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Actor Adrian Grenier Reveals Why He Quit Hollywood for Good

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Adrian Grenier was once one of the biggest heartthrobs in Hollywood. From the hit HBO series Entourage to the blockbuster romantic comedy The Devil Wears Prada, he was a fixture of the entertainment industry throughout much of the 21st century, after his breakthrough role in the ’90s teen flick Drive Me Crazy. But after spending two decades working successfully as an actor, he left it all behind. Now, in a new rare interview, Adrian Grenier reveals what made him quit Hollywood and the surprising new job he’s taken on since. Read on to find out more about where the former A-lister is now.

Adrian Grenier at the premiere of 'Beyond The Night' in 2019
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In a new interview with Austin Life for the magazine’s June 2021 cover, Grenier said he left New York a year ago and made a permanent move to Texas, despite all of his Hollywood dreams coming true. “If you work hard, you become famous, then you make a lot of money… but it was lackluster at the top,” he told Austin Life.

Grenier said he was tired of the long process of making movies and TV shows. “The work I used to do got created over time; you make something but you don’t ever know if it will be good,” he said. “Acting is a dissociative experience where you don’t even know if you’re doing it right—you need a director to tell you!” he said. “It’s a mask-wearing process—you’re not even you, you’re just playing!”

Not only was the delayed gratification of acting no longer satisfying for Grenier, but he hinted he was battling some demons as well. While Grenier admitted “making it” in Hollywood was initially a “load of fun, and amazing while it lasted,” he wound up “deep into [his] total abject debauchery.” Grenier added: “I found myself in a stage of my life where I had to change. I had to deal with the personal things I’d been avoiding.”

So, he “Marie Kondo‘d” his life and “embraced letting go,” which wasn’t too difficult ultimately. “Certainly, there’s lots of shiny memories that I crave, but I’ve done too much work not to recognize that I’m here for something bigger than going to nightclubs,” he said.

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Turns out, for Grenier, that “something bigger” is a farm in Bastrop, Texas. Grenier said he’s been doing environmental work for the last 20 years through organizations and non-profits that were “all designed to tell people to live more in line with nature.” “And yet,” he added. “I wasn’t living that way.”

Grenier had bought a home in Austin five years ago and decided to relocate permanently last year, after spending most of his life in New York City. “I do feel totally at peace. My work on the farm is present, immediate, apparent,” he said. “Just to be here, to be me, to be rooted, to feel the earth, to dig in the dirt… it’s so grounding. I’d been stepping on concrete my whole life, separated from the earth. Here and now, I feel so much more centered and balanced.”

Grenier also likes his fellow Austinites. “People [in Austin] are smart and successful but they don’t flaunt it. There is nothing to prove, people accept you and it felt good right away. Plus, the great food,” he added. “And the weather—I’d had enough of brutal winters.”

Since relocating, Grenier got his permaculture certification and hopes to turn his farm into a wildlife sanctuary.

Grenier isn’t totally solo on his farm. He made the move with Jordan Roemmele, who shared his vision. “When I decided I wanted to settle in Texas, I knew I wanted a partner to live that experience with me, that’s where Jordan comes in,” he told Austin Life. “We have a long history and I said, ‘I’m in love, and if you are too, I want to build something together.’ Thankfully, she was interested.”

After they “negotiated terms of the heart,” they bought some land outside of Austin and the farm was born. Currently, Roemmele, who’s been linked to Grenier since at least 2017, is also in school for acupuncture.

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So, does Grenier ever miss his formerly glamorous Hollywood life? Hardly. “I don’t miss anything about that world,” he told Austin Life plainly.

“If you go on Instagram long enough, you’re going to find some FOMO somewhere, but everyone is just pretending they’re living their best life. Ultimately, I know that I am, so I don’t even tell anybody about it,” he continued. “I want more now. I want different now. I’ll leave those experiences for the youngsters.”

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“Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night” arrives in theaters across North America on December 3, 2021. For those in Japan, the film has been available for a couple of months, having debuted back in late October. Funimation teamed up with Sony’s distribution company, Aniplex of America, to bring the movie to fans across the world, including the approaching North American release, plus a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on December 9. The film will be available both in its original Japanese with English subtitles, and in English dub.

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NBA 2K22 update 1.08 patch notes and Season 3 release date confirmed | Gaming | Entertainment

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A new NBA 2K22 update is available to download today ahead of the game’s Season 3 launch.

While we don’t have a rundown of everything that’s included in the new patch, we do know what will be added to the game later this week.

That’s because Visual Concepts has confirmed that NBA 2K22 Season 3 will release on Friday, December 3, across PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms.

The development team behind the hit Basketball sim has confirmed that Season 3 will be called Iced Out and will bring a festive feel to the game’s social hubs.

A new deal with Def Jam Records also means the introduction of fresh music and tracks, as well as the headlining Clutch Time mode in MyTEAM.

As mentioned above, Season 3: ‘Iced Out’ focuses on the clutch gene, showcasing Damian Lillard’s ability to bury the competition with some of the coldest game-winning shots in NBA history.

A message from NBA 2K adds: “Being a clutch player means you need to have ice in your veins, and the ability to be unfazed by any situation. Portland Trail Blazers star point guard, Damian Lillard, has made a habit of freezing the competition and burying them with some of the coldest game-winning shots in NBA history.

“For NBA 2K22 Season 3, we’re calling upon all players undeterred by the elements to channel their inner Damian Lillard and showcase their clutch gene in what will be NBA 2K22’s coldest season yet.

