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‘Entourage’ movie in the works

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Fans of the show “Entourage” will be excited to learn that the movie “Entourage” is very much in the works. Doug Ellin (inset), creator of the HBO show loosely based on Mark Wahlberg and his buddies, says the script is finally finished and filming could begin by next summer. “That’s the plan, at least,” said Ellin, who was in Boston Wednesday for an event sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies. “We hope to get Mark in it — if we can get him at a reduced rate.” “Entourage,” which went off the air last year after eight seasons, chronicled the career of a young, new-to-Hollywood movie star, played by Adrian Grenier, and his childhood friends, played by Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara. Ellin said the movie will “get back to its roots, like the first couple of seasons, when it was about the guys.“ On later seasons, there were a lot of guest stars, including Pats QB Tom Brady. “I actually wrote a script for the Manning brothers,” says Ellin, referring to quarterbacks Eli and Peyton. “But they couldn’t do it so Mark said, ‘How about me and Tom?’ ” (Ellin told us he’s a big fan of Brady’s — except when the Patriots play the Giants.) At Wednesday’s CJP event, Ellin talked about his unlikely career path — he started in the mailroom — and also his faith. “I try to get to as many of these [events] as I can,” he says. “I always like helping support the Jewish community.”

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