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6 items from 2012


Jeffrey Katzenberg to receive honorary Oscar for humanitarian work

6 September 2012 4:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dreamworks Animation chief heads quartet of winners including Hal Needham, Da Pennebaker and George Stevens Jr

Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is to be awarded an honorary Oscar for his humanitarian work, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman who co-founded studio Dreamworks in 1994 with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, is one of four men who will receive honorary Oscars at the Governors awards ceremony in November. The executive, who previously had one Oscar nomination for his producing work on Dreamworks' Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, is being rewarded with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award for his philanthropic work.

Stuntman Hal Needham, documentary film-maker Da Pennebaker and American Film Institute founding director George Stevens Jr are the other honorary Oscar winners. The selection of Needham, who has more than 300 feature films on his CV, may offer some solace to campaigners who believe »

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It’s Time to Create an Oscar For Stunt Coordinators (and How You Can Help Make That Happen)

1 August 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Guest Author Ed Travis served as Editor In Chief of the ActionFest 2012 blog. Part of the mission of ActionFest is to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of action cinema, the stunt men and women. Jack Gill is one of the most important names in action cinema stunt work. Without the daring work of the stunt coordinators who make action scenes pop, the entire Hollywood machine would break down. This is a fact which I had no trouble believing personally, but came face to face with in my work at ActionFest this past year. ActionFest founders Bill Banowsky, Tom Quinn (Radius TWC) and Aaron Norris use the festival both as an showcase for films and as a platform to connect fans to the real makers of action, the stunt community. It was through ActionFest that I came in contact with Jack Gill, a legendary stuntman and the primary activist who is fighting for the creation of an »

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Watch The ActionFest Tributes To Gina Carano, Cung Le, Jack Gill, Jj Perry and Mickey Gilbert

24 April 2012 7:10 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Though the 2012 edition of ActionFest has come and gone it's not too late to get a little taste of the action. Outside of the films screened ActionFest always makes a great point of honoring the professionals that make action cinema possible - both the stars and the stunt professionals. Honored this year were Mma fighters turned screen stars Gina Carano and Cung Le along with stunt vets Jack Gill, Jj Perry and Mickey Gilbert.Video presentations for all were created for the festival and you can take a look at all of them below. »

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Discuss: What's Your Favorite Stunt Sequence of All Time?

17 April 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In the wake of ActionFest 2012 and with today marking the home video release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, it's as good as any time to talk about stunts. Plus, master stunt coordinator Jack Gill is apparently meeting this week with Dawn Hudson, the new head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, about adding a Best Stuntman category to the Oscars. That's a suggestion made yearly by movie fans and bloggers already, and Gill says that Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have also literally signed off on the idea. I only wonder if Tom Cruise would get an inaugural nomination, both because he's a star and he performed his character's building climbing stunt in Ghost Protocol himself.  I think part of the difficulty of recognizing stuntmen...

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ActionFest: 9 Ways Stuntmen Almost Died Making Awesome Movies and TV Shows

16 April 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Actionfest, the all-action movie film festival in Asheville, Nc, celebrates the movie stuntmen who make movies so awesome. This year Mickey Gilbert and Jack Gill were special honorees for Lifetime Achievement (Gilbert) and Man of Action (Gill) Awards. As they spoke to fans in a panel on Trailblazing Stuntmen, and Gilbert spoke after a screening of the classic The Wild Bunch, Gilbert and Gill revealed the close calls that stuntmen survived making films like Fast Five, Showtime and TV shows like Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard.   1. The Vault driver from Fast Five – When Vin Diesel and Paul Walker pull a bank vault behind their cars, there’s actually a driver steering the vault from inside. “We found out that with the engine running and with...

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- Fred Topel

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ActionFest: Stunt Performers Renew Push for Oscar Category

14 April 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Asheville, N.C. -- If Jack Gill has his way, this will be the year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally acknowledges stunt work at the Oscars. Gill, a master stunt coordinator whose credits range from Dukes of Hazzard to Fast Five, has spent the past 21 years trying to get the Academy to salute the risky work of the men and women who make the Arnold Schwarzeneggers and Jeremy Renners look so dangerous. And he will have his chance again in three weeks when he meets with Dawn Hudson, the new Academy leader, to formally petition

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