Categories Awards Charity Helen Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Damian Lewis To Host Annual McCrory Award in Private Exhibit

The McCrory Award Campaign 2024

by Gingersnap | | December 5, 2023

Damian is scheduled to host a private viewing of an art exhibit on March 26, 2024 at the Alon Zakaim Fine Arts gallery in London, showcasing exclusive photography pieces of Helen McCrory to support the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation and to honor The McCrory Award. Funds raised from the charity event will sponsor 3-4 young HvH Arts Foundation artistic beneficiaries who will be bestowed The McCrory Award mentorship. Sadie Frost will also co-host the occasion. More than likely there will be an online catalogue to browse for purchase through donation, typically via a prize draw and pledge to support the charity.  The inaugural event launched back on June 15, 2022.

The foundation – which Helen was the former Patron of and is now patroned by Damian – gives access to free art and media workshops for disadvantaged children “…so they can express their inner artist” and flourish. Like last year, we anticipate featured photographs will be donated by additional celebrities, all who have posed for Helen’s friend Debbi Clark, photographer and CEO/Founder of HvH Arts Foundation. To explore more about Debbi Clark Photography click here and here.

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Categories Print Media Wolf Hall

‘Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light’ Casting News

Casting Announcement

by Staff |  | December 4, 2023

Harriet Walter and Timothy Spall

Masterpiece PBS and the BBC have announced the remaining casting for Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light, based on the final novel in Hilary Mantel’s multi award-winning trilogy. As previously announced, Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Pryce, Kate Phillips and Lilit Lesser will all return for the six-part series, now filming across England and Wales.

Announced today, Harriet Walter (Killing Eve, Succession) joins the cast to play Lady Margaret Pole, with Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Spencer) as the Duke of Norfolk.

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Categories Billions Locations Guide Print Media

Billions Season 7 Location Guide

Take the Billions Tour Around New York City and Beyond

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | December 4, 2023

As I mentioned a billion times before, Billions is a dream show for me not only because my favorite actor is in it, but also because New York, from its landmarks to its city parks and to its quirky shops, appears as a cast member in the show! As someone who feels the only home she has in the world is the city that never sleeps, I particularly love it that Billions is taking over New York, the BIG film studio that it is, and shooting all over the place, from Manhattan to Queens to Brooklyn to The Bronx to Long Island and to northern suburbs. So I have put together this Billions Season 7 Location Guide as a loving tribute to my most favorite place on earth (and also to my second favorite place on earth!) and a heartfelt thank you to the show creators for writing a love letter to the city.

Hope you pick and choose and take your own Billions tour in New York City and beyond and give us feedback – especially if you know about a location that is missing in this post! Oh, and in case you missed Fan Fun locations guide for the previous seasons, you can check them out hereherehere, here and here. And please note that many show staples like Axe Capital HQ, Chuck’s Southern District office, or Chuck Senior’s apartment were all listed in previous seasons when they first appeared. ENJOY!

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Categories Events Gallery Screenings

Damian Lewis Hosts Special Screening of the Film ‘The Holdovers’

The Holdovers

by Gingersnap | | December 2, 2023

Damian hosted former Billions co-star, Paul Giamatti’s, special screening of his latest film The Holdovers on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Soho Hotel in London, England.

Damian took to the stage to share a few words in support of Paul and introduced him, as well as Holdovers co-star DaVine Joy Randolph to the audience at the UK event.

Hugh Bonneville was also spotted at the event, but the only person missing was fellow Billions co-star Kelly AuCoin (Dollar Bill Stern), who also had a small part in the film. Kelly recently took to Instagram to share of photo and him and Paul on the set of the film, telling his followers how much fun he had filming the movie.

View more photos from the special screening event in our Gallery here.

The movie was released in the US on November 10, 2023 and is scheduled for UK release by Universal Pictures UK on January 19, 2024.

The film is about a curmudgeonly history instructor at a remote New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus over the holidays and babysit a handful of students, particularly a troublemaker, who has no place to go.

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Categories A Spy Among Friends Poll Print Media

Best TV Shows of 2023: A Spy Among Friends

Nail-Biting Espionage

by Mike Hale | New York Times | November 29, 2023

TV in 2023 was like synchronized swimming. Below the surface, there was roiling and churn. The writers’ and actors’ strikes wiped out much of the production year. The hangover from the corporate binge on streaming platforms led to cancellations and cutbacks. A number of hall-of-fame series left the air, with no clear plan of, as it were, succession.

But above the waterline, the dance went on. As usual, it was challenging to whittle down my year-end list to 10. (So I picked 11.) As usual, I am listing it in alphabetical, not ranked order. As usual, I made it a rule not to repeat shows from the previous year, and as usual, I broke that rule. (I couldn’t not include “Reservation Dogs.”)

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Categories Events Gallery Personal and Family Life Print Media

Damian Lewis and Children Attend ‘Wonka’ World Premiere

They’ve Got a Golden Ticket

by Gingersnap | | November 28, 2023

Damian and his children, daughter Manon (who wore her mother’s dress) and son Gulliver (who wore his father’s famous mustard coat), attended the Warner Bros. Pictures World Premiere of Wonka at The Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 in London, England. They walked the red carpet as part of the VIP arrivals to see Damian’s former Homeland co-star Timothée Chalamet, who plays Wonka in the musical fantasy film. See more photos of their red carpet arrivals in our Gallery here. The film follows a young Willy Wonka, presenting a prequel story to the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It explores how the world’s greatest inventor, magician, and chocolate maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

Other stars in attendance were Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman and Hugh Grant. For those who may not remember, Matt Lucas joined the FeedNHS initiative alongside Damian and Helen McCrory, a charity they started during the CoVid-19 pandemic. Matt released his Baked Potato Song to raise funds for the campaign. Everything’s connected!

