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‘I’ve Been Waiting So Long’: 007 Fans Await First Public Screening


‘I’ve been waiting so long’: 007 fans await first public screening – at midnight

Filmgoers are excited to be among first in world to see 25th Bond film, No Time to Die, in Birmingham

For a film spanning 163 minutes – the longest James Bond movie ever made – it takes serious dedication to watch it at a midweek midnight showing.

But the 007 fans outside Birmingham’s Odeon cinema on Wednesday night were excited to be among the first people to see the eagerly anticipated 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, at a public screening.

“I’ve been waiting for it for so long. My parents are really into it too and have been sending me the trailers every time one comes out,” said 21-year-old Ethan Felton, one of many university students in the crowd.

“Because it’s been so long, it’s been over a year since it’s been delayed, I feel like everyone’s expectations are even higher and the pressure is on even more,” added his girlfriend, Isla Lee, a 26-year-old retail worker.

In the cinema’s lobby, the film’s poster has been there – advertising a variety of different release dates – since 2019. 007 was originally scheduled for April 2020, the film was delayed three times because of the Covid crisis. It was the first big movie to fall victim to the pandemic as cinemas closed across the world, and its postponement was a big blow to cinema franchises.

“I was so excited to see it back in April 2020, I had plans and everything. Obviously, I understood why it got delayed but it’s good to finally see it,” said George Stephenson, 21, a Birmingham City University student.

“I’m French and it feels like a really British thing to be here and experience it, I can say to my grandkids I was there,” laughed Claire Cortambert, 26, who works in the construction industry. She had been to a bar with her housemates to kill time before the start and was preparing herself for a 3am finish. “If it’s a good James Bond we should be kept awake.”

The film has received rave five-star reviews from many critics, although most fans said they had avoided reading anything about the film to keep it a surprise.

They were also preparing themselves for the end of the Daniel Craig era after his 15-year five-film stint in the Bond role.

“I watched all the Daniel Craig movies yesterday in preparation,” said Cameron Burrows, 21, an Aston University student. “But he’s done five movies now, he’s had his time, and it will be good to see who they pick next.”

There was plenty of speculation about who would take over the role in the next instalment, with most suggesting Tom Hardy or Idris Elba would be their preferred choice. “I think they’re too obvious,” said Stephenson. “The one idea that I’ve seen going around that I like is Henry Golding.”

Despite the painfully long wait, cinemagoers were glad they could enjoy the experience in relative normality now that Covid restrictions had eased.

“You wouldn’t have the same experience if it had come out during Covid. A lot of movies have come out over the past few months and they didn’t have as much of a reception as this,” said 26-year-old Aroon Reinoso.

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Rapper, NBA YoungBoy Welcomes Ninth Child

American rapper, NBA YoungBoy, has welcomed his ninth child with his fianceè, Jazlyn Mychelle.

A celebrity gist media agency, hiphopdx disclosed this on Thursday.

Although this is his ninth biological child, the rapper has 10 children in all.

The rapper and fiancee, Mychelle, already share a daughter, Alice, who was born in 2020.

Before now, NBA YoungBoy has eight biological children from seven different women.

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American Rap Sensation, Coolio Dies @59

Coolio, the rapper whose smash hit “Gangster’s Paradise” sent him to international stardom has died.

A report revealed that the beloved artist 59, visited a friend in Los Angeles on Wednesday and went to the bathroom but never emerged.

According to the report, when the friend went to check on Coolio, he found him unresponsive on the floor.

First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Coolio’s cause of death remains unclear, but his manager said the paramedics believe he died from cardiac arrest.

Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Ivey Junior, rose through the rap game in Los Angeles in the 1980s, but he became a national name with the number 1 hit “Gangster’s Paradise” in 1995.

He rode the success of that single and the album of the same name to a mainstream career that included three more top 40 hits and two songs on the “Space Jam” soundtrack.

Coolio also parlayed his fame into dozens of movie roles, including an appearance in 1997′s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney.

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D.J Cuppy Completes Masters Program At Oxford

Disc jockey and daughter of billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, Florence Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy, has announced that she has completed her masters programme at the University Of Oxford.

Cuppy revealed this via her Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“Got my thesis result, which classifies my MSc degree. I didn’t get a Merit or a Distinction, but I PASSED!!! ✅📚After a tough year, I can officially say I am now a graduate from #UniofOxford 🎓And I am bloody proud of myself.

“To God be the glory! 🎊👩🏾‍🎓🎉,” she tweeted.


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