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2008.01.30

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  • Update on The Baker, written and directed by Gareth Lewis and starring Damian Lewis (also a producer):

    » The film will be theatrically released in the UK by Verve Pictures on Friday, February 29th premiering at the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton. ➡

    » The region 2 DVD for The Baker will be released in the UK on March 3rd and is now available for pre-order from the BBC Shop and Amazon.co.uk. The region 2 DVD is currently available from Hungary (with both original English and Hungarian-dubbed versions.)

    » The British Board of Film Classification site rates the film as “12A” and offers some details about the plot (spoilers!)

    » Fans are encouraged to vote for The Baker on IMDb and other entertainment industry sites as soon as they have the chance to see it. The viewer comment below was recently posted on IMDb by dlfan123 (spoilers!).

    The Baker is weird, wonderful, and hilariously funny!
    30 January 2008

    I am often a bit leery of the term “black comedy” because it is sometimes used to describe films that I find strange and unfunny – but that is not the case with Gareth Lewis’s wonderful new comedy The Baker. This clever film made me smile, laugh, guffaw, and just plain feel good! It also made me wonder about the kind of mind that could conceive such an unusual story. It is about a reformed Hit Man hiding out as a village baker and searching for love and a “normal life” – in a town where the villagers are far from normal! The story is different and funny but never tasteless or dumb. All the cast members are wonderful – especially The Baker played by Damian Lewis who sets just the right note as he convincingly portrays a paid killer, an inept baker, and a sweet, nervous, nice guy who thinks everyone deserves a second chance. I highly recommend The Baker and look forward to future films from Gareth Lewis, an inventive and entertaining writer/director with a wicked sense of humor!

    » Click here to view the trailer for The Baker online at the Bankside Films site.

  • Pay-TV network AXN recently began broadcasting episodes of Life starring Damian Lewis in Spain and in a few months the program will also be aired on the free-TV network Telecinco in Spain; click here for more information.

  • According to the Film Directors Association site Rupert Wyatt’s new film The Escapist featuring Damian Lewis is still scheduled for theatrical release in the UK on April 11th; but Helen McCrory’s new film with Daniel Craig titled Flashbacks of a Fool is now scheduled to open on April 18th.

  • In the US The History Channel will offer a marathon broadcast of all 10 episodes of Band of Brothers starring Damian Lewis on February 9th and 10th.
  • Damian Lewis’s birthday is February 11th; click here to find out what you can do to honor this fine artist and take part in the celebration!

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2008.01.29


  • Alex Billington of FirstShowing.net has selected The Escapist directed by Rupert Wyatt and featuring Damian Lewis as the Best of the (Sundance) Fest saying:

    #1 – The Escapist – Ever since I was a kid, Escape from Alcatraz has been one of my all-time favorite films. The Escapist is like Escape from Alcatraz, but ramped up 10x with more energy, a better score, and as commanding of a lead performance by Brian Cox as Eastwood. This movie just rocked me to the core. It’s almost so good it doesn’t deserve to be at Sundance. The Escapist packs one hell of a punch and is entertaining and energetic from its start to its riveting finish. Great characters, a well-written plot, an intricate escape plan, and that damn score, are all part of what made this my favorite film from this year’s Sundance.

    Click here for Alex’s full review of the film.

  • Thanks to Jen for the update about February television broadcasts of Damian Lewis performances in Australia; check the Schedule for more information about upcoming Damian-related broadcasts, screenings, releases, and events.

    Stormbreaker
    » Movie One 7-Feb 10.30am
    » Movie One 2 7-Feb 12.30pm

    Much Ado About Nothing
    » Hallmark 19-Feb 10.15pm

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2008.01.28

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  • The cover art for the region 2 UK DVD of The Baker (produced by and starring Damian Lewis) is now available. The film is available for pre-order and will be released on DVD in the UK on March 3rd. Caution! Region 2 DVDs will only play on multi-region, region-free, and region 2 DVD players: UK, EU, Mideast, Egypt, So. Africa, and Japan.

    As long as you’re ordering British DVDs remember that the 2000 BBC series Hearts and Bones starring Damian Lewis was recently released on DVD! 😀

  • Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Gareth Lewis! Gareth is the award-winning writer and director of The Baker and his birthday was January 25th. ➡

    February 11th is Damian Lewis’s birthday and fans have been asked to perform a special act of charity or kindness in his honor; click here to read more about it.

