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Posts Tagged ‘World War II’

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #505

Your friends in podcasting celebrate the life of the woman who broke the news about the start of World War II and the life of a man who redefined literary and cinematic terror (and turned a certain staircase in Georgetown into a major tourist attraction). Then, after sharing some thoughts about a childhood friend who died this past week, Phil follows up on last week’s show by sharing with Dean some thoughts about “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” and sharing a story about how George Michael (and Wham!) helped inspire one of the most famous songs by The Smiths. There will also be much discussion of television, from the return of “Sherlock” and the news surrounding “The Man in the High Castle” to the Producers Guild Award nominations and a forthcoming show set backstage at “The Tonight Show” in the 1970′s. Finally, Phil gets on his soapbox as he and Dean address the controversy surrounding Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and the overwhelming accolades being bestowed upon La La Land. All that, plus a frank discussion about “perceived vegetative states” AND a ton of laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #485

One of the reasons YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour can manage to be informational, insightful, irreverent and inspiring all within the same episode is because of the stories your friends in podcasting choose to tell. Here are just some of the stories told and topics explored on this week’s show …

The crazy travel itinerary Dean will endure in order to wish his father a Happy Birthday is revealed. The way language evolves to fit cultural needs and the ways changing grammar rules AND the International Olympic Chairman are making Phil feel like a “dinosaur” are detailed. A great jazz musician and a peerless recording engineer are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.” Two of the summer movies previewed months ago – Southside with You and Weiner – are analyzed at length. The issues of trustworthiness, being a credible messenger and the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety get discussed. A nervous actor making his film acting debut and the director who turned that nervousness into an important part of a cinema classic is remembered in the shadow of that film’s 75th anniversary.

All that PLUS “What We’re Reading” (featuring a musical suprise), an update on Dean’s graphic novel and even more. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #297

Leonard Da Vinci, The Last Supper, Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan, 2nd Amendment vs. 1st Amendment, gun control, consciousness, aliens, the importance of “toasts”, authors Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon and Magi Fowler, filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, actor Conrad Bain, an overrated Lincoln, a modern sci-fi classic …

What show would be audacious enough to tackle all of that (and more) in a mere sixty minutes?

Why, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

Hear what Dean and Phil are reading …

Hear about two “Live Events of the Week” …

Learn about three “Wingnuts of the Week” …

Learn about two “Celebrity Deaths” …

AND enjoy a preview of NEXT week’s spectacular (an annual tradition).

Trust us, this episode is AWESOME.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #117

A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips might have just been named as the new co-hosts of At the Movies, the long-running movie review program started by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, but they have already given this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, “Two big thumbs up! Way up!” We have no idea what this means, however, we do know that this show is for the movie lovers in our audience. And if those movies are porn versions of The X-Files, gory vampire films, documentaries about food, irreverent satires, existential dramas, surreal comedies, science-fiction allegories, period pieces, or kick-ass World War II action epics, or all of the aforementioned, or even if you just want inspired and inspiring conversation, this week’s show will have your two thumbs beside themselves with joy!

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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