<p>Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in &quot;Oscar and Lucinda.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in "Oscar and Lucinda."

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Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes to receive Gala Tributes at NYFF

Fiennes' directorial effort 'The Invisible Woman' will also bow at the fest

Calling all "Oscar and Lucinda" fans! The New York Film Festival has a reunion of sorts for you. Back in 1997 -- one year before her star-making role in "Elizabeth," that little-seen Australian romantic drama announced 28-year-old newcomer Cate Blanchett to the moviegoing public; the striking actress was then an unknown quantity beside the headlining name of her more seasoned co-star Ralph Fiennes, by then a two-time Oscar nominee and high-end heart-throb.

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<p>Audrey Tautou in &quot;Th&eacute;r&egrave;se.&quot;</p>

Audrey Tautou in "Thérèse."

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Exclusive clip of Audrey Tautou in elegant French melodrama 'Thérèse'

Last year's Cannes closer opens in limited release tomorrow

While we're waiting for the breakout films of this year's Cannes Film Festival to make their way over to theaters -- in many cases, via the fall festival circuit -- we still have some unfinished business from Cannes 2012. Opening in limited release tomorrow is French period melodrama "Thérèse" (at different points dubbed "Thérèse Dequeyroux" or "Thérèse D"), which was the Closing Night film of last year's fest.

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<p>Dougray Scott in &quot;Mission:&nbsp;Impossible&nbsp;II&quot;</p>

Dougray Scott in "Mission: Impossible II"

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What if Dougray Scott had played Wolverine in "X-Men" and not Hugh Jackman?

Pondering the possibilities if history took a different route in 2000

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

At the turn of the millennium things were looking up for actor Dougray Scott. He had been hand selected by Tom Cruise to be the villain in the anxiously awaited sequel to the megastar's 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible" and he was all set to follow that up with what might have been a breakout role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's big screen adaptation of the X-Men comic book series. But when the production schedule of "Mission: Impossible II" went long, Singer had to make a snap decision and settled on an unknown by the name of Hugh Jackman.

What if Dougray Scott had played Wolverine in "X-Men" and not Hugh Jackman?

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

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As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating

From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor

This article first appeared in part at InContention.com in 2010. In light of recent news, It seemed like a good time to re-purpose it for new readers here at HitFix, with a few updates.

It's an announcement that we weren't wondering about so much as waiting for: this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, French-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche's epic-length romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America -- meaning, of course, that no children under 17 will be permitted to see the sexually explicit film in theaters, with or without a guardian.

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<p>Marion Cotillard</p>

Marion Cotillard

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'Macbeth' gets a new Lady, as Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman

Michael Fassbender still in place to play the tormented Scot

It's the role that, according to theatrical cliché, every actress dreams of playing at least once in her life: Lady Macbeth. The conniving, persuasive, power-hungry -- and, finally, guilt-plagued -- wife of the stage's favorite tyrannical Scot has been played by everyone from Judi Dench to Simone Signoret to Vivien Leigh. But Natalie Portman -- for now, at least -- will not be joining that esteemed club, as Justin Kurzel's upcoming new screen version of "Macbeth" has swapped one Oscar-winner for another. Marion Cotillard will now be crying "Out, damned spot!" opposite Michael Fassbender's Mac. And, as far as I'm concerned, one of 2014's most exciting projects just got a little more so. 

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<p>&quot;The Book Thief&quot;</p>

"The Book Thief"

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Fox's potential awards sleeper 'The Book Thief' gets a trailer

Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and young Sophie Nélisse star in the WWII drama

It may be taking the stealth approach in this year's awards season, but Kris has already flagged up "The Book Thief" as one to keep an eye on as the Oscar race takes shape. Fox 2000 quietly scheduled the prestige drama for a November 15 release -- prime real estate in the awards game, as we all know -- and the film ticks any number of baity boxes: based on a 2006 international bestseller by Markus Zusak, the film centers on Liesel, a nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany, studying her relationship both with her foster parents and the Jewish fist-fighter her family shelters in their household.

