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The Secret Life of Bees (movie)

'Beyond the Lights' director gave film's star a crash course in diva

A 90210 ZIP Code. A 40-foot interior waterfall. Private movie theater. Rooftop deck equipped for 500 people.

The $14-million Beverly Hills mansion had all the trappings of a verifiable celebrity home. With its antiseptic glass and concrete and steel, it looked just like the kind of place the new-money pop star at the center of "Beyond the Lights" would live.

An unruly group had recently decamped from the residence, and their all-night ragers had left neighbors irked. Now a film crew blocking streets and creating even more noise pollution? Wasn't gonna...