First season of “Entourage”—a TV show about life in Hollywood—comes to an end

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On September 12, 2004, the first season of the television comedy series Entourage, about a hot young actor in Hollywood and the posse of people surrounding him, comes to an end on HBO. Entourage, which debuted on July 18, 2004, starred Adrian Grenier as the up-and-coming movie heartthrob Vincent Chase, who is navigating his way through the pitfalls and excesses of Hollywood. Vince’s entourage includes Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly), his manager and childhood friend from Queens, New York; his half-brother, the C-list actor Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon, the real-life brother of the actor Matt Dillon); Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), another childhood friend from Queens who is content to ride Vince’s coattails; and Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Vince’s aggressive, high-strung agent. Other recurring characters on the show included Vince’s sharp-tongued publicist Shauna (played by Debi Mazar) and Ari’s long-suffering assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee). The actor Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, Three Kings, The Departed) served as one of the executive producers of Entourage and the idea for the show was reportedly based on some of his experiences as a rising star in Hollywood.

Prior to Entourage, Adrian Grenier, who was born on July 10, 1976, appeared in such movies as The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998), Woody Allen’s Celebrity (1998), Drive Me Crazy (1999) and Harvard Man (2001). In 2006, he was featured in the box-office hit The Devil Wears Prada, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Grenier is also the director and producer of Shot in the Dark, a documentary about his search for his biological father that aired on HBO in 2007.

The most seasoned main cast member of Entourage was Jeremy Piven, who was born on July 26, 1965, to parents who founded Chicago’s Piven Theater Workshop in the 1970s. Piven began his professional acting career in the late 1980s and has appeared in a long list of TV shows and movies, including several (Say Anything, Grosse Pointe Blank, Serendipity) with his childhood friend John Cusack.

Since its debut, Entourage featured numerous cameo appearances from celebrities, including Titanic director James Cameron, Seth Green, Mandy Moore, Brooke Shields (whose husband Chris Henchy has written for Entourage) and the actor-director Edward Burns (whose brother Brian is a writer and producer for the show). Its eighth and final season premiered in 2011. A follow-up movie of the same name was released June 3, 2015.


Johnny "Drama" Chase

Jonathan "Drama" Chase [1] is a fictional character on the comedy-drama television series Entourage. He is played by Kevin Dillon. He is often addressed by other characters as Johnny Drama or Drama, but is credited in his movies and tv shows as “Johnny Chase”.

Johnny Drama
Entourage character
First appearance"Entourage"
Last appearanceEntourage (film)
Portrayed byKevin Dillon
In-universe information
AliasZander adelsgard
OccupationActor
RelativesVincent Chase (brother)
Rita Chase (mother)
HomeQueens, New York, New York


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Just nine days after the finale of the show, Vincent Chase has separated from his wife and throws a party on his yacht, with his friends E, Johnny and Turtle joining to cheer him up. Wishing to do something new with his career, he calls his former agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold, who offers Vince a leading role in his first studio production. Vince says he will only star in it if he directs. Eight months later, Hyde, the directorial debut by Vince, is in the middle of post-production and is over budget by $15 million. Needing more money, Vince asks Ari if they can get an additional $10 million to complete the movie. Reluctant, but wanting to please him, Ari flies to Texas to meet the co-financiers of the movie, Larsen McCredle and his son Travis, to convince them to invest more money into the film. Hesitant, Larsen sends Travis with Ari back to Los Angeles to see a cut of the film at Vince's private screening.

Vince has second thoughts on the rough cut and cancels the screening out of fear no one will enjoy it. He later gives Ari and Travis a copy of the movie for their viewing. Ari and Travis enjoy the movie but Travis requests that Ari cut the scenes with Vince's brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, out of the movie or he will not give the film the extra money. With Ari giving him no answer, Travis puts the post-production on hold. Vince and Eric "E" Murphy visit Travis to come up with a solution, but this results in Travis saying he did not like Vince's performance either and wants the entire movie to be redone with a new lead and director. In addition, studio CEO John Ellis removes Ari from the production.

The boys soon realize the reason Travis is angry over the movie is because he discovered that Vince is secretly dating Emily Ratajkowski, whom Travis is infatuated with. Learning of this, Ari interrupts Ellis in a boardroom meeting with Larsen and Travis with this information. Surprised, Larsen says he will stay behind the movie but mandates the condition that Ari is no longer working for the studio because, although he agreed his son was being juvenile, Ari had disrespected his son. During this time, the boys are at the hospital as E's ex-fiancée Sloan goes into labor. Sloan gives birth to a girl, Ryan Murphy, resulting in Sloan and E deciding to get back together and vowing to make it work this time.

