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Saturday, May 22nd, 1999 -

Gillian Anderson, who plays brainy, serious Agent Dana Scully on the cult hit "The X-Files," is set to star in a new film based on the Edith Wharton novel "The House of Mirth," reports Variety. The movie will go into production this summer in Scotland and the south of France.

Anderson will star as Lily Bart, a beautiful socialite who must choose between material comfort and true love. "The glittering facade of New York society at the turn of the century only thinly veils a compassionless world of savage humor and cruelty. Lily is an unsuspecting and almost Hitchcockian heroine so caught up in a society of hypocrisy and concealment that she does not see the danger she is in until it is too late," said Director and screenplay writer Terence Davies.

Already signed on are Dan Aykroyd ("Saturday Night Live"), Eric Stoltz ("Chicago Hope"), Laura Linney ("Love Letters"), Anthony LaPaglia ("Lansky"), and Jodhi May ("Signs and Wonders")

Saturday, May 22nd, 1999 -

"We traveled with the baby when she was two weeks old. She's already got frequent flier miles!"
-- David Duchovny

During hiatus from filming "The X-Files," DAVID DUCHOVNY has been on the set with MINNIE DRIVER shooting the film 'Return To Me.' He told us behind-the-scenes info on the movie and gave us the scoop on his new family!

Entertainment Tonight: Do you have any love scenes?

David: They're love scenes, but they're not "love scenes." It's a very kind of chaste, 1940s style. It's a CARY GRANT and KATHARINE HEPBURN kind of style of movie where the love is emotional more than physical. There is some kissing, but not more than that.

Saturday, May 22nd, 1999 -

X-Cursions: What a long, strange trip it's been By Michael Liedtke and George Avalos
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Published: May 18, 1999
Turn on the TV set, tune in "The X-Files" and drop out of the realm of linear thinking.

We find ourselves chanting this mantra just about every Sunday evening, but the words had special resonance during the most recent "X-Files" episode, "Field Trip," which took us on a rambling, hallucinogenic journey into the subconscious thoughts of Mulder and Scully. "Field Trip," was a revelation, giving us a rare glimpse at the fondest wishes and worst fears of our heroes.

Above all, the episode proved that Mulder -- the passionate believer -- and Scully -- the stubborn skeptic -- have become emotionally and mentally fused together, just like those coins that showed up in Scully's desk drawer a few months back in "Dreamland." Although this extraordinary link has been apparent to us for some time, Mulder and Scully might not have fully realized it until they became accidental tourists on psychedelia's "magic bus."

Before they became ensnared in the hallucinogenic trap of a man-eating fungus in the North Carolina mountains, Mulder and Scully seemed weary of jousting with each other over every case that comes their way. "Mulder, can't you just for once, for the novelty of it, come up with the simplest explanation, the most logical one, instead of automatically jumping to UFOs or Bigfoot or ..." Scully said.

"Scully," Mulder testily interrupted, "in six years, how often have I been wrong? No, seriously. I mean every time I bring you a new case, we go through this perfunctory dance. You tell me I'm not being scientifically rigorous and that I'm off my nut. Then in the end, who turns out to be right, like 98.9 percent of the time?"

It took an unintentional dose of hallucinogenic mushrooms to prove to the FBI agents that they would be hopelessly out of sync -- both personally and professionally -- if not for Mulder's bizarre tangos and Scully's precise dos-`-dos.

The two are so tight that they anticipate how each other thinks. The mind-melding proves to be their saving grace as Mulder and Scully find a way to escape the hallucinogenic clutches of the giant mushroom on Brown Mountain.

This is something that a married couple, Angela and Wallace Schiff, couldn't even accomplish. As Mulder and Scully reached out for each other's hand as they rode away in the rescue ambulance, this thought crossed our minds: the FBI agents share a telepathic bond even stronger than a husband and wife.

Saturday, May 22nd, 1999 -

Don't hold your breath for a picture of David Duchovny and Téa Leoni's new baby girl. Unlike other stars who pose with their offspring, this couple won't have any of it. It's a privacy thing. In fact, the duo didn't even release the baby's name (it's Madelaine West, and we hear she looks just like Dad). The April 24 birth capped a busy period for Duchovny, who had directed an episode of The X-Files for the first time. He got raves for the April 25 show, but they didn't come easily. After filming a few scenes, a guest star, Darren McGavin of Night Stalker fame, became ill, forcing producers to fill in with M. Emmet Walsh. McGavin's reps say he is "recovering."

