“ Genre: Television - Entourage / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Debi Mazar ... / DVD released 2006-10-30 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Box set, Dubbed, PAL „
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I'm a bit of a latecomer to entourage, only really giving it a go within the last few months after having watched the occasional episode on ITV 2. A friend of mine bought the box sets of seasons 1-5 so I have begun working my way through them and i've found that I love it! Entourage is another of the American HBO channel's successful exports following the likes of other successful shows such as the Sopranos and Sex and the City. In a way it is kind of the Sex and the City for guys! There's lots of money spending, flash cars and hot girls and plenty f lads talk and more or less has a special guest star in each episode! The show follows the actor Vincent Chase and his career which has its high points and low points but the main focus is not so much on his career however, but his three friends, Eric, Johnny (Drama - his older brother) and Turtle. Eric 'E' Murphy is his manager and probably the more level headed of the group, Johnny Drama is a failed actor who is constantly trying to get a job but never has much success and is one of the funnier characters in my opinion and then there is Turtle who is always trying to pull the girls but usually with less success that the rest of the group. The best character probably in the show is Vince's agent, Ari Gold played by Jeremy Piven. He is the funniest in the show - a bit of a workaholic and the way he talks to his wife and family is hilarious - as is the way he treats his staff! I found that it took me to watch about 3 or 4 episodes in a row to be able to get into the series properly and to be able to relate to the characters. The best two are definitely Ari and Drama but they are all good in their own way. Season 1 probably isnt one of the better ones - it definitely improves as each season goes on. Im currently half way through season 4, have season 5 waiting and looking forward to getting season 6 soon!
HBO are without a doubt best known for their brilliant drama shows such as Oz, The Wire, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, but one of their more successful offerings is the lower-key Entourage, a show that has a glossy guise but is in fact very intelligent and offers plenty of slick and entertaining insights into the crazy film industry. It has also recieved a lot of attention for Jeremy Piven's excellent performance as the agent Ari Gold, and has won several Emmy awards as a result. Season one introduces us to all of the key players, beginning with hotshot actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), who frequently has to jostle between starring in paycheque films and artistically competent fare. His friend and also eventually his managed is Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly), frequently referred to as "E" throughout the series, sometimes neurotic and quite sensitive about his height after numerous insults from Ari. Chase's other friends include Johnny "Drama" Chase (Kevin Dillon), Vince's older brother and also his chef. Drama starred in a cult fantasy show called Viking Quest a few years ago which has earned him a small following, but largely he is a minor character actor. Finally, his childhood friend known as "Turtle" (Jerry Ferrara) also lives with them in the house, serving as a general assistant to Vince but basically just freeloading off of Vince while providing little in return. The jewel in the crown, though, is Ari Gold himself, the ruthless, high-strung but brilliant agent who cuts savage deals and will be your best friend if you get on his right side, or your worst enemy if not. Piven's portrayal made him a household name, and he is far and away the best thing about the show. Combining glamour with smarts and some fun in-jokes about Hollywood, this first season sets the tone that is consistent throughout the show's run. Well worth a watch.
Entourage joins a long line of shows that have come out of americas hit factory, HBO. They (a cable tv channel) are behind hit shows like the Sopranos, Curb your enthusiasm, Sex and the City and Flight of the Conchords. Entourage is set to join that list (many would say it has done already). The show follows the starlet Vincent Chase as his career as a movie star evolves until he becomes the cream of the A list. The focus is not so much on his career however, but the his group of three friends, Eric, Johhny (Drama - his brother) and Turtle. Eric is his manager feels unfulfilled being employed in such an informal way, whilst drama, a failed actor, wants to get a job, whilst Turtle wants girls. The star of the show however, is Ari Gold. He is vinces agent. The character is quite literally indescribable, and you have to watch the show to get a real picture of him. Whilst season one is not the best of the five (season six just started a couple of weeks ago), it is still full of entourage goodness, and sets you up for the rest of the show.
Entourage is the programme that follows the life of Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier), a young upcoming star in Hollywood as he tries to make it big in the glamorous movie world. While he has his fair share of good times, it just wouldn't be the same to experience it by himself so he brought along his 3 friends: Big brother Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), Manager Eric aka E (Kevin Connolly), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara). Series 1 of Entourage focuses on Vince after he has just completed his first major successful film. This gives the viewer the chance to 'know' Vince before he makes it big so the character will grow as the series continues. His agent, the highly stung but highly entertaining Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and his assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee) are also introduced as key characters. The appeal of the programme is that it gives the audience a chance to see just what it could be like to be one of the young in demand stars of Hollywood. Of course it wouldn't be possible to create this atmosphere without some quality special guest stars so the producers managed to bring in a varied but celebrated list including Jessica Alba, Ali Larter, Lennox Lewis, Jimmy Kimmel, Luke Wilson, Scarlett Johansson and more! For a debuting programme to bring in such star power is a testament to the creators. Personally, I love this programme. It's funny, slick, glamorous and just a very good way to be entertained. Unfortunately each episode is quite short. They only last around 22 minutes each, which makes it seem like we're missing out on a few minutes each week! Series 1 is also only 8 episodes long but its still worth buying. 9/10