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2007/05/29

  • Update from Picture Farm about Rupert Wyatt’s film The Escapist with Damian Lewis: “The Escapist will be in Post until September however the screening of the Promo down at Cannes by our International Sales Agent Vertigo was a great success.”
  • Damian Lewis will not appear in It Takes Two! this week – A recent article in the Observer suggested that Damian Lewis would perform onstage May 31st and/or June 1st at Theatro Technis in London for the new Scene and Heard charitable event. However, new information obtained from Scene and Heard indicates that although Damian Lewis was present for a recent event on May 10th he is not expected to participate in this week’s activities.
  • Lodge Kerrigan, the writer/director of Keane starring Damian Lewis, has an exciting new film project titled Thieves; click here to read more about it, and click here for a photo of Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, and Lodge Kerrigan at the Keane after-party at the London International Film Festival in 2005.

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2007/05/28

  • Plans are moving forward for a summer wedding! According to this report Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory were in the Islington Registry Office in North London on May 11th applying for a marriage license for a summer wedding. The best of luck to them!
  • Damian Lewis was spotted this weekend at the Hay Festival in Wales. According to this report one of the events he attended was a presentation by Eric Hobsbawm. Since Damian was seen wearing an (empty) baby sling we can assume that the family were with him. The Hay festival is a gathering of writers “in every medium in Britain and around the world.” It sounds like a lovely weekend!
  • Insignificance, the new BBC Radio 4 play featuring Damian Lewis will air on June 9th from 2.30-4.00 PM; click here for more information.
  • There’s been a major personnel shake-up at NBC Entertainment that could affect the scheduling and premiere of Life starring Damian Lewis!

    Several high-level executives, including President Kevin Reilly, have been replaced and industry trade publications are predicting significant scheduling changes (and even some delays) for NBC’s fall line-up of programs.

    However, when the dust settles, this could turn out to be a good thing for Life as there has been general agreement that the unlikely pairing of The Bionic Woman and Life on Wednesday nights will face tough competition from the other US networks. For the best chance of success, Life needs a good day/time slot and strong promotion; otherwise it could just disappear like many fine programs that were handled poorly in the past. Keep your fingers crossed that Life gets a fair chance!

  • According to this eBroadcast article Australian television channels 10 and 7 are considering acquiring LIFE, the new NBC series starring Damian Lewis, for their fall schedule. Australian fans are encouraged to contact their networks to request the show.
  • Reminder! Keane starring Damian Lewis will air on Foxtel World Movies in Australia on Monday, June 4th at 10:20 PM with encore screenings on Tuesday, June 5th at June 12:55 PM and Sunday, July 1st at 10:15 PM.

    This review of Keane states:

    “…I don’t think anybody could deny that Damian Lewis’ performance is anything less than world class. Playing a troubled loner with serious mental problems is not easy. Making that character sympathetic and conveying the pain and misery of mental illness, in the way the actor does in Keane, is nothing short of astounding…”

  • Click here for a new interview with Philip Haas, director of The Situation starring Damian Lewis.

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2007/05/26

  • Warriors is the the Peter Kosminsky BBC mini-series (starring Damian Lewis, Matthew Macfadyen, Ioan Gruffudd, and Jodhi May) that received the “Best Serial Drama” BAFTA award in 2000. It will air on the UKTV Drama network on June 2nd and 3rd; a big thank you to M Cox for sharing this information!
  • Click here for information about Theo Green, composer of the musical score for Rupert Wyatt’s film The Escapist starring Damian Lewis.

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2007/05/25

  • Click here for a Cannes International Film Festival report (attributed to Screen International) stating that Echo Bridge has invested $36 million in Raoul Ruiz’s film Love and Virtue that will star Damian Lewis.
  • This review of The Situation starring Damian Lewis says:

    “…Director Philip Haas has crafted a seamless look at a world most of
    us will never know. Haas brings the audience as close to the action
    as possible. The camera is always another guest at a dinner table or
    conversation, and never runs away from gunfire or explosions that
    inundate many of the film’s scenes. The Situation is presented in a
    way that neither criticizes nor excuses what is happening and who is
    involved, but makes the audience decide for themselves how they feel.”

  • Click here for information about British films currently in progress including The Escapist starring Damian Lewis.

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2007/05/24

  • CanWest Media Works will broadcast Life starring Damian Lewis in Canada this fall! ➡

    According to Barbara Williams, CanWest’s senior vice president of programming, “…Wednesday at 10 is Life (starring Damian Lewis from Band of Brothers), and that may be the one. It’s a great, strong detective show, and it delivers on that front, but it looks and sounds so different, with a quiet intensity to it. It has a great procedural strength, but it also has a couple of big arcs to the whole story that I think are fascinating.”

  • Updates for The Situation:

    » A representative of Shadow Distribution sent thanks to the members of the Damian Lewis Yahoo! Group for their “continuing interest and support for The
    Situation
    starring Damian Lewis.” He confirmed that the film is opening in North Carolina this week “at the Carolina Theater in Durham on Friday and at Thalian Hall in Wilmington on Monday.”

    » The Situation will also open in Vancouver, Canada on Monday at the Vancity Theatre.

    » Cover art for the Region 1 (US and Canada) DVD is now available; it will be released in the US on July 31st.

  • Click here (PDF file) to read about the “UK Films for Sale” at the Cannes International Film Festival including Picture Farm’s features The Baker (Gareth Lewis) and the
    The Escapist (Rupert Wyatt) both starring Damian Lewis.

  • Site update! Click here to access the new Chromophobia project preview page. Director Martha Fiennes traveled to Spain recently for the film’s release in that country; she was accompanied by two cast members, her brother Ralph Fiennes and co-star Kristen Scott Thomas.
  • In the US HBO On Demand subscribers can view episodes of Band of Brothers at any time (and at no additional charge) now through June 21st. An IGA Research study concluded that Band of Brothers is the History Channel’s “highest engagement cable program” (indicating highest viewer recall of advertisements). Furthermore, the series was the only highest scoring program on any cable network that was not original content.