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Former NYU Professor Sues James Franco for Defamation Stating: "Whoever Was In Clint Eastwood's Chair At The RNC Was More Present Than Mr. Franco In My Classes!"

Photo Credit: Jay Clendendin/L.A. Times

Photo Credit: Jay Clendendin/L.A. Times

Remember the reports that film star, and Hollywood Heights and General Hospital guest star, James Franco failed one of his classes at NYU?  Well, now it appears that a lawsuit had emerged from the disgruntled professor who failed Franco, giving the Oscar-nominee a “D” for playing hookey and missing 12 out of the 14 classes.

José Angel Santana told the New York Post that Franco is “a bully,” and that “He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn’t do his bidding.”   Santana is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the Manhattan Supreme Court civil action against Franco.  The ex-instructor already sued NYU, and had blasted Franco for making “disparaging and inaccurate public statements.”   Santana, insists he was only doing his job while other star-struck professors “bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment.”

Franco had told reporters Santana was “awful,” adding, “I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher. No teacher will ever be fired from NYU for giving a student a ‘D.’  He wasn’t fired, he was asked not to come back after three years because they didn’t think he was a good teacher.”

Santana claims the actor had access to teaching records — but defamed him despite knowing the professor had “overwhelmingly positive student evaluations.”    The angry professor also told the NY Post, “Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes!”

So what do you think soapers? Does the professor have a right to sue?  Let us know your thoughts!

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How stupid! I’ve had professors that other students liked, but I thought they were awful – no teaching ability! I’d hate to think they could sue me for it, afterall I did pay the tuition for a class I never understood nor received credit for.

If Mr. Franco is making disparaging statements about this professor – then the professor has every right to sue. If I truly felt a professor was that bad, I would drop the class – not just stop showing up. That is a very immature reaction.


How dare steve Burton ruin his career by doing a project with this loser that destroyed GH!

james franco is a pompous @$$ & steve burton is so down to earth it will be like oil & water……………..i just don’t get!

so teachers can sue a student for not showing up? that’s news to me.
so can students sue a teacher for not showing up too?

sounds like someone wants attention………. and/or money!

Let’s face it–Franco has been abusing his celebrity left and right and this is just the latest offense. I highly doubt he was held to the same standards as the rest of us poor saps who’ve worked hard to complete college.

James Franco is an empty suit just like Hmmm???

People are just too sue happy. Mr. Franco thinks the guy sucked as a teacher, that’s his opinion. I guarantee if one of the professor’s less wealthy students had said the same thing (and I’m sure some of them have) he wouldn’t have bothered suing them. This guys see dollar signs plain and simple.

Sounds to me like this professor just wants the media attention. He got fired because he was a crappy teacher and I’m sure the suit will be thrown out. People sue for the silliest shit these days. I have no love of Franco, but I do think way too many people out there are looking for the quick buck and will sue just about anyone over just about anything.

Hmmmm…I need to put my thinking cap on. I could sure use a little influx of cash right now!

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Cameron Mathison Previews New Game Show ‘Beat The Bridge’ (Promo)

As previously reported, Cameron Mathison (Drew, General Hospital) will be seen doing double duty this summer when he premieres in June as the host of Game Show Network’s Beat The Bridge.

Now, while Cameron will be the host with the most, that doesn’t mean he will stop playing GH’s Drew.  In fact, Mathison taped the game show in 2023, so it will now air for the first time in 2024.

Taking to his Instagram this week, Cameron shared his enthusiasm and some new hosting snaps, sharing, “Our newest game show host reporting for duty😎 Head over to the Game Show Network YouTube channel for your first look at the show and don’t miss Beat The Bridge premiering this June! I can’t wait for you guys to see this!”

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In Beat The Bridge, an enormous interactive bridge dares players to cross by stepping on the right answers to challenging trivia questions. As they play, each steps forward and puts money in their team’s bank, with bonus money for each successful crossing. Here’s the catch: the team gets to keep the money only if it can “beat the bridge” by returning one of its players back across before time expires.

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Meanwhile, on GH, Drew and Nina (Cynthia Watros) recently had hate-sex. Do you think its a one-time deal? Where will Drew’s story take him next under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte? Stay tuned.

Now below, check out the first promo for Beat The Bridge from the Game Show Network with you host, Cameron Mathison.  Then, let us know, will you be checking out the game this summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section.


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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Confronts Ava for Sabotaging Her Relationship With Sonny and Signs the Divorce Papers

Looks like Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Ava (Maura West) are back to be each other’s sworn enemy number one. By the end of the Monday, April 22nd episode of General Hospital, the women know where they stand with each other after Nina goes in on Ava accusing her of wanting Sonny (Maurice Benard) all to herself, while her marriage has been on the rocks.

In story, at Nina’s office, Ava shows up to see Nina and says she is sorry about what happened with Sonny and that he reacted the way he did, acknowledging that is was over the top, even for Sonny. Ava says she’ll smooth things over, but Nina says she now understands how manipulative and transparent Ava really is.

Given their horrible history, Nina goes in on Ava and how she should never have trusted her. Nina wants to know how long has Ava had this agenda dating all the way back to telling Nina to turn Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) into the SEC. Ava says she never told her do to that, but Nina wants to know how long Ava has been playing her for a fool.


Ava says she moved in with Sonny to keep Avery safe and she wants to be on good terms with Avery’s father, Sonny. Nina thinks she likes being in Sonny’s inner circle. Ava tells Nina if she goes to him about her advising Nina to call the SEC on Carly and Drew, it won’t work.  Sonny still considers Nina a traitor and he will think she’s lying because she’s so desperate to win him back. Ava says if Nina would stop blaming everyone else that maybe Sonny would respect her.  Nina says “like he does you?” Ava says Sonny not only respects her, but he also counts on her.

From there, Ava launches into why she and Sonny understand each other, after all, Sonny is a powerful, turbulent, and sometimes violent man. She goes so far to say if Nina wanted someone to just sit by the fire with and play with their grandchildren, she’s got the wrong guy.  Ava then talks about Mike from Nixon Falls (Sonny with amnesia) and how Sonny hid the darkest parts of himself from Nina back then, whereas with Ava they are the same similar creatures, so he doesn’t have to hide anything.


Nina wants to know just what Ava wants with Sonny? What is her end game? Ava responds that they understand each other, in ways she can’t with Sonny. Nina tells Ava she can go ahead and have it all and signs Sonny’s divorce papers. Ava walks out with the documents, while Nina in tears at her desk, takes off her wedding rings and has her assistant come in so she can messenger the rings back to Sonny’s address.

The episode and these scenes featured great performances by Cynthia Watros and Maura West. You can check some of the scenes below.

Now, let us know, what is Ava’s next move? Is she going to become Mrs. Sonny Corinthos? Do you like Ava and Nina as enemies? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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