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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #508

After discussing the new political feud between longtime friends and allies Australia and the USA, a feud that Phil feared might just prevent this episode from ever being recorded, and after dedicating this week’s show to the non-victims of the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre, your friends in podcasting get into a really weird conversation about Frederick Douglass, sanitariums, the weather in Sydney and the 44th annual ANNIE Awards for the best in animation. Then, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves and tackle more “Celebrity Deaths” than they have ever done before in a single episode! Musicians Geoff Nicholls, Sonny Geraci, John Wetton, director Robert Ellis Miller, sound engineer Richard Portman, and actors Bjorn Granath, Georgi Taratorkin, Lars-Erik Berenett, Gorden Kaye, Desmond Herbert Carrington, Bob Holiday, Frank Pellegrino, Emmanuelle Riva, Barbara Hale, Mike Connors, Sir John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore are all remembered and celebrated. This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #330

After spending 20 hours a day for more than a month working on their new feature film The Lady Killers (which needs YOUR help!), Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are back to co-hosting the type of show long-time listeners have come to expect … Namely, a free-wheeling, often insightful, occasionally inspirational and frequently irreverent discussion about anything going on in the world that has their attention and how that topic is depicted in the media …

This week’s topics include the fate of the Chillpak, the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, the casting of James Spader in “Avengers 2″, the casting of Peter Capaldi as Dr. Who, the civil war in Syria, the disastrous summer of 2013 for movies, crowd-sourcing and much, much more …

Here’s a thought: Don’t just enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour – Share it with friends!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #320

Happy Canada Day!

Phil Leirness is back with health advice for the young people and with corrections for Dean Haglund after listening to last week’s show …

Nothing less than an action-packed thrill ride, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features your friends in podcasting discussing more than a dozen movies, the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the Jim Carrey Kick-Ass 2 controversy, Paula Deen’s racism vs. Alec Baldwin’s homophobia, and fairy tales!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #299

Many topics covered on today’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour including:

An interesting study on violent video games … Dean’s latest half-marathon … Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions … A table reading of Dean and Phil’s new film The Lady Killers … The location filming of an intriguing sci-fi short … The movie version of Les Miserables … JJ Abrams departing Star Trek for Star Wars (and whether he ever knew he was making Star Trek in the first place) … IFC’s “Portlandia” …

And even if that were enough for one show, your friends in podcasting keep it coming, analyzing the scarcity of employment opportunities for women behind-the-camera in Hollywood and analyzing this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees thru the prism of the Becdel Test.

Finally, many listeners have asked whether Dean and Phil will be attending Dragon*Con this year and one asked Dean and Phil’s reactions to some disturbing news about where much of the revenue from the event goes each year. Whether you don’t know what Dragon*Con is or even if you go to the annual Labor Day Weekend event in Atlanta every year, you won’t want to miss the return of all-time classic Chillpak Hollywood Hour #121 (Live from Dragon*Con!), available NOW for the first time in more than two years!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #290

Start with the end of the world …

Throw in a World Premiere, holiday-themed “Live Event of the Week” penned by a Pulitzer Prize-winner …

Add a giant helping of Stanley Kubrick …

Stir in a letter from a listener in Ireland …

Mix in a pinch of James Bond, Alex Jones, “confirmation bias” and Chris Tucker to augment the flavor …

Warm with fond memories of the late Larry Hagman …

Serve with the Independent Spirit nominations for the best in independent film …

All in all, it’s a perfect recipe for a delicious serving of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Dig in! And remember to follow your friends in podcasting on Twitter.

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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