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Real life events inspired by HBO's 'Entourage'

Does the HBO series forecast projects in Hollywood?

Entourage's connection to real-life Hollywood is getting more bizarre by the day. First the HBO series' fake Aquaman seemed to prophesy the runaway success of The WB's Aqua-pilot on iTunes. Then, in September, producer Rory Rosegarten (Everybody Loves Raymond) optioned the rights to a Joey Ramone biography, which rang a bell...because something similar unfolded on Entourage this season. Meanwhile, Killing Pablo — the real-life equivalent of the show's Medellín — was set to star Javier Bardem as Pablo Escobar, and was recently put into turnaround by Paramount.

So what does Entourage creator Doug Ellin make of his mystical touch? ''[Maybe] people see the show and say, 'Hmm, that's a good idea for a movie,''' he remarks. ''We should start copyrighting the movies that Vince is doing.''

And, rest assured, Vince will be doing more flicks. While Adrian Grenier's character ended the first half of this season unemployed and without an agent, Ellin promises that when the series returns in April, he'll be hunting for his next big-screen gig. Season 4 (starting in June) will follow Vince's travails on the set of an unnamed movie. Fans of the lesser Chase shouldn't despair. Notes Ellin: ''[Johnny] Drama is really going to step up. We're going to see if he actually has any talent.'' Does that mean real-life moviegoers should prepare to go on a Viking Quest? Victory!

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints