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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
11:22 am
my idea
Hey I thought I would post here to get all your thoughts on a new project.

I know http://www.stuntplayers.com/ exists but i don't find it user friendly.

I also have been following the media/etc for a while in the film/entertainment industry and I find that the people behind the scenes don't get enough attention for the amazing work which gets produced. With that in mind I'm considering about building a database/website to advertise/admire/promote the talents of the world from what happens behind the scenes. I'm probably going to start with Stunt men and Women, articles, photos/etc

I believe that if you have the talent and abilities to do something (I.E make a difference) then you should use them to do so - which is why with my background in web/graphics design and from working in the film industry - this could be a great chance to use everything I've learned to go a step further (as I once had in the past for advertising women in sport).

I don't think anyone has done something to this extreme before in the industry and if they have then maybe I just haven't noticed it yet - however I thought it would be a good idea to see what all your thoughts are as this community has a lot of stunties, maybe some professionals floating around and would have some good advice to drop.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
7:48 pm
Stuntman Kiran Shah Appearance -- Indiana Residents (USA)
MISHAWAKA — London-based actor and stunt man Kiran Shah will be on hand at 2 p.m. June 28 at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way E., to talk about how movies are made from start to finish.

Shah was involved in the company’s last film, “The Dork of the Rings.” He has appeared in numerous films, including “Return of the Jedi,” “The Dark Crystal,” the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Since October 2003, he has been the Guinness World Record holder as the shortest professional stunt man currently working in film.

For information, call (574) 259-5277, ext. 218.
Friday, June 13th, 2008
3:17 am
Stuntman Killed On John Woo Film
Stuntman Killed On John Woo Film
10 June 2008 4:51 AM, PDT

A stuntman has been killed on the set of Face/Off director John Woo's latest film after a raging fire broke out during a crash scene.

Woo is currently making new movie Red Cliff in China with Lust, Caution star Tony Leung.

The crew were in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Monday filming a scene where two boats crash into one another.

The accident occurred when one of the vessels caught fire - killing 23-year-old stuntman Lu Yanqing and injuring three others.

Rescue teams believe the film team may have accidentally ignited gas cylinders aboard one of the boats, causing an explosion.

The epic film, about China's ancient kingdom, is set to be Asia's most expensive blockbuster to date - with a budget of $80 million (GBP40 million).
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
10:08 am
Ivan Dixon, of A Raisin in the Sun and "Hogan's Heroes," Dead at 76
Ivan Dixon, of A Raisin in the Sun and "Hogan's Heroes," Dead at 76

By Kenneth Jones
19 Mar 2008

Ivan Dixon, the Broadway, film and TV actor with credits as diverse as A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway and "Hogan's Heroes" on television, died March 16 of complications from kidney failure in Charlotte, NC. He was 76.

Associated Press reported that friend and colleague Sidney Poitier said in a statement, "As an actor, you had to be careful. He was quite likely to walk off with the scene."

Mr. Dixon was Poitier's stunt double in the 1958 movie "The Defiant Ones." Mr. Dixon later appeared with Poitier in the 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun as Joseph Asagai, and in the film version.

His other Broadway credit was in The Cave Dwellers in 1957. His film credits included "Something of Value," "A Patch of Blue," "Nothing But a Man" and "Car Wash."

Mr. Dixon was most widely known for playing electronics and communication specialist U.S. Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe on "Hogan's Heroes," the sitcom set in a German World War II prisoner-of-war camp. It put a face on the fact that African-Americans had a role to play in the winning of World War II.

"It was a pivotal role as well, because there were not as many blacks in TV series at that time," his daughter Doris Nomathande Dixon told AP. "He did have some personal issues with that role, but it also launched him into directing."

He directed hundreds of episodes of TV series, including "The Waltons," "The Rockford Files," "Magnum, P.I." and "In the Heat of the Night."

As an actor, Mr. Dixon was an Emmy Award nominee for his performance in the CBS Playhouse special "The Final War of Olly Winter."

Mr. Dixon was born April 6, 1931, in New York City, and graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham in 1954.

He won four NAACP Image Awards, the National Black Theatre Award and the Paul Robeson Pioneer Award from the Black American Cinema Society. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild of America and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

His survivors also include his wife of 53 years, Berlie Dixon of Charlotte, and a son, Alan Kimara Dixon of Oakland, CA. Two sons, Ivan Nathaniel Dixon IV and N'Gai Christopher Dixon, predeceased him.

Per Mr. Dixon's request, no memorial or funeral is planned.
Saturday, January 26th, 2008
5:37 pm
Industry Buzz
They take the falls: Stunt people risk life and limb to enliven Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, but they usually get short shrift during awards season. That's about to change. SAG members will honor stunt talent for the first time, picking "300," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "I Am Legend," "The Kingdom" or "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" as the outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble. The award will be announced during red-carpet arrivals preceding today's 8 p.m. live broadcast of the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

(Unlike the Golden Globes, the scripted SAG Awards show will proceed as planned because the TNT cable network worked out a waiver agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America.)

