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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #594

It’s the penultimate episode of the Australian Era of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and your friends in podcasting are offering something for everyone on this particularly nourishing and personal installment. First Dean Haglund shares a bit about what he will miss about being “Down Under” and regales with descriptions of some of his favorite places in Australia. Then, Phil Leirness shares an email from a loyal listener like you (yes, YOU) about editing techniques, a continuation of a discussion about how editing affects actors’ performances that began on last week’s show. Somehow both fascism and democracy get discussed in the context of film editing! From there, Phil celebrates the 25th Anniversary of “The X-Files” by asking Dean about his favorite episodes and who his favorite character is (other than “Langley”, of course). Dean’s answers might just delight you! Then, Dean and Phil weigh in on how the show’s influence is still being felt on television today in shows as disparate as Vince Gilligan’s “Better Call Saul” and NBC’s sitcom “The Good Place”. The final “Lawsuit of the Week” of the intercontinental era is a re-visitation of Shari Redstone’s efforts to re-merge CBS with Paramount and what the failure to do so means for the companies and for their flagship franchise, “Star Trek”. The show concludes with a fascinating discussion of prolific television writer, producer and show-runner Gregory Berlanti’s hit feature film Love, Simon. The film’s themes are celebrated, and what the film’s style says about the state of, and future of, big-screen storytelling is questioned.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #566

On this week’s episode, we’ve got movies, including a discussion of some classic mysteries, and a brand new sci-fi masterpiece that sadly shows the sorry state of movie distribution! We have lawsuits, including one nasty battle between the US Department of Justice and media conglomerate AT&T, and a very different case about set safety on independent films in Canada! We have fond farewells to two true icons, one a scientific giant, the other a fashion legend! We have a show biz scandal featuring the august Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! All that plus we tease huge life-changing news for Dean Haglund!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #437

At an hour and six minutes, this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour offers you 10% more hour!

And even with all that time, your friends in podcasting didn’t get to everything they hoped to discuss!

What do Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness talk about on this show? You know, the usual … Lawsuits about the “Happy Birthday” song and Volkswagen diesel automobiles, poisonous snakes, “super moon” lunar eclipses, movies like Everest, Welcome to Me and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, television like “The Knick”, “Mad Men”, “Documentary Now!”, and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”. They discuss the deepening cultural impact of Stephen Colbert as well as David Letterman’s forthcoming return to television. They continue to watch the “recent woman-directed movies everyone should see” and they continue naming the names of current character actors whose work they find exceptional.

Enjoy, and tell a friend about YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, won’t you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #409

Co-creator of “The Simpsons”, Sam Simon, is remembered. Filmmaking (and life) lessons from the great Albert Mayzels are shared. Effie Gray is championed. The Gunman is torn apart. The latest news in the Ghostbusters franchise is analyzed. The Midnight Rider plea arrangements are discussed and a lawsuit pertaining to the Lost Boys of Sudan is dissected. A Dean Haglund “Live Event of the Week” is previewed. All that, plus more cookies and a ton of laughs!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #383

It’s too darn hot in Los Angeles and your friends in podcasting are high as proverbial kites on codeine swirl frappuccinos!

Dean performed in a “Live Event of the Week” and this fact leads to a discussion of public transportation, the immune system and Biddy Mason.

Phil spent all week (and the week before that) trying to get their new film submitted to Sundance, and in the process watch documentaries about The Magnificent Seven, Sam Peckinpah and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. He also saw the last film to star the great James Gandolfini (and boasting merely the latest indelible performance from the masterful Tom Hardy).

Two “Lawsuits of the Week” are discussed, which leads to analysis of sexual abuse in Hollywood, domestic violence in professional football and the role of interns in show business.

A great comic and a legendary big-screen villain are remembered.

All that, plus much more … Pass the Chillpak. It’s too darn hot!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #344

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour boasts several firsts …

We’ve had weeks where the bodies have been piled up, but never a week where the “Celebrity Deaths” accounted for 14 career Oscar Nominations for acting! T.E. Lawrence, The Baroness Elsa von Schraeder, Rebecca and Billy Jack are all remembered on this week’s show.

We’ve had numerous court cases pertaining to independent film covered in “Lawsuit of the Week” but this week boasts the first such lawsuit starring YOUR friends in podcasting! That’s right, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness were in court this past week and on this week’s show, they dish all the inside dirt!

Did Dean also do a “TED talk” this week? Well, not exactly … What he DID do is one of three “Live Events of the Week”.

This week’s show also brings another in the ways our brains lie to us – Something called “The Anchoring Effect” (no, it’s not a Robert Ludlum novel, but it IS something that could prove helpful to know about as you do your last minute holiday shopping!).

All that, plus a Dean Haglund correction from last week’s show, and much, much more, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #249

Because Dean Haglund is packing up for Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado (to perform comedy and show The Truth Is Out There), and Phil Leirness is hitting the road for the 2012 International UFO Congress in Fountain Hills, Arizona (where the TRUTH is also screening), this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is coming to you a few hours later than we like.

It is, however, one of our very best shows!

That it’s President’s Day in the U.S. leads to a discussion of presidential UFO lore, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Merv Griffin. The special friendship between The UK’s “The Midweek Drive” and YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, leads to a discussion of Phil’s pajamas and his forthcoming tour of the UK. The book The Wayfinders leads to a discussion of cultural relativism, the biosphere, the ethnosphere, the living history of Los Angeles, and Dreamtime and The Dream Factory. An Albert Einstein quote leads to a discussion of the intuitive mind and the rational mind and the way we might move beyond divisiveness in an effort to address the common challenges facing us all. The Chillpak Hollywood Live Event of the Week leads to a discussion of Phil’s admiration for an actress he had never before seen, the best director working in theatre today, and the way storytellers strengths in one medium can serve as weakness in another.

All that, plus TWO Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuits of the Week (the one involving Chris Pine, “Captain Kirk” from JJ Abrams’ re-booth of Star Trek is a paticular hoot.

Your friends in podcasting definitely brought their “A” game. We hope you will enjoy it enough to share it with others …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #243

After last week’s New Year’s Resolutions show, your friends in podcasting are back doing what they do best, dissecting the world in general and the world of show business in particular with insightful, irreverent discussion. This week brings the return of The Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuit of the Week, The Chillpak Hollywood Wingnut of the Week as well as several brand new surprises. One Hollywood landmark, two books and more than ten films are discussed. Dean Haglund. Phil Leirness. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #235

Your friends in podcasting will be in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday 22 November, at the Northwest Film Forum to screen THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. Only a handful of seats remain at this intimate venue, so get your tickets today!

From Seattle, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness will be traveling north to Vancouver, BC, for the Canadian Premiere of their film on Thursday 24 November at the Rio Theatre (get tickets here). Later that night, Dean will be performing a big improv comedy reunion show. Get details and tickets here.

Today, we invite you to join Dean and Phil as they discuss Penn Sate, Eve Ensler, Brett Ratner, the Oscars, the disappearance of young men and much much more, including …

The Chillpak Hollywood Development News of the Week …

The Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuit of the Week …

The Chillpak Hollywood “Wingnut” of the Week …

The Chillpak Hollywood Explanation of the Week.

Action-packed, passionate, insightful and informative, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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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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