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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #589

We were going to say that after a one-week absence (during which they released a spectacular pre-recorded episode with a special guest), your friends in podcasting come out with guns blazing … And then, as they were getting set to record, ANOTHER mass shooting in the USA occurred. Dean and Phil address the event and get into a seriously fascinating conversation about rage and despair and about how people can obtain the tools necessary to explore these bedrock emotions without being taken by them. Then, in the return of “Live Events of the Week”, Tchaikovsky and a non-binary gender identifying performer are celebrated, and Dean discusses his “Down Under Bucket List”, including scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef (a list item he has checked off, thank you very much!). Romantic comedies and diversity both get discussed in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians‘ box office success (and surprisingly decent reviews) and the documentary profile Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda gets recommended. Finally, the Chillpak Morgue is opened for “Celebrity Deaths” where the lives, accomplishments and lasting impacts of a true American hero, a giant of international diplomacy, the Oscar-nominated actress who founded modern improv, the journalist who coined the phrase “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” and the Queen of Soul are all remembered. All that AND Phil finally learns the usage of modern-day pronouns!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #540

Even though the Emmy Awards celebrating Television took place last night, your friends in podcasting spend the entire hour (and ten minutes) talking movies. First, they start by celebrating the life and career of the singular Harry Dean Stanton. Then, they discuss misogyny and sexual assault in the movie exhibition business. Finally, Dean and Phil tackle a wide range of cinematic endeavors, including two surrealist (absurdist?) classics by Luis Bunuel, a late classic western by Sam Peckinpah, an all-star war film from the 1970′s, the restored director’s cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an Alfred Hitchcock comedy. Pass the popcorn – We’re talking movies!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #514

Late night television comedy, some current television dramas, the death of Chuck Berry, a potential writer’s strike, Martin Scorsese’s next movie, Hugh Jackman’s next acting role, Alfred Hitchcock and much, much more … And don’t forget, if you are in the Los Angeles area on Sunday 26 March, you can attend the Official World Premiere of Dean and Phil’s new movie, THE LADY KILLERS!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #331

For those of you expecting a special guest on this week’s show (after your friends in podcasting promised one), we apologize …

For those of you expecting Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness to finally be coming at you together from the offices of Rational Exuberance (for the first time in ages), we apologize …

For those of you hoping to hear an hour (plus) of spirited free-wheeling discussion that proves to be insightful, provocative, irreverent and occasionally inspiring, YOU’RE WELCOME!

On today’s show, Dean and Phil (who is again in a “secret location”), tackle such topics as the new Miss America, the latest George Zimmerman incident, the 3rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states’ rights, a Disney animated film, a modern Hungarian cinema classic, Judge Dredd, redheads, what they’re reading and a slew of “celebrity deaths”.

Finally, if you’re going to be in Los Angeles, the weekend of October 4 thru 6, why not head over to Santa Monica for the 2nd annual Podfest? Dean and Phil will be there, performing a live installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood 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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