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A Gentle Reminder That Shia Is Still a Pretty Attractive Dude

10 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

While a lot of us can't help but remember Shia Labeouf as a goofy teenager on Disney's Even Stevens, it's worth noting that he also had one hell of a heyday as an adult actor (please see: Transformers and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Sure, his career may have taken a few weird turns over the past couple of years but there's no denying that Shia is still one very attractive dude, and he made his way back to superstardom in the WWII drama Fury with Brad Pitt in 2014 and recently premiered his latest project, American Honey, in Cannes. We're looking back on Shia's hottest moments - before the plagiarism scandals, paper bag mask, performance art, and Cabaret arrest - in celebration of his 30th birthday on Saturday. Keep reading to see them all now, and don't hesitate to let yourself swoon. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Decepticon Cop Car Barricade Returns in Transformers 5

10 June 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'To punish and enslave.' That's the motto of Decepticon Barricade, who returns in Transformers: The Last Knight under the guise of a police cruiser. This robot in disguise is just the latest character confirmed for the impending sequel, which is shooting right now under the direction of Michael Bay. It was Bay who first shared this image of the mighty Decepticon on his website.

Always the 'bad cop', Barricade was first seen in the original 2007 Transformers movie and went onto appear in the next two sequels, 2009's Revenge of the Fallen and 2011's Dark of the Moon. He wasn't a key player in Age of Extinction, but he did show up in footage from the Barricade at the Battle of Chicago, shown to demonstrate how dangerous these robots are. Barricade is known as a very 'complicated' robot and is notorious for his fractious' attitude, even by Decepticon standards. While »

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Michael Bay casts ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ in Transformers 5

6 June 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director offers film role and a new home to Freya, an epileptic Staffordshire bull terrier who has spent her life in an animal shelter

He helped launched the careers of Megan Fox, Jack Reynor and Shia Labeouf, now Michael Bay is playing starmaker again: for a dog.

Bay, the director of Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, has cast Freya, a six-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier in Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth instalment of the action franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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- Henry Barnes and agencies

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Best Military Movies To Watch on June 6, D-Day

6 June 2016 3:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

June 6, 1944. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

On June 7th, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), the film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand this Tuesday. (Review)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with »

- Movie Geeks

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Transformers: The Last Knight’s Bumblebee Gets A Slick Makeover

5 June 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you like it or not, Transformers is expanding into a full-blown cinematic universe on the level of Marvel and DC, with upcoming fifth entry Transformers: The Last Knight serving to introduce some key players in the series’ extended mythology while planting seeds for potential spinoffs or even prequels.

One character already set up for a spinoff is Bumblebee, the yellow Transformer who befriended human Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) in the far simpler time that was the summer of 2007. And right ahead of filming on The Last Knight, returning director Michael Bay has Tweeted out our first look at the Autobot in car form (a custom-built Camaro, natch):

Bee is back! @generalmotors really got it done with this custom-built 2016 Camaro. #transformers pic.twitter.com/t8NkOQlqc5

Michael Bay (@michaelbay) June 4, 2016

The Transformers have always looked particularly slick in car form, though this image doesn’t give us any indication »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Spider-Man 3’ Actress Sues NYC Restaurant Over Alleged Assault

1 June 2016 7:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

An actress whose credits include “Spider-Man 3,” “Sex and the City” and “Law & Order” has filed a lawsuit against a New York City restaurant manager who allegedly assaulted her. Actress La Rivers appeared with her attorney, Gloria Allred, in New York on Wednesday afternoon to explain the lawsuit, which also names the Beautique lounge in Midtown Manhattan. Rivers alleges that manager Edward Moffett assaulted her in June 2015 after she left the upscale nightspot, leaving her with a broken nose and a black eye (pictured above). Also Read: Shia Labeouf Lookalike Assaulted for Resemblance to Actor “I went to Beautique thinking that it. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘SNL’ ‘Star Wars Auditions’ Bonus: Matthew McConaughey, Daisy Ridley Try Out (Video)

1 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Put up your space hand if you like any of these, J.J. Abrams. “Saturday Night Live” just released bonus footage from a recent “Star Wars” chemistry test sketch, which included tryouts from the real Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Hamm and Emma Stone. There were also plenty of impressions, courtesy of the “SNL” cast. Some of the highlights include Janelle Monae (Sasheer Zamata) trying to dance somberly while surrounded by death, Kyle Mooney‘s temperamental Shia Labeouf, and Javier Bardem (Beck Bennett) trying his best to have sex with Stone. Also Read: Why 'Star Wars' Matters: A Former Obama Official Explains. »

- Tony Maglio

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SNL Outtake: Matthew McConaughey, 'J-Law,' Jon Hamm and Others Audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

1 June 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey was this close to taking over the role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — at least according to Saturday Night Live.

