Jan
25
2010
0

Eddie on TV

Eddie will be on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Thu, Jan 28, 12:37 AM (check local listings) and on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross Tue, Jan 26, 3:00 AM on BBC America.

Written by Momo in: TV |
Jan
25
2010
2

Eddie Izzard hosts Spirit Awards on IFC March 5

[from monstersandcritics.com]

Touring comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is confirmed as host for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards to air March 5.

Izzard will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Organizers cite Izzard’s “absurd, bizarre, and surreal” comic narratives as suitable attributes to lead the irreverent, laid-back style of the Spirit Awards.

The milestone anniversary will be a late-night celebration on Friday, March 5, 2010 at LA Live’s event deck in downtown Los Angeles.

The 25th Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and the ceremony will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. PST/11:00 p.m. EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel).

“The Spirit Awards are known for celebrating filmmakers who can challenge audiences with their original storytelling and art, and the same applies to Eddie,” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. “We are thrilled to have such a talented and daring performer host the 25th Anniversary for us. There’s a wealth of memorable moments from past shows and independent film history to draw from, so audiences are in for a treat!”

“Eddie Izzard will bring his hilarious energy to this year’s ceremony, while paying tribute to the independent spirit and artists who have produced some of the world’s best original films,” said Jennifer Caserta, EVP and GM of IFC. “The Spirit Awards are the pinnacle celebration of independent work in the film industry, and we are proud to have been a dedicated partner and television broadcast home for the awards for more than fifteen years.”

Izzard is completing his “Stripped Too” arena tour across the U.S., the UK and Europe including a recent sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

Izzard will next be seen in the independent film, Every Day opposite Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt and Carla Cugino, and Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, a documentary on his rise to fame – from his early influences to now – which was released last fall and will air on EPIX this spring.

Izzard recently ran 1,100 miles through England, Wales, North Ireland and Scotland for charity. He raised $250,000 for Sports Relief, which helps the less fortunate in Britain and poor countries worldwide.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include Acura Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producer Award.

Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_1528267.php/Eddie-Izzard-hosts-Spirit-Awards-on-IFC-March-5#ixzz0deRWc4Js

Written by Momo in: News,TV |
Jan
20
2010
1

Sport Relief 2010

You’ll also be able to tune in for a night of TV entertainment on Friday 19th March on BBC1 with highlights including special sporting editions of favourite shows including Masterchef and Top Gear; a one-off Strictly Come Dancing challenge and Frank Skinner will host a special edition of A Question of Sport Relief.

Other TV treats coming up during the campaign on the BBC include the return of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, the all new Sport Relief Does We Are The Champions and a documentary series about Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK.

Izzard fan, Melanie, will be running for Sport Relief and you can sponsor her HERE.

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes,TV |
Jan
02
2010
5
Jan
01
2010
0

Day of the Triffids – BBC Mini-series – review

[from BSC]

Bill Masen, a scientist who has spent his life working with the genetically engineered, carnivorous plants known as Triffids, finds himself one of the few sighted people left in the world after an intense solar event blinds much of the population. But if you think that sounds like a bad day, then imagine his horror when he finds that a loony environmental activist has released the deadly Triffids from the farms where Masen was attempting to study them.

This, then, is the set-up for the BBC’s latest adaptation of John Wyndham’s classic SF novel. Don’t ask me about how faithful an adaptation it is, because – as ashamed as I am to admit it – I’ve never encountered the Triffids before. And perhaps that’s the best way to come to an adaptation like this: treating it as a fresh and original story without any baggage to affect how the story comes across.

Certainly, this latest BBC mini-series looks the business. Aside from the dodgy effects in the opening solar flare, the dark and claustrophobic urban sets and the sprawling, desolate countryside scenes create an effectively doom-laden atmosphere, and the early crowd scenes where those suddenly struck blind start to grab out for any seeing person they can are unnervingly effective, if finally becoming a little melodramatic.

The cast are solid, ranging from merely watchable if a little flat – Dougray Scott, as the lead, is given little to do but keep telling people that the Triffids are dangerous while maintaining the kind of heroic scowl you know is going to melt when he finally admits that he’s falling in love with Joely Richardson – to absolutely excellent – Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave’s bleeding obvious but still fun cameo, and, of course, Dundee’s finest, Brian Cox. My biggest worry was Eddie Izzard as the mysterious Torrens, a man who survives an air crash and uses the sudden apocalypse as an opportunity to grab at some kind of power and reinvent his life. That we are given no clue as to who he was before the crash merely adds to his creepiness. Although, at times, Izzard seems to channel the spirit of his James Mason impressions from his stand-up routine just a little too closely.

The plants themselves are wisely kept to the shadows for much of the show. A tendril here, a purple-balloon head there. A click-clacking noise and a cast member yanked out of view, the under-seige sections of the show were very well done. In part two, especially, Joely Richardson’s run through Triffid-infested London was unsettling and rather tense, even if there was a feeling that overall she was going to make it out of there.

