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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #522

It’s the first Top Ten show of year 11! After years of celebrating Live Events of the Week, your friends in podcasting count down their Top Ten All-Time Favorite Live Events, starting with a healthy and diverse list of “honorable mentions” … Musical concerts are NOT included. Those must be saved for another show! THIS episode is a fun and fascinating look into what your friends in podcasting find memorable and into what inspires them.

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 #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 #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!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #487

How did Dean decide to follow-up on last week’s outstanding episode where he and Phil counted down their Top Ten Horror Films of All Time? By showing up in Los Angeles and dropping in on Phil! They had much to discuss face to face, like what is Zombocom, what did Dean think of “The Jungle Book”, what was the improv show Dean performed in Winnipeg with Gary Jones and how come Phil never knew that K-tel also hails from Winnipeg? Hearst Castle is discussed and the towns of Harmony (population 17) and San Juan Batista (site of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”) are celebrated. Phil follows up on one of Dean’s Top Ten Horror Films and shares news about a TV series based on a film they BOTH had on their lists. More about “Citizen Kane” and “The Maltese Falcon” are remembered in the shadow of those films’ 75th Anniversaries, and a letter from a listener like you (yes, YOU!) is shared. All that plus a little bit more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #485

One of the reasons YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour can manage to be informational, insightful, irreverent and inspiring all within the same episode is because of the stories your friends in podcasting choose to tell. Here are just some of the stories told and topics explored on this week’s show …

The crazy travel itinerary Dean will endure in order to wish his father a Happy Birthday is revealed. The way language evolves to fit cultural needs and the ways changing grammar rules AND the International Olympic Chairman are making Phil feel like a “dinosaur” are detailed. A great jazz musician and a peerless recording engineer are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.” Two of the summer movies previewed months ago – Southside with You and Weiner – are analyzed at length. The issues of trustworthiness, being a credible messenger and the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety get discussed. A nervous actor making his film acting debut and the director who turned that nervousness into an important part of a cinema classic is remembered in the shadow of that film’s 75th anniversary.

All that PLUS “What We’re Reading” (featuring a musical suprise), an update on Dean’s graphic novel and even more. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #482

This week, your friends in podcasting are so eager to discuss the Olympics, the Zika Virus and the celebrity improv comedy competition (for charity) in which Dean participated, that they don’t even take the time to play the opening theme song! That’s right, Dean and Phil hit the ground running and don’t stop until they’ve updated you on the progress of Dean’s graphic novel, answered a listener email about Oliver Stone, Edward Snowden and YOUR cell phones, discussed how all of art and the humanities have gone from “ephemeral” to “disposable” in just 100 years, continue their post-mortem on what might go down as the worst Summer Movie Season in history, review Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad and celebrate two live events of the week that combined classical music, puppetry, dance, and fireworks!

Phew! That’s a lot to cover! Of course, it’s par for the course when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with almost ten percent more hour)!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #467

Next week, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, celebrate nine years of changing the way you listen to the internet and we will be commemorating this milestone with a special episode that might just prove a great starting point for those who have never listened before, but who might enjoy joining the Chillpak Nation!

This week, however, is definitely one only for the faithful as its sometimes shoddy audio quality might scare away the uninitiated, to say nothing of the bizarre songs and rituals! Think we’re joking? Dean was in Los Angeles for 24 hours this week, to attend The Los Angeles Breakfast Club and launch his new book “Dean Haglund: An Illustrated Tour of Broadway in DTLA”. Most of this week’s show will be highlights from that event. Trust us, there’s plenty of laughs along the way. There’s also a special opening about Doris Roberts, Prince and the 1980′s.

Our last show before completing nine years of free, weekly podcast entertainment is unlike any episode we’ve done before. What show can say that after 466 installments? YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #445

Your friends in podcasting follow up on one of their best shows ever by continuing to discuss several of the key themes they explored last week … This week’s show starts with news of Dean’s new, weekly improv stage show. Phil then regales with news of the “live” event he attended, one boasting the talents of Will Smith and Albert Brooks. This leads to another installment in our ongoing celebration of great contemporary character actors. Many new releases are discussed, including Spielberg’s latest, the new James Bond film and the final chapter of the “Hunger Games” franchise, all through the prism of Dean Haglund’s increasingly prescient remark from several years ago that if an action film is going to be made, it had better feature a female lead, or there’s really no point. Increasingly, we are seeing action films boasting female warriors and Dean and Phil will discuss the larger cultural ramifications of this change. All that would be enough for almost any show, but not for Dean and Phil! They also welcome a special guest who is using his creativity to help in the building of a world without violence. If the news of violence all over the world discourages, depresses, saddens, angers or scares you, treat yourself to this VERY nourishing helping of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #430

There are many questions to be asked (and hopefully answered) on this week’s show: How was Dean’s whirlwind trip to Vancouver to film the revival of “The X-Files”? Did that filming require his wearing a wig? Will he (and the other Lone Gunmen) return for more episodes? What to make of yet the latest theater shooting, and the life without parole sentencing of the Aurora, Colorado, shooter? How good is the new “Mission: Impossible” movie? How good OR bad is “Ant-Man”? Are superhero adaptations in general, and the Marvel universe specifically, still relevant?

All those questions, and many, many more are discussed.

So, naturally, the whole show begins with a discussion about … reincarnation?!

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. So, 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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