Archive for August, 2004

The Scene

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

Directed by: David Frankel
Written by: Rob Weiss

Pre-production on “Queens Boulevard” is moving along nicely, and famed indie director Billy Walsh is tapped to helm the project. Vince takes an immediate liking to the freewheeling Walsh, but Eric has a few concerns. Tensions between E and Walsh grow, as Walsh continually refers to E as a “suit.” Despite Eric’s concerns, it looks like Vince will give the partnership a greenlight — until Eric discovers that Walsh has added a scene to the film in which Vince will have a romantic liaison with another man.

While Vince and Eric debate whether or not they can go with Walsh, Drama finds himself flush with cash from a nice residual check. Turtle wants a cut of the cash so he can spend it on some “dancers,” but Drama refuses since he’s sworn to never pay for sex again. Later, the two bring home a couple of women from a club, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to score-at least not before Drama helps out one of the women with her rent. He may have fallen off the wagon, but at least his residual money went to a good cause.

To help decide whether or not Walsh is the man for “Queens Boulevard,” the crew sits down to watch Walsh’s first film. As much as it pains him to admit it, Eric is blown away by the piece. E and Vince meet with Walsh again to talk about possibly removing the scene, but Walsh refuses. Vince relents, and agrees to do the scene, but Walsh reveals that he never actually intended for it to be in the film; it was just a test to see if Vince trusted in his vision.

Extreme Aircraft

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Join us for a supersonic look at some of the most cutting-edge aircraft ever developed–from the X-1 that first broke the sound barrier to the X-43 Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7. These extreme aircraft have made their mark on aeronautical history, and sometimes on political history as well. The U-2 and SR-71 spy planes played a crucial role in the Cold War, and now Lockheed Martin’s top-secret “Skunkworks” division is touting the new “air dominance” fighter plane– the F/A-22 Raptor.

Busey and the Beach

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Doug Ellin & Larry Charles

Vince is still dedicated to doing “Queens Boulevard,” but Ari has yet to make that deal happen. Instead, the agent is pitching Vince on a myriad of other projects… a tact that’s wildly unsucessful. Vince and Eric don’t understand why Ari hasn’t gotten Vince on the project yet, and they begin to grow dissatisfied with his work. Complicating matters is rival agent Josh Weinstein, who interjects himself into Vince’s life, and invites the boys to a beach party.

Ari sets up Drama with representation, but Drama balks when he meets his new agent, who doesn’t have an office and answers his own phones. Drama’s depression grows when he runs into an old acting buddy who is now working as a waiter. The agent comes through, though, getting Drama 3 auditions in a week, saving him from a life of serving shrimp puffs.

The crew go to an art exhibit, presenting art from another of Shauna’s clients: Gary Busey. The laughable works are basically ignored by the foursome until Turtle accidentally knocks over a piece, destroying it. Turtle knows Busey’s rep, and begins to worry about what the “Lethal Weapon” actor will do to him. Later, Turtle encounters Busey, who scares the hell out of him, but doesn’t actually wind up doing anything physically damaging.

The situation with Weinstein puts a huge strain on Eric’s growing relationship with Emily. She has feelings for Eric, but she also knows that she has to have loyalty to her boss. When Emily tries to remove herself from the situation, Eric makes it clear that he’s concerned about Vince’s career, causing her to walk away in disgust.

Vince and his boys go to Josh’s party and have a great time. They’re so enamoured with Josh, that Eric calls up Ari, implying that they’re about to fire him as an agent. Ari rushes over to the party, and confronts Josh, making it clear that he has the power to absolutely destroy the younger agent in Hollywood. After humiliating Weinstein, Ari finds Vince and Eric, explaining exactly why the deal hasn’t been done yet. The rare honesty is appreciated, and Vince retains Ari as his agent.

The Script and the Sherpa

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

Directed by: Adam Bernstein
Written by: Doug Ellin and Stephen Levinson

Vince is dating a new girl, Fiona, and the rest of the crew are not happy about the new relationship. Fiona is an outspoken vegan, causing Vince to rearrange his routine to try and keep her happy. This doesn’t sit well with Turtle, Eric and Drama, who all see her as a potential Yoko Ono, ready to ruin Vince’s career… along with the sweet setup that they’ve established.

A rival agent, Josh Weinstein, slips Eric a script at the gym. Eric positively loves “Queens Boulevard,” and urges Vince to read the script. However, it isn’t until Fiona recommends it that Vince actually winds up opening the script. Ultimately, he does, and instantly falls in love with the script.

Turtle’s biggest headache is the massive marijuana shortage that is currently gripping the West Coast. Nobody seems to have a supplier, and Turtle relies on the weed to help him to score. Shockingly, Fiona has a solution… her guru, who has an enormous operation working out of Bel Aire. The crew meet the Sherpa, who, while wildly eccentric, does have the goods. Fiona finally shows the crew that she’s got one thing going for her by providing the hookup, and she soon establishes a second, as she leaves the country to go on a months-long spiritual quest.

