HBO has seen its once unbeatable lineup of original programming dwindle away (The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, Six Feet Under), and has been unable to plug those holes with new fare that could stay afloat (John From Cincinnati, Rome, Lucky Louie).
But there's still one program that's going from the network's glory days--Entourage.
HBO's Hollywood comedy Entourage, which this week unveiled the final episode of its current season, might have inadvertently written the final word on the messy Paramount Pictures/Tom Cruise breakup.
The plugged-in Entourage team didn't comment specifically on the Paramount-Cruise impasse, of course. Instead, the season ender began as newly minted star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) musters up the determination to fire his longtime agent, Ari Gold. (As if to demonstrate just how much a part of the current Hollywood zeitgeist "Entourage" is, Jeremy Piven, who stars as the playing-every-angle Gold, picked up an Emmy on Sunday night.)
On the surface, Vincent is contemplating a business move. Ari has bungled a recent deal. Other agencies are lining up to promise the young star of Aquaman that they can turn him into an international brand name. As for Ari, who has just ...Read more
Bruno Kirby, the character actor who argued with his onscreen fiancee about the beauty of a wagon wheel, died late Monday night in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 57.
In a statement released yesterday, Kirby's wife, Lynn Sellers, said that the actor had been diagnosed with leukemia only recently.
"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," the statement read. "Bruno's spirit will continue to live on not only in his rich body of film and television work but also through the lives of individuals he has touched throughout his life."
Born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu in New York City in 1949, Kirby was the son of actor Bruce Kirby. The young Kirby got his first breaks in the 1970s films Cinderella Liberty and The Young ...Read more
Vincent Chase is the biggest fake star in the world.
Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, is the main character in HBO's Entourage, a show that follows the comedic adventures of a rising Hollywood star and his band of merry men. A major plot thread has involved Chase starring in a fictitious James Cameron production of Aquaman, based on the DC Comics character.
Last Sunday's episode revolved around the opening weekend of Aquaman and expectations as to whether it would outgross Spider-Man, which had the largest opening weekend in movie history. In the end Aquaman won out, and to celebrate HBO took out a full-page ad in Hollywood trade paper Variety trumpeting the numbers.
"Biggest Box-Office Splash In History!" reads the ad. "$116,844,114. First three days and still swimming."
Entourage returned for its third season on June 11, notching 2 ...Read more
With the seventh season of the show well under way in the States, the production team has confirmed that an abridged season (consisting of only six to eight episodes) will conclude the long-running comedy drama.
Vince Chase is a sexy young actor whose career is on the rise. To share the fun of his ride to the top of Hollywood and keep him grounded, Vince looks to Eric, Drama and Turtle, his childhood buddies from Queens. Together, they'll navigate the highs and lows of Hollywood's fast lane, where the stakes are higher, and the money and temptations greater, than ever before. But that certainly will not stop them from having fun the whole way through.
Adrian Grenier ("The Devil Wears Prada", "Drive Me Crazy") stars as Vince, an actor on the verge of stardom. Kevin Connolly ("Antwone Fisher," "John Q") plays Eric, Vince's closest confidant who's learning the rules of the business as he tries to help Vince make the right choices and keep his goals aimed high. Kevin Dillon ("The Doors," "Platoon") plays Vince's half-brother Johnny Drama, whose own acting aspirations have been eclipsed by Vince's success, but that doesn't stop Johnny from constantly looking for work and going to auditions. Jerry Ferrara ("Grounded for Life," "Leap of Faith") plays Turtle, the least experienced of the group who is always up for a good time. Jeremy Piven ("Old School," "The Larry Sanders Show") plays Ari, Vince's aggressive, high-powered agent, who clashes with Eric over his client's decisions.
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