Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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 TempX@tempdiaries.com...
Dark: Most Hollywood assistants probably associate this term with work.  Why?  Because it's dark outside when you get in and it's dark when you go home.  When added to the fact that these same people are sequestered in some dingy cubicle for the balance of the day, it's not surprise that assistants often suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder.  However, this term has nothing to do with any of this.  Dark is when a show stops filming for previously-scheduled breaks (e.g., Christmas) or whenever Charlie Sheen goes on a multi-week bender.

Dead:  This defines a TV or movie project that was being developed but, thanks to someone's common sense (I know, can you believe it?!), is no longer.  Thus, the project is "Dead." But just like zombies, Hollywood projects are never really dead.  They just need some fool to breathe life back into them.  For example, Baywatch: The Movie has been floating around town since 2004 when DreamWorks first optioned the rights. Its most recent iteration has it Peter Tolan attached and an approximate release date of 2013.

Call Back: Pronounced "KAWL - bak," this is not to be confused with the previously-defined "Call Back" (kawl - BAK), or being instructed by your asshat of a boss to return someone's phone call.  When the emphasis is on the first word, this is good news for an actor/actress because this means he/she has made it to the next stage of the audition process - the casting couch.

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