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The X-Files: An Exclusive Guide of the Vancouver Filming Locations
 2018-09-18 12:08:55 ET by Gruic



There is always a lot to discover and process when traveling. This simple guide will, without any pretension, allow you to combine tourism and X-Phile quest by offering a route to visit Vancouver while enjoying some filming locations. I deliberately ducked some filming locations like schools or hospitals, for obvious reasons.

From Stanley Park to the Steam Clock
It's a safe bet that you will want to visit Stanley Park and Gastown in search of the Steam Clock. We will take Stanley Park as a starting point.
From Stanley Park, head for English Bay Beach on Beach Avenue to the corner of Denman Street. You will then find the little Morton Park, location of The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat:



Walk up Denman Street then turn right at Robson Street. Follow Robson Street to Robson Square, where Scully meets Reyes in My Struggle II:



Continue on Robson Street to Cambie Street and turn left to Victory Square, Home Again's main outdoor location. You will find on your right the famous arch where Mulder is investigating:





Walk a few more meters and ... that's it! You are in Gastown! The Steam Clock is yours. From there, if you still have some energy, you can go back to Stanley Park by W. Hastings to Hornby Street. This is the cross that served in My Struggle.

Cates Park : A must-see place

No need to be a fan of The X-Files to be overwhelmed by the atmosphere of this incredible place, so even if your family is not interested in The X-Files, do not deprive yourself or your family of this visit. The use of a vehicle is preferred because you will have to go to North Vancouver and head east to Deep Cove. There is a car park at the end of the road, right before Indian Arm. You are there ! Welcome to the peaceful Cates Park, where Margaret Scully remains:





But where is that good old X-Files?
It is still possible to visit cult filming locations from the first seasons of The X-Files. For example, you can go to Grouse Mountain after stopping at Cates Park, the place of the sublime Ascension episode:



Sadly, more than 20 years has passed and of course, almost all filming locations have changed so much that they do not really have any connection with the places fantasized by the fans. For example, it is always possible to see Frank Black's yellow house, but it has changed so much over time... to be honest, I made the choice of keeping the yellow house alive in my heart.
That said, there are still some places with an eternal atmosphere that will remain forever. The most incredible place for me is Buntzen Lake. Barely a few seconds spent here are enough to visualize Conduit or Quagmire. The ultimate location of the X-Files for me. An eternal beauty:





 Comments
By Jack Anderson
Fascinating! What a trip. Thanks a lot for sharing, Gruic.

By kimmy
Great photos and I'm sure you had a memorable trip! I would have loved to have been to Buntzen Lake in a day with an atmosphere like this, fog, clouds. I think that's where the episode of Millennium "Lamentation" was shot, too.



The X-Files Turns 25
 2018-09-10 10:58:19 ET by Jack Anderson



Twenty-five years ago, on a relatively recent broadcast network called Fox (founded in 1986), viewers discovered a new TV series. Titled The X-Files, the series told the story of two FBI Agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, investigating paranormal cases in the search for the truth.

At a time where social media did not exist, the ratings were not great and the feedback minimum, but the series slowly started to create a following until it reached and became a worldwide phenomenon a couple of years after, culminating with the release of a multi-million eponymous Hollywood movie, often referred by fans as Fight the Future.

Today, The X-Files is made of eleven seasons, two feature films, a spin-off series (The Lone Gunmen) and a big list of merchandising products, from apparels to books and even audio episodes.

Not only that, but some of the crew from The X-Files actively continue to work today. For instance, even tonight, a new episode from Better Call Saul will air. Fans of The X-Files know all about Vince Gilligan and his groundbreaking success with the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul writer Thomas Schnauz recently explained on Twitter that the way they craft an episode came from the way they used to work on The X-Files, with multiple yellow cards summarizing the episode.

The X-Files was released in an era where TV was considered a sub-culture. Production quality was not a major concern for most of the series at the time. What is interesting is that today, many actors are saying that the real work is taking place in the field of TV series, whereas the movie industry became very stereotyped - most of the Hollywood major films being films about superheroes. Netflix is just one example of the vast success of TV series in today's society.

Meanwhile, politically, some argue that The X-Files has become irrelevant. Some could argue exactly the opposite. Because, in a way, today's society has become what The X-Files was about. World leaders are giving new meanings to the truth. Truths are referred as in-genuine news. Perception has become reality. Elections are made from shadow government agencies from abroad and, as Fox Mulder would say, "we've never been in more danger."
What would Fox Mulder do in today's world? Would anyone listen? Or would he be called upon and ridiculed?

Once thing is certain, the truth is out there, and always will be.

 Comments
By Gruic
25 years old. What an amazing journey and [i]The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat[/i] was the big party of that anniversary : "Do you know who I am? I'm Fox Mulder. I was fighting the power and breaking conspiracies before you saw your first chem trail, you punks." "It's time to face the facts, guys. This is the end of the X-Files. But maybe the point wasn't to find the truth but to find each other." We find each other, thx to The X-Files.

