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Added Friday, March 31, 2000
The next X-Files video release will be Dreamland on April 19. It should cost $19.95. Thanks Fiona on ausxfnews. Does anyone have any information on the previously advised Closure video.

Added Wednesday, March 29, 2000
Minor Update
I updated my Webrings page, to remove the Connexion ring which has been closed by it's owner.

Added Tuesday, March 28, 2000
Media Wrap-up
This week's Who Weekly contains a two-thirds of a page story (including spoiler photo) on this week's X-Files episode, Millennium and gives it a B- rating. It also has a full page ad for their sister magazine In Style which shows the David Duchovny spread from last week's inaugural issue. New Weekly includes the Millennium episode in their Must See column and has a small grainy photo. Last week's Sydney Morning Herald Metro liftout had a review of The X-Files Movie on DVD. Next week's TV Week has a feature article on David Duchovny.

Added Sunday, March 26, 2000
Today's Sun-Herald Television liftout magazine has Mulder and Scully on the cover and a story full of spoilers inside concerning this week's episode, Millennium, the season's worst-kept secret.

Brisbane Sunday Mail
The Brisbane Sunday Mail TV liftout, TV Scene, has William B Davis on the cover and a story inside, most likely the same as in last weekend's Melbourne Herald-Sun. Thanks Michael on ausxfnews.

Lifetime Achievement Award
At this week's 37th annual Publicists Guild of America Awards, Gillian Anderson presented this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to Chris Carter.

Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards
Last season's Triangle episode won an award for Best Period Makeup -- Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series -- Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) in the First Annual Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. The artists involved were Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf, Kevin Westmore and LaVerne Basham.

Tonight Show
Gillian Anderson is scheduled to be appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 4 (US time). The show screens on Pay TV in Australia on The Comedy Channel but I'm not sure how far behind we are.

Entertainment Weekly Story
On the Entertainment Weekly website this week was a story called "X" Tension which deals with David Duchovny's opinion of season seven of The X-Files. It contains a spoiler about an upcoming episode so be warned. You can read it here.

Ottawa Star Story
Canadian newspaper, The Ottawa Star, had a similar story this week concerning David Duchovny's opinion that there is no future for The X-Files. It also contains a spoiler about the same upcoming episode as the above story and you can read it here.

Los Angeles (UltimateTV.com)
The father of "X-Files" star David Duchovny has written his first novel, "Coney", scheduled for release in September by Overlook/Penguin, according to the New York Post.

Amram Ducovny, who leaves the "h" out of his last name, has already written non-fiction works including "David Ben Gurion: In His Own Words" and "The Billion Dollar Swindle: Frauds Against the Elderly". "Coney" is a coming-of-age tale set in 1939 Coney Island that follows the life of Harry Catzker, a 15-year old Jewish boy with self-absorbed parents who cavorts with carnival freaks while contemplating life.
The Australia/New Zealand April 2000 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine has a short interview with Gillian Anderson. Gillian gives all her 'beauty secrets' away by sharing what she usually uses outside the show. There's also a photo of David Duchovny in a wetsuit. The US version of the magazine conducted an online poll and Gillian Anderson was voted best actress in a drama and The X-Files was voted as best drama. Thanks Winnie.

International Horror Guild Awards
From SciFi.Com: The International Horror Guild has announced the nominees for its 1999 awards, recognizing achievement in the field. The awards will be presented May 12 at the World Horror Convention in Denver. The Television Show Nominees are The Storm of the Century, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.

USA Weekend
The March 24-26 issue of USA Weekend featured the following story: "No Holding Back: USA Weekend sends Gillian Anderson on her first investigation as a journalist. The assignment: Get the scoop on her co-star and the future of The X-Files. Check The Haven for transcript and photos.

Added Monday, March 20, 2000
In Style
The inaugural Australian issue of In Style magazine hit the stands today (Wednesday, actually!) and contains a story titled David Duchovny's Secrets Of Style.

Rolling Stone Competition
There is another X-Files competition in the current edition of Rolling Stone that closes on April 12. You have to write in 25 words or less which is your favourite X-Files episode. The prize is one of 3 packs of The X-Files Season 3 Investigation videos, namely - Clyde Bruckmanís Final Repose/War Of The Coprohages, Pusher/Jose Chungís "From Outer Space" and Wetwired/Avatar.

