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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #536

One thing is certainly true about your friends in podcasting – “They do talking!” It’s an inside joke (for now), explained on this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Dean and Phil discuss the forthcoming revivals of two beloved shows, the sitcom “Will & Grace” and a certain show about FBI agents investigating the paranormal … And speaking of “The X-Files”, why exactly IS Dean in Vancouver this week’? What is he doing there? Find out! Also, hear Dean and Phil dive into a free-wheeling conversation inspired by last week’s events in Charlottesville, a conversation that tackles freedom of speech, violence, personal responsibility, hate groups, leadership, the blame game, the fool-proof way to find out if President Trump is factually wrong, and the good things to come out of the Trump presidency (thus far). All that, plus a porn actor-turned character actor-turned politician, the “highest paid entertainer in Britain”, and a legendary stand-up comic and activist are all remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #409

Co-creator of “The Simpsons”, Sam Simon, is remembered. Filmmaking (and life) lessons from the great Albert Mayzels are shared. Effie Gray is championed. The Gunman is torn apart. The latest news in the Ghostbusters franchise is analyzed. The Midnight Rider plea arrangements are discussed and a lawsuit pertaining to the Lost Boys of Sudan is dissected. A Dean Haglund “Live Event of the Week” is previewed. All that, plus more cookies and a ton of laughs!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #386

We apologize for the delay in getting this to you. Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, is really ill. Hence the delay. Nevertheless, it’s a great show, full of emails from listeners like you (yes, YOU!).

Enjoy, as Dean Haglund and Phil discuss the problems facing the NFL, what consittues “tone” in movies, the influence of David Lynch on the past decades of independent cinema, the return of “Twin Peaks”, the life and death of Dr. Stanley Monteith, and the new films The Boxtrolls, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The Equalizer and The Skeleton Twins.

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 #288

Today’s show is one of those special episodes where your friends in podcasting get on a roll and throw out the structure in favor of an organic, enlivening exchange that still manages to touch on such topics as The PEACE Fund (Protecting, Educating and Aiding Children Everywhere), the “Looper effect”, General David Petraeus and sex scandals, the most unfortunate entertainment headline in recent memory, news from HBO’S “The Newsroom”, the Daniel Craig “Bond” films, and the Sean Connery “Bond” films.

There is an “Explanation of the Week” involving Mitt Romney and there is a lengthy debate over 007′s latest big-screen adventure.

The theme of this week’s show? If you don’t stand for something, you’re likely to Skyfall for anything!

This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #273

Somehow a bet on the Oscars turned into this episode all about television …

The recent Emmy nominations are discussed at the outset and very quickly the show turns into a grudge match pitting comedy against drama, Luther vs. Sherlock, Dean Haglund vs. Phil Leirness and Dean Haglund vs. David Lynch!

That’s right, you’re about to hear what happened when Dean had to fulfill his obligation (upon losing the annual Chillpak Hollywood Oscar pool) to watch the pilot episode of David Lynch’s seminal series Twin Peaks.

The owls are not what they seem …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #265

Energized and raring to go, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are all over the map and spanning the ages in this week’s installment, an episode that can best be summed up by two words: TIME TRAVEL.

You’ll see what we mean as Dean and Phil discuss Old Town Sacramento, Damanhur, Ray Bradbury, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Paper Moon, Boris Karloff, an elementary school graduation, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, Prometheus and MORE!

Oh, and if you haven’t heard enough of your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, or if you just want to get turned onto another really cool podcast, we hope you’ll check out Getting Better Acquainted hosted by David Pickering. Phil was the guest on episode 60.

Finally, if you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on June 23, we strongly encourage you to go see David Dean Bottrell Makes Love.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #131

From “light workers” transforming our DNA to the mystical wisdom of ancient Sufi Masters, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have been leaving no stone unturned in their search for interesting, entertaining, amusing, thought-provoking and inspirational stories that they can bring onto YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. On this week’s show, “tone” seems to be the area of focus. From individuals telling the stories of their life and/or consciousness-altering experiences, to stand-up comedians trying to build up and release the audience’s tension, to television producers re-imagining classic series of yesteryear, to documentary filmmakers attempting to balance the reality of what is being kept from people with an optimistic appraisal of what can be done to improve our way of life, Dean and Phil find one very important recurring theme: The story you are telling isn’t nearly as important as how artfully you are telling it. And when it comes to inviting, intriguing, provoking, amusing or otherwise delighting an audience, TONE is the most ephemeral, delicate, and important weapon in a story-teller’s arsenal. It is also the most difficult aspect of a creative project to market!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #106

Dean and Phil pick up where they left off last week, previewing all the big summer blockbusters that hope for your box office dollars, as well as previewing smaller films that may have a hard time being discovered between the explosions at the multiplexes, but nevertheless might be worthy of your time. Phil offers a detailed analysis of the summer’s one true success story thus far – Star Trek – and analyzes, from a business perspective, what is next for the venerable franchise. Dean hints at details of his upcoming live comedy gigs in Vegas, Phil shares with Dean a really interesting book recommendation from one of our loyal listeners. Finally, Phil closes the show with the incredibly inspirational words that were delivered to the performing arts students at Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral School by a frequent contributor to Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #83

Dean is back from the Eco Gift Fest with some rather sad news about the state of “Green” commerce in the face of the current “economic downturn.” That downturn isn’t keeping people away from movie theatres and Dean and Phil analyze the latest box office returns. They also get into some filmmaking nitty-gritty, discussing the importance of tone, as well as the art and business of choosing roles as an actor. Finally, they discuss a wide range of films, including a few you really need to check out! Sure, it sounds dull, but for some strange reason, it’s one of our funniest shows ever.

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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