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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!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #400

After several weeks apart, your friends in podcasting usually hit the ground running and this week is no exception as they look back to what was learned following the Sony hack and the release of The Interview, as they discuss the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, as they remember a great actor, a great voice, two great musicians and a comedy genius as they preview two Live Events starring Dean Haglund, as they weigh in on “Star Trek 3″ directing news, as they analyze the Golden Globes, as they theorize what went wrong with Chris Carter’s “The After”, and as they appreciate current female-driven television sci-fi …

Whew! Is that too much for one hour? Not when it is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #399

Happy New Year, everybody! 2015 is definitely going to bring several changes to your friends in podcasting AND to YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Some of these changes are hinted at in this week’s show, which is, of course, an annual tradition …

Dean and Phil begin by looking back at the resolutions they made at the start of last year, and hold their feet to the fire, before launching into their New Year Resolutions for 2015.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #398

It’s the last episode of 2014 and your friends in podcasting end the year in high style, welcoming two guests to the show …

First up, filmmaker and esteemed film critic and journalist John Alan Simon returns with advice and encouragement for all who wish to pursue careers in film criticism or film journalism.

Then, Dean and Phil welcome the fabulous Tori Higginson (of TekWar, Stargate: Atlantis and The English Patient fame) who talks sci-fi, nudity, exploitation, the state of roles for women and first dates in Paris.

To all of you who listen to YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, thanks for helping to make 2014 so memorable and here’s wishing you the best of everything in 2015!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #397

Before taking off on their holiday travels, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are doing what they do best: Making sense of a (show business) world gone wild …

They weigh in on the cyber terrorist attack against Sony. They celebrate a milestone achieved by one of their favorite shows. They discuss live events starring the likes of Angela Lansbury and Jeff Goldblum. They dish on an animation price-fixing lawsuit, the decades-long Roman Polanski judicial drama and the idea of actors owning a copyright interest in their performances. They discuss casting news that has them hopeful and casting news that gives them pause. They champion three outstanding films from earlier this year that you probably missed that are available now on home video and they warn you against an award-hopeful Christmas Day opener that is without a doubt one of the worst films of the year. All that PLUS much more as they wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

All together now (singing): “We need a little Chillpak, right this very minute!”

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #396

The holidays are rapidly approaching, so it’s only appropriate your friends in podcasting gift you with one of their most heartfelt shows of the year as they welcome special guest Suli McCullough. Suli is an accomplished, talented and hilarious writer, producer, actor and stand-up comic who has written for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, acted in such films as Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and is currently producing a documentary about stand-up comedy featuring the biggest names in the business. Suli and Phil grew up together, so in addition to fascinating and irreverent stories of show business adventures, this week’s episode will boast thoughtful and moving discussions about race, art, culture and communication. Even after more than 7 1/2 years of free, weekly podcasty goodness, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness keep coming up with new and ever-more nourishing helpings of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #395

Get the popcorn ready … This week’s show is all about the movies – past, present and future!

Join Dean and Phil as they discuss both Ridley Scott AND Harrison Ford’s participation in the soon-to-be-filming Blade Runner sequel, as they remember a prolific author, an international comedy icon and one of the greatest Hollywood executives of all time, as they analyze the first kudos given out during Hollywood’s long award season, as they praise or pan 5 current releases (Interstellar, Cake, Nightcrawler, Black or White, Wild), and as they finally get down to the business of Blue is the Warmest Color (because so many of YOU wanted them to!).

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #394

John Alan Simon spent many years as a successful journalist and an esteemed film and music critic before becoming actively involved in the financing, selling and marketing of independent motion pictures. Recently, he wrote, produced and directed Radio Free Albemuth, a motion picture adaptation of the novel by Phillip K Dick.

This week, he’s the guest on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #393

The bad news? Your friends in podcasting don’t get to half of what they wanted to discuss (including discussions of at least a half dozen movies),

The good news? What Dean and Phil do discuss is free-wheeling, eclectic, hilarious and insightful … Charles Manson finds love, Bill Cosby has problems, Betty White is looking for work, “Luther” is coming stateside, a lawsuit is settled, Ken Takakura and Mike Nichols are remembered, Gillian Anderson is back in “The Fall”, Phil might be acting in a play, and we’re all learning a little something about Christianity and baseball in Japan.

It’s Happy Birthday to Phil Leirness.

It’s Happy Thanksgiving to the USA.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #392

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features the return of special (recurring) guest and free-lance journalist Yoshi Kato! He has recently returned from the Tokyo International Music Market and he offers up a full report on a life-time achievement award for cinema icon “Beat” Takeshi Kitano and two hot bands from Japan: VAMPS and Sakanaction.

Yoshi joins your friends in podcasting in a spirited discussion on HBO shows, the faults in The Fault in Our Stars, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and a commemorative stamp of Dean Haglund?!

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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