Categories Billions Print Media

Smart Watch: Billions Makes Organized Crime on Wall Street and in Politics Fun to Watch – March 16, 2019

Hard Power, Soft Power, Strategic Smart Power

by Melanie McFarland | Salon | March 16, 2019

Last week, Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family, was shot to death in front of his Staten Island home. News outlets treated his killing as a reminder that the Mafia still exists, although in a greatly diminished form. The Chicago Sun-Times’ headline characterizes the slaying as “a throwback to [a] bygone era.” It’s not wrong.

Last week, Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family, was shot to death in front of his Staten Island home. News outlets treated his killing as a reminder that the Mafia still exists, although in a greatly diminished form. The Chicago Sun-Times’ headline characterizes the slaying as “a throwback to [a] bygone era.” It’s not wrong.

“I kinda feel bad for the old guy, scumbag that he was,” Rhoades sighs. “Blindsided like that. But I guess that’s New York for you, right? Boss one minute, in the gutter the next. Best you can hope for is one last look at the stars before you go.”

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Categories Audio Billions Interviews Podcast

Damian Lewis on Brian Koppelman’s Podcast – March 16, 2019

The Most Requested Guest Who Hasn’t Appeared…Until Now

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 16, 2019

Exclusive! Our team and other Billions fans have been asking show-runner and co-creator Brian Koppelman when he was was going to have Damian guest appear on his podcast, The Moment with Brian Koppelman. I know our team has asked Brian when Damian would guest appear on a consistent basis.  We got a hint this morning when Brian tweeted:

The most requested guest who hasn’t appeared yet? 2015? (when Billions started) Surely that’s Damian our team thought!

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Categories Billions Print Media Review

Billions Shakes Up Alliances with Phenomenal Fourth Season – March 16 2019

“Billions just keeps getting better and better, with surprises and luminously crafted scenes waiting in each episode”

by Mark Dawidziak | Cleveland | March 16, 2019

Every few years, there seems to be a drama generally regarded as an excellent show yet consistently given the back of the hand when it comes time to hand out awards or compile top-10 lists. From 2010 to 2015, that series was called “Justified.”

“Billions” is the series with the dubious honor of filling that bill today. The best show on television? A wonderfully compelling case is made for this claim in the Showtime drama’s high-stakes, high-caliber fourth season, which begins at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

It’s almost as if “Justified,” which ended in April 2015, passed the creative baton to “Billions,” which premiered in January 2017. Although “Justified” was set in the coal fields of Kentucky and “Billions” is set in Manhattan, the two dramas have a great deal of great stuff in common.

Both are almost Shakespearean in how they slyly weave intriguing character exploration into intricate plot structure. Both can swerve cleverly and unexpectedly from the incredibly suspenseful to the outrageously funny. Both recognize that some of the most gripping dramatic moments are achieved by putting two characters in a room and letting top-flight actors make the most of superbly written dialogue.

And both make sublime use of guests. With “Billions,” that includes the contributions of everyone from David Strathairn and Mary-Louise Parker to Clancy Brown and John Malkovich.

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Categories Behind the Scenes Dream Horse Print Media

The Inspiring Story of a Welsh Racehorse – March 16, 2019

Dream Horse: The True Rags-to-Riches Story of Dream Alliance

by Kathryn Williams | Wales Online | March 15, 2019

The champion racehorse horse Dream Alliance

If you don’t know the story of South Wales champion racehorse Dream Alliance already, you should.

It’s an inspiring tale and now it’s being given the big screen treatment starring Homeland and Billions-star, Damian Lewis, and Hereditary and Muriel’s Wedding actress, Toni Collette.

Named Dream Horse, the film will shoot on location in Wales this spring and will also be directed by Welsh filmmaker Euros Lyn, famed for TV drama gold like Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Kiri.

Dream Horse will share the story of Dream Alliance who was bred and owned by a group of friends from a Cefn Fforest workingmen’s club.

From raising the steed on a slag heap in the Caerphilly borough to winning the Welsh Grand National – and slicing a tendon and undergoing stem cell therapy in between – it focuses on the true rags-to-riches story of Dream Alliance, who owners include Jan Vokes, her husband Brian and tax advisor Howard Davies.

Collette is due to play Jan Vokes, who along with her fellow syndicate members paid in £10 per week for the horse’s training, and Lewis will play Howard Davies.

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Categories Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Print Media

First Trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Could Be Arriving Next Week – March 16, 2019

McQueen On Our Screens?

by Charlie Ridgely | Comicbook.com | March 15, 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s first movie since 2015’s The Hateful Eight is taking the director’s popular, aggressive approach to a real-life tragedy. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which hits theaters this summer, deals with the issue of the Manson Family Murders in Los Angeles, circa 1969.

Fans have been holding their beath, waiting to see the first footage from the film, and its debut is set to arrive very soon. In fact, it looks like the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is going to be online in just a few days.

Rumors had been swirling around social media, suggesting that the first trailer for Tarantino’s new flick would be released next week. Those reports were seemingly confirmed on Thursday, when Trailer Track broke the news that the trailer had officially been rated for released.

According to Trailer Track’s report, Once Upon a Time has been rated by Alberta Film Ratings, which means it’s preparing to be released. The trailer has been rated for audiences aged 14 years or older, and it sits at one minute, 35 seconds in length.

Odds are, the trailer is set to be released in theaters with Jordan Peele’s Us, the R-rated horror film debuting next Friday. With that in mind, the trailer could find its way online at any point during the next week, but definitely before Thursday night.

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