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Doug Ellin, a guy I had never heard of before this show came on, along with Larry Charles, formally of Seinfeld, both write the lights out in this one and deserve much of the credit for its ability to appeal. I will admit that during the early trailers I was bit skeptical, but am now a definite fan. Good writing equals greater success.
Larry sanders meets sex and the city.
since it revolves around tinsel town it has endless plot possibilities, and its always interesting to see more of the back stage of the movie business especially when it feel like the real deal as the old Larry sanders show did for late night talk shows.
I Highly recommend giving this one a chance, it might turn out to be the dark horse of the season.
The storyline is not new, just well conceived in this fast paced and energetic venue. Vincent Chase, played very well by Adrian Grenier, is the "IT" new actor in Hollywood. Surrounded by his "entourage" including his brother Johnny "Drama" Chase(played by Kevin Dillon), the erstwhile Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara), and Eric "E" (played by Kevin Connolly. Like most modern day posse's these boys serve specific roles in their support of their guy. Vince is, after all, the meal ticket and these guys know it to varying degrees. "E" has assumed the role of Vince's Manager since he is quick witted, knows people, and has Vince's undying trust. As a former manager of a Sbarro's Restaurant in Queens, NY he has all the qualifications, at least for Vince! Yet "E" is intuitive and handles himself well among the sharks in LA. "Drama" preceded Vince to Hollywood having starred in the 90's TV show Viking Quest. But Johnnie's career never took off and hit the skids a while back but with Vince's help he'll get the chance to show his stuff as a bit player in all of Vince's projects. He also serves as the family cook. Turtle is the ultimate hanger-on. His role is that of "gopher" or a man servant who does all the menial chores around the house. However, toward the end of the second season Turtle begins to spread his wings and shows he may have some real street smarts as well.
Keeping this vehicle moving in the right direction is Ari Gold, Vince's agent, played brilliantly by Jeremy Piven. Ari is a fast talking, on top of the game and industry action agent who has finally found his actor that can catapult him to the top of the agent game. He resents "E" because they have diametrically opposite backgrounds in as much as Ari has an MBA and J.D. from Harvard and has paid his dues while "E" was born in the right neighborhood near Vince. But Ari learns that he can't steamroll "E" as Vince ultimately trusts his best friend more than anyone in the world.
Other characters of note are Shauna, played by Debi Mazur. Shauna is, like Ari, very sarcastic and witty and clearly has a vision as Vince's publicist as to what and how she wishes Vince to be shown in the public. A myriad of Hollywood A,B, and C list people show their faces in cameo's as they interact with Vince and the guys. Romance, ego, opportunity, greed, and family love all play out in the fastest paced half hour ride you'll have in a long time.
HBO is now replaying Season 1 and then Season 2 before premiering the third season and if you have not yet experienced this show you owe it to yourself. See if you don't get hooked by it as well................a quick hint as to one of the hooks that got me...in the first episode the guys are wondering if they're gonna go back to Queen's for their High School reunion. They decide to do so and at the end of the show we see them getting ready to depart for the airport. We see Turtle wearing a Bayside High School letterman jacket and Vince is wearing a hooded sweatshirt with BAYSIDE written across the front. That is where I went to High School so my connection was set.
Entourage is a lot of fun for the one episode I've seen, I plan to watch more of it as well...
Honestly, I don't understand the buzz going on with this show. It claims to take a realistic view of the Hollywood lifestyle, but the humor mainly centres around hot chicks, money, and how money can buy hot chicks. Yet this show challenges nothing about male sexuality (comparisons to Sex & the City are basically stupid). "Every woman has a price" seems to be the name of the game, and wow, is that ever flattering for female viewers. Men may as well just watch porn, because anyone who's looking for that kind of entertainment probably isn't in it for the two exceptions that make this show worth pausing for - Ari, Vince's agent, and Eric, his manager, both of whom are played intelligently.
Make no mistake. That means that this show would be good if stripped of all other elements: Adrian Grenier's lazy, unconvincing superstar in Vince is grating, Kevin Dillon plays himself as Jonny Drama (and it is sad, not funny, because he does so without recognizing it, for the most part), and perverts have been more successfully funny on teen dream show Veronica Mars than they are with Turtle, who makes me shudder every time he comes on screen.
