Bros. BROS. BROS. If you missed the big news yesterday, Warner Brothers gave the green light for the movie version of "Entourage" after years of speculation. I know, I know. I'm also amazed that all the actors involved—especially Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon—were able to clear their schedules long enough to get this movie made. It just seemed like an impossible task!
Anyway, the Deadline scoop necessitated some serious thinking time from me and AG, the former editor of this fine site and a faithful recapper of dozens of "Entourage" episodes. Where will this movie go? What becomes of the Vince-Alice marriage? Will Ari take the studio job? How will E be crudely shoehorned into a stupid subplot? Etc.
Two words of caution before we start:
1. If you hated "Entourage" or never saw the show, just stop reading now. It's better for the both of us.
2. AG actually liked the last season. Don't hold it against him.
AG: As you may remember from my old "Entourage" recaps, I approach the show, and now movie, from the perspective of someone most interested in how the show depicts the current state of Hollywood. As much as the wish-fulfillment/who's-fucking-whom/who's-making-cameos angle was fun in the early seasons, it became evident that Doug Ellin & Co. wanted to bring our characters to new, more "grown-up" places in the later stages of the series. I was certainly the only person in the BroBible office who actually liked the last couple seasons of the show, and thought most of the plot points — yes, including Vince going to rehab — actually made a lot of sense. So that's my preamble to the predictions you'll find below. In other words, expect more about the machinations of Hollywood and the entertainment/content industry than Perfect 10 models and trips to Vegas. Here are 10 theories as to the plot of the movie:
1. "Entourage" the TV show was about the movie business. "Entourage" the movie will be about the TV business. This would follow the natural trajectory of Hollywood — all the major directors, writers, and now stars want to be part of the next "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Girls," "Boardwalk Empire," or "Homeland." TV is changing the way we think about narrative storytelling, and the movie business has become increasingly difficult to crack. Plus, the new digital players like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu are getting in the game with big bold series, offering new opportunities and competition. In terms of the "industry" side of "Entourage," the next arm to tackle is surely a television series of some sort.
2. Vince, then, will be angling for the lead in just such a show. He'll have been off in Europe and Asia seeing the sites and fucking Alice Eve and will arrive home a year later eager to get back in the acting game. But he'll be bored by all the movie scripts sent his way, and will ask his agent (Lloyd?) about TV. When he and Alice both got food poisoning in Thailand, they spent two days in bed watching every episode of "Game of Thrones." He wants to be part of something like that.
3. The man who has the power to get Vince such a job is of course Ari, who is no longer his agent but the new CEO of Time Warner. Of course Ari took that job. But he's in way over his head. The movie and TV business he can handle, but he's pretty clueless when it comes to the other side of Time Warner's enterprise. He and Mrs. Ari are doing fine — the $20mm penthouse in the Time Warner Center with views of Central Park certainly doesn't hurt — but she misses LA and their old life... and he sort of does too. Anyway, Ari finds the perfect show for Vince at HBO, which Time Warner owns, and brings everything full circle. I don't think it will be a meta "Entourage"-esque show because that would be too much of a "Seinfeld" ripoff, and it won't be Queens-related because they already did "Queens Boulevard." But something big. Perhaps even a mini-series. And there will be all the regular tension/turmoil on the set associated with the big-name director brought in to create the show/direct the pilot.
4. E and Sloane will be happy parents in NYC, but E will be growing restless not doing any work. E was always about the hustle. Ari will come to the rescue with an offer to help him run the content business at Time Warner or at HBO specifically (expect a lot of "I'm tired of seeing Lena Dunham naked!" jokes from Ari). E was always good at identifying great scripts and talent, and he'll allow Ari to concentrate on the areas of the business that need him most. E jumps into the gig, but at the sacrifice of Sloane and the kid, which will be a sore point.
5. Vince will have some competition from some young gun actor — i.e. the next Vinny Chase, who will be repped by Scott Caan's character, who will play a big part now that he's so big on "Hawaii 5-0." Lots of competition, perhaps on set (the young actor is a co-star on the HBO series?), leads to some of Vince's old habits/vices, including...
6. Vince and Alice Eve will have a rough marriage after the honeymoon period — he'll get caught cheating with Nina Agdal or something, they'll be all over the tabloids and TMZ — but they'll smooth that out at the end. There probably won't be a sequel, so Vince won't go out single.
7. All of Turtle's money and success will go to his head somehow, and he'll pretty much fuck it all up and be on the verge of losing whatever business he's been building up. But he'll turn things around at the end, returning to his roots, and find a girl.
8. Drama will get cast in a low-budget comedy that becomes an unexpected blockbuster, and he'll finally get the recognition/success/pussy he always deserved.