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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #465

If you’ve listened to last week’s episode, you know that disaster struck Dean Haglund’s home in Sydney. Fortunately, he was able to recover JUST IN TIME to record this week’s episode …

You long-time listeners know that your friends in podcasting love movies, embrace the need for diversity and celebrate stories about women and those told by women. So, you will understand what we mean when we say that this show is near and dear to their hearts. After discussing the Manny Pacquiao-related controversy one of Phil’s former students finds himself embroiled in, Dean and Phil welcome a very special guest. Leah Meyerhoff is a talented filmmaker and the brilliant founder of Film Fatales, a group your friends in podcasting have mentioned a great deal recently, one that might just be redeeming the business of cinema.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #444

In this week’s fascinating, thought-provoking installment, your friends in podcasting get passionate about comedy, live theatre, books, the need for empathy, The Paris Attacks, the lack of opportunity for women in media and more.

We think it’s Dean and Phil at their absolute best – irreverent, insightful, inspirational.

YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #439

The victims of the Umpqua shooting are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean and Phil weigh in on another entry from the Film Fatales list of female-directed films everyone should see. This week’s selection comes from the super-talented Lynn Shelton. After that, Phil weighs in on two brand new, Oscar-hopefuls, taking one behind the shed for its unbearably bad casting. Another name is added to the list of great contemporary character performers to cherish and celebrate.

Then, guest correspondent Page Branson of Level 7 Access: A Marvel Agents of Shield Podcast joins Dean and Phil to review the pilot of The X-Files revival (which screened this weekend at New York Comic Con). She also hips us to all that’s upcoming on the small screen from Marvel – including Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Jessica Jones – and how the recent creative shakeup at the studio might affect their small screen fare.

YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #436

Well into their 9th year of changing the way people listen to the internet, your friends in podcasting keep finding new ways to do just that … This week, it’s a three-way Skype show with special (and frequent) guest Marc Hershon of Succotash. He joins Dean and Phil to discuss this weekend’s 4th annual Los Angeles Podfest and to review the podcasting documentary “Ear Buds”.

Before that, Phil rips the Emmys a new one for putting on such a boring show, while commending them for a few of their choices in honorees. Then, Dean champions a film by a female director that has stood the test of time. Phil lauds two recent independent films – one horror, one comedy – that you (yes, YOU) will absolutely love. That leads into their ongoing discussion on the art and commerce of supporting players, or “character actors”. Finally, Phil brings back the “Live Event of the Week” after seeing one of Dean’s favorite Broadway shows of recent years.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #434

Dean Haglund has a little too much reverb. Phil Leirness has had a little too much to drink. Together it all works to bring you a hilarious and informative installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

From the madness that was Force Friday to “Celebrity Deaths” remembrances of a self-help guru, a Disney icon and a master of horror, from your friends in podcasting continuing their appreciations for the Film Fatales list of female-directed movies everyone should see to the influence of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour when it comes to IFC’s “Documentary Now”, Bill Murray’s return to “Ghostbusters” and the shakeup at the Marvel Studios. All that plus one scrapped TV revival, Amazon Streaming makes a move to really challenge Netflix, and “The Daily Show” names new correspondents.

Meanwhile, “The X-Files” has wrapped principal photography on its revival. Assuming it’s successful with viewers, where will the franchise go from here? You won’t want to miss what Dean Haglund has to say about that!

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 #429

Your friends in podcasting follow up on their first official intercontinental L.A. to Australia episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with a full hour (plus) of conversation. Topics range from the death of Rowdy Roddy Piper to the end of Jon Stewart’s run on “The Daily Show”, from the apology made by the killer of Cecil the Lion to the return of Art Bell, from recent and classic movies directed by women to what foreign governments think of the U.S., from how Dean Haglund celebrated his birthday to what new cinematic releases Phil Leirness highly recommends. All that, plus Phil peppers Dean with questions about his trip to Vancouver this week to participate in the reboot of “The X-Files”. What did Dean think of the script? Which episode of the six being filmed is Dean shooting this week? What are the odds The Lone Gunmen will be back for more in this (brief) season? Is the show being written to “resolve” the story, or is it setting up the potential for continuation (depending on ratings)? Where will Dean be filming? Will he be wearing a wig? Dean’s answers to these questions are never less than interesting.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #428

From L.A. to LA, SoCal to the Big Easy, from Los Angeles to Australia, Hollywood to Down Under, this installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour might just be one for the time capsule.

The show starts off with Phil Leirness interviewing Lily Holleman, who is on location in Louisiana, filming “NCIS: New Orleans.” They chat about historic hotels, Scott Bakula, the wives of Navy S.E.A.L.S. and the Lafayette theater shooting.

Then, Phil connects with Dean Haglund, who regales with stories of his travels to Connecticut (where he hung out with fellow “Lone Gunmen” Tom Braidwood and Bruce Harwood), New Zealand and Melbourne. Dean talks of his latest improv comedy gigs, shares his disappointment with Ant-Man, and previews his forthcoming trip to Vancouver to appear in the six episode reboot of “The X-Files”.

Finally, Phil dusts off his soapbox and rants about people who look down at what others do for a living.

All that, PLUS a brand new theme song!

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #427

Karen Forman and Lily Holleman return one final time before launching their own podcast to guest host for your friends in podcasting.

On today’s show, Karen and Lily remember the great Aubrey Morris, discuss films directed by women that everyone should see, analyze the four ways women get a “raw deal” in Hollywood, and try to make sense of why, now that it has been revealed that Bill Cosby admitted to the allegations in court, so many people refused to believe those allegations for so long.

All that plus a ton of laughs. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

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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