Hug it out, bitch. Whatever your gripes with the mind-boggling, whirlwind series finale of Entourage, it's time to set them aside because there's more on the way. That's right, the Entourage movie actually has a finished script. And it involves a time jump. According to a report from Deadline, creator Doug Ellin has finished writing the movie, or rather, he will have finished it by Sunday, barring the release of a band of homework-eating dogs, and it takes place six months after the series finale. Still, the movie itself has yet to get the greenlight, though Ellin posits that executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson are just as determined to get the film going at HBO. That means we're going to be waiting at least a little while longer to see this extension of the boys' legacy come to fruition. We're going to need a refresher course. In case you didn't commit those final 30 minutes of HBO to memory, here's where we left off with the Entourage boys: Vince (Adrian Grenier): We assume Vinny will probably make another movie someday, but for now, we know he's bested his sudden drug problem and decided he wants a family in New York. He meets a Vanity Fair reporter, Sophie (who's wildly out of his league), and proceeds to not only woo her, but make her the future mother of his little New York tykes after knowing her for a few weeks. They fly to Paris with the titular entourage in tow to start their completely implausible fairy tale life with a fairy tale wedding.Prediction for Six Months Later: This wedding did not take place. Sophie ran off with a French political writer. E (Kevin Connolly): While the rest of the guys flew to Paris for Vince's wedding, E finally got what he never deserved: Sloane. After knocking her up and sustaining death threats from her powerful father, E is given a leg up by his besties. They all sing his praises to Sloane and she changes her mind at the last minute — just in time for her to meet E on a private plane chartered by Vince to take them "wherever they want to go." (Um, side note: she's pregnant and he wants to start a family with her, shouldn't they be going to New York?)Prediction for Six Months Later: Sloane and E are nesting and preparing for the arrival of their little one in a West Village town house, but Sloane is depressed and missing her awful, awful family. E will take it upon himself to fix this. Drama (Kevin Dillon): He still can't get laid and Vince is still cleaning up his messes. Though the Johnny's Bananas strike worked, Drama managed to piss off the most powerful man at CBS. Luckily, Vince threw money at the problem, buying Phil Yagoda's forgiveness and support for Drama's passion project: a movie about miners or some other "gritty," sad story.Prediction for Six Months Later: Drama still can't get laid, but has high hopes for his Comic-Con panel for Johnny's Bananas. His miner movie is happening, but the studio doesn't want him in it. He considers bicep implants as a result. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara): Like Drama, he hasn't changed much. He's still a mush who cries as Vince and his future wife head into wedded bliss. He is, however, better off than he was when the series started despite losing everything because he's still not great at running a business. Again, Vince rescues his buddy by revealing he kept Turtle's share in the liquor company that he gave up on. He didn't actually miss out on the payout because Vince totally mommed him and is going to let him have his $4 million dollar payout back! Prediction for Six Months Later: Turtle has used all of his money on another risky investment. This time he'll stick it out simply out of fear of Murphy's Law. It will strike in the reverse and the investment will go belly up. But don't worry. Vince has money. Ari (Jeremy Piven): After the dastardly wife-stealing Bobby Flay let Mrs. Ari go because she "wasn't ready to date," Ari quit his job in a wave of Italian opera music and whisked his smoking hot wife off to Italy. Where are the kids? Why are you asking these questions? Pipe down and enjoy the view. Just as Ari is taking in the view from his Amalfi Coast villa, the head of Warner Bros. calls and offers him his job. Naturally, we're left on that unanswered question as Ari's forehead turns eight different shades of red. Prediction for Six Months Later: Ari went ahead and took the job. His wife kept the Italian villa and what's this? Bobby Flay is single again... Are you excited for an Entourage movie? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: HBO (2)] More: Doug Ellin Promises to Make an 'Entourage' Movie Five Ways 'Entourage' Keeps Us Hanging On 'Entourage' Series Finale Recap: The End From Our Partners:Bill and Giuliana Rancic Share First Photo of Baby Edward Duke — PHOTO(Celebuzz) Exposed: The Vicious Tweets Which Sent LeAnn Rimes Over the Edge — EXCLUSIVE(Celebuzz)
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
S8E5: For a show that only has four episodes left, Entourage sure isn't pulling out the big guns. Sure, we've got a few drama-filled issues hanging in the air, but nothing feels that severe. Everything either has an obvious solution or a pleasing enough alternative -- or in the case of E's woes, it's the same old trouble we've been dealing with since Season One. With only three episodes left after last night's, I can't help but wonder how the boys are going to wow us or if they're just going to slink off into the Hollywood sunset, pulling the same antics they always have.
