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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #574

Last week, year 12 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour got off to a smashing start and this week, your friends in podcasting will continue the discussion about the current states and futures of several beloved franchises. This week, it will be the DC Cinematic Universe and 007 under the microscope. Dean and Phil will continue to discuss the dire outlook for big screen comedies and what can be done to revive this once indispensable genre. Perhaps the greatest film editor of all time will be remembered in “Celebrity Deaths” and her great career will provide a segue-way into further discussion of women in film, the career of Sarah Polley and the “magic” of screen acting. All that plus a discussion of Tina Fey’s appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix show leads to the traditional relationship between stand-up and improv comedy.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #570

Delayed by 36 hours so that Phil could work on materials pertaining to the forthcoming release of The Lady Killers and so Dean could get some chiropractic work done pertaining to his recovery from knee surgery, this week’s episode begins with updates on both these tales before your friends in podcasting launch into “Celebrity Deaths”, where they remember a former first lady of the USA, the star of a classic Kubrick film, a multiple-Oscar-winning filmmaker, a comedy impresario, a comedian and magician turned sitcom star and a talk radio pioneer. This week’s show features the return of “What We’re Reading” wherein Dean and Phil discuss how to maintain better focus at the contemporary art genre known as “minimal fantasy”. The movies Blade Runner 2049 and Faces Places get discussed in greater detail than ever before on the show and the “clearinghouse” approach to television embodied by the likes of Netflix and Hulu versus the “curated” approach taken by HBO and Showtime gets analyzed. A handful of shows get discussed in the process. All in all, this belated episode is choc-full-o-goodness and because it’s later than we like, it comes with a bonus 6 minutes!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #565

In addition to the latest updates on Dean’s post-surgery recovery and the miracle of Fuzz Aldrin, as well as the de rigueur rounds of “Celebrity Deaths” (where Dean will get quizzed about a pioneering comedian, a legendary sci-fi writer, an award-winning horror writer, two singers and an iconic television actor), there is a lot of movie news for your friends in podcasting to discuss. Dean and Phil analyze the Oscars, including the winners, the host, the politics, the ratings and the ensuing and on-going conversation about diversity and inclusion in the motion picture workplace. They will also discuss a handful of films, including one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees, the 1974 winner for “Best Actor”, an early Horror classic (also an Oscar winner for “Best Actor), and the supposed “greatest romantic comedy of all time”. Oh, and if you have yet to enjoy last week’s show, you are missing out on one of our funniest hours EVER!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #561

In a fascinating and very funny installment of your Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness begin by catching up on some of the many “Celebrity Deaths” from early this year that you might not have heard about! Not only that, but for the first time ever, they turn these celebrations into a sort of game show. As they discuss doing just that there is a few second-long audio glitch, so bear with us. Also, Phil promises to go easy on snacking during future episodes!

A female TV cop, the Emmy award-winning brother of Dick Van Dyke, the Queen of the Blues, the detective who investigated the Zodiac killer case, a classic heavy metal guitarist, the last remaining original Mouseketeer, the voice of college football, and the first female US general are all remembered. Then Marc Hershon rejoins your friends in podcasting for the 2nd half of the show to discuss hilarious stories about his career in corporate branding, his career as a comedy impresario (replete with stories of big stars), depictions of improv and stand-up comics in film and TV, and robots!

You’ll be laughing so much, the insight of some of the discussion might just sneak up on you!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #559

Dean is having surgery this week and Phil’s cat, Fuzz Aldrin, continues her brave recovery. Because some of you asked for updates on these matters, your friends in podcasting begin this week’s epic installment with fascinating and inspiring stories pertaining to them. Then, it’s all about movies …

The critics groups have all awarded their favorites. The professional guilds and unions have honored theirs. The Academy Award nominations were announced, which your Dean and Phil analyze a bit on the show. For the most part, however, this week it’s Dean and Phil’s turn. Keep those Netflix queues handy as the gents count down their Top Ten Films of 2017. And, of course, far more than 20 films will get discussed in what is an extra-long installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, one that truly stretches the definition of “hour”! Trust us, they go off the beaten path for their choices this year in an effort to champion some films that were sadly overlooked or under-marketed. Discover cinematic gems and regale in hilarious, irreverent, and occasionally insightful bickering.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #547

