Tomb Raider Fans Blast Back Hard at Alicia Vikander Body Shamer

Controversy arose over the weekend when an internet personality claimed Alicia Vikander had breasts that were way too small to be portrayed in true Lara Croft form for the new Tomb Raider reboot. The social media musing currently has over 2,000 comments, most of them slamming the comments and ironically, making fun of the body types of some of the people responding in the thread. Tomb Raider opens this weekend and hasn’t gotten the best reviews from critics who have seen the movie, which currently has a 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Amazing Atheist took to Twitter over the weekend to complain about Alicia Vikander’s breasts as Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider movie. The comments section quickly turned into a warzone of people trying to stand up for Vikander. Amazing Atheist had this to say.

“Do I have to be the asshole who says her tits are too small for me to see her as Lara Croft? Do I have to be that guy? Do I have to be the one who fucking says it? I guess I do. Sorry.”

While many fans were attacking the original comments, many were in agreement. Lara Croft is known as being a bit more on the voluptuous from the original video games and previous movies that had Angelina Jolie as the star. Fans of the Tomb Raider franchise quickly rushed in to reply to Amazing Atheist’s comments about Alicia Vikander’s body. One woman noted that when Lara Croft first came on the scene as a video game, her breasts were triangles. She explains.

“When Tomb Raider was released in 1996 (for console and PC), Lara Croft’s boobs were triangular. Let’s stop acting like the size/shape of a woman’s breasts predict her ability to play Lara Croft. It doesn’t really matter whether you see Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft… she is, deal with it.”

Amazing Atheist replied to some of the hate, accusing some of the women in the comments section of “smelling their farts.” The comments were obviously made to get a rise out of people and he succeeded.

On the other side of the argument, several Tomb Raider fans agreed with comments about Alicia Vikander’s slim, athletic body. One Twitter user said, “Another franchise ruined by sjws… In this case, yes, when I watch a tomb raider movie, I want to see Lara Croft in all her glory.” While the fans who want to see a return to the voluptuous body of Lara Croft are present, they are definitely the minority in the comments. And, as previously mentioned, many of the women who were defending Alicia Vikander’s body were making fun of the appearances of some of the men commenting.

Some Tomb Raider fans brought up the simple fact that the new version of the movie is based on the 2013 game reboot, which was a lot less sexist than earlier installments. Original game developers blamed the technology at the time when Lara Croft first came on the scene, noting that they couldn’t make long hair, so they had to amplify her other assets, so everybody knew that she was female. The choice ended up selling a lot more games and starting a movie franchise. Whatever the case may be, there’s a big argument about Alicia Vikander’s breasts raging on. You can read the post and some of the comments below, from the Amazing Atheist Guy’s Twitter account.

Do I have to be the asshole who says her tits are too small for me to see her as Lara Croft? Do I have to be that guy? Do I have to be the one who fucking says it?

I guess I do. Sorry.

— Amazing Atheist Guy (@amazingatheist) March 10, 2018

It’s based on the new games, she’s not that heavy chested in them… And who cares damn it

— Thomas Cognata (@Z33R0K) March 11, 2018

Kinda thought the defining factor of Lara Croft wasthe whole tomb raiding thing, but nah I guess it’s having big ol boobers

— Noah ???? ???????? (@Arkofalltrades) March 12, 2018

Now now…
He’s probably got some big man boobies to entertain himself with in the mirror.

— Tickle Budgie (@Stealthy_budgie) March 12, 2018


Walking Dead’s Jesus Wants to Be the Next Wolverine

The Walking Dead actor Tom Payne is down for playing the new version of Logan. Hugh Jackman turned Wolverine into a household name, first playing the character in Bryan Singer’s 2000 X-Men movie, which helped to usher in the modern age of comic book movies as we know it. However, Logan marked the end of his tenure as the beloved mutant, and that means at some undetermined point in the future, another actor will be taking on the role. Given the chance, Payne says he’s in.

