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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #506

Most of this week’s show is comprised of the 5th Top Ten show of this, Year Ten of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. In it, Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten WORST films of 2016. First, however, your friends in podcasting celebrate the life and work of one of Phil’s all-time favorite character actors in “Celebrity Deaths” and answer an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) about using CGI to create perfromances from actors who are no longer living (a la Peter Cushing in “Rogue One”). Brace yourselves for a master class in filmmaking and acting!

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 #461

On this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund discusses his current comedy show, his forthcoming show at an international comedy festival, and what has become of the show he used to host back in Los Angeles. A former First Lady and a musical great are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths” and Phil Leirness remembers what it was like to live in Los Angeles during the O.J. Simpson trial in the wake of the recent news surrounding that case. This serves as a perfect segue-way to talk about both the FX miniseries depicting that time in our history and the Will Smith vehicle, “Concussion” about long-lasting brain injuries caused by playing football. Paul Feig’s delightful “Other Space” has been championed on the show and this week, Dean and Phil will share whether there will ever be any more episodes produced. Meanwhile, the first official trailer for Feig’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” was released and it was … Astonishingly awful. Of course, “astonishingly awful” would be a major step up for the trailers and commercials advertising “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a film that has its distributor, Warner Bros., very worried and scrambling for a new way to launch their hopeful “Justice League” cinematic franchise. Dean and Phil will get into the nitty gritty inner workings and machinations of a legendary Hollywood studio in free fall. All that, plus a letter from a loyal listener about Canada’s support of female filmmakers is shared and much, much more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #445

Your friends in podcasting follow up on one of their best shows ever by continuing to discuss several of the key themes they explored last week … This week’s show starts with news of Dean’s new, weekly improv stage show. Phil then regales with news of the “live” event he attended, one boasting the talents of Will Smith and Albert Brooks. This leads to another installment in our ongoing celebration of great contemporary character actors. Many new releases are discussed, including Spielberg’s latest, the new James Bond film and the final chapter of the “Hunger Games” franchise, all through the prism of Dean Haglund’s increasingly prescient remark from several years ago that if an action film is going to be made, it had better feature a female lead, or there’s really no point. Increasingly, we are seeing action films boasting female warriors and Dean and Phil will discuss the larger cultural ramifications of this change. All that would be enough for almost any show, but not for Dean and Phil! They also welcome a special guest who is using his creativity to help in the building of a world without violence. If the news of violence all over the world discourages, depresses, saddens, angers or scares you, treat yourself to this VERY nourishing helping of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #440

The show starts with two “Live Events of the Week” before the opening theme song even plays! Dean tells tales of hanging out in Melbourne with Lou Diamond Phillips and Peter Shinkoda, then Phil gives a history lesson on a bright light in the 1930′s progressive movement in L.A., as well as a re-opened and re-modeled SoCal cultural icon.

After the opening, your friends in podcasting discuss a “Lawsuit of the Week” where theatre actors are suing their own union and a Federal investigation into claims that women filmmakers are being discriminated against in Hollywood.

Then, movies and television shows get reviewed and discussed, including the documentary “Merchants of Doubt”, the current releases “Room” and “Spotlight”, the films of Fritz Lang, new television series “Quantico”, “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder”, and the new season of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. After that, Dean and Phil iscuss an email from a loyal listener about how “good” television might be standing in the way of “great television” (and whether this might be true of movies as well). Then, it’s an absolute information dump as dozens of big-screen and small-screen adaptations, remakes, reboots and revivals are previewed and debated. “Men in Black”, “The Watchmen”, “Die Hard”, “Roots”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Twin Peaks”, “Hart to Hart”, “Flatliners”, “Lethal Weapon”, “John Wick” and “The A-Team” are only some of the titles that will get discussed.

This one should be called YOUR Chillpak Hollywood 70 Minutes!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #315

We hope everyone in the USA had a great Memorial Day, and that the rest of the world enjoyed Monday.

It was quite a trial getting this episode to you as several wordpress sites on several different servers were under attack. No attack can silence your friends in podcasting for long, however, and this week, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness are on fire!

They discuss several “Live Events of the Week”, including a forthcoming Live Event Dean and Phil will be attending – Paranoia Con in San Diego (July 19-21), sponsored by Paranoia Magazine. And while they’re on the topic of San Diego, they discuss a very cool UFO sighting that took place recently at the haunted Edgemoor Barn in Santee.

They analyze the glut of apocalyptic-themed films as well as the mad dash to remake or reboot every 1960′s spy show.

They “trek” back Into Darkness, examining the conspiracy theories contained in Star Trek Into Darkness and the lack of good roles for women in the film, as well as the precedent-setting endorsement battle that’s taking place as a result of the film’s stars Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy doing a short film for Audi.

This leads to the topic of product placement as it pertains to their very own The Lady Killers.

All that, plus Judy Garland is appreciated, a rock legend is remembered, and a good fight is won in Portland, Oregon.

Full of riotous humor, inspiring insight, and “Brechtian existential musings”, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Enjoy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #314

The show begins with selections from a rather hilarious Skype conversation between Phil Leirness and March Hershon of Succotash.

Following the theme song, Dean Haglund is back, and tells of his whirlwind, speeding-ticket-filled road trip to Winnipeg and back.

Violence prevention is very much on the mind of Phil, as he participated in a gang violence “interruption” on Saturday night. He talks about that and the short film Flawless.

Mostly, though, movies are what your friends in podcasting really want to talk about, from the role of critics, to the resurrection of Harrison Ford, to the post-apocalypse bandwagon, to the lack of roles for women, to the work of Stanley Kubrick, to the latest installment of Star Trek.

All this week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #307

What do Will Smith, Danny De Vito and Madonna have in common? They were all mentioned TWICE in this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …

Dean talks about Wondercon. Phil talks about Lifetime movies, spending Easter working on a short film about the last man on Earth to believe in God, and shooting in Chinatown.

Dean gets asked about the art work he’s creating for his Kickstarter backers and for his graphic novel. Phil gets taken to task (rightly so) about misspelling a listener’s name.

Dean and Phil both talk about their last movie together (The Truth Is Out There) and their upcoming movie (The Lady Killers).

Dean and Phil discuss Stanley Kubrick, The Shining, Room 237 and a question from listener Shaun Parker about whether “conspiracy theories” are an art form.

A music legend, a beloved character actor and 300 German circus fleas are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Sherlock Holmes stars in the “Lawsuit of the Week”.

Stop reading and enjoy the show. Now. And tell a friend.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #266

Your friends in podcasting have been busy! From marathons to moviemaking, from fine art to live events, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness really mix it up …

They launched a brand new documentary project about an artist and philosopher and they hope you will check it out HERE.

Phil co-hosted an installment of the top notch “Combat Radio” show, and he brought along the amazing Tucker Smallwood as a guest. You can enjoy that show right HERE.

Dean and Phil’s friend, filmmaker Jonathan Browning, recently completed another of his award-winning shorts, this one starring the legendary Paul Dooley. Give it (and all of Jonathan’s shorts) a viewing right HERE.

Finally, loyal listener to this show, Mattie Giles, has a film review website you might enjoy. Check that out right HERE.

Of course, Dean and Phil really hope you will enjoy this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, which covers such diverse topics as the historic L.A. neighborhood of Los Feliz, the plays of Anton Checkhov, the films of the 1930′s, the critical debate over Prometheus, the under-appreciation of MIB3, some new shows on HBO, Dean’s shocking attitude towards prostitution, and why we really all should just get along.

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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