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  • Big Night for Diversity at 68th Annual Emmy Awards


    Records were broken and laughter was had at last night’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Throughout the evening, the New York Film Academy participated in a live twitter feed, with many of its students and followers following along.

    The event began with a hilarious opening monologue from Kimmel, where politics and diversity were some of the more popular talking points. The issue of diversity was again brought up, with its first winners, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, winning awards for writing in a comedy series for their show, “Master of None.” Their award-winning episode “Parents,” focused on the two’s relationships with their hardworking immigrant parents.

    While Ansari didn’t have a chance to give a speech, Yang had some powerful words about Asian American representation in Hollywood. He pointed out that there are 17 million Asian Americans in the U.S., as well as 17 million Italian Americans.

    “They have ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘The Sopranos’…We have Long Duk Dong,” Yang said, referring to the character from “Sixteen Candles.”

    Following their win was Kate McKinnon, who was awarded with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her various sketches on “Saturday Night Live” — most recently noted for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

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    Again embracing diversity, The Outstanding Comedy Actor award went to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in the Amazon series “Transparent.” While accepting the award, Tambor encouraged the industry to offer more opportunities to the trans community.

    The big winners of the evening were “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” and “The People vs O.J. Simpson,” which NYFA instructor Ken Lerner appeared in. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” beat out “Frasier’s” 37 total awards with a record-breaking 38 Emmy awards.

    Handing out the award for Best Actress in a Limited Series to Julia Louis Dreyfuss was former NYFA Guest Speaker Bryan Cranston, who has several Emmys of his own from his remarkable work on “Breaking Bad.”

    A touching moment during the evening came when the award ceremony recognized the work of the late Garry Marshall, who spoke graciously at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus a few times over the years. Marshall was remembered for his groundbreaking television work on “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Mork and Mindy,” and others.

    As the evening came to a close, Kimmel said his last words, which included an inside reference to his longtime pal Howard Stern, saying we “hit ’em with the Hein!”


    September 19, 2016 • Entertainment News • Views: 3040

  • “Trumbo” Screening with Emmy Award-Winning Actor Bryan Cranston


    The New York Film Academy enjoyed a special evening with Bryan Cranston, the star of Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle and, more recently, the movie Trumbo, a historical film about one of the most successful screenwriters of the 1950’s-70’s, Dalton Trumbo, who endured more than a decade of hardship (blacklisting and prison) for standing up to the American anti-communist movement that tried unsuccessfully to force him to name communist party members within the film industry.


    The capacity crowd filled the 550-seat Ross Theater on the grounds of Warner Bros. Studios to watch the movie Trumbo, and afterward to listen to the life lessons of the veteran actor, hoping to gain some unique insight into the craft and its impact on their own lives and careers. Bryan did not disappoint.

    Following the screening, Bryan Cranston entered the theater to a standing ovation, and was accompanied by producer Tova Laiter, who moderated the event. Cranston spoke of the journey to becoming an actor, specifically the commitment and perseverance that one must have in order to succeed. He also talked about the arbitrary deadline that many of us set, saying, ‘I’ll give it two years.” He disagreed with that sentiment, saying that “You’re either in or you’re out.” Using the poker reference, he said, “It means you’re all in.” He added later in the address that “not trying is failing.”

    Regarding obtaining work, Cranston spoke at length about shifting the paradigm when walking into an audition (or any meeting for that matter). We should be thinking about how we can offer our talent to that project, and not be thinking about getting the job.

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    He counseled the audience, composed of students from all disciplines, “Don’t put yourself in a position of need. You’re there to give them something.” The same goes with not getting the role — believe that something better is going to come your way and you are lucky you didn’t get the other job (as happened to him throughout his career).

    Cranston responded to questions from audience members, some of whom asked about the character Walter White from Breaking Bad. He said that his ability to visualize the character came from the quality of the writing, which he called brilliant. He answered another student question by saying that an actor’s home life should be clean and strong so they can then go out and put the variety and excitement into the roles they choose. He counseled the young actors to “put in the hours,” and show up to jobs on time and prepared.

    New York Film Academy thanks Bryan Cranston for taking the time to share his wisdom and inspire our students. It was truly an unforgettable night.


    May 5, 2016 • Acting, Guest Speakers • Views: 12054

  • Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer on His Love of Film


    Director/writer/producer Kurt Wimmer speaking to students at New York Film Academy.


    “I live to see a good movie,” said director/writer/producer Kurt Wimmer. “When I sit down in a theater, I love it when the trailers come up. My heart starts pounding and I start tearing up.” As part of New York Film Academy’s ongoing guest speaker series, Wimmer spoke to an audience of students after a screening of his breakthrough hit film, Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale. He explained, “There’s things I want to say, and this movie is about that. It’s about the things I feel. I want you to feel that too.”

    Though he had already found considerable success as the co-writer of Sphere, and adapting Michael Crichton’s Thomas Crowne Affair, Equilibrium was Kurt Wimmer’s first major directing credit. As he said, “I was dreading the moment when someone would say, ‘Will you direct?’ I spent the entire shoot waiting for someone to tap me on my shoulder and say, ‘What are you doing here?’” He credited his crew for their support throughout the process, saying, “There are invisible hands that help you.”

    Wimmer was joined on stage by crew members, including stunt coordinator Mike Smith, editor William Yeh, producer Lucas Foster, and score producer Klaus Badelt who shared their experience working on the movie. Previous guest speaker Alan Siegel, Gerard Butler’s manager, was also in attendance. As Wimmer put it, “You meet people as you go along. Sometimes you have chemistry and sometimes you don’t. But you have to establish relationships and establish trust.”

    Kurt Wimmer is known for his star vehicle movies, such as The Recruit with Colin Farrell, Law Abiding Citizen with Gerard Butler, and Salt with Angelina Jolie. He announced that his next release, the remake of Total Recall, is scheduled for release next month. The film features a star-studded cast, including Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Ethan Hawke, and Bryan Cranston.

    Stunt coordinator Mike Smith, event moderator Tova Laiter, editor William Yeh, director Kurt Wimmer, producer Lucas Foster, and score producer Klaus Badelt


    July 18, 2012 • Guest Speakers • Views: 13763