Sex and the City

While we were glad to see a sorely missed Entourage return to the Sunday night HBO airwaves and re-enter the fray of stiff programming competition that always seems to make Sunday nights so strong, we’ve been vastly underwhelmed with the storylines so far, and the curious jumping in point for this season–Vince’s return from rehab.  In fact, all of the characters except Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Ari (Jeremy Piven) have come in at weird places when considering what could have been. 

We are very displeased at how Doug Elin and company have glommed over Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) arrest, Eric’s (Kevin Connolly) breakup with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara…Brooklyn holler!) and his adventures in his new Tequila venture.  As far as Turtle goes, in the past two seasons he was finally given more to work with than his loyal but stagnant pot smoking lackey, and in an end eerily familiar to season six’s, the writers have chosen to make him all about some annoying Mexican chick who won’t call him back.  So far.  But we think, with Mark Cuban and his business manager, played by one of our favorites, Bob Odenkirk, getting involved as investors in Avion that Turtle could be doing much more right now than waiting by the phone for Alex to call. 

As far as E goes, he had come to a very compelling time in his relationship with the ultra hot Sloan, refusing to sign a pre-nup as we knew the stubborn E would.  But for the show to just pick up 3 months later with him and Sloane separated and little to no information given aside from the unsigned pre-nup that we know about it, strikes us as lazy writing.  Are they attempting to tell us their story with some out of sequence method?  If so, we would think that to be untrue to Entourage’s established style of story telling which has evolved in the last four seasons to make it one of the premiere shows on television.

The show, in our minds, had gotten out of the box originally as a sluggish male themed rip of Sex and the City, with a Hollywood, celebrity cameo laiden twist.  And then, when Vince began to go through some of the downs of the Hollywood movie star life, and the lives of Drama, E, and Ari were featured more prominently, the show became a much more interesting, layered, and gritty product.  In truth, we had totally given up on Entourage but felt we had to give it another shot because of the dearth of quality television in general and on HBO in specific at that time.  We were glad that we did give it another shot because Entourage had found a nice rhythm which it carried on, especially in depicting the rockier moments in Vincent Chase’s life.  Until now. 

To go from depicting Ari’s marital catastrophes to the hollow Mrs. Ari/Bobby Flay nonsense, to skip out on Vince’s troubles with the law and make his rehab seem like a vacation, and to gloss over formative moments for Turtle and E for what feels like the same old Sloan and Meadow Soprano nonsense are all bad shortcuts.  Do they feel that because they have shown enough of Ari’s agency in its various stages of growth and development, that they were doing us a favor by not showing how Scott Lavin (Scott Caan) can walk up to E and tell him that he was taking down Murray, their boss and Sloan’s god father, and E telling Scott he was in, to 3 months later and the takeover mysteriously completed without nary a word as to how?

And we love Scott Caan on Entourage and feel that the takeover could have been well interwined with Eric’s personal life, where they have also left us in the dark.  Back to Vince’s rehab for a second.  Would it be wrong for us to assume Vince will slip up and relapse like just about every other person who has ever been to rehab?  Because if that’s the case, then doing more than showing Vince giving his goodbye to crackheads speech would have been appropriate, and if it’s not the case, then showing some of the travails his brush with the law and addiction had taught him would go far in making a permanently clean Vince more believable.

It’s always hard to see a favorite show come up short.  We were extremely disappointed to learn that Entourage was not returning on the same night as Curb Your Enthusiasm, and even more upset to learn that Entourage was only back for a slate of eight episodes in its final HBO season.  But then, with the news that Scott Caan and Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh) would be regulars and that another of our favorites, Andrew Dice Clay, had joined the cast as himself, we pencilled Entourage in to go out with a bang.

But the fact is, Sunday night, led by Breaking Bad, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Celebrity Rehab, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, are all already pencilled in as better shows right now.  Entourage’s lack of oomph has dulled our limited faith in humanity, making us think that the big screen version, already being touted by Elin will be nothing but a stale money grab which won’t even measure up to Sex and the City 2

Our criticism of Entourage can be extended out to HBO’s original programming in general.  Their 2 best newer comedies which were ready for both of the last 2 summers, Hung and Bored to Death are not ready for action.  True Blood is awful and has been for 2 years.  No word on season 3 of The Life and Times of Tim, or season 4 of In Treatment.  If not for Curb, which took its sweet time coming back, Treme, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones, we’d have nothing good to say about HBO compared to its glory days, which now see well removed.  And the latter three dramas, while all good, are nowhere near the level of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood.

