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GH Alum Jaime Ray Newman Wins An Oscar

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If you watched Sunday night’s telecast of the 91st Academy Awards, General Hospital fans were in for a welcome surprise when a former cast member took home an Oscar in the category of Best Live-Action Short Film.

Jaime Ray Newman, who played Kristina Cassadine from 2001-2002 and in a few appearances afterward, and who was Alexis’ (Nancy Lee Grahn) half-sister, took to the podium when the film she produced Skin was announced as the winner of the short film category.  Newman, was accompanied on-stage by her husband and the film’s director, Guy Nattiv.

Israeli-born Nattiv and Newman told the press backstage that they are already looking forward to the release of the feature version, of Skin which hits theaters on July 26.  “We have a baby Skin, and now a feature Skin,” Nattiv said.

As to the subject matter of their Oscar-winning short film, Newman said to the press: “I don’t think we were trying to make a political statement necessarily. In the short, we explored how what you teach your children is going to influence the next generation.  I think the beauty of Guy as a filmmaker is he doesn’t pound anything over your head …  ‘I don’t have the answers, but these are the questions.’”

The feature version of the film follows a heavily-tattooed young man raised by skinheads who elects to transform his life, turning away from the hatred and violence that have driven his actions to that point.  Earlier this month, the short-film version of Skin was acquired by Fox Searchlight.

For those trying to recall the storyline for GH’s Kristina Cassadine, she was in love with Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth), and died after an attempt to find Sonny blew up on her literally when Kristina went to Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) warehouse where bomb set by Luis Alcazar (Ted King) detonated.  Alexis named her baby girl, Kristina after her dead sister.   Newman was recently seen as an actress on Netflix’s drama, Punisher.

Watch Jaime and Guy’s Oscar acceptance speech below.  Then let us know, if you were shocked and happy to see Jaime win an Oscar via the comment section below.

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Didn’t watch GH, but good for her. Love her dress. She looks beautiful.

aria
aria

I thought it was cool, Alexis little sister winning an Oscar, she was so excited, happy, probably surprise, good for her.

Patrick
Patrick

THIS – is the first year I did not actively engage ??? is it my age ? not knowing who’s who any more ? it’s like watching the grammys … I just don’t see any names of recognition.

I support the ARTS… nontheless

for nostalgia and sentiment… I wanted Glenn Close to take home… Oscar… she has always been in my realm, scope, of leading ladies being featured in my “time”

Jessica lange
Sissy Spacek
Diane Keaton
Glenn Close
Susan Sarandon

I have never liked Meryl Streep

I’m certain their are more… it can’t all be daytime.

Glenn remains the most nominations without a WIN. she has – THREE – Tony awards… get out!

that being said… having not seen “The Favourite” with the Oscar winner Olivia Coleman… she had the best speech… she lauded how much fun it was to work with her co-stars
Emma Stone AND Rachel Weisz. I have to see this… cable wait

Ms. Close I salute your body of work… she was nominated for her very first feature…”The world according to Garp” 1982… prior to ..she had already been working on broadway since 1974. 44 years later to 2019. she’s still afire

I celebrate you

Shay
Shay

@Patrick…I’’m glad you enjoyed the Colman acceptance speech, but as a longtime viewer of British entertainment vehicles, I have to express true astonishment at the sudden worldwide fascination with this actress. For years, I have watched her in a variety of roles (especially in three seasons of Broadchurch and in “The Night Manager,” along with numerous other episodic UK appearances…) and for me, she has always come off as bland, strident, even off-puttting…not remotely regal or engaging. It totally perplexed me when she was cast as the middle-aged QE2 in the “The Crown,” which I have yet to view given my lack of enthusiasm for her, and then in this film, as well. Given the many times I’ve previously seen her onscreen, I have a very hard time imagining that her performance could have bested any by your dear Glenn!!!! Although I haven’t followed her career all that “closely” in recent years, , I must say that she should have long ago taken Oscar home for her outstandingly insane Alex Forrest…how she was “ignored” for that unforgettable performance is beyond me!!!

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Linsey Godfrey Addresses Caroline’s Death On B&B; While Matthew Atkinson Makes His Debut As Thomas

If you caught the end of last week’s episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, you know it was a crushing moment for the Spencer and Forrester families, when news traveled that Caroline had died, thus bringing back to the canvas, Thomas Forrester and his young son with Caroline, Douglas.  This storypoint served as the impetus for the debut of Matthew Atkinson in the role of Thomas last played by Pierson Fodé.

