May 12, 2013 | 9:57 a.m.

‘The X-Files’: Remembering mood and mystery of a sci-fi landmark

PERSPECTIVE I came to “The X-Files,” which turns 20 this year, after its first season, and for a time I had no idea what was happening. This was a good way to watch a show whose greatest strength was its air of dreamlike mystery. Folded across the turn of the 21st-century, it was a millennial show for a millennial time, reflecting a popular preoccupation with apocalypse and messiahs, puzzling phenomena and unexplained mysteries, psychic surgeons and alien autopsies, random mutations and science gone too far. It was also, looking back on old episodes, a time of pay phones, answering machines, tape recorders, dot-matrix printouts, padded shoulders and big eyeglasses. The basics were fairly clear: Fox “Spooky” Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) were FBI agents whose particular job it was to handle cases outside the bounds of […]
April 08, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival 2013: Del Toro, Darabont, Emmerich, more

Visionary genre talents Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont, Roland Emmerich, John Carpenter and Chris Carter will be among the special guests at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 10-12 at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The festival will open May 10 with a double feature from writer-director Carpenter — a 25th anniversary screening of “They Live” and a 35th anniversary screening of his landmark horror film “Halloween.” The always candid and entertaining Carpenter will appear in person between the films to discuss his career, which has produced genre favorites such as “Assault on Precinct 13,” “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Starman” and many more. On May 11, writer-director Darabont will be on hand for an afternoon screening of his 2007 Stephen King adaptation “The Mist,” the riveting […]
March 27, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

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 take place May 10-12 at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, and the event will culminate with an evening tribute to “The X-Files.” Starting today, you can vote for three of 11 hand-picked episodes from the annals of “The X-Files” that we’ll show on the big screen. Your choices range from quirky […]
Jan. 29, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.

‘X-Files’ reopens in comics: Editor Chris Ryall expands IDW family

'The X-Files'
The truth is still out there, and IDW is ready to search for it once more. San Diego-based IDW Publishing is adding “The X-Files” to its already extensive lineup of comics based on beloved movie and television properties — a list that includes such major titles as “Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Doctor Who” and “True Blood.” The comic will pick up after the landmark sci-fi TV series and the two feature films chronicling the adventures of intrepid agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). IDW will also reprint the “X-Files” comics published between 1995 and 2009. The title is one of many that IDW editor in chief Chris Ryall was excited to discuss looking at what’s ahead for his operation in 2013. Ryall, of course, is the author whose own Eisner Award-nominated series “Zombies vs. Robots” was optioned […]
July 06, 2011 | 6:58 p.m.

‘Grimm’: Somewhere between ‘X-Files’ and ‘Buffy,’ and coming to Comic-Con

Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t the only high-profile “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” veteran making an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. NBC will screen the pilot for “Grimm,” the network’s upcoming fantasy police procedural, at the pop-culture expo, and two of the series’ producers, Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, who spent time toiling on “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel,” will participate in a Q&A session along with the show’s stars. The duo recently chatted with Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips about “Grimm,” which is described as a “modern retelling of the Grimms’ fairy tales, in a fractured kind of way.” JP: Where did the idea for “Grimm” come from? DG: Well, our hero has the ability to see the big bad wolf in the child molester, and the three little pigs in the greedy people. He has the […]
March 11, 2011 | 9:00 a.m.

‘X-Files’ reopened? Six new Hollywood films shine a light on sci-fi show’s legacy

Is it a conspiracy? “The X-Files” went off the air in 2002 and the spooky brand name won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon after that forgettable feature-film revival in 2008. But here in early 2011 it feels like the truth is still out there — and we’re not just talking about the flashlights and lab coats inherited by Fox’s  “Fringe.” Hollywood has a half-dozen movies hitting theaters — all within a 42-day release window — that might be filed under X, in one way or another. Consider: “I Am Number Four” (Feb. 18): Sure, “Smallville” and “Twilight” inform the tone and character vibes of this movie, but the subplots of secret alien wars on earth, discredited conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrial abductionwere written with the basic alphabet of the old Fox series. Don’t trust us, just listen to supporting character Sam (played by […]
April 27, 2009 | 7:05 p.m.

For ‘X-Files,’ the truth is still out there … but what about a third film?

Liver-eating contortionist Eugene Tooms  wasn’t there.  Neither were the Peacock Brothers. Extraterrestrials? Nope, not a one. But even without those memorable characters of any of the other paranormal beasties, shadow-government operatives or little green men from “The X-Files,” fans of the spooky franchise turned out in force last week at The Grove in Los Angeles to question and cheer X-creator Chris Carter and key writer Frank Spotnitz. The two longtime collaborators (or is that conspirators?) were joined by Matt Hurwitz, a co-author of the lavish new book “The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, Myths and the Movies” (Insight Editions, $49.95). The event was on the third floor of Barnes & Noble and a crowd that went into triple-digits was eager to get autographs and answers, many of which were delivered by Carter with his wry, mellow-surfer baritone.   Is Walter Skinner still infected with nanotechnology? “He’s been to the doctors a number of times.” Is the Agent Dana Scully immortal? “It’s […]
Sept. 04, 2008 | 6:10 p.m.

Chris Carter hospitalized

I just saw that Chris Carter,the mastermind behind "The X-Files," is reportedly getting medical care for exhaustion and "an acute sleep disorder." Whitney Pastorek at EW.com has this brief item: Chris Carter, writer, producer, and director of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," was hospitalized on Tuesday due to "physical exhaustion and an acute sleeping disorder," a source close to Carter tells EW.com. The source says the hospitalization stems from Carter "working on multiple films back to back over a two year period" — the recently released "X-Files" sequel and "Fencewalker," a covert project he is rumored to have begun shooting earlier this year. He is expected to recover quickly. This news follows the announcement last week by David Duchovny’s attorney, Stanton Stein, that the "X-Files" and "Californication" star is in rehab to deal with his sex addiction. Roger Friedman […]
July 31, 2008 | 10:16 p.m.

Spotnitz on ‘X-Files’: ‘If this is the last time we see Mulder and Scully…’

I haven’t made it yet to see "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" (I’ll blame those five days gobbled up at Comic-Con) and I think a lot of other longtime X-fans fell into that category on the movie’s first weekend of release. Maybe it’s the passage of time or this summer’s glut of must-see genre fare, but I just haven’t felt a great sense of urgency to get out to see the movie. Gina McIntyre, one of my colleagues here at The Times, had a chance to sit down recently with Frank Spotnitz, the producer of the film and longtime creative presence in the franchise’s history, and here is her Q&A with him, appearing for the first time anywhere. Reading it does make me want to see the movie — not unlike reading a letter from an old friend — […]
July 16, 2008 | 4:02 p.m.

David Duchovny: ‘The X-Files’ is equal to God

These days, every major genre film and hit show has a significant presence on the Internet, but that wasn’t the case when “The X-Files” became a spooky sensation in the 1990s. David Duchovny said that, like his character Fox Mulder, the relentless faith of true believers is astounding to behold. ” ‘The X-Files’ was said to be the first Internet show,” Duchovny said over coffee on a recent morning in Los Angeles. “We had chat rooms and fan sites and all that. Look, I’m usually five or six years behind whatever is hip. So it was around 2000 that I started doing e-mail and finally started understanding what all that was about.” And what was it about? The answer is religion, apparently. “My initial response — and I still hold this to be true — is that it takes the […]
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