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Gemma Arterton accepted a role in ‘Quantum of Solace’ because she was “as poor as a church mouse”.

The 34-year-old actress claims she only agreed to star as Bond girl and intelligence operative, Strawberry Fields, in the 2008 movie because she wanted to pay off her student loan but Gemma now believes the Bond movies are sexist.

She told The Sun newspaper: “At the beginning of my career, I was poor as a church mouse and I was happy just to be able to work and earn a living.

“I still get criticism for accepting ‘Quantum Of Solace’, but I was 21, I had a student loan, and you, know, it was a Bond film.

“But as I got older I saw there was so much wrong with Bond women. Strawberry should have just said no, really, and worn flat shoes.”

In 2013, Gemma set up her own production company Rebel Park in 2013, which aims to promote female talent and help secure equal pay in the film industry.

She explained: “I have my own production company which is all about giving women an opportunity in film.

“It’s [the industry] getting better but it definitely isn’t there yet. I struggled with that a little bit at first but I’ll keep making suggestions to people.

“I look forward to getting older and wiser. My role model is my grandfather. Even in his mid-nineties he gave the impression of being in his twenties.

“He was very sharp-minded and looked like Clark Gable with his moustache and hair. He was still sexy — a really hot guy. I secretly hope I’ve inherited his genes.”



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Keisha Buchanan | Keisha Buchanan: I’m focusing on work in 2021!

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Keisha Buchanan says 2021 is her year for “work”.

The former Sugababes star has revealed she’s set herself “work goals” for the next 12 months, which include putting herself out there and taking some career risks that she’s always wanted to try.

She said: “A lot of the time, I make goals for personal growth. Like if I want to be more disciplined, more patient, whatever it is, I set those types of goals more so than anything else. But I think this year I really want to try and achieve some work goals.

“For me, I think that life is precious. I need to stop all this pussyfooting around and just not be in my head so much and just try. And do things that I enjoy.”

Keisha, 36, spoke as part of a YouTube video that outlined her plan for 2021, and said that speaking to her fans in her vlogs is something she wants to continue doing throughout the year.

She added: “I want to do things that I really enjoy doing, and this is one of them, speaking to you guys on camera. For some reason I feel like I’m able to just be myself and it feels great just being able to express myself. I talk to myself in my head all the time so this is great for me.”

The ‘Push the Button’ hitmaker also revealed she wants to prioritise exercise and healthy eating this year, as she’s keen to lose weight.

But Keisha can’t go running, as the exercise leaves her in pain.

She said in her video: “I’m at the point where when I’m walking, my knees are hurting. I can’t run because that’s just crazy. I can’t … even walking down the stairs really hurts.

“My last doctor’s appointment, they said my cholesterol is a bit high, so that’s how I know that I’m just like [I need to make changes]. I feel like my main thing is just making sure that I feel really good in my own body, and that I’m healthy.”



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Phil Collins | Genesis delay reunion tour until Autumn

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Genesis have rescheduled their ‘The Last Domino? Tour’ to September and October 2021.

The ‘Invisible Touch’ band have reunited for their first stage dates in 14 years but will now begin their tour across the UK and Ireland with a gig in Dublin on September 15 this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford will be joined on stage by Phil’s son Nic Collins on drums as well as the group’s long-time lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.

Genesis were set to embark on their reunion tour in 2020 but it was pushed back until April 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the global health emergency the tour has now been shifted again.

In a statement, the band said: “Well let’s just forget about that last year and focus on 2021 shall we! We can’t wait to finally get this show on the road, but we feel the decision to move the tour is the best one for those planning on attending and for us as a band and crew. We hope now we can all relax a little more and focus on the music and having a good night.”

Phil is unable to play the drums any longer due to his long-standing spinal condition but revealed that he didn’t “force” Nic onto his bandmates.

The 69-year-old musician said: “I didn’t elbow him into the band. You can’t force a drummer onto these guys.”

Genesis ‘The Last Domino? Tour’ rescheduled dates are:

Wednesday 15th September Dublin 3 Arena

Thursday 16th September Dublin 3 Arena

Saturday 18th September Belfast SSE Arena

Monday 20th September Birmingham Utilita Arena

Tuesday 21st September Birmingham Utilita Arena

Wednesday 22nd September Birmingham Utilita Arena

Friday 24th September Manchester AO Arena

Saturday 25th September Manchester AO Arena

Monday 27th September Leeds First Direct Arena

Tuesday 28th September Leeds First Direct Arena

Thursday 30th September Newcastle Utilita Arena

Friday 1st October Newcastle Utilita Arena

Sunday 3rd October Liverpool M & S Bank Arena

Monday 4th October Liverpool M & S Bank Arena

Thursday 7th October Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Friday 8th October Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Monday 11th October London O2

Tuesday 12th October London O2

Wednesday 13th October London O2



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Josh Franceschi | You Me At Six land second number one album: ‘Put some respect on the name!’

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You Me At Six has told their haters to “put some respect on the name” after their new album ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ debuted at number one on the Official Albums Chart.

The ‘Bite My Tongue’ hitmakers scored their second number one album on Friday (22.01.21) when their seventh studio album – which was released last week – debuted at the top spot, marking their first chart-topping record since 2014’s ‘Cavalier Youth’.

And after thanking their fans for the impressive feat, frontman Josh Franceschi also reached out to anyone who doubted the group over the years.

In an OfficialCharts.com video reaction clip, Josh said: “Thank you to our fans, you guys are incredible. Without you we wouldn’t be here after 15 years.

“Maybe most importantly, thank you to everyone who has caused us pain or wrote us off or said we were done. This is for you. We made this record for you, to remind you to put some respect on the name.”

‘SUCKAPUNCH’ also landed at number one on the Official Record Store Chart, after 85 percent of the album’s week one sales were physical copies, and half of those were purchased from independent record stores.

You Me At Six – who now have six top 10 albums to their name – beat Eminem to the top spot this week, as his 2019 chart-topper, ‘Music to be Murdered By’, placed at number three following the CD release of its B-side collection.

Elsewhere in the top five, Sleaford Mods scored their first ever top five album with ‘Spare Ribs’ debuting at number four, whilst US boyband Why Don’t We landed in fifth with their record, ‘The Good Times and The Bad Times’.

Meanwhile, in the Official Single’s Chart, 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo has held the top spot for a second week running with her single ‘Drivers License’, whilst Anne-Marie’s collaboration with KSI and Digital Farm, ‘Don’t Play’, has debuted at number two.

Ariana Grande’s single ‘34+35’ has shot up eight places to number three after having narrowly missed out on a top 10 spot last week, and Little Mix’s ‘Sweet Melody’ has slipped down two places to fourth.

Rounding out the top five is Australian rapper The Kid Laroi with his single ‘Without You’.



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