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The Entertation Index: September 22

September 22, 2011

Entourage — After last week’s series finale of the Hollywood-based comedy, Doug Ellin — the creator of Entourage — told critics at a junket tour that “We’re going to make a movie…We’ll sit down and come up with an idea.” Undoubtedly , if the series is any indication, that idea will consist of milking a decent premise for an hour and forty-five minutes and then cramming a completely ridiculous and unbelievable ending into the last ten.

Link: Entourage Team Committed to Doing a Movie (EW)

Film Festival, Toronto International — Movieline has put together a thoughtful list from the recent Toronto International Film Festival of five movies expected to cause big-time grappling among major studios for distribution, including Woody Harrelson’s cop drama Rampart, the violent teen vigilante flick God Bless America and Seth Rogen’s Take This Waltz. Personally, though, I don’t see why anyone would want to see any of these movies, because none of them are remakes of movies we’ve already seen and enjoyed.

Link: TIFF 2011 Bidding Wars: “Rampart,” “Take This Waltz” and Move (Movieline)

Lebowski, The Big — In today’s “great thing you have to look at,” artist Joe Forkan’s “The Lebowski Cycle” recreates scenes from the seminal Coen Bros. film in the style of famous Baroque period painters.  If you’ve ever wondered how the masters may have depicted the Dude and company, look no further than below.

Link: The Big Lebowski Meets the Old Mastes in the Work of Joe Forkan (Uproxx)

Perry, TylerForbes’ Magazine has named Tyler Perry the lofty title of Show Business’ Highest Earner from May 2010 to May 2011, with Perry’s multiple media outlets earning him upwards of $130 million dollars for the year-long period. Let this be a lesson to you, young people: all you need is some determination, a postive outlook, and two basic movies — one where you dress up as a sassy old woman and one where a bunch of women get cheated on by their husbands and boyfriends — that you keep making over and over again, and you too could someday be a multi-millionaire.

Link: Tyler Perry is Show Business’ Highest Earner in May 2010-May 2011 (HuffPo)

R.E.M. — The revered rock band from Athens, GA, is calling it quits after 31 years.  So much to say about them, but I think we’ll just say, we’ll miss you, and thanks.

Link: R.E.M. Says Goodnight (Spin)

Salinger, J.D. — A Las Vegas-based auction company called History For Sale is asking a reported $50,000 for a hand-written one-sentence note reclusive author J.D. Salinger wrote which reads  “Dear Mary — Please make sure all the errands are done before you go on vacation, as I do not want to be bothered with insignificant things. Thank you, J. D. Salinger.” Before you get any bright ideas, everyone, please note my own experimentation, wherein I delivered this note to my wife and, instead of receiving $50,000, am apparently just “an asshole.”

Link: Letter from J.D. Salinger, One Sentence Long, is Offered for $50,000 (NY Times)

Top Gun — The high-flying action film that made Tom Cruise a next-level star is being converted to 3-D and re-released to theaters in early 2012. So now all the latent homo-eroticism of Top Gun can be more in your face than it is already!

Link: “Top Gun” Coming to Theaters in 3-D (Hollywood Reporter)

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