“Let’s Just Say I Am Not The Biggest Kanye Fan:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Steve Stanulis

Steve Stanulis

Look for Steve Stanulis in Long Shot Louie on Amazon and The Fifth Bourough on Netflix.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor Steve Stanulis. Steve spoke to us about his upcoming Netflix series “The Fifth Borough,” his unique beginning in movies and his admiration for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Steve Stanulis: 
 
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
 
Steve Stanulis: When I worked with the NYPD I started working security with some A-list actors. One night I was at a party and was asked if I ever played football. When I told him I played in high school he told me he was shooting a film called “The Replacements” with Keanu Reaves and Gene Hackman. Two weeks later I was on set as Keanu’s back-up QB and the rest is history.
 
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
 
SS: My favorite actor growing up was Al Pacino. I must have watched “Scarface” 100 times as a kid.
 
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
 
SS: I would say “Scarface” and “The Outsiders”
 
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
 
SS: If you want to make it in this business do not give up and make yourself indispensable. Do not be one of those actors to sit and wait for the phone to ring.
 
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
 
SS: I was at lunch with pretty well-known studio producer. I was so excited to meet him he said to me do yourself a favor and “do not get involved with this crazy business.” I remember leaving there so disappointed. Years later, he worked for me on one of my projects… so never give up.
 
Steve Stanulis

Steve Stanulis guarding the body of close personal friend Kanye West.

TDQ: Who are your influences?
 
SS: My influences are not what you might expect. I did not aspire to be in this business until later on in life and being a kid from Staten Island, movies were just not realistic. If I had to pick one I would say, coming from a bodybuilding background it would have had to have been Arnold Schwarzenegger. He came to this country, couldn’t speak English, became Mr. Olympia, to the biggest action star in Hollywood to Governor, then also married a Kennedy… how is that for the American dream?!  
 
TDQ: What can you tell us about your latest film “Long Shot Louie,” available on Amazon Prime?
 
SS: Long shot Louie is “Boogie Nights” meets “The Wrestler.” It is based upon my time as a Chippendale’s dancer. It is about a certain dancer I used to work with who had everything: great looking, great body, best performer etc., but as much as he made is as much as he would spend on drugs. He just had no value of money. But as time went on he got older and kind of got stuck in this world and became a mockery towards the end of his career with other dancers and all of the ladies.
 
TDQ: Tell us about your upcoming Netflix series “The Fifth Borough”…
 
SS: “The Fifth Borough” is a new series which I play the lead role of Nico. The cast is one of the most talented casts I have had the pleasure to work with: Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy from “The Sopranos”), Cathy Morality “Raging Bull,” legend Richard Grieco, Marc John Jefferies, Joseph Donofrio and Vincent Young. It is “The Sopranos” on Staten Island and the message is there is nothing you would not do for your family…definitely a great show and I’m looking forward to working on this one. 
 
TDQ: You used to be a bodyguard for Kim and Kanye. What did you learn from that experience that you can talk about and isn’t covered by a non-disclosure agreement?
 
SS: Ahh the Kim and Kanye saga. That story literally went global last year. Let’s just say I am not the biggest Kanye fan.
 
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
SS: Hopefully in Season 5 of “The Fifth Borough” on Netflix… I see myself continuing to work and hopefully continue to have to ability to pick and choose what I want to work on.
 
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“I’m Not Going To Hide Something That Is Such A Big Part Of My Everyday Life And Makes Me Who I Am:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Tamara Duarte

Tamara Duarte

Tamara Duarte wearing…what is that, a trench coat? Is this from Halloween? Is this a sexy Inspector Gadget costume?

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Canadian actress Tamara Duarte. Tamara spoke to us about her role in Canadian TV classic Degrassi, her secret love of “Inspector Gadget” and her work on Netflix hit “Longmire.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Tamara Duarte:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Tamara Duarte: I was about 10 years old. I wasn’t really thinking about “show business” but more so performing. My older sisters were a part of Portuguese plays growing up and I remembered thinking, “I want to do that!” So a few years later I did my first play in Toronto. I guess the show business side of it came when my older sister Sonia helped me get a commercial agent and drove me around to auditions, meetings etc., but she was attending college at the time so it was short-lived until I was able to drive myself.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actor or actress growing up?

TD: Jim Carrey always made me laugh. I did classes at Second City in Toronto early on and remember walking in and passing his photo everyday. He inspired me to be brave in my work and take chances.

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

TD: I’m one of those annoying early bird people. I’d wake up at 5:30 every morning before school and get in some “Inspector Gadget” and “The Magic School Bus.” My favorite show as I got older was “Friends.”

Tamara Duarte

You never know who you’re going to meet in the desert.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

TD: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

TD: That I need to play the “single sexy young actress” card. Act as though I don’t have a family, a husband and a step child? I am young, but I’m not going to hide something that is such a big part of my everyday life and makes me who I am. I’m proud of that.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

TD: Ellen Page inspires me. Not only is she a talented actor but also she is a creator, producing important content. She is a mover and shaker who not only inspires but influences people.

Tatiana Maslany. I love watching her work in “Orphan Black.” We have the same agent and used to attend the same class in Toronto. There are some people that light a fire in you when you see them work. She is one of those people.

