Tuesdays With Ari

Quote of the Day: “So make the best of this task, and don’t ask why/It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time…”–Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

My new favorite TV show is HBO’s Entourage. Sunday’s episode, based around the Bat Mitzvah of agent Ari Gold’s daughter, finally proved to me that this show is now (as it should be) based around Jeremy Piven’s astoundingly accurate and dead-on hilarious portrayal of Gold. Finally, HBO has gotten the great show about an agent they always wanted—that is, if keeping Arliss on as long as they did meant that they wanted one. I mean, the Entourage site is lhiob.com—so named after Ari’s damn-near patented catchphrase (“Let’s hug it out, bitch”).

Big Jeremy Piven fan here, dating way back to Cupid, one of those smart, sexy well-written shows that wasn’t given a chance by ABC back when they were struggling to keep up in the rating race. Starring Piven as a guy who claimed to be the God of Love, Cupid was funny and romantic and thoughtful—perhaps it should have been on cable. Good to see Piven getting his groove on now, though, even if he is playing second fiddle to a sorta vapid movie star guy. I’ve been wondering if maybe that’s the point of Entourage, that the movie star is rarely all that interesting, but then I remembered that Mark Wahlberg is one of the creators and a movie star wouldn’t tell that much truth and play himself out like that, would he? As a Wahlberg fan, I sorely hope he’s not as dull as the Mark-manque, at least as he’s written in the show.

Easy Being Green?: I’m loving the new Green Day video, Wake Me Up When September Ends. Loving that it stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell, two great kid actors who have matured into real talents. Loving that Billie Joe and the boys are maturing without losing any of their feisty edge. Loving that I’m still loving Green Day after all these years…

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From yesterday’s Cover It Up! Mix CD, here are the original artists:

1. Gladys Knight & the Pips
2. Bobby Womack
3. Isley Brothers
4. Stevie Wonder
5. Cyndi Lauper
6. David Bowie
7. Left Banke
8. The Time
9. Prince
10. Barry Manilow
11. The Clique
12. The Spinners
13. Cyndi Lauper
14. Journey
15. Labelle
16. Simon & Garfunkel

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