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Tomb raider sequel to be Xbox exclusive game

Tomb raider sequel to be Xbox exclusive game

COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Crystal Dynamics announced at the Gamescom 2014 trade fair that its flagship game "Rise of the Tomb Raider" will be an Xbox exclusive title.
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Tomb Raider video game actress receives death threats

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Fans of the Tomb Raider video game franchise sent death threats to British actress Camilla Luddington, who is the voice and avatar for the Lara Croft character.
Holly Madison marries Pasquale Rotella in Disneyland

Holly Madison marries Pasquale Rotella in Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend Holly Madison married Pasquale Rotella at California's Disneyland in front of a 150 friends and relatives, People.com reported.
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Angelina Jolie eyes early retirement

Angelina Jolie eyes early retirement

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, a mother of six young children, says she plans to "give up the acting" when her kids become teenagers.
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Gerard Butler discharged from rehab

Gerard Butler discharged from rehab

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Gerard Butler's manager says the Scottish actor was discharged Friday from the Betty Ford Center in California.
Jolie spends time with Voight in Venice

Jolie spends time with Voight in Venice

VENICE, Italy, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie's long-estranged father, actor Jon Voight, joined the star, her beau and their children on a trip in Venice's Grand Canal, UsMagizine.com said.
Jolie in talks to play Kay Scarpetta

Jolie in talks to play Kay Scarpetta

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Angelina Jolie is in talks to play crime-solving heroine Kay Scarpetta in a film based on Patricia Cornwell's blockbuster novels.

Sonic tops favorite game character poll

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog has been voted the favorite video-game character of British players, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Jolie, not Cruise, to star in 'Salt'

Jolie, not Cruise, to star in 'Salt'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie reportedly is in talks to star in "Edwin A. Salt," an espionage thriller once meant to be a vehicle for actor Tom Cruise.
Angelina Jolie tours Baghdad

Angelina Jolie tours Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie reportedly took a tour of central Baghdad's Green Zone.

Halloween costumes inspired by films

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Jack Sparrow and Catwoman could be the two most popular Hollywood-inspired costumes seen this Halloween, a new U.S. survey of film fans revealed.

Angelina Jolie voted sexiest star ever

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has been voted the sexiest star ever in an online poll for the BBC's "100 Greatest Sex Symbols" special. The BBC's Channel 4 recently conducted an Internet poll to determine the top 100 sexiest stars of all time.

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Lara Croft is an English fictional character and the protagonist of Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series. Created by Toby Gard, the character has also appeared in comic books, novels and a series of animated short films, and has been played by Angelina Jolie in two feature films. Lara is generally presented as a beautiful, intelligent, athletic, and somewhat reckless English archaeologist-adventurer who frequently ventures into ancient and hazardous tombs and ruins.

Lara Croft was designed as the lead protagonist of Core Design's video game Tomb Raider, which began development in 1993. Lead graphic artist Toby Gard went through about five designs before arriving at the character's final appearance. He initially envisioned a male lead character with a whip and a hat. Core Design co-founder Jeremy Smith characterized the design as derivative of Indiana Jones, and asked for more originality. Gard decided that a female character would work better from a design standpoint. He also claimed a desire to counter stereotypical female characters, which he has characterized as "bimbos" or "dominatrix" types. Initially, Smith was skeptical of a female lead because few games at the time featured them. However, he felt a female lead would to be a great hook, and decided to put faith in Gard's idea. Inspired by pop artist Neneh Cherry and comic book character Tank Girl, Gard experimented with different designs, including a muscular woman and a Nazi-like militant. He settled on a tough South American woman with a braid named Laura Cruz. Eidos management—the series' publisher—preferred a more "UK friendly" name, and selected Lara Croft from similar-sounding English names found in an English telephone directory. Along with the name change, the character's back-story was altered to incorporate a British origin.

One of Gard's main concerns was to animate the character realistically, an aspect he felt the industry at the time had disregarded. He sacrificed quick animations in favor of more realistic movement, believing that players would empathize with the character more easily. In the first Tomb Raider, Lara Croft's character model is made of around 230 polygons. The graphical limits at the time required the removal of the character's braid from the model. While adjusting the character model, Gard accidentally increased the breasts' dimensions by 150 percent. After seeing the increase, however, the rest of the creative team argued the change should remain. Core Design hired Shelley Blond to voice Lara Croft after the game enter the beta phase of development. Gard left Core Design after completing Tomb Raider, citing a lack of creative freedom and control over marketing decisions related to the ideas he developed, specifically Lara Croft.

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