It’s been several weeks where Dean and Phil did a “normal” show, so naturally, it’s time for “Celebrity Deaths”. In this week’s edition, an astonishing number of great musicians are remembered, as well as a handful of actors. Your friends in podcasting also discuss current episodic television, with Dean weighing in on “Star Trek: Discovery” and Phil assessing the current season of “Mr. Robot”. Then, it’s time for the big-screen (or, in Dean’s case, the super-small screen as he usually watches films on airplanes). A Vietnamese romantic comedy about an absent-minded reptile professor, a romantic comedy about a girl in a coma, the brilliantly artistic sequel to a sci-fi landmark, and a truly funny sequel to a Marvel franchise all get discussed.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #538

The finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” coincides with the launch of Dean’s new comedy pop-up, the Hilarium Sydney. So it’s a (spoiler free!) show full of heartfelt farewells and hearty hellos this week … Your friends in podcasting say “so long” to TV’s Oscar Goldman (the great Richard Anderson, who once was a guest on this very podcast – episode 277), to the Tony-winning author of The Elephant Man, to legendary comedian and actor Shelly Berman, and to the awfully darn sweet man behind perhaps the most terrifying film of all time! Then, Dean and Phil say “hello” to two loyal listeners who wrote in with questions, one about a filmmaking colleague, the other about Civil War-era movies. The Civil War and Reconstruction have very much been on Phil’s mind as both a storyteller and as an American, and he and Dean and have been looking for the right opportunity to dig into the topic. Along the way, they also discuss a handful of classic films, the “global weirding” of the weather in the USA, and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #536

One thing is certainly true about your friends in podcasting – “They do talking!” It’s an inside joke (for now), explained on this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Dean and Phil discuss the forthcoming revivals of two beloved shows, the sitcom “Will & Grace” and a certain show about FBI agents investigating the paranormal … And speaking of “The X-Files”, why exactly IS Dean in Vancouver this week’? What is he doing there? Find out! Also, hear Dean and Phil dive into a free-wheeling conversation inspired by last week’s events in Charlottesville, a conversation that tackles freedom of speech, violence, personal responsibility, hate groups, leadership, the blame game, the fool-proof way to find out if President Trump is factually wrong, and the good things to come out of the Trump presidency (thus far). All that, plus a porn actor-turned character actor-turned politician, the “highest paid entertainer in Britain”, and a legendary stand-up comic and activist are all remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #517

You would think when recording more than a day late, your friends in podcasting might be in something of a hurry … Instead, they take this installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and turn it into a leisurely 70 minute conversation about the UK “The Office”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, the acting intensive Phil taught this past weekend, recent news about their film The Lady Killers, a recent feature film about improv comedy, the great Don Rickles, and an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) all about last week’s “Top Ten Artists” episode. All that, plus Dean delves further into the political and moral commentary contained within the paintings of Manet, they discuss what they are reading (a book that might become a future film by Phil and Dean actually reading fiction!), and there is a whole lot of movie development news, featuring the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Christian Bale, Sylvester Stallone and Joss Whedon!

Sounds like a good show to us!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #483

What a smorgasbord of tasty audio topics your chefs in podcasting have cooked up for this week’s show! They remember Kenny Baker. They weigh in on Thomas Gibson’s firing from “Criminal Minds”. They discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” and such themes as “moral licensing” and how people with “low thresholds” can be expected to enact the most smart AND the most dumb behavior. Phil shares with Dean a news story pertaining to last week’s discussion about mobile phone usage in movie theaters (and other public places), a news story that actually featured Dean, himself! There’s scientific news from Dean’s adopted homeland Down Under, where some researchers believe they can prove stand-up comedians die younger than actors and other researchers think they have good news for Alzheimer’s patients. “Suicide Squad” is free-falling at the box office, but it still provides for this week’s long awaited return of the “Lawsuit of the Week”. All that, plus (at least) three 2016 cinematic releases get reviewed, including two that might have escaped your notice but are well worth your time and the new release “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

It sure sounds like a nourishing helping of podcasty goodness to us! So, sit back and enjoy 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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