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!

Final thoughts on the 'Entourage' finale

The cast of "Entourage" on the set of

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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: 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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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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Entourage 8/3: The Ari Gold Mine

Socially awkward Ari Gold is a nice Ari Gold to see. Still trying to find himself after a separation from Mrs. Ari, he went on his first date in 19 years.

His conversation at the dinner with the young girl was wonderful to watch.  But, the Ari Gold Mine goes to the scene in the car afterward -- from the possibility of sleeping with a young chippy to the realization that he needs something...

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Entourage 8/2: The Ari Gold Mine

Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and Lloyd (Rex Lee)

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It's one thing to assert, in profane or non-profane ways, that his wife would never sleep with a waiter. It's another thing to say it in a restaurant to another waiter. It's entirely another thing to put out an industry hit on him through the propaganda missile that is Lloyd.

Ari believed Mrs. Ari, his estranged wife, was sleeping with a waiter at Flay's, and called her sister for confirmation....

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Entourage 8/1: Some random thoughts

Mrs. Ari lays it on the line with

Some random thoughts after two watchings of the Season 8 premiere of "Entourage."

- When did Sloan and E break up?

- Telegraphed as it was, it still hurt to hear Mrs. Ari tell Ari Gold that she's been seeing someone else. Piven nailed the emotional look, too.

- E struggled to leave Sloan a message on her cell phone, trying multiple times to record a voicemail. Any...

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Entourage 8/1: Best Printable Line

Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) delivered the best printable

A quick refresher on the principles that guide us on the Best Printable Line (BPL) for each week: This is a family newspaper website, so no cursing allowed. Hence, the BPL is just that: the best quote from the episode that can be reprinted here without edit.

On to the BPL for Week 1, and Ari Gold has the early lead in the race for the Big Knish, awarded to the...

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Entourage 8/1: The Ari Gold Mine

Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold in a scene

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The Ari Gold MIine began in Season 5 as an additional way to recap each episode of "Entourage." With the eighth and final season, we'll keep it going, and based on the coverage leading into Sunday night's premiere, we'll have a lot to choose from each week.

Episode 1's AGM could easily have come during one of his amusing rants, but that's what the BPL is for. Rather,...

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It's not you, it's me . . . or maybe it IS you

Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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Whether it's the unedited version on cable, the badly dubbed version on another station or side two of the DVD, I never watch the last half hour of "Goodfellas."

Why, you ask? Because I get mad every time I see Paulie (played by Paul Sorvino) give a befallen Henry Hill $3,200 and says "And now I must turn my back on you."

As Hill (Ray Liotta),...

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Entourage 7/1: The Ari Gold Mine

It was a classic Ari Gold egomaniacal line and, typically, it's not reprintable here. Nevertheless, the Ari Gold Mine in the Season 7 premiere came about after director Nick Cassavetes put an ad in a trade magazine. Payback for telling the studio he was going to let Vince do his own car stunt.

The photo in the ad was of Ari dressed in drag back in college. Ari was quick to reply, suggesting...

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