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It has been days since Port Charles last saw Franco, the graffiti artist "whose canvas is murder." Just ask Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), General Hospital's ruggedly handsome mobster who has been staking out Franco's crime scene apartment all this time. It's exhaustive work, partly because on three separate occasions, Jason heard heavy footsteps outside and braced as the doorknob turned -- only for one of Jason's nosy colleagues to enter the mysteriously unlocked boudoir. This afternoon though, Franco re-emerged from the shadows to give Jason the scare of his week. »
It's time for the mystery man to finally reveal himself. James Franco, who is notably credited for his work in the Spider-Man trilogy, Pineapple Express and Milk, officially makes his debut on General Hospital today. To keep things interesting, though, we've only been given a few clues about his character Franco, who reportedly has an unusual goal and will supposedly be the "worst nightmare" for mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton).
Warning: Spoilers ahead. »
James Franco has apparently been learning up to 100 pages of lines per day for his General Hospital debut. Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps confirmed last month that the Spider-Man star was joining the cast and would play "an integral part in a lengthy run" on the show. Co-star Steve Burton told Life & Style that Franco is "really putting his butt on the line", adding: "This guy had 100 pages to learn in one day." (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
James Franco has revealed that he is having a "blast" filming his guest stint on General Hospital. The Spider-Man star recently joined the cast of the soap as a mysterious newcomer who becomes closely connected to mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). Speaking to NY Mag, he said: "It's been a blast so far. It was kind of mind-blowing. I've worked one day on it. It's one day of a few. But I think we packed seven episodes of my material in. "They gave me a script for the day that was as thick as a film (more) »
- By Lara Martin
James Franco will appear in more than 10 episodes of General Hospital, executive producer Jill Farren Phelps told EW exclusively. On Franco’s first day of taping Oct. 30, the Milk co-star filmed 65 pages – “pretty Herculean in terms of memorization,” Phelps said. He’ll return to the set two more times in preparation for his Nov. 20 debut as a mystery guy who comes to Port Charles. Here’s an exclusive shot of Franco with guest star Marsha Thomason (Las Vegas) from his first day on the set. His role will play out over a two-month period. “When we first talked to James, »
- Lynette Rice
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, show writer Bob Guza confirms that the actor didn't sign on just to research a film role and that Franco was "fantastic" during his first day of shooting.
As for the character he'll play, details have finally emerged about him: appropriate, his name is Franco and he's connected to the mysterious C077X graffiti tag that's been popping up around Port Charles.
“Franco is fascinated with Jason and what he does for a living - he thinks they both love death and are essentially the same kind of guy,” Burton said. “But then Jason refuses to meet with him and that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
Given all this disturbing talk about pay cuts on The Young and the Restless and the rabid (though apparently, unsubstantiated) speculation about the future of One Life to Live, it's always nice to hear some good news about the ailing genre: James Franco is finally in the house - or in the medical ward, rather. ABC has confirmed that Oct. 30 was Franco's first day on General Hospital, a gig we'd like to think he agreed to because he wants to see daytime TV survive just like the rest of us (though it might have simply occurred because he shares the »
- Lynette Rice
No General Hospital spoilers prepared us for this:
According to TV Guide Magazine, Webber will be thrown into a storyline involving his half-sister, Liz, and the two men in her life: Lucky and Nikolas.
“I’m still writing music and still recording but I really got hungry for acting again,” said Reeves. “I’ve always had a great respect for General Hospital so I kinda courted them. It was the one show I most wanted to be on.
Steve Burton and I are best friends – we’re literally like brothers – and »
- email@example.com (M.L. House)
Actor and Columbia college student James Franco is inked for a short arc on long running ABC soap opera, "General Hospital," a network spokewoman confirms. Booked for three episodes, he is scheduled for tape dates beginning October 30 for an run to air on November 20. ABC says Franco.s storyline will last a few months. .The only thing I can tell you about his character right now is he is playing a mysterious person who comes to Port Charles who will be Jason Morgan.s worst nightmare." Gh Thug Jason Morgan is played by Emmy winner Steve Burton. Franco appeared in the smallscreen on the critica darling, "Freaks and Geeks," and most recently in feature films, "Milk" and »
- April MacIntyre
Usually, soap operas provide the gateway to bigger gigs. One could go on and on about the big-time names that popped up in the overly dramatic worlds of the soaps. Brad Pitt was in Another World; Kevin Bacon drank a lot on Guiding Light; Leonardo DiCaprio spent time on Santa Barbara; and Meg Ryan dealt with life As the World Turns. General Hospital alone let loose Demi Moore, Rick Springfield, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, and Mark Hamill. And now the famous hospital in Port Charles is attracting Hollywood talent.
