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James Franco's "Forbidden Love" Teases His Soapy Past In This Preview For Tonight's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!

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Ah, James Franco remembers his soap opera past with this very funny teaser for tonight’s Saturday Night Live in which Franco returns as the host with musical guest Nicki Minaj!

Franco, who played the original ‘Franco”on General Hospital, the role now played by Roger Howarth, spoofs the soaps with SNL cast member Cecily Strong in a clip that is entitled, “Forbidden Love”! This telenovela-esque preview features Franco and Strong about to engage in a lip-lock, but is it over a case of mistaken identity?

Watch how the clip plays out after the jump! Then let us know … will you be watching James tonight on SNL? When Franco is host, it always turn out to be quite the funny episode!

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Sharice
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Sharice

That guy is a complete and utter douche. Hope he never ever comes back to any of the remaining soap operas.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Sharice….and, he was a complete bore on SATURDAY NIGHT. ….did not do it for me. Nikki Minaj on the other hand? She was ‘mahhhhvelous’ . …..her exaggerated and satirical impersonation of KK created a round of belly laughs in my house, for sure.

Laurie
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Laurie

Have never been a huge James Franco fan, but love his nads…can I say that word here? He’s a gutsy, busy man who clearly doesn’t rest on his laurels. He kind of won me over, though, when he did a “mock-off” “knock-off”of Kimye’s disgusting, self-indulgent “Bound 2” video w/Seth Rogen. I laughed til I cried, so count me in for tonight’s SNL!

Sly
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Sly

I like James Franco and I hope he comes back to GH. He’s a better actor now and has a lot more fans.
It would be nice to see Roger Howarth back as Todd.

Laurie
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Laurie

He may be a douche as Sharice says, lol, I don’t know, and I never thought much of his acting until 127 HOURS! Just WOW!!!! Can I say again…WOW!! The whole movie is a WOW to me-extra points for the filmmakers for maintaining a high level of intensity throughout a true story despite the fact that the outcome was already well-known.

I haven’t seen all of his movies but he was decent in MILK as well.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I loved 127 Hours! Another great one is Pineapple Express…It’s a comedy with several different genres mixed in!

Laurie
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Laurie

Yes, Pineapple Express was funny. It’s not my typical type of movie, but funny is funny!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree,, Laurie. I am not disputing his acting skill. I am strictly talking about his skits on SNL. I did not find him funny….as a comedic actor, I found him lacking. And yes, James acting was exceptional in 127 hours.

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Hi Laurie…I thought he was great in MILK…and also played James Dean to perfection. Did you see Sunday’s live production of Peter Pan? Christopher Walken played Hook and Franco parodied him on SNL…it was hilarious. He got every inflection and mannerism down to the letter. LOL funny!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

He may have done some creepy things all in the name of avant-garde…but there’s no denying he’s one multi-talented, extremely accomplished individual. Caught his Christopher Walken-as-Captain Hook and it was HILARIOUS and spot ON!!! Too funny…

PV Jr.
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PV Jr.

Just love how millionaires, James Franco and Seth Rogen, can poke fun at the Sony breach while those of us “little people” have our SSNs, emails, home address, phone numbers leaked to the world, not to mention our families’ information.

I can’t believe Sony would allow their employees (Franco and Rogen) to go on national television and rub their faces in it some more. I hope this breach means the end of the Franco-Rogen gravy train.

SpixieFan
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SpixieFan

LOL!! Love it so funny. 🙂 Thanks for this Micheal.. I missed the airing, didnt’ know he was hosting, but I”m going to check it out On Demand. I wissshh he woud come back to GH, love love love love his version of evil, dark, crazy, Franco and the contrast of the beautiful on the outside vs. the ugly and sinister on the inside.

Harry
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Harry

I have loved this man since he appeared in Freaks and Geeks. As Rebecca asserts, he is an intensely talented actor possessing superhero multitasking skills.
However, I do not appreciate his Franco character because it seems to me he is winking and smirking at the audience as if to say,”Look at this A list actor slumming it with soap opera actors.”

toscanti
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toscanti

He is AWESOME!

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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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