By danascully09
Pride to be a part of this phenomenon, thanx for this article <3



The Con is Out There
 2018-09-02 02:56:01 ET by Nicole Neece



Spooky Empire 2018, a horror convention held in Orlando, Florida, is slowly becoming one of the biggest X-Files reunions ever. Fans of the show, lovingly known as X-Philes, are reveling in the con's guest updates as more and more members of the cast are being added to the con line up. It's impressive enough to get the leads, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, but the con is exceeding expectations and getting the dream X-Files guest list. Robert Patrick, who played John Doggett in seasons eight and nine, was the most recent addition and his addition officially completed the main cast of the show.

Let's take a look, actor by actor, at what X-Files cast members you can expect to see at Spooky Empire.

The first cast announcement was David Duchovny, known on The X-Files as Fox Mulder. Duchovny is also well known for his portrayal of Hank Moody on Californication and for his written works; Holy Cow, Bucky F*cking Dent, and 2018's Miss Subways. Duchovny was the first guest to have his own VIP Package available, along with tickets for autographs, solo photos, and a duo photo with Gillian Anderson.



Speaking of Gillian Anderson, she was the second guest from The X-Files that Spooky Empire announced. Anderson can also be seen as Stella Gibson in The Fall, Bedelia DuMaurier in Hannibal, and as Media in Season One of American Gods. She also has co-authored a book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, and recently released a fashion line. Just like Duchovny, she has a special VIP Package along with tickets for autographs, solo photos, and a duo photo opportunity available.



As if Spooky Empire wasn't already knocking it out of the ballpark, they added stars Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis at the same time. Mitch Pileggi, Walter Skinner on The X Files, can also be seen as Horace Pinker in Shocker along with various other television appearances. William B. Davis, the infamous 'Cigarette Smoking Man/Cancer Man' on The X-Files, is quite well known for his outspoken views on Skepticism. He also published a memoir in 2011 called Where There's Smoke .... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man. There's no word yet on the details regarding their availability for autographs/photos, but information will be released closer to the convention dates.



Next up is the beloved Annabeth Gish. Gish played the new-age believer, Monica Reyes, on season eight through eleven of The X-Files. She can also be seen various movies and televisions shows, such as; Shag, Hiding Out, Mystic Pizza, SLC Punk!, The Last Supper and Double Jeopardy. Announcements of her availability are also TBD.



Oh the villain everyone loved to hate...or just plain loved. Nicholas Lea, who played the notoriously shady Alex Krycheck on The X-Files, was added earlier this month. Lea is also known for his portrayal of Tom Foss on Kyle XY. Like Pileggi, Davis, and Gish, no news yet on his availability.



As stated prior, the newest addition has been Robert Patrick, John Doggett. Patrick is also famous for his antagonistic role in Terminator 2 along with many other villainous roles. His availability is much like the others.



While this is already a dream, Spooky Empire has not officially announced that they've completed the guest list. Does this mean there may be more cast members announced? Who would you like to see? The Lone Gunmen? Chris Carter? Dagoo? Let us know in the comments.

As a recap, Spooky Empire will take place October 26th-28th, 2018 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. Tickets are still available on the con's website, along with the full guest list and other opportunities available. We hope to see you there!

http://www.spookyempire.com/



 Comments
By Gabriella van Berk
I really want to go but it's all so expensive :(



Interview of The X-Files Creator Chris Carter
 2018-07-16 14:25:03 ET by Jack Anderson



In order to promote the release of the 11th season of The X-Files on Blu-ray, Den of Geek interviewed showrunner Chris Carter.

Asked about a hypothetical 12th season, Carter definitely left the door opened to the possibility. "Right now, of course, it’s up in the air, in terms of Gillian (Anderson)’s interest in doing the show. I think she’s stated that she’s finished her run. That certainly changes things, and also the sale of Fox to either Disney or Comcast – it looks like Disney now – I think that will change things, and certainly they’ll be looking at the show and wondering what its future would be. So right now we’re playing a wait-and-see with all those variables."

Later in the interview, he mentions how he would treat the pregnancy of character Dana Scully. "We always have the show in real time, so I would imagine that if we come back, there would be a passage of time, and Scully would have had that baby – or not. We might find out things about that child that are unexpected as well, so there are lots of unanswered questions and interesting things there."

Ironically, when asked about his favorite episodes of the last season, he mentions Rm9sbg93zxjz, the episode from Darin Morgan The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat, as well as his own episode My Struggle IV.

Click here to read the entire interview.

 Comments
By Brittany Allen
How could My Struggle be his favorite? It was awful! And he will just kill his fan base, who has been loyal, by the 'or not' baby part. Another punch at poor Scully. Leave the MSR in a good place, and move on with some really good classic XF plots is my opinion!

By Gruic
CC has Alzheimer. We know it for sure now.

