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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.

1loveabcsoaps
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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 »

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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Johnny Wactor on Brando’s GH Demise: “I Have Been Blown Away By The Reaction From The Fans, I Had No Idea That You Guys Cared So Much About My Character”

It’s been an emotional week for General Hospital viewers following the death of Brando Corbin; which meant that actor Johnny Wactor has wrapped his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

On Thursday, Wactor shared his ‘thanks’ to all the loyal GH fans who took the journey with him and his on-screen alter-ego via a video post on his Instagram account.

Johnny expressed: “It’s been a couple days since the demise of Brando Corbin in Port Charles as we know it.  And I have to tell ya, I have been so blown away by the reaction from the fans.  I had no idea that you guys cared so much about my character. I’m so grateful for the outpour of questions and support. I’ve always said, that the fans of General Hospital are the greatest fans in the world and I truly believe that and this is just further evidence of that.”

Social media was abuzz when Brando suddenly died following successful surgery after being attacked by the ‘hook’.  Some fans felt Wactor’s presence will be sorely missed; while others shared that they felt Brando was not a necessary character.

Wactor took all of the comments like a champ and in his video message added: “Whether you were excited to see Brando Corbin killed off, or outraged and have questions, man, I’m just so lucky to have been on this show, truly.”

As he concluded his ‘thank you’s’, Johnny let GH viewers know he does have some other projects that you will see him in very soon, sharing: “Thank you so much for letting me bring Brando Corbin to life.  Thank you for caring, and thank you for all the support and the well-wishes for my future endeavors, whether that’s back in Port Charles at some point, or another show, or other films … which there’s some coming.”

Lastly, Johnny added, “I’ll miss ya, and you enjoy the rest of the week.”

Watch Wactor’s heartfelt message below.

So, where do you stand with the decision to kill off Brando? Glad the character is off the canvas, or sad to see him go? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brando Dies … But Not From His Wounds

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, poor Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) was hit with yet another punch to the gut.  After losing her baby, Liam, back in December of 20201, she has now lost her husband, Brando (Johnny Wactor), in s shocking turn events that played out in Brando’s hospital room.

Finally coming to (following being ‘hooked’ by the mysterious figure) after surviving hours of surgery from his wounds, he goes coughs up blood and then goes into a massive seizure right in front of Sasha.

Panicked, Sasha calls for help, where Portia (Brook Kerr) and her team run in to try to save Brando.  Next, we get a montage of the love story of Brando and Sasha, which is never a good sign on soap operas – as it more often than not – signals the end of the line for a character.

After Portia is completely rattled by why Brando is dying when the surgery is a success, eventually he passes away.  Portia comes out of his hospital room and tells Sasha they did everything they could.  Just then, Brando’s mom, Gladys (Bonnie Burroughs) along with Nina (Cynthia Watros), come by and all the women are struck with heartbreaking grief.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) happens upon the scene and asks Portia what happened and she reveals there were sudden complications.

Wanting a moment alone to say goodbye to his cousin, Sonny (Maurice Benard) tells Brando to take care of Liam and Mike when he sees them in heaven. Sonny also promises to take care of Sasha and Gladys. Next, Sasha wants Sonny to go into Brando’s room with her, and they are joined by Nina and Gladys, who all stand over his bedside in tears.

Elsewhere, Portia finds Finn (Michael Easton) to look over Brando’s medical reports and case, and relates that Brando’s symptoms don’t track with what happened to him when he was brought into the ER and what happened in surgery.  She ponders if there is a more sinister explanation for his death, hoping Finn (even though he is an infectious disease doc) can help shed some light.

What did you think of GH’s decision to kill off Brando Corbin? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Check out the final moments of Tuesday’s General Hospital below.

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