Gillian Anderson

Well Go USA Entertainment

Erol was just a boy when his father, Gabe (Rufus Sewell), left for a conference at Princeton and was never seen again. His ID and cell phone were found in his hotel room, but no evidence of his whereabouts was ever found. Twelve years later the now adult Erol (Haley Joel Osment) has followed in his father’s footsteps with an interest in theoretical physics, but his mother’s (Gillian Anderson) fragile state leads him to turn down overtures from far-away universities like M.I.T. He’s afraid to leave her behind as the pain and mystery of his father’s disappearance has already led her to two suicide attempts. Erol’s grandfather Sal (Victor Garber) meanwhile has dealt with the loss by burying himself in his work as a professor but also by digging into his son-in-law’s left behind research. It seems Gabe was working on a time travel experiment before his disappearance. Sal shares the information with Erol with the hope that the younger man can help recreate the experiment and possibly bring Gabe home. Erol’s doubts and concerns over all that could go wrong lead him to refuse his grandfather’s request, but when tragedy strikes he decides it may be the only option for his family to be whole again. I’ll Follow You Down is a family drama about the damage we do, intentional or otherwise, to our loved ones now and in the next generation… especially when time travel is involved.

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review shadow dancer

Editor’s note: We’re re-running Scott’s review from last year’s Berlinale Film Festival as Shadow Dancer opens this weekend in limited theatrical release. The image of the bomb is an apt one for Shadow Dancer. As a hunk of parts with a timer, there’s nothing naturally threatening about a bomb; it’s the explosion that matters. Hitchcock was right, and in this IRA thriller from James Marsh, incendiary devices are all over the place. Some are literal, most are figurative, and Bomb Theory abounds. It opens with the shocking death of a young boy, surrounded by his family as blood pours from a bullet hole in his chest. It’s a direct insight into the fight the members of the IRA hold as sacrosanct and the guilt that the boy’s sister feels over sending him out into the streets on a simple errand. That sister, all grown up, is Collete McVeigh (achingly performed by Andrea Riseborough). After dropping off a suspicious bag in a tube station, she’s picked up by the authorities and taken to see Mac (Clive Owen) who dangles the promise of hard jail time in front of her until she turns reluctant informant for the MI5. The people she’s betraying forced her into a war, but they’re also her family.

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Though Gillian Anderson is best known for her role as Dana Scully on The X-Files, the actress is also a classically trained thespian who has used her talents in such varied fare as the Bleak House mini-series, the Royal-focused series Any Human Heart, and at least two television takes on classic material – Moby Dick and Great Expectations. What we’re saying is, she’s not just Scully, but damn if Anderson doesn’t know her way around some good sci-fi, so it’s heartening news that she’s joined a very intriguing new project with just that kind of bent. Deadline Quantico reports that Anderson has joined Haley Joel Osment, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber in Richie Mehta‘s (Amal) new film, I’ll Follow You Down. While we don’t yet know too much about the film (and with its mysterious logline, it’s likely to stay that way), we do know that it centers on “a scientist, Gabriel (Sewell), who mysteriously disappears during a business trip, devastating his wife Marika (Anderson) and son Erol (Osment). Erol and his grandfather (Garber) years later make a shocking discovery about Gabriel’s whereabouts.” The film’s slim IMDb page adds to the mystery and intrigue – the plotline over there reports that the discovery is also “bizarre” (yow!) and “one that may bring him home” (ooooh!).

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Collette McVeigh seems to be a fairly normal little girl, creating beaded necklaces and bribing her younger brother into running a quick errand for their father that she does not want to do herself. Unfortunately, this errand ends in tragedy, with her brother getting shot and killed. As her mother weeps over his body and her father fixes in on her with a look that could kill, Collette stands frozen, devastated. Shadow Dancer focuses on the life of a now grown-up Collette (Andrea Riseborough) who has a son of her own and is tied up in the “family business” (the IRA), rooted in taking down the English government which cost their brother his life.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr dresses up in a frilly lace cravat and some leather boots, grabs his sword and takes a trip to France to become a Musketeer. Unfortunately, he seems to be almost 400 years too late for those kinds of shenanigans. So he hops the English Channel to become a spy with MI-7. Of course, no one told him that MI-7 was actually nothing more than propaganda. So he heads back home for a good night’s sleep, and to make sure that happens, he videotapes himself throughout the house. While he doesn’t witness any paranormal activity, there are many unspeakable things that can be seen on them.

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Back when The X-Files was on the air it was a cultural phenomenon, and Gillian Anderson was one of the biggest stars on the planet due to her portrayal of Dana Scully, the skeptical one. Ever since it went off the air though, Anderson has been doing things like… well, international press tours for the new Rowan Atkinson slapstick Johnny English Reborn. No disrespect to Mr. Atkinson, but schlepping somebody else’s physical comedy vehicle has to be seen as slumming it for somebody who once enjoyed as high a profile as Anderson. It should come as no surprise then, that she’s using her current media platform to start beating the drum for a third X-Files film. While appearing on the Australian morning show Sunrise, Anderson said of a third X-Files film, “I hope it will happen, there’s talk of it. I don’t know who’s writing it but I hear there’s something going on.” If a third X-Files movie was made, it would be the first time the property got attention since 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which isn’t that long ago, but that movie was the first time the franchise had been revisited since the television show whimpered out in 2002 after a couple of readjustments in the cast and declining ratings. I Want to Believe was supposed to go into production right after the show ended, but spent six years in developmental hell when all was said and done. That’s not to say that getting a third […]

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Megan Fox in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

There is something about Megan Fox that continues to keep her in our headlines — it appears as if she has become self aware, almost like SkyNet, only hotter.

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The X-Files Advance Screening

Do you believe? Do you want to believe? Well, if you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, you can believe with several hundred of your closest friends.

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Gillian Anderson in Maxim

Gillian Anderson showed off her goods to Maxim in April and in June, she is lighting up this new X-Files 2 trailer. Just wait until you see what she’s doing in July.

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The X-Files: I Want to Believe Movie Poster

The fine folks at IGN and X-Files.com have successfully debuted the first trailer for the highly anticipated next chapter for cult icons Mulder and Scully, titled The X-Files: I Want to Believe. All I can say is WHOA!

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X-Files: I Want to Believe International Poster

Have you ever wondered how to spell “X-Files: I Want to Believe” in Polish? Neither have I… No matter though, it appears that our X-Files Obsession will not deny us this opportunity to become multi-cultural.

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Mulder?

While some of us were thrown off-kilter from the recent announcement of the new title for the upoming X-Files movie, we can all get a bit excited about some new pictures released from the film.

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Returning to the X-Files fray is Assistant Director and supporting actor Mitch Pileggi, who has played Walter Skinner on the show since it began back in the day. Why is Pileggi’s presence so significant? Well, because he posted the following new set photos to his own website today, that’s why.

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Mulder and Scully from The X-Files

There are people out there who are as excited about seeing Mulder and Scully back on a screen of any size as I was the first time Optimus Prime stood tall in Michael Bay’s Transformers. Therefore, out of respect to our readers who know that the truth is out there, we are going to get all over this movie in a hurry.

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Easily the most anticipated panel at WonderCon this year was for The X-Files 2.

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The trailer shown at WonderCon ends up online…

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X-Files fans: You are not going to believe what we have to tell you.

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