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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 #433

As loyal listeners of this show know, probably the only truthful way to describe YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour would be that actor-artist-inventor-improv comic Dean Haglund and independent filmmaker, teacher and certified Violence Prevention Specialist Phil Leirness spend an hour each week discussing anything going on in the world that has grasped their attention, and usually, Dean and Phil discuss these “goings on” through the prism of how they are being depicted in, or ignored by, the media. A great variety of subjects have attracted their attention this week: From the responsibility of sports fans to make sure their favorite teams aren’t menaces to society to what we can learn about our culture from the on-air shooting of a news reporter and camera person in Virginia this past week, from an appalling programming choice on the part of IFC to a dating site for those with mental illness, from the lack of opportunity for female and minority directors in television to the lack of distribution for African-American owned networks and content on Comcast and Time Warner. All that, plus a silent horror classic, a documentary about Tim Burton’s version of “Superman” (which was to star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel), the new film from the director of “Amelie” that the Weinstein Company really doesn’t want you to see, the death of Oliver Sacks, the anniversary of Robin Williams’ suicide, the truth behind water and kale, and a letter from a listener like you about supporting character actors. Finally, this IS the week where your friends in podcasting start reviewing the films on the “Film Fatales” list of female-directed movies everyone should see.

Whew. How’s THAT for an action-packed show?!

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 #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 #379

Your friends in podcasting were stood up this week! A guest who was supposed to join Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness in discussion of both international filmmaking AND shooting westerns was a no-show! Not to worry as we still have plenty of show to go around!

Paramount Ranch is explored. A game of Capture the Flag is played. Silent Films are enjoyed. Guardians of the Galaxy is analyzed. The futures of “Fargo” and “True Detective” are debated. And finally a Vulcan Princess, a Tony-winning femme fatale and an Oscar-winning stand-up comedian are remembered.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #336

The fall television season is in full swing and it’s time to declare winners and losers, so your friends in podcasting have it covered, the shows that are hits and those that are about to be canceled (if they haven’t been already!). They also talk about the Univision remake of “Breaking Bad” and how impressed Sir Anthony Hopkins is with Bryan Cranston’s work in the original.

Speaking of television, Dean and Phil will examine the possibility of a future incarnation on the big/small screens of “The X-Files” as well as the currently underway reboot of “Remington Steele”.

Fall also means we’re approaching the awards season here in Hollywood, a time when the movie industry puts its best product into the marketplace. A Vanity Fair piece described 2013 as possibly the best year in movies since 1939. Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness will discuss this assertion and examine the merits of a handful of new (or future) releases.

Plus, Dean and Phil will discuss the way AMC theatres might just be changing the way you feel about going to the movies.

Finally, your friends in podcasting explain one of the eight ways your brain lies to you every day!

All that, and much more, on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #180

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness talk movies on this week’s show. It’s a star-studded event, featuring forthcoming efforts by Johnny Depp, Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, and current releases like Red, The Social Network, Secretariat, Fair Game, Easy A, The Town, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Let Me In, and Hereafter. All that, plus your friends in podcasting discuss a very interesting stage show, “Mortified”, in which loyal listener Shaun Parker participated, they say goodbye to Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley, and they riff on the ever-more-curious adventures of Randy and Evi Quaid. And Phil signs off with a rock-solid DVD selection from Korea. Don’t miss a minute of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour this week because you’ll be missing a lot!

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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