Entourage

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Entourage gets a lot of flack around the Internet. There’s a lot of talk about how it was just empty escapism, the chance to vicariously live a disgustingly decadent Hollywood lifestyle through its characters for a half hour a week. There’s a lot of criticism about how the show told the same stupid story over and over again, where it looked like the Vincent character (Adrian Grenier) might not do a movie, but then his buddies eventually convince him to do the movie, so then everyone can continue being rich and happy. Heck, people even like to throw around terms like “douchebag” and “bro” when describing the tone of the show. It’s not exactly the best thing HBO has produced, according to most TV/movie geeks. The fact is that a bunch of norms really did like the show though, seeing as it lasted for a ridiculous eight seasons, so even though an Entourage movie is a real head scratcher in the what-the-heck-is-this-thing-going-to-be-about department, it was pretty much bound to always happen. And, if you ask me, anything that promises to give us gloriously huge images of series regular and hot girl from Snow Day Emmanuelle Chriqui projected up on the big screen can’t be all bad. So now that there are reports saying that all of the ts have been crossed and the lowercase js have been dotted in regards to getting an Entourage movie together, probably it’s time we put all of our prejudices about bottle service and self […]

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Entourage Cast

The spectre of an Entourage movie has hovered over the film fan world since even before the show ended in 2011, but even though Mark Wahlberg threatened to make it even if he had to finance it himself, he hasn’t made good on that yet. Enter Warner Bros. According to Deadline Hollywood, the studio has officially greenlit the project that will see Vinnie Chase, Eric, Turtle, Drama and Ari return to our lives like that infection you thought was all cleared up. To be fair, there’s something inherently compelling about the consequence-free show, which is why it held on for 7 1/2 seasons, but what’s really exciting about the prospect of a movie is how the hell they’ll pull off a storyline interesting enough to warrant an hour and a half and placement on the big screen. This show was perfect for HBO and television because of how easily digestible it was, but it seems wholly wrong for film unless they greatly change the tone. The plot can’t simply be that Vince bones some hot strangers, Eric and Ari struggle to secure the film role he’s lost and re-won several time while Drama gets a parking ticket. There’s something to that challenge. Hopefully they’ll meet it, because the world doesn’t need another in-joke comedy about the world of filmmaking, let alone one featuring these guys, but the potential for something surprising is real. On the other hand, it would be much, much cooler if we got Medellin, Smoke Jumpers and Ferrari instead.

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Joss Whedon

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the exact thing that your pop culture obsessed sensibilities needs after a long hard day of talking about the latest iPhone on Twitter. We begin this evening with that picture of Joss Whedon holding Captain America’s shield on the set of The Avengers. Not just because we like that shot, but because Whedon is talking about his SHIELD TV show in a new interview with MTV. He’s talking about new characters who aren’t superheros, but underdogs. Also notable up top is this excellent interview with Chris Evans, who has also been known to hold that shield.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s like a nightly version of American Top 40, but with movies and no Casey Kasem. Actually, it’s nothing like American Top 40. It’s just about movies. We begin tonight with a piece of Drew Struzan’s The Thing poster for Mondo, all part of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 series. Even though it’s reminiscent of the original poster for the film, it’s still quite cool. Movies.com also has a pretty solid interview with the postering legend, which you should read. And now, the news…

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! Lots of titles to choose from today in all three categories including two brilliant Criterion releases, the second Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes film, a Dutch family film that stars a frequently naked lady from Game of Thrones, and a mixed bag of direct to DVD releases. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Accident Ho Kwok-fai (Louis Koo) is the brains behind a four-person team of assassins who specialize in making their hits look like accidents, but when one of their own is killed in an accident not of their making he suspects the team is being targeted. Johnnie To produced this dark little gem that teases a couple well choreographed action scenes but focuses instead on suspense and feelings of paranoia, loss and suspicion. It’s a sharp thriller that surprises more than once throughout its short running time, and it marks director Soi Cheang as a director unafraid to go against the usual stylized Hong Kong action grain. Some of the choreographed accidents are incredibly precise and seem to rely on an awful amount of luck, but they are professionals after all. Shout! Factory’s first foray into Asian cinema is a winner.

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I remember back in 2008 I had only heard of Entourage in passing. While growing up in Long Island, some of my High School classmates were obsessed with it, and when I got to college my roommate wouldn’t stop talking about it. So in December of 2008 I finally watched the series… I went through the first five seasons in one week, the third season in one day… I was almost immediately (minus that awful pilot) consumed by the show. Vinny’s strive to always provide, Johnny’s constant need for fame without understanding how good he has it compared to most actors in the business, Turtle’s drive to be his own man, E’s desire for a normal life and of course Ari’s need for total control. All these things, despite what some may snark at, served to make something that was more than the glamour-filled exterior that the show sat within.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a collection of news that fell through the cracks, will make you crack up, or that’s addicted to crack. How can movie news be addicted to a controlled substance? It’s unclear, but it’s a harsh world out there when the sun goes down. We begin tonight with the vague news that Ghostbusters (the original) will be hitting theaters again in October. No, not a version of Ghostbusters III that’s been secretly filming for the past year amidst empty press releases. The original flick will play. But when? Where? The movie’s Facebook page is short on answers, and when I checked with Columbia/Sony, so were they.

