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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #534

If what we read is true, your friends in podcasting are on a roll, and the quality conversation continues this week as Dean and Phil convene via Skype to share news of Dean’s new “pop-up” comedy club and upcoming displays of his art work, and to dissect two strange conversations Phil witnessed this past week (one in which he was a perplexed participant). A quite touching email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) is read, and that leads into a rather fascinating discussion about Christopher Nolan’s latest opus, Dunkirk, a new directorial effort from the writer of both Hell or High Water and Sicario (two of the best movies of this decade), Wind River. Many other movies will get discussed, including one starring the late Martin Landau and the classic by François Truffaut, The 400 Blows. This begins what will be an ongoing analysis of the list of the 50 films everyone should see before they are 14 years of age!

A week after remembering a character actor and a legendary voice performer in “Celebrity Deaths”, your friends in podcasting celebrate the lives (and mourn the deaths of) a Tony-Winning and Oscar-nominated playwright-actor, a sketch comic turned voice performer, a cast member of several Harry Potter movies, and an award-winning theatre actress. All that, PLUS your usual weekly dose of insight, irreverence and inspiration on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Spread the word!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #522

It’s the first Top Ten show of year 11! After years of celebrating Live Events of the Week, your friends in podcasting count down their Top Ten All-Time Favorite Live Events, starting with a healthy and diverse list of “honorable mentions” … Musical concerts are NOT included. Those must be saved for another show! THIS episode is a fun and fascinating look into what your friends in podcasting find memorable and into what inspires them.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #388

From hilarious start, to heart-rending conclusion, this is a truly unusual installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Dean and Phil attempt to unravel the mystery of the US Air Force X-37B Space Plane, try to solve disturbing audio problems, try to make sense of the deaths of the very talented Elizabeth Pena and Misty Upham, and try to get through lengthy and sometimes creepy emails regarding such topics as David Cronenberg, Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone, “The Wire” and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Somehow, during all of that, “Gracepoint” gets dissected, David Byrne’s True Stories gets celebrated, Jason Bateman’s Bad Words gets remade and The Revenge of the Electric Car gets a new title!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #350

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness follow up on last week’s hilarious discussion about “The Price is Right” by discussing Lily Holleman’s appearance on that television institution, analyzing how she won, what she won and what it means tax-wise for people who do win on game shows.

Then, Dean and Phil wrap up their ongoing discussion of the eight ways our brains “lie” to us every day by discussing stereotyping.

Phil takes time to remember a “friend of the family” who died this month, a self-made man who went from 14 year-old dropout to hairdresser to successful producer.

Finally, next week is our annual look at the top films of the previous year, so Dean and Phil have been watching a ton of movies and this leads to a discussion of The Hunt, HBO’s True Detective and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with Joss Whedon receiving both a tip of the cap AND a stern wag of the finger!

All that, plus Lawrence Welk!?

Your friends in podcasting run out of time before they get the chance to talk about Sci-Fest, but they hope you will click on the link to learn about this exciting, month-long, live theatre festival in which they will be participating!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #342

Thanksgiving, Birthdays, live events and what they’re reading are first on the docket for your friends in podcasting to discuss.

Then it’s onto a free-for all analysis of sequels, remakes, Hunger Games, Leonardo DiCaprio, a Broadway adaptation and a few Oscar hopefuls.

Finally, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness remember an improv comedy great, a young leading man, an animation heiress, a screenwriting guru and a publishing titan.

Happy December! It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #321

The 4th of July is past, but here at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, the fireworks are just getting started.

Dean Haglund talks about a wedding celebration he attended in Canada and a mayoral swearing in ceremony he attended in Los Angeles.

Phil Leirness ruminates on Independence Day, health care and the future of the USA.

Then, your friends in podcasting discuss Russell Brand, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, This is the End, The Lone Ranger, Monster’s University, subversive cinema, runaway production, the best plays of the last 100 years, the creator of “Family Ties” and “Spin City”, a martial arts legend, a classic Look Magazine photographer and a science-fiction legend.

All in all, it’s action-packed. And if you’re going to be in San Diego on Sunday 21 July, why not come see Dean and Phil (and their film The Truth Is Out There) at ParanoiaCon?

Right now, it’s episode 3-2-1 … Blastoff!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #57

Phil returns from a triumphant trip to New York City; theater is discussed; Union/strike talk looms again and much much more. Enjoy!

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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