Stuntwoman Jane Austin began pushing for official recognition four years ago when she won election to SAG's national committee.

"After the Oscar people basically slammed the door in our face, I realized a lot of people don't even realize that we are members of the actors union. We're always trying to hide our faces so the stars look good." Austin has doubled for Nicole Kidman, Geena Davis, Anna Nicole Smith, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah. Along the way, she says, "I've shattered my shoulder, I've broken my nose, my feet, my toes, fingers, my wrist, and, oh yeah, I got burned really bad once - but other than that, considering that I've been doing this 20 years, I'm in really good shape."

Describing herself as "some kind of height freak," Austin fondly remembers jumping off a 65-story building tethered to a cable, with no nets below to cushion her "descended fall." That kind of stunt require dozens of off-camera riggers, which is one reason, Austin says, that stunt ensembles rather than solo performers are being honored by SAG. "We're not there to get the personal glory or get our faces out in front," Austin says. "We're just delighted to finally be acknowledged by our peers for the work that we do. When an actor goes to work and messes up, they say, 'Take two.' When we go to work and mess up, we could end up in the emergency room."

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
8:24 am
Stunt Guys on Sandler Flick Injured at Univ. Studios
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An accident on the set of Adam Sandler's latest comedy burned two stuntmen, officials said Monday. One person was burned on his hands and legs and another on his back during filming on the Universal Studios back lot, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla.

Both victims, whose identities were not released, were taken to a hospital, he said. One was in serious but stable condition and the other in stable condition at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Groveman. No fire was reported, and officials were investigating, Padilla said.

The injuries occurred during the filming of a scene for ''You Don't Mess with the Zohan,'' said Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is distributing the movie. ''Our thoughts right now are with the stuntmen and their families and we hope that each recovers swiftly from their injuries,'' Elzer said in a statement.

Sandler visited the hospital Monday evening to check on the stuntmen, KCAL-TV reported.

Monday, October 8th, 2007
12:24 pm
casting opportunity



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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
8:36 pm
Stuff like "A Warner Bros spokeswoman said no actors were involved, and the accident did not happen on set or while filming was taking place." - angers me because REGARDLESS of WHO it is: A life was lost.
Movie Man Dies During 'Batmobile Stunt'
Last Edited: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007, 8:00 PM EDT Created: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007, 9:30 AM EDT
09/25/2007  -- 

A special effects technician on the new Batman movie has been killed after a 4x4 truck hit a tree.

The man died when the vehicle, which was carrying a camera platform, crashed on a test run while following a stunt vehicle, which is thought to have been the Batmobile.

Emergency services were called to Longcross, near Chertsey in Surrey, but the man was pronounced dead.

Batman: The Dark Knight, made by Warner Bros Pictures, is set for release in the UK next summer.

Christian Bale plays superhero Batman - aka Bruce Wayne - with Michael Caine as his butler Alfred. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are also due to star.

A Warner Bros spokeswoman said no actors were involved, and the accident did not happen on set or while filming was taking place.

She said: "Warner Bros Pictures and the entire cast and crew of The Dark Knight are deeply saddened by this tragedy and their hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased."

Police and the Health & Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation.

A HSE spokesman confirmed two vehicles had been involved in a "filming production exercise" when the crash happened.

He said: "It appears one vehicle was undertaking some stunt driving and another 4x4 provided the camera platform to film it.

"The second vehicle and a camera operator were involved in a collision with a tree."

11:31 am

From TV-movie " The Gang of Morozov".
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
12:01 pm
Angelina's stunt training in Tomb Raider
This woman is so damn cool.

Monday, September 17th, 2007
1:26 pm
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Thursday, July 12th, 2007
1:00 pm
Exclusive interview: Mike Gunther, stuntman - on being a stunt person
"M&C: People have talked about including "best stunt performer" as a category in the annual Academy Awards®. Do you think it should be included?

MG: Yes, absolutely. I feel that making a movie is such a collaborative effort and that no one man is an island. I truly believe that each department is equally as valuable and deserves a category."

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
4:34 pm
new to the stunties LJ groupie
hey ho, i thought i would join the stunt LJ group. It's about time there is one of these. So who here is a stunt girl/guy? and whats your skills list?

I've done:
  • window crash
  • deadman’s jerk and dynamic jerkline
  • stairfalls
  • rappelling in tactical, ranger and aussie styles
  • dust hits with barrel crashes, and
  • air ram.
However I'm most skilled in fights and hand to hand combat with a background in martial arts.

I have hopes to do some stunts in some race car movie coming up - but i haven't heard anything yet.....haha but yeah i love stunts - if you've the guts to take risks and want to see where your abilities are then its a fun little area to be. :D

So how about everyone else here? Fans? Other stunties?

