new facets

We are greeted by a more dar­ing Vince while the other blokes face new chal­lenges in the sev­enth sea­son of En­tourage.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By S. INDRAMALAR in­dra@thes­tar.com.my

We are greeted by a more dar­ing Vince while the other blokes face new chal­lenges in the sev­enth sea­son of

En­tourage.

WATCH­ING En­tourage is sort of like flip­ping through a glossy gos­sip mag­a­zine and get­ting a sneak peek into the lives of celebri­ties. Lind­say Lo­han’s in and out of re­hab, Mel Gib­son axed from the set of The Han­gover II, what­ever. It is all about the cele­bre­sphere we call Hollywood.

In En­tourage, Vin­cent Chase (Adrian Gre­nier) and his posse are of course fic­tional char­ac­ters but they’re built around real time celebrity Mark Wahlberg’s ex­pe­ri­ences as an up-and-com­ing film star.

The se­ries has en­tered its sev­enth sea­son and though some may won­der how the show has lasted so long, I still tune in ev­ery sea­son if just to check what these blokes are up to. With just 10 episodes per sea­son, it doesn’t get to be too in­dul­gent but fun.

The sea­son opens with Vince back on the A-list and the de­ba­cle that was Medellin is long for­got­ten.

Ari (Jeremy Piven) is as loud and proud as ever and with rea­son as he now owns the biggest tal­ent agency in Hollywood.

Johnny Drama (Kevin Dil­lon) is in limbo for a while but soon he too scores a TV deal, E (Kevin Connolly) is happy to be en­gaged to the love of his life and Tur­tle (Jerry Fer­rara) has a brand new busi­ness to man­age.

But it’s TV and it’s Hollywood so some­thing dra­matic has to hap­pen. And it does.

So far, al­though he is the main char­ac­ter, Vince has be­come quite one di­men­sional. OK, let us not beat around the bush: his char­ac­ter has be­come in­creas­ingly bor­ing. His sup­port­ing cast, namely Ari and Drama and even Tur­tle, were be­gin­ning to steal the lime­light more than a lit­tle.

But not this sea­son. Vince is star­ring in a new movie di­rected by Nick Cas­savetes ( The Note­book, My Sis­ter’s Keeper), who plays him­self.

Cas­savetes kind of bul­lies Vince into do­ing his own rac­ing stunt and though there is a slight mishap, the ex­pe­ri­ence gives him con­fi­dence. All of a sud­den, he feels like a man. He can do any­thing. And he goes sky­div­ing with­out even con­sult­ing his bud­dies.

The old Vince used to pow-wow with the guys be­fore even ... buy­ing a shirt. For the new Vince, sky­div­ing sets the pace of a new phase of life: that of a full-fledged diva. If you thought he was a sweet pushover be­fore, you won’t recog­nise him this sea­son. He be­comes a bit of a dousche.

For me, it’s a re­lief to see an­other facet to his char­ac­ter. It’s a devel­op­ment that’s been at least five sea­sons com­ing.

Ari’s story gets a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing, too. He be­gins the sea­son as he al­ways does: ar­ro­gant and potty-mouthed. He rarely speaks to his staff, he screams at them. He is al­ways blow­ing off fam­ily en­gage­ments for work, leav­ing his wife (Perry Reeves) ex­tremely frus­trated and an­noyed.

Well, this sea­son Mrs Ari kicks his ass. You’ve seen Ari apol­o­gise to her but have you seen him al­most grovel? A grov­el­ling Ari, let me as­sure you, is re­ally, re­ally funny.

This time around, the sto­ries about the rest of the crew take a back­seat. E has to come to terms with the new Vince as well as the fact that his en­gage­ment will cur­tail his par­ty­ing with the guys. Tur­tle tries to stand on his own two feet, at­tempt­ing to run his own busi­nesses.

Drama is still try­ing to land a role that will make him a star like his brother. He has a shot this time but it kind of in­volves him wear­ing a cos­tume of sorts. En­tourage def­i­nitely picks up this sea­son. The sev­enth sea­son of En­tourage airs on HBO (Astro Chan­nel 411) on Mon­days at 9pm with re­peats on Sun­days 3.40pm.

No more Mr Nice Guy: Vince (Adrian Gre­nier, on bike) isn’t a pushover any more. In Sea­son Seven of En­tourage, he be­comes the stereo­typ­i­cal mean su­per­star. Watch­ing him are (from left) Tur­tle (Jerry Fer­rara), E (Kevin Connolly) and Johnny Drama (Kevin Dil­lon).

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