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Fox wants to bring ‘The X-Files’ back to life

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Look, I have no shame – I was what one would call an “X-Phile” (though I never, ever referred to myself or anyone else as such). I’ve watched the entire series of The X-Files two or three times over (minus season nine, because hello, that shit sucked), I even – God help me – wrote Mulder/Scully fanfic in my younger years. In more recent years, I’ve actually been paid to write about the importance of Dana Scully as a female pop culture icon. I’m telling you this because I want to provide some context for my disapproval of the recent news that Fox wants to reboot The X-Files, complete with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, for a whole new series. PLEASE NO.

From Deadline:

Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden said that the conversations so far have been only logistical, looking at windows when the key X-Files players, creator Carter and stars Duchovny and Anderson, are available. She confirmed that a potential X-Files followup will star the original leading duo of Duchovny and Anderson. There have been no creative discussions yet about what that new series might be.

From Entertainment Weekly:

On The X-Files front, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural, which was a major hit for the network from 1993 to 2002. The executives also revealed they hope to have original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles on the show.

“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files,” Newman said. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”

Walden added: “Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience. We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.

I mean, look – The X-Files was a wonderful show for its time, one that was underappreciated and absolutely brilliant, even for those who weren’t typical sci-fi fans. That being said, some things just need to be left the hell alone. Both stars have moved on, that chapter has closed and to bring the show back now would be basically to shit on its legacy. Nope, not a fan, no thanks.

That being said, I don’t think it’ll ever happen, anyway. David’s busy writing weird books about supernatural cows or some shit and Gillian is on every amazing TV drama going, so… thankfully, I think there’s nothing behind this.

What do you think? Did you watch The X-Files during its original run? Would you watch a reboot?

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Gillian Anderson Is Writing a Sci-Fi Novel

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Gillian Anderson has done lots of different things during her career, but I think most of us will recognise her from her role as skeptical scientist Dana Scully on The X-Files. It’s still a fantastic show that holds up even in 2014, and I’ll always have a little crush on Gillian because of it, even if she has become a full-blown weirdo in recent years.

One great thing is that she has come to terms with being somewhat defined by such a legendary role and has even embraced it, taking part in X-Files retrospective events and even campaigning for a third movie (which, even coming from someone who was obsessed with the show, is a terrible idea). Well, now she’s taken things to a whole new level: she’s writing a sci-fi series! Er, co-writing, but you get the picture.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Gillian Anderson is returning to the genre that made her a cultural icon – but it’s not on television. The newest project from the star of The X-Files is a book franchise called the EarthEnd Saga, a collaboration with co-writer Jeff Rovin, a prolific geek whose extensive bibliography includes works in the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series. The first novel, entitled A Vision of Fire, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster through a new imprint devoted to literary and speculative fiction across all genres called Simon451, a nod to legendary author Ray Bradbury’s dystopian/sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451.

“It’s been a fantastic experience,” Anderson tells EW, adding that she was inspired to give sci-fi world-building and storytelling a shot at the encouragement of Rovin, a friend of a friend. “I enjoy writing, but don’t usually allow myself the time, and I don’t think I’d ever think to write something in this genre without the prodding of someone like Jeff. But I realized I had ideas hidden within me for a series and a lead character, in this case, a heroine.” Referring to The X-Files, she says: “After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it.”

Hmm, I agree – and Gillian is very well-spoken and astute and does a lot of reading herself, so I’m into it. The plotline even sounds pretty interesting (and a bit cinematic, as well!):

A Vision of Fire centers on Caitlin O’Hara, a world-traveling child psychiatrist who specializes in treating kids who’ve suffered trauma from natural disasters and war. She’s a grounded personality – she has a son, who is deaf, and everything she knows about the world is challenged when she begins treating a uniquely troubled young girl. Explains Anderson: “Over the course of spending time and helping her and investigating the origins of the girl’s trauma, Caitlin begins to realize that the girl’s behavior is tied to much greater forces in the universe, and as the story unfolds, she must prevent destruction on a grand scale.”

What do you think – will you give it a read? Also, can we all agree that ‘Bad Blood’ is one of the best X-Files episodes in existence?

