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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 #505

Your friends in podcasting celebrate the life of the woman who broke the news about the start of World War II and the life of a man who redefined literary and cinematic terror (and turned a certain staircase in Georgetown into a major tourist attraction). Then, after sharing some thoughts about a childhood friend who died this past week, Phil follows up on last week’s show by sharing with Dean some thoughts about “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” and sharing a story about how George Michael (and Wham!) helped inspire one of the most famous songs by The Smiths. There will also be much discussion of television, from the return of “Sherlock” and the news surrounding “The Man in the High Castle” to the Producers Guild Award nominations and a forthcoming show set backstage at “The Tonight Show” in the 1970′s. Finally, Phil gets on his soapbox as he and Dean address the controversy surrounding Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and the overwhelming accolades being bestowed upon La La Land. All that, plus a frank discussion about “perceived vegetative states” AND a ton of laughs on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #501

Following up on last week’s milestone (and VERY bizarre) episode #500 (where Dean and Phil took a road trip to a cemetery) is no easy task, and this week’s show proved to be torture in its production, so please forgive the (slight) delay in getting it to you and the (frequent) technical problems during it. This being 2016, there are, of course, new “Celebrity Deaths” to discuss. There is also an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU!). There is the return of “What We Are Reading”, several “Live Events of the Week” and New Year’s Eve plans get compared. Then, the subjects of year end critics’ lists and award nominations get discussed and a handful of new and recent films get analyzed, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Patriots Day, Lion, and Lights Out. Is it possible that the best film of the year is also one of the best TV shows of the year? Find out NOW on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #470

Many years ago, your friends in podcasting had a very unique Summer Movie Preview episode that proved extremely popular. They’ve always thought of doing another, but for whatever reason, schedules never allowed. Finally, 7 years later, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have done their prep work and are ready to deliver. After all, what is more “summer” in the movie biz than a long-anticipated sequel?! Perhaps, a sequel no one asked for …

Oh, well … On this week’s show, Dean and Phil preview all the hopeful blockbusters as well as several of the smaller comedies, documentaries and independent films hoping to make their mark at the box office as “counter-programming”. They do this by analyzing these movies’ trailers. Is the trailer good or bad? What can be gleaned about whether the film is good or bad? Do they think the film itself is like or unlike the one being advertised? The services AND disservices done to the audience by the way these films are marketed and advertised gets fully discussed. Film distribution nitty gritty, summer movie previews and much hilarity on this week’s brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #412

This week’s show finds Dean and Phil talking about what they’re reading (for the first time in ages) and Scandinavian history, novelist Rachel Cline, Scientology and Stanley Kubrick get discussed. The latest scuttlebutt on The X-Files return will disseminated. The David Lynch vs. Showtime game of chicken will be dissected. A new sketch comedy show on Netflix and a future episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour all about funny ladies will be previewed. A letter from a listener on last week’s show will be followed up on this week. And if you love movies, you won’t want to miss your friends in podcasting digging into more than ten new, recent and classic releases, including a documentary about an influential film critic, a box office juggernaut starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, the directorial debut of Russell Crowe, a couple very interesting independent comedies, a classic sci-fi film noir, a live action Disney adaptation, a modern masterpiece of dark comedy, and an early contender for best film of the year! All that plus Easter events and “Live Events of the Week”! Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #377

Even after more than 7 years of changing the way you listen to the internet, your friends in podcasting are still able to bring you an unusual episode, even by their own admittedly unusual standards!

This week’s show is quite the grab-bag …

It all starts with longtime listener (and key collaborator in The Lady Killers) Shaun Parker telling an amazing true story about his quest to deliver home-made candy to Robert Redford.

Then, Dean interviews his old pal, writer, sketch comic and comic book creator Ian Boothby and Ian’s wife, artist and comic book creator Pia Guerra. They all talk San Diego Comic-Con.

Finally, Phil returns to discuss several movies with Dean.

Something for everyone? We like to think so! Enjoy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #367

Your friends in podcasting are back from trips to Texas, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and deep space (!) and they are doing what they do best: Turning a world gone wild into fodder for informative, insightful, irreverent and inspiring conversation.

Topics this week include: The Granbury Paranormal Expo, what really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, climate change, gun violence, the Sarah Jones lawsuit, a lawsuit involving your friends in podcasting, the arrest of Batman, the death of an Oscar-winning cinematographer, the suicide of an Oscar-winning documentarian, Sci-Fest 2014 and Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum.

All that, PLUS Phil opens the show with a very personal story about how the world just keeps getting smaller and closes the show with a plea to support independent film, talent and diversity by clicking HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #359

The fact that your friends in podcasting will talk about virtually anything leads to free-wheeling discussions and usually makes YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour unpredictable.

This week’s show is REALLY out of the ordinary, however …

Start with the fact that some of it was recorded this past Thursday, when Graham Elwood and the film crew of “Ear Buds”, a feature length documentary about podcasting stopped by a certain historic building in downtown Los Angeles to interview Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness and to shoot footage of them “changing the way you listen to the internet”.

The show opens with a heartfelt and rather insightful discussion about “stability” and the keys to staying calm in the center of chaos, a conversation inspired by a visit from longtime listener and occasional CHH contributor, Matt Giles.

Then, Phil and Dean demonstrate for Graham and his crew their relationship with their listeners by answering a provocative question from Brandon Wells about the deeper cultural implications of “The Hunger Games” books and movies.

In other words, the first half of this week’s show will be full of the irreverent, insightful and inspiring conversation you’ve come to expect from Dean and Phil, delivered in a most unexpected way …

The second half of the show is an interview with Rick Overton, an Emmy-winning writer, the host of “Overview”, and one of Phil’s all-time favorite comedians and comic performers. Unfortunately, Phil couldn’t be there for the interview, so he will be listening and laughing along with everyone else as soon this episode drops!

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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