As the boys celebrate, Ari arrives at the hospital and announces that he resigned and invested his severance to complete the movie. Hyde becomes a box office hit, grossing over $450 million worldwide. At the Golden Globe Awards, Drama ends up winning the award for Best Supporting Actor. Stunned, Drama goes to accept the award and is silent for a moment before yelling his trademark Viking Quest phrase, "VICTORY. "

In a mid-credits scene, Ari's former assistant Lloyd has his wedding and Ari gives him away. When the group gets together for a picture, Billy Walsh suggests that they should make a film (or TV show) about the lives of Vince and the gang.


The famously anger-prone producer Harvey Weinstein did not exactly enjoy being parodied by a character on Entourage named Harvey Weingard – he event confronted Connelly about the “doppelganger” at a party. Alas, the show’s creators got the last laugh, when they decided to write the confrontation with Connelly into the show, which Mr. Weinstein actually enjoyed. Persevere and you shall succeed!

Vince’s fictional film Medellin in season 4 had a fake trailer and even used to have its own website (http://www.medellinthefilm.com, now defunct), containing the synopsis and film stills. That’s some dedication, eh?

Entourage, HBO

12 PETER DINKLAGE – SEASON 2, EPISODE 7

Peter Dinklage had several memorable character parts before he became Tyrion Lannister, including recurring appearances on Nip/Tuck, Life as We Know It and I’m With Her. Not to mention, he got to throw Will Ferrell onto a conference table in Elf. In 2005, his most recent movie had been The Station Agent. Dinklage gets into a bit of an awkward conversation with Ari springing off that very movie.

A lot of Dinklage’s early work didn’t shy away from self-conscious humor based on his dwarfism in Hollywood. And Ari, being who he is, can’t help but work in some puns based on size. He says he could have signed Dinklage on for Bad Santa, but Dinklage says he specifically passed that up, presumably referencing Tony Cox’s role in the movie.

“You’re one of the biggest actors in this town Peter”

“What is that a play on words or something, d**k head?”


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A high school dropout, Terrance is a very powerful figure in the industry and one who has been able to make or break careers.

At some point, Terrance married the marriage eventually ended with a divorce but also produced Terrance's daughter Sloan McQuewick. Terrence became an agent for representatives of the film industry in Hollywood and in 1973, Terrance formed the powerful TMA, declaring his mantra was that "every client should be represented by every agent in the building." By Terrance's account, Arthur Jensen was the first, who conspired behind Terrance's back, and currently sells auto insurance in Reseda, LA.

TMA was eventually joined by ambitious up-and-coming agent Ari Gold, who by Melissa Gold's account, idolized Terrance since he was 20. Ari befriended Terrance and became a partner in the prestigious agency. Prior to the series, Terrance married Melinda Clarke and retired from his position in TMA, leaving it all in the hands of Ari, who runs the company for the next eight years.


6 Mind Of The Married Man

It's a miracle that Mind of the Married Man got a second season at all, due to its overwhelmingly negative response from critics and viewers alike. As its title suggests, it's a sitcom about the trials of married life told from the male perspective.

Lambasted for its tasteless, and even sexist, humor, the show was extremely divisive within the audiences' households, making it a sure failure for HBO, who wisely canceled it after two poorly received seasons.


Entourage movie (2015) [ edit | edit source ]

Vince, who separated from his wife Sophia Lear after nine days of marriage, wants to do something new in his career. He calls his former agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold, who offers Vince a leading role in his first studio production. Vince says he will only star in it if he directs. Eight months later, Hyde, the directorial debut by Vince, is in the middle of post-production and is over budget by $15 million. Drama has four key scenes in the new movie.

Vince later gives Ari and and co-financier Travis McCredle a copy of the movie for their viewing. Ari and Travis enjoy the movie but Travis requests that Ari cut the scenes with Vince's brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, out of the movie or he will not give the film the extra money. With Ari giving him no answer, Travis puts the post-production on hold. Drama is devastated and depressed, urging Vince to cut Drama's scenes, but Vince refuses to cut his brother's scenes. 

Vince and Eric visit Travis to come up with a solution, but this results in Travis saying he did not like Vince's performance either and wants the entire movie to be redone with a new lead and director. In addition, studio CEO John Ellis removes Ari from the production.

