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What is Pennywise the clown from It, who plays him in the 2017 film and where does the mask come from?

PENNYWISE the Dancing Clown is the villain who haunts a small American town in the recently-released big screen version of the Stephen King book, It. And with real-life clown sightings going on in the UK, the character reflects our fascination with these so-called entertainers. But what do we know about it as Halloween approaches? What […]

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PENNYWISE the Dancing Clown is the villain who haunts a small American town in the recently-released big screen version of the Stephen King book, It.

And with real-life clown sightings going on in the UK, the character reflects our fascination with these so-called entertainers. But what do we know about it as Halloween approaches?

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is back – 27 years after it last fed

What is Pennywise the Dancing Clown?

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the main antagonist in the novel It, by Stephen King, published in 1986.

The reader comes to learn that Pennywise terrorises the town of Derry in Maine and is responsible for the disappearances of dozens of forgotten children – and adults.

Pennywise is first seen hiding in a gutter during a rain storm and begins talking to six-year-old Georgie Denbrough, whose boat has fallen through it.

In the book, Pennywise wears a silver clown suit and introduces himself as “Mr Bob Gray, aka Pennywise the Dancing Clown”.

 

Tim Curry played Pennywise in the 1990 adaptation of It

He attacks Georgie when he sticks his arm down the get the boat, and severs his arm – before leaving him to bleed to death in the rain.

The rest of the novel focuses on a gang called The Losers Club, led by Georgie’s older brother, who endeavour to discover who or what Pennywise is – and why it seems to emerge every 27 years.

Pennywise has two haunting phrases in the book which were picked up in the adaptation: “Don’t you want a balloon?” and “You’ll float down here, you’ll all float!”.

On screen, Pennywise has been portrayed by two actors as there was a two-part TV movie of It made in 1990, and one made as a brand new feature length film, released earlier in 2017.

The feature film will be followed by a sequel as the story is being broken up into two parts, as with the original version.

Who has played Pennywise?

Tim Curry

The 1990 TV movie, made for US channel ABC, featured British acting legend Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise.

In this version, Pennywise had white face make-up; a red nose; a large head and fluffy red hair; a colourful, baggy costume with big buttons; and a rattle for when he got excited.

Curry, now 71, was praised for his terrifying portrayal of the character – who was constantly popping up to goad the Losers Club members – and many believe it to be his best career performance.

He also played Frank ‘N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rooster in Annie, Darkness in Legend and Wadsworth in Clue.

While Curry says he’s proud of his work on It, he said he found the “unconvincing” climax of the TV movie silly – and has said of the new movie version: “I hope they make the ending better.”

Tim Curry, left, played the original 1990 Pennywise and Bill Skarsgard, right, is playing him in 2017

Bill Skarsgard

Born in the year the TV movie came out, Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard – brother of Alexander and son of Stellan – was cast as Pennywise for the 2017 movie.

He impressed casting directors so much that he beat off stiff competition from main rival Hugo Weaving – though Will Poulter was previously attached, and Tilda Swinton had been approached.

Original Pennywise Tim Curry has expressed his approval of the casting, saying: “Well, I like [Bill] Skarsgard very much, I think he’s very clever.

“It’ll be interesting what sort of clown face he puts on, because it’s not an obvious clown face at all. I’ve seen the trailer and you can’t really see him at all. So I’m fascinated to see it. He’s very good.”

Meanwhile the director of the new film, Andres Muschietti, has said Bill terrified the kids on set, explaining: “Bill is like, seven-foot high, and I can’t describe how scary he looks in person. He’s a wiry man, crouching, making sounds, snotting, drooling, speaking in Swedish sometimes. Terrifying.”

Muschietti also emphasized that his Pennywise has a different “personality” from Curry’s – and its look is different, too.

Stephen King has refused to pick his favourite out of the two portrayals but he’s watched the new movie several times.

Bill Skarsgard’s It looks a lot more like a traditional clown, or a doll

Where does Pennywise’s mask and costume come from?

Skarsgard’s 2017 costume, designed by Janie Bryan, has an old-fashioned edge, inspired by the traditional pierrot character.

Bryan has also stated that the grey costume is inspired by Renaissance clothing – as well as Victorian, Elizabethan and even Medieval.

The overall effect is that the clown has more of a “doll-like quality” and the feel that the villain is from a different era.

The trailer for It has shown that modern special effects will be used prolifically in the new movie too, which is no surprise considering its budget is thought to be around £30-40m.

The original It from 1990 featured gruesome make-up effects

When is It out in cinemas?

Horror movie It is in cinemas now.

The seven kids in the Losers Club are played by Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

The 2017 movie is the first of two, with the second set 27 years after the events of this one.

As huge fans of the 80s TV show, the Duffer Brothers – creators of Netflix series Stranger Things – wanted to direct this big screen version, but were considered too inexperienced at the time it was planned, a whopping eight years ago.

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Copa Libertadores final: Gremio vs Lanus live stream, kick-off time and TV channel for the first leg

GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995. The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of […]

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GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995.

The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

Gremio host Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995
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A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of site and ensure a 1-0 loss at home in the second leg was purely academic.

