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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 #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 #488

Dean and Phil recorded this week’s extra-long episode right BEFORE the Emmy Awards, so if you’re hoping for analysis of the Television Academy’s big night, you’ll have to wait another seven days. Television does get discussed, however, as your friends in podcasting speak (again) about “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” as well as the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” and two future “nostalgia” series based on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Winona Ryder vehicle “Heathers”. Meanwhile, the great(est?) playwright Edward Albee is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean’s comedy show, a 100th birthday celebration, a John Patrick Shanley play and Phil appearing live on-stage (in An LABC Home Companion, are all discussed in “Live Events of the Week”. And if you love movies, you will really love this week’s show as Dean and Phil cover wide cinematic ground, from this weekend’s disastrous box office results (the worst of an already horrible 2016) to films that might be among the most overlooked ever, from a great “Fortean” horror film of the 1970′s to Oliver Stone’s laughable “Snowden”, from a boatload of unnecessary remakes, sequels and revivals, to a promising Agatha Christie adaptation … All that and no doubt much more on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with ten percent more “hour”!

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 #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 #477

It’s independence day in the USA and, though by no mean’s a theme show, this week’s show touches on many issues pertaining to American history …

… It all starts with Dean telling a story about North Bend, Washington (i.e. the town of “Twin Peaks”). Then, there is a touching letter from a loyal listener like you (yes, YOU). and the show continues with remembrances of a Nobel Laureate, a groundbreaking coach and two noted film directors in “Celebrity Deaths”, before seguing into great acting and directing tips (courtesy of Peter Falk) in “What We’re Reading”. Then, talk of Dean’s new comedy venue leads into a discussion of #Brexit, the appeal (to some) of Donald Trump, the retirement of Garrison Keillor and many themes are explored, from the opportunities that arise in times of chaos to the ways these American states really ARE “united” … All in all, it’s a globe-trotting adventure of good conversation on this week’s show, and THEN, your friends in podcasting leave the confines of Terra Firma and explore the possibility (likelihood) of alien civilizations and the importance of Jupiter to our existence!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #475

Dean has spent the weekend at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo and he provides a report before he and and Phil remember Anton Yelchin in “Celebrity Deaths”. Phil, meanwhile, saw what might be the WORST live event since they started covering “Live Events of the Week”! He provides some of the hilarious details. There will be discussions of television, like “Man in the High Castle” and the cancellation of “The Grinder” as well as news about a new Phillip K. Dick series AND a series based on the movie “Buckaroo Banzai” There will be a discussion of several movies, including a new espionage thriller based on a John Le Carre novel, a current Cannes Jury Prize winner, the recent “Alice Through the Looking Glass” disaster, and the completely overlooked western from earlier this year, “Jane Got a Gun”. All that, plus the show kicks off with your friends in podcasting revealing their favorite toys from growing up!.

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 #465

If you’ve listened to last week’s episode, you know that disaster struck Dean Haglund’s home in Sydney. Fortunately, he was able to recover JUST IN TIME to record this week’s episode …

You long-time listeners know that your friends in podcasting love movies, embrace the need for diversity and celebrate stories about women and those told by women. So, you will understand what we mean when we say that this show is near and dear to their hearts. After discussing the Manny Pacquiao-related controversy one of Phil’s former students finds himself embroiled in, Dean and Phil welcome a very special guest. Leah Meyerhoff is a talented filmmaker and the brilliant founder of Film Fatales, a group your friends in podcasting have mentioned a great deal recently, one that might just be redeeming the business of cinema.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. 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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