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TOBY GARD HONOURED WITH ELSPA AWARD

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association has awarded Lara Croft creator Toby Gard with an inaugural place in ELSPA's new Hall Of Fame, a distinguished Who's Who initiative aimed at honouring game designers and creators who have made pivotal contributions to the UK games industry, Games Paper reports. Tomb Raider, developed by Derbyshire-based studio Core Design, is one of the video-game industry's most potent franchise with 30 million unit sales to date and two major motion pictures starring Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2003

THE CRADLE OF LIFE PREMIERS IN THE UK

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie delighted screaming fans as she arrived for the UK premiere of her new film, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Jolie is back as action heroine Lara Croft - the lycra-clad archaeologist and explorer who originated as a video game character. Dressed in a long black dress with a plunging neckline, Jolie, 28, embarked on a 25-minute walkabout where she signed autographs and posed for pictures. She was joined at the premiere in London's Leicester Square by the film's director Jan de Bont, and co-stars Ciaran Hinds and Noah Taylor.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2003

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

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