And to pass on Mad Men and Breaking Bad?  With decisions like that, and weak reprisals like the current season of Entourage, people might soon be passing on HBO.  I mean, we can only stare at Islanders t-shirts and screen savers as long as the show is good.

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View Index  
TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Shrek Forever After P/DW $25,486,465 -41.2% 4,386 +19 $5,811 $183,229,453 $165 3
2 N Get Him to the Greek Uni. $17,570,955 2,697 $6,515 $17,570,955 $40 1
3 N Killers LGF $15,837,266 2,859 $5,539 $15,837,266 $75 1
4 3 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time BV $14,019,131 -53.4% 3,646 $3,845 $59,621,721 $200 2
5 2 Sex and the City 2 WB (NL) $12,344,303 -60.2% 3,445 $3,583 $73,128,387 $100 2
6 N Marmaduke Fox $11,599,661 3,213 $3,610 $11,599,661 $50 1
7 4 Iron Man 2 Par. $7,918,708 -51.9% 3,007 -797 $2,633 $291,429,870 $200 5
8 N Splice WB $7,385,277 2,450 $3,014 $7,385,277 $30 1
9 5 Robin Hood Uni. $5,366,940 -48.4% 2,599 -774 $2,065 $94,496,010 $200 4
10 6 Letters to Juliet Sum. $3,036,367 -48.0% 1,962 -863 $1,548 $43,337,836 $30 4
11 N Raajneeti UTV $850,244 124 $6,857 $850,244 1
12 8 Date Night Fox $775,810 -57.3% 658 -468 $1,179 $95,334,452 $55 9

Alison Brie and Peyton List, star Mad Men partner’s wives, are actors we have loved for their performances in the award winning drama.  List, as Jane Siegel, and then Jane Sterling, Roger Sterling’s wife, was in hot water at Sterling Cooper for going into Bertram Cooper’s (Robert Morse) office without permission to look at a piece of art he bought in Japan.  Joan (Christina Hendricks) even fired her, but she batted an eyelash at one of SC’s biggest pussy hounds, and went from collecting her things and putting them in a crate to Roger’s wife, a position of royalty at Sterling Cooper and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Brie has always impressed us as Trudy Campbell, the demure Emily Post type, married to Peter Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), a partner in the newly formed SCDP.  She earned extra points for doing a great Charleston in “My Old Kentucky Home”, one of the finest episodes of the show to date, because of the diversity and range so many in the cast displayed.

A very memorable moment came for her character when Trudy and Peter were fighting about whether an adopted baby from China was worthy of the Dykeman Campbell name, a family that traced its American roots way back to the Mayflower.  Campbell and his family believed it wasn’t the case, evoking a very harsh response from the uptight Campbell, who yells at the conclusion of the argument, “Hell’s Bells, Trudy.  Hells bells!”

While Brie has established herself as both an excellent dramatic and comedic actor, List hasn’t done so badly herself.  Both actresses have found prominent work on network television in the Mad Men off-season.  Brie as Annie, a star of NBC’s Community and List as Nicole Kirby, the innocent young student who like everyone else, was struggling to understand what her vision meant on Flashforward.  List was so goood in the role of Nicole Kirby that I didn’t even recognize her as the actress who also plays Sterling’s drunk socialite sexpot wife.  And she is the more experienced actor.  The 23 year old List’s career dates all the way back to the television show Sex and the City, which she appeared on in an episode in 2000.  The 26 year old Brie has a much more limited biography, but impressed us with her stay at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama  in Glasgow, Scotland, where Mad Men discovered her.

We’re willing to give them both the nod as great actors.  But what has really impressed us the most is how hot they are.  They are both red hot.  You don’t think so?  Take a look at the following picture show, and see if you don’t change your opinion.  And when it’s over, we’ll tell you who we like best, if we can.

