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James Franco Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame! Gives Emotional Speech!

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On Thursday in Hollywood, James Franco received his very own star on the Walk of Fame! The former General Hospital recurring guest star, as well as a guest arc special guest on Hollywood Heights, is currently starring in the motion picture, Oz: The Great and Powerful!

The multi-faceted star, whose creative projects and energies knows no bound, brought along his mother, Betsy (who also played “Franco’s” mom on GH), brother Dave ( who is quickly becoming one of the most sought after hotties in Hollywood) and good friend and actor,Seth Rogan to the presentation.

A choked up Franco, spoke about the great honor and thanked his former teachers, his mother and his friends for their support upon receiving this most Hollywood of all recognitions other than the Oscar.  The 34-year-old superstar also uploaded a few photos to his Instagram account, which show him getting ready with mom and lying down looking smitten with his own star, holding the “Oz” doll depicting his character.

What do you think of James Franco becoming a Hollywood legend on the walk of fame? Weigh-in!

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rebecca
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rebecca

multi-talented…diverse roles…creative…intelligent…modern day Renaissance man. oh…and cute! (also feel his “stint” as co-host of the Oscars was just that. have seen him interviewes since then and he’s actually quite engaging. too bad he didn’t show that side of his personality on such a huge world stage.)

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s amazing to see an oscar nominee… acting on soaps…. after the fact…. he respects all genres’….?

is suspect for his… person? ie: so he bombed at the oscars? as host? he was nominated in the best actor category that year.

he’s engaging…. as an actor… and, definately…. YES, he’s CUTE. as a button.

you see him smile w/swag… and you can’t help but be drawn in….

toscanti
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toscanti

Congrats!!!!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I think it was way too soon for him to get this honor.

jim
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jim

I agree. He is a good actor and i like him but whats the rush?

lisa
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lisa

Good for him – but yeah I think he is a little young for the honor too !!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

To be considered for a Star the person has to have at least 5 years experience in their field- plus they have to have done some charity work – but the biggest thing is the people nominating the person if selected have to cough up about 30 grand to pay for it. These Stars are no longer about honoring someone- it is all about tourism, and whoever can pay the fee- will most likely get one eventually.

GHFan
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GHFan

For $30,000 anyone can own a star on Hollywood Blvd! 😉

Patrick
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Patrick

correct…. the fan base… conbributes… and/or a said studio is pushing… his new movie…. for publicity…

it’s neither her nor their that his aplomb is decorated….? he’s not bette davis.

Cindy
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Cindy

Exactly. You buy it. It really isn’t an honor. Too funny. Choked up? Hah. They don’t give them to you…. You buy them.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Wow. Anyone can BUY a star on the Walk of Fame.

The economy must be that bad in Hollywood.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I do not think he is worthy of the Star, although a good actor. People really need to pay their dues do get a star. But when the fans pay 3500 for the star, then almost anyone can have one, though they do need to be approved as only about 10 are given out each year. But I think this should have happened in 20 years if he is still around.

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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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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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