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Alicia Vikander
"Tomb Raider" fans all over the world would be ecstatic to know that Warner Bros. and MGM just revealed the first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

In newly-released photos, first published in Vanity Fair, Vikander is shown taking on the role first commandeered by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 big-screen adaptation of the hit Eidos action-adventure video game franchise, which has sold more than 35 million units worldwide.

Alicia Vikander, who won an Oscar for "The Danish Girl", was shown clad in the iconic tank top and cargo pants — on an island off the coast of Japan. Armed with a piece of wood (or archaeological discovery), she looks ready to fight in one of the images.

Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug ("The Wave") is directing the film, which also stars Dominic West ("The Affair") and Walton Goggins ("Sons of Anarchy").

The pic will take a different direction than the original "Tomb Raider," focusing instead on the video game series' 2013 reboot, which chronicled Croft's origins and her first mission as an archaeologist.

In an interview with GQ, Uthuag explained that the film will present an entirely new version of Croft that fans of the 2001 movie have yet to see.

"As an origin story, this movie will introduce Lara as a young woman who hasn't yet found her way and her place in the world; a young woman with great spirit and potential," he said. "We follow her struggles and her journey toward becoming the person she was meant to be and earning the role of 'Tomb Raider.'"


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Google
A legal standoff is happening right in Minnesota, U.S. after police wanted to solve a crime by combing through Google search history.

Officers in Edina, a city of around 50,000 people, got a warrant compelling Google to divulge information about people who searched for the name of a financial fraud victim between 1 December 2016 and 7 January 2017.

Someone convinced a credit union to wire US$ 28,500 from an Edina man's account by creating a fake passport using the man's name alongside a photo of someone else.

In their warrant application, police stated that the fake photo came up by googling the victim's name, but didn't come up in other search engines. The warrant for the five-week period compels Google to hand over information regarding anyone who searched the victim's name, including email addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, IP addresses and "information related to the content the user is viewing/using."

Google, however, is not into coughing up user data.

"We will continue to object to this overreaching request for user data, and if needed, will fight it in court," a Google spokesperson said in an email. "We always push back when we receive excessively broad requests for data about our users."

They may have a point about the breadth of the warrant. The Fourth Amendment forces those seeking a warrant to be specific about what they're looking for.

Journalist Tony Webster, who first discovered the warrant signed on 1 February, questioned whether such warrants could be used to abuse governmental power.

"If Google were to provide personal information on anyone who Googled the victim’s name, would Edina Police raid their homes, or would they first do further investigative work?" Webster wrote. "The question is: what comes next? If you bought a pressure cooker on Amazon a month before the Boston bombing, do police get to know about it?"

Maybe we'll find out in court.


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Roy Thomas and Stan lee
"Iron Fist" was highly praised by Marvel fans, including those who knew the source material, from uneducated and ignorant about the comic history and critics who wants to promote their twisted desire to see an unworthy and untalented Asian man to play the lead character Danny Rand. Many supporters are coming out to defend the casting of white actor Finn Jones as opposed to somebody superficial like Lewis Tan.

Roy Thomas, one of the co-creators of the "Iron Fist" original comics, was asked about the imaginary controversy and had the most appropriate and stinging rebuke for those who want to single mindedly promote Asian visibility in whatever form and whether or not it was in the original story or not.

"I try not to think about it too much," he told Inverse. "I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have. I mean, I understand where it's coming from. You know, cultural appropriation, my god. It's just an adventure story.

"Don't these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist isn't Oriental, or whatever word? I know Oriental isn't the right word now, either.

"I just think some people have too much time on their hands, I guess. They have an infinite capacity for righteous indignation. By and large, that tends to be misplaced quite often because if you’re becoming all upset over things that are just stories, and if you don’t like it, instead of trying to change somebody else’s story, go out and make up your own character and do a good job of it. That's just fine, but why waste time trying to run down other people's characters simply because they weren't created with your standards in mind?"

Good response to all snowflake and diversity proponent. Here's one more advise:
"To all liberals and leftist supporters, make your own movie and use whatever character you want. Move on. Its over. Donald Trump is the U.S. President. Muslims are not welcome in many countries. Illegal aliens will be deported from the U.S. Canada, South Africa, Germany, France and Switzerland. Many countries shun gay marriage. Iron Fist is white and stick to Shang-Chi, unless you don't who he is as well."


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Beauty and the Beast
The original story of "Beauty and the Beast" comes directly from a novel by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, first published in 1740. La Belle et la BĂȘte inspired both the 1991 Disney film and the 2017 remake, which pays homage to the original writer by naming Belle’s village "Villeneuve."

