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‘Homeland’ begins filming in Charlotte, NC


  • Homeland began filming in Charlotte

    this week and will continue filming through the end of the month:

    Hollywood has come to town, and south Charlotte’s Mountainbrook

    neighborhood is front and center.

    Film giant 20th Century Fox is shooting a pilot episode of a TV show,

    “Homeland,” for Showtime and they’re filming much of it in Charlotte.

    The show is about U.S. Marine Sgt. Scott Brody (played by British actor

    Damian Lewis) who spent eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad and was

    presumed dead. Recently rescued, Brody has returned to his wife and kids and

    is lauded as a hero.

    But CIA agent Carrie Anderson (played by Emmy award-winning actress

    Claire Danes) suspects that he’s plotting an attack on America.

    “The questions is, ‘Is he the hero he appears to be?’ ” said producer

    Michael Click, who used to work with Fox’s hit action drama “24.” “It’s a

    little bit of a whodunit.”

    Click said he thinks viewers will tune in because of the modern issues it

    delves into.

    “It has a lot of timely aspects to it, in terms of fears of terrorism,

    prisoners of war, internal threats to the government,” said Click. “There

    are a lot of threats explored in a family-drama situation.”

    When deciding where to film, Fox chose North Carolina because the state

    offered tax breaks. They picked Charlotte and the South Park area, in

    particular, because the homes’ architecture resembles that of suburban

    Virginia, where the show is set.

    Charlotte’s uptown area could resemble Washington, D.C.

    “It was a good match,” said Click. “It’s a very nice downtown – modern, a

    lot of good looks to it. It doesn’t have the broad boulevards that D.C. has

    but it will make a good double. There are a number of governmental buildings

    we could use in terms of walk-and-talk conversations. And if you need to go

    to Washington, it’s a two-hour flight up the road.”

    Read the rest at The Charlotte Observer.

    ‘Oziegirl17’, a member at the Yahoo! Group, has learned that the pilot will also film in Washington, DC and Tel Aviv and if the if the pilot is picked up, Damian Lewis will return to Charlotte in June for 5 months. Read her post here.

    More on the start of production:

    WSJ – From Producer Howard Gordon: “We started on Monday [in Charlotte, North Carolina] and there was

    the blizzard of the century, so they shut us down for two days. But we are

    in production.”

    FOX Charlotte – Details on the casting call in

    Charlotte. Find more info at the Homeland Casting Facebook page.

  • BlackSkyRadio.com broadcast their 3-hour tribute to Major Richard Winters on Wednesday that can be

    listened to here on their Band of Brothers blog. They

    added more tributes from cast members including this one from Damian

    Lewis:

    I was honoured to have played, no, represent Major Winters on the screen. He

    was unstinting in his support of the project and of me. He welcomed me to

    his house in Hershey, introduced me to his loving wife, Ethel, and

    constantly exhorted me to “Hang Tough!” He has died quietly, in private,

    without fanfare, with the same modesty that he lived his life as one of the

    most celebrated soldiers of his generation. I will miss him and I thank him.

    Currahee!

    Click here at PennLive.com for details on the memorial service to be held Saturday, March 19th.

Categories Band of Brothers News Richard Winters

Damian Lewis comments on Winters


  • More on Major Richard Winters’ passing. CNN has this quote from Damian Lewis:

    Actor Damian Lewis, who portrayed Winters in the series, told CNN that Winters’ support for him during the production was “generous and unstinting. I’ll never forget his rallying cry to me to ‘hang tough!’

    “He has died quietly, in private, without fanfare and with the same modesty that he lived his life as one of the true heroes of his generation,” Lewis added.

    source

    You can read tributes from other Band of Brothers cast members at the BlackSkyRadio.com Band of Brothers blog here. Their show on Wednesday will pay tribute to Winters and will feature guests ‘Wild’ Bill Guarnere, Babe Heffron and Captain Dale Dye.

    A public memorial service for Major Richard Winters will be held at a later date.

