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Holly to Bolly: Young drummer recognised by Metallica and SRK cements friendship with Paula Coelho and more

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Young drummer recognised by Metallica

A 10-year-old drummer from Philadelphia in the United States is receiving high praise for his cover of a Metallica song that featured on the heavy metal band’s Instagram page on the weekend. Daniel Krilov has been playing drums for just two years, but that didn’t stop him from responding to the band’s request for fans to send video of themselves covering a track off their new album. Krilov, a School of Rock Philadelphia student, posted a one-minute recording of himself drumming to his favourite song on Hard-wired … to Self-Destruct on the site last week. Krilov’s video was viewed more than 300,000 times on Metallica’s page in just one day. — AP

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SRK finds Paulo Coelho kind and generous

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has spoken of his fondness for his friend and admirer Paulo Coelho, describing the author as “kind and generous”. Coelho, who has authored books such as Eleven Minutes, Brida and The Alchemist, took to Twitter to share a link about Khan. He also wrote that the actor is the greatest movie star in the world. The Don star replied by thanking Coelho and calling him kind. “Thank you my friend Paulo Coelho. You are kind and generous with your love,” Khan tweeted on Sunday, November 27. Khan had previously gifted the author a set of his films, including Asoka, Chak De! India and Om Shanti Om. On the work front, Shah Rukh will next be seen in Raees. * IANS

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Dhanush’s Tamil film set for release in February

Upcoming Tamil romantic action film Enai Noki Paayum Thota, directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, is set to hit the screens during Valentine’s Day weekend next year. “Nearly 80 per cent of the film has already been shot. The rest will be completed over the course of the next few weeks. The makers are planning to release the film during the Valentine’s Day weekend next year,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. The Bollywood blockbuster will star Dhanush and Megha Akash, and has been predominantly shot in Mumbai. The film’s first-look posters were released on Sunday. Dhanush features in two guises — both with a beard and in a clean-shaven look as well. — IANS

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When Dev Patel spent an hour looking in a mirror

British actor Dev Patel says he spent an hour looking at himself in the mirror for his role in his latest film Lion. “It required an energy shift,” Patel, who was a guest at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival, told Empire magazine.

“I’m a super-hyperactive kind of dude and the role required a level of stillness. I spent eight months prepping and it was all a process of introspection.” Based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley — which recounts how the adopted author searches for his biological parents online — the film also stars Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. Patel landed the role after a gruelling six-hour audition in which he worked through the entire script with director Garth Davis and “lost his mind” at the end, reports femalefirt.co.uk “At the end of it, Garth said, ‘I want you to roar like a lion. Let go of emotion and completely purge the pain you’d feel in Saroo’s situation. You don’t have to do it,” adds Patel. “And I was like, ‘Of course I have to’. So I did and I completely lost my mind. I was jumping in at the deep end.” – IANS

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New Rolling Stones album rekindles Chicago-blues love affair

Eleven years after their last studio album, rock legends The Rolling Stones are back with Blue and Lonesome, a tribute to the blues legends who forged the band’s soul. “This album is a homage to our favourites, people that kicked us off in playing music, that was the reason we started a band,” charismatic frontman Mick Jagger recently told The New York Times. “We were proselytisers of blues music; that’s what we’re still doing.” It is the band’s first album to feature just cover songs, drawn exclusively from the 1950s blues scene of Chicago, where musicians from the blues’ southern heartland had settled seeking work. Songs by Little Walter, Eddie Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon all feature on the record, to be released on Friday, December 2. Mississippi-born Muddy Waters was the scene’s godfather, and his song Rollin’ Stone gave Jagger’s band its name. Completing the full circle, the band recorded the album at the British Grove Studios, close to the west London pubs where they honed their all-conquering sound in the early 1960s. “One day we got fed up doing this (new) song so we did one blues, then another, then another,” remembers Jagger. “I said ‘OK, let’s come back tomorrow and do three or four more’.” – AFP

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