Wednesday, May 26th, 1999 -

NEW YORK — Premium cabler Showtime on Monday announced a slate of 13 original films featuring talent such as Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia, Laura Linney, William Hurt, Miranda Richardson, Jane Seymour and Tom Berenger.

The slate of $3 million-$6 million films will comprise almost one-third of Showtime's lineup of 35 original films (23 primetime adult pictures and 12 family movies) skedded for the year 2000, said Jerry Offsay, president of programming at Showtime Networks. Anderson, LaPaglia and Linney will star in "House of Mirth," an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel directed by Terence Davies ("Distant Voices, Still Lives," "The Neon Bible").

"House of Mirth," budgeted at more than Showtime's usual $6 million cap, is part of a 12-picture production deal with Granada Film, which developed the project.

Hurt and Richardson star in "The Big Brass Ring," a film that recently ran at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and is scheduled to premiere on Showtime in fall 2000. The film is about a man's quest for the governorship of Missouri and the dark family secret that threatens his campaign and reputation.

Wednesday, May 26th, 1999 -

David's Baby
On the car ride into work today they had a little blurb about how David sleeps in the baby's room so that he sees her face as the first thing he sees when he wakes up in the morning.

Wednesday, May 26th, 1999 -

Summer schedule information on FX.... May 24-28 8-9 p.m. FX will be doing The X-Files Declassified, with the contest and 4 themed episodes each night. On May 31 FX ("FX's Summer") will start running 2 episodes each weeknight from 9-10 p.m. and at midnight. The first 135 episodes (including some from season 6) will be aired in order and uncut.

Tuesday, June 1st, 1999 -

Gillian won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Favorite Actress--Science Fiction--The X-Files"! The winners of the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards were announced at a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 25, 1999. The Award ceremony will be TELECAST on JUNE 16, 1999 on FOX.

Tuesday, June 1st, 1999 -

Singer-songwriter Bree Sharp turned a fan obsession with David Duchovny into a record deal with her witty ode to Fox's fox ("David Duchovny, I want you to love me/To kiss and to hug me, debrief and debug me.") "The song is about David, but it's also about the way fantasy and reality blur," Sharp says. "And how giddy, hot and excellent that can be." "David Duchovny" not only caught the ear of Trauma Records, but a tape made its way to Duchovny, who put it into heavy rotation in his trailer. "David kept on playing it," says Charles Forsch, assistant to X-Files creator, Chris Carter. Along with another XF assistant, Will Shivers, Forsch created a video for the song, splicing clips of Duchovny (who is currently celebrating the birth of his baby daughter) with on-the-fly footage of celebs like Brad Pitt, Pamela Anderson, and George Clooney lip-synching the lyrics. "Most of the celebrities don't have any relationship with David," Forsch says. "But once they heard the song, they were! into it."

The single will be on the radio in June, but don't wait for the video--it's headed for an undisclosed government facility due east of Roswell, New Mexico.

Thursday, June 10th, 1999 -

The night life is out there for X-Files star Gillian X-FILES star Gillian Anderson enjoyed a taste of Scottish hospitality at the weekend. The actress - who has been dubbed the "sexiest woman in the world" - is in Glasgow to film her new movie over the next six weeks. However, before filming got underway today, Gillian let her hair down at some of the city's flashier nightspots. Just hours after arriving in Glasgow on Friday, she enjoyed a meal at the trendy Air Organic restaurant in the West End. The restaurant is believed to be near the luxury apartment she has rented for her 40-day stay in Scotland. Gillian then went on to the upmarket Art House Hotel in Bath Street to join the film crew for a party. Gillian's role in the new movie, House of Mirth, is a far cry from Agent Scully, the part she plays in the cult American sci-fi series. She plays a love-struck socialite at the turn of the century. Gillian said recently: "I'd like to do everything you don't see in Scully. I'm thirsty to work with different actors." House of Mirth is set in New York in 1905. The producers chose Glasgow as a location because its magnificent architecture is close to New York of that period. Gillian is picking up just pounds 250 a day, a drop in the ocean compared to the pounds 3million she gets for her X-Files role.

