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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #511

The 7th of ten planned “Top Ten” shows your friends in podcasting are doing to commemorate Year 10 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is one of their most personal and unusual shows of the year … Back when they were shooting their epic documentary The Truth Is Out There, someone asked Phil whether he and Dean do the podcast to promote their movies, or whether they make movies to promote their podcast. Phil found amusing the assumption that promotion MUST be a part of what he and Dean were doing and yet found the question an interesting one. Almost six years since the World Premiere of that film, which is truly equal parts comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, it is apparent that what motivates them to keep making films is the same thing that motivates them to keep doing this show: A desire to engage in conversation. Join them this week, as they take a look back at “TRUTH” and count down the top ten things that strike them now when watching their prescient, disturbing, moving and truly funny documentary. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you will find the discussion about it inspiring, insightful, irreverent. It is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all!

Chillpak Hollywood #423

Guest Hosts Karen Forman and Lily Holleman return to discuss stand-up comedy, women directors, the town of Eureka, men obsessed with Van Morrison, the end of “Game of Thrones”, the brilliance of “Veep” the artistry of the Lifetime movie “A Deadly Adoption”, the fun of “Scandal”, and much more …

And there’s a surprise appearance from your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, who checks in (from the Island of Yap?!) to remember Jack Rollins, Ron Moody, Christopher Lee and his own colleague, the great Neil Kinsella.

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #406

Today is the day the annual movie awards season comes to a merciful conclusion and your friends in podcasting stick the final nail in its coffin with their annual review of the Oscars telecast wherein they reveal who they predicted would win in all 24 categories. As always, there’s a wager involved and for the 2nd year running, you’ll be treated to some classic clips from Academy Awards presentations past. And now, the envelope, please …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour 337

Without live mixing, the audio quality is questionable, distorting even, but with 3 live events of the week, 3 celebrity deaths, several films and television shows and another way our brains lie to us each day it’s still YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, full of the kind of free-wheeling, irreverent, insightful and occasionally inspiring conversation you’ve come to expect from your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness!

Please enjoy responsibly.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #315

We hope everyone in the USA had a great Memorial Day, and that the rest of the world enjoyed Monday.

It was quite a trial getting this episode to you as several wordpress sites on several different servers were under attack. No attack can silence your friends in podcasting for long, however, and this week, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are on fire!

They discuss several “Live Events of the Week”, including a forthcoming Live Event Dean and Phil will be attending – Paranoia Con in San Diego (July 19-21), sponsored by Paranoia Magazine. And while they’re on the topic of San Diego, they discuss a very cool UFO sighting that took place recently at the haunted Edgemoor Barn in Santee.

They analyze the glut of apocalyptic-themed films as well as the mad dash to remake or reboot every 1960′s spy show.

They “trek” back Into Darkness, examining the conspiracy theories contained in Star Trek Into Darkness and the lack of good roles for women in the film, as well as the precedent-setting endorsement battle that’s taking place as a result of the film’s stars Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy doing a short film for Audi.

This leads to the topic of product placement as it pertains to their very own The Lady Killers.

All that, plus Judy Garland is appreciated, a rock legend is remembered, and a good fight is won in Portland, Oregon.

Full of riotous humor, inspiring insight, and “Brechtian existential musings”, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Enjoy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #267

Princess Diana, political divisiveness, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dr. Jack Daniels, Richard Burton’s Hamlet, the auteur theory, the return of Margaret, Miranda July, Woody Allen, People Like Us, Pariah,Veep, the Hatfields AND the McCoys, letters from listeners, rites, rituals and celebrity deaths … All that and much more, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Also, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, need your help. They have launched a brand new documentary project about an artist and philosopher and they hope you will check it out HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #266

Your friends in podcasting have been busy! From marathons to moviemaking, from fine art to live events, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness really mix it up …

They launched a brand new documentary project about an artist and philosopher and they hope you will check it out HERE.

Phil co-hosted an installment of the top notch “Combat Radio” show, and he brought along the amazing Tucker Smallwood as a guest. You can enjoy that show right HERE.

Dean and Phil’s friend, filmmaker Jonathan Browning, recently completed another of his award-winning shorts, this one starring the legendary Paul Dooley. Give it (and all of Jonathan’s shorts) a viewing right HERE.

Finally, loyal listener to this show, Mattie Giles, has a film review website you might enjoy. Check that out right HERE.

Of course, Dean and Phil really hope you will enjoy this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, which covers such diverse topics as the historic L.A. neighborhood of Los Feliz, the plays of Anton Checkhov, the films of the 1930′s, the critical debate over Prometheus, the under-appreciation of MIB3, some new shows on HBO, Dean’s shocking attitude towards prostitution, and why we really all should just get along.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #263

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S. and your friends in podcasting discuss their thoughts and feelings about the meaning of the day and remember not only fallen heroes, but those who are still in battle, and forgotten, and living on the streets.

From there, it’s onto a terrific “Live Event of the Week” and the absolute box office apocalypse befalling the movie industry this summer.

Then, what else would Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness discuss but … Religion? It all ties into the “Lawsuit of the Week”.

Finally, movies they’ve seen are discussed, including the latest from Richard Linklater, the latest from the director of Shakespeare in Love and an award-winning comedy from France.

It’s thoughtful social commentary and globe-trotting adventure.

It’s 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 #205

Much is on the minds of your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness. From wishing happy birthdays to loyal listeners, to answering your questions, to sharing what they’ve learned through the process of making their documentary, they really prove this week that it is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. There’s the usual entertainment industry news and analysis, film and television reviews, irreverent insights and informative diatribes. So, enjoy, and if you are going to be in the London area, make sure to purchase tickets for the Saturday 30 April premiere of The Truth Is Out There!

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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