One of the best-known phrases related to The X-Files is “I want to believe.” Four simple words with multiple layers of meaning for a show that dazzled viewers for years, but eventually left some unfulfilled. Two movies added to that excitement and frustration, and yet the legacy has never quite soured. Fans have always believed. In fact, co-star David Duchovny still wants to believe himself.

Recently appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Duchovny expressed a desire to play Fox Mulder again, encouraging fans to write to 20th Century Fox and get a third film made. Watch the video below. Read More »

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While Sundance is best known for movies that sell for millions and stir up controversial topics, most of the movies are simple, well-written, well-acted films that are solid, but often get lost in the mix. Lynn Shelton‘s follow-up to Humpday, called Your Sister’s Sister, is one of those movies. Another is GOATS, the debut feature of Christopher Neil.

Your Sister’s Sister features Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt as estranged sisters Iris and Hannah who end up at their family’s old cabin when Iris’ best friend Jack (Mark Duplass) heads there to get over the one-year anniversary of the death of his brother. The three characters then develop what I’d like to call a “love triangle” but is more like a “love right angle” that flirts on and off with adding that third line.

GOATS stars David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga and Ty Burrell as the parental figures of a young teenager named Eliis, played by Graham Phillips. Ellis lives a care-free, hippie lifestyle in Arizona with his mom (Farmiga) and her groundskeeper named Goat Man (Duchovny) but when he decides to go back east to the prep school run by his estranged father (Burrell), he finds himself torn between two very different set of parental ideals.

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The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams (who, like John Goodman, just guest-appeared on Community) was in the running for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and though he lost the part to Jamie Foxx, he may still end up in the film, in a part written just for him.

Hopefully another new job won’t get in the way; Williams will now also be a producer and actor in Life Garland‘s indie thriller The Suspect, written by Stuart Connelly. Here’s how the writer describes the film: “Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.” That’s a great premise that could be the beginning of a compelling film. We’ll definitely follow the development. Shadow and Act reveals that Isaiah Washington is also set for the film.

After the break, David Duchovny rides a sub, and The Last Stand and Cloud Atlas get new actors. Read More »

David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga Cast in ‘Goats’

Last year, we brought you a small casting report on an indie called Goats, when Ty Burrell joined the cast. Now, eight months later, the film still hasn’t shot, but a few more significant names have been added. David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga have signed on, and the film will shoot in February. Read More »

The X Files 2 Title Announced: What Do You Think?

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Here at the pizza crust strewn Slashfilm HQ, we’re having ourselves a game called, “X Files Subtitle or B-side By Journey?” It usually only lasts one round, but hey! You see, today the official title for July’s sequel was approved by 20th Century Fox. Series creator and director Chris Carter got the title he wanted. So, what is it?

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A friend of mine just said, “It sounds like a direct-to-DVD sequel for Angels In the Outfield.” Not sure what I think, but the title will do a swell job of making the film stand out in the marketplace. Worth a double take and gets the mind spinning. If you’re not familiar with the series, the subtitle is a recurring mantra of sorts for David Duchovny‘s conflicted Agent Mulder. Here’s what Chris Carter told the AP

“It’s a natural title,” Carter said in a telephone interview Tuesday during a break from editing the film. “It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. `I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.”

Discuss: What Do You Think of the new X Files title? Will it connect with non-fans?

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Our friends at FilmSchoolRejects have three new photos from the still untitled X-Files sequel. The new photos reveal shocking plot spoilers (of course, all of the plot spoilers take place slightly off screen). For example we have a photo of Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and a team of bewildered FBI looking down at… something. And in the next photo we have Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) looking at a Werewolf… or it could be just a door or television, we don’t know because it’s off screen.

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The third photo features both Mulder and Scully looking off at something in the distance while snow falls from the sky. I imagine that something is probably Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk having an epic battle in a snow covered landscape. I mean, that’s the obvious answer.

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Discuss: What do you think Mulder and Scully could be reacting to? What’s going on?!

New Bootleg X Files 2 Trailer Appears Online

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Late last month, a teaser trailer appeared briefly online for July’s The X Files 2 and today another CAM bootleg has surfaced over at XFilesNews, this time for a full length trailer (embedded below). While I think the bootleg teaser trailer, which is now back up at YouTube here, is more intriguing, I’m left wondering about both in terms of smart marketing. The new trailer is said to be attached to May’s Iron Man. Keep in mind that an entire decade has passed since Agents Mulder and Scully were on the big screen, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, while both look great, haven’t had a major movie or TV hit since.

Neither of these trailers has a real money shot or a big scare to place the sequel in the realm of this summer’s diverse big guns like The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder or Pineapple Express. Furthermore, both trailers use a lot of military, ice and snow imagery that automatically brings to mind the Antarctica shots from the original film’s promotions. That film turned off general audiences and performed below expectations because it chose to focus on the TV show’s confusing, Lost-esque “mythology.”

The sequel will be a “stand alone” film, but that’s not clear at all underneath the characteristically ambiguous messages and played-up mystery in these trailers. The marketing department doesn’t have to outright state “This Time, No Alien Stuff…It’s Scarier” but, umm, it’s not a bad idea. Such a message can be easily communicated without spoiling the film, so why not go for it? There’s a lot at stake for Chris Carter‘s franchise, and in a summer lacking scares (Midnight Meat Train seems to have gotten the boot), that’s the way to go if he wants a hit. I’m all for a straight-up quality mystery thriller to escape the heat, but the season’s event film competition is typically brutal, and that was clear back in 1998.

Discuss: Which trailer is more effective? If you’re not interested in The X Files sequel, what would you need to see to change that? Is seeing Xzibit’s face in the new trailer scarier than any conspiracy or monster mash in the series?

Spoiler Pics For The X Files 2

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Back in January, we posted a possible spoiler photo for this July’s sequel to 1998′s The X Files, though its authenticity is still debated. Perhaps creator/director Chris Carter was throwing out an intriguing placebo to the Internet fanboys? Today, more spoiler pics of an altogether different persuasion have popped up at Fly Net. In my opinion, these pics could be “staged” by filmmakers, Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) and David Duchovny (Agent Mulder) as well, but who knows? I liked the first revelation (prank?) better, but if you dig soap operas and slippers, this one’s for you…

Spoilers after the jump…

Discuss: Good move or bad move for the sequel?

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