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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.

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

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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… Read more »

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@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… Read more »

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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