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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 #202

Last week, when Phil made a cleverly comedic call-back connection between McG (the auteur behind such cinematic classics as Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator: Salvation) and McDonald’s (purveyor of meat and “other similar food products” according to their own internal memos), he had no idea he would be called upon to defend his “negativity” towards Mr. McG … Yet, called upon he was, and when tasked by loyal listeners of the show, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, talk about these things. That’s what we mean when we say that it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Other topics covered include: Dean’s new HBO show, Phil’s new short film, Dean’s new animated webisode series, Phil’s new documentary feature project, an opera production of A Turn of the Screw, Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Gnomeo and Juliet (in 3D), Rango, Unstoppable, Never Let Me Go, Source Code, and Dean Haglund’s audition advice for actors being “put on tape”.

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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