Let's put it this way: This show is how Marky Mark wishes his life in Hollywood was like. Does that sound like something worth wasting even half an hour on? Not so much.
There's nothing even remotely redeeming about any of the shallow characters, making it impossible to care. "Entourage" prides itself on it's shallowness, and perhaps that's the point. But it's hard to appreciate any episode unless you're equally shallow. Otherwise, you'll just be repelled.
The performances, apart from Piven, are lackluster. The cardboard Adrian Grenier simply isn't convincing as a big star (coincidentally, that's why he never was one to being with, and hasn't gone beyond being listed as "the next John Travolta"). Kevin Dillon is...well, Kevin Dillon. It only goes further downhill from there.
The humor is dirty, and relies on being mean and making fun of people. Did I mention that all of the main characters are scumbags? I really find no entertainment in watching these idiots party and try to get laid.
This is a mean-spirited show, and is probably influencing the young and stupid viewers in a negative way. It makes me sad for humanity. :(
Let's start with the jokes. There are none. Watching episodes I sit and wait for the humorous lines to come...and they don't. I think it's poorly written, not witty, and definitely not funny.
Next are the humorous characters. Sure, maybe jokes aren't what this show is about, like King of the Hill, and its a more subtle program. Therefore, this show must have humorous characters that makes things funny. Wrong. All of the characters on this show are the same: Jerks. They're all jerks. There is nothing funny about them, unless you yourself are the world's biggest jerk and find being an absolute jerk the funniest thing in the world. I found not a single character on this show to be different, with the minor exception of the manager, who was still an absolute jerk.
Well, no jokes, no funny characters, well maybe the situations on the show are funny, and you can laugh at the plight of the characters or muse at the funny things they get themselves into. Well, sorry to disappoint, but Entourage disappoints with this also. The situations are far from humorous. There is nothing clever, witty, or original about them really.
I find this show to be awful, unfunny, but it would probably work as a dramatic show better. Just re-label it, no need to re-shoot, the originals aren't funny anyway.
Vincents other entourage include his brother Johnny Chase, known as "Drama" who used to be a relatively successful actor back in the day, however his career is now on the down side. Johnny Chase is played by Matt Dillon's brother Kevin Dillon, and his job is now to cook for Vincent and the rest of the crew. Jerry Ferrara plays the role of Turtle, Vincent's driver while Kevin Connolly who plays Eric Murphy, also known as E, is Vincent's manager.
The series is made to seem like a reality show most of the times, and although the characters and their situations are of course amplified for entertaining purposes, the lifestyle these four young men live is a true reflection of young Hollywood these days.
Like most fans of this show I can't wait for the movie to be released in June this year.
And it's not surprise that show is conceived by one such street kid from Boston, whom I always appreciated as a good actor, but who now suddenly trying to pretend to be artistic genius and intellectual author and able to produce TV homage to Hollywood style street scamp wisdom.
That's suppose to be funny and entertaining, intelligent and cool !? When you append constant sex, which has sense and substance as any cheesy soft-porn, in which women are present only as object and with sole purpose to serve and please our boys, and to some extent to trill our fellow viewer imagination. In these long eight years we have been subjected to episode after episode of one and the same plot, flavored with stupid, immature jokes and criminally stupid and immature dialogs, lots of Ferrari, Porsche, and other flashy sports cars, and women portrayed as brainless sex-toys, Hollywood assistants and secretaries as slaves, managers and bosses as dealer/mongers at some early 1990's East-Europena provincial street vegetable open market or rather as cavemen whose only way of communicating is humiliation, swearing, bulling, abusing sexually or otherwise, laying, and appreciation of as vulgar as possible obsequiousness above all.
While I accept that Hollywood is exactly like show portrays and certainly much worst, full of beautiful young talents with their IQ smaller then their shoe size, I am still nowhere near the state of mind which craves for this kind of masochism.
But you can always find some great inside look films, for instance about low-level Hollywood in "Mistress", my favorite.
After some pondering i presume that the appeal of Entourage might be that a bunch of guys hang out together while one of them makes money for them all. Also, they smoke weed regularly, which i haven't. It might have helped while watching them doing nothing in Hollywood, yet somehow managing to enjoy a lavish lifestyle. The only thing making the show almost bearable is the short length of the episodes.
