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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

By United Press International   |   Feb. 22, 2002 at 4:45 AM
DAVID DUCHOVNY

Fox has confirmed that David Duchovny -- one of the original stars of the long-running, Emmy-winning sci-fi series "The X-Files" -- will appear in the series' final episode, a two-hour special scheduled for May 19.

Duchovny played alien-chasing FBI Agent Fox Mulder for eight seasons, before phasing out his participation last season. This season has largely focused on the ongoing investigation by Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and her new partner, Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), into Mulder's disappearance.

Fox said the series' final five episodes will "begin to provide highly anticipated answers to many of the show's most-asked questions." Duchovny will direct one of the episodes, scheduled to air April 28.

The show has racked up 54 Emmy Award nominations -- including four consecutive nominations for best drama series from 1995-98. It collected 15 Emmys, including best actress in a drama series for Gillian Anderson in 1997, when Duchovny was nominated for best actor in a drama series. Anderson and Duchovny were nominated again in 1998 and Anderson received a third nomination in 1999.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


JOHNNY DEPP

When enigmatic actor Johnny Depp moved to Europe, many people assumed that he was too rebellious to live in the States anymore. He had openly noted that he thought the country was becoming too politically correct.

But, according to columnist Neal Travis, there are reports that Depp is now becoming disturbed with the "curbs on personal liberty" he is seeing in France, his semi-adopted country. Travis says that France has joined many other countries in cracking down on smoking and where you can light up. Depp isn't impressed. He recently quipped that he wants to start a MUST-SMOKE airline, where smoking would be mandatory.

(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)


ROGER EBERT

Film critic Roger Ebert, co-host of the syndicated "Ebert & Roeper" movie review program, will undergo surgery Friday to remove a cancerous growth from his thyroid gland.

The 59-year-old Chicago Sun-Times movie critic had a similar procedure in 1987. Ebert told the newspaper he was optimistic of making another full recovery and had written a few reviews and taped several television programs, including his annual "If We Picked the Winners" Oscars show, to run during his recuperation.

In a statement Ebert said the type of tumor he had was slow growing and that his prognosis "is excellent for a quick and full recovery."

Ebert and Roeper, a fellow Sun-Times columnist, is scheduled to host a "floating film festival" for Disney Cruise Lines, cover the Oscars March 24 in Hollywood and appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Ebert is also supposed to host the 4th Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival April 24-28 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill.

Ebert won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for criticism -- the year he teamed up with his late partner, Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, who died in 1999 at age 53.

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