Film Review: 'Tomb Raider'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When it was announced that the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander would star in a reboot of "Tomb Raider," playing the bungee-plunging, chasm-leaping adventurer Lara Croft in a movie that told the story of how she first became...Lara Croft, I'll confess that my heart didn't exactly do a flip of anticipation. I'm a major fan of Vikander's, and was glad to see this ferociously gifted and expressive actress reach for A-list mega-stardom (she was marvelous, two years ago, in her first franchise movie, the shockingly underrated "Jason Bourne"). But the Lara Croft series, in its Angelina Jolie incarnation, always struck me as a hollowly relentless action contraption, and I didn't want to see Vikander plugged into the machine, reduced to a "high-powered" video-game prop.
Madonna to Direct Ballerina Drama 'Taking Flight'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Madonna will direct the MGM drama "Taking Flight," based on the life of ballerina Michaela De Prince.
Mexican actor Garcia Bernal brings call for end to impunity to U.N.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Actor and filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal called on Tuesday for the United Nations and governments around the world to put pressure on his native Mexico to end impunity for corruption and large-scale killings.
UPDATE 1-Mexican actor Garcia Bernal brings call for end to impunity to UN
GENEVA, March 13 (Reuters) - Actor and filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal called on Tuesday for the United Nations and governments around the world to put pressure on his native Mexico to end impunity for corruption and large-scale killings.
Hollywood producers Affleck, Jordan, Feig adopt inclusion rider
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig said on Tuesday that his production company was adding an inclusion rider for future shows, the latest Hollywood figure to take up the call for more diversity on movie and television sets.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announce split in loving messages
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celebrity couple Zayn Malik and supermodel Gigi Hadid on Tuesday announced they had split up after two years of dating, with both posting statements of mutual love and respect.
Royal pay gap? 'The Crown''s Queen Elizabeth paid less than her prince
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.
Next 'Fantastic Beasts' movie thrills fans with return to Hogwarts
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The second of the "Fantastic Beasts" movie spinoffs from author J.K. Rowling includes scenes set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, directly connecting the story to the best-selling "Harry Potter" books and films, a first movie trailer on Tuesday showed.
'Tomb Raider' reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander's star power
(Reuters) - When video game character Lara Croft first debuted in "Tomb Raider" on the big screen nearly two decades ago, she was a daring, action-superwoman embodying a role reserved for men.
SXSW Film Review: 'The Director and the Jedi'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - One can easily discern an informative and affecting documentary short -- maybe 20 or 30 minutes long -- embedded amid the ungainly sprawl that is "The Director and the Jedi," a SXSW Film Festival world premiere offering set for wide release June 27 as a bonus behind-the-scenes feature on the home-video release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
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