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May 1, 2010
Harold Berliner Former D.A. helped write Miranda warning Harold Berliner, 86, a former district attorney in California's Nevada County who helped write and popularize the Miranda warning, died Monday at his home near Grass Valley of age-related complications, said his daughter, Judith. In 1966, he attended a meeting of California district attorneys to discuss how law enforcement officials should implement a new rule issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miranda vs. Arizona that ordered police to inform suspects in custody of their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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July 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mic Rodgers, known for his work as Mel Gibson's stunt double up until the late 1990s, and wife, Robyn Britton, have listed their home in an equestrian community in Agoura Hills at $1.999 million.  The contemporary Craftsman-style house, custom built by the couple in 2006, features an office, a playroom, a craft room, a combined kitchen/family room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,662 square feet of living space. Ceiling heights range from 9 to 17 feet, and clerestory windows bring light into the interiors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2010
Danny Aiello III, stuntman and stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III, 53, a veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator and a son of the actor Danny Aiello, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hillsdale, N.J., his family said. The Bronx-born Aiello had scores of credits as a stunt coordinator, including the TV firefighter drama "Rescue Me," the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and the yet-to-be-released movie " Sex and the City 2." He was the body double for his father in the 1989 Spike Lee movie "Do the Right Thing."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal, Los Angeles Times
It may seem surprising that Allan Graf - the baseball coordinator, stunt coordinator and second-unit director for Warner Bros.' Jackie Robinson biographical drama "42" - first made his name on the gridiron. But that's precisely why Graf was the perfect person for the job. "Jackie Robinson was a former football player at UCLA, and he played baseball like he was playing football," said Graf. "So writer-director Brian Helgeland says, 'Allan, I want you to make this baseball look very physical.' And I go, 'I'd love to do that.'" A native of Southern California, Graf won All-American honors as the captain of the 1967 San Fernando High School city championship football team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities in Florida have decided not to press charges in the death of a Woodland Hills stuntwoman who was killed on the set of the Walt Disney Co. film "Gone Fishin' " last year. Minor negligence and inexperience on the part of a stunt coordinator and a boat driver contributed to the accident that killed Janet Wilder, said Deputy Collier County Attorney Mike Provost. But, he said, those factors did not add up to homicide.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Stunt Men Injured: Two stunt men have been seriously injured in Australia while working on the new Francis Ford Coppola film "Wind." Scenes involving up to four 12-meter yachts and chase craft are being shot off Fremantle, in southwestern Australia, in waters used for the 1987 America's Cup yacht race. Stunt man Trevor Hellier, 36, and stunt coordinator Christopher Anderson, 34, were hospitalized after being thrown overboard from a chase boat.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2005 | From City News Service
The Screen Actors Guild has called for the creation of an Oscar category honoring stunt coordinators, saying stunt work is a critical yet overlooked part of the motion picture industry. Members of the stunt community have been pushing for a best stunt coordinator Oscar category to no avail. John Pavlik, director of communications for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said all requests for categories are taken seriously by the Board of Governors but are rarely successful.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Los Angeles jury has awarded stunt woman Julie Johnson $1.1 million in damages for her wrongful discharge as stunt coordinator of Spelling/Goldberg Productions' "Charlie's Angels." Johnson, now 47, lost her job on the TV show in 1980 after complaining about safety and drug-related problems on the set.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Angelina Jolie and stunt coordinator Simon Crane share a shorthand developed over six movies in which the petite, 34-year-old actress has spent almost as much time harnessed to cables as she has sitting in the makeup chair. "We know how to write an action sequence that plays to her skill set," Crane says by phone from Venice, Italy, where he's now working with Jolie and Johnny Depp on "The Tourist." "She's probably more opinionated and stubborn than when we first started. But then, that's my job — to tell her what is possible and what is not."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2000 | MICHAEL MALLORY, Michael Mallory is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne flip and spin through the air like anti-gravity whirligigs during a wild martial arts duel. Tom Cruise, in full view, hangs by his fingernails from the side of a cliff. Not long ago, such eye-popping shots as these, from "The Matrix" and "M:I-2," could only have been accomplished by highly skilled stunt doubles for the high-priced stars.
