Staggering pre-production expenses mainly for big-name talent, as in Macaulay Culkin's post-Home Alone salary (current asking price: $1 million).
French term for a director with a domineering personal vision. Ex: ''Gee, since I won my Oscar, I feel like an auteur.''
The pittance left over after above-the-line costs for actual filming.
Lead assistant to head electrician. Not as weird as you thought, huh?
1950s Hollywood sees red, turns yellow.
Snide reference to audience-pleasing sentimentality done best by Frank Capra, as in It's a Wonderful Life.
1: Somebody too convincing to be a lead. 2: A Broadway actor skylarking. 3: Michael J. Fox if he doesn't get a big part for five years.
Creates great photography so the director can win the Oscar.
Concept for every Liza Minnelli project.
1: A shot with predominantly blue tones. 2: Something Johnny Depp has. 3: Something Richard Grieco wants.
A movie loved with evangelical passion by fans terrified that other people will find out about it.
1: Status of a film before a studio agrees to make it. 2: Hollywood purgatory.
1: Hollywood species recognized by baseball cap. 2: What every actor wants to be. Ex: ''I enjoy my role on One Day at a Time, but I really want to direct.''
1: Film industry slang for ''special effects.'' 2: Silly name for the 1986 movie, since nobody outside the film industry understood the term.
1: What a director says he's doing when he's ripping off another director's style. 2: Anything by Brian De Palma.
1: A film's staying power at the box office. 2. Kathleen Turner's power base.
1. G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. 2. Classification system that alerts teenagers to flicks that have $7 worth of sex and violence.
No such thing.