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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #531

Recorded on location at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop bar atop the Ace Hotel (which was once the United Artists building), and Paramount Ranch (site of numerous movies and television shows), this week’s episode boasts no less than six guests, discussing such a wide variety of topics as Dean’s solo art show, the history of Los Angeles and the movie industry, “Twin Peaks: The Return”, PBS, books, crime novels, theatre, fringe festival productions, stand-up and improv comedy, silent movies, and, oh yeah, George A. Romero and Martin Landau are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.”

Sure, there are occasional audio problems caused by live jazz trios, rooftop wind, loud dance music, and liquor, but there truly is something for everyone on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood 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 #401

Phil is finishing up two feature-length motion pictures. Dean appeared in two live shows. Together they are talking about those activities, answering emails from listeners like you, tackling the lack of diversity in the recently announced Academy Award nominations and taking on some of the worst films of the year.

And if they need ten percent more hour to get it all in, well who’s going to complain? It’s just six more minutes of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness changing the way you listen to the internet!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #378

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is action-packed. Dean’s birthday adventures and trip to Canada are recounted. YOUR comments regarding last week’s show are shared. The news of a potential X-Files reboot is analyzed from multiple angles. Emmy Awards nominations are praised and criticized. The good and bad of television development news is revealed. The brilliance of Louis CK is admired. Writers, actors and makeup artists are remembered. The question of racial inequality in movies is tackled. The deplorable treatment of Alexander Payne’s masterful “Nebraska” at the hands of Epix and Paramount Vantage is decried. A wise quote from Somerset Maugham is applied to an analysis of recent box office hits and misses … Phew. How did your friends in podcasting get to it all?! Find out …

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 #359

The fact that your friends in podcasting will talk about virtually anything leads to free-wheeling discussions and usually makes YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour unpredictable.

This week’s show is REALLY out of the ordinary, however …

Start with the fact that some of it was recorded this past Thursday, when Graham Elwood and the film crew of “Ear Buds”, a feature length documentary about podcasting stopped by a certain historic building in downtown Los Angeles to interview Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness and to shoot footage of them “changing the way you listen to the internet”.

The show opens with a heartfelt and rather insightful discussion about “stability” and the keys to staying calm in the center of chaos, a conversation inspired by a visit from longtime listener and occasional CHH contributor, Matt Giles.

Then, Phil and Dean demonstrate for Graham and his crew their relationship with their listeners by answering a provocative question from Brandon Wells about the deeper cultural implications of “The Hunger Games” books and movies.

In other words, the first half of this week’s show will be full of the irreverent, insightful and inspiring conversation you’ve come to expect from Dean and Phil, delivered in a most unexpected way …

The second half of the show is an interview with Rick Overton, an Emmy-winning writer, the host of “Overview”, and one of Phil’s all-time favorite comedians and comic performers. Unfortunately, Phil couldn’t be there for the interview, so he will be listening and laughing along with everyone else as soon this episode drops!

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 #314

The show begins with selections from a rather hilarious Skype conversation between Phil Leirness and March Hershon of Succotash.

Following the theme song, Dean Haglund is back, and tells of his whirlwind, speeding-ticket-filled road trip to Winnipeg and back.

Violence prevention is very much on the mind of Phil, as he participated in a gang violence “interruption” on Saturday night. He talks about that and the short film Flawless.

Mostly, though, movies are what your friends in podcasting really want to talk about, from the role of critics, to the resurrection of Harrison Ford, to the post-apocalypse bandwagon, to the lack of roles for women, to the work of Stanley Kubrick, to the latest installment of Star Trek.

All this week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #305

Coming to you a little bit late, but with a bonus four minutes, this week’s show is action-packed and really puts the “your” in YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour as Dean and Phil discuss … An email from listener Lejon Johnson about a Caravaggio discussion in episode 295 … An email from listener Matt Giles about the success of Veronica Mars on Kickstarter … A Facebook post from listener Greg Vincent about last week’s “genius” vs. “artist” discussion … A voicemail message of apology from listener and podcaster March Hershon … And finally, a request from listener Patricia Brady that we bring back classic episode #182 from the archives.

All that, plus your friends in podcasting discuss Dean’s latest acting gig, his most recent art show, Spielberg’s newest collaboration with the dead Stanley Kubrick, what Jon Stewart’s going to do on his summer vacation, Phil’s advice for auditioning actors, what they’re reading, a Live Event of the Week and a Lawsuit of the Week.

Wow. Let’s get started, shall we?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #285

Is it safe to say that there’s something for everyone on this week’s show? Consider …

Your friends in podcasting discuss Dean’s trip to Fargo for ValleyCon and the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival as well as Phil’s producing and directing 2nd unit photography, pick-ups and re-shoots for two different films on the same day(!).

They discuss the forthcoming Million Muppet March, their choices of Halloween costumes, the latest on Allan Piper’s film Married and Counting and Paul Bunnell’s film The Ghastly Love of Johnny X.

They discuss the possibilities of the just announced S.H.I.E.L.D. television series and the disappointing news regarding a sequel to X-Men: First Class.

They discuss such movies as Cloud Atlas , Get the Gringo, Looper , The Apple Dumpling Gang and Ernest Goes to Camp!

All that, PLUS a “Wingnut of the Week” update on the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply and another “Lawsuit of the Week” involving actors and their former representation suing each other.

Maybe you’ll even get the chance to win the home edition of the Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

You never know.

It is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour after all!

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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