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Grant Kempster checks out the fantastic world of entertainment. Oh, and he does the artwork too
Choice morsels from our news section, covering the world of the fantastic selected from Xposé #44

Jolie good idea!

Angelina Jolie is the latest actress to be linked with the role of Tomb Raider star Lara Croft in the forthcoming live-action movie. Only a few weeks back, however, Posh Spice Victoria Beckham was reported to have been considering the role...

Angelina Jolie - raider found?Jolie is said to be in final negotiations with Paramount and director Simon West (The General’s Daughter, Con Air) to become the popular video game character who is renowned for her acrobatic fighting skills and intelligent puzzle-solving throughout the computer game series. Jolie recently picked up a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her work in Girl, Interrupted and is currently starring in Dancing in the Dark with Antonio Banderas.

The Slaying Goes On

Any doubts you may have had about our favorite vampire and slayer coming back for another season due to see-sawing viewing figures can now be vanquished as WB announced recently that they’re renewing both Buffy and Angel for another year. This superb news comes off the back of bizarre rumors that the WB was thinking of relinquishing its three highest-rated shows to Fox.

Bai Ling as Angel's Princess JhieraAs far as changes occurring in the new episodes are concerned, our boy Joss Whedon told Variety recently on the subject of Angel, “We’re looking to build up the ensemble a little more, but you’ll see fewer stories that are peripheral to Angel. We initially saw Angel as being more of a guardian for other characters, but we found the audience was much more emotionally invested in Angel, so we’ll be staying closer to home and exploring his character.”

His lovely words follow the news that Bai Ling’s character Princess Jhiera will be joining the Angel cast as a regular, while over at Buffy Emma Caulfield’s Anya has taken residence as an official cast regular.

Oscars censor South Park

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are refusing to edit Oscar-nominated song Blame Canada for the awards event. Oscar chiefs are asking the pair to remove bad language from the song (taken from the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut), as all five songs nominated are to be performed live to an estimated one billion people worldwide. Without censorship, the song will be banned from the ceremony.

Parker and Stone’s refusal to censor the song may have something to do with the fact that the movie has a major anti-censorship theme running throughout…

Fantasy update

With both Dungeons and Dragons and the Lord of the Rings trilogy getting nearer to completion (well, sort of - the Rings trilogy is scheduled to be filming until March 2001 - Web Ed), the fantasy revival is set to storm the 21st Century.

The only problem with both productions seems to be that the popularity of them will no doubt have dwindled; Dungeons and Dragons in gaming terms was highly popular during the Eighties and The Lord of the Rings reached its peak at roughly the same time (the original animated film was released in 1978).

The Lord of the Rings has just had release dates for each part of the $130m-plus trilogy confirmed. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King and will hit screens in Christmas 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively. Peter Jackson, who has been directing all three movies in succession in New Zealand, is hoping that the never-before-attempted feat will prove successful.

Again, the star-studded cast should enhance an already fabulously-set movie. Elijah Wood (The Faculty) Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Ian Holm (Alien, and the BBC Radio 4 production's own Frodo Baggins in 1981) have all been drafted in to star in the film alongside all manner of movie legends such as Christopher Lee and Sir Ian McKellen – Middle Earth has never looked so good!

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