In story, Bill (Don Diamont) learned from his sister, Karen that Caroline died of a blood clot, although no more specific details were given, or asked about in regard to her passing.  When Thomas arrived at the Forrester mansion with his young son in tow, friends and family where there for him in his time of need.

Meanwhile, current Days of our Lives star Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton), who played Caroline from 2012-2017 and appeared also in 2018 in the role, addressed Caroline’s death via her Instagram and social media accounts with this statement: “Hi Everyone, So I just got back from Caroline’s funeral..it was beautiful. It appears it’s time to say goodbye to our Caroline Spencer. I just want to first say a huge thank you to Brad Bell (executive producer/head writer) and the entire Bold and the Beautiful family. I truly adored every aspect of the wacky, feisty, sassy Caroline. I loved my time at Bold! Don’y be sad, even though she is gone, I promise Brad and the writers have some awesome drama up their sleeves for you! Thank you for all your support and love over the years! Don’t worry I hear Caroline has a brunette doppelgänger over in Salem, might be worth investigating.”

Check out a couple of clips below from B&B featuring Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Annika Noelle) learning the news of Caroline’s death and Matthew Atkinson’s debut as Thomas.

Then let us know, do you think B&B should have killed-off Caroline? What do you think of Matt Atkinson in the role of Thomas on first impression? And finally, what did you think of Linsey Godfrey’s statement on her former soap alter’s death? Comment below.

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Kassie DePaiva Talks Eve’s Machinations & Eric Martsolf and Victoria Konefal Take You Behind The Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

Oh what a twisted web Eve Donovan weaves on current episodes of Days of our Lives.  Seems like Eve is in cahoots with Claire to have Haley arrested and deported all to help Jack advance in the Salem mayoral race and…  her quest to become Salem’s first lady?

On the latest all-new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, daytime favorite, Kassie DePaiva (Eve) talks with host Michael Fairman all about Eve and what she is up to, hiding, and how she is scheming to ruin the life of Jennifer Horton, and keep Jack under her thumb.  In addition ,DePaiva shares what it has been like to be reunited with her former One Life to Live co-star, Robin Strasser since both have been taping at DAYS recently.

Later, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman behind the scenes where the guys visit the hair and make-up department and get the lowdown on how the actors are turned into the characters they play, and the fast and furious life of a soap star, who has to get camera ready before they hit the set.

Finally, Michael speaks with Victoria Konefal (Ciaria) on how she “Becomes Ciara Brady” as we visit her dressing room and find out just how she gets that Ciara-look that turns the head of Ben Weston every time she walks in to a room.

Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming at NBC.com, the NBC app, and on the network’s You Tube channel.  The latest episode will be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms beginning on Monday, March 18th.

So what did you think of our chats with Kassie, Eric, and Victoria? Comment below.

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Are Among Dozens Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scandal For Their Kids

On Tuesday, two women very familiar to soap audiences, actresses Felicity Huffman (Ex-Lynette, Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Ex-Jodie, Edge of Night) are among dozens of wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment that has been handed down.

According to prosecutors, the scheme was in two parts: either parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers.  Then, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities.  The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.

CNN is reporting: “As of now, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name ‘Operation Varsity Blues.”‘ Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.

The parents were alleged to be from a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.  “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy,” stated Lelling.

As to Huffman and Loughlin’s parts in the scandal: Felicity has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  She was arrested without incident at her home.   Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer’s fake charity the Key Worldwide Foundation to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.   Another cooperating witness told authorities he purportedly traveled from Tampa to a West Hollywood Test Center to administer Huffman’s daughter’s exam.  She received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

Loughlin, best known to TV audiences as Becky on Full House, and now its reboot, Fuller House. is facing the same felony charge: conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to documents, the duo allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, the complaint said.   The complaint includes emails between Singer and Giannulli in which the two discussed a “game plan” for his older daughter, whose academic qualifications were at or below the “low-end” of USC’s admission standards.  Singer facilitated bribes to Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, who then got the students in to USC as recruited athletes, according to the complaint.

Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the FBI served a warrant for Loughlin, but she was not home at the time. She is on a flight to Los Angeles where she is expected to surrender at the Central District Court later this afternoon.

So, what do you think about this shocker involving Huffman and Loughlin, and the corruption via the those of privilege, wealth, and status? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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