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News Archive: May 2006
Three more BAFTAs for Bleak House
Posted at 6:24 PM (PDT) on Friday, May 19, 2006

This year's British Academy Television Craft Awards were held on Friday 19 May 2006 at The Dorchester in London.


BLEAK HOUSE - Andrea Galer (A BBC/WGBH Co-Production in association with Deep Indigo for BBC1)


BLEAK HOUSE - Paul Knight (A BBC/WGBH Co-Production in association with Deep Indigo for BBC1)


BLEAK HOUSE - Simon Elliott (A BBC/WGBH Co-Production in association with Deep Indigo for BBC1)

For a complete list of winners, click here.

AJS Update
Posted at 1:01 PM (PDT) on Friday, May 19, 2006

Dear All

Warm Greetings from Uganda especially Alinyiikira Junior School.

First of all I would like to thank you for all your assistance. Due to that assistance the school has now been granted a centre Number by the National Examination Body. The children will now not have to travel a long distance to sit for their Primary Leaving Examinations. We are now looking forward to put in place another class room block to cater for the increasing numbers.

Wishing you all the best.

Godfrey Ssemakula

We already have 69.2% of the money needed to build the block. If everyone who visits this web site were to contribute just one or two dollars apiece, we would soon have the entire amount needed. We could donate it to the school in honor of Gillian's birthday (August 9)!

To make a donation and help us reach our goal, please visit our donations page.

Latest on XF2 Movie
Posted at 8:05 AM (PDT) on Friday, May 19, 2006

Spotnitz Writing X-Files 2
By Mike Szymanski

Frank Spotnitz, the mastermind behind much of the mythology of The X-Files, told SCI FI Wire that he has signed on to help write the next movie based on the hit series, but that the new movie won't deal with the show's byzantine conspiracy arc. "There's still a very good chance that we will all do another X-Files movie," Spotnitz said in an interview. Spotnitz was an executive producer on the show, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson; it ended its nine-year run in 2002.

One point of contention in getting a second X-Files film off the ground: Series creator Chris Carter is still wrangling with 20th Century Fox over legal matters. "David, Gillian and I, and even Chris Carter, all have deals in place, and once the legal issues are over with, we will go on with it," Spotnitz said. "I'm hoping it will get resolved soon."

Although the script isn't written, the idea is already developed, Spotnitz said. He added that Fox likes the idea, which harkens back to the series' stand-alone episodes rather than the conspiracy to cover up the existence of extra-terrestrials, which was the subject of the first X-Files movie.

"No, we're not going into the mythology [in the sequel]," Spotnitz said. "One of the things that was exciting about doing it is to not make it a mythology story, and it's like one of the stand-alone episodes. It's a bit scary. Of course, we will catch up with the characters and what is going on in their lives, but it's not about the alien conspiracy. It's not about that." The first X-Files movie came out in 1998.

Gillian at Hoping For Children Benefit Auction
Posted at 7:52 AM (PDT) on Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gillian attended an exclusive dinner and auction hosted by Bella Freud to benefit the HOPING Foundation at Annabel's Club on May 15, 2006 in London.

Click here to view photos from the event, courtesy of Philiater and Lady London.

More about the event:
HOPING for Children benefit auction

With the help of our friends, the HOPING foundation is planning a benefit auction and dinner at Annabel’s on 15 May 2006, in order to support our projects for Palestinian refugee children. Guests will be able to bid for donated ‘promises’ which include:

1. A kiss from Kate Moss
2. A cricket lesson from Imran Khan
3. A story read to your child by Narnia Queen Tilda Swinton
4. Artist Sam Taylor-Wood and shoe designer Christian Louboutin collaborate to make a unique pair of shoes or boots
5. A game of golf with Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan as caddy
6. A walk around Tate Modern with artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and The Clash’s Paul Simonon
7. Tea and a tour of Lambeth Palace with The Archbishop of Canterbury
8. A portrait of yourself or your loved one by top fashion photographer Terry Richardson
9. Dinner for eight cooked in your home by Giorgio Locatelli or a day in his kitchen at Locanda Locatelli

Rupert Everett will be presenting the ‘promises’ and Oliver Barker from Sotheby’s will be taking the auction. HOPING has formed a committee to help organise the event which includes Jemima Khan, Alexandra Shulman, Justine Picardie, Gillian McVey, Fran Cutler, Hannah Rothschild, Rola Gordon and Tricia Simonon. The HOPING Foundation was established in January 2003 by its present trustees Bella Freud (Fashion designer) Karma Nabulsi (Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford) and Harriet Vyner (Author).

Gillian in Rolling Stone's 1000th Issue
Posted at 10:21 AM (PDT) on Friday, May 12, 2006

The current 1000th issue of Rolling Stone magazine includes a brief interview with Gillian about her Rolling Stone cover in 1997.
The Siren of Sci-Fi
By Gavin Edwards

For our first "X-Files" cover in 1996, Rolling Stone captured the sexual tension of the cult TV hit with a shot of agents Mulder and Scully in bed together. But behind the scenes, the tension between stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson was very much real. When Anderson got her solo cover a year later, David Lipsky wrote, "You can feel the competitiveness on the set." Reading the interview now, Anderson reflects, "I am glad that I did not come across as the ditz I sometimes do when I run off at the mouth. But also fascinating to still, after all these years, have a reaction to reading that David was the favored child! So not true! I am joking, of course."

