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Michael Easton's Short Film ULTRAVIOLENT Starring Trevor St. John Takes Best Of Show Honors In Best Shorts Competition!

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On Thursday, none other than General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Silas) received a very special honor for directing and producing his short film Ultraviolent which stars former One Life to Live favorite Trevor St. John (Ex-Victor Lord Jr.)!  Easton’s short film took top honors in The Best Shorts Competition winning The Best of Show Award.

In Ultraviolent the time is April 24, 1996, and in an act that mirrors the ending of his best-known film Performance, avant-garde director Donald Cammell shoots himself in the head, putting an end to a lifelong obsession with art, insanity and death.  St John skillfully captures Donald’s decent into madness amidst a background of pulsing music, deadly silence and creative filming.

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.  Each year thousands of entries are received and are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry including Emmy, Telly and Communicator Award winners and nominees.

In winning “Best of Show” Michael Easton joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including The Weinstein Company, Disney Interactive and the Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional craft and storytelling of Ultraviolent.”

The Best Shorts Competition is unique in the industry.  Attracting both established companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is a truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.

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Currently in its 5th year, Best Shorts strives to give talented directors, producers, actors and creative teams the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors talent and is often one of the first competitions entered by the filmmaker and a frequent indicator of future success.

The Best Shorts Competition is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, Bali, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States and more!

For Easton’s film Ultraviolent to win Best In Show, quality and creativity are an important component to the judging. The judging takes place by in-house staff and a committee of industry professionals including Emmy, Telly and Communicator award nominees and recipients. As with the Tellys and regional Emmy Awards, entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Award of Recognition or no award.  “Best of Show” honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season.

What do you think about Michael Easton winning top honors for directing “Best of Show” for his film Ultraviolent starring Trevor St. John?  Would you love to see the film as much as we do?  Comment below!

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That answers the question, why no Silas happenings ! Michael Easton (Silas) was busy winning taking top honors in The Best Shorts Competition winning The Best of Show Award. I have to see Easton’s film ‘Ultraviolen’t starring Trevor St. John / wow! Winning The Best Shorts Competition is not an easy win.. It is an international/world wide competition.. I have read Michael Easton’s writings, he is extremely talented man.. He writes on the darkside, and very good at doing so.. The award/honor that was bestowed upon him, it doesn’t get any better.. I hope now he will have more time… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…He writes on the darkside, and very good at doing so.. ”

Michael Easton’ doing it.. isn’t that something

Patrick
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Patrick

“…The Best Shorts Competition is international in scope ”

high 5

standing “O” vation

Michael Easton , Trevor St. John, plus

a coop for “us”

“thank you” Michael Easton

i had no idea… beam… LOL.. radiate ear to ear… smile

Marc
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Marc

What a brief piece of awesome that would be to see it. Congrats too all involved 🙂 Yes Su if TSJ came to GH I would start watching for sure

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Hes a very talented man, not limited just to his acting. Congratulations, Michael!

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

It’s a wonderful honor. Michael is extraordinarily talented in every thing he does. I am so proud. I can’t wait to see the film. I know I am going to love it.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I’m glad for Michael, yes……
But, Trevor!!!!! Finally!!!! Where have you been? I have missed you. One of my faves of all time soap star!!
I am ecstatic about seeing these two working together again. “Great Shew”.
Congrats, Michael!

Alison Armstrong
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Alison Armstrong

Congratulations to Michael Easton! I’m also glad that Trevor St. John is being recognized for his acting in this film. Whenever it is available to be shown and in whatever format it can be viewed, I would love to see it.

Ann
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Ann

My hearty congratulations to Michael and his best friend Trevor! This is a huge honor! Two immensely talented gentlemen collaborating and taking home The Gold! I am so proud of this accomplishment! Way to go gentlemen!

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Llanviewer717

Very impressive. Congratulations Michael Easton and Trevor St. John.

Barbara
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Barbara

Congratulations to them both! Glad to see to ex-costars wanting to work together again!

Lori
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Lori

Congratulations to Mr. Easton for achieving such a high honor in receiving this award. I’m continually reminded what a clever and talented man he is.

lovescalebmorley
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lovescalebmorley

Michael is so talented!! Congratulations!! I hope we see much more from him in film and fiction!!

Molly
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Molly

Congratulations to the incredibly talented Michael Easton and great to see Trevor St. John be part of this! Now maybe we’ll get to enjoy more Silas on GH, and how wonderful it would be if Trevor could one day join GH…Silas needs friends/family 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes! Trevor could play the role of Ned? I say ‘Ned’ in a whisper. I don’t want the diehard Wally/Ned fans going up in arms against me….LOL.

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Michael Easton is absolutely briliant! He has won top honors for his graphic novels as well. I cannot wait to see this film! This is so wonderful for Michael and Trevor and I know they had fun making it! Congrats to both of them!

Debbie
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Debbie

I am so happy for Michael. He is such an incredibly talented individual. I’m really looking forward to seeing this film.

Becca
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Becca

Thrilling news for Michael Easton! He’s always got a lot more going on than just General Hospital. The man is extremely talented. Looking forward to seeing this film and reading more of his chilling and thought provoking books.

Gina
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Gina

I’m so happy for you Mr. Easton! I’m sure you were happy to work with Trevor St. John again. You are both truely talented and I hope you will be able to work together again in the future.

Belle
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Belle

I echo the sentiments of every comment above! I love Trevor St. John; plus, I ‘m growing to like Michael . Nevertheless, congratulations !

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Congratulations to Michael and Trevor!

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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