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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #551

This week’s show will be both quite heartfelt and a whole lot of fun, even if Dean is under the weather! It starts with a discussion of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Then, in “Celebrity Deaths”, Dean and Phil remember a veteran character actor who became the patriarch of a show business dynasty, the man who played one of the most beloved characters in television history, one of the band members who brought us a truly iconic song, a popular soul singer who gave it all up in order to help people and an all too unsung power-pop guitarist. In what has become their weekly update on toxic masculinity in the news, Dean and Phil will weigh in on the two scandals rocking the Disney Corporation, the allegations agains the legendary Garrison Keillor and an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) about “killing” misogyny. After that, it’s time for the “season of self-congratulation” in Hollywood. The latest movie awards news gets analyzed and at least six new films get discussed. Finally, the show ends with some very special shout-outs to some truly terrific folks.

If you haven’t already visited the Indiegogo campaign for the sequel to The Truth Is Out There (the epic 2011 documentary made by your friends in podcasting), please do so at http://igg.me/at/truthmovie2 and give what you can. Every dollar donated makes a difference! Or, so that Dean and Phil can access the funds right away, donate on their PayPal form (all comparable “perks” on Indiegogo will be honored)! Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #510

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, remembrance of Al Jarreau leads to a discussion of artistic integrity vs. commercial success, and a discussion of the television “bubble” leads to a discussion of what the proliferation of quality episodic entertainment means for movies. In between, Dean and Phil will discuss such films as Cemetery of Splendour, Inferno, Passengers and Split as well as forthcoming remakes and adaptations of such classics as Network, Out of Africa, Bullitt, Every Which Way But Loose, as well as the impressive new career arc Keanu Reeves is carving out for himself.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #491

A magazine came out this week with an article in it on the special episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour where Dean and Phil counted down their Top Ten Horror Films of All Time (Chillpak Hollywood Hour #486). Because of that, and because of the positive response we received from listeners like YOU, your friends in podcasting are preparing a similar theme show where they count down their Top Ten Westerns of All Time, and on this week’s show, they share some of the research they’ve been doing, celebrating a couple great character actors and getting into a discussion of HBO’s “Westworld” along the way. For the most part, the show focuses on new movies, like Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Mick Jackson’s Denial, Christopher Guest’s Mascots, though the gents also preview upcoming films starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch. They also finally tackle the merits of Child 44, a period drama starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman that a listener wrote about a few weeks back. All that, plus the latest developments in the Star Trek fan film lawsuit in the return of “Lawsuit of the Week.” Wherever good podcasts can be found!

Chillpak Hollywood hour #480

On this week’s episode will find your friends in podcasting in excellent form, revisiting their show of 16 May when they predicted the quality and box office futures of several films based solely on the quality of those films’ trailers. Suicide Squad, Approaching The Unknown, Legend of Tarzan, Bad Moms, Central Intelligence, Bitel, X-Men: Apocalypse, Weiner, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, The Infiltrator, all get discussed. Plus, a silent film starring the “IT Girl” gets championed and Garry Marhsall gets remembered.

Let’s all go to the movies!

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 #351

The #1 film at the international box office in 2013 was Iron Man 3.

The #1 film at the U.S.A. box office in 2013 was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The consensus of film critics revealed 12 Years a Slave to be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2013.

Today, you can, at long last, find out what films your friends in podcasting thought were the best and worst of 2013.

Plus, two former Best Actor Oscar winners are remembered.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #350

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness follow up on last week’s hilarious discussion about “The Price is Right” by discussing Lily Holleman’s appearance on that television institution, analyzing how she won, what she won and what it means tax-wise for people who do win on game shows.

Then, Dean and Phil wrap up their ongoing discussion of the eight ways our brains “lie” to us every day by discussing stereotyping.

Phil takes time to remember a “friend of the family” who died this month, a self-made man who went from 14 year-old dropout to hairdresser to successful producer.

Finally, next week is our annual look at the top films of the previous year, so Dean and Phil have been watching a ton of movies and this leads to a discussion of The Hunt, HBO’s True Detective and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with Joss Whedon receiving both a tip of the cap AND a stern wag of the finger!

All that, plus Lawrence Welk!?

Your friends in podcasting run out of time before they get the chance to talk about Sci-Fest, but they hope you will click on the link to learn about this exciting, month-long, live theatre festival in which they will be participating!

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 #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 #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!

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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