In Hollywood, it can be rare for a sequel to be better than the original. But if you head to Illinois, that’s clearly not the case. After a rousing success in 2018, the creators of X-Fest were back for round two and from the happy Philes we spoke with it was pretty clear the events were even better than last year’s.

X-Fest 2019 was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, and expanded to the entire weekend. Philes from around the globe converged for the chance to meet an all-star lineup including Mark Snow, Tom Braidwood (Frohike), Bruce Harwood (Byers), Dean Haglund (Langly), Mitch Pileggi, Nicholas Lea, Annabeth Gish, Frank Spotnitz, Susan Blommaert (Phyllis Paddock), Brian Huskey (Reggie Something), Rebecca Toolan (Teena Mulder), Sheila Larken (Margaret Scully), Chris Owens (Jeffrey Spender), Melinda McGraw (Melissa Scully), Jeff Gulka (Gibson Praise), The Enigma (The Conundrum), Karin Konoval (Chucky and Judy Poundstone, Ma Peacock), Larry Musser (Detective Manners, Jack Bonsaint), J.J. Lendl, Joe Harris, and Dr. Anne Simon.  

If you couldn’t make the festivities, or just want to relieve the weekend, look here for the full panel videos and photo galleries. But there was much more to experience, so read on for a recap.

If you couldn't make it to Illinois for X-Fest 2, or if you want to relive the magic, we've got you covered. Check out our photo galleries with pictures from Roi Ollson and XFN contributor Dayna Loder. We've got shots from all the activities and another gallery from the panels.

And be sure and watch all the panels, presented here in the order they were held.

“There has to be an end, Scully.” When Mulder whispered that to Scully in “Requiem” back in 2000, our hearts nearly pounded out of our chests. These two people we’d come to love were at a crossroads, the future of their work uncertain. As the episode continues he says “It has to end sometime. That time is now.” with certainty and devotion and a little fear in his voice. Well, today I know how he feels, if you’ll pardon the sentimentality. Because that “sometime” has come for us here at XFN as well.

This will likely be our last post on XFilesNews. After 11 years, a feature film, two revival seasons, conventions, fan campaigns, contests, and more articles than we can mention, it’s time for us to say goodbye. We announced back in May that we would be stepping back at the end of the year, and now that 2018 has come to a close we’re ready to make that happen.

Going forward, this site will remain as an archive of all the work this fandom has done to keep The X-Files alive, and of the success you had in convincing the powers-that-be that there was still a need for more Mulder and Scully. We will retain the XFilesNews name and will maintain the site as long as we can keep up the server costs, which our TeePublic store will remain open to help support. We will stay somewhat active on Twitter,  Facebook, and Instagram, but our Tumblr will stop publishing after today as well. Our goal on social media for now will be to continue to boost the efforts of fan groups on things like charity drives and podcasts. But our days of contests, convention coverage, and fan campaigns are mostly done. We will provide coverage of X-Fest 2 in Illinois in June, as we want to honor that commitment we made last year. We also hope to have one more product review that we promised before the end of January but the timing on that is still uncertain.

It was an honor to bring you the news over the years, and to help tell the story of this fandom. Every interview we did and every press pass we got was all to share that information with you, and in return to tell the creators of this show how much their work meant to the fans. It’s been a labor of love since 2007 and everyone who worked for XFN was a volunteer. We’re so proud to have been a part of this fandom’s story and we appreciate all the support and feedback you’ve given. We hope you’ve enjoyed being a part of our family. And we look forward to being there with you at events in the future, but like Avi said back in May, this time we’ll be sitting right next to you as fellow fans instead of journalists.

Before we go, we wanted to take a look back through our family album at some of our favorite pieces of coverage over the years and we hope you’ll page through with us and remember how far we’ve come together. Head to memory lane after the jump.

Gillian Anderson will be joining the cast of The Crown for the show's fourth season, according to The Sunday Times. She'll be portraying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was dubbed "The Iron Lady."

With filming reported to begin this summer, Gillian adds another show to her already full acting plate. Her series Sex Education premiered on Netflix on January 11th to rave reviews and is set to hit 40 million streams by the end of the month. Gillian will also be returning to the London stage soon when she stars as Margo Channing in the theatre adaptation of All About Eve. The play also stars Lily James and is directed by Ivo van Hove. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the production which will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from February 12 through May 11.

See more details about The Crown from The Sunday Times here.

 

The Woolsey wildfire burning in Southern California has destroyed at least one of The X-Files' filming locations and caused damage near several others. The Paramount Ranch in Malibu Creek State Park was the location used as Democrat Hot Springs, William's birthplace, in Season 8's "Existence." In the photo above, compare how the set looked then to the smoldering ruins left after the fire hit on Friday, November 9th.

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