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Entourage Decoder

7/11/2006 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Now that's a little more like it. This week's episode of "Entourage" was a Tinseltown insider's delight, with meetings in studio chief Alan's perpetually dimly-lit office at Warner Bros., a plethora of film production-speak, some screenwriter name-checking, and -- of course -- more toys for the boys.  With so much going on, we just had to ask: Who is Big Boy anyhow? Is Alan the Warner Bros. big cheese as shadowy as he seems? And just how sweet are those beautiful Astons?



ART:
Vince hooks Turtle up by getting a certain "Big Boy" to play the aspiring rapper Saigon's single on the radio, which launches his career -- and Turtle's, as his manager -- in pretty short order.  Who is this Big Boy and is he really that influential?

LIFE:  Not to be confused with one-half of OutKast or the family-dining mascot, Big Boy (real name: Kurt Alexander) whom viewers will remember from earlier in the season when Vince called his mother over the radio from his show, is the actual morning DJ on LA's KPWR Power 106, the top-rated R&B and hip-hop station in the region. What's more, as of May, Big Boy's "Big Boy in the Morning" show was nationally syndicated, making his reach and influence even greater. Big Boy, however, isn't quite as big as he used to be in one respect: He's shed over 200 pounds after surgery in 2003.

ART:  It emerges through the episode that Warner Bros. studio chief "Alan" is not a man to be toyed with, even though Vince gutsily  throws down the gauntlet at the show's close.  Is "Alan" anything like the real Warner Bros. honcho?

LIFE:  While it's true that the Warner Bros. executive ultimately responsible for what goes into theaters and what doesn't is actually named Alan (Horn), the president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., his reputation is not generally one of utter ruthlessness.  As for his predilection for blockbusters, one former colleague told Entertainment Weekly back in 1999, when Horn ascended to his current post,  "Alan's not interested in smutty little movies. Look, you have to have the blockbuster style to some extent, but...I've personally heard him rant about 'big stupid movies.'" Keep in mind that Warner Bros. was responsible for last year's "Batman Begins" and this summer's "Superman Returns," so they're definitely not averse to the comic-book franchise. The real Alan Horn, 63, has a Harvard MBA and an extensive collection of Western art.

ART:  Vinny asks, "What kind of Aquaman would I be if I didn't take care of my super friends?" So he buys Turtle, Johnny, and E each a new car.  Just what kind of Aquaman is he, really?

LIFE:  An apparently very, very rich one.  Each of the guys gets a brand-new Aston Martin DB9 drop-top, which, with a reasonable option package (950 watt audio system, Titanium silver paint job, etc.), will set Vince back $174,900 each. Which also means that the loser of the gang's little race to the Warner lot (who paid tax & title) would be out a pretty decent penny.
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jan    

Big Boy....Power 106 radio personality in LA

3023 days ago
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kierewalker    

LOL...way to fact check, guys.

3023 days ago
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Ryan    

Big Boy was also featured on the episode where Vince is on the radio show, and they call his Mom and guilt her into coming to LA for the Aquaman premiere.

3023 days ago
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rob    

I love Entourage, i have not missed the show once. i watch the same episode 7 times a week, i just think it's great. great cast and great stories, and of course great aston marton toys

3023 days ago
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doug    

Entourage in french means family, is this like marry your second cousin because your mom married your first?

3023 days ago
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theTVaddict    

Entourage rocks, and Sunday's episode was the best of the season. So cool to see VINCE finally grow a pair and realize he's just a pawn in the studio game. He might as well demand 20 million if he's going to be forced into a crap sequel. A Michael Bay directed movie is the equivelant of a burger king commercial...

3022 days ago
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tammy birch    

I gotta say, i never miss an episode and i have all my friends hooked on the show - some of which dont have hbo so i do the right thing and record the episodes on the dvr for their future viewing pleasure. cant wait till turtle's career takes off as i think he is the cutest thing in shoe-leather, right along with eric. great show and even us old gals (i am 46) cant give up our sunday night fix - what a way to start the work week - am hoping they decide they need a mother figure on the show - would be on the first plane out to fill the spot - maybe a new house keeper that parties with the boys .......

3022 days ago
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K    

How did TMZ miss the obvious Michael Bay dis?!! That was probably the funniest part of the whole episode.

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