List on the couch (above).

List in the bed (above), after Jane had wrote some dumb poetry after sexy time with Roger Sterling.

List’s Jane gives old Roger a blue eyed stare, and Roger is ready to hit skins and talk to divorce lawyers (above).

List (above), looking tough to beat.  (Your joke goes here)

That’s hot!

A big hand for Peyton!!!  Lit-tra-lly…

Brie shows off the twins–both sets.  Fake breasts?  We’re going to say…yes!

AB, too caj (above)?  Nah, we love a good jeans shot.

Did the photographer lick that couch after the shoot?  Farbeit from me to tell him his business, but…

Brie, does that sexy lip thing…

Reminder: buy strawberries.

Brie montaging…

Oh no she didn’t!



Well, maybe you should check the link above.  Brie wrote an essay for a book called Worst Laid Plans: When Bad Sex Happens to Good People, and discussed being easy, doing chicks, and her experience with orgies.

We really, really like List, but…

Hells Bells, Trudy! 

–Crack (

They escaped from the old folks home again.  Lock up your grandfathers.



Excuse me but you seem to have taken my Swingline stapler.

                                                                                                              –Milton Waddams, Office Space

FX’s new series Justified initially excited us by casting Timothy Olyphant of Deadwood fame, to play lead character, U.S. Marshal Raylen Givens.  Also memorable faces for us appearing in the regular cast are Marshal Givens ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea who played Gemma from Hung) and his love interest, Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter, American Pie 2).  A few weeks back, Justified cast W. Earl Brown (Dan Dority, Deadwood) and in two episodes we have seen David Eigenberg (Sex and the City). 

Last night the show continued to wow us with recognizable talent in episode 1o, “The Hammer.”  Veteran actor Stephen Root, who more recently played “Vampire Eddie” from True Blood, but more famously played quirky billionaire Jimmy James on News Radio, and also Milton, from the cult classic Office Space, played federal judge Mike “The Hammer” Reardon, who Givens is charged to protect.

Milton and his stapler, above.

Justified went back to the cast of Deadwood last night to cast Virgil, the judge’s pursuer, using actor Sean Bridges who played Johnny Burns on Deadwood (pictured below), who worked along side Dan Dority in the Gem Saloon.

The show once again featured Rick Gomez as Assistant U.S. Attorney David Vasquez, who we revere as the voice of the priest on The Life and Times of Tim.  Catch the priest in action at the link below:

And for good measure, last night’s episode of Justified threw in another familiar face from True Blood, Jenni Blong (pictured below), who plays Michelle Stackhouse (Sookie and Jason’s dead mother) in flashback sequences.

As for Root’s character, federal judge Michael Reardon–he seemed to remind us of another Elmore Leonard character, the show’s writer and producer–the judge from the Leonard novel Maximum Bob.  Since I haven’t read Leonard since I was a child, you can always email Leonard super fan and Daily News columnist Mike Lupica for clarification.

–Crack (

So gross!

Sex and the City 2 poster featuring Sarah Jessica Parker (above).

Howard Stern said this week on Sirius XM’s Howard Stern Show, that he was excited to go to the Sex and the City 2 premiere, but that they denied him a third ticket for his daughter, so he decided to skip the event.

Howard lamented that he was a true fan of the show, a Sarah Jessica Parker fan, and that his daughter was excited, thinking that she was going.

Was the strict 2 ticket policy that applied to Howard the fault of the movie though?  In hearing Howard’s comments on the subject, a few questions came to mind.  Why couldn’t he take his daughter and not his new wife, the former Beth O.? 

Why couldn’t Beth, famous in her own right, albeit due to Howard, request tickets for herself?  Is she not famous enough, after all, in the wake of her recent book about dogs?

Why couldn’t Beth and Howard’s daughter go without the king of all media?  Do they not get along?  Or is Howard’s ego too big to go to something that’s not on his own terms?

Don’t worry, Howard.  I mean, you are obviously ridiculously pussy whipped and all, but we’re pretty sure you didn’t miss anything.  It’s just too bad your daughter did.

Be worried about your inheritances,

Crack (

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