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And the new host of Masterpiece Theatre is ...

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2007 1:02PM

Gillian Anderson... Gillian Anderson!

Yup, the X-Files star will host the new and improved version of Masterpiece Theatre when it debuts on PBS on January 13. The show is going to be split into three different versions in 2008. Anderson will host the Masterpiece Classics, which will feature new adaptations of classic novels and stories, and then, in the summer, a new host will be at the helm of Masterpiece Mystery, the new name of the Mystery! series. In the fall, we'll have Masterpiece Contemporary, which will be modern novels and stories filmed for the small screen.

Anderson is also about to start film the new X-Files movie, along with David Duchovny, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly.

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Next X-Files movie has a premiere date

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 1st 2007 2:22PM
mulder; scully; the x-filesMark your calendars, schedule a sitter: the next X-Files movie will hit the theaters on July 25, 2008.

The movie hasn't even started filming yet. The cast and crew will reunite in Vancouver on December 10th (hmmm... I think I need to make a stalker trip to Canada). Not much has been leaked about the plot of this second The X-Files movie. Creator/writer Chris Carter says it will be a stand-alone story, much like the MOTW (Monster of the Week) episodes that fans loved so much. All that's being said is it's a "supernatural thriller", or a downright horror movie, rather than advancing the conspiracy storyline.

The July release date puts the unnamed movie smack dab in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, so Fox is evidently counting on this movie to be pretty big. The first X-Files film, Fight the Future, made $30 million during opening weekend and went on to make $189 million worldwide.

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All-time scariest TV characters -- #5: Eugene Tooms

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 24th 2007 12:00PM
eugene tooms; the x-filesCharacter: Eugene Tooms
Show: The X-Files
Episodes: "Squeeze", "Tooms"

Eugene Tooms is, hands down, the scariest monster I've ever seen on television (including my fear of some Muppets). He showed up twice during the first season of The X-Files, in episodes called "Squeeze" and "Tooms". He was a freak show who was more than 100 years old. He went into a long hibernation every 30 years after eating five human livers. Tooms had evolved so that he could lengthen his body and squeeze himself into the smallest of places, such as a toilet or an air vent. Part of what scared me about him was that he could easily bypass typical safety features in your home!

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X-Files movie starts filming in December

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 26th 2007 3:41PM

The X-FilesThe truth is still out there.

David Duchovny, during an interview for the DVD release of The TV Set, reveals that the script for the long-awaited (seriously, it's been ten years!) X-Files movie sequel is indeed done and it looks like they're going to start filming in December.

Duchovny had no further details on plot, though he has hinted in past interviews that this will be more of a stand alone movie and not part of the mythology arc from the show and first movie (aw, come on, I want to know what's been going on with that whole thing the past several years). Duchovny does ask one thing of people: don't spoil the damn movie by leaking info about it. Thank you.

[via TV Tattle]

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Duchovny confirms second X-Files movie, studio does not

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2007 10:15AM

x filesJoel told you not too long ago that a second X-Files feature film was most likely going to happen. Now comes word from David Duchovny himself that the film is indeed going ahead and that co-star Gillian Anderson is attached, as well.

Most of what Joel mentioned still appears to be true: the film, written by X-Files creator Chris Carter, will be a standalone story and could possibly hit theaters sometime in summer 2008. Duchovny says he hasn't seen the script, and 20th Century Fox, the studio that owns The X-Files, has not confirmed the project just yet.

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Who wants to hire a Gillian Anderson lookalike?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2007 8:15AM

Gillian Anderson lookalikeSplitting Images is a celebrity lookalike company in the U.K. They have a ton of people that can be hired for your next party, corporate event, or other entertainment-related function, though some of the lookalikes look more like the celebs than others.

For example, these guys look like Rowan Atkinson so much that they could probably commit some crime and he'd be blamed for it, and this guy could probably do the same for Bing Crosby, if he wasn't, you know, dead and all. But a lot of these people seem to be stretching things a bit. Do these woman really look enough like Pamela Anderson? And does this guy really look like Mr. Spock? I guess wearing a costume and/or having a pic taken in a particular setting helps.

Of course, you could get a Leo Sayer lookalike, though hiring the real Leo Sayer now would probably be cheaper now.

[via Marty Beckerman]

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2007 2:13PM
  • Check out Oprah Winfrey doing some improv with the gang from Thank God You're Here.
  • What do Zach Braff, Rob Lowe, Paul Rudd, Claire Danes, and Amy Adams have in common?
  • Whitney Matheson has a quick interview with SNL/30 Rock star Jason Sudeikis.
  • For some reason, Erik Estrada got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson doesn't like television.
  • TV Guide.com's Ken Fox catches Avril Lavigne on Letterman and calls her a fraud.

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TV Squad visits the set of Supernatural, part two

by Kevin Kelly, posted Apr 12th 2007 12:45PM
Supernatural -- Kim Manners
Make sure you don't miss the first part of the Supernatural set visit.

