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Catching Up With Damian Lewis for a Chat – March 15, 2018

Fandom Has No Borders

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | March 15, 2018

We turned our ‘Fan Stories Series’ into a book for Damian – 55 fan stories from 21 countries!

It all started with a random conversation on the New York subway. Damianista, who started the blog Fan Fun with Damian Lewis and is now the owner and admin of damian-lewis.com, asked fellow Fan Fun blogger and hedge-fund expert Lady Trader how she “discovered” Damian.  The story was hilarious and Damianista encouraged her to write a blog post about it for Fan Fun.

That got Damianista thinking, wouldn’t it be fun if we invited all the fans to write their own story about how they became a Damian Lewis fan?

We did not know what to expect since it is not easy, in general, to get people to voluntarily sit down and do homework.

But guess what? We received an amazing response to our call and published each and every one of the stories we collected over the course of a year.

They demonstrated how Damian’s art inspired us, moved us, and even sometimes helped us cope with what we call life.

Damianista hand-delivered the book compilation to Damian in person on Wednesday, March 14 at The Today Show studios, Rockefeller Center, New York. Damian informed her that he was indeed checking the damian-lewis.com website and reading the Fan Fun with Damian Lewis blog, and that they were great!

To find out more about their conversation, visit Fan Fun with Damian Lewis

Categories Events Helen News Philanthropy Theatre

Preparation for Old Vic’s 200th Anniversary in May – Feb 12, 2018

Damian and Helen: Old Vic Theatre Ambassadors

by Matthew Hemley | The Stage | February 12, 2018

Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins are among more than 100 actors, writers and TV personalities announced as ambassadors of the Old Vic as it prepares to mark its 200th anniversary.

They join Imelda Staunton, Ian McKellen, Maxine Peake, Damian Lewis, Derek Jacobi, Janie Dee and Simon Russell Beale as Bicentenary Ambassadors, who will be involved in a variety of initiatives to mark the theatre’s anniversary. These include curating monologues, attending events around the anniversary in May and raising awareness of its education work.

Peake will curate a series of monologues called One Hand Tied Behind Us, to mark International Women’s Day, while Helen McCrory will hold a workshop for aspiring actors. Bertie Carvel will run this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the theatre.

The Old Vic, originally named the Royal Coburg, first opened its doors in 1818 and over the last two centuries has played host to opera, dance, cinema, music hall, classical dramas, variety, clowns, big spectacles and novelty acts. It was the original home of the English National Opera, the Sadler’s Wells dance company and the National Theatre. It has also been a tavern, a college, a coffee house, a lecture hall and a meeting place. The theatre is unique. It stands alone, an independent charity producing groundbreaking work, with no public subsidy, and a social mission running through all it does on and off stage. The adventurous spirit that has permeated every chapter of its history remains as strong today, 200 years on, as it was in 1818.

Continue reading Preparation for Old Vic’s 200th Anniversary in May – Feb 12, 2018

Categories Billions News

The Best Shows to Watch on NOW TV: Billions – Feb 6, 2018

Sky’s Streaming Service is Jam Packed with the Very Best of Prestige Drama

by Ben Allen | RadioTimes | February 6, 2018

Damian Lewis stars as a charismatic billionaire and 9/11 survivor who finds himself relentlessly pursued by Attorney General Chuck Rhoades Jr (Paul Giamatti). Watch on NOW TV.

Source: Showtime

Read the rest of the original article at RadioTimes

Categories Billions News Nomination Print Media

Billions Nominated for GLAAD Award – Jan 19, 2018

Billions Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series

by Chancellor Agard – Entertainment Weekly – January 19, 2018

Source: Twitter @SHO_Billions

Every year, the LGBTQ advocacy organization honors films, TV shows, movies, music, and comic book artists “for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.”

It was announced on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival that Billions has been nominated for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Award in the ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ category. The GLAAD Media Award ceremonies will be in Los Angeles on April 12, 2018 and in New York on May 5.

For a complete list of the nominees, read the rest of the original article at Entertainment Weekly

Categories Christmas Merchandise News

‘Billions’ Makes the Best TV Box Set List for Christmas – Dec 8, 2017

‘Billions’ Makes the Best TV Box Set List for Christmas

by James Jackson – The Times – December 8, 2017

Billions gets four out of five stars and is hand picked for one of the best television box sets of the year on the “Gift Guide: The Best TV Box Sets for Christmas.”  Only five made the list. Billions joins the likes of Blue Planet II, Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC, The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and Victoria Series 1 and 2.

The Times writes, “For the alpha male in your life, this US drama (shown in Britain on Sky Atlantic) is a high-wire gift: it’s a high-finance romp that he will find wildly addictive; just hope that it doesn’t encourage his worse instincts. Depicting the strategic, but hate-fueled game of chess between a crooked billionaire hedge-fund boss played by Damian Lewis and the District Attorney on his case played by Paul Giamatti, it looks sleekly wonderful, leads you in unexpected directions and has much pumped-up macho dialogue. It’s great, power-mad fun.”

£8.99 season one and £19.99 season two

Read the rest of the original article at The Times

Categories Broadcast Media News Poetry Theatre

The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking – Nov 21, 2017

The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking

by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – November 21, 2017

Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar was a feature in the Metsitaba newsletter.  Metsitaba: Meet, Speak, Move is a weekly tech newsletter based out of Ireland and aimed at improving public speaking skills. The newsletter features handpicked conferences, speaker profiles, resources and historical speeches highlighting the ancient art of rhetoric.  And it seems Metsitaba’s September 13 newsletter section titled ‘Learn From the Best’ featured Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar, delivering the most iconic speech in all of Shakespeare, as a study in the use of emotional rhetoric (pathos). For more information, read the newsletter here.

For more on Damian as Antony:

A Lesson in Rhetoric: Damian Lewis as Antony
Damian as Antony
Top Damian Lewis Moments 2016: Antony’s Speech for The Guardian

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Vote for Damian Lewis – Who’s the Best Drama Actor Emmy Winner This Decade? – Oct 4, 2017

Who’s the Best Drama Actor Emmy Winner This Decade? [Poll]

By Kevin Jacobsen – Gold Derby – October 4, 2017

The Best Drama Actor category at the Emmys has gone to many deserving men since 2010. After a decade of multiple victories for actors like James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), James Spader (“The Practice”/”Boston Legal”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), the 2010s have thus far featured refreshing turnover, with only one repeat win in eight years. The decade began with Cranston accepting his third consecutive trophy for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” That streak was broken when Kyle Chandler picked up his Emmy for playing Coach Eric Taylor in the final season of “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Lewis in Homeland – Source: Showtime

“Homeland” fever struck in 2012 as Damian Lewis won his Emmy for playing corrupt soldier Nicholas Brody on the Showtime drama. 2013 was a shocking year with buzz split between Lewis and splashy newcomer Kevin Spacey for the first season of “House of Cards.” The award went to neither — instead, Jeff Daniels surprised for his role as Will McAvoy in “The Newsroom.” 2014 was another competitive year, with Cranston taking on the men of “True Detective,” but Cranston pulled off one last victory for his iconic performance. After seven years of being the bridesmaid, Jon Hamm finally won in 2015 for his equally iconic role as Don Draper in “Mad Men.” In 2016, Rami Malek won for playing troubled hacker Elliot Anderson in “Mr. Robot.” Sterling K. Brown then prevailed this year for his emotional performance as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us.”

Continue reading Vote for Damian Lewis – Who’s the Best Drama Actor Emmy Winner This Decade? – Oct 4, 2017