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Susan FitzGerald obituary

Versatile actor who brought intelligence and grace to her many roles on the Irish stage

Ice cool on stage, with sharp good looks and a wit to match them, Susan FitzGerald, who has died aged 64, was a distinguished, versatile and much-loved actor over four decades on the Irish stage, mostly associated with the Gate theatre in Dublin. A career in the arts was inevitable from the moment she played the Virgin Mary in the school nativity aged five; her family was full of actors and writers. She was the niece and goddaughter of Geraldine Fitzgerald, the Hollywood and Broadway star from County Wicklow, and a cousin of the novelist Jennifer Johnston (whose father was the playwright Denis Johnston) and the actor Tara Fitzgerald.

There have been only two artistic regimes at the Gate since it was founded in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, and FitzGerald was employed in both.
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5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted-on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners and actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

Indeed, this year's Cannes Film Festival jury president Nanni Moretti said, after the awards were unveiled this past weekend, that none of the them were unanimously voted for (word is Andrea Arnold in particular was a fervent opponent of Leos Carax's "Holy Motors"). That being said, their Palme D'Or winner was a popular one: while a few critics were rooting for "Holy Motors," almost everyone was delighted that Michael Haneke's "Amour" picked up the prize (his second in four years,
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Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Gabriel Byrne to Star in Agatha Christe Adaptation Crooked House; Neil Labute Will Direct

Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Gabriel Byrne have signed on to star in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Crooked House.  In the murder mystery is set against "the backdrop of three generations of a family that lives together in a large and seemingly crooked house."  Every member of the eccentric family has motive to have killed the multimillionaire patriarch, Aristide Leonide.  Neil Labute (Death at a Funeral) will direct from a script by Julian Fellowes (The Tourist) and Tim Rose Price (The Serpent's Kiss).  The $20 million production is scheduled to shoot this summer in the U.K.  The story calls for a large ensemble, so expect more casting notices in the near future.  Andrews, Goode, and Byrne -- and sure, let's throw in the lovely Arterton -- is a very good start. Read a quote from Labute and the full book synopsis after the jump. Labute
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