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Hero Complex Film Festival: ‘X-Files’ reopens for anniversary salute

With “The X-Files,” Chris Carter created the template for the modern science-fiction series and influenced the direction of serialized storytelling on television, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show with a special closing-night screening at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. What’s more — you get to tell us which three episodes of the landmark series that detailed the exploits of intrepid agents Mulder and Scully that we’ll screen at the event. The Hero Complex Film Festival will ... [Continua a leggere]

20th Anniversary X-Files Blogging: ''The Erlenmeyer Flask'' (May 13, 1994)

The X-Files’ first season finale, “The Erlenmeyer Flask” is both a logical development of the series pilot, which established extra-terrestrial incursions on Earth, and a vanguard for the overall Myth-Arc, which describes over several seasons an attempt by humans to create human-alien hybrids before alien colonization of Earth commences in 2012. Written by Chris Carter and directed by R.W. Goodwin, “The Erlenmeyer Flask” -- like many of the greatest episodes of The X-Files – also takes as its inspiration a real-life story or mystery, and then turns that mys ... [Continua a leggere]

The X-Files 20th Anniversary Blogging: ''Darkness Falls'' (April 15, 1994)

In a segment similar in structure to “Ice,” The X-Files episode “Darkness Falls” finds Mulder and Scully in an isolated location (this time an impenetrable forest a full day’s hike from civilization…) battling a microscopic life-form from prehistory with the capacity to destroy mankind if it spreads to the world at large. The factor that meaningfully differentiates “Darkness Falls” from “Ice,” however, is the episode’s context or background. In “Ice” the F.B.I. agents had to contend with an infectious parasite insi ... [Continua a leggere]

20th Anniversary X-Files Blogging: ''Gender Bender''

“Gender Bender,” which first aired on Fox TV on January 21 of 1994, remains one of the weirder and perhaps more controversial first season episodes of The X-Files. That controversy arises -- as it often does in life -- over one particular subject: sex. In particular, this installment directed by Rob Bowman muses upon the qualities that comprise human sexual attraction and arousal. In the final analysis, does it all simply come down to chemical attraction? Can our responses, in effect, be programmed by chemical changes? This is not merely a matter for intellectual debate, eithe ... [Continua a leggere]

ECCC | The Truth is in Here: Gillian Anderson

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking, conspiracy-promoting, cult favorite television series The X-Files. In celebration of the anniversary, Emerald City Comicon brought actor Gillian Anderson to Seattle for a question-and-answer session. Moderated by Buddy Levy of The History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, Anderson answered fan questions about her X-Files role as Dana Scully, her work in voice acting and stepping into the past with Charles Dickens. Anderson credits her work on The X-Files for her subsequent success as an actress. “When I got [th ... [Continua a leggere]

Cartoomics Week 2013 - L’11 marzo al cinema Palestrina maratona da 10 episodi per i 20 anni di X-Files

Il ventennale di Cartoomics coincide con quello della serie televisiva di culto X-Files (il cui primo episodio è andato in onda negli Stati Uniti nel 1993), che ha cambiato per sempre il modo di rapportarsi alla mitologia aliena e paranormale, dando origine a spin-off cinematografici e fumettistici, oltreché a una vastissima produzione di merchandising. Per ritrovare su grande schermo i mitici Mulder e Scully, la Cartoomics Week, il “fuorisalone” di Cartoomics in programma dall’11 al 13 marzo ai cinema Palestrina e Arcobaleno Film Center di Milano, celebra l&r ... [Continua a leggere]

The Insect Fear Film Festival - scaring the general public with horrific films and horrific filmmaking since 1984


The 30th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival will be held on February 23, 2013 in Foellinger Auditorium (UIUC Campus). To honor the 30th year of the IFFF, Chris Carter, creator/director/producer/writer of the series and the movie spin-offs will attend the event. Admission is free and the doors will open at 6 PM. In addition to the films, there will be the traditional IFFF activities, including face painting, the insect petting zoo, and Bugscope. Help spread the word about the 30th IFFF on Facebook or Twitter. #IFFF30 Facebook event page: Schedule of Eve ... [Continua a leggere]

The X-Files 20th Anniversary Blogging: "Beyond the Sea" (January 7, 1994)

In “Beyond the Sea,” which originally aired on Fox TV on January 7, 1994, Scully’s father (Don Davis) unexpectedly passes way during the holidays following a sudden, massive coronary. Scully (Gillian Anderson) experiences a premonitory vision of her late father immediately before her mother (Sheila Larken) notifies her by phone of his death. At work the next day, Scully and Mulder (David Duchovy) attempt to locate and rescue two kidnapped teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina by meeting with a notorious death row inmate, Luther Lee Boggs (Brad Dourif). Boggs claims psychic p ... [Continua a leggere]

