From Espionage to History
by Debashine Thangevelo | Cape Argus / IOL / International | November 4, 2019
Damian Lewis is a recognizable face on the big and small screen. Of late, he has been praised for his roles as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Bobby Axelrod in Billions. He was also cast as Steve McQueen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood. And let us not forget his role as Nicholas Brody in Homeland.
Having covered a gamut of genres, from espionage to history, it does make his latest stint as a narrator for History’s Damian Lewis: Spy Wars almost surreal.
“This Mossad mission, I’m sure 98% of people watching won’t have heard of this story. So, I think it’s a little glimpse through a window of what they did; it’s an incredible story. You will sit and watch and be utterly engaged. I think that’s true of all our stories. Even the Argo story – we come in from a slightly different angle with a bit more backstory, from the intelligence part of it rather than the film making aspect of it.”
On being a part of this project he adds, “As soon as you put yourself in front of a camera, or in front of an audience, as a performer, there’s a whole intricate web of thoughts that run through your head – how you want to be presented and how can you successfully be a credible part of your show, your story, whatever it is – and we had to work quite quickly.”
“I was flying in and out of New York from Billions and we had a budget, obviously, we had to be aware of.”
Continue reading Lewis Pulls Covers Off Espionage – Nov 4, 2019
Sony Makes Multi-Territory Bet on Dream Horse
by Leo Barraclough | Variety | October 31, 2019
“Dream Horse,” starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, has been sold around the world by Cornerstone Films, including a multi-territory deal with Sony. The story of a winning racehorse from BAFTA-winning director Euros Lyn also stars Owen Teale, Joanna Page and Karl Johnson.
Cornerstone has closed deals with Welt Kino (Germany), Impuls (Switzerland), Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures Inc. (Japan) and Terry Steiner (Airlines). As previously announced, Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly acquired the U.S. rights, and Warner Bros. is distributing in the U.K. The Sony deal – inked with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions – includes rest of world, excluding Canada, Italy and France.
In the film, Jan Vokes (Collette), a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband, Brian (Teale), and local accountant Howard Davies (Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal, which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million-pound racehorses he comes up against. But more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s.
“Dream Horse” is described by Cornerstone as “a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground.”
Continue reading Dream Horse Gets Worldwide Release – Oct 31, 2019
Special Collector’s Edition Includes Seven Additional Scenes
by Staff | Best Classic Bands | October 29, 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is getting an elaborate Special Collector’s Blu-ray edition with plenty of extra scenes and other goodies. The title, also available on DVD and as a traditional Blu-ray, arrives on Dec. 10 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Filmmaker Tarantino made his directorial debut with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs. Since then, he’s been sparing in his releases, which includes such films as Pulp Fiction (1994), the back-to-back Kill Bill movies (2003-04) and Inglorious Basterds (2009).
2019’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood – starring Tarantino veterans Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt – is described as a visit to “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.”
The film is Tarantino’s second biggest of his career, with a dynamic $367 million at the worldwide box-office, behind his 2012 picture, Django Unchained ($425 million).
The DVD and other formats are being released on Dec. 10. The 2-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Collector’s Edition includes seven additional scenes, an all-new, exclusive mini edition of MAD Magazine – inspired by the film – a 45 rpm vinyl record with two of the soundtrack’s tunes (complete with a turntable adapter), a collectible vintage poster from the film, and more. Pre-order it here.
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Time for Some Hoops Courtside
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 26, 2019
Damian was courtside this weekend as he attended the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Billions will begin filming season five in early November and it seems the Billions star brought his beard from the across the pond for his U.S. fans to enjoy, until he shaves it for his Bobby Axelrod role. Who knows, maybe Axe is going to purchase the Knicks and his attendance is a preliminary survey and purely strategic 😉 Other stars at the game include Tracy Morgan (not pictured), Chris Rock, and Chris’s daughter Zahra.