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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #521

Year 11 begins with … What else? … a “Celebrity Death”, as Dean and Phil remember the versatile, Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Your friends in podcasting then re-visit last week’s 10th Anniversary Episode and share their thoughts about what they got wrong during the years, what surprised them, a fantastic article about the show and birthday greetings to a past guest. Then, it’s on to the work at hand, namely trying to make sense of the wild, wild, week that was …

The Royal Family, “Star Wars Day”, Cinco de Mayo, current attacks on the First Amendment and the anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles are just some of the topics dissected, analyzed, joked about and argued over! All that, PLUS, the new Writers Guild of America deal AND the future of cinema!

That’s a lot to cover, but if you’ve been following YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour these past ten years, it’s what you’ve come to expect!

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.

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 #390

Buckle up, this one is a wild ride, boasting many questions …

Is Dean living in nominal time? Is there going to be a “new” film from Orson Welles? Did Phil join the Blue Man Group? What is feminism? What’s the deal with Dr. Who? What’s with the graphic sex in Blue is the Warmest Color? Should Interstellar really be called Inter(mittently) Stellar? Why might the Marvel films might outperform the DC films? What was revealed in the Sarah Jones/Midnight Rider lawsuit? Will Jennifer Aniston be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year?

All that is discussed, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s new gigs and a Live Event of the Week featuring a CHH family member.

Finally, make sure to check out the incredibly moving Project Unbreakable and the incredibly cool “Urban Legends” Halloween short film Lily Holleman stars in.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #351

The #1 film at the international box office in 2013 was Iron Man 3.

The #1 film at the U.S.A. box office in 2013 was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The consensus of film critics revealed 12 Years a Slave to be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2013.

Today, you can, at long last, find out what films your friends in podcasting thought were the best and worst of 2013.

Plus, two former Best Actor Oscar winners are remembered.

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!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #318

Think quick: What show covers such a wide range of topics as UFO disclosure, Bill Clinton, Fox Entertainment’s internship problem, Star Trek Into Darkness, Vince Vaughn, Robert Redford, the future of movie ticket pricing, the disappearance of women on-screen in film, a speakeasy in Culver City and Paranoia Con?

Here’s a hint: You’re reading about it right now!

It’s the latest installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #288

Today’s show is one of those special episodes where your friends in podcasting get on a roll and throw out the structure in favor of an organic, enlivening exchange that still manages to touch on such topics as The PEACE Fund (Protecting, Educating and Aiding Children Everywhere), the “Looper effect”, General David Petraeus and sex scandals, the most unfortunate entertainment headline in recent memory, news from HBO’S “The Newsroom”, the Daniel Craig “Bond” films, and the Sean Connery “Bond” films.

There is an “Explanation of the Week” involving Mitt Romney and there is a lengthy debate over 007′s latest big-screen adventure.

The theme of this week’s show? If you don’t stand for something, you’re likely to Skyfall for anything!

This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #278

Dean Haglund has escaped from The Village and Phil Leirness has recovered enough from a nasty head cold that we are (finally) able to bring you this week’s episode, an installment that will leave you debating, “Did I just hear a great show, or the GREATEST show?!”

Topics include Dean’s travels to Wales and Ireland, Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner, publicity rights laws, vertical integration, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, fuji film, Clint Eastwood’s empty chair, the RNC, the DNC, prohibition, Pink Martini and Disney’s California Adventure.

All that, PLUS what your friends in podcasting are reading, the films they’ve seen and several Live Events of the Week.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #272

From discussing a listener email about “negative thoughts” to answering questions from listeners regarding the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive and the Erick McCormack television series Perception, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are really putting the “your” into YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour this week!

Your friends in podcasting also discuss the supposed death of big screen comedy, plus what they’re reading, two “Live Events of the Week”, and they offer up a special helping of their pal Ethan Dettenmaier (the producer and host of the most excellent Combat Radio).

Finally, Dean and Phil remember the show business luminaries who left us during the past week as well as the twelve souls whose lives were taken in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

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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