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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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TinaLBP

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 James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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