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A year ago, John Boyega was a name that nobody knew. And, okay, it’s probably still a name that a lot of people aren’t familiar with. But if the hype he’s been getting from film critics for his starring role in this summer’s Attack the Block is any indication, Boyega won’t be able to enjoy anonymity for very much longer. Attack the Block director Joe Cornish found Boyega performing in a small stage show in London and cast him in his hoods versus aliens monster movie based on that. One to take his work seriously, first-time film actor Boyega then took to studying season 4 of The Wire to get a handle on how to approach playing an urban youth, and brought reality to the character of Moses, in a performance that felt genuine and raw even when there was tons of alien monster insanity going on around it. Suddenly, it looks like the mess of film critics who have been pimping for Attack the Block all summer aren’t the only ones who noticed the work Boyega put in, because THR is reporting that Spike Lee has taken notice of the young actor and cast him as the lead of his HBO dramatic series Da Brick. Da Brick is about a young man from Newark, New Jersey (Brick City) who, upon being released from juvenile detention on his 18thbirthday, must traverse the harsh environment of his hometown and learn what it takes to be a man, with a little bit of […]

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“If I had to finance it myself, I would do it.” That’s Mark Wahlberg crushing the speculation that Entourage would end up on the long list of television shows that won’t ever be translated to the big screen. The show ends its television run with a short season (that’s currently airing), but like most fan favorites in their twilight year, Entourage seeks to live on, and making a movie seems like the most obvious way to do that. It’s unclear what kind of draw Vincent Chase’s first real movie might be for studios, but it could be done without much expense, and it has a built-in audience (which seems to be the key to signing on a dotted line). So, who knows. On the other hand, it seems that if no one else wants to finance it, Wahlberg will just make it happen himself. He might also be blowing smoke. What might be most interesting is to see what people who haven’t seen the show think of all this. Is this the kind of thing that has cross-over appeal? Would someone who’s never seen an episode want to go see the gang in theaters? Would the inevitable R-rating for copious breasts yet PG tone to the whole thing translate to gaining a bigger audience or would it just be a mess?

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This Week in DVD

It’s my birthday this week, and it therefore seems only fitting that the BUY section is overflowing with fantastic and fun titles worth picking up and enjoying with your friends, families, and parole officers. They even represent a pretty good blend of genres with horror (Insidious, [Rec]2), animated kid fare (Rango), and some classics from the silent era (Buster Keaton). Other titles out this week include The Lincoln Lawyer, Arthur, Battle Beyond the Stars and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Buster Keaton: The Short Films 1920-1923 Charlie Chaplin may be the most famous name of the silent film era, but equally beloved and far less controversial is the man behind Cole Abaius’s favorite film, The General. Buster Keaton had a long career both before and after that Civil War-themed classic, and this newly remastered set includes all nineteen of his solo shorts along with a roaring freight train full of extras. The shorts are filled with sharp comedy and incredible physical stunts with some of the best being One Week, The Goat, and Cops. The extras include visual essays, deleted scenes, two additional shorts that see Keaton sharing the screen with the likes of Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Fatty Arbuckle, and newly recorded audio commentary with Keaton himself. Okay, that last one isn’t true, but this is still a brilliant collection.

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The television show now entering its 6th season might be headed to a new medium if Mark Wahlberg has any say in the matter. Hint: he does.

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Entourage

That popular spot. That popular time. Be there. No need for a reservation this is Hollywood.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we delve deep into the world of why The Oscars should nominate more populist best pictures. And we rob a bank.

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One of the few television series that I’ve ever bought that I just can’t get into is HBO’s Entourage. Which would explain why I’m not excited at all by the prospect of an Entourage movie…

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Entourage: First Class Jerk

The gang returns home to New York City, but Hollywood seems to follow. Vince’s mom tells him and Eric that Gus Van Sant is in town and in need of a replacement for Joaquin Phoenix due to an injury.

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Boiling Point: Cliffhangers

As new TV shows come to an end, Robert Fure aims his rage at a lack of new programming at cliffhanger season finales.

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Entourage: Play

Vince takes Verner’s criticisms from last week to heart, but the director ends up firing Vince on the spot.

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Entourage

Vince gets humiliated on the set of Smokejumpers with a shrinking number of lines and a passive-aggressive director. Eric gets humiliated by Seth Green while trying to close a deal for another client.

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Entourage: First Class Jerk

Vince’s first day on the set of Smokejumpers starts with a dickish Drama, includes feelings of nervousness, and ends with a realization that Vince’s career has sunk so low that Jason Patric actually carries more weight.

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Entourage: First Class Jerk

The gang returns from last week’s surprise vacation, and Turtle scores a first class seat next to Jamie Lynn Sigler, star of HBO’s The Sopranos. He makes a mile-high claim to the guys, which no one believes.

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