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Billions Season 4 Update – Aug 15, 2018

Billions Just Got Richer…Or In This Case, Cheaper?

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 15, 2018

Kelly AuCoin, who plays Dollar Bill Stearn in Showtime’s Billions, has been promoted to a series regular for season four. It seems both the executives and writers are not uncertain about this latest development and when Damian heard the news, he tweeted:

AuCoin’s ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearn is a loyal Axe Capital employee who likes to play fast and loose with SEC regulations, has two families (and subsequently two minivans), owns a dry cleaning business on the side and supports up-and-coming baseball players so he can gain back his returns when they make it to the big league. You can read more about Dollar Bill Stearn, the cheapest man in America, here.

Source: Deadline

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Seven Historical TV Shows That Have Tourists Flocking to Britain – Aug 14, 2018

Wolf Hall

by Emma Mason | BBC History Magazine | August 14, 2018

Here, we look at seven historical TV dramas that are attracting tourists from Britain and beyond.

#5 Wolf Hall

The six-part BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies was a huge hit both on and off-screen. Starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII, the 2015 drama sent fans flocking to filming locations including Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, the real-life Wolf Hall; Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, which portrayed scenes from Cromwell’s childhood in Putney; and Montacute House in Somerset, which was used as the setting for Greenwich Palace – Henry VIII’s main London seat and the site of Anne Boleyn’s arrest in Wolf Hall.

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Television’s Bad New World – July 23, 2018

The Characters We Just Can’t Hate

by Scott Ellis | The Sydney Morning Herald | July 23, 2018

Not too long ago, things were simple. The forces of good on our screens stood tall, always did the right thing and battled the forces of evil wherever they found them. But then everything started to change. Just like in the real world, the criminals were sometimes shown to be ordinary people who simply made a bad decision, someone who found themselves breaking the law just to get by or someone pushed too far.

And the cops … well let’s just say they weren’t always who you’d want to call when trouble started.
It’s given us a crime genre rich in shades of grey, where anyone could be the hero and anyone the villain and a world where telling one from the other can be almost impossible. When the criminals are as cool as these, the line between what’s right and wrong becomes beautifully blurred.

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The story: In the world of ultra-high finance, the sharks who make fortunes have to be focused, relentless and thanks to the work of US attorneys like Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) squeaky clean in everything they do. Making money isn’t a crime, as long as they obey the law, but some just can’t resist the temptation to bend those laws and make a lot more.

Who’s the “good” baddie?: Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), an ambitious fund manager who built his career from a working class beginning, survived the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and pays the children’s school fees of his colleagues who died that day. He’s talented, handsome and charming but also a white-collar criminal pulling in millions of dollars each year through insider trading and exploiting legal loopholes. Does that make him as bad as the murderers who walk free while Rhoades spends his time chasing a paper trail? That’s exactly the question Bobby wants everyone to ask themselves.

Read the rest of the original article at The Sydney Morning Herald 

 

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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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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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