January 21st, 2008
03:00 PM ET

The entourages of Sundance

From CNN Entertainment Producer Jennifer Wolfe in Park City, Utah:

It’s well documented: where there’s a star there’s usually an entourage. At Sundance, it’s no different.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, promoting their film "In Bruges," came to our live location with a room full of people. I didn’t count, but I think there were at least four handlers per star, personal publicists, film publicists and any number of other sorts.

Nick Cannon also had a room full of folks. They hung out and strategized about how he should showcase his role as a young Marine getting ready to ship out to Iraq in "American Son." Everyone sat and joked about things we can’t repeat and stared at their Blackberries, waiting for the next vital communication.

And then there was Stanley Tucci. He came with one person, did a spot with CNN.com Live and quickly popped over to my computer to catch the end of his segment.

Tucci then asked about Gaza - while waiting for his interview he’d heard an item on the strife there - and he wanted to know more, so we started scrolling through other stories. While clicking through the site, we saw Allan Melvin, "Sam the Butcher" from "The Brady Bunch," had died. Tucci said he’d grown up watching the show. He was low-key and friendly and left our suite the way he came in, with little fanfare.

Then there’s the ultimate "Entourage" guy –- the star of the HBO show of that name, Adrian Grenier. He was in town to promote his film on air-drumming titled "Adventures in Power" and he was scheduled to appear on CNN Sunday. After much back-and-forth with his people, the interview time was set, the tapes were pulled and edited and everything was ready.

Then, a few hours before the segment, we got a one-line e-mail: Grenier was sick.

Scramble time. We filled the hole with a piece on a documentary titled "Bigger Stronger Faster."

Later, one of our photographers spotted Grenier at the Slamdance Festival, which is located just downstairs from our production space in the Treasure Mountain Inn.

Last night, a CNN producer spotted him "in the window of Hollywood Lounge at midnight with a drink in his hand talking to some girl."

She must've been nursing him back to health.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. joy

    hey people,when you look as gorgous as adrian grenier,you can do what ever you want!

    January 22, 2008 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    Grenier is a pathetic joke. I feel bad for all the really talented, struggling artist in Manhattan and LA, who would kill for time with CNN or anyone else for that matter.What a true shame. He is a cretin.

    January 22, 2008 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    In the real world, anyone caught faking illness to get out of their work obligations would be severely reprimanded or fired–it's no wonder that people like the Adrian Greniers and Lindsay Lohans of the acting biz feel entitled. They shirk their responsibilities for immature, personal pleasure and not only get away with it, they get positive reinforcement for it.

    January 22, 2008 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |

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