The address to send your entries is:
'X-Files Season 3 Video Competition'
Rolling Stone
78 Renwick Street
Redfern, NSW 2016

Thanks Kim on ausxfnews.

Sunday Telegraph
Yesterday's Sunday Telegraph had a story on Hollywood's fitness regime and included David Duchovny and a photo of him competing in a triathlon last year.

Grace Brothers is currently selling Biogenesis (in their latest catalogue they call Biogenius!) for $19.95, $5 below the recomended retail price while David Duchovny fans can pick up Beethoven for just $9.95 in Angus and Robertson stores.

Return To Me
The David Duchovny movie Return To Me is set for release in Australia on August 3. Meanwhile in the US David Duchovny is doing the rounds of talk-shows to promote the movie and will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 4. That should be the next day in Australia.

The next X-Files video is titled Closure and will be released in April.

Above two items from Angie on ausxfnews.

Melbourne Herald-Sun # 1
William B. Davis a.k.a. CSM was on the cover of yesterday's (Sunday March 19) Melbourne Herald- Sun's TV Extra magazine.

As 'The X-Files' mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man, William B. Davis is the man fans love to hate. But, As Danielle Hood Discovered, the only wicked part of this accomplished actor is his sense of humour.

When confronted with the task of interviewing the actor who plays the most evil character in film and television since Darth Vader, it is tempting to begin the coversation with "boo-hiss"!

But the man who has menacingly thwarted Fox Mulder's relentless search for the truth in "The X-Files' is quick to point out such interviewing insolence will not be tolerated.

"Oh yes. I'm quite dangerous," William B. Davis says with the unmistakable drawl of the Cigarette Smoking Man (CSM).

"Yes, terrible things could happen to you if you are not careful."

But unlike the chainsmoking character he plays in the cult TEN series (Wednesday 8.30pm), the only wicked thing about Davis is his sense of humour. His constant laughter and down-to-earth nature are quite disarming for a fan who wants to give him an earful about his treatment of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson).

In fact, he even makes CSM (Or the Cancer Man, as Mulder christened him early in the series) seem downright heroic.

"As and actor playing any part, I have to get behind what the character does and believe in what the character does," the 62-year-old says.

"I see the character from the character's point of view, not from the viewers' point of view. And, looked at the way, of course, he may now be doing things he should not do or, if he asked moral questions any more, he would not do. But I don't think he asks too many moral questions any more.

"I do, however, think he as probably quite idealistic when he started. He set out to face an impossible situation and make the best of it. He certainly has not pursued his goals for personal gain - he is not like Saddam Hussein, who is the fourth richest man in the world. He still lives a very simple life and is dedicated to the cause he pursues.

"I'm not sure he cares so much about his own life. Certainly the deal that was struck (with the aliens) involved the saving of some lives. So, to some extent, it could be argued he was making the best of a bad job."

"They are tricky moral questions. But I also don't think anybody, unless they are really psychopathic, thinks they're the bad guy - they always thinks somebody else is."

Chris Carter, the creator of 'The X-Files' had no doubts about CSM being the bad guy on his award winning show.

Davis appeared in the first 'X-Files' episode filmed in 1993, as a silent extra and after 20 episodes finally said his first lines.

"Chris Carter wanted somebody who could radiate a certain power without speaking," Davis says. "I suppose he always imagined this figure being shadowy and in the background, but it has gradually built and has become a much more pominent role than was intended.

"In the early days, whenever I go a script I would read it from back to front to see if I was still alive. Once, when I asked Chris if he was going to kill the character off, all he said was, 'You can't kill the devil'."

The antagonism between good and evil (Fox Mulder and CSM) has been evident from the start of the series and has developed into a Luke Skywalker - Darth Vader- type scenario, with CSM rumored to be Mulder's father (but nothing is a certainy in 'The X-Files').

A memorable Mulder line in an episode in which his mother lay critically ill in hospital sums up the relationship between the two characters.

As CSM made his way along the hospital corridor to visit Mulder's mother, our handsome hero looked at him and said "Please tell me you have come here because you are having severe chest pains".

Davis believes such stinging barbs and being thrown against several walls with Mulder's gun pointed at his head are some of the most memorable scenes in the series.

Off the set, Davis says he and Duchovny "get along fine", but there was one time when on-set tension between the two would not have been difficult to create.

"We've never hung out and, to be truthful, I don't see David that often," says Davis, who travels from Vancouver to Los Angeles to film the series when required.

