A Hollywood acting coach who shares the same name as Adrian Grenier's Entourage character has fired off a cease and desist notice to movie executives behind the planned film adaptation of the TV series, amid allegations he is the inspiration for the drama. Vincent Chase claims he met with Entourage's executive producer Mark Wahlberg in the late 1990s, years before his name was reportedly used as the moniker for the TV show's lead character.
After a series of delays, the Warner Bros. film project is due to begin shooting in January (14), but that date may now be in jeopardy after the real-life Chase issued a legal notice to prevent his name being uttered onscreen without authorisation, according to TMZ.com.
In the letter, Chase claims he complained to TV bosses about his unwanted association with Entourage for years and now he is finally taking action, insisting film chiefs cannot use his name without his "express permission".
Grenier starred alongside Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon on Entourage, which wrapped its final season on America's HBO network in 2011.
Actor Adrian Grenier has opened up about his hesitation to sign on for a planned movie adaptation of Entourage, insisting he has simply been trying to land fair deals for all the main cast members. Executive producer Mark Wahlberg recently revealed the film version of the hit TV series had stalled because some stars were being "greedy", demanding too much money to reprise their popular characters.
His comments came shortly after reports suggested Grenier and co-star Jerry Ferrara were the ones who had yet to sign contracts, and on Friday (18Oct13), The Devil Wears Prada actor took to his Instagram.com blog to shed some light on the claims.
In the note, Grenier, who played lead star, actor Vincent Chase, claimed he was not motivated by money and instead had been standing up for his co-stars to prevent producers from allegedly taking advantage of them.
He wrote, "To all Entourage fans. I owe it to you to make a couple things clear. I take my role as Vince on the show & off very seriously. All decisions I make personally and for business are for the principle of friendship and brotherhood. It has, & never will be about the money for me.
"I will always stand up for the boys... & do what I can to make sure they are treated fairly, and not be taken advantage of by anybody. The spirit of Entourage is about sharing the opportunities given to us and I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY. I assure you, despite the perception, there is no greed in my heart."
However, Grenier insists the film will get made, adding: "Remember, it will all work out in the end. It always does."
Fellow Entourage star Kevin Connolly has since assured fans that the project will go ahead, revealing on Sunday (20Oct13) that the movie is expected to start shooting in January (14).
Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon made up the rest of the main Entourage cast, which wrapped its final season on America's HBO network in 2011.
The show, created by Ellin and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, starred Adrian Grenier as hotshot actor Vinnie Chase with Kevin Connolly as his manager, Eric 'E' Murphy, and Jeremy Piven as his agent, Ari Gold.
Talk of an Entourage movie has been rumoured ever since the show wrapped its eighth and final season on America's HBO network in 2011, and each member of the main cast, including Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara, has expressed an interest in reprising their roles for a film version of the comedy-drama.
Ellin completed a script for the proposed project in September (12) and now Warner Bros. executives have approved the big screen plan, with Ellin staying on to direct, according to Deadline.com.
We know, we know. So many times have we been led to believe that Vince would be able to take on a big screen endeavor, only to have the rug pulled out from under him (and us) when a bit of wacky high jinx, romantic drama, business troubles, or some other form of calamity would rob Mr. Chase of his moviegoing aspirations. But considering the fact that the world outside of the HBO series is considerably less... absurd... we might be willing to bank on the fact that the official announcement of an Entourage movie is a sure thing. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has finally given the green light to a big screen sequel of the beloved (sometimes in spite of itself, but still) 8-season dramedy. Hollywood.com has reached out to the studio. who was unable to immediately confirm the news.
Reports state that Doug Ellin, series creator, producer, and writer, will be directing the film, and that negotiations are beginning with stars Adrian Grenier, Matt Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferara, and Jeremy Piven. In addition to the main cast, in keeping with the show's tradition, a whole slew of self-parodying celebrities is bound to assemble for the film — there has always been chatter about a Barack Obama cameo, but he might still be busy.
