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October 1999

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Added Sunday, October 31, 1999
Mitch Pileggi Goes Bush
From today's Sunday Telegraph Benelong column.
Mitch Pileggi Goes Bush

X-Files star Mitch Pileggi will slip in to the country this week, and head off on a secret outback adventure.

No sinister FBI plot though - just a brief holiday before he heads back to Syndey to be a guest at the opening of Fox Studios Australia.

The man who plays Assistant Director Skinner in the hit sries has become one of it's most popular stars, with scores of internet sites devoted to him.

If you're keen to talk TV turkey with Skinner, keep Friday, November 12, clear.

Benelong hears that he will be signing videos and other X-Files paraphernalia at the Grace Brothers City store from 12.30pm.
Michael Idato
Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke, a Japanese animated movie made in 1997 and featuring the voice of Gillian Anderson opened in the US on Friday. I have no idea if or when it will screen in Australia. You can read a review of the movie on my Gillian Anderson page. This and my Links page have been updated.

Added Saturday, October 30, 1999
The Martin Short Show
From Angie on ausxfnews:
Gillian Anderson is scheduled to appear on The Martin Short Show on November 4 in the US. The show screens in Australia weekdays at 10am on channel 9. Just when the Gillian show will appear in Australia is anybody's guess. If anyone knows how up-to-date the Australian Martin Short Show episodes are please let me know.

Added Thursday, October 28, 1999
The latest issue of Juice [November cover date] has a small article on Gillian Anderson qutting The X-Files. It's basically a word-for-word copy of the story that appeared on various internet entertainment news sources including that below.

Harsh Reality
Chris Carter's latest show, Harsh Realm, has bitten the dust after just three weeks on air. The show debuted on October 8 in the US and after just three episodes was cancelled from Fox's Friday night schedule. [A total of eight episodes were filmed.] It's doubtful the episodes will ever screen in Australia - maybe just late night filler in the non-ratings periods. Channel 7 has the rights.

What with David Duchovny's lawsuit and the Harsh Realm lawsuit, it hasn't been happy times for Chris Carter and the Fox network.
Thanks Michael

XF Guest
Does anybody else watch Profiler? Obviously inspired by The X-Files (FBI profiler), the show hasn't really attracted a big audience in Australia and struggles away in a late night time slot on channel 7. Still, I quite enjoy it in these times of no X-Files! Anyway, to get to the point, the final two episodes of Profiler's current season, which finished this week, included Timothy Carhart (Virgil Incanto from "2Shy") as the bad guy.

Added Tuesday, October 26, 1999
The latest issue of the brilliant US magazine Movieline to hit our shores has a September cover date. It includes a photo of David Duchovny and Minnie Driver from their new movie Return To Me. Look out for the November issue which apparently includes a great B&W photo of DD.

Added Sunday, October 24, 1999
Simply The Best Competition
Woman's Day magazine is running a competition where you can win a Kia Carnival car. There is a list of 100 TV shows to choose from and you phone up and nominate the show you think is the best. The number for The X-Files is 98. Call 1902 553 613. The competition closes on November 18.

You can catch David Duchovny in a small pre-X-Files role in the family movie Beethoven on channel 10 next Saturday.

skinnerMitch Pileggi Chat
There will be a Yahoo chat with Mitch Pileggi on Tuesday October 26 at 8pm ET/5pm PT (US times). For more details click here. This chat was delayed by one day because Mitch didn't turn up on Tuesday!
Thanks Mutato on X-T-U.

Chris Carter Chat
There's going to be a chat with Chris Carter on October 28 (9.30 pm/ET US). Check the above link.

Added Saturday, October 23, 1999
Lone Gunmen Spill the Beans
the lone gunmenhttp://www.tvguide.com/chat/
There's going to be a chat with The Lone Gunmen on October 25 (10 pm/ET US). Check the above link.

Added Friday, October 22, 1999
'Harsh' Lawsuit a Reality
From InfoBeat:
On top of reports that Chris Carter's new show, Harsh Realm is floundering in the US ratings comes news of a lawsuit.

*** 'Harsh' lawsuit a reality

LOS ANGELES (UltimateTV.com)
- James Hudnall and Andrew Paquette, co-creators of the comic book concept on which the new FOX/Chris Carter sci-fi series "Harsh Realm" is based, are taking some harsh legal action. According to The New York Post, the duo is asking Harris Publications for more than $5 million in damages. They're claiming the publishers sold their comic book concept to Carter and FOX under a contract that took away most of their rights to the virtual reality-based series. Hudnall told sources at the Post, "Harris cut me out of the picture. They didn't allow me to have anything to do with the (Carter/FOX) deal. They got a credit for themselves, but they wouldn't give me any credit."

