Thursday, November 26, 2015

3 Questions for Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid has lived out some childhood fantasies in his award-winning career portraying such legends as astronaut Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff and Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire — not to mention President Clinton in HBO’s The Special Relationship.

One can’t quite say that being like Donald Trump was a fantasy for Quaid, but viewers may observe shades of “The Donald” in Samuel Brukner, the ruthless billionaire with a mouth bigger than his net worth at the center of the TV series The Art of More. The first 10 episodes of the new show, which delves into the crime and deception behind the glamorous facade of two fictional New York auction houses, begin streaming on Crackle, November 19. Quaid also stars in the movie Truth, which opened at the end of October.

Quaid is an avid cyclist and an even more avid family man. He has a son Jack, from his marriage to Meg Ryan, and twins, a boy and a girl, with his wife, real estate broker Kimberly Buffington. He got headlines after he became an activist demanding better guidelines for hospital safety when his newborn twins were given a near fatal dose of medicine. “It was a lot of stress, and who needs that?” he remembers. “But the kids had a happy ending, and that’s the good news.”

The Saturday Evening Post: I’m told you are a very involved and fun dad.
Dennis Quaid: It’s the second time around with the twins. The thing about it is that it’s a lot different to have a boy and a girl. Having a girl is such an amazing experience. So different from having a boy because she knows more than I do already. I just really have fun watching them grow up. Then with my 23-year-old, Jack, who’s become an actor, it’s really the whole reward of the friendship that we’ve developed. It’s fantastic. Something I didn’t expect. You put the time in, and it’s like what you put in is what you get out. The best piece of advice I think I’ve given my kids is I want them to follow their heart. I want them to do something that they love. My mother was really great about that, making me feel like I could do really anything that I made up my mind I wanted to do.

SEP: In The Art of More you play a handsome, rich, show-offish jerk — is that a kick?
DQ: It’s always fun to play someone like Samuel Brukner because he doesn’t follow the rules. People like him are fascinating to watch because they have so much money and power that they can say anything they want. That’s why it’s fun to watch Donald Trump these days. He’s always been a novelty act. Now, he’s just taken it up a notch. Like Trump, Brukner doesn’t care if anyone else sees him as a jerk. Or, if he does, he keeps it a closely guarded secret.

SEP: You’ve been on the screen for a long while now. Is acting still fun for you?
DQ: I feel a lot more at ease than I did way back when. When you’re young and brash, you’re also secretly scared to death. Now, I don’t have the pressure of “you’ve got to make that next movie that’s going to put you over the top.” But at the same time, you always need that fire in your belly; otherwise, it’s just a job.

What was fake on the Internet this week: Dennis Quaid meltdown, rhino extinction and GMO weed

There is so much fake stuff on the Internet in any given week that we’ve grown tired of debunking it all. Fake Twitter fights. Fake pumpkin-spice products. Amazing viral video? Nope — a Jimmy Kimmel stunt!

So, rather than take down each and every undeservedly viral story that crosses our monitors each week, we’re rounding them all up in a quick, once-a-week Friday debunk of fake photos, misleading headlines and bad studies that you probably shouldn’t share over the weekend.

Ready? Here’s what was fake on the Internet this week:

1. Dennis Quaid did not have a hysterical on-set meltdown. We are leading with this particular bit of tomfoolery because it is both the best and worst hoax of the week. Worst because it was obvious and terrible: Footage of the alleged meltdown was uploaded to an anonymous and brand new YouTube account, a tell-tale sign of forgery. Best because people actually called it out: As my brilliant colleague Emily Yahr noted on Tuesday, the Internet approached the video skeptically from the start.

Viewers pointed out that this particular Quaid is known for being a classy dude. Other oddities? No one could identify the alleged movie set and the audio is suspiciously well-timed. Turns out the skeptics in the crowd were right: On Wednesday, Funny Or Die admitted it was behind the video.

2. A woman featured on “Divorce Court” did not sleep with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. Okay, this rumor technically originated on TV — but it was debunked on Instagram, and that’s Internet enough for me! Earlier this week, a man appeared on the Fox reality show “Divorce Court,” claiming his girlfriend had slept with all 10 members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. As unlikely as that allegation already seemed, Wu-Tang’s manager and several members of the group have since denied it explicitly.

“I would’ve remembered her,” Method Man wrote on Instagram, among many more offensive things. Besides, that would’ve violated the Wu-Tang groupie policy! As the manager told The Mirror after the “Divorce Court” allegations, “no girls on the bus unless they talk want to talk about music, politics or chess.”

