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Irish Musician Sarah McGuinness at 2012 Halyon Unplugged Festival in Donegal, Ireland

Special summer fun awaits those who are across the pond, as beautiful singer/songwriter Sarah McGuinness is scheduled to headline the 2012 Halyon Unplugged Festival in Donegal, Ireland from July 6 to July 8. Halyfest 2012, the first festival of its kind in the area, is a celebration of the arts and senses; an amalgam of unplugged and traditional music, gastronomic and vinous delights, beautiful photos and painting exhibitions, authors reading aloud, filmmakers, open dancing and talented creative minds coming together under the summer sun in the Inishowen Peninsula of Ireland. Sarah is well-known for composing and performing all the titles from the Emmy-nominated documentary, "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story", and for recently opening for Izzard at
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British siren Sarah McGuinness live La performance June 15

One of our favorite singers, the beautiful Sarah McGuinness is in Los Angeles for a special intimate apppearance at the Room 5 Lounge on Wednesday, June 15 Ms. McGuinness is set to perform hit tracks from the documentary, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story. McGuinness developed the main theme, .Mama Can You See Me Now., as a series of complete songs in many different forms throughout the Izzard film. It can be heard in musical variations, from the 60.s radio jingle to the 80.s versions, finally coming to a head near the final revelation of the Story. McGuinness.s first single was .Mandy Says. produced by John O.Neill of the Undertones. Her later work drifted more towards the orchestral Barry-influence,
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Weekend TV highlights | Strictly Come Dancing | The Apprentice and more

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Strictly Come Dancing Final | Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story | Making War Horse | Sports Personality of the Year | The Apprentice | David Suchet on the Orient Express | Misfits Christmas Special and more

Saturday 18 December

Family Film Of The Decade

6pm, ITV1

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
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Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story review

As Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, Rachel attended a special screening of the documentary. Here's her review...

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,
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Eddie Izzard: straight but not linear

He's a transvestite, heterosexual standup comic and actor who ran 43 marathons in 51 days – as a new DVD documentary makes clear, Eddie Izzard's life has been far from predictable

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.
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Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story red carpet interviews: Derren Brown, Phill Jupitus and Eddie Izzard

We sent Rachel along to the red carpet premiere of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, where she met Derren Brown, Phill Jupitus and Izzard himself for a brief chat...

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,
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Epix hires director of doc development

Epix hires director of doc development
New York -- Epix is further strengthening its commitment to original programming and particularly documentaries. The premium TV service joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM has hired Jill Burkhart as director of documentary development, effective immediately.

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,
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Eddie Izzard and Frances Conroy Join United States of Tara

Eddie Izzard joins Showtime's United States of Tara for Season 3 Multi-faceted comedian and actor Eddie Izzard and multiple award-winning actress Frances Conroy will guest star on the Showtime series United States of Tara. Izzard will appear in eight episodes and Conroy in one episode of the third season opposite Toni Collette, last year's Emmy Award winner and this year's Emmy nominee for her role as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Did). Izzard will play Tara's brilliant psychology professor who is at first a Did skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to further explore the condition. Conroy will star as Max Gregson's (John Corbett) mother, a recluse with a compulsive hoarding problem. Production on season three begins mid-September in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere.

Eddie Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-up comedians of his generation.
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Eddie Izzard Joins 'United States Of Tara'

Exclusive: In his first Us series gig since his starring role on FX's The Riches, Eddie Izzard is joining the third season of the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in a major recurring role. United States of Tara stars Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Did). Izzard will play Tara’s brilliant psychology professor who starts as a Did skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to explore the condition further. Collette won an Emmy for her role on the show, whose third season will begin production mid-September in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere. British actor and standup comedian Izzard, repped by UTA and the Collective, was recently featured in the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, which was nominated for an Emmy in the best nonfiction special category.
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The Amazing 'Race'

Eddie Izzard is best known as a transvestite standup comic. He is also a film, television, and Tony-nominated dramatic actor. He's a political activist for Britain's Labour Party; within 10 years he expects to run for mayor of London. Also an endurance athlete, he recently completed 43 marathons in 51 days to benefit Sport Relief, a charity that benefits the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the U.K. and across the globe.Currently he is performing on Broadway, replacing James Spader in David's Mamet's "Race," and as Izzard sees it, all the pieces of his life inform one another, incongruous as they may seem. "In politics you have to pay attention to detail and be precise, and that's especially useful for Mamet's language," Izzard says in his dressing room before a performance. "My own diction had gotten sloppy, which works for me in my standup act. But in politics you have to articulate,
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Emmy nominations: The complete list

All the nominees for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

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" (

Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Hell's Kitchen"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The New Adventures Of Old Christine
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Sarah Townsend

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Sarah Townsend
Producer-director Sarah Townsend has made a name for herself across the genres of theater, film, stage shows and documentary filmmaking. Her talent for storytelling -– cultivated through an innate passion for music, mime, movement, and humor –- continues to develop with her diverse body of work. Townsend most recently released "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story" and is in development on "White Horses," scripted by Diane Weipert.
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Moment of Truth: Eddie Izzard Now Available In Convenient Doc Form

Moment of Truth: Eddie Izzard Now Available In Convenient Doc Form
Welcome back to Moment of Truth, Movieline's new weekly spotlight on the best in nonfiction cinema. This week, we hear from the director of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, which was released this week on DVD.

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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