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Hello, it’s very nice to meet you! (Leanne awkwardly curtsies) I am here for two simple reasons: I love TV and I’m very impatient. I’m so impatient that I don’t want to have to wait to find out what’s “coming up next week… ” on my TV. I want to know now. Luckily, I’m great at gathering spoilers, but I’m not the best at keeping secrets. So the powers that be at Hollywood.com have gifted me with my very own weekly column to dish details on all your favorite shows! (Please try to contain your excitement, people are starting to stare... )
So here’s how it’s going to work: Every Wednesday, I’ll post a short but oh-so sweet list of all the spoilers you absolutely need to know. Every show will get their time to shine, but if you really want to hear scoop about a particular series, shout it out on Twitter (using the hashtag #LeannesList) or (if you’re too lazy to open another window on your desktop) just place your requests in the comments below.
Now that we’re slowly but surely becoming cyber soulmates, let’s get down to the goods. Seven shows have made my list this week and that is no coincidence. (It’s my favorite number.) I caught up with the stars of Glee, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, and more to bring you exclusive scoop that you won’t get anywhere else. But before you read on, I really must clarify because there is always that one perpetually lost reader: There are spoilers ahead honey! If you don’t want to know, then I suggest you go back to looking at your friends’ awkward engagement photos on Facebook! For the rest of you, I hope you enjoy.
1. Glee: Oh, Ryan Murphy, you play with our hearts. The new season hasn’t even started yet and you’ve already ignited a new civil war: finchel v. brodchel. We’re all on the same team, people! To help clear the confusion, I fangirled chatted with the lovely Lea Michele about the endgame of Rachel’s love life. Not only did the Queen of Glee share some positive, yes I said positive, Finchel news with me, she also quoted her on and off-screen beau Cory Monteith in the process! In a word, adorable. Michele begins, “Well I definitely think that people love Finn and Rachel together and I also think that they’re really interesting sometimes apart.”
Now, before you start to hyperventilate Finchel fans, take a deep breath and read on. “But this is what Cory would say: Cory always says, ‘Finchel Forever.' That’s his answer to everything!” Michele says with a laugh, “So I’m just going to take that one.” You hear that guys? Finchel forever. Stay tuned for Thursday night’s Glee recap for more squee-worthy goodies from Michele and the rest of the cast.
2. New Girl: Max Greenfield is amazing at three things: 1) Acting like a douche. B) Putting money into a jar. And finally, dishing details on the new season of New Girl. While Schmidt and Cece (Hannah Simone) are going “back to square one,” many new characters will be entering the apartment this year. Greenfield tells me, “We’re looking to their families this year and getting to know the [main] characters a little bit more in that way. Like where did these guys come from and not so much of where they are now.”
And of course I had to ask about my favorite character on the show: Fat Schmidt. Luckily, Greenfield shares my same admirations of his character's chubby past. “Playing Fat Schmidt is fun, like really fun. He comes back in the first episode for a quick little pop which is really funny, but I would love to do one where it’s a much larger scene.” That makes two of us Schmidty.
3. Shameless: When I caught up with the ridiculously gorgeous Emmy Rossum, she spilled that Season 3 will be filled with a bunch of “crazy” new jobs for Fiona. “I’ve had a couple nasty jobs already, sewage clean-up, clubbing and grocery working so it’s been fun.” Reader’s note: that “fun” was laced with heavy Rossum sarcasm.
Our favorite Disney starlet (no lie) also revealed that Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) and Fiona are now bunking together under the same Gallagher roof and living happily ever after. For now. Rossum warns, “Well, they are at the start of the season, we’ll see how far that continues.” Dun dun duuun. “The road is definitely rocky. They need to come clean, and then there’s Jimmy’s Dad and our younger brother and their relationship so it’s a little complicated.” More like a lotta complicated, but hey I’m not here to argue...
