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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #539

This week, your friends in podcasting bring you a truly epic 70 minute installment that opens with Phil holding court about spoiler alerts, time travel, dream logic and more as he discusses both “The Prisoner” on its 50th Anniversary and “Twin Peaks: The Return” in the wake of its brilliant finale. He even explains “what happened to Audrey!” Then Dean joins Phil to update us on the Sydney Hilarium, his pop-up comedy club, and to celebrate the lives of a former child star, the creator of McGruff the Crime Dog, one-half of Steely Dan, and the “gentle giant” of country music. After that, they follow up on their previous discussion about monuments and statues thanks to an email from a listener like you (well, maybe not EXACTLY like you, unless you created the normal theme song for the show). Then, a fascinating, possible “Lawsuit of the Week” surrounding a reboot of the 1980′s television series “Amazing Stories” comes our way courtesy of frequent contributor Stephen Fowler. Finally, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves and dig into more than a dozen movies, including comedies from the 1930′s, sci-fi films from the 1960′s and five 2017 releases.

Great TV, many genres of films, musical surprises, and several big laughs. In other words, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #486

Halloween is only eight weeks away, so your friends in podcasting thought it was the perfect time to reveal their Top Ten All-Time Horror Films! Such classics as the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, its 1978 remake, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Devil’s Backbone from director Guillermo Del Toro, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Cabin in the Woods all get discussed as “honorable mentions”. What films actually made Dean an Phil’s respective lists? Listen to find out! And keep those Netflix queues handy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #446

Dean Haglund shares news of his weekly pay-per-laughs improv show where he performs an expisode of “The X-Files” live on-stage in Sydney. Phil Leirness reports on his visit to the restored, remodeled and re-opened Los Angeles landmark Clifton’s Cafeteria. Phil then gets on a soapbox about the true purpose of Thanksgiving and the true meaning of gratitude. A legend of Japanese cinema is remembered. A classic of sci-fi cinema is celebrated … And then, your friends in podcasting rush headlong into “the season of self-congratulation”, a time when award-hopeful movies are released en masse and award nominations and film critic top ten lists are announced almost daily. This week, award hopefuls like “Bridge of Spies”, “The Danish Girl” and “The Big Short” and box office blockbusters like “Spectre” are discussed and the Spirit Award nominations (for the best in independent film) are analyzed.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #404

Brian Williams lies. Hollywood remakes or reboots EVERYTHING. Phil drops a ton of professional football knowledge on Dean. Dean tries to explain whether the film Asylum is real and if it is, whether he is really in it! Phil waxes rhapsodic about the filmmaking collaboration that resulted in Chinatown. Dean and Phil remember a classic film noir femme fatale. Dean tells his Minority Report story. AGAIN.

Has the whole world gone mad? Nope. It’s just another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #342

Thanksgiving, Birthdays, live events and what they’re reading are first on the docket for your friends in podcasting to discuss.

Then it’s onto a free-for all analysis of sequels, remakes, Hunger Games, Leonardo DiCaprio, a Broadway adaptation and a few Oscar hopefuls.

Finally, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness remember an improv comedy great, a young leading man, an animation heiress, a screenwriting guru and a publishing titan.

Happy December! It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #335

For six and a half years, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have been changing the way people listen to the internet. That’s one of the reasons they’ve been dubbed “Podcast Royalty”.

On this week’s show, Dean and Phil iscuss what imapct podcasting might have on stand-up comedy. They also discuss what four visionaries had to say about the possibility of using the internet to communicate with … Animals!

Last week’s show was recorded live at the Los Angeles Podfest. This week, your friends in podcasting conduct a post-mortem and get into a discussion of how physically unhealthy so many comedians seem to be, especially in light of Craig Robinson’s latest drug arrest.

In “Celebrity Deaths”, Dean and Phil will remember two giants of Italian Cinema and a pioneer in talent representation.

Acclaimed international filmmaker Jim Sheridan became the latest the declare the death of Hollywood movies and Dean and Phil will analyze his statements, perhaps in context with three notable 2013 releases – Mud, Oblivion and Captain Phillips. Who knows, Dean might even have finally caught up with the juggernaut that is this season’s “ultimate thrill ride”, Gravity.

And speaking of thrill rides, a future “Lawsuit of the Week” may just involve what happened to 10 people on a roller coaster in Orlando, Florida …

All that, and much much more, including the possibility that Christopher Columbus saw a UFO!

This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #321

The 4th of July is past, but here at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, the fireworks are just getting started.

Dean Haglund talks about a wedding celebration he attended in Canada and a mayoral swearing in ceremony he attended in Los Angeles.

Phil Leirness ruminates on Independence Day, health care and the future of the USA.

Then, your friends in podcasting discuss Russell Brand, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, This is the End, The Lone Ranger, Monster’s University, subversive cinema, runaway production, the best plays of the last 100 years, the creator of “Family Ties” and “Spin City”, a martial arts legend, a classic Look Magazine photographer and a science-fiction legend.

All in all, it’s action-packed. And if you’re going to be in San Diego on Sunday 21 July, why not come see Dean and Phil (and their film The Truth Is Out There) at ParanoiaCon?

Right now, it’s episode 3-2-1 … Blastoff!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #320

Happy Canada Day!

Phil Leirness is back with health advice for the young people and with corrections for Dean Haglund after listening to last week’s show …

Nothing less than an action-packed thrill ride, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features your friends in podcasting discussing more than a dozen movies, the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the Jim Carrey Kick-Ass 2 controversy, Paula Deen’s racism vs. Alec Baldwin’s homophobia, and fairy tales!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #318

Think quick: What show covers such a wide range of topics as UFO disclosure, Bill Clinton, Fox Entertainment’s internship problem, Star Trek Into Darkness, Vince Vaughn, Robert Redford, the future of movie ticket pricing, the disappearance of women on-screen in film, a speakeasy in Culver City and Paranoia Con?

Here’s a hint: You’re reading about it right now!

It’s the latest installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Enjoy!

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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