    There are dozens of articles on Winters’ death online – here’s a small selection:

    Wgal.com – Susquehanna Valley Native Maj. Dick Winters Dies

    AP – `Band of Brothers’ inspiration Winters dies at 92

    Lebanon Daily News – A hero, at rest

    LancasterONline.com – SLIDESHOW: Richard “Dick” Winters, leader of ‘Band of Brothers’

    Mail Online – ‘He was one hell of a guy’: Band Of Brothers war hero Major Richard ‘Dick’ Winters, 92, dies

    Lebanon Daily News – ‘Band of Brothers’ hero dies

    LancasterONline.com – Remembering Dick Winters

    NYTimes – Richard Winters Dies at 92; Led ‘Band of Brothers’

Categories Band of Brothers News Richard Winters

Maj. Richard Winters Dies


  • RIP Major Winters.

    Hershey native, Major Dick Winters, the World War two hero has died.

    News 8 has learned about his passing through a close family friend.

    Winters passed away January 2. He was laid to rest on Saturday, January 8.

    He had requested a private, unannounced funeral service.

    Winters grew up in Lancaster, attending Boys’ High School and Franklin and Marshall College.

    After graduating, and a few months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winters joined the army.

    Later, he commanded the group of World War II heroes known as “the band of brothers”.

    The family said a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

    In three weeks, Major Dick Winters would have turned 93-years-old.

    source

    More:

    PennLive.com – Dick Winters, of ‘Band of Brothers’ fame, dies

    PennLive.com – Dick Winters, who inspired ‘Band of Brothers,’ remembered as an American hero

    The Washington Post – Dick Winters dies; WWII hero commanded ‘Band of Brothers’

    Damian Lewis had this to say about the Major in the preface he wrote for Biggest Brother, a biography of Major Richard Winters:

    … At boot camp I called him for the first time, and through a series of

    phone calls I set about slowly trying to earn his trust. What emerged as I

    got to know him was a man not given to late night in bars, reminiscing, not

    given to romanticizing his past glories. He was a man whose recollections

    were analytical, pragmatically ordered, not emotional, a man who was much

    happier answering questions on technical maneuvers or what boot he wore his

    knife on (the left by the way), than what he felt, as he found himself

    isolated from his men, staring at a whole company of Germans, on top of that

    dyke in Holland, for example. “I was always just concentrating on getting

    the job done, ” would be his typical reply. It dawned on me what a happy

    coincidence it was that I had felt slightly removed from the “hype” at the

    beginning of the job, a little detached. For it was precisely his ability

    to distance himself from any hysteria and to remain calm and lucid in

    moments of danger that made Dick Winters a natural leader of men. But not

    only that. Once I had his trust, I found a warmth, a wickedly dry sense of

    humor and a willingness to listen that is not often found in men of

    power.

    After the series had filmed I went and visited Dick and Ethel at home in

    Hershey, Pennsylvania. We chatted and joked as he showed me some of his

    momentos and walked me around their beautiful farm (another major

    achievement in his life). He treated me like a son and told me that he

    thought I’d done a pretty good job portraying him, although he was unsure at first! I thought, yup, that’s him. Authoritative, nurturing and honest all at once. I felt immensely proud that I’d had the opportunity to portray this man, a decorated war hero whose story I’d been entrusted with. It had needed a precision and an unfailing commitment to the truth. It’s what Dick always demanded, of himself and others.

Categories Gallery Homeland In Development/ Pre-Production News Photoshoots Rumored

New project? ‘Homeland’ casting news and gallery update


  • The Hollywood Reporter has more casting info and news on the Homeland pilot:

    Diego Klattenhoff has been cast in the Showtime pilot Homeland. Klattenhoff is a Canadian actor who starred in the 2008 ABC series Men in Trees with Anne Heche.

    In Homeland he’ll play Mike Faber, a Marine colonel and the best friend of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), the lead character who returns after years in exile in Iraq only to raise the suspicion of a CIA agent (Claire Danes) who suspects that Brody may now harbor anti-American, jihadist tendencies.

    Mandy Patinkin plays Danes’ boss. And Laura Fraser co-stars as Brody’s wife.

    Adapted from the Israeli television series Prisoners of War, Homeland is executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, veterans of Fox’s terrorism drama 24. (Klattenhoff had a small part in the 2009 season of 24.)

    The pilot begins shooting in early January. Gordon, Gansa and Prisoners of War creator Gideon Raff wrote the pilot script. Dexter’s Michael Cuesta will direct for Fox 21.

    Homeland is the first pilot developed under David Nevins’ watch as president of entertainment at Showtime. Nevins described Homeland as a departure for the premium cable network.