By Jack Anderson
What I find really ironic is that he would mention his own episode as part of the best ones. He was asked a week or two ago what was his favorite moment from season 11 and he mentioned the moment when Mulder and Scully are on the pier, after Scully reveals to him (and to the audience) that she is pregnant. Whatever the quality of that scene or that episode, as a team leader (a showrunner is definitely a team leader, managing a collective work), I would never pick my own work. I would always mention an episode from someone else. And back to reality, this is quite clear that Ghouli and Familiar would have been easy picks. I wonder sometimes if this is the same Chris Carter from the 1990's. And once again, mentioning that Scully's baby would be a mystery, this is a really, really, terrible idea. This was already done badly, so why even want to try again? He is the master of soft reboots instead of providing any sense of closure or continuity. I wouldn't be surprised if Mulder is again looking for his sister,if Skinner is again turning as a frienemy or - actually, I don't care anymore.

By Gruic
[quote]I wonder sometimes if this is the same Chris Carter from the 1990's.[/quote] You know he isn't. Of course that Carter is someone else. His Doppelganger. DoppelCarter. The true CC was sealed in the Black Lodge by Spotnitz during season 7. That's the only explanation.

By kimmy
"I think she’s stated that she’s finished her run." Does he mean that he just read about this online? Does he mean he remembers her mentioning it but he is not sure anymore because his memory is fuzzy on not important things? Does he mean that they discussed this between them and that his own interpretation and only his own interpretation is that she's finished? Does he mean that he keeps thinking about that statement? So many mysteries to explore!

By Jack Anderson
[quote]kimmy wrote:"I think she’s stated that she’s finished her run." Does he mean that he just read about this online? Does he mean he remembers her mentioning it but he is not sure anymore because his memory is fuzzy on not important things? Does he mean that they discussed this between them and that his own interpretation and only his own interpretation is that she's finished? Does he mean that he keeps thinking about that statement? So many mysteries to explore![/quote] If Chris Carter was the captain of a ship, he would just randomly cross Oceans, while actually wanting to do only the same trip each and every time. "Next time, we'll do London to New York." And 10 years after, he would say "Next time, we'll do London to New York, I cannot wait to explore all the mysteries of that route! There are more routes to explore!" And he would each time end up sinking the ship in mid-route. And when asked about the trip, he would say "I am so proud of the trip. My favorite part of it is when the ship sank at the end. I did it beautifully. The last moment when all the passengers were screaming and running around was top notch!". If there is one word that comes to mind - to mine at least - it is "denial". Denial: [i]The choice to refuse reality, then, is unconscious as well. Refusal to admit to or accept a truth or fact differs from denial in that the individual recognizes or is conscious of the existence of the truth or fact but consciously refuses to accept it as such.[/i] For someone who wrote about looking for the truth for 25 years, it is so ironic that he actually does not see it. And the truth is simple. It lays down in front of him, naked, ultimate. And he smiles, thinking about looking for a truth that is already there.



The X-Files Season 11 Released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 23
 2018-06-15 07:43:35 ET by Jack Anderson



FOX announced that The X-Files' 11th season will be released on both DVD and Blu-Ray on July 23.

Amazon is selling the release in the US for $19.98 on DVD and $29.99 on Blu-Ray.

The season is made out of 10 episodes:
My Struggle III
This
Plus One
The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat
Ghouli
Kitten
Rm9sbg93zxjz
Familiar
Nothing Lasts Forever
My Struggle IV


The discs will contain the following material, based on the format.

DVD:
- The Scully Effect
- Conversation on the Fox Lot
- Gag Reel
- Green Production
- Audio commentary on selected episodes

Blu-Ray:
- The Scully Effect
- Conversation on the Fox Lot
- Gag Reel
- Green Production
- Audio commentary on selected episodes
- Solve for X: Constructing Season 11
- Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files

 Comments
By Gruic
I'm curious about commentaries. That's what I prefer.

By DuaneB
I think I'll wait for a complete new season 1 to 11 integral. Unitl that, I willn't buy any DVD or blueray. I'm not in the 90's, when it was impossible to not buy a season then... Nowaday, I've a completly different feeling, after this season.

By IronButterfly83
I know a lot of people didn't care for this season, but If you leave out the My Struggle business, it was great! I'm excited to see which episodes have commentary tracks (hoping for Plus One, This, Nothing Lasts Forever). I've watched the episodes a few times already thanks to Hulu so I'll be going straight to the special features. The one thing I'd like to ask Fox for is a special edition of 10 and 11 to be released that would match the original DVD box sets for us older fans with tons of 90's stuff hanging around. Season 10's tiny case just doesn't look right next to all of those big, beautiful, full color, fold outs. July 23 can't get here soon enough! Blu-ray Special Features: - The Scully Effect - Conversation on the Fox Lot - Gag Reel - Green Production - Audio commentary on selected episodes - Solve for X: Constructing Season 11 - Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files DVD Special Features: - The Scully Effect - Conversation on the Fox Lot - Gag Reel - Green Production - Audio commentary on selected episodes

By lilly
cannot wait as well!!! :cow: :marshmallow: :pup:



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