RelatedMaya & Marty: Is It the Variety Show We’ve Been Waiting For?

In a just-released series of outtakes from SNL‘s Star Wars Auditions sketch (first made available by Mashable), McConaughey is one of the many A-listers seen screen-testing for the box office smash. Jennifer Lawrence (as played by Vanessa Bayer), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Taran Killam) and Shia Labeouf (Kyle Mooney) also try out for the film, but bring a »

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Megatron Returns in Transformers 5 Teaser

31 May 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before the Memorial Day weekend, a cryptic video teaser revealed a special surprise would be unviled for Transformers: The Last Knight today, with the franchise's Twitter hinting that "something wicked this way comes". Some fans thought this might be an announcement that Shia Labeouf is reprising his role as Sam Witwicky from the original trilogy, since it was recently announced that Josh Duhamel is coming back as Lennox. As it turns out, that wasn't the case, with the franchise instead revealing the return of Megatron, who gets a new look.

Both the Official Transformers Twitter and director Michael Bay's Instagram revealed Megatron's upgrade, while confirming that production is fully under way this week. Last week, the director shared the first set photos from Cuba, although it seems that principal photography won't truly happen until later this week. Unfortunately, the filmmaker wouldn't tease any details about how the villainous Megatron »

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Shia Labeouf Goes Hitchhiking Across America for His Latest Stunt

27 May 2016 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, a new viral video surfaced for Transformers: The Last Knight, which some have speculated could mark the return of Shia Labeouf as Sam Witwitcky from the first three movies. That rumor hasn't been confirmed, but we'll find out for sure what the cryptic video was hinting at on Tuesday, May 31. Production is already under way on this new Transformers sequel, but it seems that mysterious teaser may not hint at Shia Labeouf's involvement after all, since he'll be quite busy for the next month, launching an unusual new social experiment. The actor, alongside his collaborators Nastja Sade R&#246nkko and Luke Turner, will be hitchhiking across America.

Earlier this week, the actor launched this new experiment at TakeMeAnywhere.Vice.com, which tracks Labeouf, Ronkko and Turner's journey. The trip started in Colorado this past Monday, when Shia Labeouf tweeted out his coordinates. Labeouf, Ronkko and Turner also »

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Transformers 5 Teases a Big Surprise, Is Shia Labeouf Returning?

27 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, production began in Cuba on director Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, which is reportedly the filmmaker's last entry in the franchise. We know that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg is coming back as Cade Yeager, and it was also confirmed that original Transformers star Josh Duhamel is returning as Lennox. Earlier today, just before the holiday weekend, the franchise's social media feeds gave fans a cryptic hint that yet another original Transformers star may be ready for one last go.

The official Transformers Twitter debuted a mysterious video featuring a message in morse code, which translates to "E I'm Coming for you May 31." Because the attached tweet declares 'Something wicked this way comes', some have speculated that it could mean Shia Labeouf's Sam Witwicky is returning. And that 'Something Wicked' is a play on the characters last name. »

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Cannes Film Festival Awards 2016

27 May 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

As we mounted the stairs of the Red Carpet for the last time, the Closing Night Awards for the Cannes International Film Festival were announced by the Jury President, George Miller, Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”.  The eight additional members, four women and four men -- Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes , Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland presented the awards. Surprise of the evening was that the German Competition film, Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann”, clearly an audience favorite and snatched up immediately for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics, received no award at all.  However, it was a great evening for IFC/ Sundance Selects who has the U.S. rights to three winners, "I, Daniel Blake", "Graduation" and "Personal Shopper". 

