Entourage (American TV series)

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004, concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson served as the show's executive producers, its premise is loosely based on Wahlberg's experiences as an up-and-coming film star; the series deals with real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood. The show is known for its array of famous guests, having featured several actors and other celebrities in guest star and cameo roles playing fictionalized versions of themselves. According to Mark Wahlberg, Entourage was conceived when his assistant asked if he could film Wahlberg and his friends, calling them "hilarious." Other reports credit Eric Weinstein, a long-time friend of Wahlberg, with the idea of filming the actor's group of friends.

However, according to Donnie Carroll, the inspiration for the Turtle character, the idea for a show involving an actor and his friends had come from him. It had originated as a book idea, centered on Carroll's own life and his experiences with Wahlberg, titled From the'Hood to Hollywood, A Soldier's Story. To be more satirical of the Hollywood lifestyle, a fictional approach was chosen rather than a straight documentary in order to keep the content light, avoid directly depicting Wahlberg's violent past. Vincent Chase was envisioned to be more similar to Wahlberg, but it was decided that some of his and his friends' activities would not work well on television. A lighter approach was subsequently decided upon. Entourage revolves around Vincent Chase, his best friend and manager is Eric Murphy. "E," as his friends call him, is based on Mark Wahlberg's friend and executive producer Eric Weinstein. He's been reported to be inspired by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg's manager. Vincent's older half-brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, is Vince's personal chef and bodyguard.

Johnny is a C-list actor, in the fictional show Viking Quest during his younger days. His role in the new fictional hit show Five Towns had begun to resurrect his fame and career, although he still received less acknowledgment than he would have liked for it; as the show went on, Drama got offers for more roles. The show ended with Drama having his own animated TV show called "Johnny's Bananas" and him landing a new TV movie with the help of Vince. Drama's character is based on Johnny "Drama" Alves, whom Donnie Wahlberg had hired to keep his younger brother out of trouble. Rounding out the entourage of friends is Salvatore "Turtle" Assante, another of Vince's old friends from childhood. Turtle's official role is as Vince's driver and assistant, though his value as such is brought into question; this character is based on Wahlberg's former "gofer" Donnie Carroll aka "Donkey". Carroll auditioned for the role, but the Boston native was turned down when it was decided the actors would have to be New Yorkers.

Carroll died on December 2005, after an asthma attack. Ari Gold is Vince's lovable agent; the role has led to Emmy Awards for Piven. Ari is based on Wahlberg's real-life agent Ari Emanuel. Connolly, Dillon and Piven are credited in every episode in the opening credits of the entire series. Debi Mazar, who has a recurring guest star role as Shauna in season 1, is promoted to opening credits billing in season 2, her appearances in season 3 were limited due to her pregnancy and Mazar made her final regular appearance in episode 42. Mazar is credited as a special guest star. Melissa Gold and Lloyd have recurring roles in the first two seasons. Starting in season 3, Reeves and Lee are credited as "starring" in the end credits in the episodes they appear in. Reeves receives opening credits billing starting with season 4, Lee is added to the opening credits starting with season 5. In season 4, Rhys Coiro, who portrays recurring character Billy Walsh, is credited as "starring" in the end credits for the first six episodes of the season.

However, when his character returns in episode 52, he is again credited as a guest star. Emmanuelle Chriqui portrays E's on-and-off girlfriend Sloan McQuewick as a recurring guest star from season 2 to 5, beginning with season 6, she is credited as "starring" in the end credits. Gary Cole guest stars in three episodes of season 5 as agent Andrew Klein, beginning with season 6 he is credited as "starring" in the end credits and returns in season 7 as a special guest star. Scott Caan guest stars in two episodes of season 6 as Scott Lavin, in season 7 and 8, he is credited as "starring" in the end credits. Entourage features many recurring characters; some are fictional, such as Malcolm McDowell's "Terrance McQuewick" character, while other actors, such as Mark Wahlberg, Bob Saget, Pauly Shore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore, Sasha Grey, Seth Green appear as fictional versions of themselves. Entourage has at least one celebrity guest per episode, such as actors, film directors, film producers and professional athletes playing themselves.

