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Teachers Honored at Sundance

Adrian Grenier and his high school drama teacher, Mr. Shifman

In addition to all the movie-related stuff happening at the Sundance Film Festival this week,  Bing hosted the 2011 Creative Coalition Teachers Making a Difference Awards luncheon. Creative Coalition is a nonprofit for the arts and entertainment community.

The luncheon is an annual event that shines a spotlight on educators who have made an impact on students and the needs of schools. This year, the event brought together Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, and other celebs with their educational heroes.

The search engine has been hosting a variety of events from the Bing Bar they’ve set up in Park City, UT during the festival.

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‘Entourage’ Star Adrian Grenier: ‘I Don’t Have a Publicist and Never Have’

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That’s what Grenier recently told The Wall Street Journal, who asked him if with the rise of social networks like Twitter, “will stars need publicists in the future?”

“I’m no stranger to self promotion. I find it first of all more authentic when you put a bit of your creative touch to what you’re trying to share,” said Grenier.

It’s not surprising that many entertainment publicists would disagree with this statement, so we reached out to a few to get their take. The first we spoke with was veteran Howard Bragman of agency Fifteen Minutes. “Dollar for dollar publicity is one of the great bargains left in Hollywood,” he said.

“If a celebrity makes $6 million a year, for example, they probably pay a publicist give or take $5,000 or $6,000 a month, or one percent of their net. When you compare the hours a publicist puts in to the ten percent a manager or agent gets…I don’t think agents or managers are overpaid, but I think publicists are underpaid.”

Bragman also addressed Grenier’s “authentic” comment, stating that a good publicist will drive their client to be themselves.

When asked if he could give one word as to why he thinks a star have a publicist, he said: perspective. “I’ve seen a lot of celebrities who are really bad at social media and think they are really good,” he said.