The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach for “I, Daniel Blake”, the sad drama of a disabled worker and of a young single mother of two who hold each other up as they try to navigate the social service morass which denies them their rightful ability to pursue happiness.  The 79-year-old British director Ken Loach also won in 2006 for "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and has had over 18 films selected for Cannes. This Sundance Selects acquisition brought audiences to wrenching tears.

“The festival is very important for the future of cinema,” said Loach. “When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage. We must say that another world is possible and necessary.”

Best Director Award was split between Romanian Cristian Mungiu ("Graduation" or “Bacalaureat”) and Olivier Assayas (“Personal Shopper”).  Mungiu’s "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or in 2007. His actresses had shared the Actress prize for "Beyond the Hills."  Like the Romanian 2013 Berlinale winner,  “Child’s Pose” and Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s 2012 Academy Award winner, “A Separation”, the film contains object lessons about the moral choices made by humans whose actions result in greater damage than originally foreseen, especially when taking place in an already corrupted society. In this story a father tries to protect his daughter and give her the greatest opportunities for making her life better than that of her parents.

Co-winner Olivier Assayas, received his first Cannes award for "Personal Shopper" (IFC Films).  This is his second English-language film starring Kristen Stewart (Cesar winner for "Clouds of Sils Maria").  As she buys fashionable attire for a rich client and tries to communicate with her twin brother, who has recently died. It was a great Cannes for Stewart, who was well-received in Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" (Amazon has U.S.) as well.

Best Screenplay went to “The Salesman” by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (Amazon and Cohen Media Group share U.S. rights).  His star, Shahab Hosseini won Best Actor his role as an actor in the midst of moving apartments and starring in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" when his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) is assaulted in the shower of their new domicile by a man who assumes that she is the former tenant, a prostitute. Winning the Jury Prize for the third time (!) for coming of age road movie “American Honey” (A24 has U.S.) starring Shia Labeouf and unknown Sasha Lane. British director Andrea Arnold wanted to dance as she accepted the award.  Xavier Dolan, who won the 2014 Jury Prize of “Mommy” won the Grand Prix for his very theatrical "It's Only the End of the World". He cried to receive the award for his family drama starring some of the greatest French actors living today, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel.  The film has no U.S. distributor yet. To my mind, the acting far outstripped the story. I am just glad the other greatest French actor, Isabelle Huppert, was not in Dolan’s film.  She had her hands full in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” the Competition film about another woman attacked in her home by an unknown assailant. Best Actress went to Jaclyn Jose for “Ma' Rosa” by Philippine director Brillante Mendoza.

The Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight or International Critics' Week) went to “Divines” directed by Houda Benyamina.   Houda received her award with unconcealed joy and enthusiasm. The 35 year old Franco-Moroccan film director whose long and strong speech called on women to be more present in the world of cinema said, “I was always saying that I do not care about Cannes …but today, well I’m happy to be here. Cannes belongs to us too …For things to change, you have to put a lot more women in decision-making positions…I am a committed filmmaker, making films is a way to turn my [feminist] anger into perspective…Women! Women!” she added as she broke into the Arabic women’s Ululation. Houda’s film follows an impoverished young girl who drops out of school and escapes her family in search of her own emancipation and personal freedom.

Outside of the Official Awards the winner of the Queer Palm (Feature) was "Les Vies de Thérèse" by Sébastien Lifshitz and Queer Palm (Short): "Gabber Lover" Anna Cazenave-Cambet.  And finally, the Palme Dog went to Nellie for “Paterson”by Jim Jarmusch.

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- Sydney Levine

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Megan Fox Talks Third Pregnancy: "I'm Healthy and Happy"

26 May 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Megan Fox hasn't been feeling well these past few days. The poor thing has come down with bronchitis. But she's in good spirits. "It's not really related to the pregnancy," Fox told me earlier today while promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (in theaters June 2). "The pregnancy is really good. I'm happy and healthy." If you haven't heard by now, Fox is pregnant with her and Brian Austin Green's third child. E! News was the first to report the happy news when Fox appeared at CinemaCon on April 11 with a visible baby bump. She followed this up with an Instagram post that showed a collage of pics that included Will Arnett, Shia Labeouf and »

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The 12 Hottest Box Office Prospects Coming Out of Cannes

26 May 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t much care what the American public likes. Hollywood entries at Cannes 2016, which included recent releases “Money Monster and “The Nice Guys,” played out of competition. And most of the award winners won’t register at the North American box office, no matter how much the critics adore them.

