‘Tomb Raider’ reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander’s star power

Cast member Alicia Vikander waves at the premiere for “Tomb Raider” in Los Angeles, California, US, March 12, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 13 March 2018
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‘Tomb Raider’ reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander’s star power

LOS ANGELES: 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.
Now, with the same feminist spirit, the reboot starring Alicia Vikander and opening worldwide this week, spins the usual action-adventure tale, but also dives into Croft’s beginnings, portraying a heroine with an emotional life and personal growth.
“We show this journey of Lara when she’s not the action hero ... and it’s a way of us still to root for her,” the 29-year-old Swede in her biggest role to date told Reuters Television. “You actually get to feel that’s she’s human, and she’s open to be vulnerable.”
The franchise’s revival is based primarily on a 2013 iteration of the game, which takes place on the fictional lost island of Yamatai near Japan.
In the film, Croft leads a profligate youth following her father’s disappearance, but then is pulled back into the fold when she is inspired to scrutinize his vanishing while on one of his treacherous archaeological adventures.
“Tomb Raider,” which first made it to the big screen in 2001 with Angelina Jolie as Croft, is a bit of a throwback with an elaborately constructed studio set in an era when most action films depend heavily on computer effects.
“I was really looking to get an authentic and gritty feel to the whole movie, so we shot a lot of it for real,” Norwegian director Roar Uthaug said.
“I think it brings some edge to it, some rawness,” the 44-year-old added.
“Tomb Raider” arrives at a time when Hollywood is putting more women in central roles in the macho blockbuster genre.
It is also a bet Warner Bros. has placed on Vikander to be Hollywood’s next breakout female action star following the roaring success of little-known Israeli actress Gal Gadot in last year’s “Wonder Woman.”
Vikander, who won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2016 for “The Danish Girl,” had yet to take on top billing in a blockbuster and is best known for her intense, emotionally dramatic performances.
“I too had to overcome, like Lara, a lot of questioning,” Vikander said. “But it’s an adventure, and I was really intrigued to go on it.”


Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

Updated 16 December 2018
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Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

  • Earlier this month, the comedian wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers
  • A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday

NEW YORK: New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK.
A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.
What alarmed Davidson’s fans and authorities was the tone of the entertainer’s post: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He added a heart emoji.
Social media erupted with words of love for the 25-year-old comedian and native New Yorker who first appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 2014. And his name is trending on Twitter.
One admirer tweeted “hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love ... I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.”
Earlier this month, Davidson wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers, “and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.
“No matter how hard the Internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”
Davidson and Grande were engaged in June, but broke up earlier this fall.
In November, Davidson apologized for mocking the appearance of a veteran who lost an eye in Afghanistan.
He said Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw, now a congressman-elect from Texas, “deserves all the respect in the world.”
On SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment , Davidson was joined by Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL.
Davidson had mocked Crenshaw a week earlier, saying viewers might be surprised he’s “not a hit man in a porno movie.”
Crenshaw, a Republican who won a House seat in the 2018 midterm elections, took some joking shots at Davidson. And when his cellphone rang, the tone was “Breathin” by Grande.
Crenshaw got serious at the end, encouraging civilians and veterans to connect and paying tribute to heroes like Davidson’s father, a firefighter who died in the 9/11 terror attacks.