The cover shoot - for which photographer Matthew Rolston took inspiration from old monster-movie posters -- was scheduled for an entire day. Styled within an inch of her life, Anderson was delighted to be wearing sexy red lingerie after three years of sensible FBI pantsuits. "Slipping out of the dowdy stuff and jumping into this vixen, that felt like a big moment," she says. "I sat in a chair for hours: My hair got set and my body got creamed and these long red nails went on."

On the set, Anderson was in water up to her knees, with a swamp creature grabbing her. "I'd been working out really hard," she says, "but that position was kind of a crouch and every single one of my muscles was screaming."

As for the difficulty of shooting in a water tank, Rolston says, "You have to get the right kind of footwear. Then the hair and makeup people have to get in the tank with her. And you have to keep the tank heated to roughly body temperature -- you're not going to stick Gillian Anderson in a cold pool of slime."

In her London office, Anderson was only two items related to The X-Files, one of which is a framed copy of this cover. When Anderson sees it today, she admires how the color pops out like a 3-D image, and says, "*Bleep*, that was really cool."

Vote for your favorite Rolling Stone cover at Rolling Stone's website.

Thank you to Philiater for the image.

Gillian at the BAFTAs
Posted at 2:09 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 7, 2006

Gillian attended today's BAFTA Awards in London, where she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Bleak House.

Click here to view photos and a video clip interview of her arrival on the red carpet.

Thank you to Philiater, Adry, and Oberon.

Bleak House Wins Two BAFTAs!
Posted at 2:08 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 7, 2006

The BBC's Doctor Who and Bleak House have triumphed at the British Academy Television Awards. They each won two awards at the London ceremony, including best drama series for Doctor Who, and best drama serial.

The BBC's Charles Dickens adaptation Bleak House, which had been nominated in four categories, also claimed the best actress award thanks to Anna Maxwell Martin's performance.

She beat fellow Bleak House star Gillian Anderson to the prize.

"I never expected to win," Maxwell Martin said after collecting her award.

"I didn't particularly want to beat Gillian Anderson. I think she's the most worthy of all of us in that particular category and obviously she's an incredible actress."

Actor Dennis Lawson, who played Mr Jarndyce in the critically acclaimed period drama, lost out on the best actor Bafta to Mark Rylance for The Government Inspector.

More at BBC News.

Updated, May 8:

And if any of the crowd harboured dreams of a life in showbiz themselves, they should perhaps remember Anna Maxwell Martin's description of her evening, as she waited to be named best actress.

"I've just felt very sweaty for the past hour and I desperately needed the loo, so really that's what I was thinking. Then when they announced me, I went into a blind panic."

Few could begrudge her an award after that.

For more on "The humble winners of Bafta night," click here.

Observer Magazine Photos
Posted at 1:51 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 7, 2006

Click here to view new photos of Gillian that accompanied the Observer Magazine interview.

Photos are courtesy of Sarah, the David and Gillian Online Gallery, and lilith_L.

Observer Magazine Interview
Posted at 6:22 PM (PDT) on Saturday, May 6, 2006

The magnificent Anderson

As the conspiracy geek's preferred pin-up, she was a global star at 24. But, after 10 years on The X Files, she was aching to return to normality... Now, with a nomination for her incandescent performance in Bleak House at tonight's Baftas, that's hardly likely. Here, Gillian Anderson shares dessert and divorce stories with Harriet Lane.


Radio Times Cover This Week
Posted at 12:40 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The annual glittering British Academy Television Awards (Baftas) take place on Sunday 7 May, and are celebrated in the new issue of Radio Times.

In the run-up to this week's awards, Bafta held a party for the nominees and RT rounded them up for an exclusive pre-ceremony photo shoot. Among those rubbing shoulders were David Attenborough, Gordon Ramsay, Davina McCall, Bruce Forsyth, and Gillian Anderson. RT's TV editor Alison Graham gives her tips on who could triumph (click here and here).

A video and photo gallery are available here.

Heads Up!

Observer Magazine: NEXT SUNDAY...

Our television special, with Gillian Anderson, Bill Nighy, Mitchell & Webb and a host of other stars. . .

Thanks, Sarah!

Director of Straightheads has a blog
Posted at 11:12 AM (PDT) on Monday, May 1, 2006

Welcome to Straightblog!

Over the last ten months we've been making "Straightheads", a dark and intensely disturbing thriller starring Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer, coming to UK cinemas early next year...

This blog will follow the final push to getting the film finished and the months leading up to the release…

As writer and director of the film, I’ll be giving you an inside look into the process, and sharing with you my burning excitement / bleak despair / overwhelming joy / random thoughts as the release date gets closer. I haven’t done any heavy-duty bloggage before so bear with me if it’s a little ropey to begin with.

The blog will be updated throughout the year and include video diaries, cast and crew stuff, plus plenty of exclusive content and hopefully some sneak-preview footage closer to release time.

We’ll also have some special guest editors on the blog, but for the main it’ll just be me, and er… you.

Dan Reed
Writer & Director, Straightheads.

To read the blog, click here.

Thanks, Wendy! Celebrate Mother's Day!
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