Smoke effects lazily float across a packed soundstage. Someone calls for quiet. The camera and sound get up to speed, and Kim Manners belts out a loud, "KICK IT IN THE ASS!" Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki power through a page of dialogue ... and a scene for Supernatural is shot. Wahoo!

Kim Manners is one cool dude. When you first meet him, his diminutive frame and long hair make you think "Wow, this guy must be laid back and mellow." Believe you me, he can turn on his drill sergeant voice and snap you in half if you aren't careful. That includes wasting anyone's time or not taking your work seriously. He's a pro and except the same out of the people he works with. But, he's also incredibly nice. He left me remarkably intact.

He's definitely no stranger to the television world, having directed everything from Charlie's Angels, to Mission: Impossible, to Baywatch, to The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. before he landed on the X-Files team and stayed onboard for the long haul. His brother Kelly has also directed episodes of Buffy and Angel, so it looks like their love for the supernatural (get it?) runs in the blood.

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Babies, engagements and marriages. Oh my!

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 24th 2006 4:00PM

A few tidbits of personal news from some current and former television personalities:

-- Project Runway host Hedi Klum gave birth to a little boy on November 22nd. The child's name is Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel and he weighed in at 8 lbs. 11oz. This is the third child for Klum, and the second for both her and musician husband Seal. Their first child, son Henry, was born nine months ago. This couple works fast!

-- Also giving birth: former X-Files star Gillian Anderson. Ms. Anderson (she recently divorced photojournalist husband husband Julian Ozanne after 16 months of marriage) gave birth to a 6 lbs. 8 oz. boy named Oscar. According to Anderson's manager, Oscar was born on November 1st (three weeks early) in London. Both mother and son are doing fine.

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The X-Files: Lazarus

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 20th 2006 4:15PM
lazarus; x-files
(S01E15) So, how creepy is that opening scene in the hospital? Yikes. Scully insists that a fellow FBI agent, who was shot during a bank robbery, be revived. As the doctors are hitting him with the defibrillator, the dead body on the next bed is bouncing with the electric shocks. The dead body is that of the bank robber. This is the only good part of this episode, by the way.

When the FBI agent wakes up, he's not himself. He obviously has the mind of the bank robber but the body of the agent. Since Scully is the one who shot the robber, methinks she's in a bit of danger.

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The X-Files: Gender Bender

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 20th 2006 9:27AM
x-files; gender bender(S01E14) I can honestly say I had never, ever seen this episode of The X-Files. I'm not sure why I passed it over or missed it over the years, but it was new to me. And I totally loved it! Oh, and Nic Lea, who plays villain Alex Krycek in subsequent seasons, makes an appearance in this episode as 'Michael', a near-victim of the Monster of the Week.

The opening scene of Gender Bender made me wonder what time of year this episode aired. It opens with sex, after all. But, alas, it was not created for ratings as it originally aired on January 21, 1994.

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The X-Files: Fire

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 15th 2006 6:06PM
x-files; fire
We're back to the Monster of the Week episodes and this one's a doozy. This time the perp is a pyromaniac who can start fires with his mind or something. That's bad news for Mulder who is deathly afraid, of all things, fire. Oh, and Mulder's investigating the case with his ex-girlfriend (Phoebe) from Oxford.

The episode opens in England with a gardener smiling as his boss suddenly explodes into flames and dies on his front lawn. The next time we see the gardener, he has dropped his accent and is posing as a caretaker for an American home where a British family is moving in. He really hates the British aristocracy.

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The X-Files: Eve

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 6th 2006 7:58PM
eve(S01E11) While many of the episodes so far in season one have dealt with typical things like ghosts and aliens, Chris Carter really gets his freak on with Eve. He knows there's nothing creepier than twin girls.

The episode opens with joggers finding an 8-year-old girl outside her house without a coat on. She tells them her daddy needed some time and they find him in the backyard, sitting on the swingset. He's dead. With two holes in his neck.

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The X-Files: Fallen Angel

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 6th 2006 2:10PM
(S01E10) We're back to the Mythology episodes with Fallen Angel. This time, Chris Carter plays to conspiracy theorists' fears that the U.S. military is covering up the presence of aliens on earth. The episode opens with a fire in the woods outside Townsend, Wisconsin, where something appears to attack a curious sheriff's deputy. In a military control room, a tech tracks an unusual object in the air that cannot possibly be an aircraft. The tech is told by the colonel to write it up as a meteor, while the colonel calls someone and launches Operation Falcon.

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The X-Files: Space

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 30th 2006 12:12PM
x-files(S01E09) Real events inspired this episode. Chris Carter says he wrote Space after seeing the real 'face on Mars' photograph. According to the experts over at The X-Files wiki, this episode was meant to be a cheaply made one with lots of NASA footage but the construction of the command center pushed them over budget and made Space the most expensive episode of the season. Whoops.

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