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5 Movies That Somehow Exist in the Entourage Universe

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With the Entourage extended episode, er, movie in theaters, viewers must once again try to make sense of the career of superstar actor Vincent Chase. Part Leonardo DiCaprio, all Adrian Grenier, Vinnie Chase — with his puppy dog eyes and obvious lack of even the most basic of acting skills — at first seemed to symbolize everything that was wrong with superficial Hollywood. Those of us who hate-watched Entourage waited for his inevitable downfall into late night acne cream infomercial purgatory.

Of course, since Entourage quickly became a show where the rich and awful get everything they want, Vinnie continued to fail upwards in spectacular fashion. (He’s even directing now with Hyde, a superhero/EDM/Jekyll and Hyde retelling that even the most coked-up of Hollywood studio execs would take a hard pass on.)

Despite numerous scandals (a drug problem, a porn star girlfriend, and didn’t Turtle kill a hooker at some point? Honestly, we’ve blocked out most of the show…), Vinnie always managed to be on the top of Hollywood’s casting list. While some projects failed to pan out (Vinnie passed on Disney’s Matterhorn because pal/manager/inexplicable ladies man E said the script sucked; hopefully Disney isn’t using that draft for the real Matterhorn movie), Vincent still has a resume filled with both comic book blockbusters and prestige flicks that in no way match up to his talent, likeability factor, or constant career ups-and-downs. Here are five movies that somehow exist in the world of Vinnie, Drama, E and Turtle.

5. Head On

Despite being a total Hollywood unknown who had only an episode of JAG, a Mentos commercial, and the forgettable Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember on his resumeVincent somehow scored the lead role opposite Jessica Alba in this crime thriller that shares its name with a headache relief balm.


4. Ferrari 

Because A-list Hollywood directors can’t wait to line up to work with the walking charisma blackhole that is Vinnie Chase, Frank Darabont, who directs a movie once every decade, helmed this biopic where our boy Vin played Italian race car driver Enzo Ferrari. But because he’s a true New Yorker/pampered celebrity, Vinnie didn’t do his own driving in the film.


3. Medellin

Vinnie, looking more like Tony Clifton than a crime lord, starred as Pablo Escobar in this bloated, Scarface-esque epic that even the Entourage writers realized was ridiculous. Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein bought it for a dollar at Cannes and dumped it directly to DVD. Vinnie promptly retreated with Turtle to an island filled with scantily clad babes because, Entourage, bro.


2. The Great Gatsby (Martin Scorsese Edition)

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Oh, you saw the DiCaprio Great Gatsby? Well, you haven’t really experienced the ennui of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale until you’ve seen Vinnie Chase’s acclaimed turn as Nick Carraway in the Martin Scorsese-directed, Gus Van Sant-produced Gatsby. It’s a wonder Vinnie didn’t win an Oscar for this. Not for his acting talent or anything, just because it would’ve given Johnny Drama the chance to make tons of hack-y jokes about the Oscar statuette’s golden junk.


1. Aquaman 

Let’s just make this clear right away: Entourage exists in a world where a James Cameron directed Aquaman is one of the top-grossing films of all time. It beat Spider-Man‘s opening weekend box office take. Oh, and Mandy Moore is Aquagirl and James Woods is the villainous businessman Abaddon, who in the DC Comics universe is a demon so we assume Woods is playing Demon Donald Trump. Ray Liotta and Sharon Stone starred as Aquaman’s parents and Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker was responsible for the screenplay. If this was 1997, it would possibly be the best/worst comic book film of all time. Oh, and there was a sequel starring Jake Gyllenhaall in the lead role since Vinnie decided to drop out following his break-up with Mandy Moore. The Jason Momoa Aquaman can only hope to be this ridiculous.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.