"We have had a few trerrific scenes together, but quite a lot of the time he is not involved in the scenes or in the parts of the episodes that I am.

"We had a bit of a disagreement, I suppose you could say, about moving the show from Vancouver to Los Angeles (at the end of the fifth season).

"This is what he wanted and I never complained about it personally, but I expressed in the press I was unhappy we had to let go of the crew who had been with us since the begining of the show. Also, leaving Vancouver was hard because it was so much a part of the show. But, on the whole, we have gotten along."

Davis, a competitive water skier, downhill skiing instructor and non-smoker of 18 years, studied at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Arts and was an assistant director at the National Theatre in its Laurence Olivier era. He returned to Canada in the mid '60s and today he divides his time between playing CSM, being the director of The William Davis Centre For Actor's Study and pursuing a new interest - writing.

"I'm actually working on writing an episode of 'The X-Files' at the moment, so we'll see whether they use it or not.' he says.

"I'm trying to develop an episode that involves CSM and Scully, because we've never really done anything with that relationship. I've been complaining about it for ages because I think Gillian's such a good actress, but I never get to work with her. So I thought perhaps if I could write something we may be able to explore an interesting new relationship on the show."

Davis also works extensively with the Canadian Cancer Society as a fundraiser and in anti-smoking compains.

"We have been able to turn my notoriety, if you like, to good purpose' he says "The only flack I ever had was from a smokers' rights group. This particular individual was very upset at my presenting cigarette smoking in such a negative light. As long as the smoking is associated with this eveil (in his character) and certainly with the personal pain the character feels, it's fine.

"It would be quite a different matter if Scully smoked. That would make it something that everybody wanted to do, because they want to be like Scully. But nobody wants to be like CSM."

But despite his despicable acts, CSM is a character fans love to hate.

"I recently did an audition and ended up walkaing around downtown Vancouver in my suit, which I rarely ever do - usually I wear casual clothes," Davis says.

"But because I was in my suit it was like, 'Hey, there's Cancer Man. hey, Cancer Man!' The attention I recieve is in moderate doses, but it must be very different for David and Gillian. It's not that extreme so it's not overwhelming. It's generally quite pleasant, actually. A lady in a lift once said to me, 'You look like the scary guy from'The X-Files'.'

"But it has been a remarkable experience,' he says of the show. "It has been an amazing ride for all of us. It has taken us places we never expected to go. So much of it was chance, really - I just happened to be at the right place at the right time."
Thanks Kim on ausxfnews.

Melbourne Herald Sun # 2
The Melbourne Herald-Sun's guide section on March 8 contained two X-Files stories, one a spoiler for the episode to screen in Australia on Wednesday week which I'll add to my Australian media page after the episode has aired. The other story was:
Out-Foxed by David

The truth is out there, if only David Duchovny would spill the beans, writes Hal Boedeker.

Like 'The X-Files', David Duchovny is a big tease. The lanky actor who plays Fox Mulder draws out explanations, says a lot while revealing little and trfficks in playful sarcasm.

In interviews, even the simplest questions are turned into mock confrontations.

When I ask what he did on his summer holiday, the foxy Fox responds: "Why do you want to know?"

I said I had heard he made a movie. He objected to my tone before telling me of making 'Return to Me' in Chicago with Bonnie Hunt, his co-star in the 1992 movie 'Beethoven'.

"I actually did woirk before 'The X-Files', but I have a little secret - I didn't do anything good," he says, pausing before adding: "That's not really true. I'm proud of it all."

I tried another question: Does 'X-Files creator Chris Carter take him into his confidence about the show's conspiracy plot?

Does he understand more than viewers do?

"No" Duchovny says, shacking his head. "I care as little about that as I care about the relationship between Mulder and Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson)."

"As an actor, I approach each script with the questions that I need to ask. I've always thought that it's best if it remains unexplained."

Duchovny believes giving viewers answers reduces the show to science fiction.

"Chris and the writers are in a Catch-22 because people want answers, and when you give them answers, they go: 'well, that's just not as exciting as not knowing. Why did you tell me'?" he explains.

While acknowledging the rumours that this seventh season may be 'The X-Files' last, Duchovny remains noncommittal about his feelings.

"My contract is up at the end of this coming year, so I'm living my life as if this would be the last year, and I'd be fine if it were the last year," he says. "But then again, I don't know."

Gillian Anderson, who plays Scully, is contracted for an eighth year but Carter admits he is plotting the series as if this seventh season will be the last.

