Shiver me timbers! Eddie Izzard perfects his peg-leg hobble to play swashbuckling villain Long John Silver
[from the DailyMail.co.uk]
Back in the old days of cinema, actors would have to hop around with their leg tied behind them to play Long John Silver. Thankfully for Eddie Izzard, those days are long gone and the wonders of modern technology means he can play his pirate role with both legs firmly on the ground. However, the stand-up comedian and actor will still have to perfect some sort of hobble as he takes on the role of Long John Silver.
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Eddie Izzard for Sky’s ‘Treasure
[from digitalspy.com] Sky has announced that it is working on
a new adaptation of Treasure Island. The Guardian reports that comedian Eddie
Izzard has signed up to play Long John Silver in the program. Filming for the
two-part show is expected to begin in Ireland and Puerto Rico next month. Sky’s
managing director of entertainment and news Sophie Turner Laing said: “We have
Treasure Island in production which stars Eddie Izzard, which is really exciting.
He doesn’t do that much television so we are very excited that he is to play Long
John Silver.” Treasure Island is currently scheduled to air on Sky1 at Christmas
Warren and Clark meet when Clark heckles Warren on stage in a crowded comedy
club. Their improvised banter goes down a storm, and Warren becomes convinced
that destiny has spoken: Warren and Clark are meant to be the biggest comedy double
act of all time. There's only one slight problem: they are terrible and can't
get a gig. As their frustration mounts, and their efforts to get noticed become
increasingly desperate, their bosom-buddy friendship begins to curdle into bitter
rivalry. In a world that wants to deny their destiny, Warren and Clark must find
a way to stick together if they are to have a chance of making it huge.
makes a special appearance in the film along with other British standups.
GREEN ROOM WITH PAUL PROVENZA
Synoposis: Hosted and executive
produced by noted comedian Paul Provenza, the director and co-producer of the
behind-the-scenes comedy documentary “The Aristocrats,” THE GREEN ROOM WITH PAUL
PROVENZA (tentative title) is a six-episode, half-hour series offering viewers
an opportunity of a lifetime: to witness the hilarious exchanges between comic
legends who span several generations and, for some, are meeting their own comedy
idols for the first time in a spontaneous, uncensored roundtable format. Filmed
in front of a live audience, they share personal anecdotes, intimate thoughts
and tackle a wide variety of hot topics, ranging from the state of comedy today
to politics to racism to personal life lessons – all with the fearless honesty
and lightning-quick, outrageous humor that – until now – only happens when comedians
get together in private and the rules don’t apply.
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Eddie appears as a panelist.
THE LOST CHRISTMAS
announces new Christmas family film for BBC One starring Eddie Izzard
Award-winning CBBC today announces it has commissioned another
original new family drama, The Lost Christmas, for broadcast
2011/2012 on BBC One.
The Lost Christmas stars BAFTA, Olivier
and two-time Emmy award-winner Eddie Izzard as Anthony, a mysterious
man who appears on Manchester's snowy streets at Christmas Eve with a remarkable
gift: the ability to find the lost.
The Lost Christmas will be written
and directed by Emmy, BAFTA and Berlin Bear award-winner John Hay.
Commissioned by Jay Hunt for BBC One and Anne
Gilchrist for CBBC, the special 90-minute film, which also stars Jason
Flemyng will be made and set in Manchester.
drama follows hot on the heels of CBBC's other recent original family drama commissions
– Ingenious by Jeanette Winterson starring
Una Stubbs, and a Simon Nye adaptation of children's
classic Just William.
Controller, BBC Children's, said: "I'm delighted to announce another original
British drama made by CBBC.
"The Lost Christmas promises to be a magical
and feel-good family film, but which is built around the ordinary hardships and
hurdles many families face."
Jason Flemyng said: "The story came
off the page for me, somehow uplifting and very poignant at the same time. It
just reminded me of all those Christmas films I used to sit down in front of a
fire and watch as a kid."
The Lost Christmas is set in Manchester as
snow falls and everyone is getting ready for Christmas.
is, except Anthony (Eddie Izzard), a strange, enigmatic being who wakes up in
the middle of the street, not knowing where he is or what he's here to do. But
Anthony has a remarkable ability: the power to find the lost.
course of one magical Christmas Eve, Anthony transforms the lives of five ordinary
people, people whose lives have been shattered by decisions of their past, decisions
they have come to regret.
But is Anthony's ability to heal real, or just
Written by John Hay and Dave Logan, the film
is being made for CBBC by Impact Film & Television, directed
by John Hay and the executive producer is Connal Orton. The CBBC
executive producer is Sue Nott.