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Cannes Film Festival

Kristen Stewart like never before: ‘Warm, funny’

Olivier Assayas says moviegoers will see Kristen Stewart like they’ve never seen her before in his Cannes Film Festival entry “Clouds of Sils Maria.”

“It’s really something that you have not seen her in,” Assayas says. “She’s warm, funny, witty.”

The film, which debuts today, stars Juliette Binoche as a popular actress who’s shattered by the competition of a young rival (Chloe Grace Moretz). She and her assistant (played by Stewart) withdraw to Sils Maria, Switzerland.

Silent dance party

At night at the festival, you normally find the dance parties by listening for booming music coming from beachfront tents.

But on Wednesday night, one of the more unusual events was among the quietest. The audio company Sennheiser had what it called a “silent disco” party at the American Pavilion tent, where partygoers danced along to music that thrummed not from loudspeakers, but from individual wireless headphones.

The DJ’s eclectic mix of tunes, from Van Halen to Jay Z, was wirelessly transmitted to the headphones. At one point, dancers stomped their feet as the drumbeat of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” started to play.

Doctors are the stars

Josh Charles and Rosario Dawson were among the luminaries at the annual Heart Fund Charity Ball, but the real VIPs may have been the doctors.

Cardiologists mixed with celebrities at Wednesday’s Cannes event, designed to raise money and awareness for Heart Fund, which is dedicated to providing heart care to impoverished children around the world. Heart surgeons donate their services to perform operations for some of the neediest children.