- MORE GILLIAN IN SCOTLAND - Gillian was on the tv yesterday on the BBC News. This was about House of Mirth and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, located in Glasgow. The Building is to be transformed into the New York Metropolitan Opera House in 1905. For anyone interested there is a picture of this building at:

Thursday, June 10th, 1999 -


By Allan Johnson

Tribune Television Writer

June 9, 1999

Seeing him, dressed as he was in a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, and sipping a cup of brew between bites of marble cake in an Evanston coffeehouse, it was hard to imagine him as the most dangerous man on television. Apparently, other people felt the same way.

"I'm such a dork," said the young woman who approached William B. Davis' table. "Are you the Smoking Guy from `The X-Files´?"

"You're such a dork," Davis grinned in response. If Davis doesn't look menacing, neither, oddly, does his TV alter ego, known in some circles as either the Cigarette Smoking Man, Cancer Man, Smoky, or by his name in the show, C.G.B. Spender. Davis lovingly refers to him as C.S.M.

In television, there have been many celebrated bad guys and gals. Criminal mastermind Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) harassed Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) for years on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0." Villainous inventor Miguelito Loveless (Michael Dunn) from CBS' "The Wild Wild West" is heightened and defined by Kenneth Branagh in a summer movie with Will Smith taking over the part of secret agent James T. West from Robert Conrad. ABC's "MacGyver" (Richard Dean Anderson) had to contend with Murdoc (Michael Des Barres), a madman who, when it seemed he was headed to his death, would scream "MacGyveeeerrr!" -- only to pop up in another adventure. ABC's "Batman" featured a cavalcade of crooks like the Riddler (Frank Gorshin, not John Astin), the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar or Eartha Kitt, take your pick).

A lot of recent TV villains have been reserved for nighttime soap operas, with J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) of CBS' "Dallas" and Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins) from ABC's "Dynasty" setting the standard. Fox's "Melrose Place" had a slew of treacherous types doing everything from blackmail to blowing up stuff real good.

But the Cigarette Smoking Man might be the baddest of them all. How else would you describe a man who makes a pact with an alien race to enslave Earth's population, while making sure that key people -- including himself -- remain free?

And that's just one part of the character of the C.S.M., who has a history of assassinations, manipulations and conspiracies under his belt, ranging from killing John F. Kennedy to rigging Oscar picks. Davis, a 61-year-old Toronto native who at one time was a child actor, was at Northwestern University not long ago giving a lecture on his character, as well as "The X-Files" and its appeal, sponsored by a student group called A&O Productions.

He usually starts out such talks with the premise that the C.S.M. is a hero.

"There are actually not bad arguments for (The Cigarette Smoking Man) being the good guy, and Mulder (being) the fanatic who goes off at loose ends," he said. "The character, if you look back at it kind of philosophically, didn't set out to be a villain, and I'm sure he doesn't think he's a villain."

Davis admitted that it "frightens" him a bit that there must be some of the C.S.M. in him. ("In acting, you get to do what you never do, but you do it the way you'd do it if you did do it, even though you wouldn't do it.") And he thinks a large part of the villain's cachet derives from his smoking habit.

Davis kicked nicotine 20 years ago (on the show he puffs herbal cigarettes that taste "pretty lousy" but aren't addictive). But, he said, "Every once in a while I think, What kind of person was I when I smoked? Was I that arrogant, that self-conscious? "Smoking made me feel powerful."

Taking things even deeper, Davis said the C.S.M. holds his cigarettes between his thumb and middle finger -- the same way Davis' late father held his cigarettes, a fact Davis wasn't aware of until coming across a family picture.

"One's father is powerful," Davis said, "to one's self."

Thursday, June 10th, 1999 -

Carter's writing and directing for The X-files is scandalously overlooked year in, year out. Some in the industry speculate it's because the voters in this category tend to be older and more conservative and therefor more loyal to familiar genres like cop and doctor shows as opposed to Carter's trenscendent supernatural saga. Still, this year, his "Triangle" episode (Nazis on an ocean liner) in particular deserves recognition. Carter's chief competition here: Files star DAvid Duchovny, who merits a nomination for his writing and directing of the beautiful, witty alien-baseball-player episode. .....

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