Duchovny expects the series finale to be open-ended so 'The X-Files' can continue as theatrical movies in which he would star.

"I feel really proprietary of the character and of the show," he says.

"I feel like I want to take care of the guy (Mulder) and make sure that he is not misrepresented."

Not wanting to ruffle his feathers further, I try another tack.

What impact has the series had, given it is coming to an end?

"In other words, can you do my job for me?" he jokes, then rambles on about the Zeitgeist, the age of conspiracy, the new millennium "and all these things that I'm sure you're sick of writing as we are of reading."

Then, surprisingly, he suddenly turns serious - or as serious as he can turn.

"At the shows heart, it was just a bloody good show," he says.

Later that evening as I walk out of my hotel to go to dinner, Duchovny stands, waiting for his car.

"And what are you doing this Summer?" he asks with good-natured sarcasm.

I smile, shake my finger at him and walk on.
Thanks once again to Kim on ausxfnews.

Next Update
I'll be in Sydney for the rest of this week so unfortunately the next update won't be until Saturday.

Added Sunday, March 19, 2000
New Idea
Last week's issue of New Idea had some spoiler photos of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from an upcoming episode of The X-Files.

TV Hits Competition
The latest issue of TV Hits (the teen magazine) has a competition where you can win the recently released X-Files season three video packs and an X-Files cap. To win you can either send in an entry form from the magazine or phone 1900 921 035 and answer a multiple choice question - Who is David Duchovny married to? The answer is (d). Tea Leoni.

Also, in their Gossip/Hollywood section:
With The X Files possibly being flied away forever at the end of the year, you'll be pleased to hear that NBC have a new show waiting in the wings to take over.It's called The Others, and it combines all the spooky X Files bits with the touch of The Sixth Sense. It's fanastic and I'm sure you're going to love it.
Thanks Maureen.

BTW, The Others is the creation of Glen Morgan and James Wong and stars XF guest Kristin Cloke, the reason for their chats at TV Guide this week.

Added Saturday, March 18, 2000
Attorney Says Story Is Inaccurate
Yesterday's story also appeared in the London Daily Mail and bought this press release from David Duchovny's attorney.
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker, & Levine

David Duchovny's Attorney Says Daily Mail Story is Inaccurate
Los Angeles, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Nelson of the law firm, Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker, & Levine, David Duchovny's attorney, today issued the following statement in response to media inquiries concerning a story in today's Daily Mail of London:
"The information contained in a story in today's Daily Mail of London concerning an offer purportedly made by Fox to David Duchovny for the eighth season of "The X-Files" is inaccurate and has no basis in fact. The source with whom they spoke clearly has no idea what he or she is talking about.''
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards
The X-Files received two nominations in the 47th annual Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards which will be announced on March 25. The Unnatural episode was nominated in the Television Episodic - Dialogue & ADR category while Agua Mala was nominated in the Television Episodic - Effects and Foley category.

Saturn Awards
The X-Files was nominated for Best Network Television Series in the Saturn Awards while Gillian Anderson was nominated in the Best Actress on Television category.
Thanks to Michael on ausxfnews for all today's news.

Added Friday, March 17, 2000
Courier Mail - Season 8
In the TV section of today's Brisbane Courier Mail:
X-Files Star Rumoured To Have Struck A Deal.

David Duchovny is said to have been offered the most lucrative acting contract in TV history to stay with The X-Files.

Producers are willing to pay the actor AU$1.8 million an episode to keep him in his role of FBI agent Fox Mulder. This will guarantee the actor AU$38 million for the eighth and final series of The X-Files.

"The money is on the table and it looks like David will take it," said one X-Files insider. "It's just too good to turn down."

Duchovny's seven-year contract runs out after the current series and he announced his decision to quit after legal battles with producers over money.

But bosses are determined to lure him back for one last series. Co-star Gillian Anderson is already committed to an eighth series because of a clause in her contract.

The insider added: "If David comes back, he's going to make sure it's more than his while."

X-Files creator Chris Carter is unwilling to film an eighth series unless his two leads both appear in their roles. Sources claim he persuaded bosses to make the huge offer to Duchovny.

The actor, 39, will next be seen on the big screen in the romantic drama "Return To Me" with Minnie Driver. His previous movies have flopped at the box office.
Posted by Little Miss Nicap to the Channel Ten X-Files Message Board.

