Hit HBO skein takes show to critics
What does it take to prompt an episode of “Entourage” to be based on you?Apparently, you need to piss off creator Doug Ellin. And that’s exactly what Daily Variety has done. “They’ve personally trashed me so much,” said Ellin. “Todd McCarthy killed two of my movies and Brian Lowry and Phil Gallo killed ‘Entourage’ when it first came out.” So Ellin marched 85 cast and crew members into the Los Angeles Variety offices on Friday while director David Nutter, assistant director- producer Gary Goldman and producer Wayne Carmona transformed the newsroom into a slightly more crowded newsroom. Breathtakingly beautiful extras mixed with breathtakingly beautiful Variety staffers, causing some confusion for the crew (editors working at their computers were suddenly startled as hairstylists walked up behind them and began giving them a touch up). Kevin Dillon finishes Ellin’s revenge by verbally abusing ‘Paul Schneider,’ the Variety TV critic based on Lowry. Lowry requested a Brad Pitt type to portray him and feared a Paul Giamatti type. Instead, he got thesp Michael Hitchcock, whom Lowry describes as “thinner, older and beardless.” “Yep, I like him,” he adds. The episode will air sometime in early spring on HBO.