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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film Alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Stars in Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ on Netflix

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is co-starring as one of the titular 6 Underground in a highly-anticipated new Netflix original film by Michael Bay. 

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    6 Underground is the latest blockbuster movie to feature NYFA Acting for Film alum Garcia-Rulfo, who attended NYFA’s 4-Week Filmmaking workshop as well as the 1-Year Acting for Film conservatory at our Burbank-based campus. Since graduating in 2004, the Mexican-born actor has starred in hit films including, Cake, Murder on the Orient Express, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Widows, as well as the television series From Dusk til Dawn and Goliath.

    Garcia-Rulfo also appeared alongside an A-list cast in The Magnificent Seven remake directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Peter Sarsgaard. In 2017, Garcia-Rulfo spoke with students in a Q&A at our Los Angeles campus following a screening of the film. Next year, he will be co-starring with Tom Hanks in Greyhound, an upcoming World War II submarine thriller written by Hanks.

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    His latest project, 6 Underground, is the first film by action auteur Michael Bay since the third sequel to his Transformers franchise, The Last Knight. Ryan Reynolds leads the cast of the the R-rated comedic action-thriller about six vigilantes who’ve faked their deaths and go by numbers instead of names (One through Six, naturally.) Garcia-Rulfo co-stars as Three, while Reynolds plays One. They are joined by Mélanie Laurent, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy as Two, Four, Five, and Six, respectively. The movie also co-stars Dave Franco and Peter Stormare.

    6 Underground is the second-most expensive original film ever produced by Netflix, and is set to premiere Friday, December 13. In a video promoting the film, star Ryan Reynolds promises nonstop action and special effects, telling viewers, “Don’t miss the most Michael Bay movie that Michael Bay has ever Michael Bayed.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Acting for Film alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo on his latest high-profile role, and is excited to see his star continue to rise in Hollywood!

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    The Cast of ‘6 Underground’

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    December 5, 2019 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2130

  • Top Five Friday the 13th Movies

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    For some people, Friday the 13th is a day to stay clear of ladders, keep umbrellas outside, and avoid mirrors and black cats at all costs. For others, it means marathons of one of horror’s most famous faces: Jason Voorhees. Who would’ve thought machetes, hockey masks, and dozens and dozens of stupid teenagers would make such a great cinematic combination? Since the original Friday the 13th in 1980, the Jason series has spawned nine sequels, one TV series (and another in development), a crossover, and a reboot. If you’ve only got time to watch five Friday the 13th movies tonight, here are the five best you could choose:

    1. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    It seems quaint now that the producers of the Jason series thought Friday the 13th Part 4 would be their last movie. After all, could they really expect audiences to watch the same movie over and over every couple of years? (The answer is yes, yes they could.) Considered the best of the series, The Final Chapter distills the series to its fundamentals and executes them (pun intended) flawlessly. It also includes a pre-George McFly Crispin Glover, the “death” of Jason Voorhees, and a haunting final scene where Corey Feldman alters his appearance to appeal to Jason’s inner child.

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    2. Freddy vs. Jason

    The final shot of Jason Goes to Hell showed Freddy Krueger’s claws reach out of the soil and pull Jason’s mask down with him. It was originally intended as a joke, but fans took it very seriously and demanded a crossover film. In 2003 they got it, a slick, nonstop horror that wasn’t afraid to make fun of itself. Combining the dream elements of Freddy’s Nightmare on Elm Street series brought Jason to strange new places, including a look into his subconscious. It also ended with an all-out war between the horror titans, something no Jason fan should miss.

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    3. Friday the 13th

    The one that started it all, 1980’s Friday the 13th introduced us to the idea of teenagers at a summer camp getting picked off one by one. It also introduced us to Kevin Bacon, but didn’t give us enough time to get to know him. While its sequels may have honed the series strengths, the original has possibly the best climax, with a now-infamous plot twist and a haunting scene in the middle of a lake that can still harvest nightmares.

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    4. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Jason may have been finally killed at the end of Final Chapter and replaced by a lackluster copycat killer in Part V, but it was Part VI that introduced the supernatural, super-strength unstoppable killing machine most people associate with the character. Jason’s body is dug up and struck by lightning, granting him immortality. It’s not just Jason that is infused with more energy though, as Part VI is bigger than all of its predecessors, involving shoot-outs and car chases. Unable to be killed, the film ends with Jason chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake, staring off and waiting for the next sequel.

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    5. Friday the 13th Part 2

    The first sequel in the series, Part 2 introduces an adult Jason Voorhees for the first time, dispatching a new crop of teenagers. The kills were already leaps and bounds more creative than the previous film, showing the series was willing to learn and grow. It’s also remarkable for being the last film before Jason finds his iconic hockey mask. Wearing a sack over his head with just one eyehole, Jason resembles the Dark Knight series’ Scarecrow, but is just as haunting as with the hockey mask, if not more.

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    Honorable Mentions:

    While Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Jason X, which takes place on a spaceship in the far future, are not good movies, they are inherently watchable, playing with Jason’s already pop culture status in fun ways. Both are worth watching. Other weaker films worthy of note are Part VII, where Jason fights a telekinetic psychic; Part V, featuring a copycat killer; Part III, where Jason first finds his hockey mask and also takes an axe to the face, and The Final Friday, where Jason is ambushed by the FBI and finally goes to Hell. So, pretty much all of them are worth a watch, except of course the Michael Bay-produced reboot from 2009. Which isn’t that terrible, really… So, yeah, just watch them all. It’s safer than walking under any ladders today.

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    Want to make your own horror film franchise one day? Check out our filmmaking program here. After all, Saturday the 14th is still available…

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    February 13, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 7042