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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #549

On this week’s show and just in time for Thanksgiving in the USA, there is a true abundance of nourishing topics Dean and Phil can truly devour. They will begin by providing updates on a couple of their creative endeavors (including a certain graphic novel) before moving into this week’s “Celebrity Deaths” where they will remember a legendary rock star, a budding rap star, a hugely popular gossip columnist and where they will offer a mea culpa for a mispronunciation of a celebrity’s name in episode 548. From there it’s back into the just-starting cultural conversation about toxic masculinity, with their latest perspectives on Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Al Franken, Jeffrey Tambor, their historic perspectives on Bill Clinton and Clarence Thomas and their correction over a story about Shirley Temple that Phil told on episode 548. Then, they will shift gears with their latest takes on season 1 of “Star Trek: Discovery” and season 3 of “Mr. Robot” before Phil passionately defends the (in his opinion) underrated The Man Who Invented Christmas.

All that, plus your friends in podcasting would like you to take a few moments to learn about The Truth Is Still Out There the long-awaited follow up to their epic 2011 documentary Monday. 9 am Pacific. Wherever good podcasts can be found!

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 #546

After several weeks of “pre-recorded” episodes, Dean and Phil hooked up via Skype to catch up on each other’s travels and to discuss the recent change in attitudes towards their unsettling dark comedy The Lady Killers. Prepare to be amazed by Dean’s adventures in Cambodia, where he painted, explored, and came down with a nifty bout of intestinal distress! Phil recounts his first ever trip to Las Vegas, his exploration of Utah, his challenges adjusting to the altitude of Aspen, Colorado, and the breathtaking, life-changing majesty of Monument Valley. He also regales with tales of “Portlandia” and “Twin Peaks” filming locations and describes the reception afforded their aforementioned movie at the Tri-Cities International Film Festival. In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending avalanche of news involving the appalling behavior of men, with their depiction of toxic masculinity, Dean and Phil have made a film one recent reviewer called, “exactly the kind of film we need right now.” All that, plus the cryptic advice Phil received on the road: “Life begins at Moab”. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #545

This week’s show is quite unusual, even by our standards. Your friends in podcasting are both immersed in travel adventures. Dean is painting in Southeast Asia, Phil is showing The Lady Killers in the Pacific Northwest. So, this week’s episode is culled together from three different sources: Studio 10, the morning television show Dean frequently co-hosts in Sydney, Australia; The Hilarium Sydney, Dean’s pop-up comedy club that ran for the length of the The Sydney Fringe; an outdoor fire pit in Martinez, California, where Phil interviewed great friend to the show, esoteric researcher and author, magazine editor and publisher (and so much more) Olav Phillips. From comedy about being an American or Canadian transplant down under (as well as a routine about … recycling?) to spooky discussions about the mythological underpinnings of the SS and conspiracy theories being “encoded” into popular modern movies, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is a fun, funny globe-trotting adventure.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #539

This week, your friends in podcasting bring you a truly epic 70 minute installment that opens with Phil holding court about spoiler alerts, time travel, dream logic and more as he discusses both “The Prisoner” on its 50th Anniversary and “Twin Peaks: The Return” in the wake of its brilliant finale. He even explains “what happened to Audrey!” Then Dean joins Phil to update us on the Sydney Hilarium, his pop-up comedy club, and to celebrate the lives of a former child star, the creator of McGruff the Crime Dog, one-half of Steely Dan, and the “gentle giant” of country music. After that, they follow up on their previous discussion about monuments and statues thanks to an email from a listener like you (well, maybe not EXACTLY like you, unless you created the normal theme song for the show). Then, a fascinating, possible “Lawsuit of the Week” surrounding a reboot of the 1980′s television series “Amazing Stories” comes our way courtesy of frequent contributor Stephen Fowler. Finally, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves and dig into more than a dozen movies, including comedies from the 1930′s, sci-fi films from the 1960′s and five 2017 releases.

Great TV, many genres of films, musical surprises, and several big laughs. In other words, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #535

In many ways, this week’s show is a sequel to last week’s episode #534, with the promised celebration of Jeanne Moreau’s life and career, an email from a listener about Tom Jones’ “The Young New Mexican Puppeteer” and more from the British Film Institute List of “the 50 films you should see by the age of 14″.

Unlike most sequels, however, this show is even more irreverent, insightful and informative than last week’s!

The festivities commence with a clip of Dean on Australian television telling a (bestiality?) joke, and then after a special opening (a tribute to Glen Campbell), Dean comes out guns blazing, ranting about the internet speeds of his adopted land. After Phil calms him down, they discuss the news of David Letterman’s new show, they urge people to save the Salem Cinema (a jewel of the Pacific Northwest), they talk about an interview they did with the late Jim Marrs and they continue their discussion about the “death of discernment”, this time focusing on an appalling memo crafted by a then member of the National Security Council.

From there, it’s onto “Celebrity Deaths”, where, in addition to the Femme Fatale of the French New Wave and Glen Campbell, your friends in podcasting remember a Tony-winning star of Broadway’s “The Music Man”, the star of an early television western series turned right-wing anti-government activist, and the man inside the Godzilla costume.

Finally, Dean and Phil discuss a 1982 Australian western, a 1954 western that influenced the likes of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, the original King Kong, and the Will Rogers comedy Life Begins at 40.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #534

If what we read is true, your friends in podcasting are on a roll, and the quality conversation continues this week as Dean and Phil convene via Skype to share news of Dean’s new “pop-up” comedy club and upcoming displays of his art work, and to dissect two strange conversations Phil witnessed this past week (one in which he was a perplexed participant). A quite touching email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) is read, and that leads into a rather fascinating discussion about Christopher Nolan’s latest opus, Dunkirk, a new directorial effort from the writer of both Hell or High Water and Sicario (two of the best movies of this decade), Wind River. Many other movies will get discussed, including one starring the late Martin Landau and the classic by François Truffaut, The 400 Blows. This begins what will be an ongoing analysis of the list of the 50 films everyone should see before they are 14 years of age!

A week after remembering a character actor and a legendary voice performer in “Celebrity Deaths”, your friends in podcasting celebrate the lives (and mourn the deaths of) a Tony-Winning and Oscar-nominated playwright-actor, a sketch comic turned voice performer, a cast member of several Harry Potter movies, and an award-winning theatre actress. All that, PLUS your usual weekly dose of insight, irreverence and inspiration on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Spread the word!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #533

On this week’s show, Dean Haglund is back home in Sydney, Australia, and Phil Leirness is safely ensconced in his beloved Los Feliz, Los Angeles neighborhood. They come together through the magic of podcasting (armed with that old “skype hiss”) to discuss: Dean’s travels, and birthday; Phil’s final (?) interview for part 2 of “The Truth is Out There”, the latest episode of his “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” podcast, and the life and legacy of Will Rogers; The lives and careers of a beloved character actor and a peerless voice performer; the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood, a silent classic, and such recent releases as Spider-Man Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes; All that, plus what Dean and Phil are reading!

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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