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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #560

Because Dean Haglund is going “under the knife” to get a new knee this weekend, he and Phil Leirness, recorded two podcasts worth of material, just in case it takes him a little while to feel up to podcasting again …

In the first of these two shows, Dean and Phil discuss the short Buster Keaton made for the National Film Board in Canada in 1965 and the documentary about the making of that short. Then, it’s the return of “Lawsuit of the Week”, with the great Warren Beatty being sued by the distributor of his recent, and sadly overlooked, box office failure Rules Don’t Apply. And somehow, that leads into a discussion of modern musicals, La La Land, The Shape of Water, Richard Jenkins, and Holy Motors.

As long as it had been since the last time your friends in podcasting covered a “Lawsuit of the Week”, it had been even longer since they offered an “Explanation of the Week”, but that is at long last remedied, as Phil tells an amazing story about his beloved sick kitty Fuzz Aldrin, and that story leads into a fascinating explanation about brain waves, the power of visualizations, the healing nature of creativity and more … There is barely any time to make a dent in all the “Celebrity Deaths” that have been piling up, but legendary astronaut John Young does get remembered just before Dean and Phil are joined by long-time friend to the show, Marc Hershon, the producer and host of the Comedy Podcast “Soundcast”, Succotash. In part 1 of a 2 part conversation, the end of “Succotash” and the rampant proliferation of podcasts (and podcast listeners) are discussed. Marc shares an hilarious story about the rather brilliant TJ Miller.

All in all, a truly nourishing, inspiring, thought-provoking and hilarious installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #157

It’s the first episode of Season 4 and your friends in podcasting are finally back in Los Angeles bringing you a brand new hour of heated conversation. Phil has been completely immersed in logging selects from the footage Dean and he shot over the past ten months for their documentary The Truth Is Out There, and you hear what being immersed in the darkness of certain points of view can do to a person as his tries to explain something he’s realized about conspiracy theorists … A secret he shares on the show. Adventures at an archery range, at the Getty Villa, and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are also discussed, as is the recent furor over a Newsweek blogger declaring Sean Hayes “too gay to play straight” as well as the loss of Phil’s favorite NYC restaurant. All that, plus a screenwriting question from a loyal listener, advice on going into designer chain coffee stores locked and loaded and what Dean and Phil are reading … It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #121

One of the all-time classics has returned. This episode has become known as “Live at Dragon*Con”. Here is the original description when the show was first published on 6 September 2009 …

Dean and Phil podcast LIVE from DragonCon, the world’s largest fantasy/SF convention, held annually in Atlanta, GA, on Labor Day weekend. And when we say “live”, we mean, in front of an audience that participates with a whole bunch of entertaining and thought-provoking questions. Dean holds forth on “The Lone Gunmen” and all manner of conspiracy theories (from the assassination of JFK to the real reasons behind the invasion of Iraq). This just might be our best show ever! And at the very least, you won’t think of Las Vegas, NASA or wrong numbers by sweet-sounding old ladies the same way ever again! Are cookies controlling Dean’s mind? Does the crowd turn on Phil? Find out in this DragonCon 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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