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April 1, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old son of the late kung fu star Bruce Lee, was killed Wednesday after a small explosive charge used to simulate gunfire went off inside a grocery bag during filming on a movie set in Wilmington, N.C. Lee, who many believed was on the threshold of stardom similar to that attained by his father two decades earlier, had been working on the $14-million movie "The Crow," produced by Edward Pressman and Jeff Most.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"Brick Mansions," Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma. Otherwise, this remake of the 2004 French thriller "District B13," directed by Camille Delamarre (editor of "Transporter 3" and "Taken 2"), is a dizzying mishmash of showy stunts, muddled narrative and some seriously risible acting and dialogue. Prolific filmmaker Luc Besson's screenplay, faithfully adapted from the "B13" script he wrote with Bibi Naceri, has relocated this dystopian crime tale from 2006 Paris to 2018 Detroit (as if the Motor City didn't have enough image problems)
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February 12, 1995 | LISA RESPERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanda Sapp often visited movie sets to watch her daughter perform stunts. She never dreamed she'd watch her daughter die. Sapp and two of her other children were present in November, when Sonja Davis fell to her death while working as a stunt double on the upcoming Eddie Murphy film "Vampire in Brooklyn." The family is suing Paramount Studios and Eddie Murphy Productions for $10 million, alleging that the film crew failed to provide proper safety equipment.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The massive avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed 16 Nepalese mountain guides has caused Discovery to have second thoughts about its planned stunt in which jumper Joby Ogwyn was to leap off the mountain in a specially made wing suit. In a statement released Sunday, the cable channel said, "In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1993 | PATRICK BOYLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The death of Brandon Lee in a filming incident took a startling turn Thursday when police revealed the actor was killed by what was apparently a .44-caliber bullet. What appeared to be a bullet was discovered lodged near Lee's spine during an autopsy, calling into question the safety procedures on the set of the film. Detectives from the Wilmington Police Department said that they are still treating Lee's death as an accidental shooting. They said that they recovered the .
HOME & GARDEN
August 8, 2009 | Home staff
Now that tree-stump stools and reclaimed-wood tables have filled furniture stores with an earnest, "organic modern" look, can we please have a little fun? Some clever designers have riffed on the trend. A sampling. . . . -- Home staff
BUSINESS
July 12, 1987
Jeffrey Popick, who lives in Arcadia, moved here from New York six years ago wanting to be a stunt driver. At 25, Popick is one of the few stunt men in Hollywood who works regularly, and he says he makes about $150,000 a year. The most he has ever received for a stunt was $15,000 to climb from an airplane to a helicopter at 3,000 feet. Popick's credits include such television shows as "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Fall Guy."
NATIONAL
October 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A skydiver attempting a stunt was killed when he hit a suspension bridge and fell onto the rocks below, police said. Dwain Weston, 30, died following the inaugural Go Fast Games. He struck the 1,053-foot-high Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, said Heather Hill, a vice president of event sponsor Go Fast Sports & Beverage Co. Weston, of Australia, had jumped from an airplane with another parachutist.
SPORTS
November 9, 1993 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
HBO, which will show Saturday's Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe heavyweight title fight on three successive nights beginning Thursday, will downplay as much as possible the para-glider who crash-landed on the ring apron during the seventh round. "This was not a fun stunt," Ross Greenburg, HBO's executive producer of sports, said Monday. "This was a stupid, idiotic stunt by an egomaniacal moron who could have been responsible for as many as 100 deaths.
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April 19, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS
A professional stunt driver injured while filming the Fox television show "Titus" remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition Wednesday. Brian Carson, 44, of Simi Valley, a seasoned stunt man, broke five ribs and was rendered unconscious Tuesday in the 5:30 p.m. stunt at Los Angeles County Raceway in Lancaster, said 20th Century Fox spokesman Steven Melnick.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Wait, James Franco did what ? With whom ? Really? It's a story that sounds almost too perfectly dishy to be real. Gossips were abuzz Thursday after screen shots surfaced showing a Tuesday text conversation that allegedly occurred between the actor, 35, and one Lucy Corde, 17, in which Franco seems to be trying to talk the Scottish schoolgirl into a hookup at a hotel. The alleged exchange all started with Corde, who was visiting New York with her mom as an early 18th birthday present, meeting Franco on Tuesday amid a crowd outside his "Of Mice and Men" theater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
What exactly was Bill Donohue, the cranky public face of the Catholic League and tireless critic of gay rights, trying to prove when he asked to be included in this year's gay pride parade in New York City? That the gays would reject him? Oh please. Here's how his failed publicity stunt went down: Feb. 27 : During a TV interview with Raymond Arroyo, host of the Catholic talk show “The World Over,” Donohue, 66, dismisses the idea that gay people should be able to march under a gay pride banner in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Strive as one might for objectivity, certain shows come equipped with viewer expectations. So when Denis Leary announced that USA would be debuting his comedic accompaniment to "Rescue Me," a natural reaction, at least among Leary fans, would have been "Yay. " Then, when the first episode of "Sirens," which premieres Thursday, turned out to be one long (literally and figuratively) penis joke, an equally natural reaction might have been "Gaack. " Which is no doubt why USA sent three episodes for review.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried - and largely failed - to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof. Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Patton Oswalt 's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded.   The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention  to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
AUTOS
January 29, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan and Richard Winton
Video footage of mischievous motorists cutting across traffic and ripping a set of tire-smoking doughnuts has again hit YouTube, causing an uproar among concerned citizens and authorities. The most recent videos, one shot in Oakland and the other in West Covina, show the latest in a string of incidents witnessed across the country as organized groups perform audacious choreographed tricks -- typically reserved for the most daring Hollywood stunt drivers -- on public streets. Such events have also been reported and prosecuted in Washington, D.C. , and Atlanta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A 25-year-old man was killed Wednesday night while apparently doing motorcycle stunts in a supermarket parking lot, police said. Hughes Market employee Norman Pryce of Laguna Hills was "popping wheelies" in the lot shortly after finishing his shift at 10 p.m., according to Sheriff's Lt. Jay Mendez. Pryce apparently lost control of his motorcycle and rammed into one of the support pillars of the market, at 23641 Moulton Parkway, Mendez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With its informal setting and freewheeling vibe, the Spirit Awards is known for presenters who wing it and winners who ruffle feathers. This year, maybe literally. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, the anointed host of this year's Film Independent extravaganza, has an unorthodox idea for livening up the ceremony: Put some live birds in the mix. On Wednesday, the "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult" star announced that he intends to replace the usual avian-themed trophies with a live bird for each award winner at the March 1 event, a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Although the Screen Actors Guild Awards don't start until 5 p.m.,  the guild has announced the winners of the honors for action performances by film and television stunt ensembles. The box office hit "Lone Survivor" received the award for film, and HBO's "Game of Thrones" was the recipient for television. PHOTOS: SAG nominations 2014: Nominee reactions The announcements were made by actors Scott Bakula and Shelley Fabares live on the "20th Annual SAG Awards Red Carpet Show" webcast and tbs.com.
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