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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #574

Last week, year 12 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour got off to a smashing start and this week, your friends in podcasting will continue the discussion about the current states and futures of several beloved franchises. This week, it will be the DC Cinematic Universe and 007 under the microscope. Dean and Phil will continue to discuss the dire outlook for big screen comedies and what can be done to revive this once indispensable genre. Perhaps the greatest film editor of all time will be remembered in “Celebrity Deaths” and her great career will provide a segue-way into further discussion of women in film, the career of Sarah Polley and the “magic” of screen acting. All that plus a discussion of Tina Fey’s appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix show leads to the traditional relationship between stand-up and improv comedy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #572

A show eleven years in the making! As longtime listeners of the show know, Dean and Phil used to begin each calendar year with a “New Year’s Resolutions” show, where they set their intentions for the year ahead, while looking back and holding their feet to the fire about the resolutions they had made one year prior. For a variety of reasons they will discuss, your friends in podcasting discontinued that tradition this year … This week marks 11 years of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and Dean and Phil will commemorate the special event by looking back at their resolutions to start 2017 and seeing how well they lived up to them! It will be a very thoughtful, heartfelt, and we bet, inspiring hour all about art, comedy, friendship, aging, and love. Plus you get to hear, at long last, Phil’s thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi AND you will learn just when a certain graphic novel might be finished!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #569

Your friends in podcasting have a lot of personal news to share: Dean’s continued recovery from knee surgery, details for the upcoming release of their movie The Lady Killers, the latest on Fuzz Aldrin’s miraculous return to health, and where in the world Dean will be living next! A couple of conversation threads from past weeks are picked up and amplified, as Dean and Phil discuss Dean’s feelings about film noir and why the box office success of the Star Wars franchise has always been unrelated to the films’ quality (or lack thereof). More than a half dozen current and recent movies get analyzed, including Atomic Blonde, A Quiet Passion, Blade Runner 2049, Red Sparrow, Ready Player One, A Quiet Place, Game Night and more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #561

In a fascinating and very funny installment of your Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness begin by catching up on some of the many “Celebrity Deaths” from early this year that you might not have heard about! Not only that, but for the first time ever, they turn these celebrations into a sort of game show. As they discuss doing just that there is a few second-long audio glitch, so bear with us. Also, Phil promises to go easy on snacking during future episodes!

A female TV cop, the Emmy award-winning brother of Dick Van Dyke, the Queen of the Blues, the detective who investigated the Zodiac killer case, a classic heavy metal guitarist, the last remaining original Mouseketeer, the voice of college football, and the first female US general are all remembered. Then Marc Hershon rejoins your friends in podcasting for the 2nd half of the show to discuss hilarious stories about his career in corporate branding, his career as a comedy impresario (replete with stories of big stars), depictions of improv and stand-up comics in film and TV, and robots!

You’ll be laughing so much, the insight of some of the discussion might just sneak up on you!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #560

Because Dean Haglund is going “under the knife” to get a new knee this weekend, he and Phil Leirness, recorded two podcasts worth of material, just in case it takes him a little while to feel up to podcasting again …

In the first of these two shows, Dean and Phil discuss the short Buster Keaton made for the National Film Board in Canada in 1965 and the documentary about the making of that short. Then, it’s the return of “Lawsuit of the Week”, with the great Warren Beatty being sued by the distributor of his recent, and sadly overlooked, box office failure Rules Don’t Apply. And somehow, that leads into a discussion of modern musicals, La La Land, The Shape of Water, Richard Jenkins, and Holy Motors.

As long as it had been since the last time your friends in podcasting covered a “Lawsuit of the Week”, it had been even longer since they offered an “Explanation of the Week”, but that is at long last remedied, as Phil tells an amazing story about his beloved sick kitty Fuzz Aldrin, and that story leads into a fascinating explanation about brain waves, the power of visualizations, the healing nature of creativity and more … There is barely any time to make a dent in all the “Celebrity Deaths” that have been piling up, but legendary astronaut John Young does get remembered just before Dean and Phil are joined by long-time friend to the show, Marc Hershon, the producer and host of the Comedy Podcast “Soundcast”, Succotash. In part 1 of a 2 part conversation, the end of “Succotash” and the rampant proliferation of podcasts (and podcast listeners) are discussed. Marc shares an hilarious story about the rather brilliant TJ Miller.

