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As the Vancouver skies threatened rain, the producers of the second X -Files movie called a press conference yesterday to "express their gratitude" to the city.

The occasion? The completion of the film's principal photography in Vancouver.

The back story? David Duchovny famously insulted the city in 1997, after five years of shooting the TV series here.

"Vancouver is a very nice place if you like 400 inches of rainfall a day," Duchovny quipped on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. "It is kind of like a tropical rain forest without the tropics."

Duchovny had earlier said he wanted the show moved to Los Angeles so he could spend more time with his wife.

The remarks attracted the wrath of Vancouverites, including the owner of one of the city's better-known adult-entertainment establishments, who erected a sign outside announcing that Duchovny had been banned from the place and urging him to go home.

He did. Production of The X-Files moved to L.A. until the show went off the air in 2002.

But Duchovny and co-star Gillian Anderson have come back to Vancouver to shoot the second X-Files movie. And yesterday it was kiss-and-make-up-time as the stars held their expression-of-gratitude news conference.

Speaking of kissing, while details of the film (even its title) remain under wraps, Mulder and Scully were spotted in a lip-lock during one intense scene.

The producers will only say the film "takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions." Wondering where? The truth will be out there July 25, 2008.

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