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GIRL POWER COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE

In the opening moments of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Angelina Jolie gets to discover an underwater treasure trove, escape from terrorists, punch a shark in the nose and ride to safety on its fin. She's not to be messed with - nor are the ladies of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, a trio of high-flying, butt-kicking women who dole out punishment to anyone who deserves it. Both summer movies provide a superhero picture of female empowerment, an image of ''girl power'' that matches up with the manly deeds of male action heroes.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2003

HAS A BRITISH SCIENTIST FOUND NEFERTITI

While Lara Croft blasts her way through movie theaters, television has its own real-life version of Tomb Raider on the Discovery Channel. Airing tonight at 9, Nefertiti Resurrected tracks an expedition led by University of York scientist Joann Fletcher, a British expert on mummies, into a tomb containing human remains that, she suspects, are those of Nefertiti, the legendary Egyptian queen who died more than 3,000 years ago. If she is correct, she will be credited with the most staggering archaeological find since the discovery of King Tutankhamen.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2003

JOLIE GOOD FRIEND PROCLAIMS LIVERPOOL

She may be one of Hollywood's biggest celebrities, but Angelina Jolie has left a huge impression on Merseyside. Not only is her best friend and film stuntwoman a Scouser - Eunice Huthart - but Angelina also has ties with Alder Hey children's hospital. She donated 50,000 to the hospital after her adopted Cambodian son Maddox was treated there. Then 13 months old, Maddox was taken to Alder Hey with burns after an incident with a kettle.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2003

SEQUEL DIALOGUE LITTERED WITH CLICHES

The newest float in the summer sequel parade belongs to Lara Croft, the swashbuckling archaeologist and British aristocrat who rose to digital stardom as the protagonist of a pioneering video game. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt. The object of her search is nothing less than the original Pandora's Box, which is revealed to be some sort of intergalactic surprise package that was once the source of all life on earth but now contains the very essence of death and evil.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2003

TOMB RAIDER STAR FINDS TREASURE IN GERMANY

In the film Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie plays a daredevil archaeologist who travels the world in search of precious relics. And it seemed like a case of life imitating art in Munich on Wednesday, as the actress finally got her hands on a special memento that has been eluding her for months. Because when Angelina arrived in Germany to present her new Lara Croft film The Cradle Of Life, she was presented with the World Video Award 2003, which she was supposed to collect in January.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2003

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