The Internet was flipping out yesterday after a video was posted of a huge Golden Eagle snatching a toddler and promptly dropping the kid on the ground. As it turns out, the whole video is a hoax.
The video was shot at a park in Montreal by students at Centre NAD. The school released in a statement: “The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.”
After it was posted, YouTube commenters were debating about whether it was real or fake. This isn’t the first hoax out of the school. Previously, students created a too-real video of a penguin escaping a zoo. One thing is for sure, these students deserve an A!
Watch it here
You probably remember the appearance that Joaquin Phoenix made on the Late Show with David Letterman last year. Phoenix came on the show wearing dark sunglasses and rocking a shaggy beard. His weird look was then only emphasized by how he acted—and apparently it was an act. The uninterested answers and the declaration he made about entering the hip-hop music industry were completely fake.
Casey Affleck, who directed the film I’m Still Here, which supposedly documents Joaquin Phoenix’s life for the past two years, says that almost every part of it was an act. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” Affleck told the New York Times.
The film was released last week and faced some big criticism and its credibility was attacked, prompting Affleck to speak out about the film.
“I never intended to trick anybody,” he said. “The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
I’m Still Here definitely has the elements of a hoax though—a lot of significant scenes in the “documentary” include actors playing different parts, including Phoenix’s family and prostitutes.
What do you think about the film? Is it a true piece of art or a huge piece of trickery?
Well don’t do the crime if you can’t do the crime, that’s the lesson here. It looks like the Balloon Boy’s parents will be going to jail for their executed hoax. According to TMZ Richard Heene, the mastermind behind the scam and father of the Balloon Boy, will be sentenced to 90 days in prison. Mayumi Heene, the Balloon Boy’s Mother, was also sentenced to 20 days, which she will serve after her husband’s term.
According to perezhilton.com, Richard and Mayumi Heene are being forced to pay for the extensive search effort launched for their son. The incident stems back to October 15, 2009 where Richard and Mayumi Heene claimed their son floated away in a homemade balloon. The claim ended up being a hoax by the Heene family, and was a ploy for the family to get their own TV show.