Wednesday, January 24, 2018

David Duchovny Shares New Single From His Second Album

David Duchovny Shares New Single From His Second Album

Duchovny's upcoming album Every Third Thought is due for release on Feb. 9 and the alt-rocker released the ethereal single "Half-Life" today (Jan. 22) in promotion of the upcoming LP.

Equipped with blaring riffs, a crooning synth melody, and a gentle acoustic guitar, the sci-fi actor's album mixes love and science, with Duchovny singing subtly about the unconditional love. "Unconditional love decays, only fossilized hearts can break. Every piece is indivisible."

“I find poetry in science," Duchovny told Billboard. "Things like The Heisenberg principle or Schroedinger's cat — things like this. The phrase half life and the fact that it refers to radioactive decay or decay struck me as a poetic and wonderfully ambiguous place to start a song about life and love.”

Along with the release of the album, Duchovny is set to embark on a short tour across Australia and New Zealand. The tour begins on Feb. 20 in Auckland, NZ and concludes on Mar. 1 in Brisbane, AU.

Feb 20 - Auckland, NZ
Feb 21 - Wellington, NZ
Feb 23 - Melbourne, AU
Feb 24 - Sydney, AU
Feb 25 - Wollongong, AU
Feb 28 - Newcastle, AU
March 1 - Brisbane, AU

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The X-Files Script That Was Too Bleak To Air

The X-Files Script That Was Too Bleak To Air

What would Mulder and Scully make of a case that brought them face-to-face with “the strange and awful truth” of existence? “Crampton”, an unproduced screenplay for The X-Files, offers a clue: co-written by cult horror author Thomas Ligotti in 1998, the script plunges our detective leads into a world of illusion, suggesting conspiracies of a different kind.

Ligotti wrote his X-Files script with Brandon Trenz, his colleague at a reference-book publisher. The script that he and Trenz concocted, concerns the death of an FBI agent from an apparent heart attack, after a man walks into the bureau unchallenged and fires a joke-shop gun in his direction. When some nearby feds tackle the assassin to the ground, they find he has transformed into a mannequin. Enter Mulder and Scully, who follow a trail to the sinister backwoods town of Crampton, where things take a turn for the truly bizarre.

“Crampton” is plenty weird by X-Files standards. An early clue this won’t be your standard monster-of-the-week fare comes when Mulder and Scully examine the body of the FBI agent, Larry Johnson. After the disturbing discovery that Johnson’s pupils contract when a torch is shone on his eyes, the scene cuts to an eerie POV shot from the cadaver itself, causing the viewer to wonder what, exactly, is doing the looking.

The episode culminates in a horrifying magic performance, which allows Mulder and Scully a peek behind the curtains into a roaring black void – the Nietzschean abyss that stares back, perhaps – which the episode has been hinting at all along. It’s strong stuff, but Ligotti bristles when [the author of this article] suggest the scene tips the episode into the realms of the surreal – the key image, of a man lashed to a cage having impossible things done to his body, evokes something out of a Francis Bacon painting. “You’re right in that our ending was a bit more complex than that of the average X-Files plot,” says Ligotti, “but I wouldn’t say it was surreal or confusing in any way... Ultimately, the viewer knows more than Mulder and Scully about the resolution of the episode’s plot. That’s the unusual aspect of our episode. But it wasn’t, like, some artsy ‘What-the-hell-was-that?’ conclusion. Its narrative was solid all the way.”

In the end, Ligotti and Trenz’s attempts to get the script produced came to nothing, as the show’s makers did not accept submissions from outside contributors, with the odd noteworthy exception (Stephen King and William Gibson were both tapped to write episodes for the fifth season). The pair reworked their script into a feature-length treatment unrelated to The X-Files, but abandoned the idea after failing to find backing.

Full article + Interview: Dazed 
Script version of the unpublished X-Files episode: Crampton  


Gibson's idea about haunted website failed based on Chris Carter's disagreement.
Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination) revealed his version of unused The X-Files script, Flight 180
List of unmade X-Files episodes: Wikipedia

Friday, January 19, 2018

Skinner-centric Episode Details Revealed

Skinner-centric Episode Details Revealed

Skinner goes AWOL when his past comes back to haunt him. As Mulder and Scully try to track him down, their growing mistrust of him reaches its apex in the all-new "Kitten" episode of THE X-FILES airing Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Episode Written by Gabe Rotter and Directed by Carol Banker Cast: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder; Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully; Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner. 

Guest Cast: Haley Joel Osment as Davey James; Cory Rempel as young Walter Skinner, Jovan Nenadic as John "Kitten" James, Brendan Patrick Connor as Sherriff Mac Stenzler, James Pickens Jr. as Alvin Kersh, Jeremy Jones as Sergeant (?).

Via: Spoiler TV
Promo: Episode 4 - The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat

Promo: Episode 4 - The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat

Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how The X-Files themselves may have originated in the all-new episode called "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat".

Source: Spoiler TV

Thursday, January 18, 2018

[Video] David Duchovny on Late Night with Seth Meyers

[Video] David Duchovny on Late Night with Seth Meyers

[Video] Gillian Anderson on The Late Late Show with James Corden

[Video] Gillian Anderson on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Monday, January 15, 2018

The X-Files: TCA Winter Press Tour

The X-Files: TCA Winter Press Tour

A discussion of the latest “X-Files” episodes was held in a theater on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, as part of the Television Critics Association 2018 winter press tour.

