There will be an ‘Entourage’ movie!


Those of you following the “Entourage” saga can finally breathe easy. The movie is on!

“It’s a go. Love you all,” wrote Doug Ellin, the show’s creator and screenwriter said in Monday evening in a Tweet that included a group photo of the cast.

Are Adrian Grenier and the rest of the boys finally getting paid as much as Jeremy Piven, who plays the sharky Jewish studio head Ari Gold? That issue had been the main hold up.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production should begin in January. Let’s hope they stick to that schedule — and that it turns out better than Piven’s bar mitzvah comedy “Keeping Up with the Steins.”

Why there is still no ‘Entourage’ movie


It seems the “Entourage” cast members could use some help from someone like superagent Ari Gold.

The movie version of the HBO comedy has been in the works forever, but lots of drama has delayed it from getting off the ground. The latest hold up is due to more heated negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It turns out Jeremy Piven, who plays Gold, is getting paid a lot more than the rest of the guys, and they’re not happy about it.

So when will this thing happen already?

“As soon as them guys stop being so greedy,” producer Mark Wahlberg told TMZ last week.

Co-star Adrian Grenier had this to say via Instagram a couple of days later.

To all Entourage fans. I owe it to you to make a couple things clear. I take my role as Vince on the show & off very seriously. All decisions I make personally & for business are for the principle of friendship and brotherhood. It has, & never will be about the money for me. I promise. I will always stand up for the boys (that includes you) & do what I can to make sure they are treated fairly, and not be taken advantage of by anybody. The spirit of Entourage is about sharing the opportunities given to us and I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY. I assure you, despite the perception, there is no greed in my heart. Remember, it will all work out in the end. It always does. —— I will try to answer questions with hashtag #entourageboysshare

It’s been a while since the show’s finale, but, wow, it looks like someone’s really stayed in character.

‘Mazel Tov’: Lifecycles of the Rich and Famous


“Entourage” star Jeremy Piven remembers his bar mitzvah as “a rite of passage.” Growing up in Evanston, Ill., Piven recalls how his service was actually in a church, because they belonged to an extremely liberal Reconstructionist congregation. But unlike his character on the hit HBO show, Piven wasn’t that interested in a big, fancy party.

“It wasn’t a big community of people battling each other for the biggest bar mitzvah, like in my movie ‘Keeping Up With the Steins,’” he says.

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Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Ari Emanuel, is a Hollywood superagent


Up until Rahm Emanuel was offered the Chief of Staff position in Barack Obama’s cabinet, his younger brother Ari, the cantankerous Hollywood talent agent, was considerably better known. Most famously — or perhaps infamously — Ari Emanuel is said to be the inspiration for the abrasive, determined Ari Gold character on HBO’s Entourage, played by Jeremy Piven.

“With Ari, it’s all about the bottom line,” said writer Aaron Sorkin, creator of the television drama “The West Wing,” whom Ari Emanuel represents.

“In a business deal, he’s going to try to kill for you, and its just going to be about putting as much money in your pocket as he can, until you tell him that there’s something else that’s important to you.”

The fictional Ari Gold’s renegade style is, at least, based on fact: In March 1995, Emanuel and three other International Creative Management agents were caught plotting to start their own agency. When an assistant was discovered removing company files, ICM Chairman Jeff Berg promptly fired Emanuel. In what could have ruined any promising career, Emanuel went on to create his own boutique agency, Endeavor, now considered of the most powerful in Hollywood, with an estimated $100 million in revenue each year.

But those close to the real-life agent say he is not just a TV stereotype.

“While Ari does speak fast and is in no way cowardly when he’s talking to you, he’s not a cardboard cut out — he’s massively smart and genuinely a good guy,” said Sorkin. “That’s why clients don’t leave him. You’re not going to find anybody who used to be a client of Ari’s.”

And, like his brother Rahm, Ari Emanuel sees his position as an opportunity to influence public discourse.

“I represent people that are doing things and saying things that can affect change in the way people see things and the way people talk about things,” he told Charlie Rose in June 2008.

Representing the likes of Michael Moore and Martin Scorsese, Emanuel is among the best-connected in the business, and is known for leveraging his influence for public advocacy. After Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade in July 2006, Emanuel publicly castigated the actor/director and called upon Hollywood to blacklist him. Politically, Ari Emanuel and Endeavor frequently host Democratic fundraisers, which have included a $2,300-a-plate dinner for Barack Obama, at Emanuel’s home. With the appointment of his brother to White House chief of staff, Hollywood and Washington just got a lot closer.

“Rahm has been a very powerful guy in government for a long time, and Ari has been a guy that cares about things for a long time and is connected to people who can help with money,” Sorkin said. “There have been any number of fundraisers Ari has thrown on behalf of Rahm or the DCC, or for any cause that Ari feels passionate about.”

The strength in the brothers’ relationship (they speak several times a day) is the product of a tight-knit family upbringing. The three Emanuel brothers credit their parents with fostering fraternal closeness nurtured at the family dinner table, where the brothers were schooled in the art of argumentation. Keeping abreast of politics, culture and history was expected, and verbal aggression was not seen as harmful, or as Rahm told Rose, “Normally a swear word is associated with epithets — in our house, it’s a term of affection.”

Ari remembered his mother admonishing the boys not to fight: “She would always say, ‘Don’t fight. The world can’t get along if the kids can’t get along.'”

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