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'Entourage' Series Finale Recap: Everybody Wins, Except the Audience

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 12th 2011 1:40PM
For eight seasons, 'Entourage' has been a fun, breezy buddy comedy about a group of childhood friends living the good life in Hollywood. It's been a good time to watch, despite the fact that everything always works out for the guys in the end, which often led the show to hastily resolve season-long conflicts and gloss over tension between the characters.

But last night's series finale was dripping with more gloss than usual. In fact, it was all gloss. In one of the most baffling, problematic half-hours of TV I've ever seen, everything worked out for everyone -- except the audience. We were left feeling cheated over rushed catharsis, a love story that the show didn't bother to show us and characters that reconciled without ever earning it.

The whole thing revolved around an allegedly torrid love affair between Vince and Sophia, the Vanity Fair reporter who'd interviewed him several weeks before and adamantly refused his advances on the grounds that she's a serious journalist who doesn't date her subjects.

But, as we know by now, Vinny Chase's charm knows no bounds, and they fell madly in love with each other and decided to get married in Paris after hanging out for just 24 hours. All of which would have been fine, if 'Entourage' hadn't asked its audience to just take the show's word for it.

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Gretchen Mol and Other "Almost It" Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 22nd 2009 6:36PM
Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series 'Boardwalk Empire,' starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol's made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 'Vanity Fair' cover that asked the entirely premature question: "Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood's New It Girl?"

But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

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Want to know more about the cast of Gossip Girl?

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 30th 2008 1:01PM
Gossip Girls walking on the sand. Vanity Fair has done a piece on Gossip Girl profiling the likes and dislikes of its young Hollywood starlets. Amanda Seyfried, who's starring in the upcoming film Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep, wants to work with Michael Caine on day. When asked whether she drove a hybrid or an Escalade, she said, "Audi. Maybe I should drive a hybrid. I do have a shirt that says, 'Go Green.'???" Well, that helps, I guess.

Blake Lively, who got her start playing Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, got the car question too: "Hybrid. Even if anybody picked the Escalade they wouldn't say it, 'cause it'd be, like, bombed."

VH1.com pointed out that in the article Gossip Girl ripped off a famous Friends photo. The pictures features each cast in evening gowns and tuxes while lugging champagne. Technically, Vanity Fair ripped off Friends. I feel indignant at any comparison, intentional or not, made between Friends (*cue choir of angels*) and Gossip Girl. Check out the pictures and let me know what you think.

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Another Disney star in the news

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 28th 2008 2:03PM
Brenda SongMiley Cyrus is doing mea culpas all over the news about the racy photo shoot in Vanity Fair, basically saying she's embarrassed, but blaming Annie Leibovitz for the pictures. Umm, Miley, you were there. You could have said, "Oh, no, I won't do photos like that cause I'm a Disney girl and Hannah Montana can't do that, get it?" Whatever. Her story is getting press, but it's another Disney Channel star, Brenda Song, who's filed a lawsuit. She really has a reason to gripe.

Brenda Song, who co-stars on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as London Tipton -- sort of a Blair Warner for today's teens (and if you don't know Blair Warner, you never watched The Facts of Life), has filed a lawsuit with a company that used her image in an escort service print ad that appeared in L.A. Weekly.

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James Wolcott says Letterman should retire

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2008 2:46PM

David LettermanAt first I thought this was a joke, because James Wolcott seems to be using what people are saying about this year's election (the Clinton/Obama fight, whether or not Clinton should step down, the fight hurting the Democratic party, etc) to take some satirical jabs at the late night talk show scene. But then I remembered this piece that Wolcott wrote in 2004 that infuriated me and realized that while he's obviously having fun, he's also serious.

The bottom line? David Letterman should retire as host of The Late Show with David Letterman since Jay Leno is the clear late night victor.

Let's take Wolcott's points one by one (read the two Wolcott columns above before going to the next page.)

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Joe Pantoliano's panties get in a wad

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 28th 2007 1:41PM
joe pantoliano; ralphie; the sopranosJoe Pantoliano does not want his infamous The Sopranos character to be remembered as "a head in a bowling bag". Access Hollywood obtained a letter that "Joey Pants" wrote to Sopranos creator David Chase, expressing his anger over a photo spread appearing in the April edition of Vanity Fair (see the photo here).

The photo, taken by Annie Liebowitz, features the legendary characters who've been whacked over the years, including actors Drea de Matteo, Vincent Pastore, Annabella Sciorra, and Steve Buscemi. Pantoliano refused to appear in the photo, so Liebowitz improvised by having a headless mannequin hold one of the actual head molds used from the episode where Tony kills Ralphie and puts his head in a bowling bag.

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Who should get the Britney Spears interview?

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 21st 2007 3:41PM
britney spearsAfter 27 days, Britney Spears is out of rehab and on the loose. No doubt the paparazzi will be hounding her more than ever, but you know that the traditional media-types are also calling for the story. At some point, Britney will talk. Was she an alcoholic? Was it drugs? Exhaustion? Or post-partum depression? Inquiring minds need to know!

