A Parents’ Guide To Current Street Slang

Parent coolness is at an all-time high.

Between 20 to 40 years ago parenting was at an all time low with respect to coolness. But parents these days are cooler than ever. It is expected that parenting will, again, become uncool in the coming years.

These days, if you’re a parent, it can seem downright impossible to keep up with the verbiage slung about by a child, especially a teenager. Not only do they seem to switch from being a fan of Justin Bieber to Lance Bass and then back to Justin Bieber again, but they change lingo almost as quickly. And if you do happen to catch the latest episode of “Riverdale” or “Beverly Hills 90210,” there is a real chance you won’t be able to follow along with who is in love with who or whether sideburns are in or not. 

So, in an effort to keep providing you with helpful info you can actually use, here is an up-to-date (as of this morning) list of teen slang that you can drop a bit of knowledge on your teen son or daughter next time you attempt to have a conversation with them. It’s a primer on the language they use and what in tarnation they actually mean. 

Bust the ill pod– Someone very well-versed in current contemporary music.

Pulling an “Indiana Jones”– Taking a long walk in the jungle, the dessert or any such lengthy trek.

Sending flowers to a vegan– Something that is a waste of time or energy. 

Toothy– Laughing at an inappropriate time. 

Sweatin’ to the oldies– Wearing extremely short shorts. 

Philly Jim– Someone with a thick, distinctive (though non-Bostonian) accent. Other variations include Denver Jim, Milwaukee Jim and Portland Pete.

Dragon Ball lame-Uncool, uninteresting.

Tarek and Christina-To break up, or end a long relationship. “Y’all hear about Leroy and Tina? They made like Tarek and Christina.”

Delta Burke– Overweight.

A Rachel McAdams movie– Having to do with time travel.

Meghan Trainor- Someone who is stuck up, arrogant, full of themselves. Especially someone from Nantucket.

Worse than Columbo– Someone who is annoying or a nuisance.

“If Distributors Say No To Our Film, We Aren’t Shut Down; We Can Go Direct To The Consumer:” A TDQ Q&A With Producer Daemon Hillin

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with film producer Daemon Hillin. Daemon spoke to us about his company, Benetone Films, and their latest effort, “PERNICIOUS” as well as how a kid from California ended up working for the biggest film company in Thailand. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Daemon Hillin:

Daemon Hillin

When faced with adversity Pernicious producer Daemon Hillin says “Yes I Cannes!”

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Daemon Hillin: I have loved film ever since I was a kid. Film can take you on a journey no matter what kind of day you are having. Growing up I didn’t really have a clue what producing was, but as my business savvy increased I really found a great opportunity to pursue something that I love with all my heart.

TDQ: Who was your favorite film producer growing up?

DH: Steven Spielberg without a doubt.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

DH: My Grandfather and my Mother. Couldn’t have done anything without them.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

DH: “You are your word.”

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

DH: That’s a tough one, because the advice might have been good, but the timing bad.

PerniciousTDQ: Tell us about Benetone Films, your production company.

DH: Benetone Films is the biggest production company in Thailand. We have been rated number 1 by the Thai film commission six years in a row. We do about 100 commercials a year, eight Bollywood Films and two US films. My partners are some of the smartest and kindest men I have ever met. Not only do I contribute, but I am also taught by a great group of guys!

TDQ: You grew up in California, what led you to a production company in Thailand?

DH: Fate is a funny thing. I had been visiting Thailand my whole life spending time there for vacation. When the opportunity came up to make a film in Thailand I jumped on it and pushed with all my heart to make it happen. The film went well, then Benetone Films bought my US company Hillin Entertainment. We are now eight films deep in four years.

Emily O'Brien and Jackie Moore in Pernicious

Pernicious characters Julia (Emily O’Brien) and Rachel (Jackie Moore) are starting to suspect something isn’t right.

TDQ: Tell us about Benetone’s first theatrical release, “PERNICIOUS.”

DH: Our first Theatrical was actually “A Stranger In Paradise” starring Colin Egglesfield, Stuart Townsend and Oscar-Nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Pernicious is my second film that I shot in Thailand that we have a theatrical for. This film was really myself and Rachvin and Kulthep coming together and trying to take Thai folklore and pretty ladies and turn it into a gruesome film.

We then hired James to flesh out some ideas based on our parameters, and, boom, we had “PERNICIOUS.”

Ciara Hanna in Pernicious

Here we see Pernicious character Alex (Ciara Hanna) taking, what appears to be, what, a refreshing mud bath? No, I’m being told it’s a terrifying blood bath.

TDQ: What other projects are you working on?

DH: By The Rivers Of Babylon (Thriller), starring Crispin Glover, Connie Stevens, Mark Boone Jr, and Joely Fisher. We are in post and this will be finished soon.

