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Entourage Review

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Both shameless and shamelessly entertaining, this relentlessly boyish movie carries on exactly as the TV show left off after its eight-season run. In fact, it actually feels like a ninth season was condensed into 104 minutes, as it carries on with the same misogynistic approach, leering at women while laughing at the inappropriate behaviour of men. But these guys still have their charm, and when they get together the screen lights up with snappy banter and a hilariously knowing depiction of how crazy life is within the movie industry.

It's been four years since we last saw them, and Vince (Adrien Grenier) is just out of a disastrous marriage, yearning to direct his next movie, a raving sci-fi take on Jeckyll and Hyde. As luck would have it, his loyal ex-agent Ari (Jeremy Piven) is now a studio boss, so he lets him make the movie with his best pal Eric (Kevin Connolly) as producer, his older brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon) in a key supporting role and his pal Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) as their driver. But the Texan moneybags (Billy Bob Thornton) is dubious about all of this, and sends his know-it-all son Travis (Haley Joel Osment) to keep an eye on post-production. And Travis has some ideas of his own, much to everyone's horror.

While the rather bland Grenier holds the centre as Vince, the rest of the characters are given subplots to run with. Ari is in marriage counselling because he can't tear himself from his work; Eric goes through a few more women while preparing for his ex-girlfriend to give birth to their child; Johnny hopes this small role might finally kickstart his career; Turtle pursues a relationship with MMA champion-turned actress Ronda Rousey; and Travis is jealous of how much time Vince is spending with model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski. None of these plots have anywhere to go, but they pass the time amiably.

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Entourage the movie

Doug Ellin and Maddie Diehl - Entourage the movie UK premiere at the Vue cinema - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th June 2015

'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' benefit

Doug Ellin - 'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th June 2015

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Premiere of 'Entourage' - Arrivals

Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Dillon and Emmanuelle Chriqui - Warner Bros. Pictures' L.A. Premiere of 'Entourage' held at The Regency Village Theatre - Arrivals at The Regency Village Theater, Regency Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 1st June 2015

Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Dillon and Emmanuelle Chriqui
Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Dillon and Emmanuelle Chriqui
Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Dillon
Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Dillon
Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Dillon

Premiere of 'Entourage' - Arrivals

Doug Ellin, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Dillon and Emmanuelle Chriqui - Warner Bros. Pictures' L.A. Premiere of 'Entourage' held at The Regency Village Theatre - Arrivals at Regency Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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A Lot Has Changed Since the Golden Days of "Entourage"


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In the light of news  that an Entourage movie is finally out, the internet is now wondering – is there any more story left to tell? Of course there are, according to creator Doug Ellin. The big screen version of the critical-darling-turned-nostalgia-watch show came out Friday and the critics are about to have their say.  

Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier plays the lead character - the talented, but flighty actor Vincent Chase.

Entourage was one of HBO’s highest-rated half-hour shows, and some seasons the highest, during its run, but viewership still just topped out at an average of 8.3 million (including on-demand and digital viewing) during Season 6. And its dismal performance in syndication, both on Tribune stations and later on Spike, raises a caution flag.

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Entourage NYC Premiere

Doug Ellin - 'Entourage' New York Premiere at Paris Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 27th May 2015

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Entourage Trailer


The world of acting is no longer enough for superstar Vincent Chase, whose now looking at a career in directing. With his lifestyle having taken a significant overhaul following several years of hedonism (though it might not seem like it), Ari Gold is still acting as his agent despite his new job as CEO of Time Warner and is willing to give his client a shot at what he wants to do - even if no-one else seems to think he can pull off directing. He lands a $100 million budget but things get complicated when he goes over by $15 million. Vince isn't overly concerned with the film becoming a flop, but it could mean the end of Ari's career before its started if it doesn't come through.

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Entourage - Teaser Trailer


After making a name for themselves in Hollywood, Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends from Queens have finally made a movie. The only problem is, that after securing the chance to direct the film for 100 million USD, the film has gone over-budget by 15 million. The money is being put up by a wealthy Texas billionaire, yet the catch is that he really wants a return on his investment. Chase and the gang have to ensure that the movie is a hit - otherwise, they'll have one angry producer and one murderous billionaire on their backs. That probably won't go away, even if they just move back to Queens.

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Kate Upton for 'Entourage' Movie, Remembering The Dougie [Video]


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Kate Upton, probably the biggest and most popular model in the world right now, is in early talks to play the female lead and possible love interest of Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) in the now green-lit Entourage movie.

Kate UptonKate Upton To Play Vinnie Chase's Love Interest?

