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

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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 EW.com, 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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sheila
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sheila

I JUST HEARD THAT GENERAL HOSPITAL GOT CANCELLED FOR NEXT YEAR IS THIS TRUE W.T.F.HAS Anbody else heard about this i’ll be devastated.

david
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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:
http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/03/06/james-franco-lands-general-hospital-film-in-tribeca-film-festival

Michael S
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Michael S

Where did you hear that?

Di
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Di

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

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1loveabcsoaps

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.

david
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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.

1loveabcsoaps
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Yes David, but at the time I posted it, I thought Michael wrote it. I happen to run across this ( http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/03/06/james-franco-lands-general-hospital-film-in-tribeca-film-festival ) which U posted aboves, only AFTER I had written my comment. Thanks though.

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barbara t

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… Read more »

david
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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.

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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… Read more »

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

barbara t
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barbara t

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

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Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

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Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

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