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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #484

A great character actor and a fascinating political pundit are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Race relations and corporate purpose are discussed in “What We’re Reading”. The list of the most livable cities if the world and the criteria used for determining those rankings are analyzed. Jared Leto was “tricked” into appearing in Suicide Squad and Tom Hardy wasn’t. How did both of these come to pass? And what long-awaited sequel will Jared Leto be starring in next? Speaking of long-awaited sequels, there’s casting news and there are continued reports of unnecessary remake after remake in the Hollywood development pipeline. As for the films currently available, Dean and Phil chat about two current releases (including the best film of the year thus far), a documentary about a recent “celebrity death” and two silent classics starring Valentino. And finally, as promised, the initial importance, the legacy and the ultimate irrelevance of “method acting” is explained. All that PLUS Opus Dei and vengeful masseuses, this week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #483

What a smorgasbord of tasty audio topics your chefs in podcasting have cooked up for this week’s show! They remember Kenny Baker. They weigh in on Thomas Gibson’s firing from “Criminal Minds”. They discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” and such themes as “moral licensing” and how people with “low thresholds” can be expected to enact the most smart AND the most dumb behavior. Phil shares with Dean a news story pertaining to last week’s discussion about mobile phone usage in movie theaters (and other public places), a news story that actually featured Dean, himself! There’s scientific news from Dean’s adopted homeland Down Under, where some researchers believe they can prove stand-up comedians die younger than actors and other researchers think they have good news for Alzheimer’s patients. “Suicide Squad” is free-falling at the box office, but it still provides for this week’s long awaited return of the “Lawsuit of the Week”. All that, plus (at least) three 2016 cinematic releases get reviewed, including two that might have escaped your notice but are well worth your time and the new release “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

It sure sounds like a nourishing helping of podcasty goodness to us! So, sit back and enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #482

This week, your friends in podcasting are so eager to discuss the Olympics, the Zika Virus and the celebrity improv comedy competition (for charity) in which Dean participated, that they don’t even take the time to play the opening theme song! That’s right, Dean and Phil hit the ground running and don’t stop until they’ve updated you on the progress of Dean’s graphic novel, answered a listener email about Oliver Stone, Edward Snowden and YOUR cell phones, discussed how all of art and the humanities have gone from “ephemeral” to “disposable” in just 100 years, continue their post-mortem on what might go down as the worst Summer Movie Season in history, review Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad and celebrate two live events of the week that combined classical music, puppetry, dance, and fireworks!

Phew! That’s a lot to cover! Of course, it’s par for the course when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with almost ten percent more hour)!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #481

“Action-packed” does not begin to describe this thrilling installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Your friends in podcasting continue to revisit their summer movie predictions, seeing how their estimations of the summer releases’ quality and box office performances (based entirely on those movies’ marketing campaigns) compared to reality. This means more on the disastrous results for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and Star Trek Beyond, and analysis of Cafe Society, Bad Moms, and Jason Bourne (you know his name!). There are also reviews of Little Men and The Conjuring 2, Dean tells how he celebrated his birthday, and Phil attends a Flight of the Conchords concert. All that plus the end of money laundering as a way to finance movies, the return of Harry Potter in print and on stage, the intellectual property case against the return of “Stephen Colbert” and Phil hangs out with Jay Leno!

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 #479

In this extra-long episode, your friends in podcasting share an urgent message they received from a frequent collaborator about another of their frequent collaborators! Dean and Phil answer a question from a loyal listener about corruption in the charity “industry” and help another listener try to encourage Warner Brothers to release a blu-ray collection of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated through an online petition. Serena Williams’ success at Wimbledon this past week inspires Phil to share a fantastic quote from a tennis essay by David Foster Wallace. Then, Phil and Dean get into the importance of what a corporation “stands for” and the danger all advertising poses to quality programming in “What We’re Reading” (brought to you by Booksmyth Used Books). They then break down a dizzying array of show business news, from the Lionsgate-Starz merger, to the latest casting news in the Universal “Cinematic Monster Universe”, to Colin Firth’s reprising his “Kingsman” role in the sequel (huh?!), to the box office fortunes of Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil ͏War to the lackluster interest surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot, as well as the “Sulu is gay” controversy AND lacckluster interest surround Star Trek Beyond. Television is covered, too, what with the return of Mr. Robot and the announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations. All in all, it’s an action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with ten percent more “hour”)! Monday. 9 am Pacific. Wherever good podcasts can be found.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #478

A giant of global cinema is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.” A seance is described in “Live Events of the Week.” Dean weighs in on binary thought and the latest eruption of gun violence in the USA. He also updates us on his Sydney comedy club. Phil discusses his new-found love of the Mississippi Delta in “What We’re Reading.” All that plus more than a half dozen films are discussed in depth. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #477

It’s independence day in the USA and, though by no mean’s a theme show, this week’s show touches on many issues pertaining to American history …

… It all starts with Dean telling a story about North Bend, Washington (i.e. the town of “Twin Peaks”). Then, there is a touching letter from a loyal listener like you (yes, YOU). and the show continues with remembrances of a Nobel Laureate, a groundbreaking coach and two noted film directors in “Celebrity Deaths”, before seguing into great acting and directing tips (courtesy of Peter Falk) in “What We’re Reading”. Then, talk of Dean’s new comedy venue leads into a discussion of #Brexit, the appeal (to some) of Donald Trump, the retirement of Garrison Keillor and many themes are explored, from the opportunities that arise in times of chaos to the ways these American states really ARE “united” … All in all, it’s a globe-trotting adventure of good conversation on this week’s show, and THEN, your friends in podcasting leave the confines of Terra Firma and explore the possibility (likelihood) of alien civilizations and the importance of Jupiter to our existence!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #476

Most of Monday’s show is a conversation that took place a couple weeks back between your friends in podcasting and special guest Dave Pickering. And since that time, Dean and Phil have been dying to share it with you … Dave Pickering is a “storyteller” in so many ways. Based in the UK, he hosts and produces Getting Better Acquainted, Stand Up Tragedy and much, much more. He has a new show debuting this fall that sounds fascinating. Just interviewing him would make for a great show, but he actually starts out by turning the tables on Dean and Phil and interviewing THEM for the first half hour! What transpires is surprising, thoughtful and maybe even inspiring. All in all, it’s an hour unlike any other, which is to say, it’s what you loyal listeners have come to expect from YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #475

Dean has spent the weekend at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo and he provides a report before he and and Phil remember Anton Yelchin in “Celebrity Deaths”. Phil, meanwhile, saw what might be the WORST live event since they started covering “Live Events of the Week”! He provides some of the hilarious details. There will be discussions of television, like “Man in the High Castle” and the cancellation of “The Grinder” as well as news about a new Phillip K. Dick series AND a series based on the movie “Buckaroo Banzai” There will be a discussion of several movies, including a new espionage thriller based on a John Le Carre novel, a current Cannes Jury Prize winner, the recent “Alice Through the Looking Glass” disaster, and the completely overlooked western from earlier this year, “Jane Got a Gun”. All that, plus the show kicks off with your friends in podcasting revealing their favorite toys from growing up!.

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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