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Hollywood power couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have reportedly split after a 21-year romance. Friends have revealed the couple's relationship has "lost its zip" in recent years and Hawn has moved on to realize her dream of traveling the world. In recent years, the 59-year-old Buddhist actress has been spending more and more time in India, where she often meets up with Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan - a friendship that has reportedly upset Russell. According to sources on the set of Russell's new movie Sky High, the actor isn't taking the split well. One tells America's Globe tabloid that the movie star has been surly on the set, arguing with cast mates Kelly Preston and Lynda Carter. The source tells the tabloid, "Kurt seemed totally out of control and, instead of letting up when he saw Kelly's reaction, he just kept going until she finally burst into tears." »
Bruce Campbell, Lynda Carter and David Foley are going to be superhero teachers. The actors have joined the cast of Sky High, a teen comedy that Mike Mitchell is directing and Andrew Gunn is producing. Sky High revolves around a high school for superpowered teens in a world where superheroes are an everyday occurrence. Campbell will play Coach Boomer, who tests students and decides whether they become a sidekick or a hero. Carter is set as the school's principal, while Foley will portray Mr. Boy, the teacher of sidekicks. Brigham Taylor and Louanne Brickhouse are the execs on the project, which is set to start Tuesday in Los Angeles. Gunnfilm's Ann Marie Sanderlin is executive producer. »
"Double Dare" very entertainingly takes us into the world of stuntwomen, a male-dominated world full of the same dangers faced by men but one that only now is grudgingly giving women their due. The film, winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the recent AFI Fest, makes a perfect festival entry and has potential as a theatrical release.
Director Amanda Micheli follows two stuntwomen at opposite ends of the world and their careers. Jeannie Epper is a familiar name to all industry insiders as she is the first lady of the first family of stunt people. Trained by a father who once doubled for Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper, Epper not only became a top stuntwoman but has seen her brother, sister, daughter and grandkids all excel in the profession. At 62, she sees no reason to quit even though she struggles against the aging process, weight gain and the frustration of not being able to advance to stunt coordinator or second unit director as do male colleagues.
Zoe Bell, a native of New Zealand, was the primary double for Lucy Lawless on "Xena: Warrior Princess" when that show shot in that country. Finding herself out of work once "Xena" wraps, Bell decides to go to Los Angeles to attend the 2001 World Stunt Awards. There she meets Epper, who becomes a mentor to the young woman. Teaching Bell the ropes of Hollywood stunt casting and how to create a good resume, Epper is near the telephone when Bell lands her biggest gig to date, doubling for Uma Thurman on "Kill Bill".
Interspersed with interviews with Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Lynda Carter (whom Epper doubled on "Wonder Woman") and Lawless, the film watches the women train, go to auditions, perform stunts and deal with rejection. For all their differences, these two women are cut from the same cloth. Both love the challenges; neither can imagine any other sort of life. "I don't think I could be a waitress," muses Epper. »
3 items from 2004
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