Directed by series creator Doug Ellin, the movie is about to begin shooting with the original team - Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Grenier - though the hunt is on for two things: a female lead, and a huge list of celebrity cameos.

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"It's A Go": 'Entourage' Movie Is Full Steam Ahead


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The movie adaptation of the comedy-drama series Entourage is all set, two years after the show's eight season run wrapped in 2011. "It's a go. Love you all," the show's creator Doug Ellin captioned a photo of himself posing with members of the show's cast.

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Doug Ellin Is Ready For An 'Entourage' Movie.

Ellin's sudden announcement follows months of speculation over whether an Entourage movie was in the works and it was rumored that the movie had been delayed by lengthy negotiations with actors.

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The 'Entourage' Movie Is "A Go," Says Doug Ellin


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Cult American television series Entourage has developed a devout following across the world, with the majority of these ardent fans praying since the show ended in 2011 that one day the stars and writers behind the HBO series would agree to do a movie. Late last night (28 Oct.) their prayer were answered, when series creator Doug Ellin posted a short but sweet tweet delivering the good news.

Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven will be back as Ari Gold

"It's a go. Love you all," he wrote, uploading a back and white picture of himself stood alongside the cast of the series. The announcement put months of speculation to rest at last, with the movie stalling supposedly due to contract negotiations with some of the stars.

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The 'Entourage' Movie Is Officially GO. Today is a Good Day.


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Looks like Vinnie Chase, Turtle, Eric, Ari and Johnny Drama are getting the old gang back together. According to Jerry Ferrara, who plays the street-smart Turtle, the Entourage movie is officially a goer despite stories of unrealistic money demands. 

Entourage castThe Boys Are Back! Entourage Movie Is Confirmed

"I am proud to announce the #Entourage movie is officially a GO! Have to thank @wbpictures  and @HBO for all the support to make this happen!" he tweeted on Monday.

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Mark Wahlberg Sheds More Light On Entourage Movie Announcement


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Mark Wahlberg has fanned the flames of excitement that lit yesterday in light of Warners announcing a film of HBO comedy Entourage, by offering further details on the project.

Wahlberg is one of the executive producers of the comedy, which ran from 2004 to 2011, and, as well as telling MTV that he’d be more than up for a cameo, he also let slip that filming was set to get underway this summer with a view to releasing the film in Spring 2014 – though earlier could be possible. “We always felt like it was a movie, but we had to just make these 30-minute episodes” Wahlberg commented. “That was one of the one of the frustrating things. It always felt like we left the audience wanting more, which is a good thing in doing television. I think its story and its characters were a world people really missed and really enjoyed.”

The show’s creator Doug Ellin is on board to direct the film, with the script already written, and talks are on-going to get stars Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven involved. Wahlberg said there were always plans to continue the show in some form or other. “Doug wanted to go off to do another show, and HBO liked the idea of doing it, but to have Doug actually have time to sit down and write the script ... I always knew the fans wanted a movie” he explained. “It just took a long time. It took a long time to get it written, get it right, and we got a fantastic script. Warner Bros. is very excited about it. All the guys are excited.” And so are we, Mark, and so are we.

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Entourage: Season Three, Part Two Review


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It's next to impossible to discuss the HBO series Entourage without comparing it to the network's other series. You can call it a careerist fantasy that shows what the perfect life would be if one could leave nowhere, Queens, for Hollywood and attain fame and fortune without having to leave your boys behind; a guide to achieving that perfect merging of escapist wealth and friendship, like Sex and the City for men. Or you can go the Curb Your Enthusiasm route by saying the show similarly limns, with minute and quite expertly calibrated precision, the highs and lows nervy East Coasters living the sun-dappled entertainment industry life, with all its quicksand terrors and neurotic joys (Entourage being more interested in the upside, obviously, than the uber-pessimistic Enthusiasm); they even both feature high-tension scenes during temple services. Entourage even shares a certain similarity with The Sopranos in its eerily dead-on pop culture references -- not to mention particularly grating theme songs. The show has a mimic quality that allows it to somehow slide underneath the cultural radar without attracting the same kind of heat as those other touchstone shows. That is, the popularity of Entourage isn't then necessarily written up in magazines and op-ed pages as a sign of (fill in the blank); it arrives with low expectations and leaves a half-hour later, those expectations most always met, with a little change to spare.

That's not to say that HBO doesn't know how to get the most out of its most Maxim-reader-friendly property, a fact perfectly well displayed in the channel's decision to split up the DVD release of season three into two parts, nicely maximizing revenue. The second part, containing the piddling last eight episodes on two discs, is barely enough to get you through a long and dreary Saturday, but is nevertheless a worthy distraction from the messy realities of life.

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