The X-Files: I Want To Believe

2008, Movie, PG-13, 105 mins


Fans Flock to TV Guide Magazine's X-Files 20th Anniversary Comic-Con Panel

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

The truth is out there, but after 20 years, it's not always so easy to recall all the details. TV Guide Magazine West Coast bureau chief Michael Schneider sparked the memories of The X-Files stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), along with show creator, Chris Carter, at the July 18 Comic-Con panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fox's landmark sci-fi mystery series.

Duchovny and Anderson, who rarely appear at such fan events, kicked off the audience hysteria by entering the darkened stage brandishing their character's familiar flashlights... read more

Did the X-Files Jump the Shark with the Movie Franchise?

X-Files: I Want to Believe

If you're a sci-fi fan, chances are you saw the first X-Files feature movie, since The X-Files: Fight the Future was released at the height of the TV show's success. But did anyone see the second? Could lackluster box office and mixed reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe be an obstacle to future movie adaptations?

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X-Files' Mitch Pileggi Gramps it Up for Supernatural

Mitch Pileggi by Sergei Bachlakov/The CW

Its the hour that might drop the collective jaw of Supernatural fans who think they have the CW series mythology all figured out In the Beginning airing this Thursday at 9 pmET guest-stars Mitch Pileggi as Samuel Campbell the Winchester boys maternal grandfather The Back to the Future-esque tale finds Dean face-to-face with not only Gramps but also his would-be parents as light is shed on the dark truth about That Night TVGuidecom invited Pileggi to preview his visit reflect on his least-appreciated TV role and ponder the prospects for X-Files 3 Matt MitovichTVGuidecom How did the Supernatural opportunity come to you Was it a case of someone knowing someone who knows youMitch Pileggi I had worked with [Supernatural creator] Eric Kripke on another series Tarzan some years ago He told me he had been looking for something for me to do on the show but he wanted to wait for the right role This came up they called me and there was no hesitationTVGui read more

X-Files' Chris Carter Hospitalized for Exhaustion

The X-Files creator Chris Carter was hospitalized on Tuesday for exhaustionCarter who has been working non-stop on multiple movie projects for two years is being treated for exhaustion and an acute sleeping disorder says EW Carter who wrote produced and directed this summers The X-Files I Want to Believe jumped immediately into directing the hush-hush feature Fencewalker That coupled with an exhausting world press tour for The X-Files could lead to one sleep-deprived multi-hyphenate Carter is expected to make a speedy recovery Erin FoxRelated149 Director Chris Carter Rewards Staffers First Novel with Film Cameo Red-carpet Video with Your X-Files Faves149 David Duchovny Discusses the X-Files Magic149 Gillian Anderson Calls X-Files Reunion a Real Blessing149 Chris Carter Talks of the Mulder-Scully Love149 Frank Spotnitz Says X-Files Was Always a Love Story149 Is Mitch Pileggis Skinner in the New X-Files read more

David Duchovny Seeks Treatment for Sex Addiction

David Duchovny has voluntarily entered a treatment facility to deal with sex addiction. The star of Californication (which now, sadly, carries a whole different connotation) told People that he requests "respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation."This situation comes on the heels of a less-than-extraordinary performance for Duchovny's summer movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Californication, for which Duchovny won a Golden Globe, is set to premiere its second season on Sept. 28. Ironically, a brand-new promotional campaign hitting (among other places) the New York City subway system proclaims his sexually promiscuous alter ego to be "In Way Too Deep." (See photo here.) A Showtime rep tells, "We're not altering our second season promo plans — and that includes the subway ads."Duchovny is married to actress Tea Leoni, with whom he has two children, 9-year-old West and 6-year-old Kyd.In the following video (at the 0:45 mark), Du... read more

Considering how little you ...

Question: Considering how little you liked The X-Files: I Want to Believe (per your column), you may be loathe to consider it any further, but I did not see any comment from you on what I took to be some of the most malicious, virulent and surprising homophobia I've seen in a movie in a while. (Spoiler alert) The villains were two men "married in Massachusetts," as the agent played by Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner contemptuously sneered; they had been molested as children, playing into the false stereotype that people are gay because of abuse or trauma in their backgrounds; and the bodies they were stealing to attach to the one of them with cancer are female (on screen, at least), playing into another offensive stereotype that gay men really want to be women. The movie even seems to be saying, finally, that a pedophile priest is more worthy of redemption than the gay villains. As a former X-Phile, I was terribly disappointed by this mean-spirited, gratuitous and completely unnecessary slam ... read more

I couldn't disagree more with ...

Question: I couldn't disagree more with your assertion that the new X-Files movie was "drab and dreary and ordinary, like a throwaway episode churned out between sweeps months." Were you in the wrong screening room? I know you consider yourself a fan of the series, but even some fans went in expecting a huge, alien-packed blockbuster like Fight the Future (despite all of Chris Carter's warnings to the contrary). If you go in looking for that, sure, you'll be disappointed. But what Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz did was very clever: They remained faithful to the characters of Mulder and Scully and where they were when the series ended (together, but no longer with the FBI) and gave us a moving and intimate glimpse at the effects of nine years of "chasing monsters in the dark" on two flawed, interesting people. It's more character study than action film, and I'm willing to bet the price of your admission ticket that if you see it again, you'll change your mind. Is it a deal? Answer: As ... read more

Am I the only one who noticed ...

Question: Am I the only one who noticed the (certainly intentional) inside ha-ha in the X-Files movie? When Mulder was in his car trying to reach Scully on his cell phone, he brought up his phone book and we got a quick glimpse of his calling list — and there, right in the middle, was the name Gillian. I haven't seen a mention of it in anything I've read about the movie, even on fan sites. I thought it was really fun to put that in.
Answer: Actually, the name on his cell phone was Gilligan, not Gillian. As in Vince Gilligan, a longtime producer colleague of Chris Carter's who has graduated to his own AMC series, Breaking Bad, and who also wrote the summer movie Hancock. The movie also had shoutouts to John Shiban, Rob Bowman, Kim Manners and David Nutter, among other X-Files notables.   ... read more


Would it be a crime if some classic TV shows were to stage their comebacks in the medium that made them famous and for which they’re maybe better suited? Such wishful thinking came to mind as I headed to the movies several times over the summer, hoping for a nostalgic escape, but ended up yearning for the good old days when these shows were still on TV, where they belong. With the disappointingly drab “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” I left wanting more. With the criminally overlong box-office hit “Sex and the City” movie, which felt like an unnecessary one-season-too-many of contrived breakups and makeups, I wanted less. With the charmlessly heavy-handed “Get Smart” remake, starring a bland Steve Carell as a—would you believe—smart Maxwell Smart, I wanted something, anything, to evoke the ’60s spy spoof’s cheeky spirit. My expectations were greatest for the new “X-Files” movie, given my fo read more

What did you think of the new ...

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Question: What did you think of the new X-Files movie? I, unlike many, had no expectations. Not low expectations, but not really any. So I was both pleasantly surprised and a little let down. I can see how all the secrecy surrounding the plot would lead some fans to assume something big was going on and then be disappointed. I was somewhat bothered by the fact that all the bad guys were evil, oddly cold Russians who (although their victims were both male and female) tended to depict most of the women in the movie as helpless damsels in distress. Also, there seemed to me an effort to be a little too relevant to "post-post-9/11" America (as Chris Carter calls it), with references to stem-cell research and whatnot. But even the hardest-to-impress X-Phile must admit that they nailed the Mulder-Scully relationship. Not only do I love where they are after six years; I believe it. Their scenes were so touching and their chemistry has doubled since their episodic days. Gillian Anderson and ... read more

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