But, who will she talk to? The options are varied. She could go to Oprah or Barbara Walters-- those two would be the biggies. Katie Couric is no doubt calling. And Matt Lauer. And Diane Sawyer. People magazine is a possibility, or maybe even something a little more upscale like Vanity Fair. There's always David Letterman, who frequently gets surprise visits from Britney. (Although, that would be a big letdown because ol' Dave will probably let her off the hook after a joke or two)

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It's Justin Timberlake vs. Taylor Hicks!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2006 1:59PM

Taylor HicksNow maybe people will start sending comments to Timberlake instead of me.

The ex-N Sync-er and shower of Jackson boob has a lot of things to say about American Idol winner Taylor Hicks:

"People thinks he looks so normal, and he's so sweet and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket. If [Hicks] had any skeletons in his closet, if God forbid he's gay, and if all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like [then he takes on a southern accent] 'Oh my God, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure."

The interview runs in Fashion Rocks, a supplement to Vanity Fair magazine.

[via TV Tattle]

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Anderson Cooper writes about personal pain, Katrina

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2006 2:44PM
Anderson CooperI have been one of the very few Anderson Cooper supporters around here. While most see him as the bad guy who took over for Aaron Brown, or as "that guy from The Mole," I see him as a solid, veteran reporter who has done a lot and actually earned his job at CNN.

In the new Vanity Fair, there's an excerpt from Cooper's upcoming memoir/book of reportage, Dispatches From The Edge (the Vanity Fair web site has a preview of the article, but you'll have to buy the print edition for the actual article). Cooper mixes the pain and horror of what he saw in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with the personal story about how the suicide of his older brother Carter affected him and his family. It's quite a read.

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Teri Hatcher tells Vanity Fair about childhood sexual abuse

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 7th 2006 8:58PM
Teri HatcherTeri Hatcher always seemed like a woman who had some pain in her life. Don't know what it's been about her, but she just seemed to be carrying around a bit more baggage than the average person. Well, it looks like there's something to that impression. In an interview in the upcoming Vanity Fair, Hatcher recounts the sexual abuse her uncle inflicted on her when she was five years old. She also recounted the incidents to Santa Clara Counry proscecutors in 2002 when she learned that a 14-year-old victim of her uncle had committed suicide. It should be an interesting read.

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Olsen twins in Badgley Mischka ad campaign

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 16th 2006 8:05AM
olsens badgley mischkaAshley and Mary-Kate Olsen, a.k.a. "Michelle" on Full House, have transformed themselves into glamour girls. They're the faces of the Badgley Mischka ad campaign. Photos of the twins in expensive gowns will appear in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and InStyle magazines this Spring. Mark Badgley and James Mischka, creators of the fashion line, said the Olsen twins represent the edgy look they're going for. "They have an amazing sense of fashion and individuality that intrigued us," said the fashion duo in a statement. The New York Times coined their style as "Bobo", or Bohemian Bourgeois, where they pile on a bunch of clothes that don't match, but cost a bundle.

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Lindsay Lohan denies Vanity Fair article - UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 11th 2006 12:31AM
Lindsay Lohan says the article about her in last week's Vanity Fair magazine is full of lies. Specifically, about her having bulimia. The article says Lohan credits Lorne Micheals and Tina Fey for confronting her about her eating disorder after she hosted Saturday Night Live last spring. In it, she refers to watching herself on television and seeing just how grotesquely skinny her arms were. A statement released to Teen People by Lohan says "The words that I gave to the writer for Vanity Fair were misused and misconstrued, and I'm appalled with the way it was done." Teen People says the statement refers to the bulimia, not to the other major revelation in the story, that she has experimented with drugs. At this point, she has not denied the drug use. Vanity Fair stands by its interview and says the entire encounter is on tape.

So... I'm confused. How does a writer invent an intervention between Fey, Michaels and Lohan? What, exactly, was a lie? Miss Lohan, your statement sucks.

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SNL saved Lindsay Lohan

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 5th 2006 11:07PM
In a highly publicized interview with Vanity Fair magazine, 19-year-old Lindsay Lohan admits she has experimented with drugs and suffered from bulimia. She says she's over the drug use, and she credits Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels with saving her from the bulimia. After Lohan hosted SNL back in May, she says Michaels staged an intervention to confront her about her eating disorder. Lohan says, when Michaels confronted her, she started bawling and right away admitted her problem. She blames the stress of newfound fame, her break-up with That 70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, and the nightmare divorce of her parents for causing her to go off the deep end.

Wow. It's honestly very refreshing to hear a teen idol admit she had a problem, and to hear that Lorne Michaels, of all people, stepped in to help. During his years at SNL, Lorne has seen too many celebrities on a downward spiral, and it's just so nice to hear that he tries to help people stop their self-destructive behavior before it's too late. Maybe he should book Nicole Richie next.

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