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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #550

With how much ground your friends in podcasting cover on this week’s show, you’ll forgive them going almost eight minutes overtime, won’t you? The show starts with a “Live Event of the Week” as Phil regales Dean with tales of his 49th birthday celebrations on a day that involved marionettes, Norse mythology and the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Then, for the first time in ages, Dean and Phil discuss what they’re reading. After that, it’s onto “Celebrity Deaths” which contains a correction of a correction from last week, as well as remembrances of a former teen idol, a jazz great, a country music great, a gospel great and two award-winning actors. Then, a few more thoughts about the latest news involving toxic masculinity, the United States Senate and “Whataboutism” before Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves to discuss almost a dozen movies, including both the 1974 and 2017 versions of Murder on the Orient Express, Orson Welles’ 1952 Othello, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, and this year’s award hopefuls Last Flag Flying, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Mudbound, Hostiles and The Disaster Artist.

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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #482

This week, your friends in podcasting are so eager to discuss the Olympics, the Zika Virus and the celebrity improv comedy competition (for charity) in which Dean participated, that they don’t even take the time to play the opening theme song! That’s right, Dean and Phil hit the ground running and don’t stop until they’ve updated you on the progress of Dean’s graphic novel, answered a listener email about Oliver Stone, Edward Snowden and YOUR cell phones, discussed how all of art and the humanities have gone from “ephemeral” to “disposable” in just 100 years, continue their post-mortem on what might go down as the worst Summer Movie Season in history, review Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad and celebrate two live events of the week that combined classical music, puppetry, dance, and fireworks!

Phew! That’s a lot to cover! Of course, it’s par for the course when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with almost ten percent more hour)!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #460

We apologize if this week’s episode might seem a little bit … confusing … Or confused … It was edited together from a long skype conversation your friends in podcasting had during last week’s Oscar telecast, a conversation that spawned last week’s show about the Spirit Awards and about the all-time Oscar snubs as well as the worst all-time Oscar winners (in a variety of categories). This week, more than a half dozen current cinematic releases and one prominent sci-film from the 1990′s get discussed and a big-screen adaptation of a classic sci-fi novel is previewed. The revival of “The X-Files” is analyzed, especially what they got right and where they go from here. And because it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean and Phil discuss a listener’s tweet exchange with Phil about the new “Star Trek” series, another listener’s email about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and an honorary member of the Chillpak family’s message weighing in on the merits of the Hulu series “11.22.63″. All that, and no doubt, plenty of laughs. Buckle up and enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #430

There are many questions to be asked (and hopefully answered) on this week’s show: How was Dean’s whirlwind trip to Vancouver to film the revival of “The X-Files”? Did that filming require his wearing a wig? Will he (and the other Lone Gunmen) return for more episodes? What to make of yet the latest theater shooting, and the life without parole sentencing of the Aurora, Colorado, shooter? How good is the new “Mission: Impossible” movie? How good OR bad is “Ant-Man”? Are superhero adaptations in general, and the Marvel universe specifically, still relevant?

All those questions, and many, many more are discussed.

So, naturally, the whole show begins with a discussion about … reincarnation?!

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. So, enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #403

A day late, but packed full of the irreverent podcasty goodness you’ve come to expect from your friends in podcasting, today’s free-wheeling show addresses the Super Bowl, its halftime show, the death of a legendary poet and a baseball icon, a controversy over the Hollywood sign, an hilarious stand-up performance by friend-of-the-show Pete Handelman, the rumors surrounding an Indiana Jones reboot, the latest on “The X-Files” reboot, which should be called a “sequel series”, an “Alphaville” remake and there’s the latest news pertaining to Dean and Phil’s film The Lady Killers and the forthcoming Sci-Fest. All that plus tips of the cap to Lily Holleman for her turn on “Shameless” and to Keira Knightley for her continued artistic growth.

