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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #534

If what we read is true, your friends in podcasting are on a roll, and the quality conversation continues this week as Dean and Phil convene via Skype to share news of Dean’s new “pop-up” comedy club and upcoming displays of his art work, and to dissect two strange conversations Phil witnessed this past week (one in which he was a perplexed participant). A quite touching email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) is read, and that leads into a rather fascinating discussion about Christopher Nolan’s latest opus, Dunkirk, a new directorial effort from the writer of both Hell or High Water and Sicario (two of the best movies of this decade), Wind River. Many other movies will get discussed, including one starring the late Martin Landau and the classic by François Truffaut, The 400 Blows. This begins what will be an ongoing analysis of the list of the 50 films everyone should see before they are 14 years of age!

A week after remembering a character actor and a legendary voice performer in “Celebrity Deaths”, your friends in podcasting celebrate the lives (and mourn the deaths of) a Tony-Winning and Oscar-nominated playwright-actor, a sketch comic turned voice performer, a cast member of several Harry Potter movies, and an award-winning theatre actress. All that, PLUS your usual weekly dose of insight, irreverence and inspiration on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Spread the word!

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 #435

After much hilarity, this week’s show begins with a letter from a listener like you (yes, YOU!) commenting on Dean’s use of the word “sensei” and his use of reverb on last week’s show. From there, your friends in podcasting remember actor Martin Milner and discuss Veronica Lake and the therapeutic aspects of acting, before launching into the movie and tv news that caught their attention last week, including such topics as a “Trainspotting” sequel, Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” debut, the forthcoming New York premiere of the revival of “The X-Files” and Nicole Kidman joining the cast (or not) of “Top of the Lake”. Then, Dean and Phil FINALLY begin their discussion about the art (and commerce) of supporting players and some of the contemporary character actors they most admire. All that plus … Dean and Phil wield influence with the British Film Institute?

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #392

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features the return of special (recurring) guest and free-lance journalist Yoshi Kato! He has recently returned from the Tokyo International Music Market and he offers up a full report on a life-time achievement award for cinema icon “Beat” Takeshi Kitano and two hot bands from Japan: VAMPS and Sakanaction.

Yoshi joins your friends in podcasting in a spirited discussion on HBO shows, the faults in The Fault in Our Stars, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and a commemorative stamp of Dean Haglund?!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #380

Love a good rant? Phil Leirness has you covered, taking on everything from the Ice Bucket Challenge to “Dr. Who” to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide to Helen Mirren and The Hundred-Foot Journey!

It’s all in good fun, though, and he and Dean Haglund also weigh in on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Philip Seymour’s last completed performance in A Most Wanted Man, listener Andrew Burt’s PhD exams, their favorite Robin Williams roles and no doubt, a little bit more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #352

Hear all about Los Angeles’ design for a new green space that will rival Manhattan’s High Line (and will give bicyclists and pedestrians an uninterrupted path from Burbank all the way to downtown), learn why Canada doesn’t have game shows, remember L.A.’s first official film czar as well as a folk music icon and some of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s great on-screen roles, and appreciate the difference between “English” and “Irish” …

All that, PLUS, your friends in podcasting examine the storytelling in Harmony Korine’s The Spring Breakers, make sense of the success of The Lego Movie, the failure of The Monuments Men and the claim that Chris Pine’s days as a leading man are numbered following the failure of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

With a full week’s supply of insight, irreverence and inspiration, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

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 #322

Maybe it’s because this show was recorded on Sunday, rather than Monday, but this is one of the most unusual episodes of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour in a while … Hilarious … And unusual.

Consider that your friends in podcasting take on such a wide range of topics as the death of a “Glee” star, spooky Vancouver hotels, the price of heroin in Canada, the Trayvon Martin trial, the top ten most successful stand-up comics working today, San Diego Comic-Con, season ten of “The X-Files”, the sanity of conspiracy theorists vs. the sanity of those who believe official versions of history, the intern revolt in the entertainment industry and the boycott against the film version of Ender’s Game.

All that, plus a special movie theme tune keeps finding its way into the mix.

Finally, if you are going to be in San Diego this week, make sure to stop by ParanoiaCon to meet Dean and Phil and see their film THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy 64 minutes that will change the way you listen to the internet!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #282

This week’s show is brought to by the letter “M” …

Mitt Romney, Marathons, The Mayan Calendar, The Book of Mormon, The Master, Movies, Monsanto and something called Melrose 2 all get discussed.

Free-wheeling, insightful and irreverent, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #204

From one of the most bizarre and hilarious openings ever, one of our most action-packed episodes ensues …

This week, your friends in podcasting remember cinema legend Sidney Lumet, discuss the cuktural touchstone that is Rebecca Black’s single (and YouTube video) “Friday”, and weigh in on some of the best that television has to offer. All that, plus the latest show business news is analyzed.

And if you’re going to be in the London area, makes sure to buy tickets for the World Premiere of Dean and Phil’s film The Truth Is Out There.

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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