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<p>Chiara Mastroianni and Vincent Lindon in &quot;Bastards.&quot;</p>

Chiara Mastroianni and Vincent Lindon in "Bastards."

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Toronto completes lineup with Masters, Discovery and Maverick programmes

Claire Denis, Gia Coppola, Jia Zhang-ke among directors joining the fest

The Toronto International Film Festival lineup, staggered as it is over multiple announcements, never quite seems to be complete: just when you think they can't possibly add any more films to the gargantuan programme, a fresh batch is added.  Today's additions, however, appear to be the last ones, and here's the final tally: this year, 288 features and 78 shorts will play in the 11-day festival. A whopping 146 of those features are world premieres. I've never been to Toronto, and am not going this year, but the very thought makes me want to lie down with a cool flannel over my head.

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Exclusive: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in new 'Enough Said' photos

Exclusive: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in new 'Enough Said' photos

One of the Emmy winner's last films hits theaters next month

Exciting news, we're getting a new Nichole Holofcener film next month. Sad news, it features one of the last performances of the late, great James Gandolfini.

Holofcener's first film since 2010's "Please Give," "Enough Said" introduces us to Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a divorced woman looking for love who strikes up an unexpected romantic relationship with a recently divorced man, Albert, played by Gandolfini. Unbeknownst to her, Albert is the ex-wife of her new friend Marianne played by longtime Holofcener collaborator Catherine Keener. Before she knows it, Eva is hearing all slew of negative aspects of Albert she'd never considered and it begins to affect her opinion of him. The official synopsis says "Enough Said" promises to take a look at the difficulties of maintaining or even finding a second long-term relationship.  And, judging by the trailer, there will be some laughs along the way.

The film will premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival next month and arrive in theaters only a few weeks later on Sept. 20.  So, it's coming around the corner rather quickly. 

Fox Searchlight provided HitFix with some exclusive images from the new movie including a sweet photo of Holofcener, Gandolfni and Louis-Dreyfuss sharing a laugh in-between filming. Check out the photos in the gallery embedded below as well as a new clip from the film at the top of this post.

What do you think of what you've seen so far of "Enough Said"?

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<p>Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in &quot;Hannah and Her Sisters.&quot;</p>

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in "Hannah and Her Sisters."

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What if Woody Allen and Mia Farrow had stayed together?

How they might have fared without one of Hollywood's most acrimonious breakups

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the long and luridly storied history of Hollywood breakups, you'd be hard pressed to find an uglier one than the nuclear meltdown that occurred between Woody Allen and his longest-serving muse, Mia Farrow, in 1992. The quintessential New York writer-director and the Beverly Hills-born actress -- an industry princess who had already been married to Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn -- were an unlikely match when they got together in 1980, but their relationship proved a fruitful one, producing three children and 13 films together. Allen's a director known for reusing favorite actors, but not even former partner Diane Keaton approaches Farrow for the title of his most frequent collaborator: between such films as "Zelig," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Alice" and their brilliant parting effort "Husbands and Wives" -- a film released in the heat of their breakup, and a brutally close-to-the-bone blueprint thereof. 

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<p>A scene from &quot;Glory,&quot; for which Donald O. Mitchell won his only Oscar.</p>

A scene from "Glory," for which Donald O. Mitchell won his only Oscar.

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Motion Picture Editors' Guild honors Oscar-winning sound mixer Donald O. Mitchell

Veteran's screen credits range from 'Top Gun' to 'Terms of Endearment'

The Motion Picture Editors' Guild -- a body that covers not just editors, but other post-production professionals too -- will present veteran sound re-recording mixer Donald O. Mitchell with its Fellowship and Service Award on October 5 in Los Angeles. The award acknowledges not just the recipient's screen work but their spirit of collaboration and peer support within the industry.

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