1. Where There’s Smoke : Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man by William B. Davis — Chronicling his own life and times, William B. Davis of The-Files, discusses his loves, losses, hopes, fears, and accomplishments in this unique and engaging autobiography.
2. We Want to Believe: Faith and Gospel in the X-Files by Amy M. Donaldson — an “intelligent look at the iconic television series and the search for truth.”
3. LAX-Files by Erica Fraga — Behind the scenes with the Los Angeles cast and crew, plus raising funds in memory of Kim Manners.
4. An X-Files Phone Cover!
5. Moby Dick (2011) with Gillian Anderson, Ethan Hawke, Donald Sutherland, and William Hurt.
Last, consider an Amazon Prime Membership for free streaming video. Imagine watching all of The X-Files, any Gillian Anderson movie, any David Duchovny movie or series, and more – all for the cost of the prime membership!
Tempus fugit! Really, where did the day go? It started early so I could print out my LAX-Files press pass for XFilesUniverse.com and represent the site that we all know and love. Traffic wasn’t so bad, considering the fact that AFI is located in the heart of Hollywood.
As I stood in the Mark Goodsen building I mingled with fellow Philes and heard some great stories. We shared our favorite episodes and all came to an agreement… X-Files 3 must happen! I met dedicated fans who came from near and far, some flying in from Colorado or Pennsylvania just for the event!
After enjoying the goodies that were provided by Mardy’s Munchies, we made our way into the screening room. Seven directors’ chairs lined the stage. As you saw in the updates, one had flowers on it and the others had water. We wondered and anticipated the arrival of the panel, and we watched some incredible fan vids. Then we saw a video with a message from Frank Spotnitz to remind us ”Dont Give Up!” Of course, this is referencing our hope that X-Files 3 is given the greenlight.
Before the Q&A began, an announcement was made and our hearts were slightly crushed. The mastermind behind X-Files, Chris Carter was ill and would not be in attendance. I later heard, though it was not confirmed at the time, that the special guest who was supposed to accompany Chris was David Duchovny. R.W. Goodwin and Sheila Larken also were unable to attend.
It turns out that the chair with the flowers was for Erica Fraga, the author and the organizer of this great event. The other chairs were for Mitch Pileggi, Darin Morgan, Jeff Gulka, Glen Morgan, and James Wong.
We heard great stories from the panel and the focus kept returning to memories of Kim Manners. You can read the updates on XFU for the funny stories, and we could see how much Kim was appreciated.
Mitch Pileggi shared that he was asked to read for the X Files 3 times. He nearly refused the third read until his manager insisted he go. But he was mad from the get-go, and didn’t greet anyone before his read. His anger came across loud and clear, and that’s when they knew what Mitch brought to the table, and AD Skinner was created. (Maybe 3 is the lucky number).
I’ve got to say the best part was when Mitch said that he was familiar with fanfiction and slash! He thought it was pretty funny, because he always wanted to play AD Skinner having a slight crush on Agent Scully.
Jeff Gulka talked about literally growing up while working on the XFiles. When asked of his fondest memory of the late Kim Manners, Gulka laughed and said being terrified of him yelling behind the camera. Other panelists spoke of Kim’s unique filming style and how they’ve seen his work being copied by current tv shows.
This of course reminded us that X-Files is still very much alive. Darin Morgan discussed how shows like Fringe try to attempt X-Files authenticity, but they were missing a key element: Chemistry. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson’s partnership carried the series in a way that cannot be recreated. Then he said that on Fringe, the question was always asked, “What would X-Files do?”
After the Q&A wrapped, the panel stepped outside where they hosted a very intimate meet and greet. Everyone was happy and willing to personalize their autographs by signing Erica Fraga’s LAX-Files (except for James Wong, who had a commitment and could not stay).
Mitch Pilleggi stayed longer than others and joked about the hysteria of some fans. He lauged and said he’s had girls crying and shaking while taking pictures. I then promised I wouldn’t cry if he took a picture with me.
I had a great time at this event. This is the first time I have ever attended something like this. 100% percent of the proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society, in the honor of the late Kim Manners.
No announcements were made for X-Files 3. The only reference came from Darin, who said he’d like Flukeman to appear in a third movie, if one is made. But like Erica Fraga autographed, ”Don’t Stop Believing!”
Thank you to Erica Fraga and XFiles News for organizing the event of the year!
A limited number of LAX-Files by Erica Fraga are for sale. The cost is $28 in the United States and $35 for international shipping. The cost includes shipping and Erica will personally autograph the book to those that wish to purchase, and include a short message, along with her signature. Arrival time depends on the shipping company.
This is a great buy for those of you that have not yet purchased the book or would like a second copy.
Feedback on the book is very positive. Soon Erica will have a website that will feature reviews of the book, along with reader comments and excerpts.
The book features the LA locations for X-Files episodes. All of the sites listed in the book have been personally checked by Erica. All of them are accesible, though some are very far from downtown Los Angeles, such as The Rain King cow motel. The book also features interviews with cast, crew, and fans who were present for filming.
All profits from these sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Kim Manners’ name.
Please email Erica at email@example.com with your name and shipping information, and you will receive an invoice through Paypal.
For more information, please check out the LAX-Files FaceBook page.
Fraga told XFilesUniverse.com, ”The book is filled with fantastic behind the scenes stories; some of them have never been heard before. Laurie Holden told me a story about kissing Nic Lea; Tom Braidwood talked about Gillian in a locked car; Mitch Pileggi had a great story about the bathtub scene from Hollywood A.D. You’ll have to buy the book for the juicy details!”
The creation of the book was far from easy. ”My friends and I were almost attacked by a dog on a location hunt for Alpha,” Fraga reminisces. “Trying to find Karen’s House was an adventure for my companions and I. After driving through the winding roads of Calabasas, we arrived at a dead end street in a heavily wooded residential area. At first, we could not find Karen’s house. We had a general idea of where it was after reviewing the DVD’s and we knew the street it was on. After several passes – and inquisitive stares from the locals – we found the house, tucked away down a private road. Taking the correct action, we decided not to trespass and began making dinner plans. Luckily we stayed in the car because at that very moment, a neighbor’s dog – a very angry neighbor’s dog – ran out of the neighbor’s yard and tried to jump into my half open window.”
A few teasers are offered by Fraga. One comes from David Duchovny, “”Gillian is not an athlete, so it wasn’t like I could play one on one with her.” Another is from a crew member during season six of the series. “The crew was shooting in Palmdale or Lancaster for Dreamland and the entire crew witnessed a UFO streaming across the sky about 100 feet above the ground, 50 feet from the crew, travelling horizontally, and then disappeared. They never found out if it was real or just the Special Effects Department just proving how good …they really are.”
Another is from Dean Haglund, commenting on The Lone Gunmen, ““You know that friend you have, who can always fix your computer, and wire up your home theater, but is a little odd and always calls to see what you are doing, but you are always ‘busy’ or just heading out. And you never tell him to stop calling because you know one day you are going to update to Blu-ray and will nee…d him to come over and hook it up, so you just put up with it? Yeah… we’re that guy.”
This is a fan-made book dedicated to the memory of the late and great television director, Kim Manners. Kim is known for his prolific and emotionally captivating work on Booker, 21 Jump St., Brisco County Jr, Simon and Simon, The X-Files, and Supernatural. All of the books profits will go to the American Cancer Society, the charity of the Manner’s Family choosing.
Fans can purchase the book on Createspace.com or Amazon.com. If you are in California, please consider ordering from Createspaces.com instead of Amazon, as the “cut” is smaller and therefore more money can go to the American Cancer Society.