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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #566

On this week’s episode, we’ve got movies, including a discussion of some classic mysteries, and a brand new sci-fi masterpiece that sadly shows the sorry state of movie distribution! We have lawsuits, including one nasty battle between the US Department of Justice and media conglomerate AT&T, and a very different case about set safety on independent films in Canada! We have fond farewells to two true icons, one a scientific giant, the other a fashion legend! We have a show biz scandal featuring the august Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! All that plus we tease huge life-changing news for Dean Haglund!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #260

What do the Mayan Calendar, David Lynch, Lyle Skosey, Sarah Nean Bruce, fire alarms, veterinarians, Jacques Cousteau, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Phil’s birthdays have in common? Why, episode #260 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

5 years in the making … It’s our 5th Anniversary show!

Join your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness as they play clips from the most and least listened to shows from each year and try to see what lessons they can learn as they look ahead to the next five years!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #115

We begin this week with the results of “homework” assigned to loyal listener (and music journalist) Yoshi Kato, who weighs in on this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. That leads into a discussion of a great film that Phil recently studied – Thomas Vinterberg’s 1998 landmark masterpiece The Celebration. Along with Lars Von Trier, Vinterberg was one of the founders and inspirational “leaders” of the Dogme movement. Dean and Phil re-visit the Dogme 95 manifesto and its rules that were designed to even the playing field between big-budget and low-budget, and American and European filmmakers. Phil then reveals how the tenets of Dogme 95 and the motivation behind them is inspiring and informing his approach to the next fictional feature film he will be directing in October of this year. The film will be called Night Falls Fast and Phil and Dean offer a preview.

Then conversation turns to another recent viewing by Phil, the Rashomon-esque conspiracy thriller Vantage Point, which failed to do much of anything at the box office. As Dean and Phil have discussed before, no matter how good the film might be (like the recent State of Play) it is impossible for a suspense thriller about a fictional conspiracy to draw much audience interest when the population at large is inundated by, intrigued by and/or obsessed with talk of supposedly real-world conspiracies! Dean and Phil end this week’s show with a special sneak preview of their documentary and play a brand new game: Dean Haglund’s Conspiracy Lightning Round.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #102

Is everyone out to get us? If not, why are they keeping so much from us? From astronauts who reveal the truth behind what happened in Roswell, New Mexico, to former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s death squads, talk of conspiracy is everywhere and this week’s Chillpak Hollywood Hour is no exception. Dean and Phil begin by analyzing why conspiracy thrillers seem to be box office poison and then tackle the stories surrounding such real-life conspiracy topics as the recent X-Conference, the Denver International Airport, the swine flu outbreak, and even Jay Leno. Trust no one. Except Dean and Phil and the good people at Chillpak.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #13

It’s the summer of 2007. The summer of ‘07. No, it’s the summer of 007! Dean and Phil go deep into the world of Bond. Enjoy! WARNING: NOT A COMPLETE EPISODE! In fact, it’s only 5 and a half minutes … Finding out what happened to the rest of it is certainly an assignment worthy of … Bond. James Bond.

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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