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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #464

Disaster struck Dean Haglund’s home this morning, but the show must go on, with or without him. Fortunately, an old favorite stopped by to pick up the slack and guest co-host. Topics include: The death of Oscar-winner Patty Duke , Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice staking its claim as the most hated superhero film of all time (by both critics AND audiences) and how that hatred has the film’s distributor, Warner Bros., in full on scramble-mode, the return of “Daredevil” to the small screen, the horror genre, a whole bunch of current cinematic releases, upcoming releases as well as some very interesting news about films in development. PLUS a 1980′s indie classic from the UK.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #463

The world really took it on the chin this week with abominable violence in Brussels and the deaths of a groundbreaking rapper, a gentleman actor-turned-union leader, and one of the most influential figures in the history of comedy. Your friends in podcasting will try to make sense of all of it, while celebrating new voices in comedy, a great new sci-fi film, and challenging their own industry to send bolder, more clear messages that discrimination anywhere will not be supported.

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness – When the world is at its worst, they tend to be at their best.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #366

Year 8 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour continues with part 2 of a 2 part special episode “authored” by our loyal listener in Germany, Ulrike, and this is one sequel that is even better than the original!

Dean and Phil reset many topics dear to their hearts and integral to the show’s past, sharing new insights in an episode that will be great fun for longtime listeners and a superb introduction to the show for newcomers!

This week, those topics include The Truth is Out There, reviews, actors unions, road trips, Lily Holleman, Dean’s painting, the “founding fathers”, and the importance of gratitude.

Also, the climax of the show is the ultimate throw-down over the feature film The X-Files: I Want to Believe. As longtime listeners know, Dean has been a severe critic of it whereas Phil has defended its merits. This week, the debate is reset … And Phil blows Dean’s mind! X-Philes won’t want to miss it. Nor will anyone who enjoys good, free-wheeling, irreverent, insightful and often inspirational conversation!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #255

Wow. This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is one for the vaults. There’s something for everyone, especially if you love good stories and insightful, hilarious and inspiring conversation.

Your friends in podcasting discuss the SAG-AFTRA merger, doing what you love, loving what you do, the cool history of the Pickfair studio, Phil’s atrocious handwriting, the conspiracy theory surrounding The Hunger Games, a lawsuit against an award-winning playwright and another lawsuit against the worst filmmaker of all time.

Finally, Dean and Phil tell the legend of Edmund Kean’s sword and debate how Laurence Olivier’s failure to pass that sword on either represents the way knowledge is lost or the way that knowledge is never forgotten!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #253

From artists and actors who have committed crimes to movie studios and authors’ estates suing each other, this installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is full of show people behaving badly. Not YOUR friends in podcasting, of course. Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are on their best behavior, discussing such a wide range of topics as …

The inspiration that can be drawn from a man like John Adams when dealing with issues like the proposed SAG-Aftra merger …

The storytelling AND marketing failures of John Carter

More on the state of romantic comedies …

The lack of demand for any new books, movies or television shows and what that lack of demand might mean to storytellers and conglomerates …

And after all that, if you still haven’t had enough of your friends in podcasting, please enjoy their appearance on 16 March’s Combat Radio (you’ll learn why Dean is on “double-secret probation”).

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #251

Your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, are back from their respective road trips and they have a world of topics to discuss …

The state of women’s on-screen roles in the movies and what that state indicates about the financial health of the industry is explored. A great Swedish actor, a beloved cartoonist and a Monkee are remembered. The impending death of 20% of all U.S. movie theaters is discussed. The potential potential merger between the two show business unions representing actors is analyzed. The way you listen to the internet is changed (as it has been every week since May of 2007).

And, of course, there are always delightful surprises and some big laughs. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #249

Because Dean Haglund is packing up for Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado (to perform comedy and show The Truth Is Out There), and Phil Leirness is hitting the road for the 2012 International UFO Congress in Fountain Hills, Arizona (where the TRUTH is also screening), this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is coming to you a few hours later than we like.

It is, however, one of our very best shows!

That it’s President’s Day in the U.S. leads to a discussion of presidential UFO lore, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Merv Griffin. The special friendship between The UK’s “The Midweek Drive” and YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, leads to a discussion of Phil’s pajamas and his forthcoming tour of the UK. The book The Wayfinders leads to a discussion of cultural relativism, the biosphere, the ethnosphere, the living history of Los Angeles, and Dreamtime and The Dream Factory. An Albert Einstein quote leads to a discussion of the intuitive mind and the rational mind and the way we might move beyond divisiveness in an effort to address the common challenges facing us all. The Chillpak Hollywood Live Event of the Week leads to a discussion of Phil’s admiration for an actress he had never before seen, the best director working in theatre today, and the way storytellers strengths in one medium can serve as weakness in another.

All that, plus TWO Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuits of the Week (the one involving Chris Pine, “Captain Kirk” from JJ Abrams’ re-booth of Star Trek is a paticular hoot.

Your friends in podcasting definitely brought their “A” game. We hope you will enjoy it enough to share it with others …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #248

“From a secret location somewhere in America” your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are attending a very unique event. Pull up a chair and sit beside them in Exhibitor Booth 404 at the LAX Hilton as they discuss stop-motion animation, Clint Eastwood, California’s Proposition 8, SOPA, stop-motion animation, Whitney Houston, community theater, The Great Gatsby, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, a record-setting box-office weekend, a lawsuit between Marvel comics and their artists, and the worst reception Dean and Phil have ever attended. A “freight train of fun”, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #246

It’s an annual Chillpak Hollywood Hour event as your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, offer up their respective top ten lists of the best films of the previous year.

It’s also our longest show ever – YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with 25% more hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #244

Live from the mean streets of Los Angeles, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour finds your friends in podcasting on the open road, braving Martin Luther King Day traffic on their way back from Los Angeles International Airport. Dean and Phil discuss the live shows they’ve seen, the movies they’ve watched, the books they’re reading. They weigh in on the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild nominations, the SAG-Aftra merger agreement, the latest development news, UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s ludicrous call to action for his country’s movie industry. Plus, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness reveal the lawsuit they may have to file. And because it is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean and Phil tackle comments and questions from such loyal listeners as John Girodo, Josh Glasgow, Mark Bennett and The Sicilian.

Buckle up.

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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