Tom Hanks
Posts

  • Spielberg’s U-2 Movie Casts U2 Daughter

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    eve hewsonSt. James Place, a historical spy thriller, has quite the pedigree background behind it. Steven Spielberg will be directing a screenplay by Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers. Its cast includes Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and frequent Spielberg collaborator Tom Hanks. Also included in the cast is Eve Hewson, 23, a rising star from Ireland who also happens to be the daughter of music legend Bono.

    Hewson studied acting at the New York Film Academy in 2005 and has since found roles in music videos, thrillers and romantic comedies. She currently co-stars with Clive Owen in the Cinemax medical drama The Knick.

    Spielberg’s hotly-anticipated film takes place in 1960 and stars Hanks as real-life lawyer James Donovan. Donovan was tasked with negotiating the release of a pilot shot down in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Filming commenced last Fall in Hewson’s current hometown—Brooklyn, New York. Ironically, the plane shot down in both real life and in the movie was a U-2 spy plane, U-2 inspiring the name of Hewson’s father’s legendary rock band.

    Dream of co-starring with Tom Hanks in a Steven Spielberg film one day? Check out New York Film Academy’s acting school program today!

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    March 2, 2015 • Acting, Entertainment News, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5661

  • SNL Uses Super Bowl to Share Super 40th Anniversary Lineup

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
    west & mccartney snl

    Kanye West & Paul McCartney are part of SNL’s 40th Anniversary Lineup

    Saturday Night Live’s 40th birthday is fast approaching—its Anniversary Special is set to air on February 15. If the celebration is anything like it’s star-studded 25th Anniversary, expect a mix of best-of clips, new material from a mix of former & current stars, and some touching tributes to cast members who’ve since passed. Considering that three out of the four new Ghostbusters came from SNL, expect at least a couple proton pack jokes, maybe even with the two former Ghostbusters who also got their start in studio 8H.

    While some of the lineup was already public, including Eddie Murphy’s surprise announcement that he’d be returning to the show for the first time in thirty years, a more extensive list was given out during the Super Bowl’s premium ad time.

    Confirmed for the big night are Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Jon Hamm, Derek Jeter, Norm Macdonald, Peyton Manning, Steve Martin, Melissa McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Seth Meyers, Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Laraine Newman, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Martin Short, Paul Simon, David Spade, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken, Kerry Washington, Kanye West, Betty White, and Kristen Wiig. Tom Hanks will also take a break from his new project at HBO to join the festivities.

    If you’re so excited you can’t wait two weeks, you can check out VH1 Classic’s current marathon of the entire series.

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 3, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 2958

  • Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt Team Up for New HBO Mini-Series

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

     

    HBO announces new Lewis & Clark mini-series

    While networks are trying to jump on board the limited mini-series trend, HBO continues to lead the pack by green-lighting yet another mini-series that will depict the expedition of Lewis & Clark to explore the area west of the Mississippi River.

    A start-studded team including Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt will lead the production of the series, but unfortunately you won’t be seeing them on screen. Casey Affleck will portray Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts will take the part of William Clark.

    Joining the A-listers in executive producing roles will be Gary Goetzman, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly, and Adam Leipzig. Edward Norton will also play a part in the screenwriting portion of the project, along with John Curran and Michelle Ashford. Curran will also be responsible for directing the series.

    The series will be based on Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose’s biography of Meriwether Lewis, published in 1996. It aims to provide a depiction of the American spirit, as well as the tragedies and human impact during the expedition.

    This also marks Tom Hanks’ return to producing historical dramas. He was formerly a producer on series such as John Adams, From the Earth to the Moon, and Band of Brothers, the last of which was also based on a book authored by Ambrose.

    The project is set to start filming this summer so we likely won’t see anything until 2016. And although the biggest names associated with the project will be off-screen, there’s still enough star power on-screen to make this exciting and potentially attract more big names to other roles.

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 2, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5115

  • Actress Nia Vardalos Visits New York Film Academy

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    tovaselect

    Nia Vardalos visited New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus last week for a private screening of her hit film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, followed by a Q&A with students. After training at Chicago’s famed Second City, Vardalos was struggling to find work as an actress. She says she was told she “wasn’t pretty enough to be a leading lady, and not fat enough to be a character actress.” Determined to forge her own path, she wrote her own one-woman show in Los Angeles, based largely on her own upbringing in a Greek family. Rita Wilson came to see it, and returned again with husband Tom Hanks. The couple would soon give her the opportunity of a lifetime: to write and star in her first feature film.

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding became a sleeper sensation, becoming the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, and earning Vardalos an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. She followed up by writing, producing, and starring in Connie and Carla, and co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in My Life In Ruins. She made her directorial debut with 2009’s I Hate Valentine’s Day, and co-wrote the box-office hit Larry Crowne.

    Vardalos shared stories about her rise to fame with New York Film Academy students, and even brought prizes that she gave away throughout the night. “It was amazing how she was so humble and down to earth,” said MFA Filmmaking student Edrei Hutson. “She was willing to share her experiences and gave great advice on writing and filmmaking in general.”

    Vardalos answered dozens of questions from excited students, and said, “Learn the rules, so you know what you’re breaking. Be true to yourself and find people who support what you want to do.”

    She is currently working on a project at Paramount, which she describes as an anti-romantic comedy for single people. Vardalos also recently released her first book, Instant Mom, in which she opens up about the heartaches, headaches, and humor of becoming an adoptive parent.

    H56A1675

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    May 2, 2013 • Guest Speakers • Views: 6512

  • NYFA Instructor Shooting for Disney on the Slopes

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    Award-winning cinematographer (and NYFA instructor) Suki Medencevic is currently shooting a highly-anticipated snowboarding film for Disney. Though details are quite hush-hush, we know there is some big-name talent attached to the project. Suki is teaming up with director Paul Hoen and shooting on location in Utah.

    Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Suki Medencevic has shot numerous features, documentaries, and commercials around the world, working with talent including Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, and Janet Leigh. He began teaching courses in cinematography at  New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus last year. As he says, “Being a teacher means that you have to be well informed about the latest in the camera art and technology. The most exciting thing about teaching is to be able to share my own knowledge with the students and make them understand the power of the visual storytelling.”

    After wrapping the film for Disney, Suki has two features in development that are scheduled to shoot later this year, with veteran actor Ed Begley Jr. attached.

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail