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

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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.

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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