Collective jaws dropped yesterday as word hit that James Franco would be picking up a guest spot on the popular ABC soap General Hospital. We're not talking a 1-off appearance. SoapNet reports that he'll start on November 20 and be there for a number of weeks, making life difficult for Jason Morgan. But that's not the kicker. They claim Franco was the »
- Monika Bartyzel
Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. NBC has announced that it has decided to slash the episodic order for its midseason sci-fi drama Day One to just four episodes, scheduling the series as a four-hour event mini-series rather than a thirteen-episode season. It's believed to be a cost-cutting measure as the decision will allow NBC to evaluate the mini-series' performance and ratings before committing to an ongoing series. News comes as Day One, which is slated to launch after the Olympics, has already shot two episodes and creator Jesse Alexander is said to be prepping the final two installments, which will wrap up storylines as well as leave some plot points intentionally dangling for a potential series order the following season. (Variety) E! Online's Watch with Kristin is reporting that James Franco is set to the join the cast of ABC daytime soap General Hospital for two months. (Yes, »
It's hard to know exactly what to make of this news: Golden Globe winner James Franco has booked what is described as "a lengthy story arc" on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" for this later this fall. Information on the role is a bit nebulous. Franco will play a mysterious stranger who arrives in Port Charles. The character has "unfinished business" with Steve Burton's Jason Morgan and he'll be Jason's "worst nightmare." His role will kick in on Nov. 20, toward the end of the November sweeps period, and it will last two months. As with many actors on »
- Daniel Fienberg
While we here at Team Wwk don't make a habit out of reporting daytime television scoop, we just couldn't resist this one. That's right, tubers: Golden Globe winner, Judd Apatow muse and former Freaks and Geeks heartthrob James Franco is set to join the soapy goodness that is General Hospital! A network rep confirms the addition to E! News, telling us that James' multi-episiode stint begins airing Nov. 20. James' character steers clear of the hospital, though, opting instead to go toe-to-toe with resident mob thug and G.H. superstar Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), says Fancast. No official word on why the Pineapple Express star took the gig, but sources tell ABC Soaps In »
James Franco is headed to the land of Rick Springfield, General Hospital. No, I'm not joking. Over on Twitter, Hospital star Steve Burton was asked if Franco was coming to television's longest running soap. Burton did indeed confirm. Franco will be on the show for about two months starting November 20th. Now I don't watch this show, and I'm pretty sure none of the rest of the staffers do but if for some reason you watch, I've got the scoop on his role. The character Franco is portraying »
- Niki Stephens
According to Fancast.com, Franco will make his soap opera debut on November 20 as "the worst nightmare" for mobster Jason Morgan, played by Emmy winner Steve Burton. The exact details about James' guest spot are being kept under wraps.
Franco starred in the cult TV show "Freaks and Geeks," and a source told the Fancast that James is returning »
Maybe it's some sort of "Field of Dreams" thing, but apparently if you ask who should play Captain America, they will respond. And by "they" I mean every-freakin'-one.
Clocking in as the most popular poll we've ever run on Splash Page, our query regarding who should play Steve Rogers in "The First Avenger: Captain America" not only received a lot of votes, but it also generated quite a bit of discussion. We posted our thoughts on who's best suited to fill the role, so now it's time to reveal who you chose to play Captain America.
In the end, it was a close race between "Torchwood" star John Barrowman and "True Blood" actor Alexander Skarsgard—but Captain Jack Harkness prevailed, and Barrowman landed at the top of the tally with 36 percent of the total votes. Here's how the rest of the poll panned out, and a sampling of readers' explanations »
- Rick Marshall
Romance, mob wars and murder mysteries are nothing extraordinary in the fictional city of Port Charles, New York. The faces of General Hospital belong to prominent citizens such as the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, as well as notable characters like Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and their long-time revolving love affairs with Carly (Laura Wright), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), Claudia (Sarah Brown), Samantha (Kelly Monaco), and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). Also in the spotlight are dedicated doctors Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick (Jason Thompson), and couples like Maxie (Kristen Storms) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) who find themselves in the midst of quarreling families. Whether the action happens in the ER or on the streets, it's always a life or death situation on General Hospital.
17 items from 2009
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