Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #184

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #184

from Chillpak Hollywood Hour by Phil Leirness

It’s Happy Birthday to Phil, Happy Thanksgiving to the USA and Happy Holidays from Chillpak to all of you! Because it’s the holidays and because the economy has been tough all over, Chillpaks are (for a limited time) only $19.95 with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world! Check out our sponsor at www.chillpak.com for more. And, of course, listen to the latest installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, the gift that keeps on giving! Hear all about some films you might want to see, some you might want to avoid, and some films and television shows you might want to look forward to. Hear all about who’s going to win this year’s Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars. Hear all about Phil’s thoughts on turning 42 and having age “settle upon him”, and a rather personal story he tells about seeking a healthier relationship to his body. Want to hear and SEE more of your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness? Then check out ActorsE Chat Show, to see first Phil (Wednesday 24 November), and then Dean (Tuesday 30 November), when they each guest for a full hour of live, streaming video webchat. Starts 10 am Pacific Coast time. Apparently, you can log in with questions and comments!

Original audio source (Heart_Ep184_101122.mp3)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gillian Gets Spiritual

Gillian Gets Spiritual

from X-Files News by ROI_OLLSON@XFILESNEWS.COM (Roileigh Ollson)

Recently, Indian spiritual leader and humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, visited London to receive thousands of followers. She's a Hindu, but preaches no religion. Instead, she simply spreads a message of love and compassion.

A message with which Gillian Anderson seems to agree with. As reported by Amma's website,  in London Gillian became one of the 25 million people "the Hugging Saint" has embraced in her lifetime. In the video, you can also see that Gillian receives the gift of an apple, something which Amma sometimes gives out.

With the holidays fast approaching, it seems like a message anyone could enjoy.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Aussie X-Files Fans" Final Auctions

"Aussie X-Files Fans" Final Auctions
19 Nov 2010 | 9:00 pm MST

Three months ago, the Aussie X-Files Fans @ Facebook began a fundraising journey supporting "Alinyiikira Junior School". Since September, there have been 10 rounds of merchandise and autograph auctions on eBay, and for the last two weeks in November they've saved the best items for last.

Currently on their eBay store, you'll find photographs signed by both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson exclusively for this fundraiser, as well as FHM Memorabilia signed by Gillian Anderson. In the coming days there will also be a signed "Break Of Noon" Playbill and a "Table Read" photograph from I Want To Believe signed by Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny. The final round will end on Tuesday November, 30th at 12pm AEDST.

AXF is grateful to everyone for their support throughout this year's fundraiser, and they look forward to sharing their final tally with everyone in the coming weeks.

Check out the photos from the final round of auctions here, and be sure to get involved! It's for a great cause, and it gives you an excuse to add to that XF shrine you've got stashed away!

LIFE- Odd and Amazing, Gillian Anderson

LIFE- Odd and Amazing, Gillian Anderson
19 Nov 2010 | 7:05 pm MST

LIFE magazine published on online photo gallery this afternoon titled, Odd & Amazing: Stars by Chris Buck.

Gillian Anderson is one of the photos featured along with a very interesting story about her and the photographer!

"The funny thing is, she took some pictures of me during that day, and she asked for a print. Apparently she hung a picture that she took of me on her wall."

Head over to LIFE to read the rest!


Greatest Cult TV Endings in History
19 Nov 2010 | 5:01 pm MST

Horror writer, journalist and film critic, John Kenneth Muir, shows 1013 some love today in his list of the top 10 greatest cult TV endings in history. Both The X-Files and Millennium have made his list and they stand up with some truly amazing series' endings.

Millennium comes in at number 7 with "Goodbye to All That" (1999).

"By ending in vague, but visually gorgeous fashion, Millennium once again shares that important idea with its audience. We can't tell you what's going to happen folks; or even why things are like this. We're just going to go out with this message; that tomorrow brings new possibilities. Good or bad. It's up to you, and children like Jordan to determine the specifics."

The X-Files is number 4 on the list  with "The Truth" (2002).

