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.
Ok, so the question is, will he be playing himself? One of Ari Gold's newest It-Guys? An excitable young actor who tussles with Johnny Drama? My guess is that Efron will be playing himself, because he's becoming the Next Big Thing in Hollywood -- if he isn't already there.
And it just makes sense, because so many other stars have appeared as themselves on the show; notably, James Woods, though I've always wondered if he's as hot-headed as they make him out to be on the show. If so, he has quite the sense of humor about himself.
Vinney was playing with dynamite. It wasn't good for Vincent's career, but it was great for Entourage. Failure is always funnier than success, isn't it?
Well, as bad as viewers thought Medellin seemed to be based on the brief scenes we saw last season, in the September 7th premiere on HBO, the media weighs in. At the Movies' critics Michael Phillips and Richard Roeper filmed a fictional review of Medellin to be shown in season premiere of Entourage, and it's not good. In fact, if they were stilling using the thumb-o-meter, Medellin would get two big thumbs-down.
That's good to know -- especially in these dog days of summer TV -- but if you want to know what's going to happen next, read on. Both Jerry Ferarra and Kevin Connolly, Turtle and E, got a little chatty with OK! magazine's Oliver Coleman.
If you don't want to know how things are going to unfold in season five, don't read after the jump.
As many readers and commenters have pointed out, for the biggest part of today, the official Medellin website was plagued with bugs. Most notably, the inability to stream the trailer without having some crazy HBO password. Perhaps this was due to high site traffic because it worked fine for me at the crack of dawn this morning. Regardless, and I'm not sure for how long now, but the site is back up and running smoothly. So for those of you that missed the trailer following last night's episode of Entourage, here's your chance to see what's being heralded as the second coming of Scarface. Too bad it's not real. Additionally, there's a bunch of photos from the film as well as an interview with Vince. I don't think it's related to the interview he did with Elvis Mitchell in the episode, but it's still a fun read. Apparently all Vince ate to bulk up for the role was Drama's spaghetti carbonara. Looks like it worked.
Fun Q & A with Entourage creator Doug Ellin in the New York Times. They touch on everything from what it was like growing up on Long Island, how much money he makes at HBO, and his irritation at how people nowadays want a quick "home run" in their career instead of working hard for success.
He also has a lot of interesting things to say about the four main characters on the show. HBO originally considered the show a satire, but Ellin had to convince them that it's actually reality and he knows people like this. It's how he perceives friendship and how it was when he was growing up.
He also says that he'd kill himself if his own kids grew up to be like Vince or Drama or Turtle or Eric, so I guess even friendship has its limits. Entourage returns for another season June 17.
Cool link here. It sends you to the homepage for a company called Legend Films. Their specialty? Colorizing old black and white movies so that classic cinema is more appealing to the current crop of film-goers. Anywho, they were tasked with colorizing that one scene from Entourage's "Queens Boulevard." It played a big role in this episode. Vince and Walsh (the director) refused to sanction the release of the film unless it was put out in it's original black and white format. No word yet on whether or not the film will actually be released in the world of Entourage. But if you'd like to see the whole scene in color (past episodes have only given us Vince's "I am Queens Boulevard" line), now you can. It's a little cheesy, but definitely worth seeing if you're a fan of the show. Now all we need is that scene from Aquaman with Vince running down the pier? Anyone?
[Thanks to commenter Barry for pointing this out!]
My favorite parts of the resume: under Special Skills it says "Pasty Arts," and he lists his PS 159 performance of Lords Of Flatbush. That must have been an advanced school.
Oh, and he has no agent. Sad.
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