Dream Horse Screening at UNCSA
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 29, 2020
This year’s RiverRun International Film Festival will close with comedy-drama Dream Horse starring Damian Lewis and Toni Collette.
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional event based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is one of the premiere film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 22nd annual RiverRun will be held March 26 – April 5, 2020.
The closing night film Dream Horse will be screened at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
RiverRun’s 11-day Festival programming regularly includes a selection of family-friendly, independent, international and celebrity driven films, attracting diverse audiences – which include local film aficionados, young families, niche audiences and cultural tourists.
In all, audiences will be able to choose among 77 feature films and 96 shorts from 42 countries, Most movies in the festival will be screened in Winston-Salem, including some screenings at a new location for the festival, Marketplace Cinema. Some movies will also be shown at RED Cinemas in Greensboro.
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. March 4, 2020 at the Stevens Center box office. All regular screenings for the festival are $12 for adults and $10 for students, with $6 matinees Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. Ticket packages are also available.
For more information on films and tickets, go to riverrunfilm.com/ or call 336-721-1945.
Damian Lewis as Rob Ford Generated Worldwide Chatter
by Susan Minuk | The Canadian Jewish News | February 28, 2020
The wildly anticipated movie Run This Town follows three millennials struggling to find their place in the world against the backdrop of the Rob Ford scandal that engulfed Toronto in 2013.
This is the directorial debut for writer/director Ricky Tollman, and is produced by Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman. The three-year project was filmed in Toronto in 20 days, shooting at landmarks such as Nathan Phillips Square, city chambers and the Thompson Hotel. Tollman says viewers, Toronto ones especially, may be surprised to see the iconic United Bakers Dairy Restaurant on screen.
In the film, Tollman examines the relationship between news, politics and entertainment.
“With the surge in clickbait headlines and 140-character reporting, politics has shifted. What can get the most likes? It’s entertainment,” Tollman said. “I wanted to tell a story about people that took place in the walls of news, which has shifted over the last 10 or 12 years from binding fact check news to opinion and the most eyeballs.”
Bringing actor Damian Lewis to play Ford generated worldwide chatter. “We needed a specific actor that could be that politician. And Damian is charming and funny – but can also play shades of darkness in one moment and then in the next moment you can be laughing with him,” Tollman said. “And you’re not sure you should be laughing!”
Although the film is set during the Ford scandal, it isn’t specifically “The Rob Ford story.”
“He appears in just a handful of scenes – it’s really a jumping off point,” Manis said. “I think that the portrait of Rob is sympathetic in that we definitely see multiple sides of him.”
Continue reading A Millennial Adventure Set During Rob Ford Scandal – Feb 29, 2020
Savion Williams from Yonkers
by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline | February 28, 2020
Akili McDowell, the star of OWN’s acclaimed new series David Makes Man, is set for a major recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Billions, Showtime’s Wall Street drama series starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
McDowell will play Savion Williams, a young kid growing up in Axe’s (Lewis) childhood hometown. Season 5 is in production in New York and will premiere May 3.
Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (guest star Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction.
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Easter Monday Family Race Day
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 26, 2020
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new movie Dream Horse, which is based on the true story of a horse named Dream Alliance, the legendary horse himself will return 10 years later as Guest of Honor and parade in the winner’s enclosure at Chepstow Race Course on Monday, April 13, 2020. He is one of the most celebrated horses in racing, bred on an allotment, who went on to win the biggest race in Wales, the Coral Welsh Grand National, 2009. The retired champ will hopefully be available to meet his fans throughout the day.
Dream Horse is inspired by Dream Alliance’s historic win and stars Damian Lewis, Toni Collette, Owen Teale and Joanna Page. Get ready for the feel-good film of the spring, as Dream Horse hits UK cinemas on April 17, shortly after Chepstow’s family fun day to coincide with the launch of the movie.
Chepstow’s gates open at 12:00 p.m., with first race at 2:00 p.m. and last race at 5:30 p.m. Children aged 17 and under enter free. To join in on the popular Easter Monday Family Race Day and for more information about tickets, please visit Chepstow Racing and Events here.
Continue reading Retired Horse Dream Alliance Will Be Guest of Honor at Chepstow Race Course – Feb 26, 2020
Welcome Dr. Swerdlow
by Nellie Andreeva & Denise Petski | Deadline | February 26, 2020
Coming off his nine-season run on Suits, Rick Hoffman is returning to the world of corporate intrigue with a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Billions, Showtime’s Wall Street drama series starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Season 5 is in production in New York and will premiere May 3.
Hoffman will play Dr. Swerdlow, a medical man with unorthodox methods. Hoffman is probably best known for his fan favorite role as eccentric and endearing lawyer Louis Litt on all nine seasons of USA’s popular legal drama Suits.
In season five of Billions, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (guest star Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction.
Read the rest of the original article at Deadline