"Harsh Realm" centers around a soldier trapped in a military-like virtual reality; the original comic book concept, written by Hudnall and illustrated by Paquette, takes place in more of a fantasy world. Carter believes the new FOX sci-fi show is so different from Hudnall and Paquette's original comic books, that any resemblance to the initial concept is now gone. Neither Harris Publishing officials nor Fox would comment on the lawsuit at this time. Hudnall conceived and scripted "Harsh Realm" in 1988 and Harris published the six-book series in 1992. Carter and FOX scooped up the idea for "Harsh Realm" from Harris in 1996. Hudnall and Paquette have received royalties from the deal.

Added Thursday, October 21, 1999
Gillian Anderson v Joan Crawford
I spotted issue number 3 of an Aussie magazine called Celebrity Style ($5.95) today. They had a big story comparing today's stars with Hollywood legends and there was a page on Gillian Anderson (with a nice photo), comparing her with Joan Crawford. I'm not sure who the magazine is aimed at -- it was situated between the teenybopper stuff and the alternative mags, nowhere near the women's mags or the TV/Movie section.

From: Kim on ausxfnews:
There is a program on SBS at 7.30pm this coming Saturday called As It Happened: The Day The Earth Was Hit. The description in the TV Guide is -
If you thought Tunguska was only an exotic name for an X-Files episode, then tune into this program to see what made Chris Carter so excited. At 7.16am on June 30, 1908, in the skies above the Siberian town of Tunguska, a gigantic fireball exploded. In the aftermath, 2000 sq km of forest caught fire and trees toppled like matchsticks. This fascinating program looks at efforts to determine whether a comet caused the devastation.

X-Files Competition
From: Kim on ausxfnews:
There is also a competition at ten.com.au. The prize is one of 5 X-Files prize packs, consisting of an X-Files Movie Special Edition video and the Playstation X-Files Game. The competition closes on the 4th of November at 23.59. To enter you have to enter you details and tell them in 25 words or less your spookiest X-Files experience. The winning enteries are those judged the most creative, and you only get one chance to enter.

Entertainment Tonight
Also from: Kim on ausxfnews:
Last week there was a segment on Entertainment Tonight about a special tribute to Jodie Foster mentioned below. Gillian Anderson was one of the guests and she was interviewed as see walked the red carpet into the event, effectively stating that this is the end for The X-Files as she has done enough.

Yet again from: Kim on ausxfnews:
In this last Saturday's Melbourne Herald Sun Scully and Mulder featured in the Robotman comic strip.

There was also a small article in the same paper titled X-Marks Her Exit.
Gillian Anderson is looking forward to finally closing the case on The X-Files.

"Physically, psychologically, I don't think I could do another season," says the actress who plays sultry agent Dana Scully.

"I think it would be a mistake to draw it out. You want to go out with a modicum of respect."

Anderson has re-signed for another year, so it remains to be seen just how she plans to disappear from the show.
8th season of 'X-Files' still up in the air
If the realisation that there's just one more season of The X-Files left saddens you, read the following which which appeared in yesterday's New York Daily News:
*** 8th season of 'X-Files' still up in the air

LOS ANGELES (UltimateTV.com) - The truth is out there. But what will it be? According to The New York Daily News, discussions of Chris Carter's sci-fi brainchild, "The X-Files" returning for an eighth season on FOX are already bubbling. But so far there are no definite answers. "There's a lot of talk about it right now," Carter told The New York Daily News. "I try to just keep my eye on the more important creative issues." Carter has implied that he would be interested in pursuing an eighth season for the popular alien-esque series, but he's also suggested that he would not continue without his two main stars - David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson - by his side.

"Sure we could come up with 22 stories," he said. "It's just a matter of doing it with David and Gillian on the show. This is a very good TV show for generating stories," Carter added. "It's one of those lucky, fortunate things that you come across all too infrequently, because good TV ideas are few and far between. I don't want to see this one end before its time, but I also would never want to force it into being if people didn't want to be here telling stories." Legal issues might swamp any hopes of the eighth go-around, though. Carter doesn't have a contract covering an eighth season, nor does Duchovny. Only Anderson's current contract covers a potential eighth run.

