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  • Update on Life, the NBC police drama (pilot) starring Damian Lewis:

    » There were at least 6 revisions of the original script of Merit Badge, the pilot episode, but it appears that NBC has kept the original title of Life for the proposed series rather than Set For Life as previously reported by Variety. The name of the leading character played by Damian Lewis is unclear; the names reported include: Billy Crews, Charlie Crews, and most recently – Billy Pearce.

    The names of other cast members and their characters are: Sarah Shahi (Dani Reese), Adam Arkin (Ted Early), Melissa Sagemiller (Constance Griffiths), and Robin Weigert (Lt. Karen Davis).

    » NBC will announce their fall season on/around May 14th so it will be known at that time if the pilot for Life was picked up. If so, Damian Lewis may be back in Los Angeles soon to film additional episodes.

  • This New Producers Alliance article about recent UK Film Council – funded projects includes information about Picture Farm’s upcoming film The Escapist directed by Rupert Wyatt and featuring Damian Lewis.
  • The Situation starring Damian Lewis will screen at Oregon’s Salem Film Festival which runs April 20th – 22nd; click here for more information.
  • An subscriber created this annotated list of the top twelve programs featured recently on PBS’s The Best of Masterpiece Theatre’s 35th Anniversary Special; including The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis which was the second most popular program, as picked by a poll of 20,000 viewers, out of the 250 Masterpiece Theatre productions.

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  • (Spoiler warning!) This review states that The Situation is “…a compelling and deeply disturbing feature film about the Iraq war” and describes “…the intelligence officer in Baghdad. Played with appropriate insolence by
    Damian Lewis, he might be a descendent of ‘The Quiet American’.” Also, click here for an interview with director Philip Haas.

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  • Selene obtained an update on Love and Virtue, the Raoul Ruiz film that will star Damian Lewis as Orlando, from Fountain of Life Productions:

    » Pre-production (building of the sets, etc.) is now scheduled for mid-April. The delay is due to a funding adjustment needed because of a recent governmental decision about moviemaking in the UK.

    » The Oscar nominated composer Lalo Schifrin has already written music for five songs for the soundtrack that are based on lyrics by scriptwriter Mia Sperber. “The music is phenomenal and one of the most beautiful melodies goes to the song of Orlando (Damian Lewis) and Angelica (Virginie Ledoyen); the tracks will be sung by Hayley Westenra and Aled Jones.

    » “Everything is going really well and we are delighted to have with us not only the highly talented and original Damian, but also such legendary actors as John Malkovich and Peter O’Toole.”

  • Click here for a new interview with Philip Haas, director of The Situation starring Damian Lewis. The list of current and upcoming US playdates and theaters can be found here.
  • Through April 2nd, the US Public Broadcasting System’s online ShopPBS site is offering a free Region 1 DVD of
    Dead Gorgeous – the wonderful mystery starring Helen McCrory – with the purchase of two art or mystery DVDs.

  • » PBS productions starring Damian Lewis include: The Forsyte Saga I and II, Poirot: The Movie Collection Set II – Hickory Dickory Dock and A Touch of Frost, Season 4 – Deep Waters.

    » In addition to Dead Gorgeous Helen McCrory’s PBS titles include: Anna Karenina, The Last King, and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking.

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  • New pictures! Thanks to Jess from Sienna Online for sharing new photos of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory on the red carpet at the UK premiere of Helen’s film Cassanova on Feb 13, 2006. Click here and go to the end of the album to see the new photos.
  • This WhatsOnStage article about the “chain play” benefit at the Almeida Theatre last Friday features a photo of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at the event. Click here to view more pictures at the Warehouse Gallery.
  • Keane starring Damian Lewis is currently available on the US DirectTV “pay per view” venue for only $3.99; click here and here for more information.

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  • The globe-trotting Lewis family are back in London! At least they were last Friday when Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory attended a “chain play” event to benefit the Almeida Theatre. Click here to view the photos at the Warehouse Gallery and click here and here to learn more about the chain play venue.