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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #543

Full disclosure: This week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is an absolute epic, recorded LAST weekend. So, you won’t hear Dean and Phil weighing in on the Las Vegas tragedy, on the death of Tom Petty, nor on any other events of the week. Instead, your friends in podcasting fill the show’s 80 minute running time by discussing the conclusion of Dean’s month-long pop-up comedy venue in Sydney, a terrific close-up magic show in Downtown Los Angeles, the recent spate of protests by NFL players, the cancer diagnosis of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, the sexual assault allegations against film critic Harry Knowles, several new and recent movie releases (including “It”, “Victoria & Abdul” and “The Florida Project”). That would be, and was, enough for one whole hour … AND THEN, Dean and Phil celebrate the lives of a record number of persons in “Celebrity Deaths”, including a soul singer who didn’t start recording until age 62, a publishing magnate responsible for Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”, a former UCLA Film School Dean who was responsible for Americans scaling Everest, the boxing champ whose life inspired an Oscar-winning movie, an actor-athlete-poet-painter who played James Bond’s CIA pal Felix Leiter, a Winnipeg-born giant of TV game shows, and a half dozen more!

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 #500

YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour turns 500 episodes old this week and your friends in podcasting celebrate this august milestone with one of their most bizarre shows ever, and it’s truly an episode where everyone is dying to get in … You see, after meeting up at a certain historic building in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles to discuss such topics as a recent Guillermo del Toro exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dean’s art work AND Dean’s long-awaited graphic novel, Dean and Phil go on a field trip to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, one of the most unusual cemeteries in all the world! Never mind their usual segment “Celebrity Deaths”, in this episode your friends in podcasting celebrate death itself! Sound odd enough for you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #403

A day late, but packed full of the irreverent podcasty goodness you’ve come to expect from your friends in podcasting, today’s free-wheeling show addresses the Super Bowl, its halftime show, the death of a legendary poet and a baseball icon, a controversy over the Hollywood sign, an hilarious stand-up performance by friend-of-the-show Pete Handelman, the rumors surrounding an Indiana Jones reboot, the latest on “The X-Files” reboot, which should be called a “sequel series”, an “Alphaville” remake and there’s the latest news pertaining to Dean and Phil’s film The Lady Killers and the forthcoming Sci-Fest. All that plus tips of the cap to Lily Holleman for her turn on “Shameless” and to Keira Knightley for her continued artistic growth.

And don’t kid yourself, Dean and Phil might joke about changing the name of the show to Chillpak Danger Hour or Chillpak Idiot Hour, but it is most definitely YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Wherever good podcasts are found!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #256

Has there ever been a more wild and free-wheeling grab bag of topics on a single installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour as there is on this week’s show? Consider the topics discussed:

The mysterious death of Thomas Kinkade, the occult meaning of words and symbols, Dean Haglund running a 5K race, the legacy of Mike Wallace, the films of Guy Maddin, the latest in the MPAA’s battle with The Weinstein Company over the rating of Bully.

All that, plus your friends in podcasting weigh in on a documentary about Comic-con, a Woody Allen drama, a John Cassavetes classic, two great, award-winning independent films from last year (one from the UK, one from South Korea).

And on top of all of that, we even have a brand new theme song by The B-Film Extras!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #154

It’s part two of Dean and Phil’s look at their all-time favorite books. This week, from show business biographies to the poetry of a Sufi master, from the Biology of Transcendence to the mysteries of a quantum universe, it’s an entire hour dedicated to non-fiction. History, science, biography, essays, poetry and yes, even anthologies of jokes are included. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, where reading is sexy!
And to all of our listeners who will be in the London area NEXT Monday (3 May), the Thelma and Louise of podcasting will be appearing on a panel at the Sc-Fi-London Film Festival. For information, visit Maybe They ARE Out to Get You!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #153

Your friends in podcasting have treated you to many delightful theme shows during the (almost) three years they’ve been on the Farpoint Media Network. And though Dean and Phil have attempted to be diligent in discussing “what they’re reading”, and though they’ve even had authors on the show, they’ve never dedicated an entire episode to the subject of books.

Until today!

Buckle up for the excitement caused by Dean and Phil discussing their all time favorite works of literary fiction. And keep those Kindles handy! You might want to immediately start downloading the titles discussed on this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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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