3. Three police officers did not pose with a sign that said “don’t make me shoot you in the back.” File this one to the obvious Photoshop folder: In the past year, a picture of three officers in Nashville has been edited to include a variety of loaded messages, including “police lives matter” and “Obama, Holder, Sharpton & DeBlasio have blood on their hands.” Local NBC affiliate WSMV reports that the signs were originally part of a public safety campaign encouraging drivers to give a wide berth to emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder.

4. The West African black rhino did not go extinct this week. (Although if you think this is a happy debunk, you have another thing coming.) Contrary the mournful and very viral tweets from luminaries like Ricky Gervais, this particular species of rhino has been extinct since 2011. It seems that the confusion sprung from another endangered rhino: On Thursday, CNN published a sobering report on the last male northern white left in the world.

 5. Monsanto hasn’t developed the first “genetically modified strain” of marijuana. More than 100,000 people have shared this story from World News Daily Report, probably because it hits the outrage sweet spot between Monsanto and legalized pot. Everything World News posts, of course, is actually made up. It’s probably also worth noting that we’ve long had stronger, genetically selected pot.

6. “Marco Rubio” is not an anagram for “Birac Obama.” Daniel Kibblesmith, a former skewerer of Internet culture for parody site Clickhole, made this joke on Twitter — the actual joke being that it’s not true, there aren’t enough letters. We fell for it! Sorry. Accidents happen. Especially when it comes to great anagrams…

Dennis Quaid’s new TV role echoes Donald Trump

Crackle, the free streaming site most known for Jerry Seinfeld’s amusing, low-key “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is delving into a decidedly more glamorous setting for its first drama series “The Art of More” — that of high-end auction houses, with their exorbitant purchase prices and rapacious cast of characters.

“Every time I see on the news about a Van Gogh painting selling for hundreds of millions of dollars or Elvis’ original Cadillac, people turn around and take notice of it,” star Dennis Quaid tells The Post. “It brings out the basest of human emotions — greed and lust and envy.

“It’s rife for drama.”

In the series (all 10 episodes of which premiere Thursday), Quaid plays Sam Brukner, a brash New York real estate tycoon with political ambitions who bears more than a little resemblance to Donald Trump.

“He definitely came to mind in the description of the character,” says Quaid, who has golfed with the now-presidential candidate a few times. “About two months into shooting [Trump] announced [his candidacy]. We had to laugh because it was just too good.”

Much of the conflict in “The Art of More” stems from the two rival auction houses that covet Brukner’s art collection. Representing Parke-Mason is Graham Connor (Christian Cooke), a rookie account man who shares Brukner’s military/blue collar background. Eager to prove that he belongs among the elite, Graham faces off with DeGraaf executive Roxana Whitman (Kate Bosworth), the upper crust daughter of the firm’s CEO. Not surprisingly, she has a romantic past with Brukner.
Roxana (Kate Bosworth, above) signs a client on his death bed in “The Art of More.”Photo: Crackle Sony TV
“She is highly intelligent, calculating, and she has a seemingly impenetrable armor. She’s a woman in a man’s world and so she’s constantly having to prove herself,” says Bosworth, who modeled Roxana after the many femme fatales played by Michelle Pfeiffer. “The audience is never quite sure what side of the line she’s on and she could turn at any moment. She’s unpredictable and I mean that in both the cunning and cutting side but also in a more vulnerable way, as well.”

Graham and Roxana take a win-at-any-cost approach to their jobs, whether it’s him getting pulled back into the antiquities smuggling trade he practiced as a soldier in Iraq or her signing a high-profile client on his deathbed.

“What’s interesting about all the characters, Roxana included, is there’s a real questionable morality to all of them because they’re all in desperate situations and feel the need to prove themselves in different ways,” Bosworth says.

“There’s a lot of greed in that world,” she adds. “At least with our show, there’s a real sexiness to it … All these characters are holding their cards to their chest and not giving too much away.”

Dennis Quaid Appears To Lose It On Film Set In Leaked Video (UPDATE)

UPDATE (April 15): Turns out Dennis Quaid's on-set freakout was a prank, courtesy of Funny or Die. That's right, Jimmy Kimmel was not the schemer behind this one.

Previously ...

TMZ obtained video of actor Dennis Quaid simply losing it on the set of one of his films, or at least that's what seems to be happening.

In the leaked clip, the 61-year-old actor is heard yelling at someone for walking on set while he is running his lines: "I can't even get a line out until dopey the d--k starts whispering in your ear, you're not even watching anymore."

