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    This is why ‘It’ director says Stephen King’s killer clown horror movie was so hard to film

    Making “It,” Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about an alien killer clown who feasts on the fears of children in Derry, Maine, every 27 years, into a feature film was itself a frightening proposition. One worry was how to wrangle the 1,100-plus-pages book into a standard-length movie. It was decided to toss the tale’s parallel storylines, in which a local group of outcasts called the Loser’s Club battle the evil bozo Pennywise both when they hit...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Entertainment

    Harvard senior Brynn Elliott is taking time off from school to go on tour, will open for Lifehouse, Switchfoot at the Greek

    Brynn Elliott’s college experience has really been anything but typical. The 22-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, who is currently enrolled in her senior year at Harvard University has been juggling her rising career in music while attempting to maintain a stellar GPA.As a philosophy major she admits to procrastinating on midterm papers about philosopher Baruch Spinoza because a song idea had suddenly crept into her mind. Last year, she took a course on Albert Einstein and wound...

    Kelli Skye Fadroski
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  • Entertainment

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    MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 3. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5. One More Night: Maroon 5 6. When I Was Your Man: Bruno Mars 7. Sorry Not Sorry: Demi Lovato 8. LOYALTY.: Kendrick Lamar 9. Stay: Rihanna 10. That’s What I Like: Bruno Mars IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 ARTISTS IN L.A. 1. DJ...

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  • Entertainment

    Queens of the Stone Age try hotshot producer, new sounds on ‘Villains’

    @samgnerre on Twitter Queens of the Stone Age prides itself on never sounding the same way twice. The loose aggregation of musicians, founded by Josh Homme in Palm Desert in 1996 after he left his former stoner metal band Kyuss, presents one of its most confounding works yet with “Villains,” its seventh album. Homme has enlisted chartbusting pop and dance music producer Mark Ronson to re-imagine the band’s swaggering riffs into a new sound, with mixed...

    By Sam Gnerre sgnerre@scng.com|

  • Entertainment

    ‘All Eyez on Me’ offers an uneven look at the life of Tupac Shakur

    Your reaction to the biopic “All Eyez on Me” may depend on how much you know about its subject, Tupac Shakur. The film from director Benny Boom is careful in its telling of the rapper’s life, which ended in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. But it’s a little too careful. If you don’t know a lot about Shakur, “Eyez” might pique your interest, but the portrait mostly shows the many contradictions within the rapper without...

    Rob Lowman
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  • Books and literature

    Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more

    If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events. The Altadena Library opened the Fab Lab, a fabrication lab that has Mac computers, 3-D printers and other tools, in May. The space is used...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Music

    Steve Smith: Bryan Ferry at the Hollywood Bowl, Todd Rundgren at the Microsoft Theater, more

    Singer Bryan Ferry and his London-based band of art rockers, Roxy Music, first played Los Angeles in December 1972, with shows at the Hollywood Palladium and, a week later, at a more intimate Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip. On Saturday night, 45 years and countless Roxy and solo L.A. shows later, the 71-year-old Ferry played the Hollywood Bowl for the first time. A special occasion, indeed. It was special in another way. It was the first full concert in his career...

    By Steve Smith|

  • Entertainment

    Daryl Hall and John Oates’ co-headlining Staples Center shows with Tears for Fears promises all the hits, a few surprises

    Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears were practically neighbors living in upstate New York back in the ‘80s. And though, Hall said, the two had hung out countless times, they never really thought of, let alone discussed, touring together. Decades later, the friends find themselves sharing the stage for a 29-date co-headlining summer jaunt that has zigzagged and sold out across North America and will finally come to Staples Center in Los Angeles on...

    Kelli Skye Fadroski
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  • Entertainment

    Throwing punches and breaking bones, Noomi Rapace brings the pain in ‘Unlocked’

    Noomi Rapace is a vision in pink. Bubblegum nails and coral, pixie-cut hair. Elaborately ruffled, rosy blouse under a white, charcoal-striped pantsuit. Pink ribbon tie. Don’t call her girly, though. The Swedish/Spanish actress has always played tough women on screen and at this point in her career is taking on ever bigger, physically formidable challenges. Rapace’s spy thriller, “Unlocked,” which opens today, is kind of a more down-to-earth Bourne saga...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Entertainment

    ‘Baywatch’ offers last look at swimsuits of summer in DVDs this week

    If you saw the poster for “Baywatch” — the feature film that reimagines the swimsuit-friendly TV show of the 1990s — then you know all you need to. It obviously stars Dwayne Johnson — he’s the big guy on the poster — who takes over the adult-on-the-beach duties from David Hasselhoff, who originated the role. “The Rock” does have more muscles and acting chops, although he could have left those skills back at...

    Rob Lowman
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