Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hollywood Dictionary: Volume 19

RUNNING LINES: No one in Hollywood has ever done cocaine.  Stop laughing.  I'm serious.  Ok, maybe I can't explain why there are eight drug rehab facilities within four miles of each other in Hollywood.  I can assure you it has nothing to do with Aunt Nora, Baseball, Bazulco, Batman, Beam, Bernie’s Gold Dust, Big Bloke, Big Flake, Blanca, Blow, Bump, C-dust, Candy Cane, Coke, Coca, Line, Rail, Stash, Snow, Snow White or Yeyo.  So if anyone thinks that "Running Lines" is shorthand for chopping up a white powder on mirror, rolling up a $50 bill and snorting away, you're sadly mistaken.  It's simply a term actors use for rehearsing their portion of a script.

TREATMENT:  I know what you're thinking.  And no, it still has nothing to do with cocaine.  Nor does it have anything to do with people confused by the LAPD's recent shuttering of more than 400 medical pot retailers.  Why does everyone always think people in Hollywood are drug addicts?  But enough of my paranoia, a "Treatment" is a summary of a show idea.  They are usually between one and four pages and include things like what the show is about, the characters and sample episode ideas.

LOOPING:  Temps and other poorly-compensated, aspiring Hollywood types need to unwind too.  But we can't afford Grey Goose martinis served in diamond-encrusted pimp cups.  Heck, we can barely afford second-hand smoke.  So we do what we can to relax.  Usually this involves stealing a toner cartridge, cracking it open and sticking a pinch of that black powder between our cheek and gum.  The sensation this creates is one of recalling our idealistic visions of Hollywood -- a city overflowing with creativity and the best ideas (ours) rising to the top.  It's kinda like a momentary time machine.  The term looping originates from the "loop" that a paper makes around a photocopier or printer.  Ok, before anyone actually decides to do this and gets sick, I'm kidding.  Looping is when someone goes into a recording studio to re-record the lines they didn't do well the first time.

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