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James Franco's 'General Hospital' film to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival!

Photo Credit: Doug Chamberlin

Photo Credit: Doug Chamberlin

Remember Francophrenia? Well, its back and in full force. but as the long awaited feature film concept that brought motion picture star and Oscar nominee, James Franco to General Hospital in the first place!

According to, James Franco’s behind-the-scenes General Hospital feature, Francophrenia, will have its North American premiere in the Viewpoints section – the program established last year that highlights more personal stories at the 11th edition of The Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 18-29th. “He’s kind of constructed this really interesting and well-crafted film about that experience that plays with the boundaries of documentary.  It’s a bit tongue in cheek, as James himself can be.  He’s a bit enigmatic and the film is as well.”  says Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming.

In the official entry for the film here is how it is described:  Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is), directed by Ian Olds and James Franco, written by Ian Olds and Paul Felten. (USA) – North American Premiere, Narrative. James Franco stunned the film world when he committed to a regular gig on General Hospital, but the Oscar-nominated actor had a clever trick up his sleeve.  While shooting a key GH episode, Franco brought along a film crew. TFF award winner Ian Olds (Fixer, 2009) then r purposed Franco’s behind-the-scenes footage into an experimental psychological thriller set amid the spectacle of a celebrity’s escalating paranoia, creating a mind-bending exploration of identity.

So what do you think soapers?  Would be interested to see this how the Franco/ soap opera connection plays out in James’s newest flick?  Let us know!

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The cancellation for this summer was mentioned in connection with the Franco story (see last paragraph), but it’s only reporting what we already new about Katie taking GH’s time slot:

Where did you hear that?

Could careless. Bringing Franco onto GH was a joke. Did nothing for the show.

Yes, I would love to see Franco’s film. I applaud Franco, because as U stated Michael ” he stunned the film world when he committed to a regular gig on GH”. And while he committed to it, it seems he did it with pleasure, and had fun doing so. I applaud this young Hollywood, Oscar nominated actor who had NO background in soaps, for making GH and (abc network) the soap opera he chose to hang with., and with sheer delight it seems.

Michael didn’t write he “stunned the film world when he committed to a regular gig on General Hospital.” These are the self-aggrandizing words of the official entry for the film.

Yes David, but at the time I posted it, I thought Michael wrote it. I happen to run across this ( ) which U posted aboves, only AFTER I had written my comment. Thanks though.

I just read something at daytime confidential the title.why james francos new flick,francophrenia,should be subtitled,how abc allowed me to wreck what could be the last years of general hospital.its a good read go there .with the finger painting that man did all over port charles ,it brought the ratings to general hospital down,franco was nothing but a bore to me a waste of my time viewing such garbage and still he can be connected to jason and I hope not ,I never want to see him again ,of all the times he was on gh ,it was worse then any of the mob storys ,and HOw many times did jason have a chance to put a bullet in his head?I dont even want to hear his name no less one more of his finger paintings ,no more franco.

Would Franco have done GH if he couldn’t have filmed his own scenes to “repurpose” them in his self-promoting Francophrenia? I doubt it. He used GH to make his own film. No wonder he didn’t care how awful the storyline was and how it contributed to GH’s declining ratings. Franco is full of himself. I think it’s disgusting, and you couldn’t pay me enough to watch his self-indulgent tripe.

Well according to what I read from showbiz411, Franco showed up with a film crew one day to GH. It said nothing about him doing this over a period of days on GH. In fact he was on GH on and off for 2 years. I think Franco did GH for the publicity. In Hollywood, too much publicity is never enough. Plus we never know who Franco is cool with creatively on GH, and was doing the person a favor to help out with ratings. Plus, publicity ALL around town should be “constant ” when Ur movie is creating allot of buzz and you are up for an Oscar. One just never knows. Since the film crew Franco showed up with on GH wasn’t ” on going “, I wouldn’t stretch to say he used GH for soley his film.

Maybe in the distant future… at the moment I am Franco’d out!

dont like franco,hope he and his paintings stays away from port charles.

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Eva LaRue Makes Her ‘General Hospital’ Debut: What Were Your First Impressions of Natalia Rogers-Ramirez?

On the Monday, February 26th episode of General Hospital, former All My Children favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos), made her first appearance in her new recurring role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

In key scenes, as Kristina (Kate Mansi) and Blaze are happy after spending the night together, Kristina is in for a shock when she is still in bed and the door opens and Blaze’s mother, Natalia strolls in seemingly oblivious to walked she just walked in.

Natalia announces, “Alison, Mommy’s here!” Then, Natalia looks over and sees Kristina in bed and both women are a bit startled. Kristina introduces herself to “Mrs. Rogers-Ramirez.” However, Natalia corrects her and says it’s “Miss.”

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Next, Blaze walks into the room still in her robe. She is very shocked that her mother arrived in Port Charles much earlier than expected. Natalia wants an explanation of just what she walked in on. It is then, Kristina concocts a story and explains they had a girls’ night, and it got late so Alison let her crash.

Natalia seems to buy into Kristina’s lies. Blaze starts to argue with her mother over the non-vegan sandals her mother brought her from Puerto Rico and her grandmother’s pudding, which she has told her in the past she dislikes. Kristina pipes in that the reason Alison doesn’t like it, is because of the texture and the same goes for avocado and flan. Natalia says she thinks she knows her own daughter.

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Then, Blaze gets more upset and asks Kristina to stay and be by her side. Blaze announces that she and Kristina are more than just friends. We already know that Natalia is from a very conservative background, so we anticipate on tomorrow’s episode of GH, she won’t approve finding out her daughter is gay. Stay-tuned.

So, were you happy to see Eva LaRue back on daytime and now on General Hospital? What were you first impressions of her new character Natalia Rogers-Ramirez? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out the scenes from her arrival below,

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.


In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.


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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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