However, there was another set of movies at Cannes. While largely ignored by the jury, these titles have serious aspirations to make a mark at the arthouse this year — and at the Oscars next year. They’re the Cannes films you’re most likely to see.

Here’s our ranking of the movies with distributors that most likely to reach a sizable North American audience this fall.

1. “Loving” Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features

Stars: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga Release date: November 4, 2016 Cannes section: Competition Reviews: Metascore: 71 Critics’ take: Some reviewers admired this sincere biopic, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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'Borg Vs McEnroe', 'Rita Hayworth', 'Mortal' among Ascot Cannes buys

26 May 2016 4:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Deals with Im Global, Sf Studios and Radiant Films.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite has closed deals on a hat-trick of anticipated titles fresh from the Cannes Marche including sports biopic Borg Vs McEnroe, Elizabeth Banks-starrer Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade and André Øvredal’s fantasy thriller Mortal.

Ascot Elite has acquired all rights for German-speaking Europe (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) to the newly announced Borg Vs McEnroe.

The film, to be directed by Janus Metz, starring Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe, Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg and Stellan Skarsgard as Borg’s coach.

The film, which is sold by Sf Studios, centres on the rivalry between the two tennis stars, who met in 14 matches between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven apiece. But it is the 1980 Wimbledon final that became the stuff of legend, and is considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

Ascot jumps on ‘Grenade’

Ascot Elite has also »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Shia Labeouf on His Next Big Acting Challenge: Playing John McEnroe

26 May 2016 1:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before hitchhiking across the States as part of his #TakeMeAnywhere project, Shia Labeouf was in Cannes to present Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and spoke to Variety about his next challenging role as American tennis superstar and provocateur John McEnroe in “Borg vs. McEnroe,” to be directed by popular Danish helmer Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo,” “True Detective”).

Due to start shooting in August, the movie — penned by Ronnie Sandahl — centers on the relationship between McEnroe and Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg (played by up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason) and chronicles the epic Wimbledon final they played against each other in 1980.

Labeouf, who has been prepping for the role for two months, will star opposite Gudnason (“Monica Z”) and Stellan Skarsgård, his co-star in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing the project, while Svensk handles international sales.

How did this project fall on your lap? You had »

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Shia Labeouf Is Using Twitter to Hitchhike With Fans

25 May 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shia Labeouf launched his latest performance arts project, #TakeMeAnywhere, on Monday, which will see him hitchhiking across the country with fans for a month.

Labeouf teamed with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner for the venture, which includes him tweeting out the Gps coordinates of his location. From there, fans can pick him and his team up, and take them on a journey of their choosing.

The “Transformers” star told Vice that the project was about “making friends” and “finding meaning” in life, according to Time.

On his first destination in Colorado, five fans joined Labeouf for a free lunch at Oskar Blues, a microbrewery in Lyons, Colo. “He was talking about his upbringing and how he was raised by a single mother,” fan Brandon Glanton told Time.

“To have everyone sitting down there, having lunch with him, it was so cool that he was so receiving. He was more »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Shia Labeouf to Bum Rides Across Country for Art

25 May 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Shia Labeouf is hitting the road for his latest artistic endeavor. The actor and his two collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, are hitchhiking across the country in a project they are calling #Takemeanywhere. The three started off in Boulder, Colorado, on May 23 and will stay on the road until June 23. They will tweet their coordinates after every ride and the first person to pick them up can take them wherever the person chooses. Fans can follow along with an interactive map in real time. Also Read: Shia Labeouf to Star as John McEnroe in Biopic 'Borg/McEnroe' “With these projects, »

- Joe Otterson

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Hollywood Take Note: Here Are 16 Women Who Dominated the Cannes Film Festival

25 May 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Forget the Cannes jury awards. This year, the most famous film festival in the world showcased something much bigger than a couple of prize-winners: Women filmmakers and actors at the top of their game.

It was hard to miss how much the women before and behind the camera were front and center, dominating the conversation in Cannes. More of the Official Selection films were focused on women than ever before. And a new kind of protagonist emerged at Cannes 2016. She’s independent, strong, often androgynous, and not defined by her relationships with men.