All in all, a truly nourishing, inspiring, thought-provoking and hilarious installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #559

Dean is having surgery this week and Phil’s cat, Fuzz Aldrin, continues her brave recovery. Because some of you asked for updates on these matters, your friends in podcasting begin this week’s epic installment with fascinating and inspiring stories pertaining to them. Then, it’s all about movies …

The critics groups have all awarded their favorites. The professional guilds and unions have honored theirs. The Academy Award nominations were announced, which your Dean and Phil analyze a bit on the show. For the most part, however, this week it’s Dean and Phil’s turn. Keep those Netflix queues handy as the gents count down their Top Ten Films of 2017. And, of course, far more than 20 films will get discussed in what is an extra-long installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, one that truly stretches the definition of “hour”! Trust us, they go off the beaten path for their choices this year in an effort to champion some films that were sadly overlooked or under-marketed. Discover cinematic gems and regale in hilarious, irreverent, and occasionally insightful bickering.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #545

This week’s show is quite unusual, even by our standards. Your friends in podcasting are both immersed in travel adventures. Dean is painting in Southeast Asia, Phil is showing The Lady Killers in the Pacific Northwest. So, this week’s episode is culled together from three different sources: Studio 10, the morning television show Dean frequently co-hosts in Sydney, Australia; The Hilarium Sydney, Dean’s pop-up comedy club that ran for the length of the The Sydney Fringe; an outdoor fire pit in Martinez, California, where Phil interviewed great friend to the show, esoteric researcher and author, magazine editor and publisher (and so much more) Olav Phillips. From comedy about being an American or Canadian transplant down under (as well as a routine about … recycling?) to spooky discussions about the mythological underpinnings of the SS and conspiracy theories being “encoded” into popular modern movies, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is a fun, funny globe-trotting adventure.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #538

The finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” coincides with the launch of Dean’s new comedy pop-up, the Hilarium Sydney. So it’s a (spoiler free!) show full of heartfelt farewells and hearty hellos this week … Your friends in podcasting say “so long” to TV’s Oscar Goldman (the great Richard Anderson, who once was a guest on this very podcast – episode 277), to the Tony-winning author of The Elephant Man, to legendary comedian and actor Shelly Berman, and to the awfully darn sweet man behind perhaps the most terrifying film of all time! Then, Dean and Phil say “hello” to two loyal listeners who wrote in with questions, one about a filmmaking colleague, the other about Civil War-era movies. The Civil War and Reconstruction have very much been on Phil’s mind as both a storyteller and as an American, and he and Dean and have been looking for the right opportunity to dig into the topic. Along the way, they also discuss a handful of classic films, the “global weirding” of the weather in the USA, and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #537

Dean’s back in Sydney, Australia, Phil is back from The Magic Castle in Hollywood, and they embark on a fast-paced 67 minute odyssey into the realms of magic, comedy, art, classical music, vintage cars, vintage music boxes and much more …

Jerry Lewis, Mozart, Houdini, Valentino and Gershwin are just some of the big names that get discussed.

There are 7 lives celebrated in “Celebrity Deaths”.

There are multiple “Live Events of the Week”.

There are full details about Dean’s return to (season 11 of) “The X-Files”. Are The Lone Gunmen really back? Or do they appear in a flashback or hallucination or dream sequence or the like? Who wrote and directed the episode Dean shot this week? All these questions are answered by Dean.

YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up. Enjoy. And share with someone you love …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #534

If what we read is true, your friends in podcasting are on a roll, and the quality conversation continues this week as Dean and Phil convene via Skype to share news of Dean’s new “pop-up” comedy club and upcoming displays of his art work, and to dissect two strange conversations Phil witnessed this past week (one in which he was a perplexed participant). A quite touching email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) is read, and that leads into a rather fascinating discussion about Christopher Nolan’s latest opus, Dunkirk, a new directorial effort from the writer of both Hell or High Water and Sicario (two of the best movies of this decade), Wind River. Many other movies will get discussed, including one starring the late Martin Landau and the classic by François Truffaut, The 400 Blows. This begins what will be an ongoing analysis of the list of the 50 films everyone should see before they are 14 years of age!

A week after remembering a character actor and a legendary voice performer in “Celebrity Deaths”, your friends in podcasting celebrate the lives (and mourn the deaths of) a Tony-Winning and Oscar-nominated playwright-actor, a sketch comic turned voice performer, a cast member of several Harry Potter movies, and an award-winning theatre actress. All that, PLUS your usual weekly dose of insight, irreverence and inspiration on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Spread the word!

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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