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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #598

“From a secret location somewhere in America …” Dean Haglund is in temporary digs somewhere in his new home state of Michigan. So, when he and Phil Leirness recorded this week’s episode, it wasn’t the official start of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour’s Motown Era. Nevertheless, we learn about Dean’s early D-Town and Michigan discoveries, as well as about the road trip he took from D.C. this past week. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles … Celebrations in anticipation of Phil’s upcoming nuptials have begun with an engagement party. Shocking stories and a hangover ensued! The bulk of this week’s show focuses on a handful of fascinating “Celebrity Deaths” and a slew of great movies. As for the former, a Norwegian World War II hero, a terrific filmmaker, one of the greatest character actors, a tech giant and philanthropic billionaire, and perhaps the most mysterious figure of the 20th and early 21st centuries are remembered. In the latter discussion, two classic horror films and a recent, groundbreaking documentary are recommended and four new cinematic releases are analyzed, including The Old Man & the Gun, Bad Times at the El Royale, Green Book and your friends in podcasting’s very own The Lady Killers! Dean and Phil’s dark comedy has been described as “exactly the kind of film we need right now” and it’s available on demand across a variety of platforms in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at http://theladykillersmovie.com and on this very podcast!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #581

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour comes at you a little bit later than we like, though it’s definitely worth the wait and boasts almost 15% more “hour”! During their intercontinental connection, your friends in podcasting discuss Dean’s trip to Melbourne, where he hosted Melbourne WebFest, an award show honoring the best in web series. Finally, at long last, Dean also talks about his work (as Iago!) on the award-winning web series “Shakespeare Republic”. After that, it’s time for “Celebrity Deaths” where a noted futurist and a music family patriarch are remembered. There is some more feedback on their “Top Ten Comedies of All Time” episodes, Phil asks Dean about the 1930′s comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey. Then Phil sings the praises of HBO’s “Westworld”, which leads to he and Dean waxing rhapsodic about the brilliance of Jeffrey Wright, before they turn their attention to movies. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ocean’s 8, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, First Reformed, Upgrade, and Hereditary all get (spoiler free) reviewed and discussed.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #577

Your friends in podcasting had planned this week’s podcast to be part 1 of a special 2-part Top Ten show and then … real life cropped up! So, instead, in what proves to be a personal and heartfelt show, Dean and Phil discuss the “Roseanne” controversy, and Phil’s personal connection to one of the key players in the spotlight. In “Celebrity Deaths”, a profoundly influential voice in the New York indie rock scene of the late 90′s will be remembered (another death which which Phil has a personal connection). An amazing update on Phil’s beloved feline Fuzz Aldrin leads into a terrifying account on the plight and population of stray cats in Los Angeles. Two very different, and fascinating films get discussed: a documentary about a Supreme Court Justice, and a grindhouse-style prison drama starring Vince Vaughn. All that, plus some serious laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #451

Ordinarily, your friends in podcasting spend their first show of January looking back at the resolutions they made at the start of the previous year and then setting their intentions for the year to come. This annual tradition will be delayed one week. This week, Dean and Phil pick up exactly where they left off last week. In fact, it’s as if they are still in the same seats, across the table from each other in Los Feliz (despite whatever Dean might say in the opening). After sharing some final thoughts about “The Force Awakens” (and the more he thinks about the movie, the angrier Dean gets), they discuss a recently published list of the most “overlooked” films of 2015, analyzing each entry on that list. Phil also weighs in on two cinematic award hopefuls, David O’Russell’s “Joy” and the Maggie Smith vehicle “The Lady in the Van”. There’s also time for two emails from listeners (listeners like YOU). One is a follow-up on the discussion of TV’s “Supernatural” from a few weeks back and the other is an incredibly thought-provoking message about “women warriors”.

Something for everyone?

We like to think so.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #309

Rob Simone goes way back with Dean Haglund. He’s a great guy and a good friend to both Dean and Phil. He makes an indelible contribution to their film The Truth Is Out There. He is an author, the host of The Rob Simone Talk Show and frequent guest host of Coast to Coast AM.

On this week’s show, the tables are turned and Rob becomes the interview subject.

Hear all about how we was turned onto the magic of radio at an early age and how he was inspired by the legendary Art Bell.

Hear about his involvement in the UFO disclosure movement.

Hear about the adventures in broadcasting that took Rob from Sedona, Arizona, to rural Australia to London, England and now, to YOU.

And hear about a wide range of mysterious subjects from asteroids to the hollow Earth theory to Black Eyed Children …

Hilarious, intriguing, irreverent and inspiring, it’s another top-notch installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #306

From the “7 Up” series of documentaries to a question from a loyal listener about biographies, from a LACMA exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography to such historic buildings as Artemisia and the California Club Preservation, from the death of Daily Variety to the philosophy of George Orwell, preservation, documentation and human decency are foremost on the minds of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness this week.

So, join your friends in podcasting for another nourishing and delicious helping of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #298

The film critics have had their say …

The various industry guilds and unions have handed out their awards …

Now, it’s time for the best films of 2012 according to your friends in podcasting!

Get those pens, pads and/or Netflix queues handy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #244

Live from the mean streets of Los Angeles, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour finds your friends in podcasting on the open road, braving Martin Luther King Day traffic on their way back from Los Angeles International Airport. Dean and Phil discuss the live shows they’ve seen, the movies they’ve watched, the books they’re reading. They weigh in on the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild nominations, the SAG-Aftra merger agreement, the latest development news, UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s ludicrous call to action for his country’s movie industry. Plus, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness reveal the lawsuit they may have to file. And because it is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean and Phil tackle comments and questions from such loyal listeners as John Girodo, Josh Glasgow, Mark Bennett and The Sicilian.

Buckle up.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #222

What do “Star Trek” and “The X-Files” have in common this week? Dean Haglund! He just got back from performing at the big TREK convention in Las Vegas and he shares stories of the event. And as soon as he got back to Los Angeles, it was time to report to the set this week for a television series called “The X-Files”! WHAT?!? Dean gives details.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Dean appeared on “Coast to Coast AM” this week and he shares his thoughts about that appearance.

Of course, Dean’s co-host, your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, has much to share as well … He holds court on a variety of topics, including a stage show about Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick “Watson”, the reality competition show “The Glee Project”, the blockbuster film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the classic of 1930′s cinema, The Women.

All that, plus discussions of Kickstarter, the UK riots, the US economic meltdown … And you won’t want to miss Phil’s report about the Beverly Hills Police Department.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … With a vengeance!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #209

Somehow, your friends in podcasting manage to weave a discussion of do-it-yourself approaches to life, work and learning with a conversation about fine art and painting while still managing to discuss President Obama, birth certificates, Alexander Payne’s Election and Ashton Kutcher. It’s fun, it’s free-wheeling and it’s a good warm up for Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness as they prepare to record YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour LIVE from The Retro Dome in San Jose, immediately following the US Premiere of The Truth Is Out There this Saturday night. Get your tickets exclusively here.

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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