Hollywood producers, executives and filmmakers, take note. This is how it can be done.

Check out the fabulous women of Cannes 2016.

Isabelle Huppert

In Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller “Elle,” Isabelle Huppert plays a videogame entrepreneur who refuses to allow her violent rape in her own home to ruin her life. She doesn’t miss a beat. She doesn’t call the cops. She changes the locks, gets an Std test,  buys pepper spray and learns how to use a gun. She’s a sophisticated, elegant, powerful, modern woman who lives alone, runs her own company, manipulates her family, has sex with whomever she fancies, and is free to do as she pleases.

At 63, Huppert believably plays a younger woman in her sexual prime, bringing all her experience to bear on the role, which was adapted from a French novel by an American screenwriter (David Birke) and then translated back into French when Huppert came aboard. She elevates the character into almost making sense. Typically, Verhoeven refuses to supply psychological underpinnings for what she does. But Huppert makes us believe. With critics and awards-savvy Sony Pictures Classics behind “Elle,” this commercial movie could wind up a North American hit this fall, a French Oscar nominee (if France submits it), and a Best Actress Oscar contender.

Kristen Stewart

Another independent woman is at the center of Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” his second English-language film starring Stewart (Cesar-winner for “Clouds of Sils Maria”). She plays Maureen, who acquires fashionable clothes for a rich client, flits around Paris on a scooter, and reaches the people in her life via Skype and mobile. She’s trying to use her skills as a medium to communicate with her twin brother, who has recently died, when mysterious texts suddenly appear on her iPhone. “Who is this?” she asks. “Personal Shopper” tracks a lost and lonely soul who is disconnected from herself. As she tries on her client’s sexy costumes and figures out who is tracking her, she eventually finds her identity again.

Stewart had a good Cannes, showing her stripes not only in her roles in “Personal Shopper” and opener Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” but by deftly fielding, with finesse and poise, the many questions thrown at her during press conferences and interviews. She refused to be drawn into the Allen controversy (unlike co-star Blake Lively), wore flats when she could have worn heels, and explained why she likes working with intellectual directors like Assayas. She’s a smart career shaper with a rosy future who rather than conform to Hollywood demands, prefers to make her own choices on the world stage.

Maren Ade and Sandra Hüller

Father-daughter tension forms the backbone of two of the best films in Competition, Screen International’s critics’ poll winner “Toni Erdmann” and directing prize co-winner Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation.”

German filmmaker Maren Ade‘s third feature is a generational comedy that pits a goofy father (Peter Simonischek) against his workaholic corporate strategist daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). She’s a woman in a man’s world who thinks she doesn’t need feminism, who Ade sees as almost “a gender-neutral character.” After anxiously trying to prove herself to her male bosses, Ines eventually gets what her father is trying to tell her via his crazy antics and humor. She sees things more clearly, reconnects with him, and takes control of her own life.

Maria Dragus

The young Romanian star of Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” shines in Mungiu’s “Graduation,” which sends a controlling father (Adrian Titieni) into a tailspin when his long-held post-graduation plans for his daughter (Dragus) go terribly awry. At the start of “Graduation,” the daughter’s rape sets in motion a series of revelations, compromises and ethical dilemmas as the father tries desperately to keep things on track. To her credit, his daughter refuses to go along with his schemes, stands up to him with strength and moral fortitude, and finally sets free her two protective parents from all their secrets and lies.

Andrea Arnold, Sasha Lane and Riley Keough British director Arnold took home the Cannes jury prize for the third time for her daring American road movie “American Honey” (A24), an empowering coming of age story starring unknown Sasha Lane, making Arnold three for three at the fest after 2006’s “Red Road” and 2009’s “Fish Tank.”

Critics adored the film, which was shaped by the American midwestern landscape as well as the editing room. Arnold’s final film was vastly different from its original script, turning toward the young woman finding her identity as its through-line—Shia Labeouf and Elvis Presley granddaughter Riley Keough (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) offered stalwart support— and was unlike anything else at Cannes this year.