Tom Payne is best known for playing Jesus, aka Paul Rovia on AMC’s The Walking Dead and has been a part of the cast since 2016. While he hasn’t broken out as a big movie star yet, being on one of the biggest shows on TV should help open some of those doors in the future. In a recent interview, he expressed interest in one of those doors being an opening into the X-Men universe as the new Wolverine. He also pointed out that, even though Hugh Jackman did a tremendous job over the years, his own physical stature may suit a more comics-accurate version of the character. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“Wolverine is actually like 5’1?, or 5’2? or something. And Hugh, he was brilliant, but he was much, much, much bigger. If they did recast the Wolverine part, I’d be well up for it.”

Indeed, those who want to see something closer to the version of Wolverine from the comics might see something in what Tom Payne is saying. Marvel officially says that Wolverine stands at 5’3″ and Hugh Jackman was 6’1″. So, even though he interpreted the character beautifully for nearly two decades in the eyes of most fans, he never really looked exactly like the character would appear in the pages of the X-Men comics. That actually is why Bob Hoskins was originally wanted for the role of Wolverine before Jackman ever landed the part.

With all of that in mind, Tom Payne stands at 5’7″ and, even aside from height, definitely has the rugged look needed for Wolverine. The question is, could he really pull it off? That remains to be seen, but many have suggested Tom Hardy for the part, but he’s currently playing Venom. There’s also Scott Eastwood, who expressed interest. As of yet, the studios haven’t really discussed anyone for the new Wolverine, as far as we know, and there are a few reasons for that.

For one, they’re going to want to give us some space after Logan, out of respect for Hugh Jackman. Not only that, but the pending Disney/Fox deal could be a major factor. Disney’s purchase still needs to be approved by regulating bodies, but if that does come to pass, the X-Men and Fantastic Four will once again be in control of Marvel Studios. At that time, Kevin Feige and Co. could look to cast who they want in the role. Will that be Tom Payne? He’ll be waiting by the phone for that call. This news comes to us courtesy of TV Guide.


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As SXSW Rolls On, Threat Of More Package Bombs Has Austin On Edge

Next to the frenzied crowds of San Diego’s Comic-Con and the masses that jam into New Orleans for Mardi Gras, SXSW is a pretty laid back event in its celebration of film, music, tech and other arts in Austin, Texas.

However, a trio of package explosions in residential areas has shaken the city of nearly one million people, with two occurring yesterday, killing 17-year old Draylen Mason who Austin Police Chief Brian Manley has described in reports as an “outstanding young man who was going places with his life,” and wounding a 75-year old Hispanic woman who remains in critical condition. Mason died at the scene while his mother was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Officials have said they do not see any connection between the bombings and the SXSW festival. Furthermore the explosions occurred far from the festival’s downtown venue area which includes the Convention Center, the Paramount and State Theatres and hotels. In fact, an upbeat, calm mood remains among attendees in the area. While the busiest part of the film portion is winding down, an even bigger turnout is expected for the music portion of SXSW which started yesterday and runs through March 18. The fear residing is among those in neighborhoods where they have to keep a watchful eye on a common occurrence: Receiving an average size delivery box on their doorsteps.

SXSW issued the following statement in response to the recent tragedies:

SXSW is heartbroken by the explosions in Austin earlier this month and today. Our thoughts are with the victims and those affected. @Austin_Police are conducting ongoing investigations related to these incidents. Please stay safe, and if you see something, say something.

— SXSW (@sxsw) March 12, 2018

The package explosions have been described as pipe bombs rigged to detonate upon opening. The first of the three bombs went off on March 2, killing Anthony Stephen House, a 39-year old black man. Both House and Mason are relatives of prominent African American members in Austin’s community according to The Washington Posts, but the third victim has no ties. House was the stepson of Freddie Dixon, a former pastor at a historic black church in Austin, while Dixon is friends with Mason’s grandfather, according to the Post.

