This one’s just as bizarre as it is tragic: according to an article today by the LA Times, a New York parolee is accused of murdering an 82-year-old man after developing a friendship with him over their shared love of “General Hospital.”
According to the article, Scott Kratlian was a member of a “General Hospital” fan club and wrote with “GH” fans while imprisoned at the Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, New York. Kratlian was there after being convicted of a gruesome and violent murder in 1992, in which he beat and burned his victim. He spent two decades behind bars but was released this past November under New York’s conditional release program. Within three months, Kratlian traveled to Los Angeles and began asking his “GH” pen-pals for help with money and for a place to stay. It is during this time that he allegedly strangled his 82-year-old pen-pal, Harry Major, to death.
The debate over whether violent television and movies cause violent behavior in real life has been raging for years. After every unimaginable violent act in this country, the question of whether or not the perpetrators were influenced by what they saw in entertainment is asked. Soaps aren’t necessarily known for being extremely violent. Recently, however, foreign soap operas from two different countries have come under fire for promoting dangerous behavior.
As reported by The Associated Press, President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela pinpointed the country’s soap operas as one of the main causes behind its spiraling crime rate in his State of the Union speech last week. Maduro specifically took aim at the show “De todas maneras Rosa” (Love Gone Crazy) and its production company Venevision. President Maduro accused the show and Venevision of contributing to the country’s violence by glorifying the crimes of the popular soap characters.
All it took was a simple tweet that said, “Can’t wait for the games today..btw I’m having another kid..have a great day. God bless,” and soap fans everywhere learned that “The Young and the Restless’” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) and wife Sheree Gustin were expecting their third child.
While the sex of the baby is unknown at this time to the expectant parents, Burton shared that their newest bundle of joy is due in mid July and that it came as a surprise to them both when they got the news. The two are the proud parents of daughter Makena Grace, 10, and son Jack Marshall, 7. Burton noted he is “so ready,” when asked by a fan if he was ready for fatherhood again.
In a new interview with Highlight Hollywood, former executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless,” Maria Arena Bell, has clarified a statement she made in Soap Opera Digest after the publication released their report on Michael Muhney’s firing from the daytime drama series. In it, she said, “Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon’s [Sharon Case] was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast.” However, with a report by TMZ that says the actor was let go following alleged claims he fondled the breasts of one of his co-stars, Bell now says, “Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions.”
It had long been rumored and speculated about on social media and message boards, including the SON Community, since word of Michael Muhney‘s firing from “The Young and the Restless” first came to light. Now, TMZ is reporting that as per their sources, Muhney, 38, was fired for allegedly groping a female co-star’s breasts on more than one occasion.
According to People Magazine, New Zealand-born actor/director/producer Stephen Kay, who portrayed Reginald Jennings on ABC’s “General Hospital” for more than a decade, is engaged to “Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo. Kay is a co-executive producer on the hit USA Network series, which returns with new episodes on Thursday, October 17 after a four-week hiatus.
“They’re very happy,” a People sources says of the couple.
ABC’s “General Hospital” is fast becoming the place to be to hopefully find the one it seems as another pair of stars have revealed their real-life relationship status, this time via social media.
Hot on the heels of word that Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) and Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) were an item, and the recent revelation of Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome) and Chad Duell (Michael Quartermaine) hooking up, comes word that Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne) are also a couple!
Former “Days of our Lives” star Dylan Patton, who was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Will Horton in 2010, was arrested on Tuesday, May 14, after allegedly selling cocaine out of his Agoura Hills home, TMZ first reported. Patton had been charged with felony possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest on Thursday, June 13.
In addition to his stint on “DAYS,” Patton has appeared in episodes of “Cold Case” and “That’s So Raven.”
The former Hollywood Hills home of Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, “General Hospital”), which was once a pad possibly filled with soap scripts and dramatic scene rehearsals, is now being “pumped up” a little bit with a new resident: Foster the People frontman Mark Foster.
UPDATE, 11:42 PM ET: E! Online has posted Marcil’s divorce papers, which were filed on Friday, August 17 in L.A. County. According to the documents, Marcil married Giovinazzo on July 11, 2010, and now the actress wishes to dissolve their marriage as of Saturday, August 4, citing irreconcilable differences. The actress also wishes to remove the last name Giovinazzo from her legal name.
PREVIOUS, 12:58 PM ET: After famously denying any marriage following word of her legally changing her name from Vanessa Marcil to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, just before officially returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” back in 2010, Marcil Giovinazzo (ex-Brenda Barrett) is now divorcing her husband Carmine Giovinazzo (“CSI: NY”), according to a report by TMZ.
According to TMZ, Marcil is asking for Giovinazzo to pay her attorney’s fees and the court to award her spousal support.
For more on the matter, visit TMZ‘s website.