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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #538

The finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” coincides with the launch of Dean’s new comedy pop-up, the Hilarium Sydney. So it’s a (spoiler free!) show full of heartfelt farewells and hearty hellos this week … Your friends in podcasting say “so long” to TV’s Oscar Goldman (the great Richard Anderson, who once was a guest on this very podcast – episode 277), to the Tony-winning author of The Elephant Man, to legendary comedian and actor Shelly Berman, and to the awfully darn sweet man behind perhaps the most terrifying film of all time! Then, Dean and Phil say “hello” to two loyal listeners who wrote in with questions, one about a filmmaking colleague, the other about Civil War-era movies. The Civil War and Reconstruction have very much been on Phil’s mind as both a storyteller and as an American, and he and Dean and have been looking for the right opportunity to dig into the topic. Along the way, they also discuss a handful of classic films, the “global weirding” of the weather in the USA, and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #495

Thank you to everyone who has reached out about how much you enjoyed last week’s episode 494. In this week’s follow-up. Phil wants to know if “Barb” from “Stranger Things” is the most popular character on television. He also wants anyone in the Los Angeles area to come see him host An LABC Home Companion on November 13! He and Dean discuss what has been a rough 50th Anniversary year for the “Star Trek” franchise, David Letterman’s return to television, what’s new for the forthcoming season 3 of “Fargo”, the final two-part episode of “Documentary Now”, and a failed 2007 television pilot from Christopher Guest. It won’t all be TV, however, as Dean and Phil will discuss a top candidate for worst film of 2016, a great food documentary that serves as a love letter to Los Angeles AND the importance of critics, as well as a classic screen comedy from 1949. All that, plus some final thoughts before the USA 2016 election takes place. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #440

The show starts with two “Live Events of the Week” before the opening theme song even plays! Dean tells tales of hanging out in Melbourne with Lou Diamond Phillips and Peter Shinkoda, then Phil gives a history lesson on a bright light in the 1930′s progressive movement in L.A., as well as a re-opened and re-modeled SoCal cultural icon.

After the opening, your friends in podcasting discuss a “Lawsuit of the Week” where theatre actors are suing their own union and a Federal investigation into claims that women filmmakers are being discriminated against in Hollywood.

Then, movies and television shows get reviewed and discussed, including the documentary “Merchants of Doubt”, the current releases “Room” and “Spotlight”, the films of Fritz Lang, new television series “Quantico”, “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder”, and the new season of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. After that, Dean and Phil iscuss an email from a loyal listener about how “good” television might be standing in the way of “great television” (and whether this might be true of movies as well). Then, it’s an absolute information dump as dozens of big-screen and small-screen adaptations, remakes, reboots and revivals are previewed and debated. “Men in Black”, “The Watchmen”, “Die Hard”, “Roots”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Twin Peaks”, “Hart to Hart”, “Flatliners”, “Lethal Weapon”, “John Wick” and “The A-Team” are only some of the titles that will get discussed.

This one should be called YOUR Chillpak Hollywood 70 Minutes!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #438

One of our longest shows ever begins with the latest American gun massacre and ends with an Easter egg where “the owls are not what they seem”. In between, your friends in podcasting tackle the latest developments in the “Midnight Rider” lawsuit, the exploitation of extras on the set of HBO’s “Westworld” series, the art of being a “background performer”, and reviews of two new cinematic releases, one recently Oscar-nominated documentary, a female-directed science fiction film (“everyone should see”) and a sci-fi treasure of the 1970′s. All that plus Dean explains whether or not there is a secret, “7th episode” of the forthcoming revivial of “The X-Files” and Phil weighs in on two new television series.

We promise we will try to keep things a bit shorter in the future because too much of anything, even YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, is not necessarily a good thing!

For now, pack a lunch, buckle up and enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #367

Your friends in podcasting are back from trips to Texas, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and deep space (!) and they are doing what they do best: Turning a world gone wild into fodder for informative, insightful, irreverent and inspiring conversation.

Topics this week include: The Granbury Paranormal Expo, what really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, climate change, gun violence, the Sarah Jones lawsuit, a lawsuit involving your friends in podcasting, the arrest of Batman, the death of an Oscar-winning cinematographer, the suicide of an Oscar-winning documentarian, Sci-Fest 2014 and Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum.

All that, PLUS Phil opens the show with a very personal story about how the world just keeps getting smaller and closes the show with a plea to support independent film, talent and diversity by clicking HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #360

Marc Hershon, the host of Succotash, is a member of the Illuminati?!

That’s just one of the many interesting tidbits you’ll learn, along with the source for the term “limelight”, a conspiracy to blow up the Los Angeles Times in the early 20th Century, and the real, behind-the-scenes origin of the name “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane.

There’s also movie talk aplenty (The Lego Movie, Anchorman 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah) AND the second half of Dean’s conversation with the great Rick Overton!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #304

Even after almost six years of bringing you a free weekly podcast, your friends in podcasting can still surprise. Witness this week’s opening, which is an absolute first. Witness Dean and Phil talking about LARPing (Live-Action Role-Playing) … LARPing!!!

Dean and Phil finally get around to their “genius” vs. “artist” discussion as it relates to filmmakers, painters, scientists and pioneers in all fields. They also take on an article claiming to unlock the conspiracy mindset and in the process take on the entire era of judgment in which we find ourselves.

Finally, they discuss several movies and several television shows as well as the death of NBC.

All this week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #286

Cataclysmic storms, divisive Presidential elections, erstwhile Italian Prime Ministers sentenced to prison, Disney making more Star Wars films, unnecessarily Americanized/Anglicized versions of compelling stories, the end of the Mayan Calendar, Dean Haglund action figures and a “Sherlock Holmes” television series that is more House than Holmes

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, your friends in podcasting attempt to make sense of a world gone wild.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #260

What do the Mayan Calendar, David Lynch, Lyle Skosey, Sarah Nean Bruce, fire alarms, veterinarians, Jacques Cousteau, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Phil’s birthdays have in common? Why, episode #260 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

5 years in the making … It’s our 5th Anniversary show!

Join your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness as they play clips from the most and least listened to shows from each year and try to see what lessons they can learn as they look ahead to the next five years!

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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