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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #543

Full disclosure: This week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is an absolute epic, recorded LAST weekend. So, you won’t hear Dean and Phil weighing in on the Las Vegas tragedy, on the death of Tom Petty, nor on any other events of the week. Instead, your friends in podcasting fill the show’s 80 minute running time by discussing the conclusion of Dean’s month-long pop-up comedy venue in Sydney, a terrific close-up magic show in Downtown Los Angeles, the recent spate of protests by NFL players, the cancer diagnosis of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, the sexual assault allegations against film critic Harry Knowles, several new and recent movie releases (including “It”, “Victoria & Abdul” and “The Florida Project”). That would be, and was, enough for one whole hour … AND THEN, Dean and Phil celebrate the lives of a record number of persons in “Celebrity Deaths”, including a soul singer who didn’t start recording until age 62, a publishing magnate responsible for Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”, a former UCLA Film School Dean who was responsible for Americans scaling Everest, the boxing champ whose life inspired an Oscar-winning movie, an actor-athlete-poet-painter who played James Bond’s CIA pal Felix Leiter, a Winnipeg-born giant of TV game shows, and a half dozen more!

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 #410

Two old pals of Dean Haglund’s stop by a certain “historic building in downtown Los Angeles”, two pals that Phil met not too long ago via the airwaves of Siren FM’s “Midweek Drive” in the UK!

Sam Stone is an award-winning and exceedingly popular author and David J. Howe, her publisher and partner in life. They join your friends in podcasting for a free-wheeling hour full of hilarious and touching discussions about books, writing, publishing, music, family, steampunk, Dr. Who, fan conventions and building community.

Enjoy nourishing, entertaining conversation? You’ve come to the right place. This is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #346

Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, introduces this week’s show, describing what a challenging year this has been in terms of fulfilling our promise to bring you one hour of free podcast entertainment each and every week …

This week’s show was the biggest challenge yet what with Dean Haglund trapped in a blizzard with no phone or internet access.

How did we manage to produce a show under such circumstances?

With help from our friends, with an interview and with some excerpts from the otherwise unavailable “From the Heart of Hollywood” (as this show was known then) episode #33 of 31 December 2007!

Please give it a listen, and make sure to tune in next week, when Dean and Phil engage in their yearly review of their previous New Year’s resolutions before unveiling their resolutions for 2014.

Happy New Year, one and all!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #342

Thanksgiving, Birthdays, live events and what they’re reading are first on the docket for your friends in podcasting to discuss.

Then it’s onto a free-for all analysis of sequels, remakes, Hunger Games, Leonardo DiCaprio, a Broadway adaptation and a few Oscar hopefuls.

Finally, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness remember an improv comedy great, a young leading man, an animation heiress, a screenwriting guru and a publishing titan.

Happy December! It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour 339

On this week’s show, your friends in podcasting begin with a brief exchange concerning Tom Cruise and Veterans Day, followed by a discussion of the publishing business and “novellas”. Then, a note from a loyal listener leads to more discussion about Vincent Price, before Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness launch into a discussion of German Expressionism, the impact it had on silent films, film noir, David Lynch and even the art work of … Dean, himself.

Then, the gents follow up on an email from a listener last week concerning digital piracy. This results in Dean and Phil listing and analyzing the top ten most pirated movies of the past year and whether any of their financial fortunes were actually harmed by this piracy.

Then, it’s the ten movie trailers that forever changed the way films were advertised and sold.

Finally, Phil wraps up with his take on the versatile and brilliant Stephen Merchant’s new series “Hello Ladies”.

Trust us, somehow, the entire show turns out to be a riot.

As ever … On YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #324

It’s Dean Haglund’s birthday and in honor of the occasion, he and Phil Leirness deliver one of their most free-wheeling, diverse shows yet …

Your friends in podcasting discuss autographs, Comic-Con, UFO cults, Asian airlines suing for slander, the 20th Anniversary of The X-Files, Leonard Maltin, Space Command, Femme Fatales, Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, 56 Up, The Conjuring, Blue Jasmine and much, much more …

In fact, Paul Weller drops by with a musical birthday greeting for Dean and Phil surprises Dean with an audio snippet of the Comic-Con panel featuring Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson that Dean moderated!

Wondering what to give Dean Haglund for his birthday? Why not help him produce his new film The Lady Killers? Every single donation makes a big difference.

Now enjoy, a special birthday installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #188

Chris Mancini is a stand-up comic, filmmaker and author, who was the guest on Chillpak Hollywood Hour #103 when he discussed his just-published book Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad with Dean Haglund. Now, he’s back to discuss how the book was received (both commercially and critically), the state of (and future of) publishing, as well as of stand-up comedy, short filmmaking, and CHH “sister” podcast “Comedy Film Nerds”. This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour will definitely put the “happy” in Happy Holidays!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #103

Chris Mancini is a comedian, a filmmaker and a raconteur whose book

    Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad

has just been published and he’s our guest on this week’s show. Following Dean’s hilarious, insightful, inspiring conversation with Chris, Phil joins the party with a look at the start of the summer movie season (off with a bang following the huge opening by the aggressively mediocre X-Men Origins: Wolverine), calling attention to several small, independent and/or foreign films that may serve as satisfying “counter-programming” to all the mindless mayhem being dished up by the studios.

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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