IMAGE
June 20, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
For a glimpse at one potential growth area in the action sports arena, look no further than the Westfield Culver City mall on a recent June afternoon, where a handful of young men clad in baggy sweat pants, slim-fitting T-shirts and ultra-lightweight sneakers take turns flinging themselves off the shopping center's third-story mezzanine, leaping from level to level, before back-flipping, belly-sliding and bouncing to a stop on the ground floor of the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2010
Danny Aiello III, stuntman and stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III, 53, a veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator and a son of the actor Danny Aiello, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hillsdale, N.J., his family said. The Bronx-born Aiello had scores of credits as a stunt coordinator, including the TV firefighter drama "Rescue Me," the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and the yet-to-be-released movie " Sex and the City 2." He was the body double for his father in the 1989 Spike Lee movie "Do the Right Thing."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Angelina Jolie and stunt coordinator Simon Crane share a shorthand developed over six movies in which the petite, 34-year-old actress has spent almost as much time harnessed to cables as she has sitting in the makeup chair. "We know how to write an action sequence that plays to her skill set," Crane says by phone from Venice, Italy, where he's now working with Jolie and Johnny Depp on "The Tourist." "She's probably more opinionated and stubborn than when we first started. But then, that's my job — to tell her what is possible and what is not."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010
Harold Berliner Former D.A. helped write Miranda warning Harold Berliner, 86, a former district attorney in California's Nevada County who helped write and popularize the Miranda warning, died Monday at his home near Grass Valley of age-related complications, said his daughter, Judith. In 1966, he attended a meeting of California district attorneys to discuss how law enforcement officials should implement a new rule issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miranda vs. Arizona that ordered police to inform suspects in custody of their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
Jack Gill was standing on the street in his police officer blues, his eyes obscured by mirrored sunglasses. He was taking a lunch break from pursuing the actor Jack Black around the Long Beach waterfront, a popular location for staging chase scenes for at least half a century. Gill was explaining why he sometimes feels that his personal campaign to get the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize movie stunt coordinators with an Oscar category has been going on almost as long.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
For 15 years, stuntman Jack Gill has lobbied the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar category to recognize the achievements of Hollywood stunt professionals -- and for 15 years, Gill said, he has been stonewalled in his quest. On Tuesday night, Gill's lobbying comes to a vote as the academy's 42-member board of governors formally considers a request submitted by Hollywood's various stunt organizations to create an Oscar category for "best stunt coordinator."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Producers of the "Airwolf" television series "gambled with Desiree Kerns' life and career" by having the stunt woman unknowingly detonate a gasoline bomb in a pickup truck while she was in the vehicle, her lawyer said Wednesday during a civil trial in San Fernando Superior Court. Kerns, 33, suffered second- and third-degree burns on her face, scalp, neck and arm as she leaped from a pickup truck rigged with an explosive device in a 1985 stunt for the television series.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1996 | Robert W. Welkos and Sharon Bernstein
Death Becomes Her In this 1992 film, a character played by Goldie Hawn is shot backward with such force that she flies through the air and lands in a decorative pond. The backward jump, performed by Denise Lynn Roberts, involved a maneuver known in the stunt business as a "ratchet gag." Roberts wore a harness with a wire attached. When her character was shot, the wire jerked her back and up, letting her loose at the top of her trajectory.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2005 | From City News Service
The Screen Actors Guild has called for the creation of an Oscar category honoring stunt coordinators, saying stunt work is a critical yet overlooked part of the motion picture industry. Members of the stunt community have been pushing for a best stunt coordinator Oscar category to no avail. John Pavlik, director of communications for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said all requests for categories are taken seriously by the Board of Governors but are rarely successful.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2004 | Susan King
Melissa Stubbs Stunt coordinator Latest project: "New York Minute," with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The duties: "Read through the script, break it down to find out what doubles you are going to need, what nondescript stunt people you are going to need. You ... rehearse all the action and then prepare all the actors."
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