He continues ranting, "No, don't f--king 'Dennis' me. I am doing my job here. This is the most unprofessional set I have ever been on. Quaid also unleashes a string of profanities while whoever is filming suddenly pans the camera away from him.

While Quaid certainly wouldn't be the first actor to get caught on camera losing it on set (hello there Christian Bale), HuffPost Entertainment has reached out to his rep for a comment, since you can't necessarily trust anything you read/see on the Internet.

The footage, which was actually uploaded to YouTube on April 10, reeks of yet another viral video set up.

"It feels scripted to me, but so does every viral video since [Jimmy] Kimmel started doing his schtick. It's really messing with my mind," a Redditor named Thumpar wrote on Monday, while another Redditor named AmazingMarv agreed: "Yes. There's something too on-point about it. Like if an actor were to do something like this, it would look exactly like this. Looks planned."

Did Quaid really have an on-set meltdown or is this the work of Jimmy Kimmel or some other viral marketer? Only time will tell.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Full Video of Dennis Quaid Meltdown Revealed – and It's a Funny or Die Sketch!

Dennis Quaid Funny or Die Full Video Revealed
Dennis Quaid in Funny or Die video
04/15/2015 AT 03:55 PM EDT
All right, Jimmy Kimmel – you're officially off the hook. 
The mystery behind Dennis Quaid's video freakout that has swept the Internet has finally been solved, and Funny or Die is to blame. 
In the wake endless Internet speculation that the clip of the actor's angry explosion was part of a Jimmy Kimmel Live! sketch, the comedy site posted the full-length version of the video Wednesday to its official website, proving that Kimmel is not the culprit and Quaid, 61, is not just some diva actor. 
The 4-minute spoof begins with actual news footage of media outlets covering Quaid's meltdown, including a spot of talk show host Kimmel addressing the finger-pointing he received after the clip went viral. 
The sketch then interrupts with a message: "Here's what really happened." 
Quaid attempts to get through a dramatic scene while filming, when endless distractions keep him from successfully delivering his lines. He then goes on a yelling tirade out of frustration aimed at his director, crew members and a guy wearing a full-body penis costume (the unseen Dopey the Dick from the original clip). 
And it turns out all of the R-rated expletives heard in the cell phone footage were quite literal. (See it below, but consider yourself warned: the language is very NSFW.) 
"Garbage!" Quaid shouts as he points to a piled-high wastebasket. He then yells, "Blow me," merely ordering his hairstylist to fix his lifeless locks, the full version reveals. 
"This is a really crazy set," Quaid tells the stylist. 
She asks, "Yeah, you ever shot a Funny or Die video before?" to which Quaid responds, "No." 
"Dennis Quaid's career was in no way affected by his on-screen freakout," the parody says. 
Oh, and Funny or Die assures us that Dopey the Dick never worked in Hollywood again. 

Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Blame for Dennis Quaid Meltdown Video

Dennis Quaid Video Rant: Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Blame
Jimmy Kimmel and Dennis Quaid (inset)
04/15/2015 AT 07:40 AM EDT
He's the king of pranksters, but Jimmy Kimmel may not be behind a certain video sweeping the Web.

The late-night talk show host, 47, addressed the clip uploaded to YouTube of Dennis Quaid, 61, that caught the actor having an angry outburst on a movie set, amid fan speculation that it was a stunt for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"When I woke up this morning, I was being blamed for it," the comedian said during his Tuesday night episode. 

"I have to say, it's disappointing. You play, like, 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don't trust you anymore," he said with a laugh – although he never outright denied his involvement. 

And although the reason for the Rookie star's angry eruption remains a mystery, Kimmel provided his own theory about why Quaid was screaming at his colleagues while supposedly filming a movie. 

"Did anyone ever consider that maybe Dennis was doing voice-over for a new cartoon?" Kimmel asked the audience. 

He then aired a clip of the animated Daffy Duck making hand gestures with Quaid's fiery lecture as the voice-over. 

While a rep for Quaid has not yet responded to PEOPLE's request for comment, a spokesperson for Mythology Entertainment – the production company behind his recent film project, Truth – told TheWrap that it did not take place on the set of their movie, which finished production last year. 