  • Viewer comments about The Escapist posted on IMDb include these observations:

    » “Within the first 2 minutes of the Escapist you know your buckled in and you won’t be getting up till the credits start rolling, and thats just how it is.”

    » “Truly superb film. I was impressed by the choice of actors … Damian Lewis, in particular, really impressed with his performance as ‘the bad guy’”

    » “I caught this at Sundance…Then I went back to a second viewing! (The only film there
    I’d felt that way about.) The audience reaction said it all … this was one of the few films at the festival which really exceeded expectations.”

    Fans are asked to rate and comment on any Damian Lewis films that you’ve seen at IMDb – free registration required. Here are the IMDb pages for The Escapist and The Baker.

  • Spoilers! Click here for a strong review of The Escapist from Patrick McGavin of Screen Daily and click
    here for a viewer report on the film.
  • The Vertigo Films site offers this biographical information about Rupert Wyatt, co-writer and director of The Escapist:

    Rupert Wyatt studied film in Paris, France and while at University started writing for producers Claudie Ossard (Amélie) and Jean-Pierre Ramsay (Total Eclipse). This was followed by four years of writing and developing features in New York for companies Shooting Gallery, Miramax
    and Radical Media. He has written and directed fifteen short films including Get the Picture (2004) starring Brian Cox and Lloyd Owen and winner of the 2004 Cambridge Film Festival. Founding member of PICTURE FARM, London & New York based production company which includes film makers Adrian Sturges, Ben Freedman, Damian Lewis, Gareth Lewis and
    Marc Singer (dir: Dark Days).

    Rupert’s first feature The Escapist will be released by Vertigo in April. He is currently working on The Trail which will start shooting in New Mexico this summer.

  • Spoilers! The Personal Pineapple livejournal site now offers “re-watch and discussion pages” for
    Merit Badge (episode 1) and Tear Assunder (episode 2) and have scheduled Wednesday, January 30th as the re-watch and discussion day for Let Her Go (episode 3).
  • This blogger has selected Life as one of the 10 best television dramas of the year stating: “Damian Lewis plays Charlie Crews as a peculiar guy who is inquisitive yet wise. He’s an interesting character whose quirks never overwhelm the character… He’s the star and he makes watching mesmerizing.”

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2008.01.26


  • The BBC Film Network has filed a report on UK films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival that includes video interviews with the cast and crew of The Escapist. The interviews include discussions with writer/director Rupert Wyatt, producer Adrian Sturges, Brian Cox and other cast members and also this interview with co-star Damian Lewis. The clips are also available for download from the Multimedia page. (Thanks to snafu1940 for the heads-up and thanks to Kaz for the clips!)
  • Click on the links below for more articles and reviews about The Escapist:
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  • Information about Damian Lewis was included in this recent “Ask Stacy” article on creators.com.
  • The Damian Lewis Yahoo! Group was launched on September 24, 2001 during the initial US run of Band of Brothers on HBO. There are now more than 4,400 members in the group but did you ever wonder how it all got started? Click here to read an explanation from Selene, the site’s creator and administrator – and a big thank you to Selene! 🙂

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2008.01.24

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  • Great new pictures of Damian Lewis! Check them out at the Gallery and enjoy!
  • More strong reviews for Damian Lewis’s new film The Escapist directed by Rupert Wyatt:

    Sundance critic Alex Billington gives the film 9 stars (out of 10) and says “I was completely blown away by The Escapist, in all aspects, and I’m still recovering from how amazing it was. … Great editing combined with an incredibly rich visual style, a riveting and inspiring story, one of the best scores I’ve heard in ages, and uncanny performances have resulted in my new favorite escape movie. The Escapist is a bold, energetic, intense, and inspiring film that surprised and impressed me more than almost any film at Sundance.”

    (Spoilers!) A viewer shared his opinions about The Escapist with Ain’t It Cool News including this comment: “the various characters are interesting, especially the prison kingpin Rizza (Damian Lewis)”

  • Click on the links below to read comments and reviews about Damian Lewis performances as Soames Forsyte, Charlie Crews, and Richard Winters.

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