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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #522

It’s the first Top Ten show of year 11! After years of celebrating Live Events of the Week, your friends in podcasting count down their Top Ten All-Time Favorite Live Events, starting with a healthy and diverse list of “honorable mentions” … Musical concerts are NOT included. Those must be saved for another show! THIS episode is a fun and fascinating look into what your friends in podcasting find memorable and into what inspires them.

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 #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 #487

How did Dean decide to follow-up on last week’s outstanding episode where he and Phil counted down their Top Ten Horror Films of All Time? By showing up in Los Angeles and dropping in on Phil! They had much to discuss face to face, like what is Zombocom, what did Dean think of “The Jungle Book”, what was the improv show Dean performed in Winnipeg with Gary Jones and how come Phil never knew that K-tel also hails from Winnipeg? Hearst Castle is discussed and the towns of Harmony (population 17) and San Juan Batista (site of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”) are celebrated. Phil follows up on one of Dean’s Top Ten Horror Films and shares news about a TV series based on a film they BOTH had on their lists. More about “Citizen Kane” and “The Maltese Falcon” are remembered in the shadow of those films’ 75th Anniversaries, and a letter from a listener like you (yes, YOU!) is shared. All that plus a little bit more!

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 #468

Your Friends in Podcasting celebrate 9 years of changing the way people listen to the internet! Join them for this special episode and invite 9 of your friends who don’t listen to the show already to join the Chillpak Nation!

Many special treats on this episode, including Dean and Phil sharing with each other 9 things they’ve done since they saw each other in Los Angeles for two hours on 20 April and 9 things they are each looking forward to as we head into tomorrow …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #461

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund discusses his current comedy show, his forthcoming show at an international comedy festival, and what has become of the show he used to host back in Los Angeles. A former First Lady and a musical great are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths” and Phil Leirness remembers what it was like to live in Los Angeles during the O.J. Simpson trial in the wake of the recent news surrounding that case. This serves as a perfect segue-way to talk about both the FX miniseries depicting that time in our history and the Will Smith vehicle, “Concussion” about long-lasting brain injuries caused by playing football. Paul Feig’s delightful “Other Space” has been championed on the show and this week, Dean and Phil will share whether there will ever be any more episodes produced. Meanwhile, the first official trailer for Feig’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” was released and it was … Astonishingly awful. Of course, “astonishingly awful” would be a major step up for the trailers and commercials advertising “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a film that has its distributor, Warner Bros., very worried and scrambling for a new way to launch their hopeful “Justice League” cinematic franchise. Dean and Phil will get into the nitty gritty inner workings and machinations of a legendary Hollywood studio in free fall. All that, plus a letter from a loyal listener about Canada’s support of female filmmakers is shared and much, much more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #458

After weeks of special “theme” shows, shows with guests and shows that looked backwards, your friends in podcasting return to the wild grab bag of show business, trying to make sense of a world gone wild and trying, in some cases, to predict the future! Dean and Phil received a disturbing email from a listener. Phil had the curious experience of seeing his girlfriend from film school become the top trending news topic on Facebook. Dean is gearing up for his performances at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Dean and Phil weigh in on “The X-Files” revival (especially the episode “Babylon”). And speaking of revivals, Dean and Phil tackle the news of the “Star Trek” and “Thunderbirds” revivals and Phil predicts a future “Lawsuit of the Week”. Phil asks Dean more about “Other Space” and the new JJ Abrams series on Hulu starring James Franco (from the mind of Stephen King). Of course, the Oscars are fast approaching and Dean and Phil cover the latest on the ‪#‎oscarsowhite‬ controversy, and Phil tells two great stories about the “Best Director” award, one involving an infamous “snub”, the other involving one of this year’s nominees. Finally, this extra-long installment concludes as two legendary authors are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #445

Your friends in podcasting follow up on one of their best shows ever by continuing to discuss several of the key themes they explored last week … This week’s show starts with news of Dean’s new, weekly improv stage show. Phil then regales with news of the “live” event he attended, one boasting the talents of Will Smith and Albert Brooks. This leads to another installment in our ongoing celebration of great contemporary character actors. Many new releases are discussed, including Spielberg’s latest, the new James Bond film and the final chapter of the “Hunger Games” franchise, all through the prism of Dean Haglund’s increasingly prescient remark from several years ago that if an action film is going to be made, it had better feature a female lead, or there’s really no point. Increasingly, we are seeing action films boasting female warriors and Dean and Phil will discuss the larger cultural ramifications of this change. All that would be enough for almost any show, but not for Dean and Phil! They also welcome a special guest who is using his creativity to help in the building of a world without violence. If the news of violence all over the world discourages, depresses, saddens, angers or scares you, treat yourself to this VERY nourishing helping of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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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