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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #531

Recorded on location at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop bar atop the Ace Hotel (which was once the United Artists building), and Paramount Ranch (site of numerous movies and television shows), this week’s episode boasts no less than six guests, discussing such a wide variety of topics as Dean’s solo art show, the history of Los Angeles and the movie industry, “Twin Peaks: The Return”, PBS, books, crime novels, theatre, fringe festival productions, stand-up and improv comedy, silent movies, and, oh yeah, George A. Romero and Martin Landau are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.”

Sure, there are occasional audio problems caused by live jazz trios, rooftop wind, loud dance music, and liquor, but there truly is something for everyone on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #461

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund discusses his current comedy show, his forthcoming show at an international comedy festival, and what has become of the show he used to host back in Los Angeles. A former First Lady and a musical great are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths” and Phil Leirness remembers what it was like to live in Los Angeles during the O.J. Simpson trial in the wake of the recent news surrounding that case. This serves as a perfect segue-way to talk about both the FX miniseries depicting that time in our history and the Will Smith vehicle, “Concussion” about long-lasting brain injuries caused by playing football. Paul Feig’s delightful “Other Space” has been championed on the show and this week, Dean and Phil will share whether there will ever be any more episodes produced. Meanwhile, the first official trailer for Feig’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” was released and it was … Astonishingly awful. Of course, “astonishingly awful” would be a major step up for the trailers and commercials advertising “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a film that has its distributor, Warner Bros., very worried and scrambling for a new way to launch their hopeful “Justice League” cinematic franchise. Dean and Phil will get into the nitty gritty inner workings and machinations of a legendary Hollywood studio in free fall. All that, plus a letter from a loyal listener about Canada’s support of female filmmakers is shared and much, much more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #422

We are jumping into the “way back machine” for this week’s show, re-visiting a time many of you will be too young to remember … May of 2015! It was a more innocent time. We were all younger then. And we relished in our youth. It was also when your friends in podcasting sat down for an hilarious hour of conversation with Travis Clark. And they recorded it.

Travis is a writer, actor, musician and comedian. He wrote for that show you never watched, appeared in productions you didn’t know he was in, played in that band that never went anywhere and has performed in at least one place where a stabbing occurred while he was on stage. He’s also a deeply flawed character with a weak back story. He’s also the co-host of the hilarious podcast Tiny Odd Conversations. Your friends in podcasting have been trying to schedule him for some time and we’re thrilled that he was finally able to drop by to regale us with stories of corporate life, stand-up comedy and all the creatures in Australia that might be trying to kill Dean Haglund!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #407

This week’s show begins and concludes with tributes to Leonard Nimoy.

In between, Dean regales us with tales of the Long Beach Comic Expo and Phil champions a wide-range of movies that you (yes, YOU) just might want to seek out.

Live Events, Movies, Celebrity Deaths, it’s all part of an hour’s work when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #391

Fresh off last week’s well-received episode, your friends in podcasting pick up where they left off with another action-packed hour …

They get the ball rolling with more thoughts on feminism before revealing why Dean Haglund figures prominently on LAIST.com’s list of the top 22 things to do in Los Angeles on a weekend and how Dean is now a “published” artist! Then, several “Live Events of the Week” are discussed, one including Science Fiction, one boasting a performance by the peerless Angela Lin and one boasting a performance by a bona fide 16 year-old prodigy.

Soon, Chris Rock’s relevance is celebrated, Chow Yun-Fat’s coolness is reported and the shifting platform distribution windows of movies are questioned.

Plus, there’s more on Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) plus letters about Radio Free Albemuth, what movies Dean and Phil find scary, what Dean and Phil are reading and how YOU can get your very own Chillpak Hollywood Hour t-shirt.

Wow? All that in ONE hour? Of course. When that hour is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #360

Marc Hershon, the host of Succotash, is a member of the Illuminati?!

That’s just one of the many interesting tidbits you’ll learn, along with the source for the term “limelight”, a conspiracy to blow up the Los Angeles Times in the early 20th Century, and the real, behind-the-scenes origin of the name “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane.

There’s also movie talk aplenty (The Lego Movie, Anchorman 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah) AND the second half of Dean’s conversation with the great Rick Overton!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #259

Dean Haglund is in Pennsylvania. Phil Leirness is in the UK. Yet, through the magic of podcasting, they are together in a “historic building in downtown Los Angeles”, where they welcome two special guests from London.

John Kay Steel is a talented and accomplished actor and voice artist.

Natalie Haverstock is a gifted improv comic and the most amazing balloon artist in all the known universe!

Sit back and enjoy one of the most unusual episodes yet of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Oh, and make sure to check out this video of Dean in his scuba diving gear made of balloons.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #212

Knowing it’s their last new show together til the second Monday of July (don’t worry, we have 4 excellent pre-recorded shows with fabulous guests coming your way until then), your friends in podcasting are amped up and rarin’ to go with a rip-roaring hour of thick, rich, podcasty goodness! It’s the usual free-wheeling grab-bag, full of show business analysis, comedy, and inspirational conversation.

If you’re going to be in the Charleston, South Carolina area on Thursday 23 June, come see a FREE sneak preview screening of The Truth Is Out There, followed by a discussion with Phil Leirness, at The College of Charleston Education Center (ECTR 118) at 7 pm.

If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday 29 June, why not attend the D.C. Premiere of the film? Information and tickets, please click HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #209

Somehow, your friends in podcasting manage to weave a discussion of do-it-yourself approaches to life, work and learning with a conversation about fine art and painting while still managing to discuss President Obama, birth certificates, Alexander Payne’s Election and Ashton Kutcher. It’s fun, it’s free-wheeling and it’s a good warm up for Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness as they prepare to record YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour LIVE from The Retro Dome in San Jose, immediately following the US Premiere of The Truth Is Out There this Saturday night. Get your tickets exclusively here.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #208

A week ago, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, were in the United Kingdom, visiting their friends at Sci-Fi-London, celebrating the Royal Wedding, attending the World Premiere of their documentary The Truth Is Out There and discussing the death of Osama Bin Laden. This week, they’re back in Los Angeles, where Dean is preparing his brand new gallery for this Thursday’s Downtown Art Walk and where Phil is directing an incredibly ambitious short film. Most important of all, they’re celebrating their 4th anniversary of changing the way YOU listen to the internet!

That’s right, this is our 4th anniversary show. And if such a thing as a wish accompanies such a milestone, Dean and Phil’s wish is that no matter where in the world you are, you help spread the word about the U.S. Premiere of The Truth Is Out There, which takes place at the Retro Dome in San Jose on Saturday 21 May. The screening will be followed by a live recording of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Tickets should be purchased in advance, right here!

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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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