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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 #326

What other weekly show is live before a ParanoiaCon audience one week, covers all things Comic-Con (including brand new Season 10 of “The X-Files”) the next week, and features an actual Shaman as a special guest the week after that?

Why YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

Listeners of the show know that Dean Haglund is (among many other things) an actor and a producer. Phil Leirness is an independent filmmaker. On August 3, your friends in podcasting commenced principal photography on their third feature film together, The Lady Killers.

On this week’s show, join Dean Haglund on location for an on-set, behind-the-scenes look at this dark comedy and some of the personalities involved in its making.

Let the hilarity begin!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #215

This week’s show has a truly international flair. As you all know, your friend in podcasting, Dean Haglund, hails from Canada. Many of you also know that before that, the Haglund line traces back to Swedish royalty. Few of you probably know, however, that Dean’s co-host, Phil Leirness, traces his ancestry to Scandinavia as well. To be specific: the vikings of Norway! Although Phil has never visited the land of his ancestors, he’s fascinated by Norway, and longs to journey there.

Although we can’t actually send Phil to Norway on the show’s budget, we do the next best thing this week by bringing Norway (and Norwegian film) to Phil! Dean and Phil are honored to welcome Norwegian filmmaker Stig Svendsen (The Radio Pirates), who has just completed his first English-language film, Elevator, a U.S. suspense thriller in a Hitchcockian vein. Elevator has a truly outstanding cast, and Stig brings along to the Annex Gallery of the Eastern Columbia, one of his film’s stars, the the funny, stunning and whip smart Tehmina Sunny. Tehmina hails from the U.K. and has much in common with Dean Haglund! We won’t spoil those surprises as Phil loves remarking on Dean and Tehmina’s similarities during an incredibly entertaining hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #115

We begin this week with the results of “homework” assigned to loyal listener (and music journalist) Yoshi Kato, who weighs in on this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. That leads into a discussion of a great film that Phil recently studied – Thomas Vinterberg’s 1998 landmark masterpiece The Celebration. Along with Lars Von Trier, Vinterberg was one of the founders and inspirational “leaders” of the Dogme movement. Dean and Phil re-visit the Dogme 95 manifesto and its rules that were designed to even the playing field between big-budget and low-budget, and American and European filmmakers. Phil then reveals how the tenets of Dogme 95 and the motivation behind them is inspiring and informing his approach to the next fictional feature film he will be directing in October of this year. The film will be called Night Falls Fast and Phil and Dean offer a preview.

Then conversation turns to another recent viewing by Phil, the Rashomon-esque conspiracy thriller Vantage Point, which failed to do much of anything at the box office. As Dean and Phil have discussed before, no matter how good the film might be (like the recent State of Play) it is impossible for a suspense thriller about a fictional conspiracy to draw much audience interest when the population at large is inundated by, intrigued by and/or obsessed with talk of supposedly real-world conspiracies! Dean and Phil end this week’s show with a special sneak preview of their documentary and play a brand new game: Dean Haglund’s Conspiracy Lightning Round.

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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