Oct
07
2009
4

LA Weekly Review of “Believe”

Sometimes appearances aren’t deceiving: As a cross-dressing comic and sometimes dramatic actor, Eddie Izzard is just as complex offstage as on. The compelling documentary Believe condenses the comedian’s fascinating life into 105 minutes of interviews, archive material and — most importantly to understanding any performer — several decades of performance footage. Believe, which was directed by Izzard’s ex-girlfriend Sarah Townsend, suffers from the problem inherent in most Hollywood biopics: Smashing a man’s life into a series of “very important moments” creates a schizophrenic tone. Townsend also abbreviates several of Izzard’s early street and standup performances, taking away key elements from her story’s arc — the development of Izzard’s onstage persona. Regardless, Believe contains a good deal of footage thrilling to anyone excited by the backstage and onstage workings of live performance. Izzard also gives several genuinely poignant interviews, saving the best — a reflection on how the loss of his mother influenced his desire to be a comic — for a strong emotional kick to punctuate the proceedings. The best moment, however, is the legendary performance in which Izzard appears for the first time in his trademark dress and pantyhose. This magnificent scene and others like it prove that, as with comedy itself, sometimes great material is enough to overcome merely average presentation. (Sunset 5) (John Wheeler)

Written by Momo in: Believe Reviews |
Sep
28
2009
0

‘Believe: The Eddie Izzard story’

UPDATE: Eddie will be appearing live for Q and A’s in Los Angeles after select BELIEVE screenings.

believeposter

The documentary ‘Believe: The Eddie Izzard story’ is being released in cinemas next month. Screenings will be at Raindance Film Festival in London on 3rd October, then opening in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5, West Hollywood on 9th October and in New York at the Village East Cinema on 16th October.

UPDATE:

>> NEW TRAILER HERE

The LA screening is October 8-15 (new dates added) at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre. This is a limited release of one week at present.

Laemmle’s Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
323-848-3500
BOOK ONLINE

The New York premiere is on the 16th of October at the Village East Theatre. This is also a limited release of one week at present.

Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212-529-6799

SYNOPSIS:
‘Believe’ chronicles comedian Eddie Izzard’s rise to fame from his early influences – losing his mother to cancer at a young age before being sent with his brother to boarding school to his close present day relationship with his supportive father. At school, when he saw what getting into the Cambridge Footlights Revue could do for your career his goal became to follow Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson and try for a place at the University. When that didn’t work out he headed to the Edinburgh Festival, equipped with nothing but a unicycle and some banter, eventually figuring out how to draw a crowd. He’s been working hard at it ever since.

‘Believe’ is the mantra of Eddie Izzard: if you want to be a singer, you’ve got to believe you can sing, if you want to be a comedian you’ve got to believe you can be funny. Eddie believes in Eddie and it was this rock solid self-belief that allowed him to perform onstage as a transvestite when it was considered career suicide. When his highly successful West End show, Dressed To Kill won critical acclaim he had only himself to thank for booking the theatre.

Director Sarah Townsend skillfully combines home video, stills and archival footage in this intimate and edgy portrait of the performer.

(synopsis courtesy of Raindance Film Festival)

For further details visit the movie’s official site.

Written by Momo in: Movies |
Sep
18
2009
4

“Believe” Eddie Izzard Documentary

Documentary about the life of Eddie Izzard, one of the most original comedians of our time. It’s set to hit theaters in select areas soon and will be out on DVD in January.

Written by Momo in: Movies,News,video |
Sep
09
2009
0

Potter’s film “Rage” to premiere via mobile phone

DOWNLOAD THE iPHONE/iTOUCH APP HERE

[from Reuters]

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – British director Sally Potter’s new film, “Rage,” will premiere on mobile phones when Babelgum offers one episode from the film per day for seven days via its free mobile application for iPhone and iPod devices, beginning on September 21.

The episodic mobile release will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.

Written and directed by Potter, “Rage” tells the behind-the-scenes story of a New York fashion show through a series of interviews, as if shot by a schoolboy on his mobile phone over a seven-day period. The film, which features Simon Abkarian, Steve Buscemi, Lily Cole, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Jude Law, John Leguizamo and Dianne Wiest, premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

The mobile premiere will kick off a multiplatform, multiterritory release that includes the U.S. DVD release on September 22 through Liberation Entertainment; an interactive satellite premiere in the U.K. on September 24; the online release via Babelgum beginning September 28; and the Adventure Pictures DVD release in the U.K. and Ireland on September 28.

The red carpet event and Q&A after the September 24 premiere at London’s BFI/Southbank will be broadcast online commercial-free on Justin.tv.

Written by Momo in: Movies |
Aug
19
2009
0

Rage

Rage is now available for PRE-ORDER through Amazon. This title will be released on November 24, 2009.

ragedvd

NOTE: Some fans are already receiving the DVD so maybe they moved up the release date?

Also, you can download an iPhone/iTouch app from iTunes to watch the movie for free HERE.

Written by Momo in: Movies |
Jul
30
2009
0

Rage Trailer Screencaps

Courtesy of JustJean 🙂 Click pic below for more screencaps!

Rage

Written by Momo in: Movies,Photos |
Jul
28
2009
0

Rage Trailer

Written by Momo in: Movies,video |

 


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