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Categories Print Media Wolf Hall

‘Wolf Hall’ Sequel With Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance Sets Production Start for PBS, BBC

The Final Novel in Hilary Mantel’s Historical Trilogy

by Rick Porter | Hollywood Reporter | November 20, 2023

UPDATE 11/27/23: According to the Daily Mail, some initial filming took place Saturday, November 25, 2023 in Bristol. Filming on location photos can be viewed in our Gallery here.

After eight years, PBS is making a return to Wolf Hall. The public broadcaster will air a sequel to its Emmy-nominated miniseries, with Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis reprising their roles as Thomas Cromwell and English King Henry VIII. The series, based on the final book in author Hilary Mantel‘s trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is scheduled to begin production soon. It will air under PBS’ Masterpiece banner in the United States and on the BBC in the U.K. Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light currently has no release date.

The new season follows Thomas Cromwell as he navigates the aftermath of Anne Boleyn’s execution, facing moral dilemmas and multiple enemies. Cromwell somehow manages to escape the bloodshed unscathed. Although he can continue amassing power and influence, the whole display assures that nobody is truly safe in the King’s court. Cromwell is in particular trouble with no powerful family behind him and only the wits that got him there. The season will follow the moral dilemmas he faces as he tries to keep his head on his shoulders while still trying to do the right thing and steer England toward the future. Unfortunately for him, things are even more complicated than that with rebellion within the country’s borders, traitors abroad, and an invasion on the horizon. All the while, Cromwell’s fortunes are running out as he’s earned no small number of enemies who wish to see his demise.

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Categories Appearances Events Music

Damian Lewis Part of the Las Vegas Grand Prix Entertainment Line-Up

The Ultimate Las Vegas Race Weekend Experience

by Gingersnap | | November 15, 2023

Photo by Alison Mosshart

After more than 40 years away, Formula 1’s much anticipated return to Las Vegas took place November 16-18, 2023. VISTA Las Vegas, in association with McLaren Formula 1 Team, was the ultimate Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend party and official venue of the Las Vegas strip circuit. The official McLaren Vista 3-night party venue was at Drai’s Nightclub and hosted by Mark Wahlberg, with DJs and live music. Damian was part of the exciting live music line-up, but that’s not all. Damian and Alison Mosshart celebrated Alison’s birthday with an early birthday weekend among friends in the Sin City. Damian shared on Instagram that he was cheering on the McLaren driver Lando Norris, who placed in 20th position.

Thursday was the initial kick off party. Friday was the sunset sessions qualifying event and Saturday was race day. For more information, including the racing map and detailed schedule, visit Vista Las Vegas website. View more images from the event in our Gallery here.

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Categories Billions Merchandise

Billions Season 7 Heads to DVD and Blu-ray

Final Season DVD Release Date

by John Latchem | Media Play News | November 13, 2023

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the seventh and final season of the Showtime drama Billions on DVD January 16, 2024. A Blu-ray disc edition of Billions: The Final Season also will be available on a manufacture-on-demand basis. Billions: The Final Season will also offer the featurettes “Billions: Rewind” and “Billions: Notes on a Scene” as extras. “Billions: Notes on a Scene” will dive into certain scenes from the final season of the series. Get the final season from Best Buy, Amazon or Wal-mart.

Source: Media Play News

Categories Band of Brothers Poll Print Media

The Making of Band of Brothers (Exclusive)

For Veterans Day

by Phil Pirrello  | Television Academy | November 10, 2023

For Veterans Day, lead writer Erik Jendresen reveals to the Television Academy how he and Tom Hanks helped make TV history.

The road to Band of Brothers started on the set of The Green Mile.

That’s where, in 1999, Band of Brothers’ lead writer and supervising producer Erik Jendresen first met with his soon-to-be-creative partner, Tom Hanks, to discuss adapting Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 book into one of HBO’s most prestigious (and enduring) miniseries. Fresh off the recent success of Saving Private Ryan, Hanks and director Steven Spielberg (serving here as executive producer) teamed up with Jendresen to tell the harrowing real-life story of the soldiers of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, and the formative struggles they faced on the frontlines of World War II.

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Categories Album Mission Creep Gallery Music Tour Dates UK Tour 2023

Damian Lewis Plays The Concorde in Eastleigh

UK Tour: Eleventh Show

by Gingersnap | | November 9, 2023

Photo by David Basford

Damian and his brilliant band played the last leg of their UK Tour with gig number eleven in Eastleigh at The Concorde on Thursday, November 9, 2023 in support of his debut album Mission Creep.

We can’t be sure of the set list, but if it’s anything like the other shows on this UK Tour then Damian opened the show with his first single Down on the Bowery, followed by Zaragoza, Hole in My Roof, My Little One, Soho Tango and nine more songs, not including encore songs. He usually plays his new songs Pentonville Prison and Traffic Jam. For encore he usually plays a cover of After Midnight and his other new song She Makin’ Me Change.

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Categories Fan Sightings Personal and Family Life Social Media

Damian Lewis Spotted at Alexa Chung’s Party

Picture of the Week

by Gingersnap | | November 9, 2023

Tall Ginger in the background looks familiar 😉

The internet does not disappoint, as a random photo surfaced showing Damian in the background at Alexa Chung’s 40th birthday party this week. Alexa Chung is a British television presenter, model, internet personality, writer, and designer of the fashion label ALEXACHUNG. She has ties to Vogue and Vogue World, which Damian and Alison recently attended, and we have no doubt Alison probably joined Damian for these birthday festivities as well. We will keep our eyes peeled for more photos!