X-Files Ratings
I haven't yet seen the Sydney or National ratings for the premiere episode of The X-Files' seventh season but it rated 42nd in South East Queensland (Brisbane) in the ratings week from March 5 to 11. It beat All Saints 43rd; The Panel 51st; Charmed 53rd; Third Watch 55th; Cold Feet 71st; Water Rats 72nd; Providence 80th and Buffy 94th.
Also from Little Miss Nicap.

Happy St Patrick's Day
Happy St Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to Annette.

Added Thursday, March 16, 2000
Ten Promo
The X-Files is included in a new channel 10 promo called "Take It Away Wednesday" featuring clips from shows on Ten's Wednesday lineup featuring pizza! Bizzare. The Panel did a send-up of the promo last night.

X-Files: An Eighth Season?
From The Vancouver Sun, March 13.
David Duchovny has reportedly been offered $1 million per episode to shoot another year of The X-Files. If he takes it, production will remain in Los Angeles. If he scoots, the show will return to Vancouver with a new Agent facing Gillian Anderson, whose contract has her locked in for another year.
From Katie

Woman's Day article
There is a one-page article in this week's Woman's Day about David Duchovny, Tea Leoni and their child Madelaine and how she was finally released from the hospital and the trauma she went through with a bout of pneumonia.
Thanks Clare on ausxfnews

Written Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Added Thursday, March 16, 2000 [because it contained spoilers]
Amor Fati
Today's Daily Telegraph has tonight's episode as their "Pick Of The Day".
The X-Files (Ten, 8:30pm)
They're back! A lifeline was extended to fans of The X-Files last week with the return of a new series. If the first few episodes are anything to go by, we are in for a wilder ride than ever. The storylines just got wackier, the concepts further out of this world and the sexual tension even hotter. It's only the second week back and already Mulder (David Duchovny [picture]) has managed a roll in the hay with one woman and a few sizzling screen moments with Scully. But, of course, these brief moments of affection play second banana to the main matter at hand - aliens. Mulder holds the key to the survival of mankind in his genes (no jokes please!) and develops extraordinary brain power that allows him to read everyone's mind. However, he is of no use to anyone because he is in a catatonic state in a psych ward. Scully finds a map of the entire DNA make-up and has to battle the authorities to save Mulder. Oddly, even she declares it is all the work of aliens and is spooked by a man who taunts her, then disappears. It's these small changes in the characters that leads one to believe we may be in for some surprises this season.
Pamela Wilson

Added Monday, March 13, 2000
Media Wrap-up
Last Thursday's Daily Telegraph had an X-Files story but it contains spoilers about the March 29 episode so I won't say anymore. The 7 Days section also made this week's episode the Pick of the Night for Wednesday. The TV liftouts in both of yesterday's NSW papers (The Sunday Telegraph and The Sun-Herald) made The X-Files a must-see this week. This week's TV Week has a small X-Files story called X-Appearance, declaring next week's episode a Must See, but mainly discussing the show's fashions!

Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead
David Duchovny can be seen in a pre-X-Files role in the Christina Applegate movie Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead at noon this Thursday on channel 7/Prime.

Added Saturday, March 11, 2000
The X-Files Movie on DVD
The latest issue of Sain magazine (# 21 March 2000) includes a review of The X-Files Movie on DVD.
X-Files Devotees will be rewarded with this flick; it's bigger, better and spookier than ever. Mulder and Scully discover an alien plot to take over the world. In the same vein as the series, sinister government involvement runs to the highest level. The features are few, but there's a dynamite segment of behind-the-scenes. If you're a Duchovny fan, watch the "truth" section and you will find a genuine good-guy in he movie business. Common threads link the movie to the series, but you need not have seen an episode to understand and be rapt with this masterpiece.
The DVD is also shown as being availble to buy in the latest Harvey Norman catalogue although the official release date isn't until March 22. You can read reviews of the DVD at Michael D's Region 4 DVD info page

Kristin Cloke Chat
There will be a chat with Kristen Cloke at TV Guide on March 21 at 8:00 pm US EST. Kristin will be remembered by X-Files fans as Melissa Riedal-Ephesian in the fourth season episode "The Field Where I Died" and also starred in Space: Above and Beyond and Millennium. She is married to former X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan.

The latest issue of Starburst (#258) to reach Australia is now out. It has Gillian Anderson on the front cover and a 6 page interview of sorts with Gillian and David Duchovny but includes spoilers. As I've moaned before, the mag is quite expensive at $10.25.

