An X-Files Marathon Is Coming to BBC America

Ed Araquel, FOX
Ed Araquel, FOX

On September 10, 1993, viewers who tuned into the series premiere of The X-Files learned that the truth was out there ... even if they never were able to come to a clear consensus on exactly what that “truth” may be. But like FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), fans of the soon-to-be-cult sci-fi series learned that differing opinions and approaches to the world could make for some seriously addictive television. To celebrate The X-Files’s 25th anniversary, BBC America will dedicate five days of airtime to rerunning the show’s first nine series, along with its two feature films, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and The X-Files: Fight the Future.

Though it’s easy to think of The X-Files as merely a television show, its impact on popular culture—and even on the scientific community—has been undeniable. In addition to offering a launching pad for some of today’s most successful actors, we have the series to thank for Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Torchwood. There’s also recent research to suggest that Dana Scully’s badassery has been an inspiration for many women who have chosen to go into STEM careers. Earlier this year, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media released a report [PDF] that analyzed what came to be known as the “Scully Effect.”

“In the world of entertainment media, where scientists are often portrayed as white men wearing white coats and working alone in labs, Scully stood out in the 1990s as the only female STEM character in a prominent, prime-time television role,” the report stated.

Whether you’ve seen the series in its entirety multiple times or are a total newcomer, you’ll want to go ahead and request some time off during the BBC America marathon, which will kick off at 6 a.m. ET on Monday, September 10 and conclude on Friday, September 14. While you’re watching, you can chat about the show with fellow fans on Twitter using the hashtag #XFiles25.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]