Appearances include Peter Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Tom Brady, Jessica Alba, Gary Busey, La

Nicasius of Rheims

Saint Nicasius or Nicaise of Rheims was a bishop of Rheims. He is the patron saint of smallpox victims. Sources placing his death in 407 credit him with prophesying the invasion of France by the Vandals, he notified his people of this vision. When asked if the people should fight or not, Nicasius responded, "Let us abide the mercy of God and pray for our enemies. I am ready to give myself for my people." When the barbarians were at the gates of the city, he decided to attempt to slow them down so that more of his people could escape. He was killed at the altar of his church or in its doorway, he was killed with Jucundus, his lector, his deacon, Eutropia, his virgin sister. After the killing of Nicasius and his colleagues, the Vandals are said to have been frightened away from the area, according to some sources leaving the treasure they had gathered. Accounts of his martyrdom credit him with being among the cephalophores like Saint Denis. Nicasius was said to have been reciting Psalm 119: he was decapitated as he reached the verse Adhaesit pavimento anima mea and continued reciting Vivifica me Domine secundum verbum tuum after his head had fallen to the ground.

He was sometimes depicted in art walking with its miter in his hand. Sources placing his death in 451 record similar acts but concerning the Huns rather than the Vandals; these sources – but not those concerning the Vandals – further relate that Nicasius survived a bout of smallpox, suggesting this legacy of his may have been a fabrication. However, the supposed dubiousness of this claim has been made more credible by research showing a long history of smallpox in Egypt, suggestions that it spread through the Roman Empire, identification of 6th century outbreaks with the disease. From his supposed survival of smallpox, Nicasius became the patron saint of smallpox victims. One prayer ran:In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, may the Lord protect these persons and may the work of these virgins ward off the smallpox. St. Nicaise had the smallpox and he asked the Lord whoever carried his name inscribed. O St. Nicaise! Thou illustrious bishop and martyr, pray for me, a sinner, defend me by thy intercession from this disease.

Amen. A Benedictine abbey in Rheims was named in his honor. Nicasius of Rheims The Golden Legend: The Life of Saint Nicasius San Nicasio di Reims Lives of the Saints entry on Saint Nicasius Traditional catholic page on Nicasius of Rheims

Goodbye Elliott

Goodbye Elliott is a rock band from the Hawaiian Islands. The band is composed of lead vocalist/guitarist Jonny Stimac, his brother vocalist/guitarist/ukulele Chris Stimac, vocalist/bassist Paul Gubser, vocalist/keys/ukulele Ryan Johnston, vocalist/drummer Jordan Smallwood Since the band's formation in 2005 they have released three studio albums. Goodbye Elliott was formed in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in early 2005. All of the members are raised from The Big Island of Hawaii. Singer/guitarist brothers [Jonny Stimac and Chris Stimac grew up with bassist Paul Gubser in Kona. In high-school the three of them formed together the band "Not Mother?" and released one full-length album under that name. They created "Goodbye Elliott" after adding high-school friends keyboardist Ryan Johnston and drummer Jordan Smallwood. In 2006, after two sold out mainland tours and after gathering a large hometown following on the Big Island, Goodbye Elliott traveled to the Netherlands to record the band's first full-length album.

On New Year's Eve of 2007 they released the album Running to California. After extensive touring, Goodbye Elliott joined in the studio with producer Al Clay. In summer of 2008 Goodbye Elliott released E. P. Simple Summer Love; the band released their third album E. P. "Summer" in the Summer of 2010. It features production from Al Clay, Danny Stimac, Jonny. A music video was shot for the single "Don't Call Me Baby". Goodbye Elliott's 2007 album release "Running to California" appeared at 25 on the US Modern Rock Charts and independently sold more than 40,000 copies. Along with appearing Live on Sirius XM Radio's'Andy Dick Show,' Goodbye Elliott and their album "Running to California" was featured across radio stations worldwide. In July 2012 Goodbye Elliott was featured on ABC Family's hit show "Jane by Design", their new music appeared on MTV, the hit E! series, Married To Jonas, in 2013 they were featured on the debut episode of FOX's new comedy "The Goodwin Games". Goodbye Elliott appeared with two singles, in the romantic comedy "A Date With Miss Fortune" in 2016.

Jonny Stimac directed and appeared in the music video for the song, "Almost Had It All,", written for the film. In January 2017, the song was nominated for Best Original Song in the Canadian Screen Awards. Jonny Stimac - Lead Vocals, Guitar Chris Stimac - Guitar, Backing vocals Paul Gubser - Bass, Backing vocals Ryan Johnston - Keys, Backing vocals Jordan Smallwood - Drums, Backing vocals Goodnight to You and Not to Me - E. P. - 2005 I Wanna Say Mason Inc. Running to California - 2006 Goodbye Elliott Records Simple Summer Love - E. P. - 2008 Big Island Studios Summer - E. P. - 2010 Big Island Studios I'll Never Let You Go - Big Island Studios "Divinci's Theme" "Ticket to Love" "Don't Call Me Baby" "Sunshine Girl" Official Site