4. Sons of Anarchy: Death is coming for the fellas of FX — and it certainly won't be pretty. Producer Paris Barclay says that there will be "quite a few empty seats at the table" by season's end. Yikes! And unfortunately, star-slash-baddie Ron Perlman fears he might be one of them. "I've worried [about being killed off] pretty much for the last three seasons," Perlman says. "My deeds get more and more dastardly, and more and more heinous. I'm fodder, baby. A lot of people want to take me out, and not for coffee." [Insert your version of “oh snap!” here.]
Losing Clay would be a major bummer, but Barclay says this season's deaths will all be for the greater good. "We're starting to develop the story of Jax (Charlie Hunnam) really taking control of the club," he says. "There are going to have to be certain transitions to make that happen, and that's what you're going to see in Season 5." Looking forward to it!
5. Raising Hope: Do you hear that? (Just imagine a faint “ding-dong.”) Well, that’s sounds of wedding bells chiming from your TV. Nicely done! Shannon Woodward tells me that our favorite Raising Hope couple may be heading for matrimony this season. Woodward gushes, “There’s engagement stuff happening! That’s like a full bit of this season, so that is definitely becoming a fast-approaching option I think.”
Another exciting storyline coming up involves Jenny Slate from my favorite SNL bit of all-time. The SNL grad joins the quirky comedy for a super special two-part episode as an overly curious social worker. Woodward explains, “She’s worried that we’re abusing Maw-Maw (Cloris Leachman), so she takes her away from us and puts her in a home. And we try to break her out because she’s really unhappy there.” And hilarity is sure to ensue.
6. Touch: Child actors typically scare the crap out of me. They’re overly serious and I swear sometimes their eyes can pierce straight through my soul. Luckily Touch’s David Mazouz is adorable, sweet, and completely normal even though he’s now “best buds” with Jack Bower Kiefer Sutherland. This pint-sized protagonist was able to dish on what’s coming up for the drama-filled second season. Mazouz says, “It’s really suspenseful. I thinks it’s a lot more suspenseful than last year… and it’s kind of a chase to find Amelia (Saxon Sharbino).”
For those of you who have been living under a rock (or in Lima... ), Amelia is Lucy's (Maria Bello) gifted daughter who's currently MIA. Mazouz says he hopes to finally find his voice this season, “I think that Jake is going to have a lot more organic and new original ways of communication. I don’t know about talking yet. I hope so. I hope that comes out, but no sign of it.” Well I’ve heard him speak and I promise he sounds just like a normal 11-year-old boy but with roughly 30 extra years of maturity.
7. Hart of Dixie: The entire time I was interviewing Scott Porter, all I wanted to do was scream “Texas forever!” But instead, like a good little journalist, I nabbed specifics about the premiere of Hart of Dixie. Porter says this season will have a quicker pace than last year’s Southern drawl. “We are going to give people answers right in episode one. We’re going to pick up seven hours after the finale ends. George wakes up and very purposefully goes to Lavon’s house to thank Lavon for his help and then sees Zoe (Rachel Bilson).”
Uh-oh! When we last saw Zoe, she was fornicating with the town’s more shirtless bachelor. Porter spills, “Wade (Wilson Bethel) is still going to be around and Zoe’s poker face is not the greatest, so you’re going to really see those relationships change right off the bat.” I’ll have more details from our favorite Dillon Panther as the Hart of Dixie season premiere gets closer.
Are you happy with Lea Michele’s Finchel fodder? Nervous for the deaths that await this season on Sons of Anarchy? Tired of the love triangles on Hart of Dixie? Hoping to see Jimmy and Sabrina tie the knot? Tell me everything in the comments below, and see you back here next Wednesday for more spoilers!
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It’s no secret that Entourage’s luster is a bit tarnished at this point, yet many of us continue to faithfully tune in to see what Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his goons are up to. Now, they’re finally throwing in the towel with 8 final episodes, but just what is it about this show that kept us on the hook for those less-than-spectacular years? (Hint: It's not Vince.)