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“Gillian And I Want To Do It” — David Duchovny Says Yes To A 3rd X-Files Movie

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are totally down for doing a third X-Files film — but is anyone else? The 2008 sequel made an appalling $4 million on opening day, so it would really be up to the studio. And then it’s a matter of whether or not fans would go see it. Here’s what Duchovny said about it at a panel for the TV show’s 20th anniversary, via Los Angeles Times:

All the principals are on board. Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to 20th Century Fox at this point…If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that, then I guess that’s what it would be.

“All the principals” includes the show’s creator, Chris Carter.

So what do you guys think? Would YOU see a new X-Files movie? Honestly, all I want to see is Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny come out as a couple.

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Mulder & Scully Are Living Together and DOING IT

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From exclusive sources at Celebrity Dirty Laundry:

… A source exclusively told CDL that David and Gillian have been in a serious relationship for some time now and she and her children are shacking up with the Californication actor. This is a long time coming for the pair whose chemistry on their hit show was always a source of tabloid conjecture. Gillian and David worked together from 1993 to 2002 and starred in the movie version in 2008. Although it seems every fan in the world wanted to get the two together, a relationship was never declared during filming.

Now wait a second, here. I thought that Gillian was gay? Or is gay? I definitely heard somewhere that she was all about the ladies these days, but I don’t know. Maybe I was wrong, or invented it, or had a weird dream one night, I couldn’t tell you. But if this is true? MAN. Can you imagine what it’d be like as a fly in that house? These two could be the new ROBSTEN. They could take the media by STORM as SMULDER. Or MULLY. Or hey, even something like Ducanderny. Anduchon. SMULDER.

Who knows. Maybe it’s true, and maybe there’s some kind of X-Files reunion thing going to happen soon. That’s usually how these things play out, and then not too far down the road, someone goes and sleeps with a director and helps to ruin another marriage. It’s only a matter of time, guys. You wait. David Duchovny’s going to be sleeping with Steven Spielberg any day now.

Quotables: Gillian Anderson Talks About Being Bisexual, Maybe

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“I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school. [But] if I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me? Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

Our *dearly departed Jenn mentioned a few weeks ago that Gillian Anderson didn’t have her own category here, and I thought, “Well duh, it’s not like we’re a bunch of nerdy X-Files fans sitting around, fantasizing about Mulder and Scully and wondering when the Truth Will Be Revealed or whatever,” but after finding out that she’s doing Miss Havisham in an upcoming BBC production of Great Expectations, was found dancing on tabletops, and now is interviewing with various magazines, telling everyone that she experimented with same-sex relationships in the past, girl’s all sorts of interesting, now, isn’t she? Jenn was definitely onto something when she created the ‘Gillian Anderson’ category page, and now that some of us kind of care all over again, I fully expect the pages to fill up quick.

And as for the same-sex experimenting thing, can you imagine the level of hype that X-Files would have reached if all of the fanboys and fangirls two decades ago knew about this lesbian-fling thing? I just could not even begin to imagine (actually, I could, and that’s pretty hot). It would have taken shit to an entirely different place. Why would she hold out on us like this?

*Oh, and Jenn’s not dead or anything, guys, don’t worry! Check out her farewell post here.

The Stars Went Dancing After the 65th Annual Baftas

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We here in the U.S. don’t do a great job of covering the Baftas—which is weird, since we export all our biggest movie stars to the event every year. (We also send Christina Ricci, apparently. Oh, well.)

So the Baftas happened six days ago, and you heard not-a-peep from me. Whatever. But The Guardian‘s fly-on-a-wall account of the Baftas afterparty is absolutely hilarious.

Here is what I learned:

- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both danced a little bit.

- Ralph Fiennes and Michael Fassbender also cut a rug—not as a pair, but what a delicious sight that would’ve been.

- Gillian Anderson danced on a table. (We are assured that she did this while projecting an air of grace, elegance, and dignity, but again, she was up on a table.)

- Jonah Hill danced until his suit (the pants? the jacket?) split.

- Director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar) spent all night smoking outside. I love her! She is like if a leather motorcycle jacket were a person.

As a sidenote, I am finally making a “Gillian Anderson” category. This is like the third time I’ve needed to refer to a Gillian category, and I finally have a sense of follow-through. How have we never had a Gillian Anderson category??? Wasn’t she, at one time, the most searched-for woman on the Internet? (After Teri Hatcher, I think. Oh, you young’uns don’t even remember Lois and Clark, do you.)

(Gillian via Grazia Daily.)