-Creator Brian Koppelman Says Everyone Knows How to Tell a Great Story But Few Get the Chance – July 19, 2018

Koppelman Calls the Hit Showtime Series His “Dream Show” and an “Absurd Privilege”

by Eric Johnson | Recode | July 19, 2018

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On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, filmmaker and writer Brian Koppelman talks with Kafka about co-creating the hit Showtime series “Billions.” He talks about his writing process, the show’s intense commitment to detail — including its frequent visits to real-life New York restaurants — and whether he thinks the viewers of “Billions” are watching for the characters or for “wealth porn.”

Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited full transcript of the conversation.

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Damian and Helen Play Frisbee – July 15, 2018

Sunshine and Games

by Roxy Simons and Amanda Cashmere | Daily Mail | July 15, 2018

Damian and Helen stepped out to play a little freestyle game of Frisbee together on Primrose Hill, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in London.  The two enjoyed their quality time in the sunshine as they basked in the summer heat.

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VIDEO: Damian at Lord’s for Cricket Match – July 14, 2018

Cheering on England Amongst the Crowd

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 14, 2018

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Sporty summer continues! Damian was in the crowd of 27,967 spectators at Lord’s Cricket Ground watching England face India in the second game of three-match One Day Internationals (ODI) series on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in St. John’s Wood, London. It appears Damian sat in the top tier of the JP Morgan Media Centre which is equipped with radio and television commentary boxes.  Watch a little fun jabbing between Damian and the commentator in this video here.

Damian just might be a lucky charm because England won today by 86 runs. It was a slightly subdued finish to the match, with England coming out clear and deserved winners in the end.  This win levels the series 1-1, with the decider taking place on Tuesday at Headingley.

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When Will Billions Get the Emmy It Deserves? – July 12, 2018

The Showtime series is one of the best dramas on television. So where the fuck is its Emmy?

by Eve Peyser | Vice | July 12, 2018

On Thursday morning, the nominees for the 2018 Emmy Awards were announced, and sadly for anyone who cares about honoring the art of television, Billions was once again snubbed. The Showtime drama, which just wrapped up its third season, stars the legendary Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who is hellbent on bringing down Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), a billionaire hedge fund manager who unapologetically plays dirty. The twist? Rhoades’s wife, Wendy, works for Axelrod as a performance coach, a therapist who works at his firm whose job is to help the employees earn as much as they can through psychoanalysis.

Billions is the story of two ruthless geniuses and their intricate scheming as they bend the law in order to settle personal feuds. Full of poetic and scholarly dialogue, the show ascends above the average TV drama because the writing is as smart as the characters. Giamatti’s performance is ferocious, and his character often speaks in grandiose allegories. His dialogue is iconic, overwrought in the way only the best, highest-shelf prestige TV dialogue is overwrought: “A good matador doesn’t try to kill a fresh bull. You wait until he’s been stuck a few times,” Rhoades explains in the pilot. “Calculation is not something to be scoffed at. It’s a tool. A tactic. And I use it proudly and often,” he says in season three.

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Emmys 2018: 10 Biggest Snubs – July 12, 2018

From Billions to an ‘Atlanta’ MVP – The Most WTF Snubs in this Year’s Emmys Nominations

by Brian Tallerico | Rolling Stone | July 12, 2018

The annual Emmy square dance is here – per usual, it’s a routine of three steps forward, two steps back.

This year even allowed more room than usual for the unexpected as several major players from last year – Veep, Master of None, Better Call Saul, House of Cards – took this awards season off.

And to be sure, the Television Academy has undeniably improved in their taste as a voting body over the years. Still, they still had us scratching our heads a few times. Where the hell is Will and Grace? And Bojack Horseman? And Brendan Fraser in Trust? And … and…

So with all 122 (!!) categories announced, let’s pick out the most notable snubs of the year. From Billions to Alison Brie, these were the M.I.A. nominees that shoulda been contenders.

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Showtime had a rough morning. Sure, Shameless star William H. Macy got in again, but regular nominees like Homeland‘s Claire Danes and Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber will have to save their sound bites. (See also: our Twin Peaks entry) But the real crime was completely ignoring the chance to finally invite Billions to the party. With shows like Better Call Saulmissing from the ballot, why not turn to a show that’s only gotten better each year, turning in its best season to date earlier in 2018? Even just a single nod or two for great performers like Damian Lewis and Asia Kate Dillon could have opened a few doors for more nominations in the future. Get this one right, next year, Emmys. It’s starting to get embarrassing.

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