HOLLYWOOD – Homeland is Showtime’s popular terrorist/espionage thriller starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, but what do we really know about it? Where does its allegiances lie? And does any of it make any sense?

We sent the undercover Studio Exec FACT squad into deep black ops cover to find 5 FACTS you never knew.

1. Homeland is a complete waste of time.

2. No honestly that last fact was the important one. The will he or won’t he, is she or isn’t she, is a complete waste of your time.

3. Time spent playing or watching golf, by comparison, is like you’re curing cancer.

4. I’ll admit the first season was mildly diverting if you fast forwarded through Brody’s family life, but seriously repeatedly watching this stuff and thinking you’ll get a different result is in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Handbook as a definition of psychopathy.

5. It’s still better than the Walking Dead.

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HOLLYWOOD – Homeland and Band of Brothers star Damien Lewis has signed on to play Albus Dumbledore in the new Warner Bros Harry Potter spin-off Young Albus.

The news came as something of a surprise following as it did a week in which Mr. Lewis appeared to criticize actors Ian McKellan and Michael Gambon as fruity actors who wind up playing wizards. Sir Ian responded in an interview with the British publication The Radio Times that ‘no one needs to feel sorry for me’. Captain Brody later apologized saying his comments had been taken out of context. Some believe that his decision to play the Hogwarts headmaster to be might be an act of contrition, although he denied this.

The fact of the matter is I was already in talks to play Albus long before this furor. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and the script is full of fantastic stuff and humor so I’m really looking forward to playing the role. Plus Homeland has kind of jumped the shark. And I don’t want to be one of those actors like Hugh Laurie, or Dominic West, or George Clooney who can’t escape television. Oh wait, I hope they won’t be offended by that.

The first Harry Potter film not to be based on a J.K. Rowling novel, Young Albus does however have the author’s full approval. ‘I admire Damien as an actor,’ said Rowling. ‘And David Mamet’s script is a really interesting change in direction. With a lot of people repeating each other’s lines.’

Young Albus is due out in 2015. 




NEW YORK – A whole series of American TV channels have been accused of kidnapping British drama school students when they are only children and transporting them to the States, where they are kept in cages and forced to adopt semi-convincing American accents, before appearing in gritty drama series.

Hugh Laurie was taken when he was only fourteen years old.

Many are too scared to speak out. And plus once the shows begin and the money starts to become quite good then they get used to the swimming pools and they don’t look back. It’s really the swimming pools that get you in the end. 

Idris Elba

Idris Elba and Dominic West were taken from the same school by David Simon and trained for three years before being released onto The Wire:

Neither one of us had ever been to Baltimore, nor for that matter the US. And there we were in the middle of a gripping and honest expose of the American drug war. Only two years earlier we had been playing cricket on the old village green, while our old mother (God Bless her) slapped the chickens.     

Damien Lewis was the latest to be kidnapped and brainwashed in scenes ironically reminiscent of the whiplash plot of his hit TV series Homeland. He joined Andrew Lincoln from the AMC show The Walking Dead in an attempted escape, but it was foiled when they realised the guns they were carrying only fired blanks and they were lured back to their respective shows with strategically placed buckets of money.