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‘JACK GETS IT’
Jack Quaid sobe seen “The Hunger Games” has inherited acting talent his famous parents. | Moses Robinson~Getty Images

‘JACK GETS IT’ Jack Quaid, soon to be seen in “The Hunger Games,” has inherited the acting talent of his famous parents. | Moses Robinson~Getty Images

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Updated: May 9, 2012 10:21AM



In all the hype for the hugely anticipated “The Hunger Games,” one co-star getting buzz is Jack Quaid, the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, who is making his big-screen debut.

Unbiased sources tell me the young Quaid — said to be very sad about his dad’s and stepmom Kimberly Buffington-Quaid’s increasingly nasty pending divorce — has inherited his parents’ acting chops.

“Jack is ready for people to hate him, since he’s playing the evil Marvel in ‘The Hunger Games,’ but trust me, Jack really has a big career in front of him,” said a Hollywood heavyweight who should know. “The Hunger Games” opens March 23.

“Both Meg and Dennis have given Jack lots of good advice on how to carefully craft a career. Starting out in what will likely be the biggest blockbuster of the year ain’t bad!” another source close to the young actor said with a laugh. “Jack gets it. This kid absolutely knows how to handle the fame game.”

SILVER SOAP: “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” 25th anniversary bash Saturday night at L.A.’s rooftop Perch hotspot was an elegant affair jam-packed with a celeb-heavy crowd, best described by both words in the title of the long-running soap opera. Hosted by “B&B’s” founding family, led by Brad Bell, wife Colleen, sister Lauralee Bell and their mom — Chicago TV legend Lee Phillip Bell — those spied walking the “silver carpet” included Heather Tom, Hunter Tylo, Katherine Kelly Lang, Susan Flannery, Don Diamont, John McCook and Jacob Young.

TV TALK: Given the huge, ongoing interest in Whitney Houston’s untimely passing, it’s probably not surprising that the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” episode Sunday — featuring Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who no longer wants to carry dad Bobby Brown’s surname — pulled in the OWN network’s biggest ratings to date. The show snared 3.5 million viewers.

Larry King is making a comeback! The suspender-wearing TV veteran will host a chat fest on Mexican jillionaire Carlos Slim’s new online Ora.TV network — again schmoozing with celebs and pols.

In a further move to help boost his “Anderson” daily chatfest, Anderson Cooper will launch his second season from the New York studio where Chicagoan Nate Berkus has been taping his talk show, scheduled to end this spring.

ERIN-GO-PARTY: Peter O’Brien of the O’Brien’s eatery in Old Town has announced a new date for two popular St. Patrick’s Day events. The 19th annual “Oh Danny Boy” contest and the St. Patrick’s Day Queen’s luncheon both will be held Thursday — a nice preview to the big weekend.

TIM TIME: Funnyman Tim Kazurinsky will be at the iO Theatre on Tuesday, sitting in on an improvised 10 p.m. show perfectly titled as “Tim,” because the whole cast shares the same name: Tim Chidester, Tim Mayse, Tim Whetham, Tim Mason, Tim Baltz, Tim Ryder, Tim Sniffen, Tim Robinson, Tim Paul and Tim Stoltenberg.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Shark Tank” personality Daymond John was spied at Studio Paris, and Aussie celebrity chef Curtis Stone and his team checked out Paris Club downstairs. … Speaking of uber-chefs, Mario Battali, also in town for the Housewares Show, viewed the “Art, Love & Politics” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art — and had fans’ heads turning as he sashayed up Michigan Avenue sporting his signature orange Crocs and shorts (despite it being freezing that day). … Adam Richman (“Man v. Food”) dined at Sunda. … Billy Corgan made the scene at the Pump Room and Rockit Bar & Grill and then was Mancow Muller’s guest at “The Doyle & Debbie Show.” … Our Town’s own “American Idol” season 10 winner Lee DeWyze checked out new celeb hotspot RPM Italian, while season nine “Idol” contestant Aaron Kelly dined at Giordano’s on Rush. … The Bulls’ Taj Gibson and a passel of pals got their sushi fix at Japonais. … Popular actor John Lithgow lunched at chef Tony Mantuano’s Terzo Piano at the Art Institute, while ex-Bulls great Scottie Pippen “double-lunched” the same day at Mantuano’s Cafe Spiaggia and Bar Toma.



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