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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #531

Recorded on location at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop bar atop the Ace Hotel (which was once the United Artists building), and Paramount Ranch (site of numerous movies and television shows), this week’s episode boasts no less than six guests, discussing such a wide variety of topics as Dean’s solo art show, the history of Los Angeles and the movie industry, “Twin Peaks: The Return”, PBS, books, crime novels, theatre, fringe festival productions, stand-up and improv comedy, silent movies, and, oh yeah, George A. Romero and Martin Landau are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.”

Sure, there are occasional audio problems caused by live jazz trios, rooftop wind, loud dance music, and liquor, but there truly is something for everyone on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #479

In this extra-long episode, your friends in podcasting share an urgent message they received from a frequent collaborator about another of their frequent collaborators! Dean and Phil answer a question from a loyal listener about corruption in the charity “industry” and help another listener try to encourage Warner Brothers to release a blu-ray collection of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated through an online petition. Serena Williams’ success at Wimbledon this past week inspires Phil to share a fantastic quote from a tennis essay by David Foster Wallace. Then, Phil and Dean get into the importance of what a corporation “stands for” and the danger all advertising poses to quality programming in “What We’re Reading” (brought to you by Booksmyth Used Books). They then break down a dizzying array of show business news, from the Lionsgate-Starz merger, to the latest casting news in the Universal “Cinematic Monster Universe”, to Colin Firth’s reprising his “Kingsman” role in the sequel (huh?!), to the box office fortunes of Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil ͏War to the lackluster interest surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot, as well as the “Sulu is gay” controversy AND lacckluster interest surround Star Trek Beyond. Television is covered, too, what with the return of Mr. Robot and the announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations. All in all, it’s an action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with ten percent more “hour”)! Monday. 9 am Pacific. Wherever good podcasts can be found.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #470

Many years ago, your friends in podcasting had a very unique Summer Movie Preview episode that proved extremely popular. They’ve always thought of doing another, but for whatever reason, schedules never allowed. Finally, 7 years later, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have done their prep work and are ready to deliver. After all, what is more “summer” in the movie biz than a long-anticipated sequel?! Perhaps, a sequel no one asked for …

Oh, well … On this week’s show, Dean and Phil preview all the hopeful blockbusters as well as several of the smaller comedies, documentaries and independent films hoping to make their mark at the box office as “counter-programming”. They do this by analyzing these movies’ trailers. Is the trailer good or bad? What can be gleaned about whether the film is good or bad? Do they think the film itself is like or unlike the one being advertised? The services AND disservices done to the audience by the way these films are marketed and advertised gets fully discussed. Film distribution nitty gritty, summer movie previews and much hilarity on this week’s brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #233

Happy Halloween, everybody!

From James Bond to Independence Day, from disaster films of the 70′s to a silent film that might win Best Picture this year, from a lawsuit over falsehoods in advertising to a lawsuit over screenplay theft, your friends in podcasting are definitely putting the “Hollywood” in YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Of course, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are also putting the “YOUR” in YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, answering emails, Facebook posts and even angry tweets from you (yes, YOU!), the listeners!

Oh, and heads up Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.! THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE is on its way to your cities THIS month!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #132

A recurring theme on the show has been the way marketing departments have been strangling creativity in show business (in any business?). If the marketing department believes a particular story will sell, that story gets made into a movie. If the marketing department doesn’t like the demographics of a particular television show, that show gets canceled, regardless of how many total viewers it might have.

This week, Dean and Phil approach the discussion from a different perspective, revealing to you the all-time worst jobs of marketing films. Keep your pen and paper handy because your friends in podcasting might just hit you with some ideas for your Netflix queue … Films that either slipped under your radar because they were marketed so poorly, or films that were made to look like something you wouldn’t like because they were marketed so incorrectly.

We won’t promise it’s our best show, but Dean and Phil are certainly excited, believing it to be their most marketable episode yet of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #107

Dean and Phil hint at some new photos that will be posted on thieir Facebook and MySpace pages before leaping into action, hitting such a wide variety of topics as the Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic, the Screen Actors Guild contract vote, the genius of Huell Howser, the passing of the torch at “The Tonight Show”, the changing landscape of broadcast television advertising revenues, and what went wrong with the Terminator franchise. It’s a lot to tackle, but Dean and Phil are up to the task. Heck, they even remember to reveal what they’ve been reading.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #106

Dean and Phil pick up where they left off last week, previewing all the big summer blockbusters that hope for your box office dollars, as well as previewing smaller films that may have a hard time being discovered between the explosions at the multiplexes, but nevertheless might be worthy of your time. Phil offers a detailed analysis of the summer’s one true success story thus far – Star Trek – and analyzes, from a business perspective, what is next for the venerable franchise. Dean hints at details of his upcoming live comedy gigs in Vegas, Phil shares with Dean a really interesting book recommendation from one of our loyal listeners. Finally, Phil closes the show with the incredibly inspirational words that were delivered to the performing arts students at Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral School by a frequent contributor to Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

chillpak Hollywood Hour #9

Things get serious as “Captivity” continues to irk Phil. Letter writing and petitions ensue.

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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