The Truth About Dennis Quaid’s Meltdown (NSFW)

Dennis Quaid’s on-set freakout that went viral this week had us all wondering: is he off the deep end like his brother Randy?
If Funny or Die is to be believed, the answer is no. The comedy site appears to have punk’d the Internet, unveiling the video of what really happened on the Quaid set. As it turns out, most of Quaid’s supposed epithets were accurate.
So what was the point of the exercise? Self-promotion for Quaid’s upcoming Crackle series? A social experiment to determine how things go viral? An opportunity to smear Jimmy Kimmel’s name? We may never know.

Jimmy Kimmel addresses Dennis Quaid freak-out video

Jimmy Kimmel has established himself as a prank master and a brilliant manipulator of viral Internet sensations. So when a cell phone video of actor Dennis Quaid freaking out on-set started making the rounds online, it didn't take long for people to start pointing an accusatory finger at the late-night host.
On Tuesday night, Kimmel addressed the speculation that he was behind the clip, and revealed whether it was part of a bit for his show, as many speculated.
"I watched it a bunch of times last night -- and when I woke up this morning -- I was being blamed for it," he joked.
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On April 10, a 43-second video of Quaid's profanity filled tirade hit YouTube. In the video, 61-year-old actor can be seen screaming, "I am acting here, and this dickhead wanders onto my set! I can't even get a line out until Dopey the Dick starts whispering in your ear, and you're not even watching anymore."
Quaid continued, "This is the most unprofessional set I have ever been on," He later referred to his co-workers as "zombies" and "pu**ies."
Soon after the video went viral, a commenter on Reddit claimed the clip was part of a sketch for "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Many felt this made a lot of sense, given Kimmel's history of intricate practical jokes.
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"There are two dozen articles - and thousands of comments online - suggesting that this is a prank - and I am responsible for it," Kimmel said during his show. "And I have to say - that's disappointing. You play like 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don't trust you anymore."
Kimmel made several quips about the video. specially surrounding Quaid's comment calling one of his co-worker "Dopey the Dick," joking that it would be a great name for a children's book. However, the host never expressly denied or confirmed the rumors that he was involved.
ET reached out to Quaid's rep, who declined to comment.
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After the release of the actor's on-set meltdown, it was announced that he would be starring in "The Art of More," a new drama for Crackle that explores "the underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses." Could this all be in promotion of his new project?
Go here for the video of Quaid.
For more on the "Day After Tomorrow" star's now-infamous freak out, check out the video here.

Dennis Quaid's meltdown is a classic. Shame it's also clearly fake

The clip, which surfaced on Reddit, is well-acted, but lacks the authenticity of classics like Christian Bale’s epic diva fit

Mad as hell: Dennis Quaid in Vantage Point.

There comes a time in everybody’s life when the actions of another person make you want to scream at the moon, stars, and anyone in your general vicinity. And for Dennis Quaid, that moment came yesterday. (We hope.)
Let’s start at the top. According to a post on Reddit, Quaid lost his cool while shooting a scene after an unnamed person allegedly wandered on to set and messed up his flow.
“I am acting here, and this dickhead wanders on to my set!” he yelled. “I can’t even get a line out until Dopey the Dick starts whispering in your ear, and you’re not even watching any more.
So yes, if this is real, it’s spectacular. Like Christian Bale before him, and even Reese Witherspoon’s brilliant arrest video, Quaid managed to embody the rage we’ve all felt when a human being does anything we disagree with. We have all wanted to refer to our co-workers as zombies before making a dramatic exit (“Don’t fucking ‘Dennis’ me!”). We have all wanted to assert our professionalism (“I’m a pro!”). And we have all wanted to describe a situation exactly as we see it (“This is garbage!”).
Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on who he was yelling at – it’s also probably staged. A Reddit commenter who claims to work for Jimmy Kimmel let slip that the video is a prank, and lest we forget that Quaid’s done the hidden-camera shtick for Ellen several times, proving he’s not one to shy away from “putting himself out there”.
Also? The alleged movie set has yet to be named. Unlike Bale – where we knew he was just that passionate over his moment in Terminator – we have no idea what Quaid is filming, or how, or why. And if he was in the middle of Truth – a film set to open later this year about Dan Rather – we probably would’ve heard about it by now. Especially since it’s co-starring high-profile actors like Cate Blanchett or Elisabeth Moss, and freak-outs like this tend to leak. (As we can see.)
So no, you guys: I don’t buy it. Dennis Quaid once whispered a request for ketchup into an assistant’s ear without breaking character. This has to be just another venture into one of his many sketch-based personas.
Unless, of course, he’s just that good of an actor. And in that case, may whatever-higher-power-you-believe-in help us all.

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