ENTOURAGE: WHERE THE PARTY STARTED

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After eight seasons of the award-winning HBO series, the boys are back in the much-anticipated Entourage The Movie which arrives on digital download on 12th October and on Blu-ray ™ and DVD from 26th October.

Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon) and the rest of the boys are back in business with super-agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood with hilarious antics.

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Entourage The Movie, we take a look back at Vince, Drama, Turtle & E’s journey through all eight series. Vince and the boys have had a rollercoaster ride but here’s a quick recap of everything that happened on this phenomenal show.



Season One                  

In the first ever series of Entourage we are introduced to the seminal Vincent Chase, aspiring actor, and his motley crew. We follow his adventures as he climbs the celebrity ladder after his first successful film: Head On.

Vince is supported by his best friend Eric ‘E’, who he has known since they were six. Vince credits Eric for pushing him to become an actor when they were in the third grade. E would do anything for his best mate – he even moved all the way from Queens to LA for him. If that aint love, I don’t know what is.

Vince’s half brother Jonny ‘Drama’ Chase was the original actor in the family and paved the way for his ‘baby bro’, although his own career has paled in comparison.

Also along for the ride is his irrepressible pal from Queens Salvatore, “Turtle” Assante, who has a reputation as the tag-along of the group.

Last and certainly by no means least, is Vince’s headstrong and often hostile agent Ari Gold who can often be found red in the face with rage.

Throughout this season, tensions rise between Vince’s best friend ‘E’ and his agent Ari who both want the best for Vince but differ greatly on how to accomplish this.

Vince’s next big project is Queens Boulevard a project by indie director Billy Walsh who comes into immediate conflict with E. Although by the end of the first series, all differences are put aside and the whole crew head back to their roots, to start shooting in New York – with E as Vince’s official manager.

Season Two

The second season focuses on Vince’s upcoming role in the film adaptation of Aquaman as the eponymous hero. Whilst Ari faces difficulty closing the contract, Vince manages himself, to convince the film’s director, James Cameron, that he is right for the part. Because who could say no to his adorable puppy dog eyes?

Just as things look like they’re on track for our loveable hero, Vince’s ex-girlfriend, Mandy Moore, is cast as his leading lady. Though she is engaged to another man, Vince pursues her and (briefly) wins her back. Mandy eventually goes back to her fiancé whilst the heartbroken Vince vows to see the movie through to the end – like the trooper he is.

Ari has his own problems as his boss and partner, Terrance McQuewick (Malcolm McDowell) tries to steal Vince away from him. By the end of the series, Ari is fired but things work out well for E, who begins dating Sloan, McQuewick’s daughter. Ever loyal Vince decides to keep Ari as his agent, even after his dismissal.

Season Three

Vince is in the thick of the Aquaman furore as the film premieres and becomes a huge hit – garnering the highest-grossing opening weekend in movie history.

Following the film’s success, Vince feels he should be able to pursue his passion project, Medellin. A film based on the life of ‘The King of Cocaine,’ notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, however this is put into jeopardy when it conflicts with the Aquaman 2 filming schedule.

After getting fired, Ari manages to set up a successful new talent agency, however it leads him to neglect his star client and he is fired as Vince’s agent after his coarse methods result in failure to secure a film about punk band The Ramones.

Attempting to get Vince back, Ari convinces him that he can secure Medellin for him but Vince’s attractive new agent, Amanda Daniels, tries to steer Vince towards a different film.

Despite their professional relationship, Vince and Amanda both admit to a mutual attraction for each other and start dating. When Medellin once again slips from Vince’s grasp, he questions Amanda’s motives. Though she can prove her legitimacy, due to his mistrust she drops him as both client and boyfriend.

Vince brings Ari back who secures their dream project as Vince and E buy the rights to Medellin themselves. Billy Walsh is signed on as the director with E given his first shot at producer.

E’s relationship with Sloan comes into question when he has a threesome with her and her friend, Tori, who E is attracted to. However by the end of the series, things start to become serious as E moves in with Sloan.