"This beautifully-worded, passionately-delivered monologue is the heart and soul of The X-Files: the universal human yearning to believe in something greater than what we see and hear around us everyday. The truth is not out there, it's in here...in the hearts of Mulder and Scully."

John is also a fan of the last two seasons of The X-Files writing, "Those who endlessly repeat the myth that The X-Files somehow got tired and old in its last two seasons, obviously weren't watching it during that spell to speak truthfully about it."

For a much more in depth look at John's breakdown of the Millennium and X-Files finales, including words that will bring a chill and tears to any phile, let your fingers do the walking over to John's blog. You will not regret it.

Much thanks to our family at BacktoFrankBlack for giving us the heads up!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #183

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #183

from Chillpak Hollywood Hour by Phil Leirness

Your friends in podcasting compare notes on their recent respective adventures in acting before launching into a diatribe on the bizarre way Hollywood casts ladies relative to their real ages. From there, it’s fond remembrances of two entertainment giants, actress Jill Clayburgh and international producer Dino De Laurentiis. Then, it’s onto questions from listeners Lejon Johnson and Monika Leopold, the former about producing, the latter about shooting and editing documentaries. Then, Phil quizzes Dean on his thoughts about some recent developments that might just help indie fillmakers in particular. Finally, there’s time for a heads-up on a GREAT animated film from last year before Dean and Phil close the show by debating the merits (or lack thereof) of AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead”. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, so keep those questions and comments coming!

Original audio source (Heart_Ep183_101115.mp3)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"The Break of Noon" Review

"The Break of Noon" Review
12 Nov 2010 | 8:34 pm MST

As many of you may be aware, David Duchovny has recently made the leap from screen to stage. On October 28th, he made his off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s “The Break of Noon”.

That night, this XFNer got herself onto two trains, and somehow ended up safely in row two of the theater. The following review is inspired by actual documented accounts.

To read the full review, click read more, but be warned, while the end isn’t revealed, there are spoilers.

David talks Love, New York and 'X-Files'

David talks Love, New York and 'X-Files'
14 Nov 2010 | 2:51 am MST

The New York Post caught up with David Duchovny and published a revealing interview a few hours ago in which David talks about his marriage, his move to New York and The X-Files among other things.

The interviewer even went so far as to ask if his role in Californication had anything to do with his split from wife Tea Leoni  in 2008 (they have since reconciled).

When asked about marriage, David had this to say:

I think [marriage] is a living, breathing thing — it’s organic. It’s two people in that dance, and you’ve got to take care of it. That’s my two cents.

Head over to the New York Post to read the full article and be sure to check out David's play, The Break of Noon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Teasing Gillian

Teasing Gillian

from X-Files News by tiffany_devol@xfilesnews.com (Kylie Thomas - Staff Reporter)

As a self proclaimed 'pudgy' kid, teased about her Yankee roots, Gillian Anderson admits to being torn between the 'magical' image of the U.S she had, and her life growing up in London. In a Metro Online excerpt taken from her December interview in Psychologies, Anderson speaks candidly about her struggle to figure out where she belonged before finally realizing her love for London. Pick up the next issue of Psychologies for the rest of the interview!

Also in the Metro excerpt, the author makes mention of former co-star David Duchovny's recent comment to a French magazine in which he hinted that the script for a third X-Files film was being written, and was awaiting a green-light from Fox.

Is the truth soon to be out there? Only time will tell, but if nine years taught us anything, it's to never give up on a miracle.

The Zombies Have Arrived

The Zombies Have Arrived

by tiffany_devol@xfilesnews.com (Joselyn Rojas - Staff Reporter)

After a much anticipated world premiere on Halloween night, AMC's The Walking Dead and their Zombie apocalypse have arrived to the small screen, snatching up over 5 million viewers it's first night. Three time Oscar winner, director Frank Darabont, brought viewers a 90 minute pilot entitled, "Days Gone Bye." The episode begins with a sudden thrill as Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes, wakes up in an empty hospital after being hurt in the line of duty. Panic sets in when he wanders around the facility only to find that he is alone and the place is devastated. As he makes his way outside, he stumbles upon a frightening truth; several corpses lying around the hospital and no one is around. He begins a frantic run home to his family only to find the house empty. The Sheriff soon teams up with other survivors, Morgan and Duane Jones who deliver the terrible news: a zombie outbreak has taken hold of the United States.

