New Yorker. 3/30/2020, Vol. 96 Issue 6, p67-70. 4p. 1 Black and White Photograph, 2 Cartoon or Caricatures.
STUNT performers, DAREDEVILS, DEATH, and ENTERTAINERS
The article focuses on Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, known as "The World's Handcuff King and Prison Breaker." Topics discussed include some of his notable stunts, how Houdini challenged the ultimate reality of death, his background and the controversy surrounding his death.
Hollywood Reporter. 12/9/2020, Vol. 426 Issue 31, p54-56. 3p. 3 Color Photographs.
Sex workers, Stunt performers, Actresses, Male actors, and Gender
FEATURES "I love those moments when you start shooting and the director says, "OK, I think we got it", and then everyone, including the actors, starts laughing", says intimacy coordinator Yarit Dor (Carnival Row), who worked in stunt coordination before training in intimacy. As defined by SAG-AFTRA, an intimacy coordinator is "an advocate, a liaison between actors and production … in regard to nudity and simulated sex." There are now several training programs across the U.S. and O'Brien's program in the U.K., all of which have founders who work with SAG-AFTRA regularly. At the end of August, Directors UK, a British organization representing more than 7,000 screen directors, released new COVID-era guidelines for filming intimate scenes. [Extracted from the article]
Hollywood Reporter. 10/2/2019, Vol. 425 Issue 32, p66-69. 4p. 8 Color Photographs.
Employers' liability and Stunt performers
Jackson, a 34-year-old veteran stunt performer, had been scheduled to film a fight scene. While Jackson was still in the coma, her husband, Dave Grant, a British stunt performer, had been talking to producer Bolt about specifics of his wife's medical coverage. Two years and six days after the accident, Jackson was stunned when her lawyers in South Africa notified her that the local production entity she had contracted with, an LLC tied to Anderson and Bolt, had no assets and was, according to her suit, "a shell company". With her avenues for compensation becoming exhausted, Jackson moved to sue in the U.S. Had she known that there was no insurance to cover her, Jackson's suit alleges, "she never would have agreed to perform in The Final Chapter, or alternatively, would have secured additional insurance". [Extracted from the article]