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News Archive: August 2012
XFN's Exclusive Interview & Tweet-A-Thon
Posted at 7:53 AM (PDT) on Friday, August 31, 2012
This interview was done by X-Files News' Roileigh Ollson during their coverage of the 2012 Toronto Fan Expo last weekend. Camera credit goes to Melanie Rickert.
At the event, a fan asked about the possibility of a third X-Files film. Gillian replied, "I met with Chris (Carter) before coming here and it's looking pretty good. We just have to convince FOX (Studios)."
If you would like to help convince FOX Studios while simultaneously celebrating the 19th Anniversary of The X-Files, join the 'X-Files' Tweet-A-Thon on September 10! It will run from the moment the first time zone (New Zealand) hits midnight on September 10 until the last time zone (Hawaii) hits midnight on September 11.
So wherever you are in the world, join the XF3 Army in tweeting for a third film! Check out the X-Files News guidelines to help them make the biggest impact possible.
"The Fall" Distribution Rights
Posted at 11:40 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Content Television And ZDF Enterprises Team On Distribution Of BBC Two Thriller THE FALL Content Media Corp 28 August, 2012
Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises have partnered on international distribution of The Fall, a major new crime franchise produced by Artists Studio for the UK’s BBC Two, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson, it was announced today.
A gripping psychological thriller, the 5 x one hour The Fall – which will debut in the UK on BBC Two – will launch to the international marketplace at MIPCOM 2012. Content Television has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the UK, while ZDF Enterprises will handle distribution in Continental Europe. The Fall is written and created by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect).
Greg Phillips, President, Content Television and Digital, said today, “We are very pleased to work with ZDF Enterprises on the distribution of this new BBC Two primetime drama, following hot on the heels of our ratings-winning series Line of Duty. The Fall offers all the elements of a classic murder thriller with a strong character driven element that will draw in the viewer as the investigation intensifies. The distinctive story, combined with a fantastic line-up of talent, promises a stand-out series with huge international potential.”
Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises added, “We are delighted to secure The Fall for launch to our international buyers. The Fall is an outstanding piece of crime drama -- something that has not been made before. We are known for presenting state-of-the-art crime productions like The Killing and The Bridge. The Fall clearly belongs in this category. Gillian Anderson leads an incredibly strong cast in a complex and suspenseful drama that delivers compelling viewing for global audiences and perfect flagship drama for international primetime schedules.”
The Fall follows the lives of two hunters within one story - Anderson (Great Expectations) is DSI Stella Gibson, a successful, highly driven homicide detective brought in to lead a Murder Investigation Team under increasing pressure as they face every investigator’s worst nightmare. Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time) is Paul Spector, the serial predator she seeks, who randomly preys on young women in and around Belfast, while hiding behind the façade of loving husband and father. The Fall follows the police investigation, uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders – both the killers’ and the victims’ families.
Anderson and Dornan head a stellar cast including Emmy Award winning Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), John Lynch (Sliding Doors), Simon Delaney (Father & Son), Laura Donnelly (Merlin), Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Michael McElhatton (Perrier’s Bounty) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).
Directed by Jakob Verbruggen (Code 37), The Fall is produced by Artists Studio and is written and executive produced by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect).
ROME - Back again this year, the RomaFictionFest event dedicated to great Italian and international fiction, promoted by the Lazio Region and by the Chamber of Commerce of Rome and organized by Sviluppo Lazio (the industry association of the Lazio region) in collaboration with APT (Television Producers Association), will take place from September 30 to October 5 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
This year, RomaFictionFest provides space for the cultural partnership signed during the last MIPTV in Cannes with BBC Worldwide. Within a larger project of internationalization of Italian fiction, the Festival organizes a day dedicated to the colossus of European television by presenting a preview of some of the most anticipated serial productions from BBC. These include the costume drama Great Expectations, a reassessment of the novel by Charles Dickens, played by Gillian Anderson, who thanks to the direction of Brian Kirk (Boardwalk Empire, Luther) brings to life a contemporary masterpiece of the English novelist.
Gillian Anderson, unforgettable Agent Scully of The X-Files, returns to the small screen in the role of 'Miss Havisham' and will attend the Festival to receive the RomaFictionFestall' Artistic Excellence Award. The BBC Worldwide Day will also include a series of events, screenings, and master classes that involve the public of RomaFictionFest and professionals of the audiovisual industry in Italy and worldwide.
RomaFictionFest: Date: September 30 - October 5, 2012 Location: Auditorium Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione 4, Rome, 00193, Italy RomaFictionFest on Facebook (Italian)
RomaFictionFest is the biggest worldwide festival dedicated to international television fiction from TV series to TV movies, from mini-series to docu-fiction and from comedy to former great works. In its entirety the festival has become an important point of reference for the public, sector professionals and both local and international talent.
