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April 24, 1994
No one ever said you had to be modest to be a stuntman (anyone who would suggest it would be laughed off the sound stage). Now we have stunt coordinators imputing the success of eight of the 10 top-grossing films of all time to stuntmen--who are "artistically . . . creating the action on the screen"--and calling for an Oscar for stunt coordinating (Film Clips, April 3). It's not unusual for any film worker to see a film in terms of his or her specialty, but stunt coordinators would be well advised to carry out their work according to the creative needs of the director and cinematographer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
What's the best way to film a five-story drop? That was one of the questions faced by director Peter Berg - twice - while making "Lone Survivor," a war drama based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's nonfiction account of a mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Berg talked about how he approached shooting two scenes in which a group of SEALs - including Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and Emile Hirsch as fellow SEAL Danny Dietz - had no choice but to leap off a mountaintop for their lives.
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SPORTS
December 31, 1988
Oct. 29: As a boy growing up in Rochester, N.Y., I fell in love with the Dodgers (and Sandy Koufax) in 1963. I was 10 years old. The stadium was brand new. It's 25 years later and I've been living in Los Angeles for 10 years. I know I'll never forget what the 1988 Dodgers gave me for my 25th anniversary as a fan. Thanks, guys. Especially you, Mickey--you knucklehead. And you, Orel. The Stuntmen. And Kirk--Teddy Roosevelt never carried a bigger stick. PAUL PAPE Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
OPINION
December 13, 1987
Reagan's incisive comment about Gorbachev's popularity symbolizes how far America is from understanding our perceived enemy. "No, I don't resent his popularity or anything else. Good Lord, I co-starred with Errol Flynn once." Comparing the Soviet leader to an old movie star indicates the mentality of the man who is supposed to be running this country. Thus, it is not surprising that American television viewers would rather watch pro football, stuntmen and sitcoms than listen for one hour (Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1985 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Pilot error probably was the cause of the fatal crash last Friday of a helicopter being used in filming the television series "Airwolf," federal investigators said Wednesday. A team of investigators has all but ruled out malfunction of the craft, "and that seems to leave the human element, the pilot," Alan Crawford, National Transportation Safety Board senior inspector, said. Peter J. McKernan Jr., vice president of Jetcopters Inc.
NEWS
July 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
A 35-year-old stunt coordinator on the "Smallville" television show was in serious condition at a Vancouver hospital after falling at least 25 feet while filming a stunt for the show in Canada, officials said Wednesday. Christopher Sayour suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries in the accident Tuesday morning, his family said in a statement. "Smallville" stars actor Tom Welling, 28, in a version of the Superman story. Welling plays farm boy Clark Kent.
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
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2005 | Susan King
Robert Nagle Stunt Driver Current assignments: "Collateral," which was released on DVD last month; "Herbie: Fully Loaded," the upcoming remake of "The Love Bug." Kicking the tires: "Typically speaking, the stunt coordinator is the one who brings the stunt drivers [on a project]. If there are just one or two people involved there might not even be a stunt coordinator. If it's just myself, I am the coordinator and stunt driver.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2008 | Colleen Barry, Associated Press
MILAN, Italy -- A stuntman was seriously injured in a car crash while filming an action sequence for the new James Bond movie on a famously winding lakeside road in northern Italy, a local official said Thursday. The London-based production company for "Quantum of Solace" said that an experienced stunt driver of an Alfa Romeo car remained hospitalized in serious condition after the accident Wednesday. A second stunt driver in the same car also was injured, but less seriously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two stuntmen suffered burns during an accident on a set on the Universal Studios back lot, officials said Monday. One person was burned on the hands and legs and another on the back, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla. Both victims, whose identities were not released, were taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital, he said. One was listed in serious but stable condition, and the other in stable condition at the hospital's Grossman Burn Center, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Groveman.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
An explosion near Little Tokyo left three stuntmen with minor burns, authorities said Saturday. Witnesses described "a sudden ignition of a ball of flame" near the stuntmen, who were being filmed in the 1200 block of East Palmetto Street, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Ballton. Two men, 38 and 40, suffered minor first-degree facial burns, and another man, 41, had first-degree burns to one of his wrists. Ballton did not know what television program or movie was being filmed.
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.
NEWS
July 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
A 35-year-old stunt coordinator on the "Smallville" television show was in serious condition at a Vancouver hospital after falling at least 25 feet while filming a stunt for the show in Canada, officials said Wednesday. Christopher Sayour suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries in the accident Tuesday morning, his family said in a statement. "Smallville" stars actor Tom Welling, 28, in a version of the Superman story. Welling plays farm boy Clark Kent.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2005 | Susan King
Allan Graf Football coordinator, stunt coordinator, second-unit director. Current assignments: "Friday Night Lights," out on DVD and VHS, and "Man of the House," which opened last month. Playbook: "I have done 10 football movies, and I've done a lot of other big features -- 'We Were Soldiers,' 'Wayne's World.' I love action.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 1988
Golly, can you imagine how quick the World Series would have been over if the Oakland Athletics had played a good team, as they'd hoped? PATTI GARRITY Manhattan Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Edward "Eddie" Smith, who co-founded the Black Stuntmen's Assn. in 1967 and fought to generate jobs for African American stuntmen in Hollywood, has died. He was 81. Smith, who had various illnesses, died June 24 at a nursing home in Culver City, said his wife, Denise Shaw Smith.
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