BREAKING NEWS FROM DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD:
[Doug Ellin] says his script starts about 6 months after the TV series leaves off. “There are interesting developments about Ari as a studio head, and that’s still the first page for me. But foremost is the friendship between the guys who are still hanging out and going to fun parties, and it continues with the same characters.” Ellin has kept in touch with all the key castmembers: Jeremy Piven (“Ari”), Adrian Grenier (“Vince”), Kevin Dillon (“Drama”), and especially Kevin Connolly (“E”) and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle”) who are two of Ellin’s closest friends. Those Entourage actors have been getting other gigs while HBO has been paying Ellin for the script.
HBO brass Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo have cautioned publicly that they’ve only heard “a very general pitch” and need to read the completed script and make deals with the cast before deciding to go forward. Ellin is optimistic. “I’m excited. I feel a lot of positive energy,” he tells me. “Everywhere I go, people ask me, ‘Where’s the movie?’”
WHERE IS THE MOVIE? EVERYONE IS ASKING THE SAME QUESTION: WHERE IS THE MOVIE? DOUG ELLIN IS AT THE GROCERY STORE: WHERE IS THE MOVIE? DOUG ELLIN IS AT THE CALF IMPLANT CLINIC: WHERE IS THE MOVIE? DOUG ELLIN IS AT THE VESPA DEALERSHIP: WHERE IS THE MOVIE? AND HERE IS ANOTHER QUESTION AMERICA WANTS THE ANSWER TO: WILL NIKKI FINKE HAVE A CAMEO IN IT? OH YEAH! THIS JUMP IS SPONSORED BY BOTTEGA VENETA:
The Entourage feature will have similar Hollywood send-ups and snark which have been missing from the HBO sked but also from the TV landscape in general. That’s because it’s tough to write a good showbiz sitcom or dramedy or 120-minute motion picture. Certainly Entourage had its ups and downs quality-wise. I was mixed in my assessment over the years, alternately castigating it for not showing the down and dirty Hollywood, and occasionally praising it for less predictability and more realism. But with the Jewish High Holy Days coming, I’ll always recall my favorite Entourage episode: the one that had Ari doing business in the temple aisles during Yom Kippur services. (‘The Return Of The King’ was written by Ellin and Brian Burns.) And I’m grateful to Ellin for replacing Variety with Deadline Hollywood as the showbiz must-read. (That Season 6 scene was a shocker when agent Terence says to Ari Gold, “I’ll fuck Nikki Finke before I let her affect my business decisions.”) In fact, Ellin recently emailed: “I have you in a scene currently. The world wants you on camera!”
THE WORLD WANTS NIKKI FINKE ON CAMERA! THE WORLD WANTS ITS ENTOURAGE MOVIE AND IT WANTS IT RIGHT AWAY! GIVE US THE ENTOURAGE MOVIE! WE ARE GOING TO MEET AT 4PM AT THE HBO CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AND IF WE DON’T HAVE A MOVIE BY 5PM WE WILL BURN THEM TO THE GROUND. WINTER IS COMING, OH YEAH! GIRLS!
The vast majority of Entourage fans want an R-rated movie with an abundance of broads and boobs and cameos by genuine Hollywood bigwigs as well as decent plotting and character arcs. Hopefully, Ellin has written that and more. So it’s worth repeating the warning I posted a year ago, “Goodbye Entourage as a TV series. Now just don’t come back as an embarrassingly lame movie.”
THE VAST MAJORITY OF ENTOURAGE FANS WANT AN R-RATED MOVIE WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF BROADS AND BOOBS AND CAMEOS BY GENUINE HOLLYWOOD BIGWIGS AS WELL AS DECENT PLOTTING AND CHARACTER ARCS. GET OUT OF MY MIND AND HEART AND SOUL, NIKKI FINKE. GET OUT OF MY MIND AND HEART AND SOUL AND ONTO THE ENTOURAGE MOVIE SET TO FILM YOUR CAMEO! FOR AMERICA!