In the end Entourage scared me a little, because it is based on true people and events. If this is really what goes on in Hollywood, then no wonder they produce mindless block-busters.
The show is suppose to appeal to all of us pions outside of the "industry", a sort of look in to the wonderful world of money, women, and fame. But it really is more about a bunch of dudes in a frat house. But maybe that's the point.
A decent show, not a good one.
None of Vince, Turtle, Eric or Drama are likable, in my opinion. Drama is just a whining, terrible actor shamelessly riding the coat-tails of his brother to pick up acting work. Turtle is just this annoying wannabe-homeboy leech, who does nothing other than reel off a few hit and miss jokes at Drama's expense. Vince is just this selfish, lazy and fairly simple movie star. He provides nothing to the show, no humour, no conflict really.
I used to think that Eric was the worst character and I still don't like him, but he is probably the least offensive of the four I would say. Ari is usually great as the pig-headed agent, but even his humour is becoming laboured and needs a fresh direction. I do enjoy his banter with the other agents - Harvey, Dana Gordon etc.
But I would not call this a clever show. Even Ari's character, the almost sole source of humour on the show only gets his laugh by being a loudmouth a-hole reeling off offensive one-liners about gays or his ex-Dana Gordon etc. The only way this show can derive its humour is by being offensive, which is fine really and its good to go along with the ride but its not all that clever.
It is hard for me to judge this show because it is enjoyable but tends to annoy the crap out of me as well. Maybe I should not analyse it so critically and perhaps I should just go along for the ride
I haven't seen the movie of the Show but I will. To be honest, I didn't want a movie to be made as I feel it won't be as good as the series and it will spoil the reputation of the Show.
Each episode consists of an Eric/Vince argument followed by an Ari/Eric argument. Luckily for us, at the end of 26 minutes, all is resolved. The story lines are without limitation for this cast of characters. The show seems to drift further and further away from Vince. That may be okay if the audience really drafts towards a particularly character (maybe Ari?), but if the show intends on pursuing a long term deal, they need to center the plot around Vince.
This show is getting too serious with itself. It's getting too sappy.
Season 1 Vince was the MAN. He had a Tyler Durdan-like appeal because he had looks, style, swagger, marched to the beat of his own drum, and never allowed anyone to stress him. Every guy wanted to be him.
Season 5 Vince is some chump that is down on his luck,subservient and basically on E's junk, and needs ppl to handle things for him bc he is a retard actor as opposed to a guy that would just rather not be bothered with all the drama.
E takes himself way too seriously. Acts way too goody goody, never sits in the middle of the backseat with drama or turtle, acts like vince needs him more than he needs vince, is the leader? C'mon, Vince runs the show. (E: "I thought I was the one making the decisions for you. Vince: "Not ultimately".) Turtle is too rough on Drama and needs to be the shameless sidekick who is a proud hedonist.
Drama is good just the way he is and so are Ari and Lloyd and Mrs. Ari. Ari's energy and clever insults (pepperoni U and what if I were to tell you I had a 22 inch cock, is that something you'd be interested in) are 50 percent of what makes the show great.
I speak for my buddies and I when I say this. Make this a guy's guy show again. Lose the drama and E's ego. Add more partying and adventure.
The characters and actors all seem very cartoonish this season; like the laugh is a foregone conclusion and the actors are all in on a private joke. All the ego, money, and competition in their world would lead to some confrontation and ruffled feathers, not the continual love fest we have seen over the past few episodes.
Please fix this show - threaten a few writers and actors if you need to and make them WORK for it.
Turtle dating Jamie-Lynn Sigler?? C'mon, it's so poorly contrived and not very believable. The movie star gives the little chubby jobless kid a break even after he "kisses" and tells? It seems like pandering to the youngsters. Not every episode has to have an awesome happy ending for each character In truth Drama is a jerk, Eric is a cocky, self righteous, and under educated, and Turtle is an uneducated hanger-on They have Vince to protect them; outside of his protection the real world would chew them up, take the story a bit more in that direction.
I would bet that the real friends of stars have some issues during their day I gave my three stars for Ari, who I think is written as a believable super agent (although now he is now somehow offended by married men trying to make it with younger girls, which is counter to the character they developed in the first few seasons, so it seems his character is being sanitized too). Another star for having attractive women and cool cars on the show, and the last for what it was and can still be if the producers find their guts again