Jodie Foster and Julia Roberts Foster likes bringing smart movies like “Money Monster” and “The Beaver” to Cannes—it’s a film festival for smart people, after all —and she introduced “Money Monster” star Julia Roberts to the Croisette, who walked up the red carpet with bare feet, reminding us all that she has nothing to prove. “We were thrilled for Julia,” Foster told me in our video interview. “George is so excited to show her Cannes, and wanted her to have that moment seeing that sea of photographers.”

Money Monster” was the perfect Cannes out-of-competition studio entry, an entertaining populist Wall Street/media critique for festival gala audiences, with major movie stars for the tapis rouge, press conference and junket for a European market launch. Not surprisingly, the actors are terrific: Clooney plays a glib financial TV guru held hostage by an angry victim of his bad advice (a surprisingly sympathetic Jack O’Connell), who fits him with a bomb vest as punishment. Roberts as Clooney’s producer beams the story live as everyone scrambles to come out of the crisis intact.

As a Hollywood movie star who pushed past conventional women’s roles, scoring four Oscar nominations and two wins (“The Accused,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) and has carried many commercial movies on her own (“Contact,” “Panic Room,” “Flight Plan”), Foster beefed up Roberts’ character to give her more purpose and dimension. In the original script she was more of a technician, but Foster turned her into a competent, strong, active producer who helps Clooney’s character find his strength and unravel the mystery.

Adèle Haenel

In Cannes regulars Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl” (Sundance Selects), Haenel plays another gender-neutral character, an excellent, empathetic doctor who is not defined by her relationships or friends; she lives a solitary, monastic life devoted to the well-being of her patients. When she ignores a late-hour doorbell at her private practice and finds out from the police that the young woman was murdered nearby, the doctor embarks on a mission, against the wishes of many including the police, to identify the girl and inform her family of her death.

Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri

With erotic mystery “The Handmaiden” (Amazon) great Korean auteur Park Chan-wook moved the Victorian setting of the novel “Fingersmith” to the 30s period when Japan occupied Korea. Told in two parts from two distinct points-of-view, the lushly mounted movie follows a rich Korean gentlewoman (star Kim Min-hee) and her maidservant (newcomer Kim Tae-ri) who not only fall lustily in love, but plot against their oppressive masters. Park has fashioned a luscious tale of sexual expression and female empowerment.

Elle Fanning

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Neon Demon” also puts women front and center, led by Elle Fanning, who was 16 when she was cast, 17 when she shot the film, and is now 18. She plays a newcomer to the La fashion scene who discovers that starving models literally eat each other alive. In one memorable scene, when one x-ray known as the bionic woman (because she has altered so much of her body) throws up an eyeball, her best friend pops it into her own mouth. Refn said he wanted to make the women characters primary and the men secondary. While the movie was not a critical hit in Cannes and did not win any prizes, the stylishly transgressive genre exercise could become a smart-horror hit stateside when Amazon Studios releases it in June.

Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez These two superb Spanish actresses star as the young and older incarnations of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest female creation, “Julieta” (Sony Pictures Classics). The Spanish auteur’s adaptation of three Alice Munro stories was originally going to star Meryl Streep in an English-language version, in which she would have used makeup to play both roles. This way the movie takes on a decidedly Hitchcockian tone, as the very blonde young Julieta (Ugarte) enjoys mad sex with a stranger on a train, while the older and soberer Julieta (Suárez) is less open, prey to feelings of loss and regret. Why is she estranged from her daughter? What went wrong the day her husband went fishing in the face of an impending storm? This twisted family saga unfolds in cinematic ways that could only come from Almodóvar. Related storiesTop Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career SuccessCannes Film Festival Awards 2016Cannes Today: New Talent Emerges »

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[Watch] Maddie's 12 Best Performances on 'Dance Moms'

25 May 2016 3:34 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Maddie Ziegler is easily the biggest breakout star from Lifetime's Dance Moms and her and her sister's missing presence next season will undoubtedly be felt by viewers. The favorite student of Miss Abby Lee Miller has had some incredible performances over her 6 seasons on the reality series, which have led her to much professional success at such an early age. Maddie has been featured in music videos with Shia Labeouf, live performances with Sia and even had a performance in a dream sequence of an episode of Pretty Little Liars. As we bid her farewell, let's take a look back at 12 of the most amazing performances that Maddie has given on Dance Moms.

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