In "Clouds of Sils Maria," Kristen Stewart's celebrity has been inverted. The paparazzi rush past her. She plays the efficient, constantly e-mailing assistant to Juliette Binoche's famed European actress. When she's running through possible roles for her boss, the former "Twilight" star describes one film as having werewolves "for some reason."
"I had to seriously harness the glee that was exploding across my face when I was saying some of those lines," Stewart said in an interview.
Stewart, 24, doesn't seem so much like she's fleeing her teen idol past as she's already long gone. "Clouds of Sils Maria," directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, opens in theaters April 10.
"I'm having more fun now than I ever have," Stewart said. She's completed a science-fiction romance ("Equals"), a stoner thriller ("American Ultra") and a New York mugging drama ("Anesthesia"). She's to co-star in Woody Allen's next film.
'House of Cards' will return
There is no trailer. There is no release date. There are no plot details. But Netflix has confirmed that "House of Cards" has been renewed for a fourth season. The show's Twitter account announced the renewal with President Frank Underwood's signature line: "I will leave a legacy." "House of Cards" — headlined by Kevin Spacey as President Underwood, and Robin Wright as his icy first lady — more-or-less reinvented television in 2013. The show won more than its share of Emmys, including one for Spacey.
Farewell: Rudolph Perz, a Chicago ad man most famous for creating the Pillsbury Doughboy, has died. He was 89. Perz developed the iconic spokesboy, also known as Poppin' Fresh, in 1965. It is still used in ads. Perz said at the time that early incarnations of the doughboy too closely resembled Casper the Ghost, which led to the development of the three-dimensional figure. In a statement, Pillsbury's Liz Nordlie said, "We are saddened by the loss of Rudy Perz. Nearly 50 years ago, he created one of America's most loved and adored characters."
Reversal: Chicago-based rock band Wilco is going ahead with a May 7 concert in Indianapolis now that Indiana lawmakers have tweaked a state law to address concerns that it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Wilco said it considers those changes "a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere." The band says it will donate some of the proceeds from its Indianapolis concert to groups "fighting to build on the progress we hope this change makes in Indiana and beyond."