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'Entourage' movie gets the green light

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In the style of many, many closing moments of "Entourage" episodes, let us raise a glass/bottle/any container containing an alcoholic beverage: The initially great, then good, then progressively disappointing HBO series has received the official green light for a movie.

This isn't a huge surprise--producer Mark Wahlberg told me recently he expected the film to shoot in April or May and late last year series creator Doug Ellin said he was almost done with the script. (Though it's hard to imagine it being better than this.) So now we fans of the show can rejoice at bringing back Vinnie, Drama, E, Turtle, Ari and more ... or can we?

The last few seasons of the show were clearly running on fumes, straying from what made the series such escapist/Hollywood insider fun in the first place. (That may be why Wahlberg says he wants to "get back to what it was.") Big-screen adaptations of TV shows fail more often than they succeed--talking quality, not $$$--and it's debatable if the guys in "Entourage" exactly need their stories to continue.

Of course, "Sex and the City" got not one but two movies, one of which was tolerable, and the guys from HBO are no less deserving of time on a larger stage. I'll cautiously look forward to the "Entourage" movie. Although, considering I never believed Vinnie Chase had any talent as an actor in the first place, showcasing his so-called abilities on the big screen may not be good for anybody.

Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U

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