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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #505

Your friends in podcasting celebrate the life of the woman who broke the news about the start of World War II and the life of a man who redefined literary and cinematic terror (and turned a certain staircase in Georgetown into a major tourist attraction). Then, after sharing some thoughts about a childhood friend who died this past week, Phil follows up on last week’s show by sharing with Dean some thoughts about “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” and sharing a story about how George Michael (and Wham!) helped inspire one of the most famous songs by The Smiths. There will also be much discussion of television, from the return of “Sherlock” and the news surrounding “The Man in the High Castle” to the Producers Guild Award nominations and a forthcoming show set backstage at “The Tonight Show” in the 1970′s. Finally, Phil gets on his soapbox as he and Dean address the controversy surrounding Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and the overwhelming accolades being bestowed upon La La Land. All that, plus a frank discussion about “perceived vegetative states” AND a ton of laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #498

Dean Haglund is flying back to Australia right now, but before he left Los Angeles, he dropped by a certain historic building to visit Phil Leirness and to discuss the lives (and deaths) of Sharon Jones, Gwen Ifill, Florence Henderson, Ron Glass and Fidel Castro. Dean and Phil also compare notes on a great stand-up comedy performance they witnessed at The Los Angeles Breakfast Club. Speaking of stand-up, Dean performed stand-up at Big & Tall presents BARK, while Phil was attending a media preview of The Queen Mary’s CHILL and all these events get described. A hilarious discussion of the new “4D” method of exhibiting films leads your friends in podcasting into a free-wheeling discussion of such movies as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Jackie”, “Hidden Figures”, “Nocturnal Animals”, “La La Land”, and “Rules Don’t Apply”. We’ve received a lot of great feedback and messages from listeners of late, and one such message involves the topic of diversity on television, a question Dean and Phil tackle briefly before setting it on the agenda for next week’s show …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #454

As you know, each year, your friends in podcasting celebrate what they think were the best films of the previous year. Well, this year, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness welcome special guest, film critic and Los Angeles Film Critics Association member Luke Y. Thompson to help them as they discuss the best films AND the worst films of 2015!

Best and worst in one show?! Why, that sounds like two shows!

And it almost is. At almost 1 hour and 50 minutes, this is our longest show ever (if you don’t count the 28 hour live “podcastathon” Dean and Phil did to ring in the end of the Mayan Calendar). So, get those Netflix queues handy, power up with the caffeinated beverage of your choice and let’s begin …

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 #405

Your friends in podcasting begin by looking back at 40 years of “Saturday Night Live”, the 3 and 1/2 hour television special commemorating those 40 years and a forthcoming documentary looking behind-the-scenes at this comedic and cultural institution.

Sticking to television, Dean and Phil turn their attention to the 2-part premiere of “Better Call Saul” before sharing two “Live Events of the Week” – one comedic and one architectural.

Phil was especially saddened to learn of the death of Louis Jourdan and the cinematic icon is remembered. Meanwhile, a bad stretch for broadcasting thanks to Brian Williams got much worse with the death of three significant broadcasting personalities. Each is celebrated.

Phil delivers a swift spanking to the viewers, makers and backers of 50 Shades of Grey before he and Dean sing the (subversive) praises of Kingsman: The Secret Service, comparing it to (the less effective) The Interview. Then, Phil doffs his cap in Dean’s direction for one of his selections on their recent Top Ten Films of 2014 show.

Finally, Phil finds inspiration in the musical expression of young Linzi Gold and asks you to check out her stuff!

It’s all in a week’s work at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour where Ego is Skeleton!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #404

Brian Williams lies. Hollywood remakes or reboots EVERYTHING. Phil drops a ton of professional football knowledge on Dean. Dean tries to explain whether the film Asylum is real and if it is, whether he is really in it! Phil waxes rhapsodic about the filmmaking collaboration that resulted in Chinatown. Dean and Phil remember a classic film noir femme fatale. Dean tells his Minority Report story. AGAIN.

Has the whole world gone mad? Nope. It’s just another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #394

John Alan Simon spent many years as a successful journalist and an esteemed film and music critic before becoming actively involved in the financing, selling and marketing of independent motion pictures. Recently, he wrote, produced and directed Radio Free Albemuth, a motion picture adaptation of the novel by Phillip K Dick.

This week, he’s the guest on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #392

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features the return of special (recurring) guest and free-lance journalist Yoshi Kato! He has recently returned from the Tokyo International Music Market and he offers up a full report on a life-time achievement award for cinema icon “Beat” Takeshi Kitano and two hot bands from Japan: VAMPS and Sakanaction.

Yoshi joins your friends in podcasting in a spirited discussion on HBO shows, the faults in The Fault in Our Stars, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and a commemorative stamp of Dean Haglund?!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #280

Three guests AND two guest co-hosts join Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness this week to take on show business from all angles …

As Dean revealed on last week’s show, he will be acting in a new series. “Space Command” boasts a who’s who of sci-fi in its cast and is the brain child of acclaimed and prolific writer Marc Scott Zicree. Hear all about the project and Marc’s previous work (including various versions of “Star Trek” AND The Twilight Zone Companion), as he joins your friends in podcasting AND Combat Radio‘s Ethan Dettenmaier.

Then, just when you think this week’s show couldn’t get any more cool, the topic switches from behind the camera success to a stunning starlet, as Phil joins actor and author Mark Ryan to interview the luminous Cerina Vincent, star of such movies Cabin Fever, Not Another Teen Movie and the forthcoming MoniKa, as well as the co-author of the books How to Eat Like a Hot Chick and How to Love Like a Hot Chick. Trust us, Cerina is as refreshing a personality as you could hope to meet and the conversation is rather hilarious.

Finally, as if that weren’t enough, the subject turns to entertainment journalism with Robert Samo, who founded the site Fanboy Nation.

It’s a star-studded, all-hands on deck assault on your ears, hearts and funny-bones! It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #220

Your Chillpak Hollywood Hour has been graced by the presence of fantastic guests all summer long and this week’s installment is an incredible first, featuring THREE guests on one show!

Regular listeners to the show will remember the lovely, talented, funny and engaging Catherine Annette. She’s back and she brought along her best friend, the hilarious and infectiously enthusiastic Madison Dylan.

Catherine and Madison both acted with your friend in podcasting, Dean Haglund, on the “Girls Gone Dead” episode of this year’s Cinemax sensation Femme Fatales.

Joining Catherine and Madison on this week’s show is Femme Fatales co-creator and executive producer Mark A. Altman, and Phil Leirness could not be more thrilled. You see, Mark was once one of the preeminent entertainment journalists in the business before becoming a truly exciting independent filmmaker (writing and producing one of Phil’s favorite indies of the ’90′s, the spectacular Free Enterprise). And now, of course, he is a television producer and writer, whose credits before Femme Fatales included Castle and Necessary Roughness.

Television, movies, entertainment journalism, swordplay, comic-con, William Shatner … A lot will be discussed on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

To learn more about Femme Fatales, please visit the show’s Official Site.

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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