Drama’s Never-Ending Delusion and Pseudo-Wisdom
For some reason, seeing Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) try so hard and fail even harder time and time again is wildly entertaining, but the resolve with which he continues to pound the glitter-covered pavement in Hollywood and spew his unwarranted wisdom is what makes it so hilarious. Drama needs an acting gig, so what does he do? He tries to use SAG insurance to get calf implants after admiring Lamar Odom’s trunks. Drama is desperate to be in the new Brett Ratner flick, so what does he do? He fights tooth and nail for a role as the French bus driver. Drama finally gets a shot in Vince’s passion project, so what does he do? He insists the lead actress (Modern Family's Sofia Vergara) performed a sexual favor for him, angers her and the director in the process and loses the part. Also, the fact that Dillon is the real-life, less-successful brother to Matt Dillon doesn’t hurt.
Eric Constantly Getting the Beat-down
Eric (Kevin Connolly) was supposed to be the good guy, the underdog, the one we’re all rooting for. But somehow as the series went on, it was less fun to watch him succeed and more entertaining to watch him crash and burn – especially when the purveyor of pain is none other than Ari Gold. Those morning phone calls between Ari and E are something we look forward to, and yes, we don’t want E to really lose because that means Vince loses, but damn it’s wonderful to watch him squirm.
Turtle Gives The Average Dude Hope
We all love Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), but truth be told, in real life dudes like Turtle don’t always have the kind of luck he has. Sure, he struggles with it for the first few seasons, but then suddenly he owns a mega-successful business, is dating Jamie Lynn Sigler and fending off hot college coeds. He’s a regular Joe living the dream alongside his movie star compadre. You thought Kevin James was a lucky bastard on King of Queens? Turtle crushes that victory into tiny smithereens.
Ari’s Filthy, Filthy Mouth
Sure, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) makes comments about sexual conduct you might have thought weren't humanly possible. Sure, he’s so graphic sometimes his speeches would probably be more at home on Skinemax than HBO. Sure, he’s the most insensitive, offensive person to ever garner even a shred of our sympathy on national television. But no matter how uncomfortable he makes you, there is always something entirely appealing about his terrible, terrible personality. There’s something about Piven’s most famous character that makes you cheer him on and wish you had the cahones to say the despicable things he says. That mystical, inexplicable force is just one small piece of the puzzle that forces us to keep watching even when the story begins to suffer.
Feeling Like a Hollywood Insider
The most universal draw for the HBO series is probably the feeling of being on the inside of the Hollywood machine. We see the backhanded deals that go on behind the scenes of giant blockbuster movies. We watch Jeffrey Tambor beg and plead with Ari to get five seconds of his attention. We see Vince party with Jessica Alba. We watch Johnny Drama lose miserably against Tom Brady and Mark Wahlberg in a charity golf tournament. We see Matt Damon hounding Vin for a check for his charity. Despite its many misgivings, Entourage does give us a pseudo-look into the world we all secretly want to be a part of.
No more Drama for Kevin Dillon. Now that Entourage is in the final stages -- we'll see the conclusion of the HBO series this summer -- Dillon is moving onto other projects, namely with a starring role in a new pilot for CBS.
The project comes from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's writer and the character known as Cricket, David Hornsby. He'll take the lead as Alan, a writer who does a weekly column about how to be a gentleman -- hence the show's title, How to Be a Gentleman. All we know about Johnny-Drama-no-more's role is that his name will be Bert. Well, it doesn't look like Dillon's prospects have improved as far as his character's name goes; sharing a name with one half of a Sesame Street duo doesn't quite have the same ring as Johnny Drama of Vincent Chase, the movie star's, entourage, but we'll see.
While I seriously doubt Hornsby will have the freedom that a channel like FX allows him with It's Always Sunny, I think that with the addition of someone like Dillon, we can be certain that this show will differ from your typical CBS fare -- and that's a refreshing notion if you ask me.
Well, two episodes into season five, Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) career has pretty much hit its lowest point; he’s worse off now than when he was doing those Mentos commercials!
