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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #489

Recorded a few days early, this week’s show truly has something for everyone, and if anyone claims it doesn’t, we hope they feel better soon! True gentleman and outstanding filmmaker Curtis Hanson is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. The Emmy Awards, and especially Jimmy Kimmel’s performance hosting them, are discussed. The Colin Kaepernick National Anthem protest saga is re-visited in the wake of more African-American deaths at the hands of police and in the wake of Kaepernick’s Time Magazine cover being released. And this week, the conversation inspired by Kaepernick’s protest goes in many unexpected, inspired and even hilarious directions – from sensitivity training, to Swedish massages, to the lyrics of “America the Beautiful.” That patriotic tune and the national anthem are far from the only songs discussed this week as Dean and Phil get downright musical while following up on Phil’s tirade from last week about “nostalgia” with a “Live Event of the Week” that features musical acts Hall & Oates, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue, and the powerful Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. In fact, they even preview the new album from Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam! Then, Dean and Phil comfort each other in the wake of Brad Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie, and they wonder why the hell anyone cares about it in the first place … Finally, “What We’re Reading” becomes the “Explanation of the Week” as Phil goes all “patronus charm” on an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) criticizing his critique of the first two “Harry Potter” movies. EXPELLIARUMS! All in all in, it may be one of the best installments of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour ever and after almost ten years, how many podcasts could claim that? Your friends in podcasting, STILL changing the way people listen to the internet …

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 #387

Any show that celebrates funny lady Jan Hooks, Broadway legend Marian Seldes, Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder, that includes discussion of Jerry Lewis’ current live show, David Fincher’s latest, Robert Downey Jr.’s latest, Christopher Walken impersonations, animated films and Bollywood, has got to be good.

And it is.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #381

Nikki Finke has disappeared from her new website and Phil tackles her disappearance and takes on something called “The Committee for Decency in Journalism”.

Listener Barry Murphy sent a great article to us about Robin Williams and his guest star appearance on “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Your friends in podcasting share its contents.

Then, Dean and Phil follow-up on Phil’s diatribe last week against “Dr. Who” and really dig into the source of Phil’s “blind spot” preventing him from seeing the appeal of the show. Thanks to Stephen D. Fowler (of the Smoking All-Stars) and Jimmy Lawlor for their indelible contributions to this week’s discussion of the good doctor.

Finally, Dean and Phil remember and offer fond farewells to two accomplished actors-turned filmmakers and one legendary voice.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #330

After spending 20 hours a day for more than a month working on their new feature film The Lady Killers (which needs YOUR help!), Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are back to co-hosting the type of show long-time listeners have come to expect … Namely, a free-wheeling, often insightful, occasionally inspirational and frequently irreverent discussion about anything going on in the world that has their attention and how that topic is depicted in the media …

This week’s topics include the fate of the Chillpak, the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, the casting of James Spader in “Avengers 2″, the casting of Peter Capaldi as Dr. Who, the civil war in Syria, the disastrous summer of 2013 for movies, crowd-sourcing and much, much more …

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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #250

This week’s show is both a yearly tradition AND a Chillpak Hollywood Hour first!

It’s our post-Oscar smackdown, where your friends in podcasting take on the Academy AND each other. Snarking and wagering, what could be more fun? And this year, the stakes have been raised!

Meanwhile, it’s the first time we’ve ever recorded a show where Dean and Phil were not in same locale. Dean’s still in Colorado. Yet, thanks to Skype, nothing could prevent the motion picture industry’s big night from turning into YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour’s 250th episode!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #243

After last week’s New Year’s Resolutions show, your friends in podcasting are back doing what they do best, dissecting the world in general and the world of show business in particular with insightful, irreverent discussion. This week brings the return of The Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuit of the Week, The Chillpak Hollywood Wingnut of the Week as well as several brand new surprises. One Hollywood landmark, two books and more than ten films are discussed. Dean Haglund. Phil Leirness. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #198

It’s Oscar Week here in Hollywood and it’s here on the Chillpak Hollywood Hour Oscar post-game show where the games REALLY begin! Dean and Phil have, as always, ten dollars wagered on the outcome of their predicted winners in all twenty-four categories. Last year, Dean finally notched a win after losing to Phil three consecutive years. Will he maintain that momentum this time around? Find out and enjoy Dean and Phil’s insightful, irreverent and sometimes scathing takes on the motion picture industry’s night of nights. Before the festivities can commence, however, Dean and Phil tantalize you with some details about a trip they took to San Leandro, California, for the UFO X-Fest’s Quest 4 Truth Conference at the historic Bal theatre.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #192

On Martin Luther King Day, your friends in podcasting have a lot to discuss about the mean-spirited nature of much contemporary discourse, from Ricky Gervais’ controversial performance on the Golden Globes to the media feeding-frenzy and finger-pointing in the wake of the recent Tucson massacre. Phil Leirness also eats many healthy bites of delicious crow and humble pie as he discusses his feelings about some films he’s seen and a film he’s been offered to direct. Then, Dean and Phil compare notes on their shared theatrical experience in Orange County, they remember three great character actors, and they close the show by continuing to answer the question of how each of them might be “children of their times” (and places)!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #162

Those of you who follow our Blog on MySpace (wherin we preview the coming Monday’s show) know that occasionally Dean and Phil get so wrapped up in discussion that they completely forget to cover some (or all) of what they promised to discuss! This is one of those shows … And it’s all the richer for it. Hilarious, thought-provoking, inspiring, insightful. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. This week: the latest on their movie, their feelings about apologies, the idea that words are cheap, personal responsibility to our own unique creative potential, Toy Story 3, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr., Alfonso Cuaron, the World Cup and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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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