Anderson and Duchovny answered questions, along with costar Mitch Pileggi, and executive producers and writers Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan.

The first question of the session came from a reporter asking Anderson about her stated intention to close the book on Scully with the 2018 “X-Files.”

“I arrived at the decision” to exit, Anderson said, “before we did the previous six,” thinking “the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again, and just meeting up again, and making the most of it, and getting to play these wonderful characters again.”

“As Chris (Carter) has said himself, that short stack of episodes kind of felt like we were learning how to walk again, and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up, and we are running.”

“We are definitely crawling now,” Duchovny joked.

“But beforehand, before we did this 10,” Anderson continued, “I did think that was going to be it. But the minute they mentioned that they might be interested in doing another, I thought, do you know what? That didn’t feel like the right way to end it. It didn’t feel like I would necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye.”

As for American Gods, she said: "I'm not doing any more American Gods. Bryan and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced." Fuller and Green were pushed out of the series after clashing with producers Fremantle over the show's season two budget.

When Anderson heard about the writers discussing another season, she said, it “sounded more like a good ending to me.”

As to why Anderson wanted to officially close “The X-Files” door, she said that there are “lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career, and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and an extraordinary character, and I am hugely grateful. But there's lots of other stuff I want to do, and I don't really want to be tied down to months and months of doing any particular one thing that I feel like I've done. That's why.”

Later in the session, Anderson was asked yet again about whether she might one day come back as Scully.

“No,” Anderson said again. “You know, I like to be challenged as an actor, and I like to do many, many different characters, and that’s why I got into the business. I’ve done this now for decades, and it’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is. The next couple years are quite full, and there’s lots of different things that I want to do, and I’m being asked to do, and I want to be able to explore them without being tied to a series. It’s really quite simple.”

Another reporter returned to the subject still one more time, suggesting Anderson might play Scully 10 years from now.

“No,” Anderson repeated. “No. This is it for me. I’m really serious. I have so much respect for these guys, and I have respect for Scully, and I have respect for David, and it’s really sad. But I’m finished, and that’s the end of that.”

But “The X-Files” isn’t finished, at least not quite yet. Glen Morgan said “we’re not officially finished shooting yet,” and added that the show will answer some of the lingering questions that, like the truth, are still out there.

Later, Duchovny was asked if, considering that Carter has said he doesn’t want to make any more “X-Files” if Anderson isn’t in them, and Fox said the network doesn’t want to do more “X-Files” if Carter and Anderson aren’t involved, how Duchovny felt about saying goodbye to Mulder.

“I’ve tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times, and I failed,” Duchovny said.

“He was the first one to say goodbye to Fox Mulder,” Anderson said, apparently referring to Duchovny limiting his involvement in the original series in Seasons 8 and 9.

“I failed,” Duchovny said, “and they did the show without me. So how do you like that?”

As those in the room laughed, Duchovny jokingly continued. “I’m feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember,” then added, “I’m good. I’m good either way. I’m good, you know, with this being the end. I’m good with it not being the end.”

At the summer TCA press tour, Fox execs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said there would only be two mythology episodes in the current season. Writer/producer Darin Morgan confirmed this, but suggested the mythology would leak into other episodes as well.

“Jim Wong’s on show five [and that] had some stuff because it had some stuff about William,” Morgan said. “Even the one tonight has some of Barbara Hershey’s character, who shows up again. So two and a half.”

Since the season/series finale is also a mythology episode, does that mean the season premiere, “My Struggle III” wasn’t? And does backstory on a major X-Files character not count as mythology?

“Episode six, [which] Gabe Rotter wrote, is all the backstory of Skinner,” Morgan said. “It’s been a long time, we’ve been waiting to hear that.”

The X-Files writer and producer Glen Morgan did promise, however, that fans will finally get some stories tied up by the time the season 11 finale airs … but of course, some mysteries will remain. “We are not officially finished shooting yet,” Morgan says. “Some of those questions will be answered. Some, I think, won’t, because that’s the way this show is.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

IDW Announces New X-Files Game

IDW Announces New X-Files Game

IDW Games and 20th Century FOX Consumer Products to announce a story telling party game for the X-Files. This story telling, social party game with light deduction puts players in the role to creating plausible theories using evidence at the scene to convince the other players of their case.

Designed by Matt Fantastic, the game puts players in the role of Special Agent Fox Mulder who is trying to earn the respect of the other players as FBI Directors to create a plausible theory for the case. This story telling game is built deep within the lore of X-Files, and puts players right on the scene to see if they can make the other players believe. The game also comes with a second game mode, based on Jose Chung, from one of the most famous episodes “From Outer Space”. Other player play as witnesses to a paranormal event and Jose Chung must look at all the evidence they provide and create a complete narrative that ties all their stories together.

Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development said “Matt Fantastic has done a great job with EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and adapting that system for X-Files is going to create a fun experience for X-Files fans who love the show. We are happy that we can make a game that puts players right in the role of Mulder and Jose Chung for this X-Files game.”

Planned as the first game in a series, The X-Files: Conspiracy Theory EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED, will be available March 2018, riding along side the shows 25th Anniversary.

Via: IDW Games

Friday, January 12, 2018

Spoiler Alert | Season 11

Spoiler Alert | Season 11

David Duchovny & Mitch Pileggi are revealing what’s to come this season on The X-Files.