Authorities are still investigating whether the bombings were hate crimes. Gov. Greg Abbott announced a $15K reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the package blasts; while the Austin Police are offering a $50K reward per local Austin Fox 7 affiliate. FBI and ATF are assisting the Austin Police with the investigation.

Four years ago during SXSW, a driver plowed through a barricade and into festival-goers, killing four people and injuring many others. Additional security measures were taken in the aftermath, including additional policing, tougher security checks and brighter street lighting, among others.


National Geographic Apologizes For Past Racist Editorial Coverage In Its Magazines

The new editor of National Geographic has issued an apologetic editorial citing past transgressions that the century-old magazine now has determined were racist in nature.

Susan Goldberg, the first woman editor of the publication, made the editorial confession as part of an ongoing study of race undertaken by National Geographic. The commentary leads off a series on racial, ethnic, and religious groups that will run throughout the year and includes coverage of Muslims, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

National Geographic was founded in 1888 as a society to expand scientific and geographic knowledge, and was long ruled by a family that traced its heritage to Alexander Graham Bell. The society and its glossy magazine companion funded expeditions and research by the likes of Jacques Cousteau and Admiral Richard Byrd. It later grew into television, first with specials and then its own cable channel, DVDs and other endeavors, becoming one of the leading nonprofits in the world devoted to scientific research.

Yet the body of work and good intentions also have a dark side, according to Goldberg.

“I’m the tenth editor of National Geographic since its founding in 1888,” wrote Goldberg. “I’m the first woman and the first Jewish person—a member of two groups that also once faced discrimination here. It hurts to share the appalling stories from the magazine’s past. But when we decided to devote our April magazine to the topic of race, we thought we should examine our own history before turning our reportorial gaze to others.”

To help with its self-examination, National Geographic enlisted University of Virginia professor John Edwin Mason. He specializes in the history of photography and the history of Africa, which the magazine called “a frequent crossroads of our storytelling.”

Mason examined the publication’s archives. His findings: until the 1970s, National Geographic ignored people of color in the US while focusing on on “natives elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché.”

Americans got ideas about the world from Tarzan movies and crude racist caricatures,” Mason said. “Segregation was the way it was. National Geographic wasn’t teaching as much as reinforcing messages they already received and doing so in a magazine that had tremendous authority. National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized. That was a color line, and National Geographic was reflecting that view of the world.”

However, Mason also acknowledged the magazine’s role in exploring areas few other publications touched. “If I were talking to my students about the period until after the 1960s, I would say, ‘Be cautious about what you think you are learning here,’ ” Mason said. “At the same time, you acknowledge the strengths National Geographic had even in this period, to take people out into the world to see things we’ve never seen before. It’s possible to say that a magazine can open people’s eyes at the same time it closes them.”


Thomas Lennon To Play the Lead In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Dan the Weatherman’

Thomas Lennon, coming off starring role opposite Matthew Perry in CBS’ multi-camera comedy series The Odd Couple, has been tapped to play the title character in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Dan the Weatherman. The project hails from from The Life & Times of Tim creator Steve Dildarian, Tomorrow Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written by Dildarian and directed by Seth Gordon, Dan the Weatherman centers on the eponymous character (Lennon). After getting fired from his cushy job as a weatherman at the local TV station, Dan finds it’s not enough to be a charming white man in this world. He reluctantly ends up at the neighboring Spanish TV station.

Dildarian executive produces with Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements.

Reno 9-1-1! co-creator/star Lennon, who was pursued by the Fox pilot, can currently be seen in Netflix’s A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Half Magicopposite Heather Graham and in Clint Eastwood’s The 15:57 to Paris. Up next he will star in Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Puppet Master and in LD Entertainment’s Dog Days, with Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lauren Lapkus. He’s repped by Principato Young Entertainment, UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.

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