"I'm sure the world is dying to know what Vincent Chase thinks of the nuclear arms race." -Sophie This week, we find Vince angling for an article and potentially cover of Vanity Fair when he scores an interview with one of their star reporters, Sophie (Alice Eve). He screws up the opportunity by spending the entire time hitting on her. Being a serious journalist, she cuts the interview short, essentially ruining his chances at any coverage in the classy magazine. Vince blows off Shauna and says he'll fix this himself, convinces Sophie to come to his hotel to conduct a replacement interview. She does and he recites some poorly rehearsed garbage about how his mother taught him to respect women. We know this is garbage because as soon as the interview is over, he asks her out again. She turns him down. Smart girl. Management Issues Johnny's got plenty of drama over as Johnny's Bananas. The replacement for Andrew Dice Clay is terrible and he's criticizing Drama, so Drama puts together a deal so that Dice can come back and take part of Drama's salary. Dice says no, even though he needs to pay for his kid's Princeton tuition, because he wants the money to come from the network and not from his friend. Drama marches into the producer's office and finds out that the network doesn't want it to be a buddy show; they want to focus on Drama only. He takes this pull and uses it to say he'll walk if they don't bring Dice back. This is not going to end well. "18 year-olds don't go to Disneyland unless they're stoned." -Ari's bratty daughter
E is making stupid decisions again. Sloane's ex step mom, Belinda, is seeking his managerial services. Despite warnings from everyone that this is a bad idea, E takes the meeting, takes her on as a client, gets drunk with her, proceeds to talk about how he's not over Sloane and of course, sleeps with her. Right after their dirty deed, they lie in bed together and Sloane calls E right on time to ask about an email Belinda sent Sloane's father claiming she would sleep with E to get back at him. E lies and says it was just a meeting about heing her manager and that it's none of her business because they're not together -- the second part of which is pretty true. It still doesn't change the fact that he's completely screwed. I will say this at least sort of a new twist in the E/Sloane saga; he's slept with other people before, but never any semblance of a parental figure. Body Fat Finally, Ari's having a rough time. His wife brings his kids to the office so he can take them to Disneyland, except a last-minute deal for a Taylor Lautner script comes up at the last second and it brings Dana Gordon into Ari's office. While I'm sure the Lautner deal itself was alluring, the notion of seeing Dana keeps him in the office while he makes his assistant entertain his kids. Dana can't handle being in the same space as Ari, who's constantly pestering her while she tries to read the script, so she storms out, says she'll buy it and that their relationship is screwing with their professional lives. That night, Mrs. Ari says she's filing for divorce and Ari gets wasted at his new bachelor pad, calls Dana a million times and she surprisingly calls back. She offers to come over and says that while this is hard, she's lonely and she likes the idea of them together and they'll try it one day at a time. That lucky bastard. Somehow, I don't hate this storyline and while Ari deserves all the ire he gets from his soon-to-be ex wife, I've grown tired of her harping and I think it would actually be good for him to end up with someone who understands how much his business is a part of his life. Dana could actually be good for Ari -- if he doesn't screw it up.
Essentially, at this turning point in the season, we'll go one of two ways. Things may spin out of control and they'll attempt to sew it all up in one last episode, or it will continue the way it is now: spinning mildly within a controllable zone wherein solutions are conceivable and the end result will be something picturesque and buoyant. Which, let's face it, is the Entourage we all know and love.