Monthly Archives: July 2007

HBO ENTOURAGE – MEDELLIN

 
HBO ENTOURAGE
 
 
Besides serving up an incredible episode that included fighting, negotiations, sabotage, flamboyance, and tons of legal marijuana, HBO followed Entourage up with a great trailer for the show’s upcoming film, Medellin.

Better yet, the trailer ended with an official website for this not-so-real film.

Medellin Trailer and Site

www.medellinthefilm.com

From writer/director Billy Walsh (Queens Boulevard, Grand Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival) comes Medellin, the story of the most ruthless drug dealer in the history of the world. Set against the backdrop of the 80s cocaine craze Medellin is the story of Pablo Escobar (Vincent Chase): the legend and the man. Born to a teacher and peasant in a Colombian village, it was clear from a young age that Pablo Escobar had appetites beyond what his small town could provide — including a penchant for young women such as the village beauty played by newcomer Leili Cochoco.

In an epic tour de force, Medellin tells the unvarnished story of the man Forbes Magazine once named the seventh-richest man in the world — and the blood he shed to get there. Taking on small-time dealers, drug cartels, Colombian and U.S. government forces, Pablo Escobar built the powerful Cartel de Medellín, leaving countless enemies in his wake. Escobar offered only two choices for those who stood in his way — bribery or death. And yet, the man suspected of assassinating presidential candidates, bombing Avianca Flight 203 and providing cocaine to 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market, seemed to be above the law.

Vincent Chase, as you’ve never seen him before, reveals the human side of the monster, and Medellin explores why this charismatic murderer and drug kingpin also had many followers. A Colombian Robin Hood, building cathedrals, homes and football stadiums for the poor in the small towns like the one he came from, Escobar’s fans sought to protect him with the same dedication that his enemies reserved for retribution.

Facing extradition to the United States, Escobar builds himself a palatial prison, agreeing to a five-year sentence. But when he finds out his government intends to move him, Escobar escapes La Catedral. His escape triggers an all-out man hunt, and in a heart-pounding climax, it takes US Delta Forces, NAVY SEALS, the Colombian army and the vigilante group Los Pepes to bring him down.

Reviled by millions, mourned by his people, Pablo Escobar stirs passions to this day. Medellin traces the life, lusts and complexities of Colombia’s most notorious citizen.

HBO ENTOURAGE

 
 
HBO ENTOURAGE
 
THE DREAM TEAM
 
Drama brings the crew to Barney’s to scrape a few years off his look. While he preens in a leather jacket, Vince and E run into Snoop Dogg on their way to the store’s restaurant. The rapper compliments them on the ‘Medellin’ trailer, which he saw leaked on YouTube that morning. Vince and E take the news in stride, but when they meet Walsh at the restaurant, he freaks and blames E for the disclosure. The argument escalates to vulgar insults and ends in a table-scattering scuffle. While E grapples with his director, Drama sees a customer wearing a "California Homegrown" hat that he must have. His quest leads him to a medical marijuana facility, but he’s barred from entering without a prescription card. Naturally, Turtle knows a guy and hooks Drama up with a doctor to remedy his "anxiety disorder." Leveraging his diagnosis to buy the hat – and the maximum pot dosage allowed by law – Drama heads to the ‘Five Towns’set. But, his cast mates are less impressed with his polished image than the dank he scored, leading to a real re-visitation of his youth, ripping bong loads in his trailer.

Fistfights notwithstanding, the ‘Medellin’ leak turns out to be a blessing: Ari’s office has been flooded with calls looking to cash in on Vince’s sudden marketability. But, the agent promises Vince he’ll convince Dana Gordon, who’s back on top after Ari got her fired from Warner Bros., to attach Vince to a mountain-hiking story called ‘Lost in the Clouds.’ Also, Elvis Mitchell from Interview magazine is in town to meet Vince, E and Walsh about the genius behind ‘Medellin.’ The trio makes it through the meeting without a meltdown, but afterward, a shirtless Walsh (complete with a monstrous ‘Medellin’ tattoo on his back) chases E’s Aston-Martin down the street. Swearing he’ll never speak to the director again after the release of ‘Medellin,’ E takes a call from Ari who’s sold Dana on his dream team: "Who wants to climb Mount Annapurna," he asks. "Vinny stars, E produces, Walsh directs. Boom."

