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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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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 »

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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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heidi

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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TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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