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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #410

Two old pals of Dean Haglund’s stop by a certain “historic building in downtown Los Angeles”, two pals that Phil met not too long ago via the airwaves of Siren FM’s “Midweek Drive” in the UK!

Sam Stone is an award-winning and exceedingly popular author and David J. Howe, her publisher and partner in life. They join your friends in podcasting for a free-wheeling hour full of hilarious and touching discussions about books, writing, publishing, music, family, steampunk, Dr. Who, fan conventions and building community.

Enjoy nourishing, entertaining conversation? You’ve come to the right place. This is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #409

Co-creator of “The Simpsons”, Sam Simon, is remembered. Filmmaking (and life) lessons from the great Albert Mayzels are shared. Effie Gray is championed. The Gunman is torn apart. The latest news in the Ghostbusters franchise is analyzed. The Midnight Rider plea arrangements are discussed and a lawsuit pertaining to the Lost Boys of Sudan is dissected. A Dean Haglund “Live Event of the Week” is previewed. All that, plus more cookies and a ton of laughs!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #408

Cookies. Adrian Brody and John Cusack in China. The deaths of a “Star Trek” producer and a legendary documentarian. A network television remake of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Declogue. Werner Herzog’s latest adventure in the South American wild. Spider-man’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The history of long form and short form improv. Mike Leigh’s improv approach to his (Academy Award nominated) screenplays. The future of Oscar acceptance speeches. The films of Stanley Kubrick. The best edited movies of all time. The history of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club. A forthcoming Alien sequel from the maker of District 9. That’s a lot to chew on. But chew on it all Dean and Phil do. Especially the cookies. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #407

This week’s show begins and concludes with tributes to Leonard Nimoy.

In between, Dean regales us with tales of the Long Beach Comic Expo and Phil champions a wide-range of movies that you (yes, YOU) just might want to seek out.

Live Events, Movies, Celebrity Deaths, it’s all part of an hour’s work when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #405

Your friends in podcasting begin by looking back at 40 years of “Saturday Night Live”, the 3 and 1/2 hour television special commemorating those 40 years and a forthcoming documentary looking behind-the-scenes at this comedic and cultural institution.

Sticking to television, Dean and Phil turn their attention to the 2-part premiere of “Better Call Saul” before sharing two “Live Events of the Week” – one comedic and one architectural.

Phil was especially saddened to learn of the death of Louis Jourdan and the cinematic icon is remembered. Meanwhile, a bad stretch for broadcasting thanks to Brian Williams got much worse with the death of three significant broadcasting personalities. Each is celebrated.

Phil delivers a swift spanking to the viewers, makers and backers of 50 Shades of Grey before he and Dean sing the (subversive) praises of Kingsman: The Secret Service, comparing it to (the less effective) The Interview. Then, Phil doffs his cap in Dean’s direction for one of his selections on their recent Top Ten Films of 2014 show.

Finally, Phil finds inspiration in the musical expression of young Linzi Gold and asks you to check out her stuff!

It’s all in a week’s work at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour where Ego is Skeleton!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #404

Brian Williams lies. Hollywood remakes or reboots EVERYTHING. Phil drops a ton of professional football knowledge on Dean. Dean tries to explain whether the film Asylum is real and if it is, whether he is really in it! Phil waxes rhapsodic about the filmmaking collaboration that resulted in Chinatown. Dean and Phil remember a classic film noir femme fatale. Dean tells his Minority Report story. AGAIN.

Has the whole world gone mad? Nope. It’s just another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #403

A day late, but packed full of the irreverent podcasty goodness you’ve come to expect from your friends in podcasting, today’s free-wheeling show addresses the Super Bowl, its halftime show, the death of a legendary poet and a baseball icon, a controversy over the Hollywood sign, an hilarious stand-up performance by friend-of-the-show Pete Handelman, the rumors surrounding an Indiana Jones reboot, the latest on “The X-Files” reboot, which should be called a “sequel series”, an “Alphaville” remake and there’s the latest news pertaining to Dean and Phil’s film The Lady Killers and the forthcoming Sci-Fest. All that plus tips of the cap to Lily Holleman for her turn on “Shameless” and to Keira Knightley for her continued artistic growth.

And don’t kid yourself, Dean and Phil might joke about changing the name of the show to Chillpak Danger Hour or Chillpak Idiot Hour, but it is most definitely YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Wherever good podcasts are found!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #402

How great a year in film was 2014? So great that neither Dean nor Phil managed to find room on their Top Ten Lists for the likes of such highly recommended features as Selma, Inherent Vice, The Babadook, CitizenFour or Calvary.

What DID make their lists? Listen to the episode (all 72 minutes of it!) and find out!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #401

Phil is finishing up two feature-length motion pictures. Dean appeared in two live shows. Together they are talking about those activities, answering emails from listeners like you, tackling the lack of diversity in the recently announced Academy Award nominations and taking on some of the worst films of the year.

And if they need ten percent more hour to get it all in, well who’s going to complain? It’s just six more minutes of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness changing the way you listen to the internet!

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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