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Hot ‘Entourage’ Season Ahead, Grenier Blase About Ratings

Adrian Grenier HBO photo

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.”

Awaiting Word on ‘Spider-Man,’ Hutcherson Focuses on ‘Kids’

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson seems to be taking in stride the fact that he’s all over the internet these days as one of the anointed few shortlisted to become the new Spider-Man in Sony’s planned reboot of the film franchise.  “It’s weird to be talked about that much for a part and nobody knows who’ll get it,” he admits.  But at least Hutcherson has more than enough to keep him occupied while he awaits word.

He takes off Sunday (6/27) for New York promotion chores and the East Coast premiere of “The Kids Are All Right.”  He plays the son of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko’s drama about a long-time lesbian couple’s world getting shaken up when their teenage son and daughter contact their previously anonymous sperm donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).  The film collected raves at the Sundance, Berlin, Sydney and L.A. Film Festivals.  It opens July 9.

As far as potential controversy, he says, “I really hope people just see it for what it is without being political.  It’s a movie about a family.  “The sexuality takes a back seat to that, really.  It focuses on a family, a marriage, and I personally feel you could exchange the two moms with any situation – two dads, a mom and dad – and the dynamic would be the same.  We’re not trying to go out of our way to make a political statement.

“When I first read this script, I knew it was going to make an incredible movie.  Then when I found out the actors, I was blown away,” adds the 17-year-old, who’s been turning in first rate performances (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “Zathura,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” etc.) while he’s been growing up.

Josh also has “Red Dawn” in the can.  The remake of John Milius’ 1984 flick has China invading the United States.   “That’s a really cool movie with a cool concept about a bunch of teens fighting back after this invasion.  I loved it!  It was so much fun to make,” he says.  “We did military training for it.”

He’ll head home to Kentucky for the 4th of July holiday, then take to the road for a cross country trip with a group including his mom and a cousin.  After that, he has the sequel to his “Journey to the Center of the Earth” movie to prepare for.  “Mysterious Island” goes into production this fall.