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Exclusive: ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ Star On Playing The Drums: “I Was A Fish Out Of Water”



If you ever thought learning how to play the drums was easy? Guess again.

Drumline: A New Beat’s Alexandra Shipp stopped by the HipHollywood loft to talk about learning how to play the snare for the forthcoming VH1 made for television movie and according to the star, it was quite an experience. “Reading music and then reading percussion music are two completely different worlds. You’re going through and it’s rhythm, it’s also where it is on the drum that you’re tapping.”

Shipp added, “I was a little bit of a fish out of water, but I learned how to fake it really well.”

During our chat with the actress, the Arizona native made clear that the Nick Cannon produced film is not a remake of the 2002 hit flick, Drumline. “This Drumline is a new beat. So it focuses on whole new characters, a whole new story line, but really tries to show these characters finding themselves through music and within this drumline.”

“I play Dani Raymond, who is a brass kind of girl. She’s tough. She loves music and she loves drumming and she’s always been one of the boys, so why can’t she be one of the boys in college?”

Cannon will also make an appearance in the movie, as well as singer/actress, LeToya Luckett.

Drumline: A New Beat premieres October 27 on VH1.


Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First



If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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