- Thanks to Kaz for these scans of a terrific new interview with Damian Lewis in the current issue of Today’s Golfer magazine. Click here to watch a video clip from the interview.
- Damian Lewis will participate (if his film schedule permits) in the “Tour of Britain” charity bicycling event, in London on September 19th, to benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity.
- The Baker starring Damian Lewis will screen at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival in California on September 10th and 12th. The film will also screen at the Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park, KS on September 19th.
- It’s the “Labor Day” holiday weekend in the US and Spike TV is running a
Band of Brothers marathon starring Damian Lewis as Major Richard Winters. The network will continue to air episodes of the series on Friday nights.
Mike Hughes of the News-Leader.com has advised readers to take advantage of this opportunity to “Get another look at brilliant Band of Brothers” and Brooke Cain told readers of the NewsObserver.com: “What to Watch on Saturday: Band of Brothers marathon on Spike.”
- Thank you to Ryanne for this link to download (in mp3 format) the Arkangel audiobook for “Hamlet” featuring Damian Lewis as Laertes. Damian performed in 3 audio plays for “The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare”. The series was directed by Clive Brill and originally released in 1999:
» Valentine in “Two Gentleman of Verona”
» Alcibiades in “Timon of Athens”
» Laertes in “Hamlet”
- Flashbacks of a Fool with Helen McCrory is currently running on US television; check your local listings.
- Information posted by blogger Resolution Art indicates that Your Highness with Damian Lewis is still filming on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Clelia at Rupertised.com has featured Damian Lewis as the “Redhead of the Month!” 😀
- Click here to view charming photos of Damian Lewis taking his little girl Manon and his son Gulliver for a stroll in Venice Beach, CA. These pictures were posted on Splash News on April 21, 2009. (Thanks to idle.hands for the link!)
- Click here to download an audio file (in mp3 format) of Damian Lewis’s narration of the June 5, 2009 BBC documentary titled “Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records”. (Thanks to Kaz for the clip!)
- Click here and here a wonderful series of 1993 and 1995 black-and-white portraits of Damian Lewis by Sasha Gusov. Thanks to Ann!
- Stuart Levine of Variety lists Damian Lewis as an “underdog contender” for an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Detective Charlie Crews on Life.
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times also included Damian in her list of actors that deserve Emmy nominations, saying:
And just because I cannot let it go, Damian Lewis deserves it for “Life,” NBC’s cancellation of a great show notwithstanding.
We can’t let it go either, Mary! 😥
- Panorama Entertainment holds the US distribution rights for The Baker starring Damian Lewis. A limited theatrical release of the film is expected this year; click here for more information.
- Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star Ledger has written 2 new installments in his series on “Revisiting Band of Brothers”. The new articles are for episode 3 “Carentan” and episode 4 “Replacements”.
- According to Flicks.co.nz “Flashbacks of a Fool” with Helen McCrory will open in New Zealand on July 30, 2009.
- A new music video titled “100% Damian Lewis” has been posted on YouTube by littleshahrukh.
On Wednesday and Thursday Damian took part in Shooting Stars in Desert Nights Benefit 2009 that aids the Samuel L. Jackson Foundation and the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. Click here for pictures of Damian hanging outside the hotel and at the dinner at Hakasan Restaurant on Wednesday and here for pictures of Damian taking part in the golf and party activities on Thursday. Thanks to idle.hands for some of the pics!
Click here (12.6 MB, AVI) for the 4th poetry reading, Philip Johnstone’s High Wood, from the Newsnight Review program that aired May 29th. You can now download all 4 readings at once here. (Our original download only included 3 of the readings!) Thanks again to Kaz! ➡
- Damian’s reading of Retta Bowen’s poem “To Understand Nothing” selected by Simon Armitage has been posted on YouTube by housevirus. The clip was recorded by Kaz and is available for download from our Multimedia section along with 2 other poems read by Damian during the May 29, 2009 broadcast of NewsNight Review on BBC Two.
- This viewer’s 5 star review of The Escapist says “…but the real joy is Damian Lewis as head screw Rizza – softly spoken and terrifying…”
- US television viewers will have several opportunities to enjoy Damian Lewis performances on TV this month: 🙂
» An Unfinished Life will air on FX on Monday, June 15 at 11:30 PM ET and Tuesday, June 16 at 8 AM ET.
» The History Channel will broadcast another Band of Brothers marathon over “Father’s Day” weekend. The first 5 episodes will be shown on Saturday, June 20 from 1:37 PM until 8:00 PM ET and the last 5 episodes will air on Sunday, June 21 from 12:16 PM ET until 7:00 PM ET.