As always, Disney has taken some major liberties with the source material — which may be for the best, as Villeneuve's story goes in some pretty twisted directions. Gwynne Watkins from Yahoo Movies looked at the original novel to see which parts of the story survived intact, and which details (including some very un-Disney incest and seduction subplots) have fallen by the wayside over the past two-and-half centuries.

The Disney version showed that when she returned to the castle from her home, Beauty finds that the Beast has fallen sick, and her concern makes her realize that she does feel affection for her captor. She says "yes" to his proposal, the sky magically lights up with "twenty thousand fireworks, which continued rising for three hours," and Beauty prepares to say goodbye to her prince. But the prince vanishes from her dreams, and when she awakens the next morning, the transformed Beast is lying beside her.

And that's about where the Disney version ends. But it's only half the book. For the remaining four chapters, Villeneuve delves into the extremely convoluted backstory of the Beast's enchantment.

As it turns out, the prince in the novel wasn’t cursed as punishment for his own sins; the spell was cast by an evil fairy who essentially kidnapped the prince as a boy, then tried to seduce him as a youth. When he rejected her advances, she transformed him into the Beast.

However, a good fairy took pity on the prince, and created the provision that love could reverse the spell. The good fairy also secretly arranged for Beauty and the Beast to meet, as if by chance, through elaborate, years-long manipulation of their families. For example, the good fairy brought Beauty to her merchant father for adoption, in order to disguise Beauty's true parentage as the daughter of a king and a fairy.

Which leads to the book's most shocking twist: Beauty and the Beast are first cousins. Beauty is revealed to be the secret daughter of the King of the Fortunate Island, who is the brother of the Queen, the prince's widowed mother.

By the conventions of 18th-century Europe, this relationship makes Beauty and the Prince a perfect match: They come from the same aristocratic class, and when they marry, their respective kingdoms will remain in the family. By modern conventions, however, it’s much easier to accept that Beauty falls in love with a hairy elephant than it is to accept that she and the Prince are pretty closely related.

There's one more significant detail that Disney changed, something that seems small, but actually makes a world of difference.

In the novel, the Prince is forbidden from showing his true self to Beauty. Under penalty of death from the evil fairy, he must pretend that he is "coarse and stupid" as well as ugly, and not try to win over his captive with words or gestures of love. This means that when Beauty falls for him, she's doing so purely out of gratitude for his kindness and generosity. Disney’s version — that she gets to know the Beast, and senses in him a soulmate — is much more romantic.

Furthermore, by making Beauty a secret member of the royal family, Villeneuve’s book misses a large part of the Disney story’s appeal: The idea that a humble girl from a tiny village could transform the life of a powerful prince simply by loving him. Fun as it is to read all the scandalous fairy intrigue in La Belle et la BĂȘte, the Disney version makes for a much simpler plot.


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Coffee Cravings
A White Hat hacker recently has come up with a novel solution for ending caffeinated cravings in a pinch by adapting an Amazon Dash button to order a cheeky cappuccino with a single button press.

Like many high-street coffee chains, Starbucks already has an iOS and Android app that makes pre-ordering hot beverages a two-or-three tap affair from a smartphone, but Georgia Institute of Technology student and computer engineer Ryan Pickren has decided to cut the process down to a single input.

Pickren's one-click coffee project is based on hacked Amazon Dash hardware. The inter of things (IoT) devices gives tech-saavy buyers the opportunity to turn a simple button press into a speedy transaction through public third-party APIs using Amazon Web Services.

Unfortunately for Pickren, tackling the Starbucks app involved a little more technical work as the Seattle company has not made its API documentation public. To get past the app's protection against reverse engineered techniques with SSL certificate pinning, Pickren used a rooted Android emulator and rewrote a few path rules to find the API settings he needed.

A few extracted cryptographic keys, lines of Python code later and configuration workarounds later and the 'Starbucks Button' was good to go. The chocolate sprinkling on top of the whole endeavour came via Amazon's Simple Notification Service for similar types of Amazon Lambda experiments: a text message from Starbucks to confirm the order.

This incredibly lazy method of ordering a Grande Caramel Frappuccino is not without its drawbacks, however. For starters, users will need all of the software and know-how Pickren runs through on his blog. But more importantly, users still need to get off the sofa to actually pick it up from a local shop.

Yet no matter how impractical the Starbucks Button is, tech bloggers all over the world can't help but admire the dedication shown in the pursuit of 'instant' coffee.


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