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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 #393

The bad news? Your friends in podcasting don’t get to half of what they wanted to discuss (including discussions of at least a half dozen movies),

The good news? What Dean and Phil do discuss is free-wheeling, eclectic, hilarious and insightful … Charles Manson finds love, Bill Cosby has problems, Betty White is looking for work, “Luther” is coming stateside, a lawsuit is settled, Ken Takakura and Mike Nichols are remembered, Gillian Anderson is back in “The Fall”, Phil might be acting in a play, and we’re all learning a little something about Christianity and baseball in Japan.

It’s Happy Birthday to Phil Leirness.

It’s Happy Thanksgiving to the USA.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #343

Non-stop festive hilarity from the (ridiculous) opening, right through the final (inspirational quote) …

Phil Leirness is in the holiday spirit and Dean Haglund has been drinking wine and on no other show would you hear such irreverent, insightful and occasionally inspiring conversation on such a wide range of topics as The Sound of Music, Spaghetti Westerns, cognitive dissonance, Buyer’s Stockholm Syndrome, Tom Hanks, silent film classics, Walt Disney, Martin Scorsese and Nelson Mandela.

Oh, and is one of your friends in podcasting about to become a full member of the Illuminati? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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 #289

Dean Haglund is back from New York City. Phil “quatro quatro” Leirness is back from celebrating his birthday.

Your friends in podcasting are back in action with …

3 “Live Events of the Week” …

Discussion of six movies …

And … A live audience?

Plus, the show concludes with a discussion about an event in which Dean and Phil are honored to be participating. To learn more about that event, please watch:

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #236

If what we hear from you is true, then last week’s show (Chillpak Hollywood Hour #235) was one of best episodes of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour in quite some time!

How will your friends in podcasting possibly follow that up?

By trying to give you an EVEN BETTER hour of entertaining, inspiring, insightful, irreverent and free conversation that helps change the way you listen to the internet!

Join Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness as they discuss ….

The sexiest man alive …

Thanksgiving and the holidays of the past year …

Phil’s just completed short film …

Dean and Phil’s forthcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest …

Hollywood divorces, Hollywood murders, Hollywood bullies and Hollywood pedophiles …

The return of “Arrested Development” …

Hollywood and social networking …

All that PLUS the Chillpak Hollywood Lawsuit of the Week, the Chillpak Hollywood Wingnut of the Week and the Chillpak Hollywood Explanation of the Week.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #186

Phil discusses his Thanksgiving birthday and talks about a voice-over gig. Dean describes his trips to Savannah, Georgia and Austin, Texas, plus his excursion to the Queen Mary in Long Beach to do improv with the Ghost Adventurers. After discussing the latest news about the SAG and AFTRA negotiations with the AMPTP, and the latest details in the murder of publicist Ronni Chasen, your friends in podcasting offer up their remembrances of Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner. Then, they get down to the business of answering questions from you (yes, YOU) their listeners. Dean and Phil offer up telling and hilarious remembrances from their art/film school days. Dean discusses why he’s never pursued writing for comedy or sketch comedy television. Dean compares the acting processes of “X-Files” leading men David Duchovny and Robert Patrick. Then, Phil launches into a passionate exposition on the state of acting, with contributions from Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ryan Gosling and Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu, ultimately positing the theory that “intimacy is the new punk”. He also offers a mea culpa to all fans of the “Twilight” films, “Dexter” and “The Walking Dead” all of which he has criticized in the past (and will criticize in the future) before taking such shows as “Psych” and “Castle” to task for their relentlessly numbing and “jokey” sensibilities. It’s a full, funny and furious installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #184

It’s Happy Birthday to Phil, Happy Thanksgiving to the USA and Happy Holidays from Chillpak to all of you! Because it’s the holidays and because the economy has been tough all over, Chillpaks are (for a limited time) only $19.95 with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world! Check out our sponsor at for more. And, of course, listen to the latest installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, the gift that keeps on giving! Hear all about some films you might want to see, some you might want to avoid, and some films and television shows you might want to look forward to. Hear all about who’s going to win this year’s Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars. Hear all about Phil’s thoughts on turning 42 and having age “settle upon him”, and a rather personal story he tells about seeking a healthier relationship to his body. Want to hear and SEE more of your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness? Then check out ActorsE Chat Show, to see first Phil (Wednesday 24 November), and then Dean (Tuesday 30 November), when they each guest for a full hour of live, streaming video webchat. Starts 10 am Pacific Coast time. Apparently, you can log in with questions and comments!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #81

An action-packed hour if ever there was one! Dean and Phil discuss the reading of Phil’s new screenplay, compare notes on their Thanksgiving adventures, weigh in on the SAG strike authorization vote, preview more than a dozen early December film releases, and discuss the Spirit Award Nominations ( indie film’s “Oscars”). They also send out birthday wishes to Phil’s collaborator on Karl Rove, I Love You, Mr. Dan Butler (”Bulldog” on TV’s “Frasier”), who turns 54 years young today (check out the interview we did with Dan Butler in Chillpak Hollywood Hour #63). And if that weren’t enough, they offer several bits of practical advice for indie filmmakers. And Phil gets spanked.

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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