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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #535

In many ways, this week’s show is a sequel to last week’s episode #534, with the promised celebration of Jeanne Moreau’s life and career, an email from a listener about Tom Jones’ “The Young New Mexican Puppeteer” and more from the British Film Institute List of “the 50 films you should see by the age of 14″.

Unlike most sequels, however, this show is even more irreverent, insightful and informative than last week’s!

The festivities commence with a clip of Dean on Australian television telling a (bestiality?) joke, and then after a special opening (a tribute to Glen Campbell), Dean comes out guns blazing, ranting about the internet speeds of his adopted land. After Phil calms him down, they discuss the news of David Letterman’s new show, they urge people to save the Salem Cinema (a jewel of the Pacific Northwest), they talk about an interview they did with the late Jim Marrs and they continue their discussion about the “death of discernment”, this time focusing on an appalling memo crafted by a then member of the National Security Council.

From there, it’s onto “Celebrity Deaths”, where, in addition to the Femme Fatale of the French New Wave and Glen Campbell, your friends in podcasting remember a Tony-winning star of Broadway’s “The Music Man”, the star of an early television western series turned right-wing anti-government activist, and the man inside the Godzilla costume.

Finally, Dean and Phil discuss a 1982 Australian western, a 1954 western that influenced the likes of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, the original King Kong, and the Will Rogers comedy Life Begins at 40.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #523

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour begins with “Celebrity Deaths” as the lives (and deaths) of Fox News’ Roger Ailes, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, MLB umpire Steve Palermo, studio chief Brad Grey, and character actor Powers Boothe are discussed. This leads into a spirited conversation about suicide, the “deep state”, Bob Fosse’s “Cabaret”, the return of “Twin Peaks”, “Eraserhead”, David Lynch’s “The Straight Story” and more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #476

Most of Monday’s show is a conversation that took place a couple weeks back between your friends in podcasting and special guest Dave Pickering. And since that time, Dean and Phil have been dying to share it with you … Dave Pickering is a “storyteller” in so many ways. Based in the UK, he hosts and produces Getting Better Acquainted, Stand Up Tragedy and much, much more. He has a new show debuting this fall that sounds fascinating. Just interviewing him would make for a great show, but he actually starts out by turning the tables on Dean and Phil and interviewing THEM for the first half hour! What transpires is surprising, thoughtful and maybe even inspiring. All in all, it’s an hour unlike any other, which is to say, it’s what you loyal listeners have come to expect from YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #471

Right before exploring the Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave in North Western New Mexico, Phil Leirness touches base with Dean Haglund (who’s down under, of course), before Dean welcomes a special guest, Steven-Elliot Altman. Steven-Elliot is an author, graphic novelist, producer, screenwriter and video game writer-director whose latest game is based on the television series Ancient Aliens.

Aliens, UFOs, Sherlock Holmes, sci-fi novels and more on this week’s brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #433

As loyal listeners of this show know, probably the only truthful way to describe YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour would be that actor-artist-inventor-improv comic Dean Haglund and independent filmmaker, teacher and certified Violence Prevention Specialist Phil Leirness spend an hour each week discussing anything going on in the world that has grasped their attention, and usually, Dean and Phil discuss these “goings on” through the prism of how they are being depicted in, or ignored by, the media. A great variety of subjects have attracted their attention this week: From the responsibility of sports fans to make sure their favorite teams aren’t menaces to society to what we can learn about our culture from the on-air shooting of a news reporter and camera person in Virginia this past week, from an appalling programming choice on the part of IFC to a dating site for those with mental illness, from the lack of opportunity for female and minority directors in television to the lack of distribution for African-American owned networks and content on Comcast and Time Warner. All that, plus a silent horror classic, a documentary about Tim Burton’s version of “Superman” (which was to star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel), the new film from the director of “Amelie” that the Weinstein Company really doesn’t want you to see, the death of Oliver Sacks, the anniversary of Robin Williams’ suicide, the truth behind water and kale, and a letter from a listener like you about supporting character actors. Finally, this IS the week where your friends in podcasting start reviewing the films on the “Film Fatales” list of female-directed movies everyone should see.

Whew. How’s THAT for an action-packed show?!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #365

Year 8 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour starts with part 1 of a 2 part special episode “authored” by our loyal listener in Germany, Ulrike!

She wrote to your friends in podcasting with a list of her favorite topics covered during Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness’ years of changing the way people listen to the internet.

Dean and Phil reset these topics, sharing new insights, in an episode that will be great fun for longtime listeners and a superb introduction to the show for newcomers!

Enjoy – and if you find yourself in the L.A. area this month, make sure to check out Sci-Fest, the first ever theatre festival of science-fiction plays!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #363

Next week is the 7th Anniversary of the free weekly podcast that has been changing the way people listen to the internet since May of 2007.

Please help your friends in podcasting prepare their anniversary show by writing to them with your favorite Chillpak Hollywood memories.

Also, if you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area and are interested in discount tickets to Sci-Fest (where you can see Dean on-stage in Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope”), please write and let us know.

Finally, please help Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness complete their new film by visiting The Lady Killers, watching the official trailer, reading about the film, making a donation (if possible) and spreading the word!

Now enjoy this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #362

It has been quite a while since your friends in podcasting have tackled a Hollywood-related “Lawsuit of the Week”. On this week’s show, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness bring back this popular segment with a doozy of a lawsuit – involving sex, power, blackmail, a forthcoming box office blockbuster and show biz folks behaving badly!

Dean and Phil follow up on last week’s email concerning gun violence and mental health care by proposing ways in which we might reduce the former by increasing access to the latter.

There is also be more on the Marvel universe, with a lengthy, insightful and hilarious email from loyal listener Stephen Fowler.

All that plus the latest on Dean’s new stage shows – both debuting in May here in Los Angeles – This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #323

Your friends in podcasting appeared at Paranoia Con this weekend, where they showed their film The Truth Is Out There and then recorded this show in front of a live audience.

If you were hoping to hear about Comic-Con, that will have to wait til next week. Rest assured, though, you are in for a treat this week as Dean and Phil take questions from the audience, riff irreverently, explore and examine, inspire, bicker and just plain change the way people listen to the internet …

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #316

Chris Bonno is an accomplished actor, comic and artist.

He has been friends with Dean Haglund for a long time, he’s been a good friend to YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and he’s finally a guest, joining Dean and Phil for one of their funniest episodes EVER.

This installment also marks the introduction of the mysterious Dr. Castoreum

Learn all about Chris at his official site and check out his amazing art work at Shea Magazine.

And now, let the hilarity begin!

About the show
Dean Haglund, the actor, improv comic and inventor (best known as “Langly,” one of the three computer-hacking geeks on “The X-Files” and their spin-off series “The Lone Gunmen”) engages in thought-provoking, insightful, and irreverent cultural conversation with his co-host and producing partner, independent filmmaker and certified violence prevention specialist Phil Leirness in the production offices of Rational Exuberance. Warning: Dean and Phil's usually hilarious and frequently inspiring discussions are habit-forming, so please, enjoy responsibly!
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