Duchovny, Anderson want more 'X-Files'
NEW YORK — After 20 years, it’s possible for the details of a relationship to get fuzzy.
Just ask David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who first premiered their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully on “The X-Files” two decades ago. The series aired nine seasons and resulted in two feature films.
While the two were unsure where they left their relationship in the show and films, the Duchovny, 53, and Anderson, 45, both said they’re open to making a third “X-Files” movie.
The actors got together Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the series’ premiere. They participated in a panel discussion for fans at The Paley Center for Media in New York.
When asked where their characters left off, the two weren’t completely clear on the specifics.
“Well they (Mulder and Scully) were married the last movie,” Duchovny said, referring to 2008’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”
“Were we actually married?” Anderson asked.
“I believe so. That was my impression,” he responded.
Their characters did become romantically involved in the TV series and were a couple during the 2008 movie. However, it was not clear whether they were married.
The both are clear, however, about their interest in another “X-Files” film.
“All the principals are on board,” including “X-Files” creator Chris Carter, Duchovny said. “Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point.”
Anderson said if fans want another film they should let their voices be heard.
“If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that then I guess that’s what it would be.”
An email message sent to Twentieth Century Fox seeking comment on Saturday was not immediately returned.
For an indefinite future, Duchovny and Anderson spent a lot of time over the weekend promoting the franchise.
They appeared at Comic-Con in New York and also took part in a “ask me anything” session on the website Reddit.
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LOS ANGELES — Hugh Jackman threw himself a birthday party with 4,500 guests, but they had to pay to attend.
The actor spent his 45th birthday Saturday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for “One Night Only,” a benefit concert that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
“This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday,” he said after the show. “I chose my favorite songs and told stories about my life.”
Backed by a 17-member orchestra, Jackman performed a variation of his recent Broadway show, with personal stories, a few film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals — including a tap-dancing routine during “Singin’ in the Rain.” He talked about his family, sang a tribute to his wife and shared music and images of his native Australia.
“A lot of guys would say to their wife, ‘Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?’ That’s how I am about the show,” he said. “I love it. If there’s a song I don’t like, I cut it and bring in a new song. Everything is something I want to do. So to be here tonight, supporting this cause — and it couldn’t have been a more generous crowd if it tried — in every way it was great.”
Jackman said he donated his birthday performance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund because it offers “that unconditional helping hand you get in a family.” The organization provides health care and other services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.
Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were among the famous faces in the industry-heavy audience for the 2ﾽ-hour show, which ended with Jackman auctioning off an electric Fiat, a pair of Wolverine claws and two sweaty undershirts he wore during the night’s performance. The shirts went for $11,000 each.
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NEW YORK — Charlie Hunnam is dropping out of the highly anticipated big-screen version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” just weeks after being cast as the lead, citing his busy schedule.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Saturday that the actor who was to play Christian Grey will depart the project. The studio called it a mutual decision because Hunnam’s preparation time was limited by his television schedule. He stars in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”
It’s an abrupt and embarrassing switch for a high-profile film. Fans of E L James’ erotic best-seller are eagerly awaiting the movie adaptation, which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Dakota Johnson remains in the co-starring role of Anastasia Steele. A replacement will be sought for Hunnam, who last month said he initially turned down the role.
When his casting was announced in September, many vented online that the “Pacific Rim” actor was ill-suited to play the seductive billionaire.
Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca took to Twitter to defend the choice, maintaining their two leads had good chemistry together.
Representatives for Hunnam didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It might as well have been Taylor Swift weekend in Music City.
The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and accepted her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday.
Swift, 23, cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened.
“I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.”
The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward.
And who knows? Maybe users will find Swift hanging around some day.
“We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in,” Swift said. “I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I’m yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A talking to students here and a songwriters discussion would be really fun to have at some point.”