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The Calm Before The Storm
by Damianista | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 21, 2023
In one of the best episodes of the entire series, which I would call “the calm before the storm” Axe, Chuck and Wendy finally set up the game to take down Prince. The key to the episode is the three of them discussing Prince’s strengths and weaknesses in Chuck’s SDNY office where Wendy does her thing:
“We’re facing an ambitious, competent, confident, charismatic, socially conscious strategic thinker with high emotional intelligence and deep sources. But he’s morally complex, which means he likes to think he’s more ethical than those around him. And he’s not immune from engaging in questionable tactics to achieve his goals. That is a slippery slope and once place he can be hit. And he believes his own infallibility above all else.”
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by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | October 20, 2023
Season 7, Episode 11: ‘Axe Global’
“So, well, there’s that.” You said it, Axe. The penultimate episode of “Billions” has now come and gone, and with it one of the show’s final opportunities to really blow us away with a patented five-steps-ahead scheme that ends in a sudden twist turning everything on its ear. That is … not what we got.
Don’t get me wrong — the five-steps-ahead thing is still alive and well in “Billions”-land. Mike’s story line hinges on how, or whether, to respond to the latest attack from Chuck and company: an all-out legal assault on his private holdings by the Southern District of New York. These are the only companies in which Prince Cap remains invested after Mike orders everything else dissolved to reduce vulnerability to Axe’s financial machinations. He has already voluntarily taken a huge loss as a defensive maneuver; to lose further, from that position, would make him look fatally weak.
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by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | October 20, 2023
If there’s one thing we can count on from Billions, it’s that by the end of every penultimate episode, we still have no clue how things will turn out. That’s exactly where we are as we gear up for next week’s series finale. Naturally, I have my theories, but from covering this show for multiple seasons, I’ve learned that it’s never a good idea to go all in on any of my predictions.
On the surface, “Axe Global” concluded with Team Axe/Chuck ostensibly accepting the Biggest Losers title: Prince somehow convinced his onetime rival, Governor Nancy Dunlop, to join him on the ticket as his vice-president. The clout and voters that Dunlop brings with her all but guarantee that Michael Prince will be the next president of the United States.
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Billions Season 7 Episode 10 ‘Enemies List’
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | October 20, 2023
They cursed and buried him along with shame
And thought his timeless soul had gone
In empty burning hell, unholy one
But he’s returned to prove them wrong, so wrong Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
Hello and welcome to this week’s From the Trader’s Desk. What an episode this week! Billions sure has been bringing it the last few weeks. And if these last two episodes are any indication, we are in for a wild ride the next two weeks!
In each season of Billions, at least one episode has featured a song and t-shirt of a metal band that are Axe’s favorites. (Even an Axe-less Season 6 featured Mötley Crüe’s “Wild Side“.)
The writers of Billions make purposeful choices with music placement, so we know that these decisions are made to tell a story, shine a light on who the character is, or to set a tone. (Gingersnap and I are still holding out Season 7 will finally be the year of Iron Maiden but it’s getting close to the wire!!)
So, let’s take a look back at a man and his music, and maybe make some predictions!
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Reel People Film Group
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 18, 2023
Big screen cinema entertainment returns to Kilmersdon Village Hall in Somerset on Friday, 20th October as the local community film group, Reel People Films open their new season with a screening of the wonderful, Dream Horse.
Reel People’s opening film, Dream Horse (Cert PG, 1hr 42 mins) is a ‘feelgood’ choice to start your weekend. Set in a Welsh mining village, the film tells the ‘true’ story of an unlikely racehorse, ‘Dream Alliance’, raised by a local bartender with very little money who needs to convince the local community to support her. Starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis. Doors and bar open at 7:15 p.m. for a drink and a chat, with the film at starting 8:00 p.m.
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The Unbeatable, Unstoppable, Unparalleled MVPs
by Staff | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 18, 2023
Billions is back and so is our MVP series! We continue to award our Most Valuable Players for Billions season seven in our series compilation, the ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ which commemorates all those in honor of achievement for the utmost brazen, uber shameless, ultra scheming, unmatched bad asses from the episode – from sports references, music and tasty food to pop culture remarks, shocking twists and ultimate paybacks. In case you missed it, catch up with the MVPs of the season seven premiere Tower of London, episode two Original Sin, episode three Winston Dick Energy, episode four Hurricane Rosie, episode five The Gulag Archipelago, episode six The Man in the Olive Drab T-Shirt, episode seven DMV, episode eight The Owl, and episode nine Game Theory Optimal.
Now let’s dive in. Here are the Billions MVP awards for Season 7, Episode 10, “Enemies List.”
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Exclusive Sneak Peek
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 16, 2023
Join an exclusive early screening of the series finale of Billions, featuring a panel with co-creators Brian Koppelman, David Levien and executive producer Beth Schacter on October 23, 2023 at 92nd Street Y. The screening begins at 8:00 p.m. EST and the talk begins at 9:10 p.m. EST. Register for free tickets here, but if they are sold out, be sure to join the wait list! The event will be moderated by Variety’s Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Littleton.
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Axe is Back and All the World is Right Again
by Damianista | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 14, 2023
Well, the world is upside down, ladies and gentlemen! Who would have guessed we would see Chuck Rhoades saying the following words to Bobby Axelrod?
“Thank God, you’re here.”
YES! Axe is back and all the world is right again!
Bookended with two showdowns between the King and the Prince in London and New York, Episode 10 Enemies List gives us a tale of two cities that sees Axe and Chuck work together to free Wendy from Prince’s trap and ultimately get their alliance together with the goal of stopping Mike Prince from being the next POTUS.
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An Exit Interview
by Steve Knopper| Billboard | October 13, 2023
Few TV series show off their creators’ favorite songs and artists as explicitly as Billions, which outfits its characters in Metallica and Slayer T-shirts, makes a point of airing a Bob Dylan song every season, lovingly quotes Bruce Springsteen lyrics and integrates rapper Killer Mike into elaborate storylines. Writer and co-creator Brian Koppelman has a history in the record business, having worked A&R for Elektra in the late ’80s, then as a senior vp for EMI in the ’90s; he and longtime friend and co-creator David Levien unashamedly plug their influences into the show, through synchs, character development and dialogue.
As the show winds down — the 10th episode of the seventh and final season airs Sunday on Showtime — the showrunners discuss their musical choices, and clearing the rights for them, in a call from their New York-area homes.
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by Staff | TV Gids | October 13, 2023
Actors Damian Lewis and Matthew Macfayden and director Peter Kosminsky come together to look back at the 1999 BBC drama Warriors and the roles that brought Lewis and Macfayden international success. The critically acclaimed series explored the role of British soldiers working as UN peacekeepers in Bosnia, confronting the moral realities of war and the horrors of ethnic cleansing.
The three share the stories behind the making of the programme, from casting process to location filming, and how cast and crew let off steam to help deal with the harrowing storylines. They also discuss the critical response, how the series stands up today and why, for all three of them, Warriors remains a career highlight even over two decades later.
Warriors (cultural programme) airs on BBC 4 on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 22:00 BST. Rebroadcast can be viewed here.