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!
As reported, Chris Carter, RW Goodwin, Jeff Gulka, Sheila Larken, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, Mitch Pileggi, and James Wong are attending a Q&A session. XFiles Universe’s Courtney will be there with fingers to the text buttons on her phone to send the rest of us constant updates. The news page of XFiles Universe will update every time a text is received. Like us on Twitter too as updates will appear there as well.
The surprise guest is still a surprise, and those in the know report that there will be other surprises in the audience.
This event benefits the American Cancer Society.
If you have not yet bought your ticket for the LAX-Files book signing, this is the perfect time to do it! More guests have been confirmed for the event: Morgan, Morgan and Wong! Yes, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong have committed to attend this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Darin Morgan is a fan favorite among X-Files fans for his guest appearance as Eddie Van Blundht (the “h” is silent), and as the ever popular Fluke Man. He also wrote some of the best episodes in the entirety of X-Files: Humbug, Jose Chung’s From Outer Space, War of the Copraphages, and Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose (which is considered by many to be the ultimate X-Files episode).
James Wong and Glen Morgan are co-creators of some of the greatest villains brought to our screens: Tooms, the Peacock Brothers, and Luther Lee Boggs.
For a mere $77, those attending the LAX-Files book signing will see Chris Carter, Mitch Pileggi, R.W. Goodwin, Sheila Larkin, Jeff Gulka, and now Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong. Tickets are still available by going to lax-files.com and paying via paypal.
And who knows, maybe we will hear news of X-Files 3 at the event!