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Damian Receives His Britannia Award – Oct 26, 2018

Our Brit Gets the Britannia

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 26, 2018

Our favorite, most talented actor of our generation (and quite the ham), Mr. Damian Lewis, received the well-deserved and long overdue BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Excellence in Television this evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent and exceptional international artistry through their body of work. Damian is talented and exceptional, no doubt.

As Fan Fun with Damian Lewis writes, for more than a decade and a half Damian has enticed and intrigued audiences with highly complex, compromised, flawed characters he has brought to life on television, from steadfast Dick Winters, constipated Soames Forsyte, and quirky Charlie Crews to damaged Nicholas Brody, radical Henry VIII and currently, the ruthless Bobby Axelrod.

But where did it all begin? Damian’s first lead role in television was Lt. Neil Loughrey in Warriors (1997), a story about a group of British peacekeepers during the Bosnian war and ethic cleansing of 1993.

How great was it to honor Damian’s excellence in television full circle, as BAFTA TV award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen, Damian’s Warriors co-star, presented him with the award tonight!

Walking the red carpet, Matthew was asked what his first impression of Damian was over 20 years ago,

“He’s very confident, the room sort of stops when he’s in it. This is a very nice thing to do, especially for Damian.”

In addition to Matthew Macfadyen, this year’s presenters also included Viola Davis, Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau, Peter Farrelly, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

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The Best Shows of 2018 – Oct 1, 2018

How Billions Ranks Out of the Top 46 Television Shows

by John Sellers | The Thrillist | October 1, 2018

With more than 500 scripted series set to air in 2018, finding the TV shows that will change your life — or at least your weekend — is harder than ever. That’s where this ranking comes in. Just like we do with movies and music and more, this constantly updated compendium will point you to all the best TV shows released this year so you’ll always have something to watch. To see what shows made the cut, and to see a photo of Zach Galifianakis getting stomped on by a baby goat, read on.

Note: Before you yell at me for leaving out Vanderpump Rules, please note that I’m assessing only episodic scripted programs here — so none of the excellent reality shows (like Queer Eye), docuseries (e.g., Wild Wild Country), or talk shows (The Break with Michelle Wolf) that have aired this year. Also, to qualify, a show has to have begun a new season or made its US debut during calendar year 2018. Either way, keep checking back, because I’ll be updating and re-ranking this puppy frequently.

#6 Billions (Showtime)

Season 3, 12 episodes
The only thing that would make this Showtime drama any more like Face/Off, the beloved 1997 action movie starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is if Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis switched faces. The glee with which they fuck with each other, sans face-swap, is at the same level of intensity, and it’s just as much fun to watch

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Damian to be Feted at BAFTA’s 2018 Britannia Awards – Sept 27, 2018

2018 Britannia Award for Excellence in Television  

by Peter White | Deadline | September 27, 2018

The British actor and producer will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at the event, which takes place on October 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  BAFTA TV Award-winning Actor Matthew Macfadyen will present his Warriors co-star Damian with the award. The Britannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA Los Angeles, and is a celebration of achievement honoring individuals and companies from the US, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image. The Awards are presented annually at The British Academy Britannia Awards gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the distinguished honorees and gather to celebrate the fruitful relationship between the UK and US industries.

He joins this year’s previously announced honorees including Steve McQueen, Cate Blanchett and Kevin Feige. Lewis recently completed production on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which he plays Steve McQueen.

“Damian’s ability to completely transform himself into iconic characters on screen ranging from King Henry VIII to Bobby Axelrod is a testament to his genius. With his unforgettable performances he consistently draws audiences in and takes us on a gripping journey deep into the human psyche.” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Kieran Breen. “We are delighted to celebrate his achievements and honor him with the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at this year’s ceremony.”

The first Britannia Award was presented in 1989 to Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, pioneer producer of the James Bond films. Since the gala’s inception, the Britannia Awards ceremony has expanded to include multiple presentations celebrating living legends, rising British stars and internationally acclaimed colleagues.

Watch this year’s Britannia Awards live on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5:45-11:55 p.m. Pacific time on BritBox. If you can attend in person at the Beverly Hilton Hotel located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, tickets range from $300-$500 and can be purchased here.

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Billions Season 3 Out On DVD – Sept 25, 2018

Own Billion$

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 25, 2018

Billions season three has been released today on DVD! Available at Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Best Buy or your local store. Overview: This drama reveals the lives and machinations of powerful players in high finance. Set in New York, a wealthy hedge fund manager uses all of his cunning to engineer profitable trades. Such ambition naturally leads to corruption, and a U.S. attorney pursues a case against the manager. Unexpected tips and revealed secrets swing their fortunes back and forth. These two strong personalities drive the action in each episode as the love of money crosses legal boundaries.

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Bobby Axelrod is Getting His Own Slot Machine – Sept 19, 2018

Jackpot!

by Christopher Palmeri | Bloomberg | September 19, 2018

Bobby Axelrod, the fictional hedge-fund manager in the Showtime series Billions, is getting his own slot machine — something Gordon Gekko could only dream of. The high stakes world of the hit TV show Billions will soon be coming to casinos, thanks to a licensing agreement between Aristocrat, CBS Consumer Products, and Showtime Networks.

The game will feature the popular Mighty Cash™ feature, as well as a $500,000 progressive start-up jackpot, according to a statement Wednesday. It will be unveiled in booth #1141 at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the casino industry trade show that begins October 8 in Las Vegas.

According to Markets Business Insider,

“The Billions Slot Game is based on Season 1 and 2, which includes fans’ favorite characters such as Chuck RhoadesBobby AxelrodWendy RhoadesLara Axelrod, and Taylor Mason.

The game appears on Aristocrat’s revolutionary flame55™ cabinet. The flame55 is complete with a 55″ double-curved HD monitor – the largest portrait double-curved display in the non-jumbo segment – ergonomic engineering, 4k-capable display, 2.1 stereo audio, individually controlled dynamic infinity edge LED lighting, a virtual button deck, and an exclusive beacon sign package.

While the slot-machine industry has licensed movies and TV shows for decades, manufacturers and casinos often opted for older titles that appealed to the typically more mature players on casino floors.

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Secondary Source: Markets Business Insider