Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
If you watched the original HBO series ENTOURAGE, you may have often wished you could be a part of Vince’s entourage. They are just the coolest group of guys. I mean, wouldn’t it be fun to ride around in Cadillacs, party with some pretty ladies/dudes and drink some Avion?
But, what if you could create your own entourage? What are some characters from film and/or television that you make up your gang?
Below are my picks, but let us know what four characters (three friends and an Ari Gold character) you would pick.
Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER- You have to have the muscle in the group. I mean, Buffy did die twice and is still kicking, so you don’t have to worry about her not taking a bullet for you. Plus, it helps that Buffy has an engaging personality. So while she can kick some ass, she would also be great to kick it with and have a beer.
Driver (Ryan Gosling) from DRIVE- Sometimes you need a friend who will just listen and pass no judgment… but who is also willing to stomp in someone’s skull in an elevator. Well, maybe not that far. Driver would be the Turtle of my entourage. He would protect me and would make sure I get where I need to be on time. However, I just need to make sure wherever I’m at I only take five minutes, because Driver has principles. Maybe we could work something out, though.
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY- This might be because Peter Quill just seem like he would be fun to hang out with. Nothing would ever get boring, as he would find the entertainment in everything by being the entertainment. He would make every situation fun and would always keep the mood light.
Quinn (Constance Zimmer) from UnREAL- Oddly enough, Constance Zimmer plays Dana Gordon in the HBO series and ENTOURAGE film; however, her character in the new series UnREAL is definitely a character you would want to have on your side. She would be the Ari Gold of my entourage. She would be that friend who would do a damn good job of managing my life, while also (always) having my back. She would crush my enemies with her sass and brutal honesty.
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