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Entourage Decoder: "Less Than 30"

4/9/2007 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's been seven months since we caught up with the princes of Queens, but it was still all about the hard, hard sell on last night's shiny-new episode of "Entourage."

For one, Vince's foxy new agent was trying to sell our boy on the merits of Edith Wharton. Meanwhile, Ari was trying to sell his way back into Vince and Eric's affections -- with a "Medellin" pitch that might be a brilliantly played bluff. As ever, Drama was obsessed with his own saleability, this time on a Sunset Boulevard billboard, and everyone's favorite opportunist Turtle sold Vince's birthday out to the highest bidders.

And more than ever, we're left with all kinds of questions about the gang's Hollywood high life, like: How much would it actually cost to rent that big ship? Why does Drama's show seem so familiar? And what exactly does Amanda mean when she disses Ari for only reading "coverage"?



ART: Turtle goes way way over-budget, or so it seems, to make Vince's birthday party the ultimate booze cruise aboard the Queen Mary. Just how much would it cost to throw that kind of blingy bash?

LIFE: Even though it seems like the boys had nearly the whole ship to themselves, we're assured by a rep for the Queen Mary, which is permanently docked in Long Beach, Calif., that for Vince's 800 closest friends, the Grand Salon was the venue of choice. Surprisingly, it only costs about $5,000 to rent the space -- but add in all the drinks, girls, party favors, cake, and according to one party planner, Turtle's bill could've been as much as half a million bucks. Good thing he got Victoria's Secret -- and Bliss, Olympus, Skyy, and Carvel, among others -- to sponsor the soiree.

ART: There's something oddly familiar about that billboard for "Five Towns" that Drama can't get enough of -- four shadowy-looking guys, one girl, NBC. What is it?

LIFE: Just take a look at this -- it's "The Black Donnellys," an NBC series about four brothers and the Irish mob in New York (much like "Five Towns") that premiered this January with much hype and the pedigree of having been created by Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby." But maybe Drama shouldn't get his hopes up too high -- "Donnellys" just got the 86 from the network mid-season, and there's no word on whether it'll ever return. (Haggis, of course, played himself in an episode last season.)

ART: Eric and Vince complain that the scripts that Amanda (Carla Gugino) is giving them to read are too long, unlike Ari's scripts, to which Amanda replies, "I'm surprised Ari doesn't just send coverage. That's all he reads anyway."

LIFE: For all you non-screenwriters out there, "coverage" is a one-to-two-page Cliff Notes for agents and other supposedly important folk who don't have time to read through the entire screenplay. It not only summarizes the plot, it usually offers an opinion on whether the script is a viable entity or not.

NAME DROPPINGS: Burke Williams is a swanky L.A. spa ... Ari, E and Vince have their awkward lunch at Italian hotspot Il Fornaio ... "The Glimpses of a Moon" is not in fact about a guy who can't f**k a girl for five years, but about a penniless couple trying to live the high life off their friends (sound familiar?) ... Steven Zaillian wrote "Schindler's List" and "Gangs of New York," among other renowned scripts ... And for all you West Coasters, Friendly's (where Vince says Turtle threw him a surprise party back when) is an East Coast-based chain of diner-ish eateries, and a Fribble is the restaurant's signature, um, milkshake.
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caveman    

the little guy, E, vinces mgr really got on my nerves last night for some reason, might be that permasmirk on his face. starting to not like him.

2664 days ago
17.

MIKE THE TRUTH    

THIS SHOW IS GREAT,I have watched from the very beginning. We come to TMZ.Com to read about celebrity life and all their mess-ups, I watch a fake version of hollywood on HBO, it could easily be a briney, lindsey, or paris on that show but the directors chose some actors that can capture us in their moment. This show is really written very well. The characters are unique and interesting, as you can tell this by the fact that TMZ.com is writing about them.

Turtle=the gopher/funnyman in the posse, went from just being their to the manager of a rapper, now he manages to throw the bash of the year fo rhis man. Selling the party to sponsors was a great addition the the plot.

Drama=The big bro, the cook, the almost an actor again. He has a new show, what its about no one knows, the billboards remind me of an unusual suspects type show, we will see. The back and forth between him and Turtle make me think they are more brothers than Vince and him. By the Way ,VICTORY.

Eric=The manager and the guy who seems to have his head on the straightest, except when it comes to three-ways with his smoking hot girl. He is the den mother of the group. I can see him getting a big head and leaving Vince in the next season or two.

Vince=The Star, Aquaman, Wants to be Pablo Escobar, People in this blog rag him because they dont see him, as the action star or even the star in general, I do, he did well in the things I have seen him in so far in real life, 10 things I Hate About You, and he is killing this role as Vincent Chase.

This show is good and it could go on a while, It being 30 minutes long is what makes it even better, how many people actually sit thru an hour show from HBO, you gotta have pee, smoke, or kid breaks at the time these shows are on.

2664 days ago
18.

Trixie    

I totally disagree re: Adrian Grenier. I think the show works so well because you can completely buy that he could be huge and you understand Ari's obsession with him. That guy is smoking hot.

2663 days ago
19.

me    

IS THAT SANJAYA WITH A PERM??????????????????????????????

2663 days ago
20.

That poor court monitor!    

"Since he's (Mark Wahlberg) the producer, he should know to pick someone that has his leading man quality.... Just my opinion...." HE DID. ADRIAN GRENIER IS PERFECT FOR VINCE. THIS SHOW IS VERY ACCURATE AND VINCE IS UNDERSTATED COOL AND TOTAL CONFIDENCE 24/7. HE'S ACTING ALL THE TIME. WHAT IS MISSING WITH THE BOYS IS RAGING EGS, JEALOUSY AND COMPETITION, BUT THEY ARE A FAMILY WHO'S BEEN TOGETHER SINCE CHILDHOOD, SO IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T LAST LONG. LOVE THIS SHOW - BOTH ACTING AND WRITING ARE GREAT, HILARIOUS, AND TRUE!

2663 days ago
21.

kristin    

I have never been able to warm up to Kevin C. as E. I think he is the one character who was mis-cast in this series.

2663 days ago
22.

bebe    

I like Kevin Connolly as E. He's got that den mother/worrywart/can't relax quality that managers have. He's always more straight-laced than the others, wearing a jacket and keeping up his manager appearance, always worrying about how things will affect Vince, even when the rest of the entourage is acting like goons. I think he does a swell job.

And I loooove Lloyd. He should get an Emmy, or a Golden Globe, if he hasn't already. I loved last season when Ari said something about not marrying his wife, and Lloyd goes "Ari, no!" Had to be there, maybe. Anyway, he's a hoot.

2663 days ago
23.

Ron    

If you like Adrian Grenier, check out his new indie flick, "A Perfect Fit." He plays a real crazy guy, and he's crazy good. http://www.aperfectfitmovie.com

2663 days ago
24.

ratman    

does anyone know a site that has the new episode uploaded. i missed the tv airing and have been dying to watch it

2662 days ago
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