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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #535

In many ways, this week’s show is a sequel to last week’s episode #534, with the promised celebration of Jeanne Moreau’s life and career, an email from a listener about Tom Jones’ “The Young New Mexican Puppeteer” and more from the British Film Institute List of “the 50 films you should see by the age of 14″.

Unlike most sequels, however, this show is even more irreverent, insightful and informative than last week’s!

The festivities commence with a clip of Dean on Australian television telling a (bestiality?) joke, and then after a special opening (a tribute to Glen Campbell), Dean comes out guns blazing, ranting about the internet speeds of his adopted land. After Phil calms him down, they discuss the news of David Letterman’s new show, they urge people to save the Salem Cinema (a jewel of the Pacific Northwest), they talk about an interview they did with the late Jim Marrs and they continue their discussion about the “death of discernment”, this time focusing on an appalling memo crafted by a then member of the National Security Council.

From there, it’s onto “Celebrity Deaths”, where, in addition to the Femme Fatale of the French New Wave and Glen Campbell, your friends in podcasting remember a Tony-winning star of Broadway’s “The Music Man”, the star of an early television western series turned right-wing anti-government activist, and the man inside the Godzilla costume.

Finally, Dean and Phil discuss a 1982 Australian western, a 1954 western that influenced the likes of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, the original King Kong, and the Will Rogers comedy Life Begins at 40.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #508

After discussing the new political feud between longtime friends and allies Australia and the USA, a feud that Phil feared might just prevent this episode from ever being recorded, and after dedicating this week’s show to the non-victims of the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre, your friends in podcasting get into a really weird conversation about Frederick Douglass, sanitariums, the weather in Sydney and the 44th annual ANNIE Awards for the best in animation. Then, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves and tackle more “Celebrity Deaths” than they have ever done before in a single episode! Musicians Geoff Nicholls, Sonny Geraci, John Wetton, director Robert Ellis Miller, sound engineer Richard Portman, and actors Bjorn Granath, Georgi Taratorkin, Lars-Erik Berenett, Gorden Kaye, Desmond Herbert Carrington, Bob Holiday, Frank Pellegrino, Emmanuelle Riva, Barbara Hale, Mike Connors, Sir John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore are all remembered and celebrated. This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #507

Listeners new to the show might be surprised to learn that there was a time when Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness might go weeks without needing to discuss “celebrity deaths.” Clearly, those days are long gone. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), beyond a cursory tribute, your friends in podcasting will have to wait at least a week to celebrate the lives of Mary Tyler Moore, Mike Connors, Gorden Kaye and John Hurt (are we forgetting anybody? No? Don’t worry, by next week, there will no doubt be more!). THIS WEEK, Dean and Phil will celebrate the best in movies for the year that was as they count down their Top Ten Best Films of 2016.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #495

Thank you to everyone who has reached out about how much you enjoyed last week’s episode 494. In this week’s follow-up. Phil wants to know if “Barb” from “Stranger Things” is the most popular character on television. He also wants anyone in the Los Angeles area to come see him host An LABC Home Companion on November 13! He and Dean discuss what has been a rough 50th Anniversary year for the “Star Trek” franchise, David Letterman’s return to television, what’s new for the forthcoming season 3 of “Fargo”, the final two-part episode of “Documentary Now”, and a failed 2007 television pilot from Christopher Guest. It won’t all be TV, however, as Dean and Phil will discuss a top candidate for worst film of 2016, a great food documentary that serves as a love letter to Los Angeles AND the importance of critics, as well as a classic screen comedy from 1949. All that, plus some final thoughts before the USA 2016 election takes place. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #493

After last week’s special “Top Ten” show, your friends in podcasting have a lot to discusss! From Dean’s appearances in Melbourne to Phil’s attendance at a historic, Halloween-themed Victorian event, from revisiting their show counting down the all-time great horror films to following up on last week’s outstanding show that focused on westerns, from previewing future “top ten” shows to trying to make sense of the USA election season, Dean and Phil will roll up their sleeves and get it all done! Plus, they will discuss at least three television series AND more than a dozen films currently in development. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #492

The great film theorist André Bazin described the genre of the movie western as “the American film par excellence.” Your friends in podcasting could not agree more! That’s why on this week’s show (their 2nd of 10 “Top Ten” shows commemorating this, the 10th year of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour), Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten All Time Westerns.

What films will make the list? What films won’t? Will Dean have difficulty numbering 10 to 1?

These questions and many more will be answered during the next 75 minutes. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #488

Dean and Phil recorded this week’s extra-long episode right BEFORE the Emmy Awards, so if you’re hoping for analysis of the Television Academy’s big night, you’ll have to wait another seven days. Television does get discussed, however, as your friends in podcasting speak (again) about “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” as well as the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” and two future “nostalgia” series based on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Winona Ryder vehicle “Heathers”. Meanwhile, the great(est?) playwright Edward Albee is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean’s comedy show, a 100th birthday celebration, a John Patrick Shanley play and Phil appearing live on-stage (in An LABC Home Companion, are all discussed in “Live Events of the Week”. And if you love movies, you will really love this week’s show as Dean and Phil cover wide cinematic ground, from this weekend’s disastrous box office results (the worst of an already horrible 2016) to films that might be among the most overlooked ever, from a great “Fortean” horror film of the 1970′s to Oliver Stone’s laughable “Snowden”, from a boatload of unnecessary remakes, sequels and revivals, to a promising Agatha Christie adaptation … All that and no doubt much more on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with ten percent more “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #487

How did Dean decide to follow-up on last week’s outstanding episode where he and Phil counted down their Top Ten Horror Films of All Time? By showing up in Los Angeles and dropping in on Phil! They had much to discuss face to face, like what is Zombocom, what did Dean think of “The Jungle Book”, what was the improv show Dean performed in Winnipeg with Gary Jones and how come Phil never knew that K-tel also hails from Winnipeg? Hearst Castle is discussed and the towns of Harmony (population 17) and San Juan Batista (site of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”) are celebrated. Phil follows up on one of Dean’s Top Ten Horror Films and shares news about a TV series based on a film they BOTH had on their lists. More about “Citizen Kane” and “The Maltese Falcon” are remembered in the shadow of those films’ 75th Anniversaries, and a letter from a listener like you (yes, YOU!) is shared. All that plus a little bit more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #485

One of the reasons YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour can manage to be informational, insightful, irreverent and inspiring all within the same episode is because of the stories your friends in podcasting choose to tell. Here are just some of the stories told and topics explored on this week’s show …

The crazy travel itinerary Dean will endure in order to wish his father a Happy Birthday is revealed. The way language evolves to fit cultural needs and the ways changing grammar rules AND the International Olympic Chairman are making Phil feel like a “dinosaur” are detailed. A great jazz musician and a peerless recording engineer are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.” Two of the summer movies previewed months ago – Southside with You and Weiner – are analyzed at length. The issues of trustworthiness, being a credible messenger and the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety get discussed. A nervous actor making his film acting debut and the director who turned that nervousness into an important part of a cinema classic is remembered in the shadow of that film’s 75th anniversary.

All that PLUS “What We’re Reading” (featuring a musical suprise), an update on Dean’s graphic novel and even more. Enjoy!

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)!

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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