Paramount Pictures 'Tomb Raider' Website Launches; New Site Allows Visitors to Explore the World of Lara Croft

HOLLYWOOD, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures announced the launch of its new ``Tomb Raider'' Website today at http://www.tombraidermovie.com. The new site is a full-screen cinematic experience that brings movie fans directly into Lara Croft's world. ``Tomb Raider'' opens in theaters everywhere on June 15, 2001.

This live action feature is inspired by the most successful interactive video game character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful and brainy, Lara (Angelina Jolie) is the heroine of Eidos Interactive's phenomenally successful ``Tomb Raider'' game series. It is one woman's fearless quest criss-crossing the globe, in an amazing attempt to save the world in this summer's action adventure.

``'Lara's World' is our 'thank you' to the online community who have been enthusiastically supporting the movie since we started shooting last summer,'' says producer Lloyd Levin. ``The new Website should create even more excitement for fans anticipating the movie's release this June.''

Using iPIX (Nasdaq: IPIX - news) technology, visitors to the site are able to explore 360 degree panoramas of the sets and locations of one of this summer's most anticipated movies. Over 50 different iPIX images will premiere online before the film's release, allowing users to tour Lara's home in England, Croft Manor, and journey to such exotic locales as the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the glaciers of a wintry Iceland (standing in for Siberia in the movie). Upon entering each ``room,'' visitors will hear music and background sounds that correspond to each scene, creating a complete immersive you-are-there experience. Participants can navigate from room to room as though they were moving through the real sets themselves.

In the true spirit of a Tomb Raider adventure, entry to certain areas of Lara's World requires the visitor to find and solve a ``key'' to a locked door. These ten mind-bending puzzles connect ``Tomb Raider'' to its origins as the most popular interactive video game in history.

Another highlight of the Website is an extensive behind-the-scenes section with details on the production including the crew's travels around the globe. Video clips available in Quicktime and Real Player formats, exclusive iPIX and production stills showcase the detailed work that occurred during the film's six month shoot. Exclusive interviews with director Simon West (``Con-Air,'' ``The General's Daughter'') and production designer Kirk Petruccelli (``Mystery Men'') feed hungry ``Tomb Raider'' fans with a healthy amount of background information.

The site also contains links to the popular ``Tomb Raider'' trailers, an on-demand version of a live Webcast from the set in November 2000, new production stills, an archive of production sketches, exclusive screensavers, wallpapers and the movie's exclusive official Webring.

The Movie Webring has linked to over 58 ``Tomb Raider'' movie fan sites since its launch in February and is currently the only Movie Webring running on an official studio Website. Visitors can download an exclusive online style guide containing fonts, graphics and images so they can build their own ``Tomb Raider'' fan sites.

One of the final elements to the site will be an exclusive ``Tomb Raider'' NeoPlanet Browser. This Web browser will provide a ``Tomb Raider'' entrance to the Web, making surfing the Internet a ``Tomb Raider'' experience. The browser will be available online in May.

Paramount Pictures began its ``Tomb Raider'' online campaign on October 27, 2000 with the launch of a teaser version of TombRaiderMovie.com to an online audience hungry for any information they could get on the upcoming summer release. In it's short history, the site has already received over 3.7 million visitors from over 126 different countries. Drawing over two times the traffic of the site for last summer's blockbuster ``M:I2,'' TombRaiderMovie.com is on track to be the most popular movie Website in Paramount history.

As the official movie Website, TombRaiderMovie.com is the place to go for all the latest news on the action adventure experience of the summer. Fans should look for upcoming announcements on new Web events, sweepstakes and more!

Paramount Pictures and Mutual Film Company Present a Lawrence Gordon Production in association with Eidos Interactive Limited, ``Tomb Raider,'' starring Academy AwardŽ winner Angelina Jolie, and directed by Simon West (``The General's Daughter,'' ``Con Air''). The Simon West Film is produced by Lawrence Gordon (``Die Hard,'' ``Predator,'' ``48 Hours''), Lloyd Levin (``Boogie Nights'') and Colin Wilson (``Jurassic Park: The Lost World''). Jeremy Heath-Smith is the executive producer, and Bobby Klein is the co-producer. The screenplay is written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman and Simon West based on the Eidos Interactive game series developed by Core Design. The film also stars Jon Voight, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Iain Glen, Leslie Phillips and Christopher Barrie. ``Tomb Raider'' is being co-financed by Paramount Pictures and Mutual Film Company. Paramount Pictures will release the film theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on June 15, 2001. Mutual Film Company will distribute internationally in Germany, Japan, Italy, and Korea through its local partners, and in the rest of the world through Paramount/UIP. This film is not yet rated.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., which is one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and music.

Eidos Interactive is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products for the PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64 as well as the Internet. Eidos Interactive is part of London-based Eidos PLC (Nasdaq: EIDSY - news), which also includes Eidos Technologies, a software-based video compression company; and Glassworks, a state-of-the-art post-production facility specializing in digital effects for the television, feature film and advertising industries.

iPIX is the standard for dynamic imaging. Twenty-two of Media Metrix's top 25 Web sites use iPIX to make their sites more dynamic. Businesses dependent on visual content rely on iPIX. iPIX's end-to-end dynamic imaging solutions enable the capture, processing, hosting, and distribution of rich media to thousands of Internet sites and millions of Internet enabled wired and wireless devices. A broad array of industries, including real estate, online auctions, e-retail, automotive, travel, publishing, and entertainment, are capitalizing on iPIX dynamic imaging to give viewers more information, more interaction and a richer online experience. The company is headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee with co-headquarters in San Ramon, California.

Tomb Raider and Lara Croft are trademarks of Core Design Ltd. All rights reserved. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information contact Gregg Brilliant, Vice President, National Publicity of Paramount Pictures, 323-956-5872, gregg_brilliant@paramount.com

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