Saturday 18 December
Family Film Of The Decade
Another list show, but at least this one has the bonus of doubling as a last-minute shopping guide if you're after some DVDs for junior members of your clan this Christmas. ITV viewers have voted on this list, which includes Toy Story 3, the Harry Potter series, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Mamma Mia! and Avatar. They've got time with celebs, too: Cameron Diaz discusses the making of Shrek, Pixar's Pete Docter and Bob Peterson talk about Up, and Nick Park and Steve Box are interviewed about Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Plus Georgie Henley talks about playing Lucy in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, showing on
I have been a die-hard fan of Eddie Izzard since around the age of 14. As is often the case with chance encounters, I discovered his back catalogue in completely the wrong order, by first watching Glorious and then Unrepeatable, followed by Definite Article.
It is safe to say that this non-linear approach to his work only increased the appeal, and made me more determined to find out more about the man who had introduced me so perfectly, at such a young age, to the world of observational and alternative comedy.
Since then, Eddie Izzard, for me, has been catapulted into ‘hero’ status. There isn’t a stand-up performance I haven’t seen, or a film review I haven’t read - if it is any way concerned with him,
I noticed something which only a person reading a whole load of Eddie Izzard interviews in one go would ever notice: journalists always talk about his body. Is he fat or thin? Sorry, "heavy" or "sculpted"? Is he wearing men's clothes or women's, are they nice or scruffy?
He comes in for the kind of pretend-neutral, old-fashioned, nostrils-flared appraisal that women get and men almost never do. It's almost as if being a transvestite has unleashed the forces of sexism against him. I met him at the offices of his production company, in London, where he's promoting the DVD release of Believe, a film about the story of his life. He looks great, by the way, but let's leave it at that.
It was a very cold evening at London’s Cineworld Haymarket, as celebrities gathered to celebrate the DVD launch of Sarah Townsend’s film directorial debut, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story.
Believe is a documentary following British comedian Eddie Izzard as he delves into his past, the loss of his mother when he was a young boy, his frankly incredible feat of carving a name for himself on the British, and subsequently international, comedy and film scenes.
He has created, almost single handedly and with sheer determination, what is now one of the best and most prolific careers of any British performer.
The film itself was screened at every Cineworld in the country simultaneously, with a live Q&A with Sarah Townsend and Eddie Izzard,
The new position was filled following Epix's recent first Emmy nomination for "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story," which chronicles the comedian's rise to fame. Its slate of documentaries has also included Academy Award winner "The Cove" and Michael Moore classic "Bowling for Columbine," among others.
Burkhart most recently served as the executive director of the Nantucket Film Festival, which she founded along with her brother in 1996. Previously, she worked with Madstone Films as a curator for its Very Indie Film Series and led screenwriters' retreat the Screenwriters Colony.
"Jill's experience working with independent film producers, studios, and festivals uniquely qualifies her for this new role in deepening Epix's original programming slate," said Laverne McKinnon,
Eddie Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-up comedians of his generation.
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
H. Jon Benjamin, "Archer"
Dave Foley, "Disney Prep & Landing"
Seth Green, "Robot Chicken"
Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"
Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons"
Anne Hathaway, "The Simpsons"
Outstanding Animated Program
"Alien Earths" (Ngc)
"Disney Prep & Landing" (ABC)
"The Ricky Gervais Show" - "Knob at Night" (HBO)
"The Simpsons" - "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (Fox)
"South Park" - "200/201" (Comedy Central)
Outstanding Short-format Animated Program
"Adventure Time" - "My Two Favorite People" (Cartoon Network)
"Chowder" - "The Toots" (Cartoon Network)
"Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" - "Racing the Schoolbus" (Disney Channel)
"The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack" - "Tee Hee Tummy Tums" (Cartoon Network)
"Robot Chicken" - "Full-Assed Christmas Special" (Cartoon Network)
"Uncle Grandpa" (cartoonnetwork.com)
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"The New Adventures Of Old Christine
The cross-dressing comic and actor Eddie Izzard wasn't always the "cross-dressing comic and actor Eddie Izzard." Sarah Townsend knew him back when he was just another struggling performer desperate for a break, working round the clock and riding a unicycle for whatever spare change passers-by on the street might have in their pockets. And since 2003, Townsend has been piecing those days -- and the rest in between -- together for her debut feature documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story. I know, I know: "Why does Eddie Izzard need his own documentary?" You'd be surprised. It's quite the inspiration, really -- motivational substance for people who hate that kind of stuff. It's also a fascinating
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