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All Shook Up
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 1, 2022
David Harewood, Alison Mosshart, Damian Lewis and Michelle Dockery attended a special dinner hosted by Ruthie Rogers, with Baz Luhrmann and Austin Butler to celebrate the new 2022 film Elvis at the River Cafe on Friday, September 30, 2022 in London, England.
The dinner party was a toast to Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. The movie chronicles the life and career of Elvis Presley, played by Austin Butler, from his early days as a child to becoming one of the first rock and roll stars, as well as his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
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Best of the Best: Band of Brothers
by Alan Sepinwall | Rolling Stone | September 26, 2022
HOW DO YOU identify the very best series in a medium that’s been commercially available since the end of World War II? Especially when that medium has experienced more radical change in the nine years between the finales of Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul, than it did in the 60-odd years separating Walter White from Milton Berle? The current Peak TV era is delivering us 500-plus scripted shows per year, many of them breaking boundaries in terms of how stories are told and who’s doing the telling. So, we decided to update our list of television’s all-time best offerings, originally compiled in 2016.
Once again, we reached out to TV stars, creators, and critics — from multihyphenates like Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller, and Pamela Adlon to actors like Jon Hamm and Lizzy Caplan as well as the minds behind shows like The X-Files, Party Down, and Jane the Virgin — to sort through television’s vast and complicated history (see the full list of voters here). Giving no restrictions on era or genre, we ended up with an eclectic list where the wholesome children’s television institution Sesame Street finished one spot ahead of foulmouthed Western Deadwood, while Eisenhower-era juggernaut I Love Lucy wound up sandwiched in between two shows, Lost and Arrested Development, that debuted during George W. Bush’s first term.
Many favorites returned, and the top show retained its crown. But voters couldn’t resist many standouts of the past few years, including a tragicomedy with a guinea-pig-themed café, an unpredictable comedy set in the world of hip-hop, and a racially charged adaptation of an unadaptable comic book. It’s a hell of a list.
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Raindance Jury 2022
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 21, 2022
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Raindance Film Festival, UK’s leading indie film festival, and guess who is honored to be part of the 27-person Jury? Yours truly, Mr. Damian Lewis. You can watch the nominations and jury announcement from the Programme Launch here – Damian is mentioned beginning at the 38:08 mark. The festival runs from October 26 – November 5, 2022 in London cinemas and online throughout the UK. View the schedule here. Industry and the public attend cutting-edge panels, talks and workshops. Raindance showcases the boldest, freshest content from British and international filmmakers. Founded in 1992, the festival is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world, as well as offering film training courses and Raindance higher education. In addition, Raindance is a qualifying festival for Oscars, BAFTA and BIFA.
The festival gives awards across these categories: Best Music Video, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best UK Short, Best Short of the Festival, Discovery Award, Best Documentary Feature, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best UK Feature and Best International Feature.
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BAFTA Cymru: Wales
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 7, 2022
Dream Horse starring Damian Lewis is leading this year’s Bafta Cymru Awards with five nominations. Actor Owen Teale has been nominated for his role as Brian, the husband of Ms. Vokes, played Toni Collette. The film also has nominations for Feature Television/Film, Make-Up and Hair, Photography and Lighting: Fiction, and Sound. Dream Horse tells the story of Dream Alliance, the horse that won the Welsh Grand National in 2009 after being raised on allotment near Blackwood by Jan Vokes.
BAFTA Cymru Awards honor excellence and celebrate talent across film and television in Wales, and returns with an in-person ceremony in Cardiff for the first time in two years due to the pandemic. The ceremony will be hosted by Alex Jones at St. David’s Hall on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The ceremony will be available to watch live on BAFTA’s YouTube channel.
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A Spy Among Friends
by Michael Hogan | The Guardian | August 28, 2022
From the return of Happy Valley and The Crown to new shows starring Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, there’s a lot to stay in for
A Spy Among Friends ITV/ITVX, autumn (possibly November 17)
Double agents. Cold war defection. Le Carré-meets-Mad Men vibes. Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis don dapper 1950s suits for this stylish dramatisation of the Kim Philby espionage affair, based on the bestselling book by historian Ben Macintyre. ITVX is the new (and, thankfully, free) streaming service on which ITV will premiere selected shows before their terrestrial broadcast. It will also soon be airing another factual drama, Litvinenko, with David Tennant as the poisoned Russian spy.
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by Shane Watson | The Telegraph | August 28, 2022
You probably saw the hoo-ha about Victoria Beckham giving an online make-up class while sounding a lot like the Queen. Just kidding. Only the Queen sounds like the Queen. But there’s no doubt that Posh is putting on the posh in this video, as well as the transatlantic and the fashion “mwah mwah darling”.
Anyway, the video has caused some amusement because, while we have come a long way from Nancy Mitford’s U and non-U ratings, and the old-school posh are no longer the object of drooling curiosity (now we’re far more interested in Harry Styles and Alex Scott), class, these days, is an ever-shifting, fast-evolving thing, and it’s still pretty entertaining.
If you’re remotely interested in where you stand on the chart of posh, here are some clues. PS: we’re not including Genuine Poshos (GPs) like Camilla Parker Bowles, because they won’t be interested in their chart position, since they have no doubt of it… that being one of the defining qualities of the GPs.
NEW SUPER POSH (NSP) How you spot them: Still dress their children as characters from AA Milne books
The poster couple for NSP are William and Kate who are redefining old-school GP (Camilla and Charles) and giving us so much new material in the process. They are downsizing to a “cottage” in Windsor (NSPs are not interested in flunkies lining the walls of dining rooms, and consider all that stuff to be very faux Downtown). They’re getting rid of the nanny (far more hands-on in the childcare department). They’re more at ease with PDAs (see William squeezy hugging at the Women’s Euro Final) and Kate has made lashings of make-up and white teeth less of a no-no. This category is evolving so fast we can barely keep up.
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The Forsyte Saga
by Elena Nicolaou and Cassie Hurwitz | Oprah Daily | August 23, 2022
From elaborate costumes to sumptuous storylines (and the strong desire to live in a time other than the present)—there is so much to love about period dramas. With the push of a button, these TV series and movies act as instant portals into other eras. The only question is: Where do you want to time-travel first?
Each of these shows and films explores an era in history, through the lenses of both the upper class and everyday people. For Tudor buffs, there’s a series that ventures into the early days of King Henry VIII’s notorious rule—through the eyes of his first wife. Regency fans have a movie that looks at what life was like for a young Black woman in a wealthy family during that era; then, of course, there’s Bridgerton. Many period dramas are based in this era, the time of Shakespeare and the Tudors, or the 18th century, but we’ve also included a few that take place in the 20th century, too, like a series that chronicles working in a hospital at the turn of the century to a 1950s drama about the dangers of racism.
Some stories come from real-life events, while others are adapted from classic novels or are completely fictional glimpses into life during that particular era. And, fear not, there are quite a few sweeping romances. We’ve also included Spanish-language picks, since period dramas are hardly limited by geographic region. Here are some of our favorite period dramas streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Starz, and beyond.
#17 The Forsyte Saga (2002-2003)
Based on the Nobel Prize-winning work of John Galsworthy, this 10-part series follows England’s wealthy Forsyte family from the 1870s to the 1920s. It’s a highbrow show with soap-opera-worthy plots. Starring: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee. Watch on Amazon Prime here