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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #509

After an opening segment where Phil discusses John Wick: Chapter 2 with Chad Osuna of Fanboy Nation and “The Popcorn Podcast”, Dean joins the fun for a free-wheeling discussion of silent films, autism, Canadian animation, what actors should expect from directors, the Oscar nominations, female-driven films and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #503

Happy 2017, Everyone! Your friends in podcasting are prepared to get the New Year off to a great start with their traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” show … Every year, Dean and Phil provide episodes full of the insightful, the inspiring and the irreverent. Annually, one such episode you can count on for all of this is their traditional New Year’s Resolutions show. First, they hold their feet to the fire as they look back at the resolutions they made to start 2016 and then, they set their intentions for 2017. It’s bound to be a definite crowd-pleaser!

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 #408

Cookies. Adrian Brody and John Cusack in China. The deaths of a “Star Trek” producer and a legendary documentarian. A network television remake of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Declogue. Werner Herzog’s latest adventure in the South American wild. Spider-man’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The history of long form and short form improv. Mike Leigh’s improv approach to his (Academy Award nominated) screenplays. The future of Oscar acceptance speeches. The films of Stanley Kubrick. The best edited movies of all time. The history of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club. A forthcoming Alien sequel from the maker of District 9. That’s a lot to chew on. But chew on it all Dean and Phil do. Especially the cookies. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #404

Brian Williams lies. Hollywood remakes or reboots EVERYTHING. Phil drops a ton of professional football knowledge on Dean. Dean tries to explain whether the film Asylum is real and if it is, whether he is really in it! Phil waxes rhapsodic about the filmmaking collaboration that resulted in Chinatown. Dean and Phil remember a classic film noir femme fatale. Dean tells his Minority Report story. AGAIN.

Has the whole world gone mad? Nope. It’s just another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #402

How great a year in film was 2014? So great that neither Dean nor Phil managed to find room on their Top Ten Lists for the likes of such highly recommended features as Selma, Inherent Vice, The Babadook, CitizenFour or Calvary.

What DID make their lists? Listen to the episode (all 72 minutes of it!) and find out!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #396

The holidays are rapidly approaching, so it’s only appropriate your friends in podcasting gift you with one of their most heartfelt shows of the year as they welcome special guest Suli McCullough. Suli is an accomplished, talented and hilarious writer, producer, actor and stand-up comic who has written for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, acted in such films as Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and is currently producing a documentary about stand-up comedy featuring the biggest names in the business. Suli and Phil grew up together, so in addition to fascinating and irreverent stories of show business adventures, this week’s episode will boast thoughtful and moving discussions about race, art, culture and communication. Even after more than 7 1/2 years of free, weekly podcasty goodness, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness keep coming up with new and ever-more nourishing helpings of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #129

Take a road trip with Dean and Phil as they drive to sunny Malibu to conduct an interview for their documentary The Truth Is Out There. Dean has just returned from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia where he hosted a Live Ghost Adventures special for the Travel Channel. He reveals much about the pressure of hosting this show, of the behind-the-scenes turmoil and he critiques the very Ghost Adventures approach to paranormal investigation. Dean also looks forward to his work this week shooting a guest-starring role on Bones. Speaking of bones, sucking dead bones dry seems to be a rampant and recurring theme in popular culture, from the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It topping the box office charts, to a spate of sequels and remakes dominating the production reports. Dean and Phil weigh in on the prevailing corporate and social paradigm of risk management, and what that means for creative expression, as well as what it means to lead with your strengths. Oh and Phil concocts a conspiracy theory relating to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. As always, an irreverent, insightful and inspiring hour of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride along the pot-hole-ridden freeways of Southern California, but if you behave yourselves, we may just hit a drive thru!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #150

The Thelma and Louise of podcasting are out the door to Arizona, where they’ll be interviewing physicist Bill Tiller for their documentary The Truth Is Out There before bum-rushing the University of Arizona’s consciousness lab in Tucson hoping to learn about something called The SOPHIA Project. Before they go, they’re giving reports on such disparate films as Hot Tub Time Machine, The Ghost Writer, and 1962’s Burn, Witch, Burn! Also, Lily Holleman’s acceptance speech while receiving the Method Fest’s Rising Star award and the death of Robert Culp both inspire Dean and Phil to revisit their “Is acting important” debate. Meanwhile, your friends in podcasting try to make heads or tails of the ANGER and VITRIOL surrounding the health care debate. The future of 3D movies and 3D televisions are debated, future episodes of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour are previewed, and the truth behind the Swastika found on the moon is revealed. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got load up the car and burn rubber out of downtown L.A.’s historic core.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #148

On the road again … This week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, the Thelma and Louise of podcasting, head north of San Francisco, to podcast from a tepee, high above the rolling hills of Petaluma, at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where they shot an interview for their documentary with Institute President and CEO Marilyn Schlitz. Your friends in podcasting discuss the consciousness-expanding work being done by Noetic scientists and how it fits in with what Dean and Phil have learned thus far about the world of conspiracy. They also weigh in on the deaths of actors Peter Graves and Corey Haim. And there are tear-filled farewells as Dean heads back to Los Angeles and Phil splits for the Big Apple. Something for everyone! So, join us in the sweat lodge and tell a friend!

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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