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James Franco blames Oscar writer, Bruce Vilanch for lackluster performance!

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So now we are finally hearing from both camps on what went down Oscar night where General Hospital’s recurring superstar, James Franco co-hosted Hollywood’s biggest night.  Franco was panned by critics across the board for his seemingly sleepy and lackluster performance, but according to Franco he puts the blame squarely on famed comedy writer and award show writing staffer, Bruce Vilanch.

According to The Wrap, Franco tweeted his upset, “Bruce, he let me down” and then linked to a photo of himself and veteran Oscar writer Vilanch. The photo which has a “2011 James Franco” copyright on the bottom, is scrawled with two quotes supposedly coming out of Vilanch’s mouth: “James f***ed up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy,” on the top, and “I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!” on the bottom. Franco deleted the tweet within minutes, but by then plenty of his 400,000-plus followers had seen it, taken screen grabs and spread it around the Internet. At about 5 p.m., he reposted the photo, its scrawled comment intact.

The shout-out on Vilanch came after the writer made comments on Vulture about Franco’s Oscar hosting debut, “I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over … He took a nap and woke up in class.” Vilanch attributed Franco’s lackluster performance to the actor having “too many balls in the air,” and not arriving at rehearsals until three days before the show. Vilanch also said that Franco had “a bunch of people who were writing for him,” and that most of the communication came via email. Concluded the 22-time Oscar writer, “[H]e didn’t get there.”  The Vulture also asked Vilanch if Franco was stoned or high during the ceremonies in which he replied, “No, he wasn’t high,” I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”

Last week, Academy president Tom Sherak told TheWrap that he’s aware the pairing of Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t work. “She tried very hard, and he did it his own way,” Sherak said of Hathaway and Franco. “The light didn’t go on for him.”

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I think it was a foolish move on the part of TPTB of the Oscars to have put James Franco and Anne Hathaway on as hosts in the first place.It takes more than good looks and being a good actor to make a host.That’s a daunting task for seasoned pros and many of them have bombed.A Billy Crystal , A Whoopie Goldberg, An Ellen Degeneres, and a few others did a good job.They brought them on to appeal to a younger audience i suppose, but that show has a lot of older viewers that appreciate a seasoned host who can… Read more »

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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