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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 #518

This is the 9th “Top Ten” show of this year 10 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Your friends in podcasting count down their lists of the Top Ten All-Time Most Overlooked Science Fiction Films!

These might not be the best, nor the most underrated. They are, for reasons that Dean and Phil attempt to discern, overlooked by modern audiences …

Another extra-long episode, full of skype-based “hiss”, but we promise to do better in year 11!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #506

Most of this week’s show is comprised of the 5th Top Ten show of this, Year Ten of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. In it, Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten WORST films of 2016. First, however, your friends in podcasting celebrate the life and work of one of Phil’s all-time favorite character actors in “Celebrity Deaths” and answer an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) about using CGI to create perfromances from actors who are no longer living (a la Peter Cushing in “Rogue One”). Brace yourselves for a master class in filmmaking and acting!

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 #420

Now that Dean Haglund resides in Sydney, Australia, we have to ask is Dean Haglund on the “down low from down under”? Is he “the thunder from down under”? Is the show “asunder from down under”?

In the weeks and months to come, your friends in podcasting will most certainly have to change the way they change the way you listen to the internet! For now, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy a very special “theme show”. It’s all about Dean and Phil’s favorite funny ladies of stage and screen.

And, yes, it was pre-recorded.

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 #344

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour boasts several firsts …

We’ve had weeks where the bodies have been piled up, but never a week where the “Celebrity Deaths” accounted for 14 career Oscar Nominations for acting! T.E. Lawrence, The Baroness Elsa von Schraeder, Rebecca and Billy Jack are all remembered on this week’s show.

We’ve had numerous court cases pertaining to independent film covered in “Lawsuit of the Week” but this week boasts the first such lawsuit starring YOUR friends in podcasting! That’s right, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness were in court this past week and on this week’s show, they dish all the inside dirt!

Did Dean also do a “TED talk” this week? Well, not exactly … What he DID do is one of three “Live Events of the Week”.

This week’s show also brings another in the ways our brains lie to us – Something called “The Anchoring Effect” (no, it’s not a Robert Ludlum novel, but it IS something that could prove helpful to know about as you do your last minute holiday shopping!).

All that, plus a Dean Haglund correction from last week’s show, and much, much more, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #341

45 complete trips around the sun ago, your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, was born. We here at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour wish him Many Happy Returns and we’re celebrating with one of our funniest episodes ever.

Long before Dean Haglund was the host of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and even before he was “Langly” on a certain television series, Dean was “Spock” in a long-running, live musical stage version of “Star Trek” in Vancouver, B.C. Like his Vulcan first officer, the “Kirk” from that show also went onto great success in a long-running sci-fi television franchise …

Actor, writer, improv comic and voice artist Gary Jones is perhaps best known for playing “Sgt. Walter Harriman” on “Stargate SG-1″, “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SGU Stargate Universe”. For years, we’ve been trying to get him onto the show and schedules have never alligned.

This week, we’ve got him on a long layover from Australia and he’s armed with hilarious stories about “Stargate”, Peter Deluise, Dean Haglund, Katharine Hepburn, Nick Nolte and there’s even an hilarious recurring joke about Rae Dawn Chong! What other show can claim that?!

In fact, this week’s show is so consistently hilarious that our friends over at Succotash (the comedy podcast podcast) needn’t bother clipping together excerpts from any other shows this week and should just replay ours (er, yours) in its entirety!

Before we sign off … It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA and WE are truly grateful for all of you. Thanks for continuing to make this show happen!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #320

Happy Canada Day!

Phil Leirness is back with health advice for the young people and with corrections for Dean Haglund after listening to last week’s show …

Nothing less than an action-packed thrill ride, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features your friends in podcasting discussing more than a dozen movies, the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the Jim Carrey Kick-Ass 2 controversy, Paula Deen’s racism vs. Alec Baldwin’s homophobia, and fairy tales!

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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