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Billions: Lamb Skin Sharks on Wall Street – April 9, 2018

“The third season of the series delves into the greed and corruption of its protagonists”

by Turkey Telegraph | April 9, 2018

Source: Showtime

While the President of United States applauds the success of shows like Roseanne, another very different series, Billions, is called “trumpist,” as it is said by its protagonists. And not because they agree with American president, but it is what’s reflected in the series: corporate greed with sheepskin sharks and rampant corruption among politicians.  Damian Lewis states, “In United States I am greeted by cheers for Bobby Axelrod while in England they call me a scoundrel for the same character. I guess it depends on which crystal you look at.”

“We always had a whiff of Trump from the beginning, but this season is clearer, with new characters within Government that reflect the reality we live,” adds Paul Giamatti, who plays the Federal Prosecutor of financial crimes . “Anyone in the series could be a new member of Trump’s cabinet,” adds Lewis humorously.  Neither Lewis nor Giamatti predict a happy ending.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: Boss Moves – April 8, 2018

“Funny and fast-paced though it is, Billions likes it quite dark indeed.”

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | April 8, 2018

Source: Showtime – photo by Jeff Neumann

A Generation Too Late

“Is that what being a boss does to you?” When the stand-up guy Bryan Connerty asks this of his superior, Oliver Dake, contempt drips from every word. Dake, previously a stand-up guy himself (albeit a bit of a stiff), has just shut down an interview with Ira Schirmer, a lead witness in their case against Bobby Axelrod … because Schirmer is now offering testimony against his former friend, and their colleague, Chuck Rhoades, instead.

Ira’s cooperation has been bought and paid for by Axe, who sensed the man’s financial and emotional desperation the way a shark smells blood. Dake is refusing to listen because of the back-room deal he made with Rhoades to get this job in the first place. Bryan has no way of knowing any of this. He sees the situation for what it is: His boss is putting a personal agenda over the pursuit of justice — perhaps even conflating that agenda with justice.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: White Truffles – April 8, 2018

“All of God’s creatures like getting money for nothing and their chicks for free.”

by Nicole Cliffe | Vulture | April 8, 2018

Source: Showtime – photo by Jeff Neumann

A Generation Too Late

If you had told me a month ago that I would say, “Finally, an episode with more Ira in it,” I would have laughed at you. Ira has always been on the wrong end of Billions, whether he was getting manipulated by Chuck or condescended to by Chuck’s dad or left by his wife or being merely tolerated by nubile young women who care only about his wallet. So, seeing him get a chance to step into the spotlight and belt his own version of “Rose’s Turn” is unexpectedly welcome AND delightful.

Reader, I laughed so hard I wept as the sweat ran off Ira’s panicked face while his girlfriend allowed the waiter to luxuriously grate white truffles ($14 a gram) onto her pasta, each fat flake costing Chuck’s poor broke idiot ex-bestie more money he no longer has. His humiliation not yet complete, she politely brushes aside his attempt to (sort of) propose to her, making it clear that Ira’s gonna need to crawl his way back up a few rungs and bring her a ring worthy of her high-quality body and blonde hair before she’ll be on board.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: Big Sharks and Little Minnows – April 8, 2018

“Great job of expanding the scope of the story of Billions, making this a show that’s not solely about Axe and Chuck’s feud.”

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | April 8, 2018

Source: Showtime – photo by Jeff Neumann

A Generation Too Late

There’s a very distinct difference between the big players in the world of Billions and those who are just feigning at being big players. There’s a ton of money and influence flowing through the halls of both the hedge funds and the government, and money can only breed corruption and arrogance. Capitalism is competition, and where there’s money, there’s ruthlessness. The system is designed that way; it promotes the violence.

The difference between the big sharks and the minnows is evident in the opening scene of “A Generation Too Late.” Ira sits down for a dinner at a fancy, expensive restaurant with the woman he’s hoping to make his fiancée. He’d planned a proposal for this night, but after the Ice Juice crash and burn, he has no money to spend. He can’t give his far too young and beautiful fiancée the “wedding she deserves,” and he suggests they wait. She agrees all too quickly, all while adding more than $200 worth of white truffles to her pasta entrée. Ira’s face says everything it needs to. He’s not a big shark. He’s a minnow.

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Queen of the Desert on Showtime – April 7, 2018

The Uncrowned Queen

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 7, 2018

Mark your calendars and set your DVR’s because those of you with Showtime in the United States can watch Damian and Nicole Kidman in the 2015 movie Queen of the Desert, airing Friday, April 13th at 7:45 EST / 6:45 CST. Be sure to check your local listing for confirmation. The movie chronicles Gertrude Bell‘s life as an explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. Click ‘continue reading’ to view the trailer:

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