Added Tuesday, October 19, 1999
Gillian Screams For Halloween
I know Australia is not big on Halloween, but if you go to the American Greetings website, you can email anyone a card with Gillian Anderson screaming. (There are other celebrities involved including Lucy Lawless, Courtney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Love-Hewitt). Gillian is involved because it benefits the Starlight Children's Foundation *, a charity that she has been a part of for years.

click here to visit the website and send a sceammail.

*Americangreetings.com will donate $.10 to the Starlight Children's Foundation for each Celebrity Screammail you send this Halloween season, up to a maximum donation of $50,000 to the Starlight Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization. Offer good from October 16, 1999 through October 31, 1999, for Celebrity Scream Halloween greetings only. From xf-news.

Added Monday, October 18, 1999
Magazine Roundup
Today's TV Week has a small story on Gillian Anderson quitting The X-Files after the end of season seven, with an accompanying M&S photo. New Weekly has a photo of Gillian Anderson attending the recent 14th annual American Cinematheque Motion Picture Ball Tribute to Jodie Foster as well as the full page ad for the Sony Playstation X-Files Game. Speaking of which, Grace Brothers/Myer currently has a 20% reduction on PSX games, meaning you can pick up TXF for $56 instead of the rrp of $69.95.

Added Saturday, October 16, 1999
Weekly Update
Not much has been happening on The X-Files scene over the past week ... but the good news (for me, at least) is that my seemingly endless trips to Sydney are over (at least for the next month) so I should be able to offer some more frequent updates as long as there's news to report.
: - )

Anyway, first off, last weekend's Sunday Telegraph had a liftout Fox Studio magazine. One of the attractions mentioned (ever so briefly) was a replica of The X-Files office. Cool. Fox Studios opens on November 8 and ticket prices are $37.95 for adults and $22.95 for children. There was a competition to win tickets but that's already closed. And I didn't win! There was a Scully photo on the competition page but only a one-line reference to The X-Files.

This week's issue of New Weekly had a large and tacky photo spread on celebrities without their makeup and one of the photos was of Gillian Anderson. In their Late News column, there was a bit on Gillian Anderson quitting The X-Files at the end of season 7. TV Week didn't include Gillian Anderson or David Duchovny in their Sexiest TV Stars story, despite the misleading photo in the previous issue. Juice has a small piece on David Duchovny suing 20th Century Fox in their latest issue.

Gem bought The X-Files Playstation Game (see below) and says it's easier to play than the PC version. The game is available from Big W for $68.83. From ausxfnews

There's been a few XF guests popping up again lately. I saw Jeff Gulka (Gibson Praise) in last week's episode of Stargate SG1 playing a character very much like Gibson, BTW. William B Davis had a small role in last night's channel Ten movie Look Who's Talking which also featured a song by Aussie legend Paul Kelly ! Brian Thompson (Bounty Hunter) was in last weekend's Dragonheart on Ten while Andy Robinson (Ian Detweiler in Alpha) can be seen in Dirty Harry on Nine tomorrow night.

Wednesday, October 13, 1999
Ten Thirteen
October 13! Ten Thirteen. Chris Carter's birthday and Fox Mulder's birthday!

Monday, October 11, 1999
X-Files Australian Conne-X-ion
Wow. This site is one year old today!

Added Sunday, October 10, 1999
Next Update
I'll be away all week so the next update won't be until Saturday, October 16. Cya then : - )

Added Saturday, October 9, 1999
TV Week
I read this week's TV Week a little more closely and apart from The X-Files items mentioned below, there's also a preview of Chris Carter's Harsh Realm (although it doesn't say when it will screen in Australia - next February I would imagine) as well as a photo of Gillian Anderson at the recent PETA concert captioned Why So Glum?

Tangential News
In the US, a Political Action Committee (PAC) is lobbying for exposure of all the US government's UFO secrets. To check it out click here. Thanks Tiny Dancer.

Added Friday, October 8, 1999
Harsh Realm
Chris Carter's new show, Harsh Realm, makes its debut on US TV today. Haven't heard when or where it will screen in Australia. Does anybody know? There's an Official Site if you're interested.

Lou has for sale a huge selection of X-Files merchandise such as books, videos and CD-Roms. Items included are the X-Files CD-Rom Game, The X-Fools CD-Rom and a X-Files Trivia Board game plus heaps of books, novels and guides. If you are interested, please contact Lou for a list of items and prices.

