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Force Awakens Stuntwoman Faces Amputation

Olivia Jackson, 34, suffered terrible accident

(Newser) - A stuntwoman who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens says her arm will be amputated following a horrific on-set motorbike crash, Yahoo Movies reports. Olivia Jackson, 34, was filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa in September when she hit a metal camera arm. "My left... More »

21 Set Selves Ablaze in Cleveland—for Charity

Participants in fundraiser wore protective gear

(Newser) - On Saturday night, some 1,500 people gathered near Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to watch nearly two dozen locals literally set on fire. In a charity event backed by Cleveland printing company Hotcards, 21 people, including mayoral candidate Ken Lanci, a local radio host, and Hotcards' owner, wore gear to... More »

Stuntman on Brad Pitt Film Stabbed With Bayonet

He needed to be air-lifted to hospital

(Newser) - Things got a little too real for a stuntman on the set of Brad Pitt's war movie Fury. US Weekly reports that the 35-year-old got stabbed in the shoulder with an actual bayonet while filming a scene with a fellow stuntman. It's not life-threatening, though serious enough to... More »

'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving

(Newser) - Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and... More »

Man Skydives ... Without a Parachute

Stuntman Gary Connery uses 'wingsuit' in first-of-its-kind stunt

(Newser) - Hollywood stuntman Gary Connery did something no one else had ever attempted today, diving out of a helicopter from 2,400 feet—without a parachute. Instead, the 42-year-old was relying on a "wingsuit" to slow him down and a stack of 18,600 cardboard boxes to break his fall,... More »

Darth Vader Swordsman Dead at 89

Bob Anderson was Hollywood's ultimate sword fighter

(Newser) - Bob Anderson was so influential in the world of movie swordsmanship that any list of Hollywood's top 10 sword fights is likely to feature at least five examples of his work. Anderson, who has died at the age of 89, was an Olympian fencer for Britain before beginning a... More »

Disney World Stuntman Killed in Practice

He's the third park employee to die on the job this summer

(Newser) - Disney World canceled its “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” yesterday, after one of the performers suffered a head injury and died during practice, the AP reports. He’s the third park employee to meet an untimely demise on the job this summer, but Disney says the deaths are unrelated,... More »

Stuntmen's Favorite Films

(Newser) - When it comes to movies, nothing wows like an epic action sequence. Which flicks do stunt performers like best? Kevin Conley lists 'em for Slate:
  • The Matrix Trilogy: Legendary kung fu director Yuen Wo-Ping didn't really want the job and issued near-impossible demands—including six months of training for stuntmen—
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Potter Stunt Double Feared Paralyzed In Set Blast

Stuntman plummets to ground while rehearsing flying scene

(Newser) - Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter stunt double has been seriously injured in an accident during the filming of the final boy-wizard movie, the Daily Mirror reports. The 25-year-old man was rehearsing a flying sequence using a harness when an explosion sent him plummeting to the ground. He told colleagues he couldn't... More »

Bob May, Lost in Space Robot, Dies

Actor moved the suit, but never said "Danger, Will Robinson"

(Newser) - Bob May, famous for inhabiting the robot suit on 1960s sci-fi hit Lost in Space, has died at 69 of heart failure, the AP reports. “He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit,” a co-star said. May did not voice the robot—... More »

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