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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

I always believed in daytime actors getting a chance to diversify. They deserve so much credit for playing the same characters for years and still making them interesting. Flexing their acting muscles can only enhance the regular work. I loved Billy Miller’s stint on SUITS and Greg Rikaart on MAJOR CRIMES (which also cast Brandon Barash, post-Johnny Zacchara). The best part is that Sonny will be off canvas for a while. I like him in small doses, but between Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Michael all having major stories right now, I’m on Corinthos Overload!

Timmm
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Timmm

Just because he is on hiatus, that doesnt mean you will get a Sonny break! They all have taped episodes before their summer vacation.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Timmm, don’t rain on my meager parade. I NEED to believe I’ll get a Sonny break. But you’re right. I imagine his fans will have withdrawal pangs if he’s gone too long. Same as me with Billy/Drew.

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I’m with you, Soaphound. Now if only “Sonny” can get “Carly” an extended stay in Ferncliff that’d be the icing on the cake. I fear her release will be upon us way too soon. Carly in jail is so much more palatable then her clomping around Port Charles grabbing Ava’s daughter while perfecting her sneer.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Hey, rebecca1, you gave me a “light bulb” moment. Picture this: Nurse Ratched, sorry, Mary Pat suddenly starts doing her rounds…wait for it… in big, oversized, clomping nursey shoes. Day in and day out, Carly hears those shoes roaming/clomping around the halls of Ferncliff and starts to realize the horrors she herself has inflicted on Port Charles, not to mention a slew of shoe salesmen. THEN…her true healing can begin.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

While that’s a fabu idea, Soaphound, you give Carly too much credit. She doesn’t have the moral capacity to see or admit she’s done wrong. Her “aha” moments should have been as soon as Nell accused her of pushing her down the stairs…same as Carly did to AJ and to this day retells the lie. If she didn’t realize through all of this the lie and the damage she’s perpetuated no clodhoppers are going to do the trick. Though perhaps Carly will ask for a pair of Mary Pat’s shoes and they can do a jig together. Wouldn’t that be… Read more »

dzzdee
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dzzdee

I love Sonny and Carly. Love their storylines. Thanks goodness they do not listen fans.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I am looking forward to this. Other than M.B.’s other movie, The Ghost And The Whale, that his wife wrote, I think, I’ve not seen him in anything else and thought he was very good in that film. Also am a big fan of Ice-T, whom I watch faithfully on Law & Order: SVU.

dmr
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dmr

I love Ice-T on Law & Order: SVU!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Can’t wait to see if there are scenes between Maurice and Ice-T. Ice-t is excellent and i bet the both of them will look good playing off each other.

Deborah
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Deborah

is this a made-for-tv movie or is it going to be in the movie theaters

Celia
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Celia

I have yet to miss a new episode of SVU…..I have seen the same reruns so many times, I have lost count…..I never tire watching, James……thanks to DVR….always at hand.
I, especially, looove ice-T—-so natural, so real…

Celia
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Celia

I am looking forward to seeing Maurice in a different setting, James…..I only know him as Sonny….I do despise the character!!
Thus, I welcome anything which shows Maurice’s versatility.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

He played Desi Arnaz in a TV movie called “Lucy & Desi: Before The Laughter” back in 1991. He was fantastic in that.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, James…..I’ll have to see that movie. And, I do love Comedy.❤️

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

The movie is a drama. You might find a copy from someone on Ebay. I just tried to see if Amazon has it but they don’t even though it is listed. You can still see the trailer for the movie if you google the title of the movie. Maurice really was that good in the film.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, again, James…..my head is not right these days….invaded by kids on the Vineyard…LOL.
I should have realized it was not a comedy by: ….” Before the Laughter”… I am a great fan of Lucille Ball. Post Mortem, LOL….I have seen all the reruns and beyond.
As far as getting hold of the movie, my grandparents have a collection of so many movie….I’m sure my Grandad can find it one way or another.

Linda
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Linda

I believe Maurice can do anything he puts his mind on. Apparently he wanted to do this for a while now, and with his ever supporting family and fans I am positive he will succeed. Love you

Annie
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Annie

Love Sonny and Carly and All of the REAL GH characters!!! That’s when the show was GREAT! These writers are sucking the Life out of a once fabulous show!!

Dawn Doran
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Dawn Doran

When is Maurice’s new role ‘Equal Standard’ starting? Is it on television, at the movies or what?.

Sandy Jefferson
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Sandy Jefferson

I love watching Maurice playing in any role and I know he will be great. He is killing those scenes with his dad.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

Photo: CBS

There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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