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10 items from 2001

Julia Roberts Gets Her Directing Man Again

6 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winner Julia Roberts is reuniting with her favorite director Steven Soderbergh. The pair who have teamed up on Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven, will reteam for How To Survive A Hotel Room Fire. Other celebrities attached to star in the film are David Duchovny and Frasier star David Hyde Pierce. »

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David Duchovny's Bad Bathroom Behavior

13 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David Duchovny and Shaquille O'Neal have been nailed by American comedian Garry Shandling - for their bad bathroom decorum. Shandling has shared urinal facilities with both stars, and admits his toilet experiences with them have been far from pleasurable. He explains, "Duchovny was waiting behind me at the urinal with his pants already down - a big non-no, even in Hollywood. And at Staples Center, 7-foot-1 O'Neal was next to me at the urinal and missed everything. But he's very strong in close." »

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David Duchovny Paints With His Bottom

3 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David Duchovny's been painting for charity - with his butt. The handsome actor and his actress wife Tea Leoni admit they get very involved in their artwork, and use the star's backside to raise money for good causes. Leoni says, "David and I recently did some butt painting for a charity auction. I call myself the paint loader. I apply different colours to his cheeks and then he sits on the canvas. I reload and he repeats. Sometimes I get to spank him a little to blend the colours. I defy anyone to say that David and I don't know how to have fun." Leoni is proud to reveal that one of Duchovny's paintings sold for $3,500 at a Los Angeles auction for animal rights. »

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Scully Opens West End File

2 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Gillian Anderson is leaving The X Files for the glitzy London stage. The pretty redhead's revelation means that she will follow in the footsteps of a growing number of Hollywood stars, including Nicole Kidman and Kathleen Turner, who have found the lure of London's West End irresistible. Anderson claims that the next series of The X Files will be her last, with David Duchovny having already left the show. Initially she wants to spend more time with her six-year-old daughter, Piper, before taking a theatre role next summer. She says, "The stuff I am going to do is as far from Scully as humanly possible." »

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Duchovny's Eye For Talent

25 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Beals missed out on a top role in hit sci- fi drama The X-Files because she feared David Duchovny was stalking her. Beals was offered the part of Dana Scully at the urging of her former Yale classmate Duchovny, who played Scully's partner Fox Mulder. But Beals turned down the part eventually made famous by Gillian Anderson, just as she had turned down Duchovny's advances when they were students. She says, "He used to follow me around and ask me for dates. I used to say A) I don't know who you are, and B) I'm living with someone and I think that's a problem. And then I got to this acting class in New York, and who's in it? David `The Stalker' Duchovny!" »

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Duchovny's Lifeguard Past

7 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

X-Files star David Duchovny started out his working life as a New York lifeguard - asking topless bathers to cover up. The movie star got hooked on saving swimmer's lives and carrying out beach laws on Fire Island while spending teenage summers with his grandmother. He recalls, "It was maybe the only badge I ever carried. I was a proper lifeguard from the age of 14, and I'd do that all summer. There was no topless bathing on our beach and they'd send the youngest lifeguard to go and tell the women to cover up. "You'd think that would be cool, but at 14 it was mortifying. I'd say 'Ma'am, you're going to have to put your top back on.' These women would cover their nipples with shells and claim they weren't being indecent. I mean the last thing a 14-year-old kid wants to do is get into a debate with a half-naked woman." But Duchovny also saved a few lives in his time on the beach. He adds, "Doing that part of it was a great accomplishment." »

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David Duchovny Will Not Return To X-Files

5 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David Duchovny has vowed he'll never return to his hit show The X-Files - for the sake of the fans. Duchovny admits the security of a weekly television show was hard to walk away from, but he thinks returning to his role as FBI agent Fox Mulder would be unfair to the series and the loyal fans. He says, "When I came back at the end of this year, by necessity, by my choice of not being on the show full time, other stories and other ideas had to come center stage. And when I came back I felt somewhat peripheral. Mulder's story was one of three or four stories that were going on and it didn't feel like the same show to me. I feel that fans respect Mulder as the consciousness of the show and for him to come back like Superman's dad or whatever feels cheap to me. But it is hard to walk away. I miss Mulder, I miss the show. I miss having my own show." »

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Tea Leoni's Cuts And Bruises

24 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Téa Leoni has discovered life was rather dangerous when the dinosaurs were roaming the earth. Leoni, who's married to actor David Duchovny, has sustained countless injuries during the making of Jurassic Park III in Hawaii. And rather than painting in the bruises, her make-up staff have been covering up her injuries. She says, "I've got cuts and bruises, and I tell you most of the make up they put on us is to cover up the injuries we've got rather than put them on for the screen." »

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X-Files To End?

20 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

X-Files creator Chris Carter has announced the current season of his hit series is set to be the last. The scriptwriter is concentrating on The Lone Gunmen - a spin-off about Mulder's conspiracy-geek friends. He says if the new show is a success, the sci-fi series will end in May. A second X-Files film is planned for this year. He says, "May's two-hour season finale will be a cliffhanger either for next season, if we return, or for the movie." Actor David Duchovny, who plays Mulder, is not expected back for a new series, but has agreed to appear in the film. »

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X-Files Star Escapes Unhurt From Flaming Film Set

1 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David Duchovny feared for his safety after special effects sparked a fire on a California film set. No-one was injured as smoke billowed up from Raleigh Studios during production on the Dreamworks film Evolution (2001). Scores of actors and production staff poured out of the building, and the 40-year-old star was whisked off to a shopping center in nearby Manhattan Beach. The fire happened as crews set off five fireballs 15 feet in diameter, fire officials said. One of the fireballs ignited the scenery. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze. They had been standing by during the stunt in case something went wrong. »

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