TDQ: Tell us about your role in “Badsville”

TD: I was going though a lot in my personal life and Suzy was going though the same life lesson. It was a deep connection. I ran into April Mullen at an event in Hollywood. We got to chatting and she sent me the script that night. I FELL IN LOVE with it and emailed her back immediately after reading it. Within the next few days, I went in and met the team and the rest is history. I’m so proud of April, she was just honored at TIFF this year at the Bricks Women in Film for a film called “Below Her Month.” The majority of the cast were around the same age (the greaser gang) so we hung out a lot and became fast friends. It’s like being at summer camp. Suzy had a very hard shell. She wouldn’t allow herself to be vulnerable. There is a line that Wink says that I chuckle at when hearing it because it related to my life so much at the time:

Sammy: “How are things going with Suzy?”
Wink: “I don’t know little cat. Her walls are built up so high I can’t figure her out.”

That was me for SO LONG. I’m fiercely independent and all Gerald (my husband) wanted to do is love me and I wouldn’t let him.

Tamara Duarte, Jerry O'Connell

Tamara Duarte and close personal friend Jerry O’Connell. Wouldn’t these two make a great Inspector Gadget and Penny? Let’s reboot!

TDQ: You also appeared in “Longmire” on Netflix. How has Netflix changed the way people watch TV versus network television?

TD: Yes I play Mandy that is coming back for season 6. She is Cady Longmire’s assistant at her new law office on the Rez. I think that we are in the golden age of television! I haven’t had cable in 5 years. I watch everything on Apple TV and have all the channels, news, music, shows, movies I want when I want them.

TDQ: What was your experience like working on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” being on such an iconic TV show?

TD: It was such an amazing experience. Playing such a controversial character and pushing social norms on the show really helped me understand why I do what I do. It helped me understand that I can effect, inspire and change lives through art. I owe that to the Degrassi family.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

TD: Having my little ones getting tomatoes from the garden, working on a film that I’m writing right now and publishing a children’s book.

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TDQ Investigates: Arrested Development Given Freedom To Evolve

Arrested Development Season 4

Arrested Development Season 4 complements of The Net Flick.

Here at The Daily Quarterly, we are often given access to information and events that are not available to the general public. Sometimes we pass this information along, sometimes we don’t think it’s worth our time, and sometimes we keep it to ourselves so you, the reader, don’t feel more envious of us than usual. This one we decided to pass along.

The Daily Quarterly had the chance to view and critique the entire 4th season of the hit TV series “Arrested Development” as produced by Netflix, the internet video streaming and disc rental service. If you recall, most of our staff canceled their Netflix membership in late 2011 when they announced plans to split their disc rental and internet streaming into two companies. A move which would nearly double the cost for some customers (and save a few bucks for others). In the end, the name remains the same, but Netflix lost nearly a million subscribers.

Since then, Netflix has been making moves to draw new subscribers and hold on to the ones they have, including producing its own exclusive content. The Daily Quarterly staff members were presented with an exclusive offer via email titled “Come Back!” from Netflix that would allow journalists to preview Netflix’s wares in exchange for a little personal information, a credit card number and a modest monthly charge. With special access to the entire season secured another hurdle remained: Time.
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TDQ Investigates: Can The New Season Of “Arrested Development” Possibly Live Up To The Hype?

Arrested Development, Season 4

Arrested Development, Season 4 begins with Michael entering a skiing contest in an attempt to make some money for the Bluth family.

I loved “Arrested Development.” Loved it. I own the entire series on DVD. It was one of the few shows (“Seinfeld,” “Lost,” “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”) that never jumped the shark during its TV run. It also was a rarity in that every single character was terrific. There wasn’t one actor or storyline or character that got tiresome or dull or un-watchable (See: Urkel, Steve).

Even the supporting characters were awesome. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in laughing out loud (remember when you actually had to write that entire phrase out?) when I first heard the name of Scott Baio’s attorney character: Bob Loblaw.

The few of us who loved the show while it was on have grown to love it even more since it went off the air, and plenty more fans have come to appreciate the genius humor of the writing, acting and zaniness. Too bad it never got the love it deserved while it was on.

But I think the biggest reason that so many more people have come to love it, and the reason that its popularity has grown is because it ended so soon. We were left wanting more. The writing and characters hadn’t gotten old, no one had gotten fed up with them yet. (See: Tribiani, Joey)

And so many of us had resigned ourselves to the fact that there would be no more “Arrested Development.” And that was okay. It was good. Despite the years of rumors of a possible film or another season, it never came to be, and so it couldn’t spoil the memories of the show that we had.
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TDQ Investigates: Something Called ‘Netflix’ Goes Back To The Business Model That Worked

Netflix

Testing in the TDQ A/V lab showed minimal difference in picture quality between VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray versions of popular movies.

We seem to recall drinking our Sanka and reading in our morning newspaper a while back that people were all upset with something called “Netflix’ and them changing the way they do business and starting to charge more money for less service, or something along those lines. So then we read a few days ago that “Netflix” has decided to go back to whatever it was they did before they made people mad, and now people love them again.

Well, after we did some research, we see that this “Netflix” has something to do with mailing Digital Video Discs to people so they can watch motion pictures and television programs at home on their Digital Video Disc machines. That’s not a bad idea. It would have been nice if we had thought of that. Continue reading