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'Entourage' and New York Times on same page

After watching the kick-off for the final season of "Entourage," I'm not sure I'll commit to all eight episodes -- coming on to the show this late, I can't yet relate to its apparently winning combination of male fantasy, parody (or self-parody), and sharp observation.

But the series' creators definitely have a finger -- no, a fist -- on the pulse of Hollywood. The big joke in last night's entry was that after his release from rehab, Vinnie (Adrian Grenier) wanted to launch an earnest movie about a Romanian mining catastrophe -- a project his friends disdained as a Lifetime film or a movie of the week.

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This morning's edition of The New York Times -- which every Monday seems to carry two huge film stories in the Business section -- covers producer Mike Medavoy's efforts to create a movie based on last year's Chilean mining calamity (click here).

One detail left me doubting "Entourage" last night: Vinnie loves dogs so much that he wants to make the Romanian-mining story partly because it features a heroic canine. So why didn't we see him greet his own furry best friend when he walked into his house for the first time in three months?

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