The boys soon realize the reason Travis is angry over the movie is because Vince is spending time with Emily Ratajkowski, with whom Travis is infatuated. Learning of this, Ari interrupts Ellis in a boardroom meeting with Larsen and Travis with this information. Surprised, Larsen says he will stay behind the movie but mandates the condition that Ari is no longer working for the studio because, although he agreed his son was being juvenile, Ari had disrespected his son. During this time, the boys are in the hospital as E's ex-fiancée Sloan McQuewick goes into labor. Sloan gives birth to a girl, Ryan Murphy, and the boys celebrate.

Ari arrives at the hospital and also announces that he resigned and invested his severance to complete the movie. Hyde becomes a box office hit, grossing over $450 million worldwide. At the Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Mark Wahlberg, Drama ends up winning the award for Best Supporting Actor. Stunned, Drama goes to accept the award and is silent for a moment before yelling his trademark Viking Quest phrase, "VICTORY. ".

In a mid-credits scene, Ari's former assistant Lloyd Lee has his wedding and Ari gives him away. When the group gets together for a picture, Billy Walsh suggests that they should make a film (or TV show) about the lives of Vince and the gang.


‘Entourage’: 10 Never-Told Secrets

In the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the execs and stars of HBO’s “Entourage,” starting its eighth and final season,dish (finally!) on its history as a lens into Hollywood -- and the candid stories behind its stories.

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What do Ari Emanuel and Harvey Weinstein think of the show that has immortalized their personas? In the new Hollywood Reporter cover story, that question and many more are answered. In an unguarded group interview, the execs and stars of HBO&rsquos Entourage, now entering its final season, sat down with THR senior writers Leslie Bruce and Lacey Rose to reveal which Hollywood plotlines were true and who in the industry gets mad, calls with advice and offers the best real-life fodder.

1. ARI EMANUEL ONLY WANTED JEREMY PIVEN TO PLAY HIM &ndash AND OTHER DEMANDS HE&rsquoS MADE
The role of Ari Gold was initially conceived as creator Doug Ellin&rsquos former CAA agent, Jeff Jacobs. &ldquoThen I went into the initial pitch meeting and met [executive producer Mark Wahlberg&rsquos agent] Ari Emanuel, who said, &lsquoAll right, it&rsquos Mark and his life. This guy is going to write it, and if it sucks, we&rsquoll fire him and someone else will rewrite it,&rdquo recalls Ellin, who is now represented by Emanual. &ldquoI had never seen anybody in this business really talk like that. … So I said, &lsquoThis guy is a character. He has to be in the show.&rdquo The real Ari was also adamant about Jeremy Piven playing the part, even calling up HBO from a plane in China to ensure the network would work out a deal, saying, &ldquoJeremy Piven plays me, or take my name off it.&rdquo

2. VINCENT CHASE IS NAMED AFTER VINCE VAUGHN
When Ellin began writing the script nearly a decade ago, he had his heart set on casting Vince Vaughn as the star. &ldquoIt sounds crazy now because Vince Vaughn makes $20 million a movie, but nine years ago when I first started writing this script, I was like, &ldquoDo you think there&rsquos a way we could get Vince Vaughn?’&rdquo said Ellin. &ldquoIt was done completely as an homage to him.&rdquo He also acknowledges that the character has touches of Tobey Maguire (in storyline), Leonardo DiCaprio (in personality) and, of course, Wahlberg (in lifestyle).

3. HBO REJECTED THE SHOW AT FIRST, AND FEW OF THE ACTORS WANTED IN
Ellin&rsquos first script had no fans at HBO when it was first pitched. Ellin recalls getting a call from executive producer Steve Levinson, who told him, &ldquoThey hated it.&rdquo Levinson and Ellin both say it started in a far dark place, one they would ultimately take the show to several seasons later. &ldquoIt opened at the premiere of Vince&rsquos movie, everybody hated it and nobody knew how to tell him,&rdquo said Ellin. HBO executives kept telling them to make it &ldquomore fun,&rdquo and to focus on the wish fulfillment. Stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Piven were equally as uninterested in being involved at first.

