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Entourage: Season Five Preview

No matter how disappointed you may have been with the fourth season of “Entourage,” there’s not a fan in the world that isn’t counting down the days until the show’s season premiere on September 7th. A victim of the writers’ strike, the HBO comedy series hasn’t aired a new episode for an entire year, so it’ll be nice to finally see what Vince and Co. have been up to since “Medellin” tanked at the Cannes Film Festival.

You might even want to check out season four as a refresher before diving in to the new season. Not only will it prepare you for the year to come, but you’ll also notice that, despite some minor faults, it really isn’t as bad as you remember. Sure, Eric and Walsh’s bickering got rather annoying at times, and Drama and Turtle actually took a step backwards in terms of character development, but the overall mood of the series has remained the same since Day One: chicks, celebrities and cannabis.

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The biggest problem with the fourth season was that the whole “Medellin” plot failed to be as interesting as the writers hoped it would be. Thankfully, it looks as if the film is but an afterthought in the upcoming season, which finds Vince living the life of a beach bum in Mexico after “Medellin” flops at the box office. The whole “Medellin” fiasco will no doubt be mentioned early on, but aside from that, I think Doug Ellin has learned his lesson about creating storylines that are overly ambitious.

So what about the rest of the guys? Well, HBO isn’t spilling the beans, but from the few publicity shots that have fallen into my hands, it appears Eric will be getting a new client in the form of rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow, while Turtle will be hanging out with Vince in Mexico; at least for the short term. No word on whether Bow Wow will be playing himself or a fictional character, but at least it shows that Eric’s career plans haven’t been completely thwarted since getting canned by Anna Faris. Additionally, one of the clips over at Dailymotion has confirmed that Drama’s French lover, Jacqueline, is now his girlfriend, so that should give him a little more to do this year other than playing the group jester.

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As for guest stars, season five is looking pretty good. Both Mark Wahlberg and Martin Landau are returning, while Tony Bennett, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Pollack and Fran Drescher will also appear. Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas are also tapped for recurring guest roles as a pair of up-and-coming screenwriters that sign with Eric, so look for Kevin Connolly’s plotline to dominate most of the season. That’s all we know for now, but that alone is enough to indicate the writers are planning to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. It’s exactly what the series needs, and I can’t wait. In the meantime, check out this “Viking Quest” web game, which is sure to get you in the mood for the new season.

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Greetings to the New Series: “Raising the Bar” (TNT)

For someone who’s contributed so much to television, it’s rather surprising just how quiet Steven Bochco has been for the past few years.

Bochco is the man responsible for executive-producing such classic dramas as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” and “NYPD Blue,” as well as short-lived but highly regarded series such as “Murder One,” “Brooklyn South,” and “Over There.” After 2005′s well-intentioned but sketchily-executed “Commander in Chief,” however, Bochco’s name stopped appearing in the credits for any new shows, and in a 2007 interview with Newsday, he admitted that he had decided to take a step back from the broadcast networks, saying, “I don’t think there’s a big appetite for the stuff I like to do. You’re looking at 400-year-old cops and detectives who are vampires. . . . It’s fine. I don’t have any disdain for it. It’s just not what I do.”

Thankfully, Bochco has found a new home on cable with TNT, who seem to be welcoming him with open arms…and when he’s offering up a series like “Raising the Bar,” why wouldn’t they?

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Doctor Who – Timelash

It’s a fairly well known fan joke that “Timelash” is an accidental anagram of “lame shit.” The story has the reputation of being the nadir of the already dodgy Colin Baker era of “Doctor Who,” but it’s a reputation that may not be entirely deserved. Thing is, “Timelash” is the sort of fare that’s so bad it manages to swing back around into the “can’t take your eyes off the car wreck” arena. It’s gaudy, weird, over the top, and has probably three too many elements thrown into a mix that’s already failing to gel. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant, wearing the classiest attire she was given during her time in the TARDIS) arrive on the planet Karfel. A political coup is in progress, led by Maylin Tekker (played by Paul Darrow, late of “Blake’s 7,” at his hammiest) and orchestrated by a deformed dictator known only as the Borad. The Karfelons are at war with the Bandrils – cobra-like creatures, clearly high on something and achieved via a rubber hand puppet (only one is ever shown). Like many a classic “Who” story, Karfel looks to be less of a planet and more of a confined citadel; the sets are brightly overlit and the cheap costumes came from the back of the closet. Into all this garishness are thrown green androids who’ve seemingly inhaled ample doses of helium, brontosaurus-like creatures called Morlox, and a young, idealistic writer from 19th century Earth named Herbert, who is transfixed by the Karfelon Vena (um, “Weena”…stop me if you see where this is going…) The Borad at one point actually says, “Choose your next words carefully, Doctor. They could be your last!” As I watched, my wife, much to my amusement, asked if they were saying “Borat.” Sacha Baron Cohen’s antics would indeed have been an amusing addition, although they couldn’t possibly have made the proceedings any more surreal. Yup, “Timelash” earns the honor of being the absolute best of bad ‘80s “Doctor Who”…and the disc includes a doc called “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” that pretty much confirms this review.

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Postal

The last person that should be making political satires is Uwe Boll, a man that doesn’t even understand the concept of failure, let alone the lines that can and should be crossed in political incorrectness. Loosely based on the video game of the same name, “Postal” opens with the most inappropriate joke of the 21st Century: a view from within the World Trade Center as a plane crashes into it. That image alone is enough to guarantee an immediate boycott by most Americans, and it’s probably a good place to stop watching the film. In fact, even though the scene leading up to the crash is actually quite funny (two Islamic hijackers discuss the veracity of the 100 virgins theory, only to discover it’s not true), the rest of the movie is so amateurishly incoherent that the joke would have been better left to someone who could actually pull it off in good taste. Starring Zack Ward as the nameless protagonist, the movie follows the down-on-his-luck loser as he teams up with his cult leader uncle (Dave Foley) to rob a German-themed amusement park before Osama Bin Laden gets there first. One is looking to steal a shipment of hard-to-find plush dolls, while the other wants the vials of avian flu concealed within them. Can you guess which is which? It doesn’t really matter, since Boll is less concerned about a story than he is with jokes about Verne Troyer getting gang-raped by monkeys and Dave Foley showing his junk. You heard right, and that’s not even the worst of it. Just wait until he takes a dump with his junk still exposed…

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Bullz-Eye’s 2008 Fall Movie Preview

The mercury’s falling, sports fans are turning their attention from baseball to football, and twerpy kids across the country are back in school where they belong. Fall is here, and for the movie lover, that means it’s time for Hollywood to begin its annual turning away from substance-free popcorn movies and toward thoughtful dramas and Oscar hopefuls.

Between early September and Thanksgiving, the studios will be working overtime to get you into the theater – Lionsgate, just to give one example, has more movies coming out than some companies release in an entire year. To help you cut through the clutter, Bullz-Eye has assembled a list of the 20 most-anticipated films of the season, including the latest Bond flick (“Quantum of Solace”), Guy Ritchie’s return to the crime caper genre (“RocknRolla”), and Oscar bait like “The Soloist” and “The Road.” Check out the list (complete with trailers), and then come back to discuss what fall movies you’re most looking forward to seeing.

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