I mean, it's pretty safe to assume he’ll ascend once again in the coming episodes, but Vinnie’s currently in "movie jail," as Ari (Jeremy Piven) puts it--and frankly, it’s nice to see Entourage’s impervious golden boy step aside, however briefly, and make room for others to shine.
And with the way this season is going so far, it seems like Eric’s (Kevin Connolly) career, not Vince’s, might be the one Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) should latch onto.
Eric appears to be on the cusp of signing the two screenwriters (guest stars Lukas Haas and Giovanni Ribisi, who are superb and will be back) behind the script that is of great interest to him and Vince and of zero interest to Ari.
This would bring E’s client roster up to four and certainly help boost the legitimacy of his talent-management co. But I digress to speculate about future episodes.
This one was mostly about Vince stuck in the unfamiliar territory of not getting what he wants--be it the onetime virginal singer Justine Chapin (Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester), who naturally winds up with Vince by episode’s end, or the movie role.
Ari breaks the latter news to Vince in a rare moment of sheer honesty, telling him that Medellin was awful and he was awful in it and that essentially there’s not yet a reason to believe that he can act. Ouch.
And just when you thought your hatred for Ari had peaked, he redeems himself with a human side!
But Vince, even more uncharacteristically, tells Ari that he’s ready to play "the game" and sell himself to skeptical studios and producers--whatever it takes. Good for him, but he’s got some serious selling to do.
Things are actually worse for Drama (Kevin Dillon), who after a fit of paranoia-dialing his French girlfriend Jacqueline to see if she’s out cheating on him, is promptly dumped. Ouch again--just one big ouch for the Chase brothers in this one!
Cameo-wise, Entourage exec producer/chief inspiration Mark Wahlberg had a solid two-minuter, while Tony Bennett probably should’ve stuck to singing in his scene.
More than a year has passed since the last Entourage episode (thanks, writers’ strike!), but in season five (premiering Sept. 7 at 10/9c on HBO) it feels like the boys never left. Which is a testament to Doug Ellin and Co.’s sorely underappreciated writing, because a lot has changed and, in fact, some of the boys have left.
Last we saw Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier), he was poised to become the toast of the Cannes Film Festival before his movie Medellin flopped miserably. Season five opens with film critic Richard Roeper simultaneously recapping Vince's Cannes demise and voicing his disgust with Medellin--which, by the way, was relegated to a straight-to-DVD release. Ouch!
Ever since, Vince has been in self-imposed exile on a Mexican beach inhabited by supermodel-ish servants who attend to his every need--a few of which aren’t sexual. He has also grown an I-don’t-give-a-f*** beard that’s reflective of his six months of inactivity.
Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), being the caring and loyal mooch, er, friend he is, has tagged along to watch after Vince--and pounce on any of his female leftovers.
Meanwhile, back in L.A., Vince is never far from the minds of his other entourage members, who have more or less gotten on with their lives since the Medellin debacle.
Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is still the oldest cast member on his Edward Burns-created TV show, still vain as is humanly possible, and still dating Jacqueline, the Frenchwoman with whom he was caught frolicking on the beach in Cannes. They’re trying to make their intercontinental relationship work via Webcam, which is both difficult and hilarious for obvious reasons.
Then there's Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Ari (Jeremy Piven), who, despite their continued hatred for one another, have almost become interchangeable. Yes, sadly, E is a genuine “suit” nowadays with a fledgling talent-management company (and even a receptionist!) whose non-Vince client roster consists of one person: a rising actor named Charlie, played by Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, aka Lil Bow Wow.
Early in the episode, Eric and Ari come across a script for Danger Beach, which they both agree is atrociously titled but would be perfect for Vinnie’s proverbial comeback movie. But there’s one problem: Vince is in full-on stubborn mode. (OK, two problems: That beard makes him unemployable!)
So E and Ari private-jet down to Mexico to persuade Vince to consider the movie, and Vince’s reluctance to accept the deal is mirrored by the movie industry's reluctance to accept him post-Medellin.
