Entourage

Let's blog it out as Ari Gold, Johnny Drama and the crew from HBO's "Entourage" return for the eighth and final season. Victory!

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Mark La Monica

I write in too many blogs to create individual profiles for each. So, whether you get roped into my musings on pop culture, "Entourage," mixed martial arts or the NFL, here are some things you should know about me:

1) No one's meatballs are as good as your mother's. It's undebatable.

2) "The Godfather III" and "Rocky V" get a bum rap. They're not nearly as bad as people make them out to be.

3) Randy "Macho Man" Savage is the forgotten man when it comes to old-school pro wrestling discussions.

4) If YouTube stopped existing, it would create quite a problem for us. How would we waste time at work? Where would all the things we push off until later go?

5) The hug in the ocean between Rocky and Apollo in "Rocky III" makes absolutely no sense, but it's impossible to change the channel when it comes on.

6) MTV doesn't need to play more videos, just create more channels that play videos.

7) Just chill to the next episode.

8) When is someone going to create a garlic-scented cologne? Or perhaps a hand cream of some sort?

9) ADA Jack McCoy would kick ADA Ben Stone's patoot any day in court, but Paul Robinette would smoke Jamey Ross, Abby Carmichael, Claire Kincaid, Danielle Borgia and Connie Rubirosa.

10) I nearly dumped a girlfriend who thought my clapping in 1995 when Don Mattingly finally reached the playoffs was "childish."

11) Lauren Conrad. I'm just saying.

12) Yo Mona Lisa, could I get a date on Friday? And if you're busy, I wouldn't mind taking Saturday-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay.

13) What's up, guy?

14) Victory!

15) Seeing Red Sox fans wretch at the mention of Wade Boggs on the horse in the Yankee Stadium is almost as funny as the episode of "Cheers" when Sam Malone and the rest of them "pantsed Wade Boggs."

16) I believe that after your favorite player retires or gets traded or signs elsewhere, there needs to be a one-year grace period before carefully selecting your next favorite player.

17) Swedish Fish, Mountain Dew make the world go round. Duct tape is a close third.

18) Twitter is the worst invention in history. Wait, how many characters was that?

Thank you, 'Entourage' fans

the cast of "Entourage" on the set of

(Credit: HBO)

Coming up in the business of journalism, I always thought farewell columns written by departing writers were a somewhat cheap way to fill 800 words or so of newsprint.

But that was a while ago. And that was before I began writing this "Entourage" blog some six years ago. Of course, it's the show that's leaving, not me.

In the time since I turned to my boss and...

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Final thoughts on the 'Entourage' finale

The cast of "Entourage" on the set of

(Credit: HBO)

Wrapping up a series after eight seasons can't be easy for the writers, producers and directors. There's a sense of bringing things to end in a proper way without being too ridiculous or pulling a "Seinfeld" and going off the wall in a finale.

I thought Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss, Ally Musika and the rest of the crew at "Entourage" did a fine job in closing up Episode...

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Entourage finale: Best printable line

Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase in the series

(Credit: HBO)

Some things go according to plan in series finales. Some go in other directions. And some themes come full circle.

But Vincent Chase pulling off the best printable line in the finale of a series that was about him but not really, now that's a bit of surprise.

Vince and BIlly Walsh were in a jewelry store shopping for an engagement ring for his new lady, Sophia Lear, aka the Vanity Fair...

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Entourage finale: Writer props

Perrey Reeves as Mrs. Ari in the final

(Credit: HBO)

So much for subtlety on this final installment of Writer Props for the "Entourage" series finale. We're throwing out that part of the rules just like Mrs. Ari threw away her cocktail dresses and other wardrobe choices in favor of that bikini.

Yes, it was wildly gratutious, massively unnecessary, and greatly appreciated.

On a show known for its eye candy and sex appeal,...

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Entourage finale: The Ari Gold Mine

Few people can explode in a work setting better than Ari Gold. He's been an inspiration for bulletpoints on my "Last day list." Hello, paintball gun and "Lloooooooooyyyyyydd!" screams.

And the scene of him quitting his agency was as good any other work-place eruption from him, and it's our final Ari Gold Mine ever. ...

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Entourage 8/7: Best printable line

Johnny Drama, played by actor Kevin Dillon, in

(Credit: HBO)

Johnny Drama came out of the gates swinging big. While Vince was interviewing his past girlfriends on camera, Drama recognizes one of the women as the younger sister of a girl he used to date.

The sister asked to see how Drama was doing, and Turtle suggested that it was because she wanted to trace back the source of her herpes. A typical joke between friends, but Drama retorted perfectly for...

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Entourage 8/6: Best printable line

Classic Drama. Making outlandish statements delivered with complete belief in their veracity yet rarely being accurate.

Which brings us to the best printable line from episode 6, courtesy of Johnny Drama.

"It's like when they killed off Brandon Walsh in '90210,' destroying any chance of a movie."

Season 8 Big Knish Standings

Eric Murphy 2Johnny Drama 2Ari...

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Entourage 8/5: Best printable line

During one of Entourage's trademark walking scenes, Drama was ranting about the possible collapse of "Johnny Bananas" because Andrew "Dice" Clay walked off the show and his replacement, played by Jamie Kennedy, isn't very good with Dice impersonations.

Drama asked Eric and Scott, Dice's former management team, to call him and convince him to come back to the show....

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Entourage 8/4: Best printable line

Vince faced a drug test a week after smoking a joint, so he turned to Billy Walsh for help. Walsh suggested (and provided) a fake unit with clean urine.

Vince questioned whether or not it could work and if it would be believable. Walsh responded with the best printable line: "Fooled a girlfriend of mine with it for a week."

Season 8 Big Knish Standings

Ari Gold 1Johnny...

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Video sneak peek: Entourage 8/4

Here are the coming attractions for Season 8, Episode 4 of "Entourage." What you don't see in this clip is the therapy session with Ari Gold and Mrs. Ari -- most likely because it's a fantastic scene full of cursing and other sorts of choice words that won't work in a mass-distributed video clip.

 Preview #92...

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