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Anyone that knows anything about the world of movie stuntmen surely knows the name Vic Armstrong. He's been working in the biz for nearly 50 years, first doing all the dangerous leaps, falls, shimmies and fights that actors can't (or won't) do in front of the camera. The movies that he's worked on, and the heroes that he's stunt-doubled for, are icons of cinema, like James Bond, Indiana Jones and Superman. He's moved up from being a stuntman to a competent second unit director to a stunt coordinator. Can you imagine the stories this guy could tell you about working with Sean Connery or Harrison Ford or Christopher Reeve?
This is why I was looking forward to reading Armstrong's memoir of his professional career. The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes is a helluva wordy title but it's »
- Patrick Sauriol
Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Titan Books Language: English Isbn-10: 1848568746 Isbn-13: 978-1848568747
Synopsis: Think you don’t know Vic Armstrong? Wrong! You’ve seen his work in countless films… He’s been a stunt double for James Bond, Indiana Jones and Superman, and he’s directed action scenes for three Bond movies, Mission Impossible 3, I Am Legend and the upcoming Thor, to name but a few.
Counting Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger among his friends, and officially credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Most Prolific Stuntman, Vic’s got a lot of amazing stories to tell, and they’re all here in this – the movie memoir of the year!
I normally don’t read a lot of biographies. It’s not that I don’t find other people interesting, but I like to fill my head with the delicious nonsense of fantasy »
- Brandon Johnston
Legendary stuntman/action director Vic Armstrong (pictured on the left of Harrison Ford in the photo on the left) recently talked to Movieline about his memoir The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes. While they discussed almost everything he has seen and done in his storied career, it was what was said on the topic of The Amazing Spider-Man that caught my attention. From Movieline... You just completed some directing on Spider-Man, and you admit in your book you weren’t a big fan of the preceding Spider-Man trilogy. What makes the new film different and, hopefully, an improvement? I think the trilogy up until now was starting to lean far too heavily on CGI for the flying and the action and everything else. It was starting to get away from… it’s silly to say “realism” of Spider-Man, »
She caused guys at the drive-in movies of the '50s and the readers of Playboy to swoon, counted Cary Grant and the actor Jim Hutton (father of Timothy Hutton) among her lovers, and even appeared - briefly - opposite Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning Hud. But when it came to Hollywood endings, pinup model and actress Yvette Vickers reached a heartbreaking fadeout. As her uncollected mail gathered cobwebs outside, inside Vickers's dilapidated Los Angeles home last Wednesday, police, acting on a concerned neighbor's tip, discovered the mummified remains of the onetime 36"-24"-36" cult star of the space-alien B-movies »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Hmm, what are they discussing?
Three is a magic number on this week's episode of United States of Tara! Why? Because without the word “three” you can’t have the word “threesome” and without the word “threesome,” we wouldn’t have this week’s gay storyline!
Marshall, Lionel and new gay Noah are drinking schnapps and talking babies in Kate’s room in Charmaine’s house. Marshall is vehemently opposed to babies, labeling them "incontinent extensions of the adult desire to rewrite history." Lionel calls his observation both pretentious and stupid, but he uses an "I" statement so it's Ok. Marshall goes on to call out all the "random people [who] mash together and then chunk out kids instead of dealing with the fact they should never have been together in the first place."
We wouldn't be talking about any random people in particular, would we Moosh? Mom and Dad, perhaps? »
Presenting our weekly round-up of the biggest stories from the world of movie superheroes…
We kick things off this week with the rather disappointing news that The Wrestler and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has quit The Wolverine, leaving the status of Fox’s latest X-Men spin-off up in the air. The Wrap first broke the story on Thursday, with Aronofsky citing family reasons for his decision, stating that “it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable with being away from my family for that length of time.” Sensing more to the story, CinemaBlend quickly followed this up with a post suggesting that Aronofsky had fallen out with the studio over their refusal to meet his demands for total control of the project, which has been written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and »
6 items from 2011
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