4. SOME DREAM CAMEOS NEVER HAPPENED
While the show has had an astounding parade of guest stars, including James Cameron, LeBron James and Martin Scorsese, some a-listers actually declined the invite. According to Ellin, both Russell Crowe and President Obama were among the guest starts that didn&rsquot come through. Ellin also mentions that he&rsquod hoped for Charlie Sheen: &ldquoI spoke to his manager Mark Burg and he&rsquos like, &lsquoCharlie loves it, he&rsquoll call you back today,&rsquo&rdquo recalled Ellin. &ldquoI never got the call.&rdquo

5. HARVEY WEINSTEIN DID NOT LIKE HIS DOPPLEGANGER &ldquoHARVEY WEINGARD&rdquo
It seems Harvey Weinstein doesn&rsquot believe imitation was the sincerest form of flattery. After a foul-mouthed producer named Harvey Weingard appeared in season two, Connolly says he got an earful from the famously abrasive producer. &ldquoI&rsquom at a party. Harvey Weinstein just came over and told me to tell my producers they&rsquore dead. &lsquoTell them if they ever mention my name again, they&rsquore dead.&rsquo&rdquo Those lines made their way into an episode during a later season. Ellin said Weinstein called after the episode and said he enjoyed it.

6. MRS. ARI&rsquoS NAME WILL FINALLY BE REVEALED
Ari Gold&rsquos wife, Mrs. Ari, has been a strong, opinionated character for the last seven seasons, but her name has never been revealed. This season, Piven says viewers will finally find out her name.

7. JAMES CAMERON CAME ON BECAUSE….
The cast gushes about the many A-list directors that have appeared on the show, including Gus Van Sant, Paul Haggis and Brett Ratner, acknowledging that they often come on and are so happy not to be directing. But it is Cameron&rsquos turn that, as Ellin put it, &ldquogave the whole show credibility.&rdquo The show&rsquos post-production supervisor, Janace Tashjian, had worked on Titanic with him. &ldquoI wrote him into a script, and she said, &lsquoWhat are you doing?,&rsquo&rdquo recalled Ellin. &ldquoI was like, &lsquoYou know him.&rsquo I never in a million years thought we&rsquod get him.&rdquo He was writing Avatar when he appeared on the show, and Ellin says he remembers the director coming out of his trailer holding up the Entourage script. He said, &ldquoHow do you do this? It&rsquos so simple. I&rsquove got all of these blue guys&hellip&rdquo

8. THE SHOW STRUGGLED TO FIND ITS VINCENT CHASE
&ldquoThe biggest [challenge] was finding a guy who was a believable star that wasn&rsquot already one,&rdquo said Wahlberg of the show&rsquos earliest struggle to cast the Vince character. Ellin acknowledged that nobody thought the show could find its Vince, which is why early on HBO brass kept saying, &ldquoless Vince, less Vince.&rdquo As the former HBO Chief Chris Albrecht remembers it, &ldquoIf you didn&rsquot believe that Vince is a movie star, then you would never believe the show.&rdquo Eventually, Grenier, who was a departure for the character since he didn&rsquot share Wahlberg&rsquos tough guy persona, was cast.

9. SOMETIMES JEREMY PIVEN THINKS HE IS ARI GOLD
While Piven likes to disassociate his off-camera character from his on-camera one, he has found himself channeling Ari Gold. He shares a story about running into producer Joel Silver, who was screaming into the phone as he tried to land Kate Beckinsale for a movie role. &ldquoSo I pick up the phone,&rdquo said Piven, &ldquoand started going as if someone yelled, &lsquoAction.&rsquo I started calling some people at my agency that got Kate on the phone immediately and worked this deal with him to get Kate Beckinsale a job.&rdquo

10. MARK WAHLBERG WANTS AN ENTOURAGE MOVIE
While the cast and crew were tight-lipped about the ending of the final season, they all agree a follow-up on the big screen is the goal. &ldquoI think with the success of Sex and the City, there&rsquos a good chance people believe there could be a great movie here,&rdquo says Wahlberg. &ldquoI will fight to the end to get the movie made.&rdquo

Read the full The Hollywood Reporter Entourage cover story here and watch behind the scenes interviews with the cast.


Sloan McQuewick

Sloan McQuewick in the Season 6 finale episode, "Give a Little Bit".

Eric was romantically involved with her in Season 2, Season 3, Season 7, and 8.

Although they hit it off well in seasons 2 and 3, Sloan is disappointed when E moves in with her by the end of the season 3 finale but does not fully unpack his belongings.

At the beginning of Season 4, Eric said that he and Sloan are "taking a break." In the middle of Season 4, it is shown that they actually broke up in the Season 3 episode.

