deven macnair interview

Stuntwoman Deven MacNair didn’t set out to become Hollywood’s foremost expert in rape choreography. When she arrived in Hollywood following a career as a professional wrestler and second generation “Glow” Girl, she initially wanted to do Buster Keaton-esque physical comedy or maybe a Disney movie, she revealed in last year’s harrowing LA Weekly piece about the growing subdivision of rape choreography in Hollywood. But rape is increasingly in demand on TV and in the movies, and that means MacNair will likely be on the job.

“I feel I’m doing a service,” MacNair said in a phone interview with /Film. “But yeah, they’re not my favorite.”

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popular film oscar

When the Academy made a misguided attempt to appeal to the masses with a “Best Achievement in Popular Film” category, it sent film fans into an uproar. In the face of the controversy, the Academy quickly did away with the plans and hopefully will never speak of it again.

But that doesn’t mean Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie isn’t furious that they considered it in the first place. The filmmaker behind the hugely successful franchise that sends Tom Cruise hurtling off dangerous heights laid into the Academy for proposing the very idea of a Most Popular Film Oscar category, arguing that it represented the backwards way of thinking that the Oscars have become known for.

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hollywood stunt performers

We’re approaching 2019, and Hollywood stunt performers are still some of the most under-appreciated workers in the entertainment industry. But the lack of recognition at the Academy Awards seems to be the least of their problems.

With the increased demand for content comes an increased need for competent stunt people, and with many of them stretched thin, a new report says productions are cutting corners, resulting in dangerous working conditions and therefore more injuries and deaths for stunt people than in years past. Read More »

Helen Mirren stunt

Helen Mirren is out here stumping for stunt performers – and rightfully so. The Academy Award-winning actress, who’s appeared in a handful of action films over the past few years, is using her platform to draw attention to the fact that is the year 2018 and somehow, there still is not an Oscars category devoted to the hard work of an entire Hollywood community. Hey Academy, here’s a bit of free advice: when Dame Helen Mirren speaks, you should probably listen. Read the Helen Mirren stunt comments below. Read More »

walking dead stuntman

Last summer, while filming the AMC zombie series The Walking Dead, 33-year-old John Bernecker fell to his death while performing a stunt. Now Susan Bernecker, the mother of the Walking Dead stuntman, has filed a lawsuit against AMC Networks, saying that they “orchestrated and enforced a pattern of filming and producing The Walking Dead cheaply and, ultimately, unsafely.” Read more about the latest Walking Dead lawsuit below.
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deadpool 2 production resumes

Deadpool 2 immediately halted production on Monday when a stunt driver, recently revealed to be Joi “SJ” Harris, was killed in a motorcycle accident. As the superhero sequel resumes production 48 hours after the tragic accident, new details are emerging about Harris and the circumstances of her death.

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deadpool 2 stunt driver killed

UPDATE: According to Deadline, production on Deadpool 2 has been shut down while the death of a stunt driver on the set is being investigated. There is no indication as to when production will resume. Our original story from August 14 follows.

A stunt driver was killed on the set of Deadpool 2 on Monday, according to Vancouver police.

The stuntwoman was injured in a motorcycle crash on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2, where the production had been shooting since late June. Police investigating the crash have not yet identified the victim.

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atomic blonde review

John Wick co-director David Leitch went solo to helm the new Charlize Theron spy film Atomic Blonde, and he proved he could deliver a slick, stylish thriller full of memorable action sequences. I’m sure you’ve already heard about one scene that’s made to look like a single shot, because it’s already earned legendary status among action movie geeks and will rightfully be praised for years to come.

But that’s not the only worthwhile action beat in the movie, and we’ve gathered a couple of videos from the production’s crew that explain how they worked with the actors to pull off a brutal, bone-crunching barrage of punches, kicks, and in-camera car chase stunts that drop us into the world of 1980s Berlin. Find out how these Atomic Blonde stunts were achieved below.
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jeremy renner fractured arms

Hawkeye may or may not be sidelined (again) in Avengers: Infinity War, but it won’t be because Jeremy Renner injured himself during a stunt for the Marvel superhero film.

Renner said Friday that he “broke his arms” on the set of the New Line comedy film Tag, which, like Infinity War, is currently filming in Atlanta. Renner fractured his right elbow and his left wrist during the unspecified stunt, but promised that it won’t affect his job.

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