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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #530

Your friends in podcasting open this week’s show by discussing whether California will cease to change their clocks back and forward in Fall in and Spring. They then leap into discussing movies, continuing last week’s conversations about Okja and The Beguiled, while also discussing the Clint Eastwood western Pale Rider and the 1930′s Hitchcock thrillers The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps.. This week In “Celebrity Deaths” Dean and Phil remember past guest Stephen Furst (episode #124) and esteemed British film critic and journalist Barry Norman. They then continue to discuss current TV as they weigh the merits of the recently completed seasons of “Silicon Valley”, “Portlandia” and “Fargo”. They also venture into the business side of being an actor, as they discuss the 11th hour deal struck between SAG-AFTRA and the Producers, thereby avoiding a strike, AND they will discuss the upcoming union election and how nasty it is already becoming. Finally, in “Live Event of the Week”, Dean previews his solo art show taking place THIS WEEK in Los Angeles! Join us for that special event, won’t you?

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 #438

One of our longest shows ever begins with the latest American gun massacre and ends with an Easter egg where “the owls are not what they seem”. In between, your friends in podcasting tackle the latest developments in the “Midnight Rider” lawsuit, the exploitation of extras on the set of HBO’s “Westworld” series, the art of being a “background performer”, and reviews of two new cinematic releases, one recently Oscar-nominated documentary, a female-directed science fiction film (“everyone should see”) and a sci-fi treasure of the 1970′s. All that plus Dean explains whether or not there is a secret, “7th episode” of the forthcoming revivial of “The X-Files” and Phil weighs in on two new television series.

We promise we will try to keep things a bit shorter in the future because too much of anything, even YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, is not necessarily a good thing!

For now, pack a lunch, buckle up and enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #397

Before taking off on their holiday travels, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are doing what they do best: Making sense of a (show business) world gone wild …

They weigh in on the cyber terrorist attack against Sony. They celebrate a milestone achieved by one of their favorite shows. They discuss live events starring the likes of Angela Lansbury and Jeff Goldblum. They dish on an animation price-fixing lawsuit, the decades-long Roman Polanski judicial drama and the idea of actors owning a copyright interest in their performances. They discuss casting news that has them hopeful and casting news that gives them pause. They champion three outstanding films from earlier this year that you probably missed that are available now on home video and they warn you against an award-hopeful Christmas Day opener that is without a doubt one of the worst films of the year. All that PLUS much more as they wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

All together now (singing): “We need a little Chillpak, right this very minute!”

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #376

Your friends in podcasting pick up right where they left off at the end of last week’s (very popular) installment. In fact, it’s as if they just kept talking … This week, the discussion touched on the return of Nikki Finke, the charges brought against the Midnight Rider filmmakers, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the shot down Malaysia Airlines flight, Schrodinger’s Cat, our cognitive awareness of a 3-dimensional structure, and much, much more.

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 #257

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour begins with discussions inspired by emails from listeners, including such topics as Titanic, the behavior of James Cameron (and directors and actors in general), and the fact that “pronoia” (NOT “paranoia”) might destroy ‘ya.

Your friends in podcasting spend part of the show in the state capital of California, preparing to appear on the morning television news program “Good Day Sacramento” (you can view a clip of their appearance right here). While waiting in a secret location, they riff on the election challenge faced by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the Family Research Council’s apparent dislike of vegetables, the staggering box office record of The Lion King stage musical and what it might mean for the future of performers’ unions.

All that, plus The Live Event of the Week and Dean and Phil weigh in on The Cabin in the Woods, The Hunger Games and a film about a machete-wielding clown during the Spanish Civil War.

And we hope you’ll take time to view the fantastic video Dean put together in support of the graphic novel he’s making.

Thanks!

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!

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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