As the episode continues, Grimes finds himself en route to Atlanta, where the Centers for Disease Control have set up a quarantine and where he hopes to find his wife and young son. He enters a once bright and alive Atlanta, only to find it silent, gray and dead. It doesn't take long for him to find himself surrounded by a mob of zombies (a la Michael Jackson's Thriller) and scrambles into an abandoned tank to survive the attack. The last thing heard before the screen goes dark is a radio transmission: "Hey you, dumb ass. Yeah you in the tank. Cozy in there?" - A cynical and funny touch that graces the ending to this fantastic pilot.

Far more happens in between beginning and end but you really must watch for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman, the episode falls in accordance with common zombie lore. This post-apocalyptic episode shows a destroyed world, dominated in number by zombies named "Walkers" whom by definition, are reanimated corpses. For those horror fans among you, the opening scenes are reminiscent of the film 28 Days (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2000) which depicts a viral infection that causes a psychotic outbreak known as "the rage." The pilot episode is filled with outstanding special effects and make-up, created by special effects guru, Greg Nicotero (Kill Bill Vol.1, Inglorious Bastards, The Book of Eli).

4.7 million viewers tuned in on Sunday November 7th to watch the second episode, "Guts," where X-Files alum Laurie Holden makes her first appearance with Michelle MacLaren (The X-Files, Breaking Bad, Harsh Realm, Lie to Me) directing.

MacLaren captures the audience with magnificent aerial, in-depth and close-up shots complimented by great lighting and cinematography.

Just days after airing it's second episode, The Walking Dead was renewed for a full 13 episode 2nd season on AMC. Whether you like zombies, or not, The Walking Dead is a fantastic show and proves that to AMC, story does in fact, matter. Even those with blood and guts.

Looks like the "Walkers" are here to stay.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Charity Challenge

Christmas Charity Challenge
10 Nov 2010 | 6:05 pm MST

This year, in the spirit of the holiday season, Off The Street Kids are giving people around the world an opportunity to participate in a truly “inspirational” fund-raising campaign.
Representatives from four corners of the globe will be selling wristbands as a part of the “Christmas Challenge” – the difference with these wristbands: You write a message of support or inspiration about OTSK, or a message to one of it’s interns, and send it back to your representative, who in turn sends these messages the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI). If you want to keep your wristband, you will need to purchase two!
The completed wristbands are then put together to form a chain and are displayed on a “prominent landmark”.
Wristbands will be £2.50 each and will be available through the following representatives:
United Kingdom – Julie Baron (Tomlin)
United States – Alison Groves
Australia – Sandi Hicks
If you would like to buy a wristband (or two!), please send your request along with your name and address to wristbands@otsk.org where it will be forwarded to the relevant seller nearest to your region. They will then make contact with you to explain the payment options and the delivery / returns procedure. Once we receive your donation a wristband will be sent to you.  The wristbands need to be back with OTSK / your seller no later than the 17th of December, so that we have plenty of time to get the wristbands back to The FSI by their deadline, so please don’t delay and help us with our challenge!
Alternatively, you can visit OTSK Christmas Challenge Virgin Giving.
100% of all funds raised from the sales of the wristbands will go directly to benefit OTSK.

XFN Reenactment Contest 2.0 Reminder

XFN Reenactment Contest 2.0 Reminder


This is a reminder to all Frank Spotnitz loving Philes of XFN's second reenactment contest. To make sure that you have your lines down, we're giving you a little extra time.

The deadline for the contest has been extended to November 26th. So you have plenty of time to work on your Kim Manners-esque camera angles.

