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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 #488

Dean and Phil recorded this week’s extra-long episode right BEFORE the Emmy Awards, so if you’re hoping for analysis of the Television Academy’s big night, you’ll have to wait another seven days. Television does get discussed, however, as your friends in podcasting speak (again) about “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” as well as the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” and two future “nostalgia” series based on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Winona Ryder vehicle “Heathers”. Meanwhile, the great(est?) playwright Edward Albee is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean’s comedy show, a 100th birthday celebration, a John Patrick Shanley play and Phil appearing live on-stage (in An LABC Home Companion, are all discussed in “Live Events of the Week”. And if you love movies, you will really love this week’s show as Dean and Phil cover wide cinematic ground, from this weekend’s disastrous box office results (the worst of an already horrible 2016) to films that might be among the most overlooked ever, from a great “Fortean” horror film of the 1970′s to Oliver Stone’s laughable “Snowden”, from a boatload of unnecessary remakes, sequels and revivals, to a promising Agatha Christie adaptation … All that and no doubt much more on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with ten percent more “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #412

This week’s show finds Dean and Phil talking about what they’re reading (for the first time in ages) and Scandinavian history, novelist Rachel Cline, Scientology and Stanley Kubrick get discussed. The latest scuttlebutt on The X-Files return will disseminated. The David Lynch vs. Showtime game of chicken will be dissected. A new sketch comedy show on Netflix and a future episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour all about funny ladies will be previewed. A letter from a listener on last week’s show will be followed up on this week. And if you love movies, you won’t want to miss your friends in podcasting digging into more than ten new, recent and classic releases, including a documentary about an influential film critic, a box office juggernaut starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, the directorial debut of Russell Crowe, a couple very interesting independent comedies, a classic sci-fi film noir, a live action Disney adaptation, a modern masterpiece of dark comedy, and an early contender for best film of the year! All that plus Easter events and “Live Events of the Week”! Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #358

The missing Malaysian Airlines Flight? Political correctness? Human decency? Crowd-sourcing? Movie Studio Tent-poles? The return of Kevin Costner? Role-playing games? Joss Whedon? Veronica Mars? Marathons?

If you are looking for YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, this must be the place!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #354

Forgive us if the sound quality of this week’s show is a little shaky … With missed flights and broken laptops, it’s amazing we managed to get a new show produced this week at all (and closer to our usual Monday release than the past two weeks).

From the stumbling opening, to the less than elegant closing, your friends in podcasting are flying without a net this week. There’s no chance to edit or smooth out the audio levels.

The conversation is classic Chillpak, however, touching on topics ranging from the death of Harold Ramis to the careers of Boris Karloff and Preston Sturgess, from deadly on-set accidents to the difference between “victims” and survivors”, from Dean’s road trip with Billy Dee Williams to how the Oscar nominees for best picture rate in terms of their roles for women.

Don’t delay, enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour NOW!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #233

Happy Halloween, everybody!

From James Bond to Independence Day, from disaster films of the 70′s to a silent film that might win Best Picture this year, from a lawsuit over falsehoods in advertising to a lawsuit over screenplay theft, your friends in podcasting are definitely putting the “Hollywood” in YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Of course, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are also putting the “YOUR” in YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, answering emails, Facebook posts and even angry tweets from you (yes, YOU!), the listeners!

Oh, and heads up Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.! THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE is on its way to your cities THIS month!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #218

This week’s installment starts out like a Michael Bay film (CARMAGEDDON!) and quickly becomes a legal thriller thanks to a VERY intriguing adventure recounted by Phil. Dean tells of his weekend travels (both recent past and near future) and explains to Phil the difference between Veterans and veterinarians before he and Phil share once again the strange, sad tale of the Chillpak, this show’s former sponsor …

Then, it’s all about the movies as your friends in podcasting count down the Top 14 summer box office hits, analyzing their quality and what their success or failure says about the industry (and the culture at large).

You know it’s a strange, wonderful show when PHIL cites “Robot Chicken” AND compares the DC and Marvel universes!

And for those of you in Southern California, don’t miss the cinematic event of the year! Okay, of the week … It the Los Angeles Premiere of THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE! There’s two nights to choose from: Wednesday and Thursday of THIS week. Full event details and tickets are available: HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #212

Knowing it’s their last new show together til the second Monday of July (don’t worry, we have 4 excellent pre-recorded shows with fabulous guests coming your way until then), your friends in podcasting are amped up and rarin’ to go with a rip-roaring hour of thick, rich, podcasty goodness! It’s the usual free-wheeling grab-bag, full of show business analysis, comedy, and inspirational conversation.

If you’re going to be in the Charleston, South Carolina area on Thursday 23 June, come see a FREE sneak preview screening of The Truth Is Out There, followed by a discussion with Phil Leirness, at The College of Charleston Education Center (ECTR 118) at 7 pm.

If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday 29 June, why not attend the D.C. Premiere of the film? Information and tickets, please click HERE.

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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