Thanks to Cath on ausxfnews who also provided the cover scan.

Sydney Morning Herald: The Guide
The Sydney Morning Herald's The Guide on March 6 had the following X-Files season seven preview.
TV Previews: The X-Files Ten, 8.30pm

[Thumbs Up]

"Previously on The X-Files..."
Six seasons of slowly deteriorating hocus-pocus now recovering its equilibrium (maybe temporarily, but so far strongly) with a plague of locusts that recalls the original killer bees (always liked those) and Agent Mulder lying in a bare concrete cell in a psychiatric ward, his brain collapsing. But what's this... a note? And why is Dana Scully prowling the East African night, ready for the chop?

The sixth season pulled off a zinging cliffhanger with some strange hieroglyphics on a piece of plastic foam, which then took off fearsomely - on its lonesome. Meanwhile, she really cares about him.

[Old picture of Mulder and Scully. Caption: Photo-booth mugging... agents Mulder and Scully from The X-Files.]
The Guide also mentions the release date of The X-Files Movie on DVD as March 22.

Thanks to Michael on ausxfnews

Illawarra Mercury Review
... And from The Illawarra Mercury on March 8.
The X-Files, Ten Capital, 8.30PM

Finally, television lives again.

Mulder and Scully are back in what seems destined to be their last season of chasing proof that humans really are not alone. They are so close to their goal of finding Mulder's sister and blowing the lid on the whole alien colonisation of the earth plot that you just know this season is going to be something really special. Of course the focus of the show has changed dramatically from it's first season but it has drawn it's ardent fans along its fascinating arc.

Tonight marks the first of a two-episode story that solves the 1999 cliffhanger finale of season six. The problem is, the station isn't running that cliffhanger episode to refresh the minds of viewers so you're going to have to put your brain to work. You will remeber that Mulder was locked away in a neuro-psychiatric ward while Scully sought to uncover what could pottentially be the source of all life on earth in Africa. Well, Mulder's problems are far from over and death is looming as a real possibility.

With the cigarette-smoking man lurking in the shadows and Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers) torn between her roles as a friend and foe, the only person genuinely concerned about Mulder's rehabilitation is his partner Scully. Can she save him while also solving the mystery of the object buried in the sand in Africa?

Those dreaded little words 'To Be Continued' will prevent you from discovering the answers tonight but you'll be hooked. Believe that.
-Denise Everton
From Cath on ausxfnews.

Return To Me
David Duchovny's latest movie Return To Me, which will be released in the USA in April, is beginning to get some positive critical feedback, witness the following Cinescape Insider review.
In every Grandparentís house was that old couch. The familiar, slightly ragged resting place which you could just sink into and live forever in the soft cushions and pleasing feel. Return To Me is the directorial debut of comedy genius Bonnie Hunt (The Green Mile, Jerry Maguire), and her first film is one of the most endearing, comfortable movies Iíve seen come from a newcomer. Like that old couch, you can just sit back and feel the warmth and love that Hunt creates with her diverse cast and her touching - yet decidedly funny - script.

David Duchovny stars as Bob, an architect who loses his beloved wife in a car accident. At the same time, a young woman with heart disease named Grace (Minnie Driver) waits for a heart donor, and finds one in Bobís dead wife. Not knowing the recipient of the vital organ, Bob moves on with his life and tries to cope with his tragic loss. A freak meeting in a restaurant brings Grace and Bob together, and they fall in love. Trouble is, Grace finds it hard to tell Bob about her heart operation, and even harder to explain to her boyfriend that his deceased wifeís heart in inside her.

David Duchovny finally gets a chance to shine a little with a leading role that shies away from the dour X-Files Agent Mulder character that Duchovny will be saddled with for the rest of his life. He actually smiles in this film! Minnie Driver has been a charmer for many flicks now, with Return To Me an opportunity for the actress to give her Lucille Ball-like facial gestures a workout. The two share touching chemistry, but Hunt never lets the romance get sappy. There are tears to be had here, but only ones that have been earned.

smiley faceWell, that's it for today. I have to run off and celebrate my birthday!!

Added Thursday, March 9, 2000
Channel 10 Sucks Big Time
Well, talk about spoilers! Anyone who hasn't seen the Biogenesis video and has been avoiding season seven spoilers would have been shocked at the end of last night's episode. The preview of next week's Amor Fati showed the biggest revelation included in the episode. Lift your game Ten.