Meanwhile out-of luck actor Drama finally has some good news – he’s cast on new TV show Five Towns which becomes a huge hit.

Season Four

Filming for Medellin begins but conflicts quickly arise when E, as producer, admits to being dissatisfied with the first cut. Vince and E battle and tensions rise over the creative direction of the film over the series; the Medellin trailer is leaked via YouTube and huge hype is created around the film.

On the back of the Medellin hype, the team try to leverage a huge deal around a big budget project but the studio are sold on the project involving Walsh as director – even though embittered E has sworn he will never work with him again.

Following his success as Vince’s manager, E tries to take on more clients in his management business and acquires Anna Faris. However when his personal feelings begin to affect his judgement, Faris ultimately fires him.

In the season finale, the entourage travel to the Cannes Film Festival to promote Medellin but the film is a flop and completely bombs with the audience. Drama at least, manages to end the series on a happy note when he is caught by the rest of the boys having sex on the beach.

Season Five

Season five sees Vince returning to California ready to work after spending months relaxing in Mexico with Turtle following the negative backlash from Medellin which has gone straight-to-DVD.

E receives a script from a pair of unknown screenwriters trying to get a break in Hollywood called Nine Brave Souls, in which E sees potential. E gets Edward Norton and Amanda Daniels interested, and they change the name of the film to Smoke Jumpers.

Ari is determined to get Vince the lead on Smoke Jumpers and after being offered position of Studio Head manages to manipulate the situation (in usual Ari style) and instead gets Dana Gordon the job and uses this leverage to secure Smoke Jumpers for Vince.

Smoke Jumpers begins filming, but after several conflicts between Vince and director Verner Vollstedt, Vince is fired from the project. The boys return to New York City, where Vince pursues a role in Gus Van Sant‘s new film. Van Sant decides Vince is not for his current film, but would love to work with him in the future. After discovering Van Sant said no, Vince becomes upset and fires E, believing that E had made him look desperate.

However Vince later apologises when he learns that E’s persistence has led to an offer by Martin Scorsese for a lead in his next feature; a re-envisioning of The Great Gatsby set in the Upper West Side of New York City.

Season Six

After the success of Gatsby, Vince is back to his A-list status. He then pursues a role in an Enzo Ferrari biopic.

During the season, E admits his struggles of making his own management agency work but is offered a job with veteran manager Murray Berenson.

Turtle, decides to better himself and start a career of his own so he attends college to improve his qualifications after he reveals his dreams to open up his own restaurant one day. It is also revealed that it was because of Turtle that Vincent got to L.A: Turtle used to be a bookie while in high school, and he paid for everyone’s tickets to L.A and for food when they arrived with fifteen thousand dollars.

Drama leaves Five Towns with some help from Ari, and after a successful audition, he receives an offer to star in his own as yet unnamed television show.

In the final episodes of the season, Ari is approached by his old boss, Terrance McQuewick, who wants him to buy out his agency. Despite bitterness from being fired over his agency revolt years before, Ari finally agrees to the buyout and reconciles with Terrance. Now on the road to becoming the most powerful agent in Hollywood, Ari finally promotes Lloyd to agent.

Season Seven

Vince starts work on new project, Air-Walker, after being introduced to it by E’s associate Scott Lavin. This creates a hostile relationship with E however they agree to bury the hatchet to help further Vince’s career. The friendship eventually ends though, once E realises Scott supplied Vince with cocaine at a party.

Turtle is introduced to Mexican businessmen, who wish to make Vince the face of their tequila company, Avión. Turtle agrees and begins promoting the product which creates a huge demand for it in Southern California.

Scott wants to reconcile with E and offers him an opportunity to supersede Murray Berenson at the management company, having already convinced everyone else in the office to go along. E refuses as he gets along with Murray because he is Sloan’s godfather. However, when Terrence McQuewick asks E to sign a pre-nuptial agreement with Sloan as he feels E may just rely on Sloan’s family money, E decides to take Scott up on his offer.

