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How Realistic is Billions? – March 22, 2018

For the Love of Trading

by Tom Teodorczuk | Market Watch | March 21, 2018

Source: Showtime

We asked Anthony Scaramucci and other financiers: How realistic is Showtime’s hedge-fund drama ‘Billions’? Is the hit show on the money when it comes to Wall Street?

This story contains some plot details about season 3 of “Billions.”

Things have been busy recently for Anthony Scaramucci. Prior to serving as President Trump’s White House Communications Director for just 11 days, “The Mooch” founded hedge-fund investing firm SkyBridge Capital and a hedge-fund conference known as SALT.

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Billions: The Cobra and Mongoose Dance – March 22, 2018

Barnyard Analogies and Music Department Choices

by Brad Newsome | The Sydney Morning Herald | March 22, 2018

Photo by: Jeff Neumann

Two whole seasons on, the cobra-and-mongoose dance between dirty billionaire hedge-fund king Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and his pathologically driven nemesis, US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), remains as delicately poised as ever.

As the third season begins Axelrod is out on bail and more determined than ever to destroy Rhoades, just as soon as he gets his frozen fund back in business.

But new complications abound for both of them. A new president has appointed a new attorney-general (the wonderful Clancy Brown), who has flown in from Texas with a particularly horrifying barnyard analogy and non-negotiable orders for Rhoades to go soft on corporate crime.

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Billions Third Season is the Showdown Fans Have Been Waiting For – March 19, 2018

Preview of the First Five Episodes of Season Three

by Keith Nelson, Jr. | Digital Trends | March 19, 2018

Source: Showtime

On The Lox’s 1998 song Money, Power, & Respect, Lil’ Kim rapped that those three words are what you need in life. It’s now 20 years later, and the third season of Showtime’s hit drama Billions shows why that can be the worst advice.

(Spoilers ahead for those not caught up with seasons 1 and 2)

Over the course of Billions‘ first two seasons, Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr (Paul Giamatti), the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has been on a mission to put billionaire Robert “Bobby” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), the hedge fund manager of Axe Capital, behind bars for the nefarious ways Axelrod built his fortune. It’s not easy for Chuck to pin down a man who is every bit his intellectual equal, and up to now the show has largely revolved around a cat-and-mouse game, with Rhoades and Axelrod alternating between the hunted and the hunter. By the end of the second season, Axelrod is finally arrested, thanks to a legally questionable ploy Chuck uses that involves betraying the people he loves.

We were able to preview the first five episodes of season 3 ahead of the season premiere on March 25. The new season picks up following the events of the season 2 finale, which exploded the Billions status quo and left characters trying to reassemble their lives amid the wreckage. No matter how Billions plays out, though, the show centers around the entertaining dynamic of its two lead actors.

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Axe to Grind: Australia’s Financial Review – March 19, 2018

Global Connections – Stan Australia Ad

by Gingersnap | | March 19, 2018

Bobby Axelrod makes the cover of Australia’s Financial Review. This Wall Street bad boy has an axe to grind and stands to lose billions.

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Billions: Confusion and Conflict in the World of Finance and Politics – March 18, 2018

“Every American Has a Little Bit of Bobby Axelrod in Them”

by Stuff | March 18, 2018

Source: Showtime

Damian Lewis has a simple way of explaining what drives the sexy, ego-driven world of high finance that is the SoHo show Billions.

“This is a show about compromise, about the desperation in people, and the lengths they are prepared to go to, to win,” he says.

Over the past two seasons, audiences have watched his Billions alter ego, the corrupt hedge-fund owner Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, regularly dabble in bribery, bullying, insider trading and more to achieve his own dubious ends. But season two ended with the sheriff/FBI agent, Axelrod’s nemesis, US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, outwitting him after a high-risk game of cat-and-mouse, albeit at considerable personal cost.

“There is a pending prosecution, Bobby’s assets have been frozen – he is a sort of Harry Lime character (the con-artist in The Third Man), living in the shadows,” says Lewis.

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