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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #521

Year 11 begins with … What else? … a “Celebrity Death”, as Dean and Phil remember the versatile, Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Your friends in podcasting then re-visit last week’s 10th Anniversary Episode and share their thoughts about what they got wrong during the years, what surprised them, a fantastic article about the show and birthday greetings to a past guest. Then, it’s on to the work at hand, namely trying to make sense of the wild, wild, week that was …

The Royal Family, “Star Wars Day”, Cinco de Mayo, current attacks on the First Amendment and the anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles are just some of the topics dissected, analyzed, joked about and argued over! All that, PLUS, the new Writers Guild of America deal AND the future of cinema!

That’s a lot to cover, but if you’ve been following YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour these past ten years, it’s what you’ve come to expect!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #502

Let your friends in podcasting put a little Ho Ho Ho into your holidays (and honestly, we have no idea what this even means) with their fourth “Top Ten” show of this, year ten of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … This week, Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten (episodic) Television Shows of 2016, and this year their countdown comes replete with caveats! Who doesn’t love a good caveat during the holiday season?

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 #494

Happy Halloween, everybody! Although your friends in podcasting already treated you to their Top Ten All-Time Favorite Horror Films, this week’s show IS scary good in honor of the occasion! Stories of Halloween festivities are shared, Terri Lynn Rote is nominated as “Worst Person in the World”, public transportation is championed, “Documentary Now!” is celebrated, “Luke Cage” is praised, Season 3 of “The Fall” is criticized and three recent cinematic releases (Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship and Christopher Guest’s Mascots) are discussed. All that, plus a “Celebrity Death” and that’s BEFORE a 20 minute discussion surrounding the psychology at play in deriving comfort from seeing the same stories told over and over again. Trust us. It’s an outstanding conversation and an incredibly enjoyable episode – irreverent, insightful, inspiring. You know – YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #455

One recent trip and the discovery of a 30 year-old document, led Phil Leirness to ruminate on the nature of nostalgia. He shares these thoughts with you … And speaking of nostalgia, a certain television franchise from the 1990′s has returned to the small screen. After having been very careful not to spoil anything in advance of its airing, Dean Haglund and Phil will weigh in on what we’ve seen thus far and will discuss (spoiler-free) on where the series is heading … And then, the main event! Following up on last week’s epic rundown on the best (and worst) of cinema in 2015, Dean and Phil start to reveal their top ten television shows of 2015.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #453

While your friends in podcasting were away during the past two weeks of pre-recorded shows, much has happened. Yet, before Dean and Phil “Point the compass of your brain to a journey on the map of the entire infinite”, Phil pulls out his soapbox to address a controversy surrounding the young actress (and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador) Emma Watson. Then, chameleon David Bowie, actor Alan Rickman, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the “tall man” from the Phantasm movies and the man who changed the politics of Hollywood’s Awards Season are all remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Speaking of Awards Season, Dean and Phil have news and views on the Golden Globes, the Oscars the Directors Guild nominations and more! The Revenant, Beasts of No Nation, Son of Saul, Brooklyn, Amy and The Look of Silence all get discussed. All that, plus Phil has good news for fans saddened by the revelation of the fact that the first episode of The X-Files revival is … not good, Dean weighs in with his thoughts on Sean Penn going face-to-face with notorious drug kingpin “El Chapo”, he and Phil share what they’re reading, and Dean wraps things up with an update on his oft-delayed, much-anticipated graphic novel. It’s a lot to cover in one hour, but not too much when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #437

At an hour and six minutes, this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour offers you 10% more hour!

And even with all that time, your friends in podcasting didn’t get to everything they hoped to discuss!

What do Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness talk about on this show? You know, the usual … Lawsuits about the “Happy Birthday” song and Volkswagen diesel automobiles, poisonous snakes, “super moon” lunar eclipses, movies like Everest, Welcome to Me and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, television like “The Knick”, “Mad Men”, “Documentary Now!”, and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”. They discuss the deepening cultural impact of Stephen Colbert as well as David Letterman’s forthcoming return to television. They continue to watch the “recent woman-directed movies everyone should see” and they continue naming the names of current character actors whose work they find exceptional.

Enjoy, and tell a friend about YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, won’t you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #434

Dean Haglund has a little too much reverb. Phil Leirness has had a little too much to drink. Together it all works to bring you a hilarious and informative installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

From the madness that was Force Friday to “Celebrity Deaths” remembrances of a self-help guru, a Disney icon and a master of horror, from your friends in podcasting continuing their appreciations for the Film Fatales list of female-directed movies everyone should see to the influence of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour when it comes to IFC’s “Documentary Now”, Bill Murray’s return to “Ghostbusters” and the shakeup at the Marvel Studios. All that plus one scrapped TV revival, Amazon Streaming makes a move to really challenge Netflix, and “The Daily Show” names new correspondents.

Meanwhile, “The X-Files” has wrapped principal photography on its revival. Assuming it’s successful with viewers, where will the franchise go from here? You won’t want to miss what Dean Haglund has to say about that!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #432

Your friends in podcasting return with another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, keeping hot drinks hot and cool drinks cool through irreverent, insightful and occasionally inspiring conversation. On this week’s show, Yvonne (“Batgirl”) Craig is remembered, two new movie releases are reviewed, a great actor from the Golden Age of Hollywood (and beyond) is celebrated, the art of acting, (and what makes “great” acting) is delved into, and the results of the recent actors’ union election are pored over. Meanwhile, fatigue over the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be spreading to … Marvel Studios itself! Longtime listeners know that the issue of diversity is never far from the minds or creative impulses of Phil Leirness and Dean Haglund and on this week’s show they applaud the revival of “The X-Files” for embracing diversity and discuss several actors new to the show’s cast. All that, plus three new television series are reviewed and one just announced new show is previewed.

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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