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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 Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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Days of our Lives Shuts Down Production For Two Weeks Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

NBC’s Days of our Lives is the next production to put a halt in their taping schedule due to a positive coronavirus test result.  This one from member of the production team as reported by Deadline.

The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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FRIDAY: Knots Landing Cast Reunion On Tap From ‘Stars in the House’

Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

So, will you be checking out the KL special?  Let us know in the comment section below, but first, if you have not done so already, check out Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with Michele, Joan and Doona from earlier this year when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic show.

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