Billy Walsh makes a return after starting a family and becoming an ordained minister. Looking for work so that he can provide for his family, he looks to create a new show for Drama. The show, a cartoon called Johnny’s Bananas, is conceptually a hit with the network. After accepting the offer, Drama, Turtle, Alex, Billy and Lloyd celebrate back at Vince’s house, where Lloyd discovers a large bag of cocaine belonging to Vince.

Vince’s drug problems continue to grow, as the director of Air-Walker becomes suspicious of Vince’s behaviour.

Vince refuses to take a drug test so the director quits. The guys attempt to stage an intervention for Vince, but he refuses to listen and decides to spend the night at a hotel. During Eminem‘s party Vince starts a fight with him, and gets beaten up. He gets taken to the hospital but things worsen when the police find a bag of cocaine in his jumper.

Season Eight

In an emotional and enriching final series, Vince is back and sober after spending three months in rehab; he returns home ready to work. He pitches a film idea to his friends about miners, but is not well received among his “entourage”.

Vince writes a script for the miner movie which his friends meanly mocked but the feedback from Billy Walsh is not what he expected.

He feeds back that the movie would be better served with Drama as the lead, rather than Vince himself. Vince meets with producer Carl Ertz at his house. Ertz offers to produce his TV movie for Johnny, but in return wants Vince to star in the film Taxman. During the meeting, Ertz runs off to the bathroom to get high and subsequently shoots himself in the head.  This shocking unfolding of events hits Vince hard, especially as after the shooting, he is required to take a drug test by his parole officer due to cocaine being found in Ertz’s house.

E and Sloan have broken up, mainly because E refused to sign a prenuptial agreement and took over Murray Berenson’s agency with Scott’s help while both E and Scott later work together, creating the “Murphy Lavin Group”. Sloan reveals to E that she is pregnant with his child but that she is moving to New York.

Vince has an interview with Vanity Fair writer Sophia Lear. He opens up to Sophia and tells his story only for the article to call him an “insecure womaniser”. Turtle and Drama each speak with Sophia, and try to steer her towards going out with Vince, which she ultimately does.

After Avión goes public, Vince’s original investment of $1.1 million is now worth $15 million and Turtle’s $300,000 is worth $4 million.

In the final episode, Vince tells the gang that he’s flying to Paris to marry Sophia. E quits his job and announces that he’s moving to New York to try to be a good father for his child. Turtle and Drama try to convince Sloan to forgive E and fly to Paris for the wedding. She’s on the fence, until Vince seals the deal by giving her a heartfelt speech about E.

In the meantime, Ari quits his job for his family and reconciles with his wife. In the end, the entourage meets up at the airport where Sloan forgives E and together they fly away to a destination of their choice, compliments of Vince.

Meanwhile, Vince, Sophia, Drama, Turtle, Ari and Melissa fly to Paris for Vince’s wedding.

In the post-credits scene, Ari and Melissa are busy resting on the Amalfi Coast when John Ellis suddenly calls up Ari. John explains to Ari that he wants to retire, and wants him to take his place as chairman and CEO of Time Warner. The final scene shows Ari contemplating the offer.

The Final Chapter

Entourage: The Movie

Whilst mourning the end of his marriage, the only way Vince knows how – on a yacht… with scantily clad women – the movie star gets a phone call from Ari, who has accepted the offer to run the studio. Ari offers Vince the leading role in his first production, but much to the surprise of his boys (E, Turtle and Drama) the actor insists on also directing the film. Things get out of hand when the $100 million flick goes over budget, leaving Ari, Vince and the boys at the mercy of the cutthroat world of Hollywood as well as the unstable financial backer, Travis McCredle. Travis becomes jealous of Vince’s luck with the ladies and does everything in his power to thwart the project and eradicate Vince as director and lead, meaning Ari has to juggle between the wants of the talent (Vince) and the money (McCredle). Meanwhile for Vince’s boys, E, Turtle and Drama, there’s a pregnancy, a wrestling match and an academy nomination respectively. Want to find out how it all turns out? Well you’ll just have to watch the movie…

Entourage The Movie is available on digital download from 12th October and Blu-ray ™ and DVD from 26th October


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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