The holidays are rapidly approaching, so it’s only appropriate your friends in podcasting gift you with one of their most heartfelt shows of the year as they welcome special guest Suli McCullough. Suli is an accomplished, talented and hilarious writer, producer, actor and stand-up comic who has written for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, acted in such films as Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and is currently producing a documentary about stand-up comedy featuring the biggest names in the business. Suli and Phil grew up together, so in addition to fascinating and irreverent stories of show business adventures, this week’s episode will boast thoughtful and moving discussions about race, art, culture and communication. Even after more than 7 1/2 years of free, weekly podcasty goodness, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness keep coming up with new and ever-more nourishing helpings of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
Get the popcorn ready … This week’s show is all about the movies – past, present and future!
Join Dean and Phil as they discuss both Ridley Scott AND Harrison Ford’s participation in the soon-to-be-filming Blade Runner sequel, as they remember a prolific author, an international comedy icon and one of the greatest Hollywood executives of all time, as they analyze the first kudos given out during Hollywood’s long award season, as they praise or pan 5 current releases (Interstellar, Cake, Nightcrawler, Black or White, Wild), and as they finally get down to the business of Blue is the Warmest Color (because so many of YOU wanted them to!).
John Alan Simon spent many years as a successful journalist and an esteemed film and music critic before becoming actively involved in the financing, selling and marketing of independent motion pictures. Recently, he wrote, produced and directed Radio Free Albemuth, a motion picture adaptation of the novel by Phillip K Dick.
This week, he’s the guest on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
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!
This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features the return of special (recurring) guest and free-lance journalist Yoshi Kato! He has recently returned from the Tokyo International Music Market and he offers up a full report on a life-time achievement award for cinema icon “Beat” Takeshi Kitano and two hot bands from Japan: VAMPS and Sakanaction.
Yoshi joins your friends in podcasting in a spirited discussion on HBO shows, the faults in The Fault in Our Stars, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and a commemorative stamp of Dean Haglund?!
Fresh off last week’s well-received episode, your friends in podcasting pick up where they left off with another action-packed hour …
They get the ball rolling with more thoughts on feminism before revealing why Dean Haglund figures prominently on LAIST.com’s list of the top 22 things to do in Los Angeles on a weekend and how Dean is now a “published” artist! Then, several “Live Events of the Week” are discussed, one including Science Fiction, one boasting a performance by the peerless Angela Lin and one boasting a performance by a bona fide 16 year-old prodigy.
Soon, Chris Rock’s relevance is celebrated, Chow Yun-Fat’s coolness is reported and the shifting platform distribution windows of movies are questioned.
Plus, there’s more on Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) plus letters about Radio Free Albemuth, what movies Dean and Phil find scary, what Dean and Phil are reading and how YOU can get your very own Chillpak Hollywood Hour t-shirt.
Wow? All that in ONE hour? Of course. When that hour is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
Buckle up, this one is a wild ride, boasting many questions …
Is Dean living in nominal time? Is there going to be a “new” film from Orson Welles? Did Phil join the Blue Man Group? What is feminism? What’s the deal with Dr. Who? What’s with the graphic sex in Blue is the Warmest Color? Should Interstellar really be called Inter(mittently) Stellar? Why might the Marvel films might outperform the DC films? What was revealed in the Sarah Jones/Midnight Rider lawsuit? Will Jennifer Aniston be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year?
All that is discussed, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s new gigs and a Live Event of the Week featuring a CHH family member.
Your friends in podcasting begin this show withe some eloquent words on diversity by the dearly departed Misty Upham.
They then launch into discussing the movies they are excited to see before analyzing the merits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the head-scratching existence of Fury and the ground-breaking, breathtaking brilliance of Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
It’s then time to rant about the statute of limitations in the Stephen Collins sexual abuse case.
Finally, Dean and Phil remember Marcia Strassman and the “Sultan of Suave”, celebrating the life and artistry of Oscar de la Renta.
From hilarious start, to heart-rending conclusion, this is a truly unusual installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Dean and Phil attempt to unravel the mystery of the US Air Force X-37B Space Plane, try to solve disturbing audio problems, try to make sense of the deaths of the very talented Elizabeth Pena and Misty Upham, and try to get through lengthy and sometimes creepy emails regarding such topics as David Cronenberg, Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone, “The Wire” and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Somehow, during all of that, “Gracepoint” gets dissected, David Byrne’s True Stories gets celebrated, Jason Bateman’s Bad Words gets remade and The Revenge of the Electric Car gets a new title!
Any show that celebrates funny lady Jan Hooks, Broadway legend Marian Seldes, Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder, that includes discussion of Jerry Lewis’ current live show, David Fincher’s latest, Robert Downey Jr.’s latest, Christopher Walken impersonations, animated films and Bollywood, has got to be good.
And it is.
It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all!