Ari gets Vince a meeting with Scott Wick, the producer of “Queens Boulevard,” but he warns that Wick is not a fan of Vince. The meeting is cold at first, and it looks as if Vince won’t be offered a role, but when Wick discovers that Vince has a source of weed, the relationship warms. Vince then manages to keep Scott out of trouble when a cop discovers them smoking up outside the restaurant, cementing him as the top choice to star in “Queens Boulevard.”

Engineering Disasters 7

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Engineers and architects reveal what went wrong in five engineering disasters, including Baldwin Hills Dam that suddenly gave way, spilling liquid havoc in a quiet LA neighborhood; a mysterious plane crash that killed all aboard (Lockheed Electra); a massive freighter’s shuddering crash into Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge; the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake that shook down poorly engineered buildings; and a 4-decade old coal mine fire that turned Centralia, Pennsylvania into a ghost town.

Extreme Speed

Monday, August 9th, 2004

NGC Ultimate Explorer focuses on America’s obsession with speed. Correspondant Michael Davie takes viewers on a look at extreme sportsman, super-charged cars and even speed dating.

Date Night

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Directed by: Dan Attias
Written by: Doug Ellin and Rob Weiss

The big day has arrived, and “Head On” is opening wide across the country, but Vince doesn’t seem to be too concerned about going to see the film. Instead, he makes plans to spend the big night hanging out with his boys.

Following his lead, Eric plays down the opening and sets up a first date with Emily–and as soon as Vince hears, he declares a date night, over Eric’s strident objections.

The crew will make a night of it: Eric has Emily, Drama has a muscular new companion of his own; Vince brings pop starlet Justine Chapin and Turtle finds a hot, if potentially psycho, fan of Vince’s by reading through his mail.

Before the festivities begin, Vince goes on Power 106 to promote the film on L.A.’s hottest radio show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood. The conversation veers a bit off-course, and Eric’s poor dating history is brought up. His ex-, Kristen, hears about the appearance, and calls him up, hinting that maybe she’s not entirely ready to break things off for good.

When evening rolls around, the crew travels in style in a limo rented by Turtle, much to Eric’s horror. The party goes all over LA, stopping briefly at a few theatres showing “Head On” before making its way to a bowling alley. Eric is aghast, but Emily takes it all in good fun.

Eventually, everybody ends up at the club Prey, including Ari, who shows up to deliver the fast financials for the film. Emily is uncomfortable being there with her boss, but she and Eric share a kiss before she departs. Departure turns out to be the theme of the evening, as the other three guys also wind up losing their dates (Vince and Justine split far less acrimoniously than do Turtle, Drama and their respective dates).

Ari does deliver good news, as “Head On” is the number one live-action film in the country (coming in second to a talking squirrel picture). Shots of Patron are produced, and the boys from Queens look to celebrate together–at least until the next beautiful women goes by.

Oil Tankers

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

The biggest moving objects ever built by man, oil tankers dominate the world’s waterways, both in size and numbers. Upwards of 10,000 strong, the world tanker fleet’s vast number results from the modern, insatiable thirst for oil. We’ll dig into the history of oil transport–from Civil War days to the critical WWII years and invention of the supertanker in the 1950s. And we examine the financial impact of modifying these steel leviathans to prevent future catastrophic environmental disasters.

Talk Show

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Larry Charles

Partying after a boxing match, Vince runs into Jimmy Kimmel, who immediately does his best to get Vince to commit to an appearance on his show the following night. Vince agrees, much to the chagrin of Shauna, who would rather see her client appear on Leno or Letterman. Also at the party, Luke Wilson tells Turtle and Drama about his new home theatre setup, planting the idea in their heads that they need an upgrade.

The next day, Drama reveals he and Kimmel have a past history, and that Kimmel disappeared and ignored him when Drama’s career cooled off. Regardless, Vince decides to appear on Kimmel’s show, and goes shopping with his publicist Shauna and Eric so he’ll look good for the taping. Eric warns his friend not to ad lib his interview, remembering some previous disasters.

Eric’s mind is elsewhere anyway, as his ex-, Kristen, visits the house to pick up a few of items that she had left behind. The former couple end up coupling again, but Kristen later dismisses it as “break-up sex.”

The backstage area of the Kimmel show lives up to its wild reputation, and Vince has a romantic encounter with former fling and fellow guest Sara Foster in her dressing room. Meanwhile, Eric and Emily get some time to hang out privately, while Ari tries to woo comedian Sarah Silverman into joining his stable.

A relaxed Vince delivers a knockout performance on the show. During the segment, Kimmel even calls out Drama for an on-air reconciliation, giving him a golden opportunity for a plug – and a free home theatre set-up for the house.