“Killing Winston Jones” (a dark comedy), starring Richard Dreyfus, Danny Glover, Jon Heder, Danny Masterson, Aly Mychalka, Tyler Labine, and Lyne Shae. Also in post.

“Oliver Storm and The Curse of Sinbad’s Treasure” is in development. It is “Goonies” meets “Indiana Jones” and will be shot in Thailand. Continue reading

Seven Fun Facts About George Lucas

Love him or hate him, George Lucas‘ place in cinema history certainly can’t be overstated. But think you know everything there is to know about the man behind “Willow?” Then test your knowledge about the filmmaker by reading these seven little-known facts about him:


Lucas in a screen test for the Frasier pilot.

1) Lucas was hired as the original actor for Roz on “Frasier.”
During the first few days of rehearsals for the pilot episode, however, the writers found themselves having to re-write the characters of Roz and Frasier. It seemed that while Lucas was funny, he just couldn’t play “forceful.” It soon became apparent that that the role of Roz would have to fall to someone who, although less educated than Dr. Crane, would be in control of things at the radio station. They needed a character who could hold her own whenever Frasier became too pompous, and that someone was Peri Gilpin.

Al Gore

Al Gore helps college roommate George Lucas with a short film.

2) During his college years, one of his roommates was Al Gore.
The two shared a room at USC and, like plenty of college roomies, chased skirts together, even joining a country music band to get girls. The unlikely duo also served as the inspiration for the character of Oliver in Love Story, written by fellow USC alum Erich Segal.

3) The character of George Costanza on “Seinfeld” was based on him.
Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David were huge fans of his, and cite “THX 1138” as their favorite film of all time. As an homage to their idol, they named Jason Alexander’s character after him, and made him neurotic and cheap, just like Lucas himself.

Indiana Jones

Lucas insisted on re-filming scenes of Indiana Jones with actor Harrison Ford wearing the mask.

4) He originally envisioned Indiana Jones as a hockey mask-wearing serial killer.
Lucas wanted the serial killer to find himself searching for the Ark of the Covenant at the same time he was carving up Nazis and summer campers alike, but the script underwent several re-writes when Steven Speilberg joined in the fun, and Lucas never got to see his creation wield a machete like he’d hoped.

Whiffle Ball

George Lucas and Alec Guiness on the set of Star Wars always at the ready to play some whiffle ball.

5) He actually went to high school with a dude named Boba Fett.
At their 30th reunion, Lucas learned that his former pal had become an actuary for a Nevada insurance company.

6) Lucas is a world-class Wiffle Ball player.
He would often delay filming on “Star Wars” while he and Alec Guinness had home run derbies.


The cost for Lucas to reclaim his Camaro? A re-cut version of Episodes I to III that is enjoyable to watch.

7) In 1993, he was reunited with his old car that he sold to finance “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Lucas sold his Bumblebee-striped black-and-gold 1971½ Chevy Camaro Z28 in 1978 after he needed some quick cash to fund the sequel to “Star Wars,” but got it back 15 years later after a lengthy internet search. Continue reading

Harrison Ford Curses At, Hangs Up On Reporter Who Called Him For A “Where Are They Now” TV Segment

Harrison Ford, IMDB

We are going to have to side with Australian reporter Ollie Wilcher on this one. We looked up Harrison Ford on IMDB and we don’t recognize any of his films.

Los Angeles—With the recent news about “Star Wars” creator George Lucas selling his empire to the Disney company a few weeks ago, interest in the sci-fi mega-franchise once again peaked within the media, and some foreign television news agencies thought it would be a good idea to do a “Where are they Now?” segment on the franchise’s stars.

But when Ollie Wilcher, a TV reporter from Bisbane, Australia got on the phone with Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, to interview him about his life and career after “Star Wars,” Ford, known to be a bit prickly with the press anyway, was rather miffed that the reporter didn’t know about Ford’s turn as Indiana Jones or his roles in “Witness” or “The Fugitive.”

“I’m not sure what’s more pathetic,” Ford was recorded as saying to the reporter. “That you yourself haven’t heard of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ or ‘Witness,’ or that you’re too lazy to do some research. They do have the internet in Australia, don’t they? You have access to this IMDB thing I’ve read about? Maybe Google ‘Harrison Ford’ before you get on the phone with me? Jackass.” Continue reading

The Kid Stays In The Picture: A TDQ Q&A With Filmmaker Bryan Smith Of “8th Avenue Studios”

8th Avenue Studios

8th Avenue Studios

This week, The Daily Quarterly spoke to filmmaker Bryan Smith of “8th Avenue Studios.” He talked to us about his upcoming web series, “The Fire Project,” which premieres next month, as well as the struggles of being a small studio and the merits of James Cameron’s films. He also talks about Vikings and the fact that Han Solo did, indeed, shoot first. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Bryan Smith:
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