Hollywood’s longest night of the year results in one of the longest episodes of the year at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
And unlike the Oscars, the 72 minutes brought to you by your friends in podcasting are full of surprises, full of irreverence and full of insight.
Oh, yeah, and there’s the usual wagering between Dean and Phil, only this year, they don’t find out what they stand to lose until the end of the show!
Boasting two special guests, it’s our annual Oscar smackdown! Enjoy!
Forgive us if the sound quality of this week’s show is a little shaky … With missed flights and broken laptops, it’s amazing we managed to get a new show produced this week at all (and closer to our usual Monday release than the past two weeks).
From the stumbling opening, to the less than elegant closing, your friends in podcasting are flying without a net this week. There’s no chance to edit or smooth out the audio levels.
The conversation is classic Chillpak, however, touching on topics ranging from the death of Harold Ramis to the careers of Boris Karloff and Preston Sturgess, from deadly on-set accidents to the difference between “victims” and survivors”, from Dean’s road trip with Billy Dee Williams to how the Oscar nominees for best picture rate in terms of their roles for women.
Don’t delay, enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour NOW!
Dean’s jet lagged, Phil spent all day locking picture on their new film (The Lady Killers) and consequently, this show is coming at you one day late …
In keeping with yesterday’s President’s Day here in the U.S.A., Phil asks an interesting question about the 11th President, James K. Polk.
Dean talks of Thailand on the 10th anniversary of the Tsunami.
They both answer a question about the documentary Blackfish before remembering the four show business notables that left us last week (a comedic titan, a Danish film master, a beloved character actor, and a child icon-turned-diplomat).
Then, following a humorous anecdote from Phil involving Alec Guinness, a bay area school teacher and a horror film, your friends in podcasting try to elevate the cultural discourse surrounding the Woody Allen controversy.
Finally, the show concludes with a couple words about women in movies and a killer preview for next week’s show (consider it a cliffhanger!).
Hear all about Los Angeles’ design for a new green space that will rival Manhattan’s High Line (and will give bicyclists and pedestrians an uninterrupted path from Burbank all the way to downtown), learn why Canada doesn’t have game shows, remember L.A.’s first official film czar as well as a folk music icon and some of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s great on-screen roles, and appreciate the difference between “English” and “Irish” …
All that, PLUS, your friends in podcasting examine the storytelling in Harmony Korine’s The Spring Breakers, make sense of the success of The Lego Movie, the failure of The Monuments Men and the claim that Chris Pine’s days as a leading man are numbered following the failure of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
With a full week’s supply of insight, irreverence and inspiration, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!
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!
Another very unique show and fun as heck from start to finish … Acid jazz, a live in-studio music performance, “The Price is Right”, celebrity sightings, the launch of Sci-Fest and much, much more … Including a computer snafu that endangered the very existence of this week’s show were it not for the Apple wizardry of our special guest!
What other show covers such a range of topics as cognitive dissonance, psychogenic fugue states, memory, time travel, the Golden Globes, San Diego Comic-Con, California small claims court and the remains of ancient civilizations in the Amazon?
It’s just another hour in the office for Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, introduces this week’s show, describing what a challenging year this has been in terms of fulfilling our promise to bring you one hour of free podcast entertainment each and every week …
This week’s show was the biggest challenge yet what with Dean Haglund trapped in a blizzard with no phone or internet access.
How did we manage to produce a show under such circumstances?
With help from our friends, with an interview and with some excerpts from the otherwise unavailable “From the Heart of Hollywood” (as this show was known then) episode #33 of 31 December 2007!
Please give it a listen, and make sure to tune in next week, when Dean and Phil engage in their yearly review of their previous New Year’s resolutions before unveiling their resolutions for 2014.
Happy New Year, one and all!