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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 #492

The great film theorist André Bazin described the genre of the movie western as “the American film par excellence.” Your friends in podcasting could not agree more! That’s why on this week’s show (their 2nd of 10 “Top Ten” shows commemorating this, the 10th year of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour), Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten All Time Westerns.

What films will make the list? What films won’t? Will Dean have difficulty numbering 10 to 1?

These questions and many more will be answered during the next 75 minutes. Enjoy!

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 #437

At an hour and six minutes, this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour offers you 10% more hour!

And even with all that time, your friends in podcasting didn’t get to everything they hoped to discuss!

What do Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness talk about on this show? You know, the usual … Lawsuits about the “Happy Birthday” song and Volkswagen diesel automobiles, poisonous snakes, “super moon” lunar eclipses, movies like Everest, Welcome to Me and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, television like “The Knick”, “Mad Men”, “Documentary Now!”, and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”. They discuss the deepening cultural impact of Stephen Colbert as well as David Letterman’s forthcoming return to television. They continue to watch the “recent woman-directed movies everyone should see” and they continue naming the names of current character actors whose work they find exceptional.

Enjoy, and tell a friend about YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, won’t you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #406

Today is the day the annual movie awards season comes to a merciful conclusion and your friends in podcasting stick the final nail in its coffin with their annual review of the Oscars telecast wherein they reveal who they predicted would win in all 24 categories. As always, there’s a wager involved and for the 2nd year running, you’ll be treated to some classic clips from Academy Awards presentations past. And now, the envelope, please …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #378

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is action-packed. Dean’s birthday adventures and trip to Canada are recounted. YOUR comments regarding last week’s show are shared. The news of a potential X-Files reboot is analyzed from multiple angles. Emmy Awards nominations are praised and criticized. The good and bad of television development news is revealed. The brilliance of Louis CK is admired. Writers, actors and makeup artists are remembered. The question of racial inequality in movies is tackled. The deplorable treatment of Alexander Payne’s masterful “Nebraska” at the hands of Epix and Paramount Vantage is decried. A wise quote from Somerset Maugham is applied to an analysis of recent box office hits and misses … Phew. How did your friends in podcasting get to it all?! Find out …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #372

Celebrity deaths, two great television series, 3 great sci-fi movies currently in theaters and part 2 of Dean and Phil’s conversation with comedy guru Steve Kaplan.

It’s a jam-packed Chillpak Hollywood Hour, with three minutes MORE “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #371

Do you like comedy?

Well, then you won’t want to miss this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour! Your friends in podcasting welcome special guest Steve Kaplan. For more than a decade, Steve has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale, and other top universities, Steve created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan’s Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO, and has worked with producers and production companies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, London, Ireland, and Sweden. He’s also the author of a great book – The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny. In short, he’s a really big deal!

Trust us, you won’t want the hour to end.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #206

The countdown to London is on! Tickets are still available for the World Premiere of The Truth Is Out There at London’s British Film Institute. Obviously, that screening is very much on the minds of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness. Still, they take the time to discuss painting, books, music and even the sexual assault awareness event Denim Day on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #167

Phil gets his geek on, discussing such Comic-Con panels as The Expendables, Cowboys and Aliens, The Other Guys, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Drive Angry (Shot in 3D).

Dean answers questions about that large scar on his forehead, about the seminars the FBI conducts with screenwriters, and about why he says, “Huzzah!”

Dean and Phil analyze and debate why cable television has Emmy Award advantages over network television, whether The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra is a good book, and whether the paintings of Da Vinci qualify as art or as propaganda. Taking on Da Vinci? Who, but your friends in podcasting would dare do that?!!
Finally, several big movies are discussed: SALT, Inception, Cyrus, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Restrepo.

It’s your Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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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