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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #505

Your friends in podcasting celebrate the life of the woman who broke the news about the start of World War II and the life of a man who redefined literary and cinematic terror (and turned a certain staircase in Georgetown into a major tourist attraction). Then, after sharing some thoughts about a childhood friend who died this past week, Phil follows up on last week’s show by sharing with Dean some thoughts about “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” and sharing a story about how George Michael (and Wham!) helped inspire one of the most famous songs by The Smiths. There will also be much discussion of television, from the return of “Sherlock” and the news surrounding “The Man in the High Castle” to the Producers Guild Award nominations and a forthcoming show set backstage at “The Tonight Show” in the 1970′s. Finally, Phil gets on his soapbox as he and Dean address the controversy surrounding Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and the overwhelming accolades being bestowed upon La La Land. All that, plus a frank discussion about “perceived vegetative states” AND a ton of laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #484

A great character actor and a fascinating political pundit are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Race relations and corporate purpose are discussed in “What We’re Reading”. The list of the most livable cities if the world and the criteria used for determining those rankings are analyzed. Jared Leto was “tricked” into appearing in Suicide Squad and Tom Hardy wasn’t. How did both of these come to pass? And what long-awaited sequel will Jared Leto be starring in next? Speaking of long-awaited sequels, there’s casting news and there are continued reports of unnecessary remake after remake in the Hollywood development pipeline. As for the films currently available, Dean and Phil chat about two current releases (including the best film of the year thus far), a documentary about a recent “celebrity death” and two silent classics starring Valentino. And finally, as promised, the initial importance, the legacy and the ultimate irrelevance of “method acting” is explained. All that PLUS Opus Dei and vengeful masseuses, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #483

What a smorgasbord of tasty audio topics your chefs in podcasting have cooked up for this week’s show! They remember Kenny Baker. They weigh in on Thomas Gibson’s firing from “Criminal Minds”. They discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” and such themes as “moral licensing” and how people with “low thresholds” can be expected to enact the most smart AND the most dumb behavior. Phil shares with Dean a news story pertaining to last week’s discussion about mobile phone usage in movie theaters (and other public places), a news story that actually featured Dean, himself! There’s scientific news from Dean’s adopted homeland Down Under, where some researchers believe they can prove stand-up comedians die younger than actors and other researchers think they have good news for Alzheimer’s patients. “Suicide Squad” is free-falling at the box office, but it still provides for this week’s long awaited return of the “Lawsuit of the Week”. All that, plus (at least) three 2016 cinematic releases get reviewed, including two that might have escaped your notice but are well worth your time and the new release “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

It sure sounds like a nourishing helping of podcasty goodness to us! So, sit back and enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #406

Today is the day the annual movie awards season comes to a merciful conclusion and your friends in podcasting stick the final nail in its coffin with their annual review of the Oscars telecast wherein they reveal who they predicted would win in all 24 categories. As always, there’s a wager involved and for the 2nd year running, you’ll be treated to some classic clips from Academy Awards presentations past. And now, the envelope, please …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #350

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness follow up on last week’s hilarious discussion about “The Price is Right” by discussing Lily Holleman’s appearance on that television institution, analyzing how she won, what she won and what it means tax-wise for people who do win on game shows.

Then, Dean and Phil wrap up their ongoing discussion of the eight ways our brains “lie” to us every day by discussing stereotyping.

Phil takes time to remember a “friend of the family” who died this month, a self-made man who went from 14 year-old dropout to hairdresser to successful producer.

Finally, next week is our annual look at the top films of the previous year, so Dean and Phil have been watching a ton of movies and this leads to a discussion of The Hunt, HBO’s True Detective and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with Joss Whedon receiving both a tip of the cap AND a stern wag of the finger!

All that, plus Lawrence Welk!?

Your friends in podcasting run out of time before they get the chance to talk about Sci-Fest, but they hope you will click on the link to learn about this exciting, month-long, live theatre festival in which they will be participating!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #342

Thanksgiving, Birthdays, live events and what they’re reading are first on the docket for your friends in podcasting to discuss.

Then it’s onto a free-for all analysis of sequels, remakes, Hunger Games, Leonardo DiCaprio, a Broadway adaptation and a few Oscar hopefuls.

Finally, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness remember an improv comedy great, a young leading man, an animation heiress, a screenwriting guru and a publishing titan.

Happy December! It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #267

Princess Diana, political divisiveness, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dr. Jack Daniels, Richard Burton’s Hamlet, the auteur theory, the return of Margaret, Miranda July, Woody Allen, People Like Us, Pariah,Veep, the Hatfields AND the McCoys, letters from listeners, rites, rituals and celebrity deaths … All that and much more, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Also, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, need your help. They have launched a brand new documentary project about an artist and philosopher and they hope you will check it out HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #256

Has there ever been a more wild and free-wheeling grab bag of topics on a single installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour as there is on this week’s show? Consider the topics discussed:

The mysterious death of Thomas Kinkade, the occult meaning of words and symbols, Dean Haglund running a 5K race, the legacy of Mike Wallace, the films of Guy Maddin, the latest in the MPAA’s battle with The Weinstein Company over the rating of Bully.

All that, plus your friends in podcasting weigh in on a documentary about Comic-con, a Woody Allen drama, a John Cassavetes classic, two great, award-winning independent films from last year (one from the UK, one from South Korea).

And on top of all of that, we even have a brand new theme song by The B-Film Extras!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #254

It’s business as usual on this week’s show. What do we mean by that? Well, your friends in podcasting discuss how innovative ideas and inventions that could change the world and help people don’t get widespread attention because they don’t fit into an industry’s bottom line or the pre-existing marketing and distribution paradigms. This discussion leads to such examples as electric cars, laptops, iPads and even the entertainment industry.

Of course, it’s also business as usual in that Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness discuss the Live Event(s) of the Week, the Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuit of the Week and Celebrity Deaths.

All that, plus what films Dean and Phil have seen and what they are reading.

If you would like to learn more about the planned demolition of famed Pickfair Studios in Hollywood, please visit this site.

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles on Friday 30 March, or in Sacramento on Sunday 15 April, why not come on out to meet Dean and Phil and see their film The Truth is Out There? Learn how, right 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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