» The Situation will broadcast on the Sundance Channel on Sunday, June 21 at 2 PM ET; Friday, June 26 at 1 PM ET; and Tuesday, June 30 at 2:20 AM ET.
» The Escapist is available as a satellite/cable “Video On Demand” pay-per-view feature until Tuesday, June 30, 2009 under “IFC In Theaters”.
» Damian’s voice performance as “Agent 00 0” in Phineas and Ferb’s “Elementary My Dear Stacy” is available through September 14th to satellite and cable viewers (at no charge) under “Kids > Disney XD > Phineas and Ferb > Living Gelatin / Elementary”.
Click here in our media area to download three of Damian’s poetry readings from the last Friday’s Newsnight Review. Thanks again to the indispensable Kaz! ➡
UK reminder: Season 2 of Life begins Wednesday, June 3rd at 10:00 pm on ITV3! Here’s ITV3’s press release for Episode 1: “Find your Happy Place “.
The BBC program page for Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records now says that Damian Lewis will narrate the documentary. (Thanks to Ann for the headsup!) The program airs Friday, June 5th at 9pm on BBC4 and repeats later that night at 12:30am and again on Saturday at 10:35pm on the same channel. The Radio Times review:
This enthralling celebration of the independent record label unfolds like a personal history of rock and reggae. All fans will get their reward with countless well-chosen musical highlights and anecdotal gems. The feature-length film is built around a rare interview with gentlemanly Jamaican, Chris Blackwell, whose family fortune based on sugar and Appleton’s rum meant he could champion ska in 1959. Within a decade he’d built a roster of innovative white acts, ranging from Free to Nick Drake. What’s clear is that Blackwell trusted his artists enough to give them their heads. None more so than Bob Marley. Others including Cat Stevens, Grace Jones, Bono and Sugababes tell why Island was the perfect home for them. Enjoy more performances, including Roxy Music, in Island at the BBC, which follows.
Click here for the second in Star Ledger critic Alan Sepinwall’s series of articles that revisit Band of Brothers; the article on the second episode “Day of Days” includes these comments about Damian/Winters:
The technical achievements of “Band of Brothers” are amazing throughout, but I still get particularly big chills watching the CGI-enhanced tracking shot of Winters jumping out of his plane as the flak flies all around him, floating serenely (as only Damian Lewis-as-Dick Winters can) through all the flak and explosions and carnage around him and landing on the fields of Normandy.
Yet for all the amazing effects and photography and sound design, “Day of Days” wouldn’t work as well as it does if it didn’t continue to stick with Winters once he hits the ground. There are a few scenes he’s not present for (the destruction of Lt. Meehan’s plane, the business with Malarkey and the German prisoner and Speirs), but he’s at the center of most of the action, and puts a human face on all the mayhem — even if it’s an amazingly calm face.
My three favorite characters from this miniseries are Winters (so perfect, and yet never dull for being perfect), …
wildpalebluemoon and Linda in Belgium recommend the recently released We Who Are Alive & Remain: untold stories from the Band of
Brothers by Marcus Brotherton for further reading. Click here for the book’s official website and here for the Amazon link.
Thanks to Eowyn for uploading a scan of her personalized autograph of Damian Lewis to the gallery.
- Congratulations to Kelli from New Jersey on winning the Life-Season One DVD boxset autographed by Damian Lewis! Through April 17th Life fans all over the world can enter to win a large poster featuring the picture above and autographed by Damian; click here for contest details! ➡
- New high-quality still photos from the April 8th season finale for Life titled “One” (episode 2.21) have been added to the Warehouse. Thanks once again to Dryope for the pics!
- Thanks also to DJ and Selene for the new screencaps from episode 2.20 titled “Initiative 38” which aired in the US on NBC on April 1st.
- Tickets are now available for the screening of The Escapist with Damian Lewis at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. The film will run at 8:15 PM on Sunday, Apr 26th at the Somerville 5 theater and actor Brian Cox will attend the screening; click here for more information about the festival.
- The Escapist is currently running in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater and it is also available to Video On Demand viewers under “IFC In Theaters;” click here for the Comcast On Demand listing.
- Click on the links below to read more reviews and praise for The Escapist:
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A few graphic updates at livejournal:
- Click here on our Audio page to download the short interview with Damian Lewis posted at Hollywood Outbreak last week. Many thanks to Kaz!