The X-Files 20th Anniversary Blogging: "Eve" (December 10, 1993)

“Eve” is our X-Files episode of the week as we continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic Chris Carter TV series.  This eleventh episode of the fledgling series was penned by Kenneth Biller and Chris Brancato, and directed by Fred Gerber. “Eve” commences as Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) fly to Greenwich, Connecticut to investigate the death of a suburban man who was drained of blood.  Mulder suspects alien abduction is behind the murder, citing examples of cattle-mutilations with a similar modus operandi. At first, the o ... [Continua a leggere]

X-Files 20th Anniversary Blogging: "Squeeze" (September 24, 1993)

“Squeeze” is The X-Files (1993 – 2002) first “monster-of-the-week” installment. As such, it represents a template for future entries such as “2Shy,” “Teliko,” “Hungry,” and “Alone.” Most of these monster-of-the-week-styled outings deal with a murderous genetic mutation of one type or another, but one who -- out of some biological deficiency -- kills human beings in order to survive. This mutant pinpoints in the human physiology, then, the key to controlling its own existence and satisfying that aforementioned defici ... [Continua a leggere]

X-Files 20th Anniversary Blogging: "Pilot" (September 10, 1993)

The X-Files first episode, “Pilot” written by Chris Carter and directed by Robert Mandel, remains a strong introduction to this classic horror/sci-fi series. The inaugural installment not only presents an intriguing mystery and introduces audiences to engaging characters caught up in life-changing events, it also presents a first and ominous peek at the dark forces aligned against the protagonists, and against “the truth” itself. But even better, the X-Files “Pilot” is skillful in the manner by which it deploys (and co-opts) horror imagery or symbolism. I a ... [Continua a leggere]

TV's best (and worst) for 2012

For this special edition of Names & Faces, we've placed a beloved Christmas present of new batteries into the remote control. We're ready to zoom in on some of TV's best (and worst) of 2012. Here we go:

Rolling Stone's best TV moments In Rob Sheffield's look back at the "greatest couch-surfing" moments of 2012, the Rolling Stone critic wrote about a wide range of subjects, including Bill Clinton delivering the "full Bubba" at the Democratic National Convention, the "shameless tearjerker" on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" when Leslie ( Amy Poehler) and Ben ( Adam Scott) got engaged, and Kristen Wiig's final performance on "Saturday Night Live," which included Mick Jagger and Arcade Fire serenading her with "She's a Rainbow." Sheffield also gave props to David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, the tw ... [Continua a leggere]

Frank Spotnitz parla del terzo film di X-Files e di un possibile ritorno in tv di Mulder e Scully

Lo sceneggiatore Frank Spotnitz da anni sta parlando con Chris Carter di come vorrebbe continuare le avventure di Mulder e Scully nel terzo film degli X-Files. Inoltre lo scrittore dà la sua opinione su un ipotetico ritorno dei due protagonisti sul piccolo schermo, magari in una nuova incarnazione…

Frank Spotnitz è conosciuto sopratutto per il suo lavoro come sceneggiatore nella serie televisiva cult X-Files, per la quale ottenne una nomination agli Emmy per l’episodio Il male oscuro, scritto assieme a Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan e John Shiban, e per aver lavorato con Carter alla sceneggiatura di X-Files – Il film e X-Files: Voglio crederci. Per anni si è parlato della lavorazione di un terzo film della franchise ma per il momento, non è ancora stato realizzato nessun script, anche se lo scrittore ha delle idee molto chiare sulla direzione che vorrebbe f ... [Continua a leggere]

Exclusive: Frank Spotnitz on The X-Files' potential return to TV

Former executive producer of The X-Files "wouldn't be surprised at all" if the show returned to the small screen...

With the BBC broadcast of Hunted finishing this Thursday, we chatted to series creator Frank Spotnitz about the BBC's decision not to renew the spy drama, the show's public reception, and his plans for the forthcoming HBO/Cinemax Hunted spin-off. That interview will be available to read in full tomorrow, but in the meantime, we thought you might be interested in this little snippet of The X-Files-related chat. As a former executive producer of The X-Files, we first asked Spotnitz what the status was on the franchise's planned third and final film (Spotn ... [Continua a leggere]

Is Fox bringing The X-Files to BD in 2013 as well?

All right, we haven’t had a Rumor Mill update in a very long while, so now that we’re up and running on the newly-redesigned Bits, it feels like it’s time to get the Mill going again, yes? And with a nice Cold War-era, espionage-inspired logo to boot! So here’s today’s dispatch: A number of our industry sources are now telling us that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is planning (and in fact may already be gearing up to) release their classic TV series The X-Files on Blu-ray. As fans will already be aware, the first four seasons of the show were produced ... [Continua a leggere]



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