At 'Entourage' Season 7 premiere, life imitates art -- witness Adrian Grenier's hair [updated]
If you've thought that life for Vince and the guys on "Entourage" is just an endless stream of parties and meetings with agents and being on set, HBO's Season 7 premiere event Wednesday would have done nothing to dissuade you.
At least about the parties.
The cable network transformed the lawn outside the Paramount Theatre at the Studios at Paramount into a huge nightclub, with black geometric sofas and candlelit tables covered with brown croc as far as the eye could see -- not to mention tempting buffets of Wolfgang Puck's beef strips, tortellini, onion rings and chocolate doughnut holes in peanut sauce. (Click the picture below to launch a gallery of pictures from the red carpet.)
Debi Mazar wore a slinky green snake-patterned L'Wren Scott sheath in one of the first episodes, and the half-full plate in front of her looked like a clue, but we asked her anyway.
"I ate," she said, bursting our illusions. "I have a cooking show about to go on national TV. It's online [at underthetuscangun.com]. I can't tell you more than that. I eat pasta and sweets. My secret is ...
"And the secret I think all women want to know is that I have a fat, juicy butt that my husband loves. When I gain weight it goes in my chin and it goes in my knees. I just cover them. I can't cover my chin. I just look up a lot. Chin up!"
This season, Vince (Adrian Grenier) does his own stunts in a movie and then goes skydiving. At the bash, Grenier was standing amid a cluster of people including his mom, Karesse, a frequent sight at "Entourage" premieres, sipping Champagne from a mini Moet bottle. That didn't seem too dangerous, so we asked him if he actually did the stunt.
"What did it look like?"
It looked like you didn't.
"The point is I did do it in spirit. I'm not as brave as Vince. Or stupid," he said.
"It's what we live for, to be able to make great illusions. The thing about 'Entourage' is everything we do is realistic. We go to the real places, we shoot on location. We get the real people. It's a perfect marriage between fact and fiction."
In the second episode, Vince lops off his curls. And Grenier was still wearing the new short 'do.
"Now is my hair really short?"
We'll leave that one to the experts.
Jeremy Piven, who has won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role as super-agent Ari Gold, was sitting on a couch, chatting with friends. This season, Ari runs the biggest talent agency on the planet.
Did you think Ari would get this far?
"I did. He's a wonderful combination of indestructible and totally destructible at the same time," Piven said. "It's a culmination of all the work coming together this year in the way that he finally merges these two companies, gets the power he wants, goes to the next level he wants and is about to seal the deal when his ways come back to bite him in the ass. He's going to pay for how acerbic he is, and I can't tell you too much, but he's going to be taken down and his livelihood and his family are going to be put into jeopardy. As an actor those are the stakes you hope to play. So the humanity of his character is going to be revealed this year, and I'm just so thankful."
Are you listening, Emmys?
Also toasting the new season, debuting June 27, were the show's creator Doug Ellin, executive producer Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham, and cast members Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Scott Caan, Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lenny Kravitz, Carla Gugino and Autumn Reeser.
-- Irene Lacher
[For the record, 4:04 p.m. June 18: An earlier version of this post said Mumm Champagne was served. It was Moet & Chandon.]
Top photo: Adrian Grenier waves to the crowd at the "Entourage" Season 7 premiere at the Studios at Paramount. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Second photo: Jeremy Piven, left, Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Rex Lee turn a camera on themselves on June 16, 2010, in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Third photo: Perrey Reeves, left, Debi Mazar, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Carla Gugino at the premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty ImagesWant more headlines? Follow the Ministry of Gossip on Twitter (we're @LATcelebs), or Like us into your news feed when you visit our Facebook page.
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