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Blanchett has won two 'Academy Awards', three 'Screen Actors Guild Awards', three 'Golden Globe Awards' and three 'BAFTA Awards'.
She was also appointed 'Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters' by the French government in 2012.
Blanchett first gained international attention for her role as 'Elizabeth I of England' in director Shekhar Kapur's 1998 film "Elizabeth", followed by her portrayal of 'Katharine Hepburn' in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film, "The Aviator".
Blanchett's other notable films include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001–03) and "The Hobbit" trilogy (2012–14), "Veronica Guerin" (2003), "Babel" (2006), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button »
- Michael Stevens
Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.
The Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) has unveiled its full programme for its 2014 edition.
The festival will host premieres including Get Up and Go, a comedy-drama set over 24 hours in bohemian Dublin; Niall Heery’s family comedy Gold starringDavid Wilmot, James Nesbitt and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Wiiliams; Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi drama Young Ones, an Irish/Us co-pro starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult; and documentary I Used to Live Here, about the phenomenon of cluster suicides.
A spotlight on new Canadian cinema will feature screenings of titles such as Watermark, Our Man in Tehran and Lunarcy! in addition to showcasing award-winning films such as The Auction, Maïna, [link »
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Drug trafficker John Gilligan in hospital after gun attack
One or Ireland's most notorious drug traffickers and the chief suspect in the murder of the journalist Veronica Guerin was in hospital on Saturday night after being shot twice in a gun attack while at a Christening party.
John Gilligan hid in a downstairs toilet after two masked men broke into the home and opened fire. The 61-year-old was hit in the leg and arm while attending what was believed to be a family celebration at his brother's house in Clondalkin, on the outskirts of Dublin. Police described the attack as an attempted murder.
Gilligan was released in October last year after serving 12 years of a 20-year term for masterminding a major operation to traffic cannabis into Ireland. It is understood that he had recently been warned about threats to his life and was reportedly targeted in an attempted attack in »
- Barry Neild
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