As you may recall, this contest requires only a scene from an episode that Frank took part in writing, that and maybe a red wig.

Your entry can be as simple or as complex as you want. If you need a refresher on the details, head over to the original article. And remember to watch for the correct eyelines while taking into consideration the direction of---just kidding, have fun.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The XF3 is Out There

The XF3 is Out There
7 Nov 2010 | 1:18 pm MST

The Believe in the Future campaign and the XF3 Army have worked tirelessly since early 2009 for a third X-Files feature film green light and with the recent explosion of XF3 Script news and Frank Spotnitz’ blog message that he could neither confirm nor deny the news (while urging fans not to give up), XFN is moving forward with a major new phase of the campaign.

Phase 4 of Believe in the Future has been in the works for months and if you missed out on the first three phases or long for the days of writing postcards, hanging with Frankenbear and putting together fan videos, fear not because XFilesNews is about to up the ante.

Believe in the Future, Phase 4

Mailing Campaign- Get your design skills ready because it’s about to go down! XFN is commissioning the XF3 Army to put together fan made XF3 Movie Posters to send to Fox. It is preferred that posters be postcard sized (similar to what was done in the postcard campaign) or on 8 ½ by 11 or 11 by 17 sheets of paper that can be folded in order to mail. XFN will also sponsor a poster design contest with prizes! This time around we are asking for fans worldwide to send their posters directly to XFN Headquarters at:

6712 Selma Ave #2, Los Angeles, CA 90028

We know this fandom is a creative bunch so brush off those colored pencils, crayons and Photoshop computer programs and let’s make it happen!

Video Campaign-

Last year the XF3 Army put together hundreds of videos using the Match.com ads and the IWTB testimonials for reference. On this go around we are asking for vidders to advertise interest for a third X-Files feature film in two ways. The first is to make your own fan made XF3 Trailers! Here is an example. The second is to make a video telling the fandom what The X-Files means to you. Vidder AdaPiper has several very good examples of this here, here and here.

All videos must be uploaded to YouTube so that the general YouTube population can view them. The idea is to ignite more interest in a third film! Please begin the title of your video, XF3Army:
For previous XF3 Army videos, visit the XF3 Army YouTube Page.
Flash Mob Campaign-

To be announced shortly!  Philes should prepare for dressing up and getting noticed!
Frankenbear has a Cousin?-

In fact he does though his identity is still under wraps. More information is coming very shortly but be prepared for more worldwide furry fun and all for a great cause!
If 2008 was the Year of the Phile then 2011 is about to become the year of the Phile squared because XFN fully intends on cubing 2012.

Are you a believer?

French Article Scan (XF3 Script News)

French Article Scan (XF3 Script News)

by tiffany_devol@xfilesnews.com (Tiffany Devol)

Sarah over at Haven posted a scanned imagine of the article inTV Mag where David Duchovny was quoted originally online as saying the following: It is being written. One awaits just the green light from Fox, a little disappointed from the relatively poor reception of the second film. The error comes, in my opinion, that the authors strayed too far from the roots of the series. Moreover, the film was released in the summer. The third will be much closer to what the public expects, with government conspiracies, etc.

It appears that the line, "It is being written." was removed from the print version of this article, or was added to the online version. Interestingly enough, the rest of the quote remains intact.

According to Latino Review who sources David Duchovny's PR Rep but does not provide a name or a direct quote, Duchovny is not aware of any working script for X-Files 3 but would not mind working on another X-Files film with Gillian Anderson again and was proud of the previous two X-Files films.

Frank Spotnitz wrote to fans yesterday on his blog that fans should not give up and that while he wished he could say more, he could neither confirm nor deny the XF3 script news.

The Truth is Out There, you just have to dig through the lies and step over CSM to get to it.

UPDATE- The line "It is being written" has also been mysteriously removed from the online article. Cue Mark Snow's X-Files theme...