Added Thursday, October 7, 1999
Magazine Update
This week's TV Week has David Duchovny on the (side of the) front page and a two-page story inside on his family life, called Close Encounters Of The Family Kind. There's also a brief bit in the Hollywood column about Chris Carter writing a Millennium/X-Files crossover story for season seven and on the inside back page there's a preview of a story next week called Who Are TV's Sexiest Stars? with a photo of Mulder and Scully. It was false advertising, as Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny did not appear in the next issue.

The X-Files Playstation Game, mentioned previously in my posting of August 21, is getting some advertising space this week. There's a cool-looking full page ad in both this week's Who Weekly and Official Australian Playstation Magazine. It's a mock FBI confidential memo with most of the writing blacked out. Mulder and Scully also appear on the cover of latest issue of Extreme Playstation, a UK magazine ($9.95).

Official X-Files Website
I haven't looked for a while but the last time I did look, The Official X-Files Web Site was way outta date. If you can believe the following, the site could soon be undergoing a major overhaul:
Excerpt from Yahoo news archives:
News Corp. plans "significant" changes in its online strategy, but it won't build a portal, according to the newly-announced head of its Digital Media effort, Jon Richmond.

Specifically, expanding News Corp.'s online entertainment options will be a high priority. Richmond said Web sites for Fox television programs like "The X-Files" and "The Simpsons" will likely undergo changes.

"There's a really vital market out there, in particular for entertainment content. We'll be doing lots of work in enhanced television," Richmond said.
Jennifer Mack

Added Monday, October 4, 1999
Brief Update
I stumbled across a couple of things in last week's Sunday papers. In The Sun-Herald there was one of those end-of-a-millennium type stories. In the "What Will We Remember From The 90s?" column there was a list of around 30 things -- of those there were just five TV shows and one of those was The X-Files. The others were Friends, Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Melrose Place. In one of the Did You Know paragraphs in the Sunday Telegraph, there was this nonsense:
Vanessa Williams has edged out David Duchovny and actor Fairuza Balk in a vote for the Sexiest Green-Eyed Celebrity of the 20th Century. Others who attracted votes were Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes and Tyra Banks.
Next Update
I should be back late Wednesday night so you can expect the next update to be on Thursday, October 7.

Added Sunday, October 3, 1999
X-Files and Millennium Crossover
In the Benelong column of today's Sunday Telegraph, Michael Idato confirms the X-Files/Millennium crossover during season seven. Millennium has "vanished" from Channel Seven's Tuesday late-night lineup so if we'll ever seen the handful of remaining episodes is anyone's guess.

Added Saturday, October 2, 1999
Weekly Update
Hi de ho! Back after another week away, battling train strikes, internet addiction withdrawal and tending to my corn crops in Tunisia.

Another quite week for Australian X-Files fans, save for some David Duchovny triathlon photos. If you're a reader of any number of US XF news pages, you would no doubt have seen the stories (and photos) of DD recently competing in The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Triathlon in Malibu. Well, this week's Who Weekly had a photo of a topless DD in his Body Glove while Woman's Day mag also had a photo, where they described him as looking like an alien (because of his goggles). To see a photo click here. Chimerical has a stack of photos of DD if you're interested. Woman's Day also had a photo of Gillian Anderson (alongside Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres) attending the Paul McCartney & Friends: PETA's Millennium Concert.

X-Files Guests
A number of X-Files guests have been popping up in sundry movies and TV shows this year. The latest in that line is Lili Taylor (so good in Mind's Eye) who appears in the terrible The Haunting with Liam Neeson, currently screening in Australian cinemas.

Nic Lea (Krycek) is currently in New Zealand shooting Vertical Limit with Chris O'Donnell and Bill Paxton while also in production isTilt, is a film by Patrick Stark, former trainee assistant director from Season 5 of the X-Files. Tilt stars Tom Braidwood, better known as Frohike. The writer/director of the project is Lance Peverley, a former production assistant while other ex-X-Files alumni include Director of Photography Marty McInally, sound mixer Michael Williamson and make-up artist Leanne Podavin. From Natasha.

Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood is having what they are calling a "Millennium Poll" where The X-Files is listed for favourite drama for the '90s, so go vote!
From The Official Gillian Anderson Web Site
It's too late. Voting has now closed and the good news is that The X-Files won easily, gaining 42% of the 6,000 plus votes!

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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