Gillian Joins Ghibli's English "Poppy Hill" Dub
Posted at 8:27 AM (PDT) on Thursday, August 23, 2012
X-Files' Gillian Anderson Joins Ghibli's English Poppy Hill Dub Anime News Network August 22, 2012
Actress previously voiced Moro in Princess Mononoke
Studio Ghibli revealed on Wednesday that X-Files actress Gillian Anderson will be working on the English language dub of Goro Miyazaki's film From Up On Poppy Hill. Known for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files television series and films, Anderson also voiced the character Moro in the English dub of Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli has not announced which character she will be voicing in From Up On Poppy Hill.
Actor/director Ron Howard (Happy Days, American Graffiti, Arrested Development) will also play a role at the invitation of the dub's executive producers, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty). Academy Award-winning sound designer and director Gary Rydstrom (Titanic, Jurassic Park) is directing the English dub.
Adapted from the shōjo manga Kokuriko-Zaka Kara by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama, From Up On Poppy Hill "follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school's clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics." Hayao Miyazaki, Goro's father and Ghibli's co-founder, scripted the film. The film originally premiered in theaters in Japan in July 2011.
North American distributor GKids acquired the rights to this film, and it plans to release From Up On Poppy Hill in American theaters next March after qualifying it for Oscar consideration.
Enough is Enough is Enough
Posted at 7:55 AM (PDT) on Monday, August 13, 2012
Earlier this year, I did an interview with Out Magazine to promote a film. During the course of the interview, I grew increasingly fond of the interviewer and we settled into a very comfortable camaraderie. He seemed to be a lovely, gentle, and intelligent man genuinely interested in the life experiences of another human being. Fortunately, it was an accurate, albeit risky, character assessment.
I chose during that interview to discuss the fact that, earlier in my life, I had been in relationship with a woman. It was the first time I revealed this fact in a public forum, and I chose to do so for two reasons. One was that a woman whom I was in relationship with had died a few months beforehand and I felt, in the context of our conversation, it was safe and appropriate to bring it up. Many years beforehand, and well beyond our time together, this woman had called me out of the blue at the height of my television fame to say that she had been offered $60,000 by a tabloid to provide a picture of us together. At the time, for various reasons, not including shame, I did not want that information in the public domain and despite the fact that she was struggling to pay her rent, I asked her not to sell our story. She took what at the time I considered to be the high road. To this day I regret asking her to do that. That 60 grand would have had a greater positive effect on her life than a negative effect on mine. By discussing our relationship in Out, I felt like I was honoring her memory in some way simply by admitting its existence.
The context of our discussion within the interview was 'choice', and I was sharing how, unlike those who identify themselves as being gay, I could not speak from experience to the fear and shame that sometimes accompanies that realization, because I have always been clear that I am not. During the interview, I do not believe that I had revealed the fact that she had recently died, but in a subsequent interview with another magazine, when asked why I had suddenly chosen to discuss this area of my personal life, I gave that as the predominant reason why but was keen to move on because I really did not want this to become the new topic of conversation about my life. It’s enough that a good proportion of reporters choose to mention the unfathomably boring fact that I was voted most likely to be arrested in high school or the worryingly inaccurate detail that my ex-partner Mark made his fortune in wheel clamping. But for some reason, lets call him Interviewer #2, decided that instead of reporting this legitimate and honest reason to reveal an aspect of my past, he would use the ironically correct impression that I had liked the interviewer of Out Magazine more than him as a point of humor or false discord, it’s hard to tell which.
So imagine my dismay/horror/disgust to discover that after an interview with the London Sunday Times, interviewer #3 turned my brief response to yes, the same question, as motivation to turn the entire article into a lesbian impregnated specimen of veritable tabloid journalism. I don’t think I’ve ever used the word "fluid" in my life to describe my sexuality, nor would I be so stupid or selfish to count my four days with female friends over seven weeks of family holiday as my favorite part. Do I even need to mention that over my dead body would I refer to myself as a "property wheeler dealer"? I could go on and on. It boggles my mind that this cutting and pasting schlock can be considered legitimate journalism, and by not just an associate editor but someone who fancies herself a champion of women, or should that be the other way round. This article is a perfect example of why publicists do ask for copy approval - not to cover their own lies but to extract the lies and insinuations whipped up by the journalist. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read such a mean spirited interview "about" me, although it fortunately and fabulously revealed more about the spitefulness of #3 than anything at all about its apparent subject. But I digress. A bit. Imagine as well, if you will, that I was actually considering asking this woman who was pretending at the time to be friendly, if she would consider finding a way to work into the article that Mark and I had been separated for some time. Fortunately in retrospect, I did not, so when for some very strange reason, she asked if I was still with my partner, I was justifiably thrown. Had I said something that implied this? Had I said it out loud even without realizing it? Had my publicist said something? #3 so cleverly picked up on all this confusion and I have to say those pauses and ellipses may be the only verbatim detail of the entire article. Bravo.
But this post was not intended to reveal my opinions about horrible people in pseudo-powerful positions but to shed light on an intention to share once, and once only, the fact that a seemingly straight-laced almost middle aged woman with three children can be open and shame-free about her life and love experiences and it’s okay. But what I’ve learned from this is that maybe it’s not. It’s not possible to be honest through the siphon of another. It gets abused and misconstrued and silly me.