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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #479

In this extra-long episode, your friends in podcasting share an urgent message they received from a frequent collaborator about another of their frequent collaborators! Dean and Phil answer a question from a loyal listener about corruption in the charity “industry” and help another listener try to encourage Warner Brothers to release a blu-ray collection of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated through an online petition. Serena Williams’ success at Wimbledon this past week inspires Phil to share a fantastic quote from a tennis essay by David Foster Wallace. Then, Phil and Dean get into the importance of what a corporation “stands for” and the danger all advertising poses to quality programming in “What We’re Reading” (brought to you by Booksmyth Used Books). They then break down a dizzying array of show business news, from the Lionsgate-Starz merger, to the latest casting news in the Universal “Cinematic Monster Universe”, to Colin Firth’s reprising his “Kingsman” role in the sequel (huh?!), to the box office fortunes of Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil ͏War to the lackluster interest surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot, as well as the “Sulu is gay” controversy AND lacckluster interest surround Star Trek Beyond. Television is covered, too, what with the return of Mr. Robot and the announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations. All in all, it’s an action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with ten percent more “hour”)! Monday. 9 am Pacific. Wherever good podcasts can be found.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #474

A beloved, Emmy-winning comedian launches a new podcast in “Live Event of the Week”, one of the greatest playwrights of all time is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”, Phil questions Dean about his Australian TV interview of Chris Carter, Phil reveals more details of his recent travels, Dean and Phil discuss “what they’re reading”, answer a letter from a listener, dish on a recent cinematic releases, talk about their a couple of horror films, and more. All this week on a brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #413

What do The Lone Gunmen, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aleister Crowley, Scientology, Horror, Stan Freberg and dozens of classic female-driven films have in common? Why, they are all a part of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

Enjoy.

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 #383

It’s too darn hot in Los Angeles and your friends in podcasting are high as proverbial kites on codeine swirl frappuccinos!

Dean performed in a “Live Event of the Week” and this fact leads to a discussion of public transportation, the immune system and Biddy Mason.

Phil spent all week (and the week before that) trying to get their new film submitted to Sundance, and in the process watch documentaries about The Magnificent Seven, Sam Peckinpah and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. He also saw the last film to star the great James Gandolfini (and boasting merely the latest indelible performance from the masterful Tom Hardy).

Two “Lawsuits of the Week” are discussed, which leads to analysis of sexual abuse in Hollywood, domestic violence in professional football and the role of interns in show business.

A great comic and a legendary big-screen villain are remembered.

All that, plus much more … Pass the Chillpak. It’s too darn hot!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #368

It’s all about comedy on this week’s show … From Dean Haglund’s one-man improv at Sci-Fest 2014 to Dean and Phil’s movie The Lady Killers,, from a video demonstrating what comedic filmmakers can learn from Edgar Wright to the foreign distribution of American comedies, your friends in podcasting get serious about the subject of laughter. Heck there’s even the possibility of Phil directing a remake of Notting Hill set in … China?! All that, plus the peerless Maya Angelou is remembered. This week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #362

It has been quite a while since your friends in podcasting have tackled a Hollywood-related “Lawsuit of the Week”. On this week’s show, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness bring back this popular segment with a doozy of a lawsuit – involving sex, power, blackmail, a forthcoming box office blockbuster and show biz folks behaving badly!

Dean and Phil follow up on last week’s email concerning gun violence and mental health care by proposing ways in which we might reduce the former by increasing access to the latter.

There is also be more on the Marvel universe, with a lengthy, insightful and hilarious email from loyal listener Stephen Fowler.

All that plus the latest on Dean’s new stage shows – both debuting in May here in Los Angeles – This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #343

Non-stop festive hilarity from the (ridiculous) opening, right through the final (inspirational quote) …

Phil Leirness is in the holiday spirit and Dean Haglund has been drinking wine and on no other show would you hear such irreverent, insightful and occasionally inspiring conversation on such a wide range of topics as The Sound of Music, Spaghetti Westerns, cognitive dissonance, Buyer’s Stockholm Syndrome, Tom Hanks, silent film classics, Walt Disney, Martin Scorsese and Nelson Mandela.

Oh, and is one of your friends in podcasting about to become a full member of the Illuminati? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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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