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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #523

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour begins with “Celebrity Deaths” as the lives (and deaths) of Fox News’ Roger Ailes, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, MLB umpire Steve Palermo, studio chief Brad Grey, and character actor Powers Boothe are discussed. This leads into a spirited conversation about suicide, the “deep state”, Bob Fosse’s “Cabaret”, the return of “Twin Peaks”, “Eraserhead”, David Lynch’s “The Straight Story” and more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #511

The 7th of ten planned “Top Ten” shows your friends in podcasting are doing to commemorate Year 10 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is one of their most personal and unusual shows of the year … Back when they were shooting their epic documentary The Truth Is Out There, someone asked Phil whether he and Dean do the podcast to promote their movies, or whether they make movies to promote their podcast. Phil found amusing the assumption that promotion MUST be a part of what he and Dean were doing and yet found the question an interesting one. Almost six years since the World Premiere of that film, which is truly equal parts comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, it is apparent that what motivates them to keep making films is the same thing that motivates them to keep doing this show: A desire to engage in conversation. Join them this week, as they take a look back at “TRUTH” and count down the top ten things that strike them now when watching their prescient, disturbing, moving and truly funny documentary. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you will find the discussion about it inspiring, insightful, irreverent. It is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #498

Dean Haglund is flying back to Australia right now, but before he left Los Angeles, he dropped by a certain historic building to visit Phil Leirness and to discuss the lives (and deaths) of Sharon Jones, Gwen Ifill, Florence Henderson, Ron Glass and Fidel Castro. Dean and Phil also compare notes on a great stand-up comedy performance they witnessed at The Los Angeles Breakfast Club. Speaking of stand-up, Dean performed stand-up at Big & Tall presents BARK, while Phil was attending a media preview of The Queen Mary’s CHILL and all these events get described. A hilarious discussion of the new “4D” method of exhibiting films leads your friends in podcasting into a free-wheeling discussion of such movies as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Jackie”, “Hidden Figures”, “Nocturnal Animals”, “La La Land”, and “Rules Don’t Apply”. We’ve received a lot of great feedback and messages from listeners of late, and one such message involves the topic of diversity on television, a question Dean and Phil tackle briefly before setting it on the agenda for next week’s show …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #473

After 2 weeks with special guests, your friends in podcasting are back with an hour of freewheeling, spirited, irreverent and insightful conversation. Topics include the death of Muhammad Ali, a book about the purpose of corporations, a great essay (by a brilliant writer) in defense of David Lynch (and indirectly of Dean and Phil’s movie “The Lady Killers”). The first month of the summer movie season is analyzed, a great new documentary film about stand-up comedy is discussed, Dean’ updates his fine art and comedy endeavors, and Phil describes his trip to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi as well as his exploration of Route 66.

Get your kicks!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #469

X (as in the roman numeral for “10″) marks the spot as your friends in podcasting launch year ten of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour! And boy is there a ton of show business news, views and reviews to cover! The show gets started with the description of a live comedy show and a trip in a time machine, through Hollywood history, as part of the “Live Event of the Week”. Then, after discussing what they’re reading, Dean and Phil tackle the way President Obama may have changed how you will view entertainment at home, a new streaming service from the Criterion Collection, and all the news pertaining to The Marvel and D.C. Cinematic Universes, plus casting news pertaining to the new Han Solo plus television projects for Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. All that, plus dream interpretation, news that the forthcoming “Blade Runner” sequel is an Oscar hopeful, the best of current television and a severe wag of the finger directed at the Fox Corporation for failing to have even ONE female-directed film on their release slate for the next TWO years!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #462

This week: Updates on Dean Haglund’s forthcoming performances at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, on his graphic novel (sounds like there’s been progress), on a play he has been writing for decades (!) and on the book he recently had published!

This week: Phil offers a “mea culpa” to the makers of the new episodic “Star Trek”, he marvels at some of the great on-screen friendships, he ruminates on the differences between filmmakers, artists and geniuses, he champions (once again), the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, he asks Dean about bitcoins, he weighs in on a “Live Event of the Week” and he and Dean remember three individuals in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Every week: Your friends in podcasting change the way you listen to the internet!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #459

Riddles us this: What show discusses such a wide range of topics as “awards madness”, Steph Curry, ghost stories and rituals and traditions? The answer is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course! Awards season in Hollywood came to an end this weekend, but it ain’t really over, until your friends in podcasting have had the last word!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #447

Phil starts things off by remembering the victims of last week’s San Bernardino massacre. Then, Dean arrives to remember the great character actor Robert Loggia and Stone Temple Pilots front-man Scott Weiland. Phil asks Dean about the latest developments with his one-man “X-Files” improv stage show. Dean and Phil follow up on their incredible interview of two weeks back with the creator of an anti-bullying app thanks to an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU!). Dean and Phil also follow up on their conversation of weeks past about what would happen in the future when women are allowed to fight side by side as equal warriors with their male counterparts because that future, apparently, has just arrived! Of course, there is also plenty of show biz analysis, insight and irreverence, from Phil’s brush with Joss Whedon to Dean’s viewing of a female-directed film everyone should see, from the puzzling question of why “Supernatural” is still on the air to Phil offering suggestions as to why Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” on Netflix does not have the same heat surrounding it as did “Daredevil” earlier this year. Finally, Phil brings things full circle from his soapbox, calling out those who prevent the gun control debate from becoming an actual debate. With ten percent more “hour”, this is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

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 #421

Dean Haglund is down under, enjoying his new home in Sydney, Australia. And if this show is to be believed, Phil Leirness is on his way to visit Dean via “swim” (is that a new mobile app?). So, talented, funny, and razor sharp ladies Karen Forman and Lily Holleman step in to help your friends in podcasting change the way they “change the way you listen to the internet”!

There is the familiar – Live Events of the Week, movie reviews, the Bechdel test, appeals for racial and age diversity in mainstream media, and an appeal for more opportunity for women both in front of and behind the camera. Bottom line: “Shame on you, Hollywood!”

Karen and Lily also celebrate the Tony Awards, Lifetime Movies, and “Game of Thrones”.

All in all, it’s an “outward display of inner self-love” and it just might save Christmas!

One day late, but well worth the wait.

Am I right, ladies?

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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