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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #380

Love a good rant? Phil Leirness has you covered, taking on everything from the Ice Bucket Challenge to “Dr. Who” to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide to Helen Mirren and The Hundred-Foot Journey!

It’s all in good fun, though, and he and Dean Haglund also weigh in on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Philip Seymour’s last completed performance in A Most Wanted Man, listener Andrew Burt’s PhD exams, their favorite Robin Williams roles and no doubt, a little bit more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #379

Your friends in podcasting were stood up this week! A guest who was supposed to join Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness in discussion of both international filmmaking AND shooting westerns was a no-show! Not to worry as we still have plenty of show to go around!

Paramount Ranch is explored. A game of Capture the Flag is played. Silent Films are enjoyed. Guardians of the Galaxy is analyzed. The futures of “Fargo” and “True Detective” are debated. And finally a Vulcan Princess, a Tony-winning femme fatale and an Oscar-winning stand-up comedian are remembered.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #378

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is action-packed. Dean’s birthday adventures and trip to Canada are recounted. YOUR comments regarding last week’s show are shared. The news of a potential X-Files reboot is analyzed from multiple angles. Emmy Awards nominations are praised and criticized. The good and bad of television development news is revealed. The brilliance of Louis CK is admired. Writers, actors and makeup artists are remembered. The question of racial inequality in movies is tackled. The deplorable treatment of Alexander Payne’s masterful “Nebraska” at the hands of Epix and Paramount Vantage is decried. A wise quote from Somerset Maugham is applied to an analysis of recent box office hits and misses … Phew. How did your friends in podcasting get to it all?! Find out …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #377

Even after more than 7 years of changing the way you listen to the internet, your friends in podcasting are still able to bring you an unusual episode, even by their own admittedly unusual standards!

This week’s show is quite the grab-bag …

It all starts with longtime listener (and key collaborator in The Lady Killers) Shaun Parker telling an amazing true story about his quest to deliver home-made candy to Robert Redford.

Then, Dean interviews his old pal, writer, sketch comic and comic book creator Ian Boothby and Ian’s wife, artist and comic book creator Pia Guerra. They all talk San Diego Comic-Con.

Finally, Phil returns to discuss several movies with Dean.

Something for everyone? We like to think so! Enjoy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #376

Your friends in podcasting pick up right where they left off at the end of last week’s (very popular) installment. In fact, it’s as if they just kept talking … This week, the discussion touched on the return of Nikki Finke, the charges brought against the Midnight Rider filmmakers, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the shot down Malaysia Airlines flight, Schrodinger’s Cat, our cognitive awareness of a 3-dimensional structure, and much, much more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #375

How does a show that begins with a lengthy discussion of Phil’s hairstyles thru the years end up being so darn inspiring?

When it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

On this week’s show, Dean and Phil discuss The Paramount Ranch, westerns, Chaplin, Alexander Payne, the moon landing and history belonging to those that move and delight us.

Dean shares great advice for comedy writers.

Phil explains both the good and the bad in our move to BlogTalkRadio.

Then, your friends in podcasting remember a famous werewolf, a punk rock icon, the Grand Dame of Broadway, the preeminent bass player of his generation, the last “real man”, a war hero and Olympian, and a 21 year-old actress and filmmaker.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #374

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first feature film made in Hollywood by joining your friends in podcasting on location as they take a tour through Hollywood History with their guides John Girodo and Marc Wanamaker of Hollywood Heritage.

Learn all about The Squaw Man, Cecil B. Demille, The Lasky Feature Play Company, the transformation of sleepy Hollywood into “The Dream Factory”, the first female Sheriff in the U.S. and the first director of “talkies” (also a woman!).

It’s an informative, inspiring, and frequently hilarious 68 minutes from a “secret location” somewhere in America …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #373

Comedy continues to be the theme foremost on the minds of your friends in pocasting. This week, Dean and Phil are proud to welcome as their guest Karen Forman, one half of the Funny Or Die duo Donna and Leslie, and co-author/co-performer of the hilarious new comedy LP, “The Big Tickle”.

And if you’re in the L.A. area, make sure to check out the fortnightly comedy show co-hosted by our very own Dean Haglund -Steven Benaquist’s Big & Tall Show!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #372

Celebrity deaths, two great television series, 3 great sci-fi movies currently in theaters and part 2 of Dean and Phil’s conversation with comedy guru Steve Kaplan.

It’s a jam-packed Chillpak Hollywood Hour, with three minutes MORE “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #371

Do you like comedy?

Well, then you won’t want to miss this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour! Your friends in podcasting welcome special guest Steve Kaplan. For more than a decade, Steve has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale, and other top universities, Steve created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan’s Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO, and has worked with producers and production companies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, London, Ireland, and Sweden. He’s also the author of a great book – The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny. In short, he’s a really big deal!

Trust us, you won’t want the hour to end.

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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