And don’t kid yourself, Dean and Phil might joke about changing the name of the show to Chillpak Danger Hour or Chillpak Idiot Hour, but it is most definitely YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Wherever good podcasts are found!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #374

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first feature film made in Hollywood by joining your friends in podcasting on location as they take a tour through Hollywood History with their guides John Girodo and Marc Wanamaker of Hollywood Heritage.

Learn all about The Squaw Man, Cecil B. Demille, The Lasky Feature Play Company, the transformation of sleepy Hollywood into “The Dream Factory”, the first female Sheriff in the U.S. and the first director of “talkies” (also a woman!).

It’s an informative, inspiring, and frequently hilarious 68 minutes from a “secret location” somewhere in America …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #331

For those of you expecting a special guest on this week’s show (after your friends in podcasting promised one), we apologize …

For those of you expecting Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness to finally be coming at you together from the offices of Rational Exuberance (for the first time in ages), we apologize …

For those of you hoping to hear an hour (plus) of spirited free-wheeling discussion that proves to be insightful, provocative, irreverent and occasionally inspiring, YOU’RE WELCOME!

On today’s show, Dean and Phil (who is again in a “secret location”), tackle such topics as the new Miss America, the latest George Zimmerman incident, the 3rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states’ rights, a Disney animated film, a modern Hungarian cinema classic, Judge Dredd, redheads, what they’re reading and a slew of “celebrity deaths”.

Finally, if you’re going to be in Los Angeles, the weekend of October 4 thru 6, why not head over to Santa Monica for the 2nd annual Podfest? Dean and Phil will be there, performing a live installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #249

Because Dean Haglund is packing up for Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado (to perform comedy and show The Truth Is Out There), and Phil Leirness is hitting the road for the 2012 International UFO Congress in Fountain Hills, Arizona (where the TRUTH is also screening), this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is coming to you a few hours later than we like.

It is, however, one of our very best shows!

That it’s President’s Day in the U.S. leads to a discussion of presidential UFO lore, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Merv Griffin. The special friendship between The UK’s “The Midweek Drive” and YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, leads to a discussion of Phil’s pajamas and his forthcoming tour of the UK. The book The Wayfinders leads to a discussion of cultural relativism, the biosphere, the ethnosphere, the living history of Los Angeles, and Dreamtime and The Dream Factory. An Albert Einstein quote leads to a discussion of the intuitive mind and the rational mind and the way we might move beyond divisiveness in an effort to address the common challenges facing us all. The Chillpak Hollywood Live Event of the Week leads to a discussion of Phil’s admiration for an actress he had never before seen, the best director working in theatre today, and the way storytellers strengths in one medium can serve as weakness in another.

All that, plus TWO Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuits of the Week (the one involving Chris Pine, “Captain Kirk” from JJ Abrams’ re-booth of Star Trek is a paticular hoot.

Your friends in podcasting definitely brought their “A” game. We hope you will enjoy it enough to share it with others …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #190

Happy 2011! Welcome to a very special episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. This is the 4th year running that your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness will boldly proclaim their New Year’s Resolutions. First, they discuss the importance of resolutions before launching into a recap and appraisal of how each of them fared in living up to their resolutions for 2010. Finally, they state their goals for 2011, as well as the intent with which they intend to embody these resolutions.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #183

Your friends in podcasting compare notes on their recent respective adventures in acting before launching into a diatribe on the bizarre way Hollywood casts ladies relative to their real ages. From there, it’s fond remembrances of two entertainment giants, actress Jill Clayburgh and international producer Dino De Laurentiis. Then, it’s onto questions from listeners Lejon Johnson and Monika Leopold, the former about producing, the latter about shooting and editing documentaries. Then, Phil quizzes Dean on his thoughts about some recent developments that might just help indie filmmakers in particular. Finally, there’s time for a heads-up on a GREAT animated film from last year before Dean and Phil close the show by debating the merits (or lack thereof) of AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead”. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, so keep those questions and comments coming!

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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