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Why Band Of Brothers Was A Vital Production For The British Film Industry

A Boon for British Actors and Industry Professionals

by Walter Roberts | Slash Film | November 20, 2022

Over the years, Brits have proven to be especially sensitive when matters concern representations of their history, such as the country’s place in the world wars. And in 2001, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ co-produced HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” struck quite a nerve. After spending up to £15 million on UK broadcasting rights for the show, the BBC faced criticism for investing in a story that puts American soldiers at the center of the final World War II counteroffensive against Germany’s armed forces.

But this may not be a fair way to look at things. As a show filmed entirely in the UK, “Band of Brothers” was a boon for British actors and industry professionals alike.

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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

Best of the Best: Band of Brothers

by Alan Sepinwall | Rolling Stone | September 26, 2022

HOW DO YOU identify the very best series in a medium that’s been commercially available since the end of World War II? Especially when that medium has experienced more radical change in the nine years between the finales of Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul, than it did in the 60-odd years separating Walter White from Milton Berle? The current Peak TV era is delivering us 500-plus scripted shows per year, many of them breaking boundaries in terms of how stories are told and who’s doing the telling. So, we decided to update our list of television’s all-time best offerings, originally compiled in 2016.

Once again, we reached out to TV stars, creators, and critics — from multihyphenates like Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller, and Pamela Adlon to actors like Jon Hamm and Lizzy Caplan as well as the minds behind shows like The X-Files, Party Down, and Jane the Virgin — to sort through television’s vast and complicated history (see the full list of voters here). Giving no restrictions on era or genre, we ended up with an eclectic list where the wholesome children’s television institution Sesame Street finished one spot ahead of foulmouthed Western Deadwood, while Eisenhower-era juggernaut I Love Lucy wound up sandwiched in between two shows, Lost and Arrested Development, that debuted during George W. Bush’s first term.

Many favorites returned, and the top show retained its crown. But voters couldn’t resist many standouts of the past few years, including a tragicomedy with a guinea-pig-themed café, an unpredictable comedy set in the world of hip-hop, and a racially charged adaptation of an unadaptable comic book. It’s a hell of a list.

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Band of Brothers Struck Emmy Gold 20 Years Ago

Hollywood Flashback

by Hilton Dresden | Hollywood Reporter | June 11, 2022

For Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration focused on World War II epics. After that film won five Oscars, they teamed up on a wartime drama for the small screen. It would be HBO’s “most expensive miniseries,” with a budget in the realm of $120 million, THR reported.

Band of Brothers, a 13-hour dramatization of Stephen Ambrose’s best-seller, followed a brigade of World War II soldiers known as “The Easy Company,” a regiment within the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Each episode opened with audio testimony from a real veteran of the brigade before focusing on a member of the ensemble cast as they prepared for war and entered the field. David Schwimmer, at the height of his Friends fame, was joined by a group of relative newcomers including Damian Lewis in the central role of Lt. Winters, Scott Grimes, Matthew Leitch, Ron Livingston and Michael Fassbender. (Hanks served as executive producer with Spielberg and directed the fifth of the 10 episodes, but did not have a speaking role.)

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10 Most Popular HBO Shows Of All Time, According To IMDb

Band of Brothers

by Kallie Atkins | ScreenRant | April 15, 2022

From shows like Game Of Thrones to Euphoria, HBO has a plethora of wildly successful series under its belt. Let’s look at their IMDb ratings!

With plenty of exciting shows set to premiere in 2022, including The Staircase and former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife, HBO is hoping to continue its trend of successful TV series. From popular series like Sex And The City to Euphoria to Game Of Thrones, HBO already has plenty of impressive series under its belt.

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The Biggest Easy Company Battle Band Of Brothers Left Out

Destruction of Son Bridge: The Battle Prior to Episode 4 ‘Replacements’

by Emily Clute | ScreenRant | March 21, 2022

HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers told the true story of Easy Company and their time in WWII. However, one battle was left out of the series.

HBO’s 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers is heralded for providing a glimpse into the horrors of World War II — but despite being based on the true story of Easy Company, the miniseries tweaks history for the sake of the story, and ultimately leaves out some of the struggles that Easy Company faced during the war. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers, was brought to life in 2001 by Hollywood legends Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, drawing on inspiration from the real-life members of Easy Company themselves. Despite working off of first-hand accounts, however, there are pieces of the story that were ultimately details left out of Band of Brothers. Here is the battle that was left out of Band of Brothers, explained.

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Pre-Production: Flags Over Berlin – March 23, 2018

The Lewis Brothers At It Again?

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 23, 2018

In an article published in The Astana Times, scriptwriter, producer and director Aidiye Aidarbekov stated, “I wrote the script for the Flags Over Berlin film produced by Dauren Toleukhanov. British filmmaker Gareth Lewis and actor Damian Lewis will join the project.”

Research indicates the film will be directed by Damian’s brother, who is a writer, producer and director. The film The Baker (2007), also known as Assassin in Love, starring Damian himself, was written and directed by Damian’s talented brother and business partner Gareth Lewis, a joint project produced under their production company at the time, Picture Farm, Ltd., along with partner Adrian Sturges. At the world premiere of The Baker at Canada’s Tremblant Film Festival, Gareth was named Best Director. Damian and Adrian Sturges also produced the Gareth Lewis written and directed short film Normal for Norfolk featuring the one and only Helen McCrory. It’s all in the family!

So what is Flags Over Berlin?

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Damian Lewis Meets Veteran at D-Day Landing Site in Normandy – June 7, 2014

Damian Lewis meets veteran at D-Day landing site in Normandy

He’s best known for portraying Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in hit TV series Homeland, and it would seem his interest in the military and history extends much further than a Hollywood TV show.

by FELICITY THISTLETHWAITE – The Express –  7 June 

Damian meets with World War II veteran James “Pee Wee” H. Martin, age 93. Source: The Express

The 43-year-old former Eton student was spotted in Normandy talking to D-Day veterans earlier today.

World War II veteran James H. Martin, 93, who landed with the 101st Airborne, on Utah Beach, chatted away to actor Damian as they took in the sight.

The pair stood tall during a wreath laying ceremony at the Richard Winters monument, in Sainte-Marie du Mont, France.

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