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'Something Went Terribly Wrong' on 'Extreme' Version of AGT

Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin severely injured after being smashed between 2 swinging cars

(Newser) - Maybe "extreme" versions of talent show competitions aren't a great idea. A stunt for America's Got Talent: Extreme, an NBC spinoff of the popular original, went awry on Thursday at Georgia's Atlanta Motor Speedway, and "it was so bad people on the set thought [the...

Daredevil Dad Dies Trying to Break World Record
Daredevil Dad Dies Trying
to Break World Record

Daredevil Dad Dies Trying to Break World Record

Motorcyclist Alex Harvill had just welcomed his second son

(Newser) - A daredevil practicing for a world record motorcycle jump died Thursday after he landed short and crashed. Alex Harvill, 28, had been trying to jump 352 feet, about the length of a football field, at the Moses Lake Airshow at Grant County International Airport in Washington state to break a...

Original Man in Godzilla Suit Dies
Original Man in 
Godzilla Suit Dies

Original Man in Godzilla Suit Dies

Haruo Nakajima was 88

(Newser) - Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88. Nakajima's daughter Sonoe Nakajima says he was hospitalized last month and died of pneumonia Monday,...

Fall on Set of Walking Dead Proves Fatal

Stuntman John Bernecker has died at the age of 33

(Newser) - Sad news from the world of The Walking Dead: John Bernecker, the stuntman who suffered severe head injuries after falling Wednesday on the Georgia set of the AMC series, has died, TMZ reports. Variety has also received confirmation of Bernecker's death, citing the Coweta County coroner, who says the...

Serious Accident on Set Halts Walking Dead Production

Stuntman on life support after 20-foot fall

(Newser) - A stunt gone terribly wrong on the set of AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead has temporarily halted production of the show’s eighth season in Atlanta. According to USA Today , stuntman John Bernecker sustained serious head injuries during a stunt after falling 20 to 30 feet onto...

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...

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...

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...

'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...

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,...

Hollywood Swordfight Master Bob Anderson Dead at 89

 Darth Vader 
 Dead at 89 

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...

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,...

Stuntmen's Favorite Films
 Stuntmen's Favorite Films 

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—

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...

Bob May, Lost in Space Robot, Dies
 Bob May, 
 Lost in Space 
Robot, Dies 

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—...

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