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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.

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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Things just got juicy from daytime to primetime after Kelly Ripa let her thoughts be known about the current ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown and the ‘Bachelor’ franchise during her morning show with Ryan Seacrest this week,

During a moment on the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, Seacrest informed Ripa that the new ‘Bachelorette’ would be appearing on Thursday’s episode to which Ripa said: “You know how I feel about this show? It disgusts me. And I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how we feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”  She also called the audience out for watching this “gross, gross, show.”

Following her sentiments, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss took to his Twitter account as did host and EP, Chris Harrison.  Fleiss said, “Easy, Kelly Ripa.  The Bachelor franchise pays for your salary.”  While Harrison tweeted: “Look out @KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.”

Next, none other than Grey’s Anatomy franchise star, Ellen Pompeo joined the fray.  She tweeted in defense of Ripa.  Pompeo wrote: “Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage….

And in the end on Thursday’s installment of the entertainment talk show, Hannah Brown made her guest appearance and she weighed-in on the situation expressing that she didn’t follow the franchise at first, but being on the show has changed her mind. Ripa maintained her disgust for the series.

Brown went on to say to Ripa: “Like you, I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan, but being part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other.  Some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive.”

So what do you think about what Ripa, Pompeo, Brown, Harrison and Fleiss had to share with each other on their Twitter war? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Joins The Cast of The Young and the Restless

Say what? Mario Santos Grey of All My Children is coming to Genoa City?   Well, not exactly, but longtime fan favorite Eva LaRue,who played Pine Valley’s Maria (from 1993-2011) is headed to The Young and the Restless in exciting casting news today.

On Y&R, Eva will play the mother of Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) and Lola (Sasha Calle) named Celeste Rosales.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news: Celeste “shares a complex relationship with her children”, Rey Rosales and Lola Rosales.”

LaRue will begin filming next week and will debut on the June 26th episode of the top-rated CBS Daytime drama series.

Currently, Eva is the host of CW’s Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.  LaRue is very familiar with being part of the CBS network family having played Natalia Boa Vista on primetime’s CSI: Miami. 

So, what do you think of Eva LaRue joining Y&R? Comment below.

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GH’s Daytime Emmy Winner, Vernee Watson In Cast Of New CBS Comedy ‘BOB ♥ ABISHOLA’

Today at the CBS Upfronts the network unveiled a new comedy series for its fall line-up from Chuck Lorre entitled Bob ♥ Abishola.

The series stars Folake Olowofoyeku as the love interest of Billy Gardell’s Bob, a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant.

Also in the cast is two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Vernee Watson (Stella, General Hospital) who will play Gloria.

The series will air in the fall on Monday night’s in the 8:30-9pm slot.

No word yet if this means less screen time for Stella on the Port Charles canvas … or Watson’s status with the series.

So, what do you think of Vernee’s new role? Let us know in the comment section below.

And check out our backstage interview with Vernee following her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series victory during this year’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys just over a week ago.

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