    “It’s a great psychological study like all the best Showtime shows,” he said. “But it actually is much more than that in the fact that it’s a psychological thriller with a real ticking clock and real edge-of-your seat elements.”

  • New Project? Damian is listed on the Lords of Magic IMDb page as being rumored for a role in the project. The film written by Gary Van Haas and to be directed by Rob Walker concerns the story of “British Lords and their attempts to conjure spirits and summon the dead. A journey into the arcane world of ‘real magic’ when famous writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and William Butler Yeats practiced magic in the occult as an art.” There’s a good synopsis at the Angel Motion Pictures official website. The film is listed as being in pre-production and is tentatively set to begin filming in Belgium in 2011.

  • Gallery Update: 2 old photoshoots of Damian have been added to the albums below.

    2006 Greer Studios

    2008 Patrick Fraser

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Damian Lewis cast in the Showtime pilot ‘Homeland’!


  • Damian Lewis has been cast as the male lead in the new Showtime pilot Homeland ! ➡ What a fantastic cast and crew! From Deadline.com:

    Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland has assembled a pretty solid cast. Former Life star Damian Lewis has been tapped to star opposite Claire Danes in the pilot from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Lewis will play the male lead in the project, which centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Lewis), who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Scott, who was discovered during a U.S. attack on an enemy base, was brought to the U.S. with much fanfare and is happy to be home with his family, wife Jessica (Laura Fraser), and two kids, but still carries with him the trauma of his imprisonment and torture. Lewis, a British screen and stage actor, is best known in the U.S. for his roles in the NBC quirky drama Life and HBO’s Emmy-winning World War II mini-series Band of Brothers.

    Also cast in Homeland is another British actor, David Harewood (Blood Diamond). He will play David Estes, the the youngest Deputy Director of Intelligence in CIA history, decisive, political, professional, but ultimately self-serving who is frequently exasperated by Carrie’s obsessive determination to follow up any lead, no matter how small or politically inconvenient. Production on the pilot, whose cast also includes Mandy Patinkin, is slated to begin Jan. 10 in Charlotte, N.C.

    Click here for the IMDb page. Futoncritic also has a nice page on production developments. Other news articles on the production and cast:

    Deadline – David Nevins On The Move At Showtime: Picks Up Thriller From Howard Gordon

    Showtime – CLAIRE DANES TO STAR IN HOMELAND: EMMY WINNER RETURNS TO SERIES TELEVISION ON SHOWTIME

    Deadline – Mandy Patinkin In Showtime’s ‘Homeland’

    Deadline – TV CASTINGS: Laura Fraser Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Homeland,’ Two Added To ‘True Blood’


  • The green band trailer for Your Highness was released today and you can check out the HD versions at iTunes Movie Trailers. Some of the naughty bits that were included in the red-band trailer have been removed so some of Damian’s scenes are missing. If you’d like to download them, try these links I’ve posted at Mediafire: 480p, 720p, 1080p. You’ll find a download of the red band trailer here on the site.

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Damian tops “Hottest Redhead” poll

Damian Lewis has topped the men’s division of the “Hottest Redhead” poll conducted by Apollo Cinemas. 🙂 From the
Monstors & Critics website:

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has come first in a new poll to find the world’s hottest redhead.

The 35-year-old sexy star is best known for playing curvy secretary Joan Harris in the hit US show and she beat off competition from actress Mandy Moore, 26, and British singer Florence Welch.

The poll was carried out by Apollo Cinemas and Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, 39, topped the boys poll after beating stars such as Paul Bettany, Mick Hucknall and Prince Harry.

Other stars that made the female poll included: Lily Cole, Lindsay Lohan, Geri Halliwell, Nicole Kidman, Nicola Roberts, Isla Fisher and Sarah Ferguson.

In the boys survey, stars such as Toby Stephens, Boris Becker, Rupert Grint, Joe Swash, Chris Evans and Paul Scholes also polled in the top ten.

Categories News Screenings The Baker

‘The Baker’ screening in CT


The Baker will screen at Warner Theater in Torrington, CT on December 16th as part of a lead-up to next year’s CT Film Festival where The Baker won the 2009 Audience Favorite Award. Visit the Warner Theatre website for ticket information.

The Baker is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the US and Europe. Click here for links. It’s also available in streaming – standard and HD – from Netflix.