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It has been approximately four years since fans said goodbye to the Entourage gang. Now the Entourage crew is back and better than ever.
HBO premiered Entourage in 2004 and lasted for eight seasons. The show, directed by Doug Ellin, follows up-and-coming actor Vincent Chase (portrayed by Adrian Grenier) and his friends (portrayed by Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Ferrara) as they dive into Hollywood. The key management figure is hotshot agent, Ari Gold (portrayed by Jeremy Piven).
Entourage was loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s journey as an up-and-coming actor navigating his way through Hollywood; Wahlberg also serves as one of the show’s executive producers. The show ended with Vince jetting off to Italy with his fiance Sophia. His friend Salvatore “Turtle” Assante and brother Johnny “Drama” Chase also tagged along. Eric “E” Murphy was traveling to a destination unknown with his pregnant girlfriend Sloan McQuewick (portrayed by Emmanuelle Chriqui), while Vince’s agent Ari Gold is last seen with his wife Melissa (portrayed by Perrey Reeves) boarding a private jet to Italy.
The film will pick up approximately six days following the series finale. The gang will return to Hollywood as Ari, now the CEO of a major studio, provides Vince with a $100 million budget for his directorial debut, Hyde. The film ends up needing more money and with Ari unable to provide more for the budget, Ari must fly to Texas to meet his co-financier for the additional funds.
They find the investor, Larsen McCredle, (portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton) and his son, Travis (portrayed by Haley Joel Osment). Trouble arises when Travis insists they stop production and reshoot some scenes as he does not like Vince nor his brother Johnny. Ari eventually changes course and the film grosses over $400 million overseas. Johnny Chase wins a Golden Globe for his role in Hyde.
Overall, Entourage is comedic and carries the same vibe on top of similar raunchy material from the television series. There are an assortment of cameos ranging from Russell Wilson to Warren Buffett; with some of the actors shown playing fictionalized versions of themselves. The film is rated R due to pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity, and some drug use.