Thus season five exists in heretofore uncharted territory, whereby Vince is genuinely at the top of Tinsletown’s s**t list (or at the bottom of its in-demand list).
The themes of redemption and vulnerability are such a welcome change from one of constant invincibility--or more aptly put, inVince-ibility.
And while it’s a safe bet that Vince will at some point this season rise again to A-list status (that’s a guess, not a spoiler), it’s nice to see that he is, at least for now, not immune to the hot-cold dynamic that is Hollywood. Indeed, this might be Entourage’s peak in terms of realism.
Elsewhere, everyone’s favorite aspects of the show are still in place--including but not limited to Ari’s vulgar one-liners hurled at his beleaguered assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee), and the bevy of cameos and guest stars.
The latter is in full swing in the second episode, during which Tony Bennett and (Entourage exec producer) Mark Wahlberg have cameos, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Carla Gugino reprise their roles, and Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas become the latest guest stars.
The Sundance Film Festival, which makes or breaks independent films, announced 2003's lineup Monday, Reuters reports. Actors such as Salma Hayek and Matt Dillon will be making their directorial debuts, with other high-caliber actors such as Kevin Spacey and Holly Hunter appearing in some of the films in competition. Hayek's film, The Maldonado Miracle, focuses on a small town whose religious faith is tested when a statue of Jesus seems to bleed. Dillon's entry, City of Ghosts, is about a con man who goes to Cambodia to collect on an insurance scam and gets more than he bargains for. The now-prestigious film festival will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah.
Pop star Michael Jackson will appear once again in a California court to continue his testimony in the $21 million lawsuit pending against him for backing out of concert dates. Although the singer lives less than 30 miles from the Santa Maria courthouse, Jackson is rarely seen in town and his appearance has caused a furor--hundreds of fans compete in a lottery for courtroom seats, stand outside screaming and begging for autographs, and chase his van down the street.
Actress Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and her husband, actor Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), welcomed their third child, Mary Louisa Whitford, Monday in Los Angeles. The baby weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces (big baby!). Kaczmarek, 46, and Whitford, 43, also have a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.
Morgan Freeman and Jet Li are in discussions to star in Danny the Dog, an action thriller to be produced by Luc Besson's company Europa Corp. It will be directed by Louis Leterrier, who made his directorial debut with The Transporter starring Jason Statham.
Now this one sounds too good to be true. The New Line comedy Elf stars Will Ferrell as a man named Buddy who was raised from infancy by elves at the North Pole. After inadvertently creating havoc among the poor elves, Buddy is shipped off to his biological father (James Caan) in New York, whose life Buddy also turns upside down. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau (Made) and actors Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart and Edward Asner are in negotiations to co-star.
Sony Pictures has broken the all-time international box office record this year by raking in a cool $2.75 billion so far. Fueled by the tremendous success of Spider-Man, which has earned $815 million in worldwide box office sales, Sony tops 20th Century Fox's 1998 record of $2.68 billion, which was achieved in large part to 1997's megahit Titanic.
Several members of the British rock band Oasis, including lead singer Liam Gallagher, were detained Saturday for questioning by German police on suspicion of assault, resisting arrest and damage to property. The Associated Press reports Gallagher sustained minor injuries, including several broken teeth, after he and members of the band allegedly got drunk at a hotel bar in Munich and ended up in an altercation with a group of Italians. They were released on bail Sunday but no charges have been filed as yet.
The all-new Doors lineup, renamed the 21st Century Doors, will have to reschedule their debut performance thanks to their new drummer's broken arm. Two of the surviving Doors--keyboardist Ray Manzarek and lead guitarist Robby Krieger--recently resurrected the band with The Cult singer Ian Astbury and drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly of The Police). Copeland broke his arm over Thanksgiving, forcing the postponement of their Dec. 8 kickoff performance at the Palms in Las Vegas. A new date has not been announced. The group has planned a tour next spring and a new album next fall.