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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #509

After an opening segment where Phil discusses John Wick: Chapter 2 with Chad Osuna of Fanboy Nation and “The Popcorn Podcast”, Dean joins the fun for a free-wheeling discussion of silent films, autism, Canadian animation, what actors should expect from directors, the Oscar nominations, female-driven films and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #506

Most of this week’s show is comprised of the 5th Top Ten show of this, Year Ten of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. In it, Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten WORST films of 2016. First, however, your friends in podcasting celebrate the life and work of one of Phil’s all-time favorite character actors in “Celebrity Deaths” and answer an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) about using CGI to create perfromances from actors who are no longer living (a la Peter Cushing in “Rogue One”). Brace yourselves for a master class in filmmaking and acting!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #503

Happy 2017, Everyone! Your friends in podcasting are prepared to get the New Year off to a great start with their traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” show … Every year, Dean and Phil provide episodes full of the insightful, the inspiring and the irreverent. Annually, one such episode you can count on for all of this is their traditional New Year’s Resolutions show. First, they hold their feet to the fire as they look back at the resolutions they made to start 2016 and then, they set their intentions for 2017. It’s bound to be a definite crowd-pleaser!

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 #499

This week’s show begins with Phil sharing a story about Sharon Jones (whose music is featured in our opening) before he offers a mea culpa about misinformation he relayed while discussing “La La Land” last week. Then, because a week seemingly can’t go by in 2016 without a “celebrity death”, Dean and Phil will remember a great character actress. They will then launch into the latest heartening and distressing news about the new CBS All Access/Netflix series “Star Trek: Discovery”. As promised at the end of last week’s show, your friends in podcasting will tackle the topic off diversity on the small screen before launching into extended analysis of the latest developments in the movie awards season. Finally, they will discuss the merits of such films as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Fences”, “Manchester by the Sea” and perhaps one or two more.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #498

Dean Haglund is flying back to Australia right now, but before he left Los Angeles, he dropped by a certain historic building to visit Phil Leirness and to discuss the lives (and deaths) of Sharon Jones, Gwen Ifill, Florence Henderson, Ron Glass and Fidel Castro. Dean and Phil also compare notes on a great stand-up comedy performance they witnessed at The Los Angeles Breakfast Club. Speaking of stand-up, Dean performed stand-up at Big & Tall presents BARK, while Phil was attending a media preview of The Queen Mary’s CHILL and all these events get described. A hilarious discussion of the new “4D” method of exhibiting films leads your friends in podcasting into a free-wheeling discussion of such movies as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Jackie”, “Hidden Figures”, “Nocturnal Animals”, “La La Land”, and “Rules Don’t Apply”. We’ve received a lot of great feedback and messages from listeners of late, and one such message involves the topic of diversity on television, a question Dean and Phil tackle briefly before setting it on the agenda for next week’s show …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #496

Longtime listeners know this about their friends in podcasting: They are often at their best making sense of a world seemingly gone wild, and boy, does that seem to be needed this week! No sooner had they finished recording this show than news came in about the death of musical great Leon Russell, so Phil opens the show with a tribute to him and some thoughts about the election before joining with Dean for remembrances of another legendary musician (and poet and artist) as well as an actor who once embodied the epitome of suave cool. A few different and worthwhile films get celebrated, including Loving, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the modern western gets discussed. The Presidential election results and how those results might serve by leading to positive change get analyzed in depth. Often YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour proves to be irreverent, informative and insightful. This week it is downright nourishing.

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 #493

After last week’s special “Top Ten” show, your friends in podcasting have a lot to discusss! From Dean’s appearances in Melbourne to Phil’s attendance at a historic, Halloween-themed Victorian event, from revisiting their show counting down the all-time great horror films to following up on last week’s outstanding show that focused on westerns, from previewing future “top ten” shows to trying to make sense of the USA election season, Dean and Phil will roll up their sleeves and get it all done! Plus, they will discuss at least three television series AND more than a dozen films currently in development. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

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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