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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #509

After an opening segment where Phil discusses John Wick: Chapter 2 with Chad Osuna of Fanboy Nation and “The Popcorn Podcast”, Dean joins the fun for a free-wheeling discussion of silent films, autism, Canadian animation, what actors should expect from directors, the Oscar nominations, female-driven films and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #505

Your friends in podcasting celebrate the life of the woman who broke the news about the start of World War II and the life of a man who redefined literary and cinematic terror (and turned a certain staircase in Georgetown into a major tourist attraction). Then, after sharing some thoughts about a childhood friend who died this past week, Phil follows up on last week’s show by sharing with Dean some thoughts about “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” and sharing a story about how George Michael (and Wham!) helped inspire one of the most famous songs by The Smiths. There will also be much discussion of television, from the return of “Sherlock” and the news surrounding “The Man in the High Castle” to the Producers Guild Award nominations and a forthcoming show set backstage at “The Tonight Show” in the 1970′s. Finally, Phil gets on his soapbox as he and Dean address the controversy surrounding Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and the overwhelming accolades being bestowed upon La La Land. All that, plus a frank discussion about “perceived vegetative states” AND a ton of laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #488

Dean and Phil recorded this week’s extra-long episode right BEFORE the Emmy Awards, so if you’re hoping for analysis of the Television Academy’s big night, you’ll have to wait another seven days. Television does get discussed, however, as your friends in podcasting speak (again) about “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” as well as the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” and two future “nostalgia” series based on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Winona Ryder vehicle “Heathers”. Meanwhile, the great(est?) playwright Edward Albee is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean’s comedy show, a 100th birthday celebration, a John Patrick Shanley play and Phil appearing live on-stage (in An LABC Home Companion, are all discussed in “Live Events of the Week”. And if you love movies, you will really love this week’s show as Dean and Phil cover wide cinematic ground, from this weekend’s disastrous box office results (the worst of an already horrible 2016) to films that might be among the most overlooked ever, from a great “Fortean” horror film of the 1970′s to Oliver Stone’s laughable “Snowden”, from a boatload of unnecessary remakes, sequels and revivals, to a promising Agatha Christie adaptation … All that and no doubt much more on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with ten percent more “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #462

This week: Updates on Dean Haglund’s forthcoming performances at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, on his graphic novel (sounds like there’s been progress), on a play he has been writing for decades (!) and on the book he recently had published!

This week: Phil offers a “mea culpa” to the makers of the new episodic “Star Trek”, he marvels at some of the great on-screen friendships, he ruminates on the differences between filmmakers, artists and geniuses, he champions (once again), the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, he asks Dean about bitcoins, he weighs in on a “Live Event of the Week” and he and Dean remember three individuals in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Every week: Your friends in podcasting change the way you listen to the internet!

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 #417

Year 9 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour begins with music, comedy and good conversation about diversity, live theatre, health, web series and the Washington Redskins (?!) with special guest Carolina Hoyos.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #410

Two old pals of Dean Haglund’s stop by a certain “historic building in downtown Los Angeles”, two pals that Phil met not too long ago via the airwaves of Siren FM’s “Midweek Drive” in the UK!

Sam Stone is an award-winning and exceedingly popular author and David J. Howe, her publisher and partner in life. They join your friends in podcasting for a free-wheeling hour full of hilarious and touching discussions about books, writing, publishing, music, family, steampunk, Dr. Who, fan conventions and building community.

Enjoy nourishing, entertaining conversation? You’ve come to the right place. This is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #345

Let’s not kid ourselves … The holidays are never easy. And putting together this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour was particularly trying …

In fact, after an hour-long Skype-based conversation with their trans-Atlantic guest, Alex Lewczuk, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, were shocked to discover that almost none of it was recorded!

So, they just kept talking … Without starting over! If it seems a little bit like joining a conversation in the middle, well … that’s EXACTLY what it IS! It’s a fun, free-wheeling conversation, however, about such a wide range of topics as ageism in the media, science-fiction, academia, Roman settlements, ancient cathedrals, Christmas markets … and more!

Those of you familiar with Phil’s extra-curricular activities know that he is a regular contributor to Alex Lewczuk’s Midweek Drive program(me) for Siren FM and Southside Broadcasting in the UK. You also might remember hearing Alex as part of the 28 hour Mayan podcastathon Dean and Phil conducted last year at this time.

Though, it lacks structure, due to the structure not being recorded, this week’s show is sure to stuff your stocking with audio good cheer. The elves at Rational Exuberance have edited together several holiday-themed goodies for inclusion in this week’s show – another way in which its like no other episode you’ve heard!

Happy Holidays, one and all!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #340

The phrase May you live in interesting times is considered to be a curse, and though no actual origin source for this purported curse can be found, there is no denying these ARE interesting times.

Fortunately, you have your friends in podcasting around to try to make sense of a world going wild …

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness tackle such topics as Gun Violence on screen, whether Andy Kaufman is still alive, Nikki Finke’s departure from Deadline Hollywood, the death of Blockbuster Video, the end of The Onion, a classic silent film, two classic Val Lewton-produced horror films, Oscar-winning Alexander Payne’s latest, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Dean finally caught up with Gravity … And, oh yes, BatKid!

All that, plus what Dean is reading, a movie trailer you need to see and another in the list of ways our brains lie to us every day …

And if that weren’t enough, we’ve journeyed deep into the archives to makes one of the earliest episodes available for the first time in years!

Enjoy show #14 (from back when we still were called “From the Heart of Hollywood”) and brand new episode #340 this week at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour 339

On this week’s show, your friends in podcasting begin with a brief exchange concerning Tom Cruise and Veterans Day, followed by a discussion of the publishing business and “novellas”. Then, a note from a loyal listener leads to more discussion about Vincent Price, before Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness launch into a discussion of German Expressionism, the impact it had on silent films, film noir, David Lynch and even the art work of … Dean, himself.

Then, the gents follow up on an email from a listener last week concerning digital piracy. This results in Dean and Phil listing and analyzing the top ten most pirated movies of the past year and whether any of their financial fortunes were actually harmed by this piracy.

Then, it’s the ten movie trailers that forever changed the way films were advertised and sold.

Finally, Phil wraps up with his take on the versatile and brilliant Stephen Merchant’s new series “Hello Ladies”.

Trust us, somehow, the entire show turns out to be a riot.

As ever … On 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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