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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Celebrities don’t shine as bright at DNC convention

Rosario Dawson and at the Huffington Post’s Spotlight On Job Creation Wednesday in Charlotte. (Jason Arthurs/Getty )
CHARLOTTE — By the time you hear for the third time in 24 hours, “Hey, Adrian Grenier was here!” you may wonder: Is this all there is?

Actor Adrian Grenier last month in New York. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty )
With all due respect to the shaggy former co-star of “Entourage,” his hyped presence at many convention events (speaking at a Bill Clinton fundraiser; singing with his band at a private party) only amplified the absence of bigger names. George Clooney, a top fundraiser for President Obama , is not expected. Jeff Bridges made early rounds but jetted out before the speeches started. The most visible stars: B-listers (Rosario Dawson,, Ashley Judd) who are regulars on the celebvocacy circuit. Convention hall stargazers made due Tuesday with John Leguizamo, Tony Shalhoub and the guy who played Newman on “Seinfeld.”

DNC vets say showbiz support hasn’t faltered — there’s just less of an outpouring as in their watershed years like 1992 and 2008. Or are the stars just pacing themselves?: CNN reports that Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington are expected to speak Thursday.

Other Reliable Source convention news: John Edwards novel; Fox News shuttles; Malia and Sasha; Julian Castro’s twin Joaquin

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Categories:  Politics, Parties, Celebvocate | Tags:  dnclive, ep

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