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
3:11 pm
A career on fire

Angela Uyeda was nominated for two 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards last month for her work in the 2003 comic-book action movie X-Men: The Last Stand.

By Mikelle Sasakamoose
Staff reporter

Jun 06 2007

When Angela Uyeda comes home from work, she doesn’t gripe about paperwork.

She doesn’t lament the gossiping co-workers by the water cooler or complain her eyes are sore from staring at a computer screen for eight hours.

Instead, she recounts tales of being thrown through walls, jumping over 12-foot fences after being chased by rottweilers or setting herself on fire.

The Vancouver-based professional stunt woman, originally from Kamloops, was acknowledged for being among the best stunt people in the movie industry at the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards in Hollywood last month.

Uyeda was nominated in two categories at the awards, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

She was nominated for Best Fight for a scene she performed with Lani Gelera and Crystal Damian in X-Men: The Last Stand, and was up against scenes from films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Casino Royale.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
3:50 pm
Industry's stunt pros honored
Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp's stunt doubles are among this year's honorees.
By Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer

May 25, 2007

It is the start of the summer movie season, when theater screens are filled with all manner of mayhem, when Hollywood movie stars electrify audiences in high-speed car chases, elaborate fight sequences and deafening explosions that send bodies hurtling through the air.

But two stuntmen who provide such thrills and chills admit they are lucky to be alive today. While rehearsing a scene last October as Bruce Willis' stunt double in "Live Free or Die Hard," Larry Rippenkroeger fell from a fire escape three stories to the pavement below. He managed to break his fall at the last second, but the impact smashed his face and left him unconscious.

As Johnny Depp's stunt double, Tony Angelotti was rehearsing a scene in July 2005 that involved high work on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" when he went into a free fall, the cabling jerked to a stop, and his legs were pulled apart like a wishbone and his pelvis nearly ripped apart. He was left hanging by his foot. Angelotti and Rippenkroeger are being honored at the sixth annual Taurus World Stunt Awards airing tonight at 10:30 on AMC. The show, often referred to as the stunt world's equivalent of the Oscars, was taped Sunday night at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

7:11 am
Marcus Young, who grew up in Camarillo, basks in action-packed anonymity
When actress Nicole Kidman's stunt car crashed into a pole on the set of "The Invasion" in January, everyone knew everything about the incident, which wasn't much. Kidman suffered no serious injuries, and was quickly released from a hospital. Still, the media worried, wondered and aired blurry, ominous pictures of the car and Kidman for days afterward.

When stuntman Marcus Young was taken to a hospital with second-degree burns after a three-alarm fire on the set of a Stephen King miniseries in 2004, "Entertainment Tonight" didn't come calling. Local news reports just said a few people were injured, focusing instead on the welfare of six rattlesnakes on the set and disgruntled Keith Urban fans who had to evacuate the building and miss the country singer's concert.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
8:08 pm
ESPN - Do stunt doubles top pro athletes?
By LZ Granderson

Chris Daniels was a three-sport athlete at Estero High School near Fort Myers, Fla. He was an all-state strong safety and wide receiver, and also lettered in track and wrestling.

Daniels was hoping to become a professional athlete.

He ended up being Spider-Man instead.

"Growing up I was a huge fan of the comics," says Daniels, who has been Tobey Maguire's stunt double for all three Spidey flicks. "So when they told me they were looking for a stunt man to play Spider-Man I was really excited. I went back home and looked at all of the old comic books and practiced all of the poses, standing on the table and stuff like that.

"I can't believe I'm Spider-Man."

True, Maguire gets to kiss the hot chicks and cry on Aunt May's shoulder. But it's Daniels who flies in the air, swings on the web and kicks everyone's ass.



Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
10:19 pm
2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards Nominees -- FULL LISTING

James Bond fights a bad guy while moving down a stairwell. There are a series of hits, flips, throws, and a broken window involved.

Nominees: Maurice Lee, Ben Cooke

The lead character fights a bad guy in an empty house. He is thrown through walls and a window. The fight ends as the bad guy is stabbed with an ice pick.

Nominees: Jason Calder, Mike Carpenter

The two lead male characters use swords to fight enemies and each other in a bell tower, on top of a run-down castle, on a large moving wheel and on a beach. During this fight, a woman also uses swords to fight men on a beach.

Nominees: Mark Wagner, Thomas Dupont, Tony Angelotti, Lisa Hoyle, Jeff Wolfe, Kirk Maxwell, Buddy “Love” Sosthand, Phillip Culotta, Jeremy Fry, Tom Morga

Two women fight inside a home. They tear through walls and crash into furniture.

Nominees: Lani Gelera, Angela Uyeda, Crystal Dalman

Wolverine is thrown through a house window and crashes into a table. He continues to be thrown through walls and the ceiling while inside the house.

Nominees: Mike Lambert, Richard Bradshaw, Mark Mottram

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