Monday, August 29, 2011

Hollywood Dictionary: Volume 24

And now, a few more entries into the Hollywood Dictionary. If there are terms you want defined, please send them along to

Back Story: Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born October 21, 1980 to her father Robert and mother Kris.  Oh, wait.  That's "Back Side Story."  I always get those two confused.  Back story is simply a character's history before we join them.  For example, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall's character in The Godfather) grew up in a broken family and is saved by Sonny Corleone, who finds him on the street and takes him in to live with the Corleones.  Now let's return to talking about The Tush.

Big Personality: -- I'm sure there's another Kim Kardashian joke I could make here.  But I'll dispense with that and go straight to the definition.  I was temping at a production company responsible for a well-known series of teen films when a writer came for a meeting.  He was the son of a famed director, and with that seemingly came a ridiculous sense of entitlement and bombast.  During the meeting, he was preoccupied with either name dropping, boasting or checking his iPhone.  I kept thinking he was a self-involved prick.  Upon conclusion of the meeting, my boss du jour walked over to my cubicle and said "he certainly has a big personality."  So that should answer that question. 

YA: In the movie Fargo, France McDormand played the folksy police office Marge Gunderson.  Her sweet exterior masked a dogged pursuit of the truth -- in this case, who kidnapped Jean Lundegaard.  Gunderson punctuates most everything she says with the very Swedish "ya."  But that has nothing to do with this or any other good movie.  YA is short for "Young Adult," which is a category for movies that suck but make a lot of money like Twilight and the forthcoming film The Hunger Games.

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