Hot ‘Entourage’ Season Ahead, Grenier Blase About Ratings

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Adrian Grenier is happy with all the positive reviews so far for the new season of his “Entourage,” which has been widely applauded as back in top form after one of its lesser seasons.  As for reports that the show opened with a 25 per cent ratings drop from last year, well, they don’t even seem to be a blip on his radar.

“I don’t really think about it.  You know, the new media and new technology has changed everything, including how people end up coming to watch a show,” he points out.  “I know a lot of guys who tiVo it.  People wait to for it to come out in a format they can watch.  This show in particular is a very communal show – groups of 20 or 30 people get together and watch it.  So whatever ratings you mention, they’re going to be inaccurate.”

“Entourage” has a lot of changes in store for Vince this season.  “He really comes out of his shell, his protective womb.  I think it was an inevitable turn,” says Grenier.  “He feels like he’s losing his support system, and he has to, for the first time, step out and take care of himself.   He doesn’t initially want to take that responsibility.  He rebels a little against having to be independent. It’s a growing up and coming of age story of sorts.  At the end of the day, he has to grow.”

Grenier says that Ellin “talks to me about the depths I’m willing to go with the character.  I’m fine with it.  I’m a team player.  I want to do everything I can to make the best show possible.”

Mary Higgins Clark

WRITE ON:  America’s queen of Suspense, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, will share  secrets of her craft with guests aboard the Silversea’s  elegant Silver Whisper cruise ship next January and early February. Clark, whose  books have sold over one hundred million copies in the US alone, will give  insights about her writing in lectures and a Q&A session, as the ship glides from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso.  Exciting news for those who are fans of suspense, or simply appreciate a terrific story.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  With all the talk about whether or not “Red Dawn” will indeed be released in November as planned – considering MGM’s financial woes and possible sale – reshoots are quietly going forward on the film.  Casting was recently done for additional Chinese military characters in the remake of John Milius’ 1984 feature about a rag tag band of teens who stave off a communist invasion of the U.S.  However, Josh Hutcherson tells us the reshoots are “much less than I’ve done for a lot of other films.”   Also still to be done is a soundtrack for the new “Dawn.”

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