William B. Davis Chat
There will be a William B. Davis chat at TV Guide on March 17 at 8:00 pm US EST.

Added Wednesday, March 8, 2000
The Sixth Extinction
At long last, season seven starts in Australia (Channel 10/Capital at 8:30pm EST) but I wonder how many people haven't already seen the episode on video?

New Weekly
I missed New Weekly on Monday but checked it out yesterday and The Sixth Extinction was in their Must See shows of the week. The reason to buy the mag though is for their poster of an accupunctured David Duchovny!

Old News But News All the Same
The Daily Telegraph had a nice article on Richard Belzer last week and mentioned his X-Files role as Detective John Munch in Unusual Suspects back in season five. A bit of trivia - that character has appeared in five different TV shows which is a record. There was also a put-down of the Roswell show which paid a tribute to The X-Files:
US networks can be counted on to take a good concept and flog it to death in every way. In an attempt to capitalsie on the success of The X-Files ... [snip] ... But where the conspiracy-laden X-Files offers magnetic actors, genuine thrills and off-beat storylines as well as a good line in dry wit ... [snip]
Playing By Heart was also one of their Video Night picks of the week.

Added Monday, March 6, 2000
Junior Brown
This is a stretch for news I know, but Junior Brown, who had a small guest role in the award-winning season six episode "Drive", will be one of the stars appearing at The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Byron Bay in New South Wales during the Easter long weekend.

Tabloids ... Lack of News
You can tell a show's popularity is waning by the amount of coverage in the tabloids. This week's magazines have virtually ignored the season seven premiere of The X-Files with just Who Weekly giving it a mention as one of the best shows for Wednesday.

Added Saturday, March 4, 2000
X-Files' End Is Out There
The recent Australian TV Week story [read the transcript here] has made news overseas, being picked up by the Vancouver Sun.
X-Files' end is out there

The Vancouver Sun, February 29, 2000

This may be the end, X-Files friends. After almost a year of speculation about the future of The X-Files, the final word is about to be written, according to one of the show's stars. Gillian Anderson said in the Australian magazine TV Week this weekend that the show will not return next year.

Anderson, who plays FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the popular series, confirmed that she and David Duchovny will tape their final episode in April, at the end of The X-Files' seventh season.

"We will not be here for an eighth season, so it's a matter of mourning the end," Anderson told TV Week, "and that will be very emotional."

[Series creator Chris Carter has said] that he will not continue the series without both Anderson and Duchovny.

Duchovny has said in the past he has no interest in continuing beyond this year.

"Seeing how the seasons have progressed," Anderson told TV Week, "and seeing where we all are in our lives and in the life of the show as a whole, it seems to me that we've done our best years." She said that everybody's attention is starting to wander. "The most beneficial thing for the series, to keep it in good form, is to go out on a high while we have the strength and the commitment to do it. I personally don't know if -- physically, emotionally, spiritually -- I could do another season and show up and put in 100 per cent."

Both Anderson and Duchovny have expressed interest in reprising their X-Files roles in a series of feature films.
Transcribed by Kim and posted on The X-Files @ Fandom.Com

The article was then posted to the X-Files Fans from About.com website with the following comments:

What is interesting about this article is how little play it has gotten outside its original publication. If accurate, this is big news. It should be circulating all over the entertainment news wires, but it's not, which makes one question its veracity.

We should know officially soon enough, because a decision must be made before this season's final episode is put into production. When the word comes out, you can be sure to hear about here at X-Files Fans.
The Lone Gunmen Update
More (non-spoiler) news about The Lone Gunmen spinoff has been added to my Unusual Suspects page.

If you haven't heard of it already, an independent film has been made about X-Philes. The official website describes what the film is about, and you can order it (in NTSC or PAL) from the site as well. There's also an information page about the film on the San Jose Film Festival site. From xf-news.

David Duchovny graces the cover of the latest issue of my favourite movie magazine, Movieline, out in the States now. The issue won't be available in newsagencies here for another couple of months. The issue also includes an apparently excellent photo of Gillian Anderson and the following fun snippets from an article "400 Hollywood Factoids: Stars think the world is dying to hear how they feel about global warming, world politics, and spiritual enlightenment. What people are really curious about is such minutiae as their bizarre allergies, weird relatives and strange phobias."
#185 As a younger woman, Gillian Anderson sometimes sang backup in her boyfriend's punk band wearing nothing but bandages.