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #182

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #182

from Chillpak Hollywood Hour by Phil Leirness

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is such an action-packed installment, that we aren’t going to take much time describing it because we want to listen to it again ourselves! Hear Dean and Phil discuss the latest in television, the latest in movies, the latest in the blurring of the lines between news and entertainment, the latest celebrity deaths, the latest on Dean’s effort to become a U.S. citizen, and his most recent acting role! Buckle up, this one comes at you fast and furious.

Original audio source (Heart_Ep182_101108.mp3)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

X Files Halloween Pumpkins

And the Award Goes to...

from X-Files News by ROI_OLLSON@XFILESNEWS.COM (The XFN Team)

On October 13th, XFN announced a pumpkin carving contest. Because for the show that exemplifies all things spooky, there's really only one holiday that celebrates both aliens and mutants, and that's Halloween.

Over the next two weeks you sent us your photos, and a week ago, we asked you the Philes to vote and decide who the winner of the contest would be. And seeing as CSM is dead, you don't have to worry about voting fraud.

With 36% of the vote, the winner of the XFN Pumpkin Carving Contest is Robin! Congratulations! Your carving of Mulder and Scully had us all wanting to believe. And as promised, you win the prize: a set of Macfarlene Mulder and Scully action figures in FBI attire, sealed in their original packaging.

In second place with 21% of the vote is Emily, followed closely by Mel with 17%.

Thank you to all those who submitted photos and to those who voted. You helped to make this Halloween extra spooky!

More X Files News Can Neither Confirm, Nor Deny

Can Neither Confirm, Nor Deny

from X-Files News by tiffany_devol@xfilesnews.com (Tiffany Devol)

Frank Spotnitz addressed the XF3 script news/rumors this morning with the following:

I'm afraid I can neither confirm nor deny. I wish I could say more, but all I can say is what I've said all along:Don't give up!

Over the past 48 hours, multiple websites and press outlets have reported that a script for a third X-Files feature film is in fact underway with news originally broken by TVMag and XFilesNews.

Fox All Access picked up the story last night as well and fans took to twitter to express their excitement with over 700 posts before XFN stopped counting.

XFN has been working to further the coverage to get more philes on board for a third film and to send a very clear message to Fox that the fans, are still out there.

XFilesNews will continue to post more on this as it becomes available.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

David Duchovny Says The X-Files 3 Is Coming!

David Duchovny Says The X-Files 3 Is Coming!

from MovieWeb: News by MovieWeb

The x-Files 3 is being written

David Duchovny recently talked with TVmag (via Xfilesnews.com), and despite The X-Files: I Want to Believe tanking at the box office, the actor claims that a script for The X-Files 3 is currently being written. The sequel is coming, though the production is awaiting a green light from 20th Century Fox, who is a little hesitant about moving forward on the project due to the underperformance of the last installment.

Here is what David Duchovny had to say (as translated into English):

"It is in the process of being written. One awaits just the green light from Fox, who are a little disappointed from the relatively poor reception of the second film. (The film grossed $20.8 million.) The error comes, in my opinion, from the authors straying too far from the roots of the series. Moreover, the film was released in the summer. The third will be much closer to what the public expects, with government conspiracies, etc."

There is no official word from 20th Century Fox on this news, but we will keep you updated as more information on The X-Files 3 is revealed.

The X-Files 3 is in development and stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #181

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #181

from Chillpak Hollywood Hour by Phil Leirness

Robbie Consing is one of the top storyboard artists in the film biz. Since starting in 1991, Robbie has lent his illustrating talents to the pre-visualization of more than forty feature films. He has worked on such blockbusters as Batman Forever, The Rock, Face/Off, Armageddon, Inspector Gadget, The Haunting, Mission: Impossible 2,Pearl Harbor, Minority Report, X2, Terminator 3, National Treasure, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Transformers. He has collaborated with such acclaimed directors as David Fincher, Oliver Stone, John Woo, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Doug Liman and JJ Abrams. Currently, he is hard at work on the new Spider-Man reboot. Most important of all, he’s a loyal listener of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour! And now he’s our guest!

Original audio source (Heart_Ep181_101101.mp3)