Argentines Lanus made it to their first ever final in more dramatic fashion, losing 1-0 away to River Plate and then finding themselves 2-0 down at home after 23 minutes of the second leg.

But Jorge Almiron’s side then scored four goals without reply to sensationally secure their place in the final.

When is Gremio vs Lanus?

Gremio host Lanus on Wednesday, November 22.

The match will kick off at 11.45pm GMT.

That’s 9.45pm in Porto Alegre and 8.45pm in Buenos Aires.

It will take place at the Arena do Gremio.

What TV channel is Gremio vs Lanus on?

Gremio vs Lanus will not be on television in the UK.

But you can keep up to date with the biggest stories from the match on SunSport.

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Ashes 2017 first Test: What time does Australia vs England start tonight and what TV channel is it on?

JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane. Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root. FOLLOW ALL OF THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE BLOG When is […]

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JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane.

Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root.

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When is the 2017-18 Ashes first test?

The series is currently in the practice stage, with the real action kicking off next week.

The opening Test will start next Thursday, November 23 at 12am GMT in the UK.

That Test concludes the following Monday, November 27.

Here is the full test schedule:

England's Ashes Test schedule

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – midnight
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)

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Where can I watch the 2017-18 Ashes?

For the first time the Ashes are being shown exclusively on BT Sport.

BT secured the rights after Sky Sports had held them for years.

Coverage of all the Tests and ODIs will be live on British TV.

The Ashes 2017 LIVE Updates as England take on Australia Down Under

Where can I see the highlights of the Ashes?

Highlights of the 2017-18 series will be shown for FREE.

After every day’s play, the best bits will be available to watch on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

At 7pm after game day, highlights are uploaded for all to watch.

If you’ve missed out from past days, all action from the series is on BT’s Ashes hub.

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Who is Princess Tiaamii? Katie Price and Peter Andre’s daughter who is regularly in the headlines

DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other. From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter… Who is Princess Tiaamii […]

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DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other.

From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter…

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre
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Who is Princess Tiaamii and how old is she?

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre.

Born June 29 2007, Princess is the couple’s eldest daughter and is now aged 10.

She was born two years after her brother Junior, whose father is also Peter Andre.

Katie split from Princess’ dad in 2009 and since then married Alex Reid and is currently married to Kieran Hayler.

Princess also has half siblings Harvey (from mum Katie’s romance with Dwight York), Bunny and Jett (from Katie’s current marriage to Kieran) and Theodore and Amelia (her dad Peter’s kids with new wife Emily).

Princess is 10 years old and Katie’s eldest daughter

Why is she called Princess Tiaamii?

Princess got her unusual name because dad Peter wanted her to be named after both his and Katie’s mums – Thea and Amy, so he came up with the interesting combination.

Pete revealed at the time: “Katie always loved the name Princess, but everyone thought it was a bit over the top.

“I loved it too but I wanted to name her after both our mums.Then I just woke up one morning and thought, I know!

“We’ll just put them together! If people don’t like it, that’s up to them.”

Her full name is Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre.

Princess’ dad Peter Andre came up with Tiaamii for her
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Why has Princess Tiaamii been at the centre of Instagram controversy?

Over the years Princess’ mum Katie has come under fire for posting pictures of her on social media showing her pouting and wearing make-up.

Back in 2015 she caused a furore by sharing a picture of the youngster wearing lashings of mascara and pouting her lips which were covered in lip gloss.

At the time Princess hit back at critics herself in a clip posted online by her mum, saying: “By the way, I wanna do my make-up, not my mum, I do. And anyway it’s none of your beeswax, so oosh!”

In early 2017 her mum Katie divided opinion again by sharing a picture of her posing in her bikini on holiday.

While many complimented the beautiful youngster, others believed the images were overly sexy for a child.

Katie posted a series of pictures of Princess in her bikini which caused controversy
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Katie later defended her decision – saying that Princess doesn’t even know what ‘sexy’ is.

She said: “If I said to Princess don’t pose like that it’s too sexy – she doesn’t know what sexy is.

“She just watched the best!…  The people who were saying she looked too sexy, they looking at her thinking she looks sexy…

“They should take a look at themselves and wonder why they are saying she looks sexy.”

Katie again came under fire in July 2017 after posting a video of Princess and Junior to Instagram showing them promoting a drinks range.

At the end of 2016, Princess briefly had her own Instagram account after begging her mother for one.

The decision to allow her was wildly criticised with critics claiming that she was placing them in danger from online predators, and forcing them to grow up too fast. The account disappeared just a few weeks later.

This image of Princess in 2015 wearing make-up sparked debate
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Has Princess Tiaamii appeared on TV shows?

It is no secret that Princess is keen to follow in her famous parents’ footsteps.

She has already appeared on TV with their mum and dad on their numerous reality show, and most recently starred on Katie’s new TLC show Katie Price’s Pony Club.

Princess has also made a few appearances on Loose Women, alongside brother Junior.

The Sun’s Bizarre Column has also reported how Junior and Princess are in discussions to become the faces of McDonald’s.

A source revealed how the pair being offered big bucks to represent the fast-food chain’s world-famous Happy Meals.

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