#391 David Duchovny was so reserved as a kid that his brother told people he was retarded.
From xf-news.

SAG Supports Shut-Down Of Fan Sites
The fight goes on ...
From shobizdatacom
The Screen Actors Guild is backing efforts by Fox-TV to close down Internet fan sites devoted to its programs. Appearing on CNN's Showbiz Today on Friday, Leonard Classman, SAG's executive director, said, "The studios have an obligation to negotiate with our members individually if their images and performances are going to be used in anything other than the film that they were originally employed in, and they're subjected to severe damages. And I applaud Fox for taking the action that they did." Appearing on the same program, Fox-TV president Doug Herzog noted that the fan sites are using "trademarks and characters that are owned by somebody else, so, you know, it's not exactly all kosher." But TV Guide's Mark Schwed commented on the same program: "If they stop these fan sites, they're shooting themselves in the foot because these are the fans." And Gina Smith, whose was one of the sites singled out by Fox, added: "By shutting these sites down Fox is alienating the fans and the viewers."

Added Wednesday, March 1, 2000
Hello and Goodbye
Hi. Just a quick check-in to say I've moved house but have a million boxes still to unpack including all my precious X-Files merchandise! Apart from the next item, there hasn't been any significant Australian X-Files news since last Thursday anyway so you haven't missed out on anything (except the "Millennium" episode!) I have to go to Sydney tomorrow and Friday so the next update won't be until Saturday when things should start returning to normal. The only thing I've noticed in the last six days is a brief review of Playing By Heart in the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Alternate Realities
My moving house meant I missed posting this great information. Last Sunday at Granville RSL they showed The X-Files season 7 Millenium episode and the first episode of Harsh Realm (Chris Carter's other show that most probably won't make it out here). The screening was organised by a group called Alternate Realities who specialise in sci-fi shows, including The X-Files. It's on the last Sunday of every month and they show one or two episodes, often months in advance of channel 10... It costs $10 and it is definitely well worth it. Thanks Crystal and sorry I wasn't able to post it prior to the screening.

ASC Award
Bill Roe won the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series. The episode was last year's "Agua Mala". Bill also won the award in 1999 for "Drive".
From Michael on ausxfnews.

Crop Circle Beer
From Newsweek. "The Truth Is in Here"
Newsweek, March 6, 2000
It isn't yet the official beer of "The X-Files", but look for Agent Mulder to start lobbying hard. Crop Circle Beer is Colorado native Dudley Cates's inspired way of blending his twin obsessions into one. Brewed only from barley grown in England's spooky (and still unexplained) crop-circle fields, the alien ale hits US stores in May.

Kids' Choice Awards
The nominations are out for this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, and The X-Files is nominated in the Favorite TV Friends category:

The complete list of nominations is:
Check out Nickelodeon for full details.

Gillian Anderson is on the cover of the April issue of Curve Magazine, which has some pictures and an article about her involvement in the recent Trevor Helpline benefit.

House Of Mirth
The Glasgow Film Office Online has a small picture from the Gillian Anderson movie House of Mirth. You can also find a short summary of information on the movie at this link.

UK magazine Dreamwatch features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on the cover of their latest issue, #67. It won't be available in Australian newsagencies for a couple of months but should be available (at a much heftier price) in specialty shops soon.

David Duchovny News
You can see pictures of David Duchovny's Grammy Award appearance plus a cameo on The Late Show (Letterman) that night at Duchovny Net. He also appeared on Entertainment Tonight last Friday. Images and transcript can be found at: http://idealists.simplenet.com/talkshows/ddetgrammy.html

The Lone Gunmen
There's an interview with The Lone Gunmen at The Province. The pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen spinoff is definitely going ahead. It's currently in pre-production with shooting scheduled to start on March 20 and wrap on April 7. Rob Bowman is directing.

The Flukeman
McFarlane Toys are debuting a new action figure at this year's US Toyfair 2000, The X-Files' own Flukeman (played by Darin Morgan who went on the write some brilliant episodes)! You can find pictures on the Toy Mania site.

Above information from The Official Gillian Anderson Web Site, Tiny Dancer's Website and Gem on ausxfnews.

If you know of any other Australian-related X-Files news you can let me know by sending me an e-mail. It will be much appreciated and I'll give you credit for the info. Thanks a bunch!

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