HBO ENTOURAGE

 
 
HBO ENTOURAGE
 
"SORRY, HARVEY"
 
 
Trapped between a trip to Cannes and volatile studio head Harvey Weingard, E can’t even enjoy some pampering at The Shave without Ari calling to jump on his back: "You sold a movie you weren’t in a position to sell." E assures Ari he’ll sever the deal with Harvey. Hanging up, Ari meets M. Night Shyamalan in person to pick up his latest screenplay, which the paranoid filmmaker expects him to read that night. At Drama’s condo, the elder Chase has hatched a plan to schmooze the mayor of Beverly Hills into annexing his condo into 90210 territory – but he needs Vince to lend some star wattage to his carousing with the mayor, who hopes a touch of celebrity will raise his odds with the ladies. Meeting Harvey for dinner, E starts to see his own odds – for survival – slipping through the cracks as the exec berates the waiter and contemplates fighting a nearby guest.

Restaurants aren’t treating Ari well either. When a Morton’s valet accidentally gives his car – along with the Shyamalan script – to a stranger, Ari tracks down his ride using GPS. A 140 mph speeding ticket lands him in jail on the way home, but at least he has plenty of time to read. Out for drinks at Winston’s, Drama manages to hook the mayor up with a hottie without Vince’s aid but receives bad news when the bouncer says she’s a tranny. The good news? The mayor doesn’t care. With Drama’s zip code all but updated, he shifts his attention to the awkward ballet unfolding around Harvey, who’s come along with E to "celebrate the sale." Neither Vince nor E has the cojones to break off the deal, especially when Harvey works himself into a lather over a botched drink order. As the bouncer drags him out of the bar, Drama – elated in his victory – steps in to do the deed: "You can’t buy the movie. Sorry bro."

The next day Ari, haggard but prepared, meets Shyamalan in his office only to find the filmmaker has rewritten the script. "Here, read it," he tells Ari. "I’ll wait." It seems Drama has wasted the previous evening as well when Turtle shows him the latest gossip online: a video of the mayor escorting his "lady" to the car, which ends in a Britney-esque crotch shot – and two nasty surprises. "Don’t know how much longer he’ll be mayor," Turtles remarks.

 

HBO ENTOURAGE


HBO ENTOURAGE

MAILBOOTY

In a major role-reversal, Vince and the guys are crashing at Drama’s
place. While Turtle tries to identify the senior Chase’s whacked-out
health food – "What’s a psyllium husk, anyway?" – the man of the house
returns, offering bagels and good news. Donna Devaney, an L.A. party
girl from Drama’s surprisingly lengthy past, has finally agreed to hook
up with him. Plus, she has a hot friend for Turtle. Vince and E aren’t
sitting so pretty with the Medellin cut, so E tries giving Walsh some
notes to spruce up the film. Predictably militant about protecting his
vision, Walsh won’t cooperate, and making things worse, has already
sent a print to the Cannes Film Festival. E runs to Ari for a solution
and settles on the option to ditch Walsh by selling the movie to Harvey
Weingard.

Vince rolls with his brother and Turtle, promising not to steal their
thunder, and they couldn’t be more thrilled when he hops out at a stop
light to join a random hottie in a convertible. She takes him to the
home of her "family friend" to go swimming, which turns out to be
Dennis Hopper’s beach house. Hopper and his buddies tempt Vince into
placing a $100,000 bet – that he can’t cover – on a soccer game. The
future holds less uncertainty for Drama and Turtle; their cougars are
ready to pounce. Too bad for Turtle, Donna’s "hot" friend Marjorie is
twice his age, not to mention twice his size. But, in a typical turn of
Drama’s luck, Donna decides at the last minute to opt for Turtle,
leaving Drama manhandled by Marjorie in the hot tub. Vince’s soccer win
comes through, infusing him with some much-needed cash, but he and E
still differ on the direction they want to take ‘Medellin.’ When E says
Harvey made an offer of $25 million, Vince throws him for another loop:
Cannes accepted the film.

"Maybe you should watch it again," Vince
tells him.

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