Where the series falls flat is in its use, or overuse, of SF and apocalyptic plot staples. Vannessa Redgrave clearly has fun in a cameo as a nun who may not be as holy as she seems, but the minute she appears on screen you can guess what she’s all about. And when a couple of rifle-toting kids appear on screen, you know they’re going to go all soft and gooey before too long.

There’s also the matter of several characters behaving conveniently for the sake of the plot moving forward and the constant hammering-over-the-head with a solution from Bill Masen’s childhood that comes in rather convenient later on down the line. The script writers clearly took the idea of Chekhov’s gun and held it close to their hearts. There’s also the not-so-subtle commentary about how quickly society could break down when you take away all the creature comforts. And some incredibly obvious talk about environmental issues and how there’s no such thing as a true quick fix to any problem. Yes, we get it: we, as humans, are going to be the harbingers of our own doom if we don’t wise up (and if we don’t start to see what’s happening around us – oh, is that why the Triffids always go for the eyes, then?). We’ve seen enough apocalyptic films and TV shows to have all that figured out without the script constantly using the characters as mouthpieces to remind us.

But, despite heavy-handed thematic elements, some overused plot devices, Dougray Scott’s horrifically bored-sounding voiceover that recalls Harrison Ford’s effort in the 1981 cut of Blade Runner, and Jason Priestley’s fairly pointless on-screen presence (on the whole, his character makes very little difference to events and is soon enough gently pushed off-screen until a final deus ex machina appearance), Day of The Triffids is a fairly slick few hours of entertainment. And, as long as you don’t take it too seriously or think too much about the plot, it is one of the more effortless contemporary mini-series that the BBC has produced in quite some time.

Written by Momo in: Day of the Triffids |
Dec
29
2009
0
Dec
22
2009
1

Day of the Triffids Trailer

Don’t forget that it will be shown on BBC One Dec. 28/29 at 21:00 GMT!

Written by Momo in: Day of the Triffids,video |
Dec
21
2009
0

Eddie Izzard on Jonathan Ross 2009.12.18

This is from Eddie’s most recent appearance…

Written by Momo in: TV |
Dec
21
2009
0

Eddie Izzard on his role in TV remake of The Day of the Triffids

[from conventrytelegraph.net]

AMONG the stars of the BBC’s upcoming remake of The Day of the Triffids is the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.

Izzard, now 47, made a relatively late screen debut in Damien Hirst’s 1996 short film Hanging Around and is the first to admit he hasn’t received any formal acting training.

He considers his starring role on the American TV series The Riches as his “drama school”. The Hollywood writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008 halted filming and despite the series’ success, it was never picked up again once the strike ended so Izzard is hoping to do a film version instead.

Although he made his name in stand-up, Izzard says he prefers “really gritty, interesting dramas” and if good film roles don’t arise, he’ll do TV roles instead.

And that’s why he agreed to appear as the “charismatic sociopath” Torrence in two-part futuristic drama The Day of the Triffids, to be screened on December 28 and 29.

Izzard says he’d watched the 1962 film but not the TV series from 1981. “I was at university but you’re not supposed to stay in and watch anything at university are you, well I never did.”

The story follows the few sighted survivors after an unexplained solar storm blinds much of the world’s population. Torrence is among those left to battle the deadly plants.

He said: “This is what I’ve worked out: The whole world is the classroom, politics is the classroom, how we interact is the classroom and it gets very feral. If we’ve adapted The Day of the Triffids right then it should feel like this could happen.

“Everything interesting is about energy. Fireworks, war, parliamentary question time, rock concerts, it’s all about energy changes and we’re intrigued.

“In Day of the Triffids parts of London are seen as decayed or broken up, that’s why the Blitz was a hellish time but also a fascinating time.”

Written by Momo in: Day of the Triffids,TV |
Dec
18
2009
0

The Day of the Triffids (2009) (Region2/UK BD) in February

[from dvdtimes]

Showbox Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Day of the Triffids on 1st February 2010 followed by the UK Blu-ray Disc release a few weeks later on 22nd February 2010. RRP is 19.99 and £24.99 respectively.

One of the highlights of the BBC’s 2009 Christmas TV schedule, John Wyndham’s classic 1951 post-apocalyptic bestseller The Day of the Triffids comes to the screen as an epic, brand new, contemporary adaptation written by Patrick Harbinson (Law And Order: Special Victims Unit; E.R.) and directed by Nick Copus (The 4400; Eastenders). The new version is described as an effects-laden CGI extravaganza about a world threatened by carnivorous, man-eating plants. The cast includes Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie; Ocean’s Thirteen), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement; Evening), Jason Priestley (My Name Is Earl; Medium), Shane Taylor (Band Of Brothers) and Ewen Bremner (Hallam Foe).

Features include:

* “Making of” featurette
* VFX progress
* Behind the Scenes
* Interview Gallery (18 interviews)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio options
* DTS HD MA 5.1 audio track (Blu-ray only)

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Written by Momo in: Day of the Triffids,Movies,News |

 


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