Decades before CGI allowed filmmakers to create exciting action sequences from the safety of the editing bay, men and women who were exceptionally brave, tough and a little crazy had to perform the stunts themselves—and wear the bruises and broken bones as badges of honor. Stuntmen jumped the cars, fell from the highest towers and tackled the bad guys from their horses. When it comes to the most influential, iconic and pioneering stuntmen of all time, the nearly indestructible Hal Needham is it—one of the greatest to ever walk onto a movie set. Here are his six greatest stunts. (more…)
According to Indiewire, Stunts Unlimited Member, Mike Smith, coordinated/2nd Unit Directed the most thrilling action sequence of 2014 in an action packed car chase for NIGHTCRAWLER.
Also on the list, Andy Gill, Stunt Coordinator: 2nd Unit CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
From CraveOnline: If you’ve got the need… the need to see car chases in Blu-ray format, then you may want to check out Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed, which arrives on home video this week. The clip also features Lance Gilbert, Stunt Coordinator, from Stunts Unlimited. The film stars “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul as a racecar driver enacting cross-country revenge on his nemesis Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) while romancing Imogen Poots (Filth) along the way. The car chases in Need for Speed really are need, and they were all done practically, so this CraveOnline Exclusive clip from the Blu-ray about how they were pulled off is really something fun to behold. Check it out!
Stunts Unlimited, Lance Gilbert, is a 3rd generation stuntman and stunt coordinator – Bigger, better, faster. With over 100 credits to his career, his latest project is the feature film Need for Speed bringing the top selling racing video game to life on the big screen. Check out this behind the scenes look of how the Need for Speed stunts were done, more about Lance and three generations of stuntmen in the Gilbert family.
The Need For Speed video games have been around since 1996, back in the days of Sega Genesis and the very first Playstation. However, the upcoming film will appeal to more than just gamers. With a hot cast and fleet of hot supercars – we can’t wait to see the movie either! Here’s the first full length trailer for the film, directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) among others. Need For Speed is due for release on March 14, 2014.
YouTube Description: Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction. #NFSMovie
Fast & Furious 7 will be the next installment in the Fast and the Furious series following up from Fast & Furious 6 and Tokyo Drift. Justin Lin has announced he will not be directing. James Wan is signed on as director for the next film. Jason Statham will play the villain, Ian Shaw, brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6). Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, and Jordana Brewster are all signed on for the film as their characters from previous films. Fast & Furious 7 rolls into theaters in 2015, next summer. Filming will start in September, 2013 only three months after the release of Fast 6.
In a post-credits scene, while Han is being chased in Tokyo (realigning the events from Tokyo Drift to the present time), he is hit by an oncoming car, resulting in Han’s car exploding, killing him and revealing that the crash was an orchestrated attack. The other car’s driver is revealed to be, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen Shaw’s older brother, walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a threatening message saying “Dominic Toretto, you don’t know me, you’re about to”.
When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.
‘Act of Valor’ uses active duty U.S. Navy Seals as actors. The characters they play are fictional, but the weapons and tactics used are real.
Act of Valor – Behind the Scenes – Navy SEALS Movie
Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.
The official trailer for ‘Argo’ starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney winning the Oscar® for Best Picture for “Argo” at the 2013 Oscars®.
David Ellis, 60, a journeyman director and former stuntman whose credits include the 2006 thriller “Snakes on a Plane,” died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was in pre-production on the upcoming film “Kite” with Samuel L. Jackson. The cause of death was unknown, said his agent, David Boxerbaum.
Ellis most recently served as the second unit director on several upcoming high-profile films including “47 Ronin,” starring Keanu Reeves; “R.I.P.D.” with Ryan Reynolds; and the adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel “Winter’s Tale.” It was not immediately clear whether Ellis’ death might affect those productions.
Ellis grew up in Santa Monica and Malibu, where he was a top-ranked junior pro surfer. He began his career in Hollywood with a brief acting stint but was introduced to stunt work at age 19. His first credit was for Bob Crane‘s “Superdad.” His IMDb.com page boasts 75 stunt credits for films as varied as “Scarface,” “Patriot Games” and “Fatal Attraction.”
He graduated to directing in 1996 with the Disney film “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco” and did second-unit directing work for 20 years, on movies including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Waterworld.”
He received more attention for his work on two “Final Destination” films and the much-hyped Internet sensation “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Jackson.
New Line chief Toby Emmerich praised Ellis for his action work on “Final Destination 2,” calling his opening car crash sequence “the best action footage” since 1971’s “The French Connection.”