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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #575

Your friends in podcasting have a lot to cover on this week’s show! They will remember a 70′s icon, a legendary novelist and a prolific character actor in “Celebrity Deaths”. They will try to make sense of how America can actually move forward in the wake of yet another school shooting. They will discuss why this weekend’s Royal Wedding seemed to be such a big deal for so many. They will introduce a new segment called, “You Know Who’s Wonderful?” They will put the “Hollywood” into Chillpak Hollywood Hour by celebrating the glorious restorations of two cinematic landmarks, by discussing the brand new Hollywood Heritage annex and by discussing the proposed (and now stalled) trilogy of stand-alone “Star Trek” movies that were being written by the man responsible for all the best big-screen Treks. We’re not sure there’s any other podcast that covers such a wide range of topics and that does so with as much irreverence, insight or inspirational conversation as YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #573

Year 12 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour gets off to a roaring start, with 12 bonus minutes in an episode mostly dedicated to movies …

As so many episodes of late have, this season begins with “Celebrity Deaths” as your friends in podcasting celebrate the career of filmmaker Michael Anderson and remember their friend George Baker of Modesto, California. Then, a few minutes are spent weighing in on HBO shows – namely “Westworld”, “Silicon Valley” and “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”. The Cannes Film Festival starts this week and Dean and Phil commemorate its opening by critiquing last year’s Palme D’Or winner The Square. This leads into a discussion of the recent Lady Macbeth, 1955′s Blackboard Jungle and Hitchcock’s 1966 spy thriller Torn Curtain. A letter from loyal listener Stephen D. Fowler (of the Smokin’ All Stars) sets the topics for the 2nd half of the show, where Dean and Phil weigh in on what’s next for several franchises: Star Wars, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (including a review of The Avengers: Infinity War) and The X-Files. Plus, they try to figure out if there is any future at all for big-screen westerns, comedies and musicals. The answer may just surprise you!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #572

A show eleven years in the making! As longtime listeners of the show know, Dean and Phil used to begin each calendar year with a “New Year’s Resolutions” show, where they set their intentions for the year ahead, while looking back and holding their feet to the fire about the resolutions they had made one year prior. For a variety of reasons they will discuss, your friends in podcasting discontinued that tradition this year … This week marks 11 years of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and Dean and Phil will commemorate the special event by looking back at their resolutions to start 2017 and seeing how well they lived up to them! It will be a very thoughtful, heartfelt, and we bet, inspiring hour all about art, comedy, friendship, aging, and love. Plus you get to hear, at long last, Phil’s thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi AND you will learn just when a certain graphic novel might be finished!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #571

Back on schedule, your friends in podcasting offer up a fun grab bag of audio goodness this week … Dean reports on “Ironfest” and discusses his future “X-Files” convention appearances. Lily Holleman reports live from a film festival in Miami where she is attending the screening of a movie in which she co-stars. Phil is in Los Angeles, of course, where he discusses the revival of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, a truly bizarre cop film from the 1970′s, and a recent epic movie about a real-life explorer. All that plus Dean and Phil remember both a country music great and a beloved (diminutive) cinematic sidekick.

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 #562

After two weeks of pre-recorded (and absolutely hilarious) episodes, your friends in podcasting are back at it, doing what they do best: Making sense of a world gone wild through insightful, irreverent and inspiring conversation. Dean tells tales of recovery after complete knee reconstruction surgery. Phil tells tales of Fuzz Aldrin’s attempted recovery from neurological damage. They preview this week’s screening of their film The Lady Killers in San Jose! Then, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves to tackle the 8th US school shooting of 2018 and what Hollywood can do to affect positive change.

On their most recent shows, Dean and Phil turned their usual “Celebrity Deaths” segment into a bit of a game show. They will be doing more of the same as they celebrate the lives and careers of an actress involved with the Hollywood Ten, an influential gospel singer, the lead singer of The Cranberries, the founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a young Australian actress, the creator of “WKRP in Cincinnati” and the inspiration for Austin Powers. We are into the 2nd half of what seems likely to be the final season of “The X-Files”, even though, it’s been quite a good season. The first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” has come to a close and although it was pretty darn bad, there will be a second season. Dean and Phil analyze both these shows and where they fit into the cultural landscape. All that plus a brief discussion about Stanley Tucci’s latest directorial effort and the opening salvo in what promises to be a barn-burner of an ongoing argument over the merits of “Twin Peaks: The Return”.

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 #558

This week’s show begins with an update on how the fierce, determined and ridiculously cute cat Fuzz Aldrin is recovering (you can help with that recovery by visiting http://gofundme.com/save-fuzz-aldrin”). She had to have another emergency procedure this week, which leads to a rather hilarious story about Lily Holleman, “Junior Pet Detective”. It also leads to a conversation about a surgical procedure Dean Haglund will be undergoing the first week of February. Then, Dean and Phil Leirness discuss movies – two “classics” (the comedy To Be or Not to Be and the musical Brigadoon), and five recent releases (Darren Aronosky’s Mother!, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq., Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water and the big winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MIssouri).

For the first time in weeks, your friends in podcasting tackle “Celebrity Deaths”, celebrating the life and careers of record producer Rick Hall, actress-singer Rose Marie and film noir icon Peggy Cummins. Then, they tackle the “small screen”, with Phil weighing in on the new Fox sitcom “LA to Vegas”, with Dean assessing the most recent “mirror universe” episode of “Star Trek: Discover” (“The Wolf Inside”), and the two of them discussing the thematic meanings of Season 11 of “The X-Files”, of the most recent episode (“Plus One”) and what the future might hold for the show with or without Gillian Anderson.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #557

Wow! What a show!

This week’s episode begins with your friends in podcasting sharing some of the many messages they received regarding their respective Top Ten lists of their all-time favorite War Movies. Several of these messages, and Dean and Phil’s responses, are hilarious! From there, they turn to heartfelt thoughts about how much animal companions have meant to their lives and their work. Dean confides that his dobermans (who were both featured in The Truth Is Out There) were his muses, and even after their deaths, they still are. Phil shares the heart-wrenching struggle to save his beloved feline companion, Fuzz Aldrin and how Chillpak nation has been helping to give this story a happy ending (join Team Fuzz and help share her story at GoFundMe.com/save-fuzz-aldrin).

The rest of the show is dedicated to the return of three iconic television brands. David Letterman is back, returning with a new Netflix show. Dean and Phil tackle why he’s back and the role this show might play in the current cultural landscape. “Star Trek: Discovery” is back, with the second part of its inaugural season. Why its return might actually hint at both improvement, and perhaps, increased acceptance, even though, as Dean reveals, they are still finding ways to “stub their toes” on each episode. Finally, “The X-Files” is back, debuting with a season premiere that was greeted as another clunker, but which was followed up by a VERY interesting episode of television (“This”). Dean and Phil tackle what the show has to say about the world today, about the ways in which the show has been retconned (a la “Twin Peaks”) for its return, about how the return of Dean’s character came about, and where that return might lead, about the inclusion of “This Man” and what that inclusion says about some of the misgivings the creators of “The X-Files” might have about the show’s cultural impact. Trust us, this discussion is positively mind-blowing.

The hilarious. The heartfelt. The mind-blowing. Sure sounds like YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour (with 10% more “hour”) to us!

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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