Sloan reappears in the fifth season as E seeks her help in convincing Seth Green - who taunts E about his supposed past with her - to accept a role in a new show. Despite helping E lease one of her friends' houses to him in the sixth season and also land him a new job with her godfather, Sloan admits that she cannot get back with him unless they can really determine what they want from each other. 

At the end of Season 6, Eric and Sloan get back together and become engaged.

The couple plan their wedding for most of the seventh season, but they break up again during the interim of Seasons 7 and 8 because of Terrance's prenup demand as well as the takeover at Murray Berenson by Eric and his friend, and co-worker Scott Lavin.

In the final season, it is revealed that Sloan and E did not part amicably and spend one romantic moment together before E discovers Sloan will move to New York. When she is found to be carrying Eric's baby, Turtle, Drama, and Vince ask her to give E - whom she still loves - another chance and gets on a plane with him to an undisclosed location when Vince goes to Paris to get married.  they eventually reunite, presumably for good in the Season 8 finale, The End.


'Entourage' a teenager's fantasy come to life

1 of 6 Adrian Grenier, from left, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon in "Entourage." (Photo courtesy Warner Bros./TNS) Handout/McClatchy-Tribune News Service Show More Show Less

2 of 6 This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama, in Warner Bros. Pictures,' Home Box Office's and RatPac-Dune Entertainment's comedy "Entourage," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures/Associated Press Show More Show Less

4 of 6 This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Ronda Rousey as herself, Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama, Kevin Connolly as Eric and Adrian Grenier as Vince in Warner Bros. Pictures,' Home Box Office's and RatPac-Dune Entertainment's comedy "Entourage," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Claudette Barius/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Claudette Barius/Associated Press Show More Show Less

5 of 6 This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Perrey Reeves, left, as Mrs. Ari, and Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold, in Warner Bros. Pictures,' Home Box Office's and RatPac-Dune Entertainment's comedy "Entourage," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Claudette Barius/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Claudette Barius/Associated Press Show More Show Less

When a teenage boy starts imagining adulthood, the ideal vision is something like &ldquoEntourage&rdquo: living in a big house with all your friends, hanging out and having adventures. Lots of girls, lots of laughs, lots of parties and no money worries. It&rsquos the promise of a spring and summer that never ends, a vision of heaven on earth.

Ultimately, the vision matures and the goals change, but the memory lingers on, and that&rsquos the appeal of &ldquoEntourage&rdquo and its irresistible depiction of an immature person&rsquos paradise. Frankly, I can&rsquot begin to imagine what women might see in this fantasy. But its appeal to men &mdash or to the residual teenager that never completely leaves most men &mdash is so clear and so gut-level it&rsquos almost embarrassing.

Four years after its eight seasons as an HBO series, &ldquoEntourage&rdquo is back as a feature film, and the first thing that needs to be said is that you don&rsquot have to know the show to enjoy the movie. Years ago, I saw maybe one or two episodes and don&rsquot remember them. However, those familiar with the show should know that the movie picks up a few months after the series left off &mdash then plunges into the action with a velocity that makes an audience barely realize that every character is being reintroduced.

As we enter the story, Vince (Adrian Grenier), the movie star, is on a yacht (of course he is), having just ended his marriage. His former agent, Ari (Jeremy Piven), is now head of a movie studio. Vince is directing and starring in a new movie and needs more money to finish it, but Ari can&rsquot provide the money without permission from the co-producer, Billy Bob Thornton. Just imagine begging for money from Billy Bob Thornton. Do you think he&rsquod be a sympathetic ear?

The world of &ldquoEntourage&rdquo is one of sex and parties and a steady drumbeat of professional abuse and the ever-present possibility of career implosion. Vince leads a young man&rsquos seemingly idyllic existence, but even he has to suck up to people for whom he has no respect, such as the producer&rsquos ne&rsquoer-do-well son, played by the former child actor Haley Joel Osment. If &ldquoEntourage&rdquo signals the return of Osment, reborn as a character actor, that will be a very good thing. He is superb in this, by turns hapless and intimidating, stupid and shrewd, and wallowing in the unfair authority of money.

The party scenes are entertaining fantasy, but the insider-business end of the picture is occasionally interesting in its own right. There&rsquos an etiquette to the negotiations in &ldquoEntourage,&rdquo in which any time one person has an advantage over the other, the one in the privileged position insults, digs at and needles the other, but in a gentle way, as if to say, &ldquoYou&rsquore so low I don&rsquot even have to raise my voice to insult you.&rdquo No wonder people get ulcers.


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