“Decorated from top to bottom with garlands and wreaths, the City and the Cancha Del Mar will be your home away from home this holiday season. For six weeks, beginning December 3, joy and cheer will blanket the courts like a fresh snowfall, and you’ll swear you can smell hot cocoa and chestnuts in the air.

“From new rewards to chilly pickup games on the rooftops of the City, Season 3 will celebrate the Holiday season and ring in the New Year with fresh, festive content.”

At the heart of the City, gamers will find a full Holiday tree laced with ornaments, twinkling strands of lights, and presents abound sitting at its base.

And on the morning of December 25, everyone will be able to head to its base to claim a present on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, or directly to account on Xbox One and PS4.

Other features coming during NBA 2K22 Season 3 include the following:

ALL-NEW SINGLE-PLAYER GAME MODE: ROOFTOPS

NBA 2K22 features some of the most scenic courts in the history of the franchise, and starting in Season 3, we’ll be taking things to the next level by introducing the City Slam. On PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, battle in a series of 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 competition against players that take place exclusively on City rooftops, all orchestrated by the great Jackson Ellis. Convince sceptical streetballers to join your team by beating them on their own turf, then bring your custom-built roster into the final City Slam tournament, where you’ll compete in a variety of challenges against increasingly elite opponents. Playing in the City Slam will earn you some fantastic rewards, including a championship belt for winning the whole thing.

2XP COIN UPDATE

We want to address a change we’re making to the way 2XP Coins work in NBA 2K22 Seasons. Starting at the beginning of Season 3, your previous 2XP Coins will not transfer over from Season 2. While we’re changing the format from Season 1, we believe this will improve the Season-to-Season experience and competitive balance. Going forward, 2XP coins will now remain tied to the Season they were acquired in, so make sure to use those 2XP Coins as you’re leveling up in this Season and beyond.

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Donald Trump now senses his opportunity to win back the White House

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I’m back at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is home to many of America’s richest and most famous citizens, but the best known of all of them is, of course, Donald Trump. Since my last visit here at the end of April, little has changed. Everything from the perfectly manicured lawns to the beautifully painted buildings is impeccable.

Over the coming months, this part of America will effectively be the headquarters of the Republican Party movement. Just as those seeking the blessing of Europe’s monarchs centuries ago would pay homage to kings and queens, so a never-ending stream of potential candidates come to meet Trump seeking his backing. They know that his personal endorsement will make a huge difference in the primary elections coming up.

Yes, some of the old guard, country club Republicans like Senator Mitt Romney may still be around, but there is no doubt that this is Donald Trump’s Republican Party now.

Apart from having a good time here, the purpose of my visit is to conduct a sit-down interview for GB News with America’s 45th President. It is the first interview with an overseas organisation that he has given since long before the 2020 presidential election, making it a genuine exclusive outside of America. 

Trump is the man whose every move and comment once dominated global news. But now that Twitter, his primary means of communication, has banned him, he has effectively been silenced. Ahead of the interview, I reflect privately on how astonishing — and deeply worrying — it is that the leadership of the Taliban is still allowed to use Twitter but Trump is not.

He appears to be noticeably lighter than he was when he occupied the White House. Living primarily at Mar-a-Lago certainly seems to be having a positive impact on him, yet burdens remain on his shoulders. The Democratic Party is pursuing a modern day Spanish Inquisition into the storming of the Capitol by a group of his supporters. The Democrats believe that the attack was an attempted coup and are busy indicting many of Trump’s former aides. 

To make matters worse, rumours continue to swirl that the New York tax authorities intend to go after Trump’s children. I have known Trump for long enough to see that he is living under considerable strain.

Whether you like him or loathe him, however, one thing is beyond doubt. He is a fighter who never gives up. Not only is he handpicking candidates at all levels for the party, but I can see that he wants to put himself at the centre of the campaign for the midterm elections in November 2022, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested, together with 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

Perhaps the most illuminating part of our conversation comes when I ask him why, once again, he would give up his enviable life in Florida to go back into the sewer of politics. “Well, if you love your country, you have no choice,” he answers, adding: “I think you will be very pleased.” 

As he utters those words, all signs of the burden lift. The mischievous Trump, the heavyweight fighter relishing the chance to win back his crown, is back. But can he succeed?

The narrative pushed by some that the 2020 election was stolen from him is, I would say, harming his chances. Admittedly, we in the UK know from our own experience of postal voting that this system is open to fraud and intimidation, whichever country it’s used in. But I have seen private polling illustrating that 20 per cent of potential Republican voters are demotivated by the “stolen election” message. 

My sense is that Trump must very quickly turn this around into a positive campaign for electoral reform, state by state. His voter base adores him, and he has made great inroads into the black and Latino vote, but he still has much work to do to secure white voters who lead comfortable lives in middle class suburbs. They find Trump’s style difficult to take. When I put this to him in the interview, he denies it, but I would urge him to think again.

Aside from this section of the electorate, I remember a dinner I had some years ago with John Howard, the former Australian prime minister who won four general elections for Australia’s centre-right Liberal Party. Howard told me that no conservative in the Western world can win a majority without a large blue collar vote. 

The Red Wall in the north of England is testament to this statement. Looking at the other Republican figures who could run in 2024, including the excellent Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, I do not believe any of them can reach those voters living in the eight states that make up the Great Lakes region in the way that Trump can.

As the Democratic Party makes the same mistake that the British Labour Party did by moving to the hard Left, the opportunity for Trump to appeal to these voters is enormous. Yes, three years is a long time and a lot may happen between now and the next presidential election. But after this encounter, I genuinely believe that my friend will be back in the White House in January 2025.

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