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Desperate Hollywoodisms

by | 6th, January 2007

QUOTE : A little bit of ‘Desperate Housewives’ meets ‘Father Knows Best.’” Billy Campbell, president of Discovery Networks, in the New York Times.

Figure of Speech : Hollywoodism, a form of periphrasis (per-IH-phra-sis), the descriptive swap. From the Greek, meaning “speak around.”

Two filmmakers are shooting competing documentaries about meerkats. The weasely creatures live in the Kalahari desert and dabble in family values while committing adultery and theft like members of Congress, only cuter. TV mogul Billy Campbell uses a classic Hollywoodism to describe one of the films, a spin-off of the Animal Planet series “Meerkat Manor.”

Movies rarely get produced unless they’re “high concept” based on an idea that

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