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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #431

In the blog post on Facebook previewing this week’s show, your friends in podcasting promised to discuss if Australia is trying to kill Dean Haglund, all the things you should’t do on a road trip, and the unparalleled legacy of the biggest movie star of all time, Humphrey Bogart. They promised to explain why the funniest film from the comedy filmmaking team of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker (“the makers of the original Airplane” – no, not the Wright Brothers) was also their least successful. They promised to tackle the essential spy films of all time and what those films have to say about the times in which they were made. All that plus the latest Tom Cruise movie news, Bill Murray returning to Ghostbusters, Christopher Guest returning to making mockumentaries, and the reports that Gene Wilder might come out of retirement. And for those whose interest runs more towards episodic television, Dean and Phil were planning for you, too, with a question for Dean about Australian shows, with Phil weighing in on “Wayward Pines” and the continued cultural significance of “The Prisoner”, with the latest news surrounding the Wachowskis’ “Sense8″, HBO’s “Westworld”, HBO’s “Deadwood”, HBO’s “Sesame Street” (yes, you read that right) and, of course, the revival of “The X-Files”.

Not only did your friends in podasting get to all of it, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness even managed to remember Julian Bond, discuss the spooky happenings on Mars and some legendary silent films. Dean and Phil, changing the way you listen to the internet, by giving til it hurts!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #109

For the rest of us, “no” means “no”, but for Kobe Bryant, there isn’t any “no” in “M-V-P” and he certainly played like one in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to another NBA Championship. And how do you celebrate when your team has won it all? You set fire to downtown! No puny riots can prevent Dean and Phil from bringing you a hilarious, action-packed hour of conversation and entertainment, however. Join them as they discuss attending fundraisers for Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve and Los Angeles’ own Luminario Ballet. Also, Phil witness eight of the most dangerous minds in Los Angeles performing spoken word pieces on the theme of “shelter” at Rogue Machine’s “Rant and Rave.” One of those pieces is by former Chillpak Hollywood Hour guest Tucker Smallwood and it’s a great read. Another performer at the show was the absolutely brilliant, two-time poetry slam national champ Steven Connell.

Now that the Screen Actors Guild has finally and overwhelmingly ratified a new labor agreement with the producers, Dean and Phil do a final post-mortem on the labor strife that was and where the hell we go from here. From labor battles to late night comedy wars, Dean and Phil survey the radically altered landscape of late night television to see who will remain standing. Then it’s off to the multiplexes, where Dean discusses a truly horrible premiere he attended, and Phil discusses a wide array of films, from Pixar’s Up to Angels and Demons, from Edward Zwick’s Defiance to Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

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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