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2007/09/03

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  • The official site for The Baker is now available online!! ➡

    » Distributor Bankside Films have updated their web pages for The Baker, the new film written and directed by Gareth Lewis and produced by Damian Lewis and Adrian Sturges for Picture Farm, in conjunction with Grandville Pictures. The site offers a hilarious trailer, high resolution photos, the movie poster, and more!

    » The film stars Damian Lewis as a hitman named Milo Shakespeare who is hiding out in a Welsh village as the new baker; Damian’s co-stars include: Kate Ashfield as Rhiannon, Michael Gambon as Leo, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Bjorn. Fans of the BBC’s production of Shakespeare Retold – Much Ado About Nothing will also be pleased to see that actor Anthony O’Donnell (Mr. Berry, the very comical security guard) also appears in the cast of The Baker.

    » The production notes for the movie provide some great quotes and lots of information – including the many, varied jobs previously held by Gareth Lewis, the news that Adrian Sturges appears in the film as a store clerk, and Damian’s reminiscences about creating adventure stories with his brother Gareth, when they were youngsters riding around on their Grifter bicycles.

    » According to the production notes the “story has a number of layers, a broad, romantic comedy, slipping between subtle and slapstick and, all the while, underpinned by the rather nasty art of murder.”

    » Click here to view screencaps from the trailer that were created by Selene; and click here to view the new, hi-res photos of Damian that have been added to the end of the “Production & Promotional Images” album at the Warehouse Gallery.

  • Bankside Films also holds the UK distribution rights for The Situation, featuring Damian Lewis as a CIA agent working in war-torn Iraq, and their page for this intense and important film has also been updated.
  • Click here for information posted at the Parallel Films site about Rupert Wyatt’s new movie The Escapist starring Damian Lewis.
  • This Argus Leader article gives Life starring Damian Lewis the highest rating among the upcoming US fall television programs reviewed, commenting that Charlie Crews is “…the most eccentric TV character this side of Dr. House. Lewis – a talented Englishman just like “House” star Hugh Laurie – has fun with it.”

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2007/09/01

  • Chromophobia news!

    » This bio for director Martha Fiennes says that her film Chromophobia (starring Damian Lewis, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Chaplin, Penelope Cruz, Rhys Ifans, and Ian Holm) will be released in the UK in November by Momentum Pictures.

    » This information about music supervisor Kle Savidge (PDF file) says that Chromophobia’s music “…ranges from Opera & Classical to David Holmes and a specially recorded version of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love by The Wild Colonials.”

  • Life starring Damian Lewis will broadcast in America on the NBC network on Wednesday nights at 10 pm (ET) starting September 26th. Programs will be repeated on the USA Network; the pilot episode will air on USA at midnight (ET) on September 30th and will be repeated at 6 pm (ET) on October 3rd. Subsequent episodes are scheduled to air weekly on Sunday nights at midnight (early Monday morning).
  • This month US television viewers can watch Helen McCrory portray Cherie Blair in The Queen on the Starz cable television network. This acclaimed film starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren is also available for viewing at any time (at no additional cost) on Starz On Demand.
  • The Welsh press has coined the term “Taff Pack” to describe British actors of Welsh heritage – such as Damian Lewis, Matthew Rhys, Owain Yeoman, and Sophia Myles – who have been cast to star in Hollywood television programs for the upcoming fall season. Veteran members of the “Taff Pack” that are already established as Hollywood regulars include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Sheen (who played opposite of Helen McCrory in The Queen.)
  • A uniform worn by Damian Lewis for his portrayal of American war hero Richard Winters in Band of Brothers is currently up for auction on eBay and the bidding has already exceeded $1,300!

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2007/08/30

  • A special screening of Brides (or Nyfes) starring Damian Lewis will be held at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, MA on September 20! Click here and here for more information.
  • The New York Daily News lists Damian Lewis in its “hunks of fun” article saying he “really plays up that mysterious, hardened edge.”
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2007/08/29

  • Here’s an additional option available for viewing the pilot episode of Life prior to the US network premiere on Sept 26th: Blockbuster will be offering a free rental of the NBC New Fall Preview DVD – that includes the full
    pilot episode of Life – beginning September 4! It’ll be available through Blockbuster’s online service and at participating stores –
    click here for more details!

  • The TV Guide Network will be showing a new 2 hour Fall Preview special starting September 9th (that should cover Life). Thanks to Ann for the headsup!
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2007/08/28

  • Here’s another comment from Damian Lewis about the supposed “British Invasion” of American network television this fall; Damian is quoted as saying “I think it’s a nonstory. It’s the center of the global film industry out here, not just the American one. And I’m afraid you’ve had foreigners infiltrating ever since it started 100 years ago. It’s where you come and do very good work. It’s where talented people come, and it’s where they’re rewarded well for what they do.”
  • Helen McCrory will star as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein on ITV1 this October in an updated version of the classic Frankenstein monster story. This Sunday, September 2nd, she will appear as Cherie Blair on ITV1 in Helen Mirren’s acclaimed film The Queen.