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Hanging out with celebrity entourages -- EW gives our picks for our favorite star-studded groups of friends and hangers-on

As the first season of HBO's Entourage comes to a close, we're already a little wistful. Posse, crew, call them what you will, here are some of our favorite entourages, those friends and hangers-on who get all the perks -- booze, bank, and sloppy seconds.

THE RAT PACK Key Members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Poison Sinatra referred to Jack Daniel's as ''gasoline.'' Mascot Shirley MacLaine Catchphrase ''Ring-a-ding-ding'' Drama Five guys, alcohol, women, Vegas. What drama?

THE MEMPHIS MAFIA Key Members Elvis Presley, cousin Billy Smith, Red West, Joe Esposito Poison Pills. Lots of 'em. Mascot Jesse Presley, Elvis' stillborn twin brother, who the King believed accompanied him on tour. Catchphrase TCB (''Taking care of business'') Drama Elvis wiggles the pelvis, women lose their minds.

DIDDY'S DEPENDENTS Key Members Changes frequently. P. Diddy, Bruce Willis, Mase (welcome back). Poison Cristal! Mascot Parasol-obsessed ex-butler Farnsworth Bentley Catchphrase Do hand signals count? These days, it's ''Vote or Die.'' Seriously. Drama Let's see, the one where Diddy was arrested for beating a record exec with a champagne bottle? Or the Diddy/J. Lo club-shooting incident that saw Shyne thrown into prison on a 10-year sentence?

THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE Key Members Jim Jones, 900 of his disciples. Poison Flavor Aid and cyanide Mascot Lenin Catchphrase ''The time has come for us to meet in another place.'' Drama That whole mass suicide thing?

Originally posted Sep 17, 2004 Published in issue #784 Sep 17, 2004 Order article reprints