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[In this feature, we periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.]

For people who are in New York and the surrounding area right now, it is hard to think about anything other than this snow! There is so much of it, and it continues to fall! It is interesting (it is not that interesting) how a dramatic change in the weather can so preoccupy one’s attention, like a sudden change in health, or 9/11. How am I supposed to get any work/thinking/Valentine’s Day cards done when there is all this cancer/terrorism/snow going on?! Of course, many of you don’t live in New York or the surrounding area, but hopefully you have a vibrant imagination and the word picture that I am painting for you is vivid and captivating. In your mind’s eye, picture a bunch of snow. NOW DOUBLE IT. See?

Of course, now matter how distracted we get by the day’s news and/or illnesses, the world continues to turn on its axis. And as time marches onward, so do we. And so does Topher Grace. Let’s see what is up with him, shall we?

Let’s not beat around the bush, let’s just get straight to the good stuff: our boy was on Lopez Tonight last night! Running with the big dogs!

I bet that Topher is tired of answering questions about That ’70s Show and would like to move forward in his career, but he knows that it’s just part of the game, and he’s ready to play. Besides, lots of television stars find themselves struggling to break out of their former roles, and I bet Topher recognizes that it’s just the price you pay for playing such a memorable character, and that he wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world, probably. Besides, did you hear how loudly everyone cheered when he mentioned Ashton? It must be nice to be friends with someone people love so much.

In any case, good questions George Lopez! You are a good interviewer!

Of course, the other big news is that Valentine’s Day comes out THIS FRIDAY! Check out this picture of Dr. Grace at the premiere:

Looking really good! That picture was posted by a girl named Bong? Who has a blog called Bong’s Blog? I don’t know, this is not a column about what is up with people’s names. The important thing is that we thank Bong for posting that picture, but are not as thrilled with what she had to say about it:

I used to think Topher Grace was cute…but I’m totes NOT into this spiky hair thing he’s got going on at the premiere of VALENTINE’S DAY.. are you?

You know, there are a lot of perks to being a celebrity, but I bet that it is hard to have your every haircut open to public scrutiny like this. I bet that Bong has had a haircut that someone else who had a blog might not have always had the nicest things to say about. Just remember that we are all human beings, OK?

Meanwhile, check out these two cool promotional videos for the upcoming romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day! The first is an interview with Topher Grace and his on-screen love interest, Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, put together by the people at Inside Reel:

Oh man, the chemistry that they share is electric. GOOSEBUMPS! And here is the Tophanator flying solo on Access Hollywood:

Here’s another fun quote from Topher about working with Anne Hathaway from a red carpet interview:

Well you know, Annie [Hathaway] and I made a firm commitment at the very beginning that we wanted to win. We wanted to be the best couple. We see acting as being competitive.

They made a firm commitment at the very beginning that they wanted to win…at acting? And be the best make-believe couple out of the hundred make-believe couples in this movie? Acting is competitive in that everyone agrees on who the winner and who the loser is in an ensemble romantic comedy? I just want to make sure that I understand exactly what Topher is saying, because I love to learn about an artist’s craft!

Well, whatever he is saying (I will puzzle it out some more later, maybe with some scrap paper), it must have worked. Just look at this review from Digital Spy:

Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace make one of the more engaging couples (Liz and Jason), who after spending a wild night together, struggle to put their relationship onto a firmer footing. The situation is made a tad more complicated by Liz’s secret double-life as a phone sex operator, and though this isn’t the most daring or original twist, their rapport compensates for that. Their vague awkwardness together is cleverly juiced over dinner in a restaurant where they’re literally rubbing shoulders.

Chewing the scenery! That is a thing that people say!

Meanwhile, following up on last week’s column in which we reported on a video that Topher made with his good friend Ashton Kutcher where they asked fans to submit YouTubes describing their best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts (or their Top 10 fave eps of That ’70s Show, which Topher suggested kind of as a goof, it was hilarious), our very own incredimarc heard the call and uploaded this video:

Lots of Love 4 real.

And while this is not really Topher News per se, reader Andrew points out that a girl he went to high school with is attracted to Topher Grace, which he knows because she posted as much on social networking website http://www.twitter.com:

In some ways I feel that this news is more relevant to a weekly Hey, What’s Up With Samantha Thein column, but it is nice to see that Toph’s still got it! (OF COURSE HE’S STILL GOT IT!)

And, as always, now and forever, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication.

There you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. Send your Topher tips to tophergracenews@videogum.com. See you next time!

Comments (42)
  1. “Dude, who cares about Topher Grace. Screw him!”
    Monsters who think hatin’ is cool (hatin’ is not cool, monsters!)

  2. “…cleverly juiced over dinner.” in your face, flaubert!

  3. To respond to Bong’s question, yes. Yes I am totes into Topher’s spikey hair.

  4. Thanks, Gabe! MLITG!

  5. According to IMDB (AKA Skynet) Topher is in the upcoming ‘Predators’ Movie.
    .
    Am I alone in hoping that we get to see an invisible dreadlock-having Topher?

  6. I kinda agree with Bong’s hair opinion. I, for one, cannot wait for Topher’s long hair and beard phase. Let the uncompromising artist out, Toph!

  7. I was under the impression that George Lopez actually talked on his show, but the reality is far more watchable.

  8. “Fellas! Fellas! Check this… all… red… valentine’s day cards!”
    -Topher Grace (Jason), from the film Valentine’s Day

  9. Topher Grace looks like his name should be Bob Smith.

  10. I was watching the trailer for Valentine’s Day and they didn’t even show his handsome face which is odd since he’s the star and all, right? This is Topher Grace and lots of other people not named Topher Grace?

  11. Hahaha yaaay my submission made it into WUWTG! Thanks, Samantha Thein!

  12. Do you think he ever gets called Gopher Trace? Thoughts like this keep me up at night.

  13. I’ll bet that even though Topher knows what Anne Hathaway’s nipples look like from seeing “Brokeback Mountain,” he was a gentleman about it while they were shooting this movie together.

  14. Come on, Topher. You know you’re above George Lopez. You’re at least Craig Ferguson-guest quality.

  15. Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace? needs to come with a glass of water because, whew, he’s up to a lot!

  16. Forgive me a) if this has been said before and b) for slandering the Tophmeister, but is his right eye just a bit lazy. Did anyone else pick up on that while watching his Lopez “interview”? Someone needs to give that eye a pep talk! Also, was the interview the first time he wasn’t wearing the vest and tie combo in the past month? Luckily, he busted it out again for both the premiere and his access hollywood interview. PHEW! I don’t know why I’m tearing him down tonight. I think it’s just hard to deal with my own insecurities in the face of his greatness….

  17. It’s weird how sometimes you have a hero, and then he goes on Lopez Tonight and tells about using drugs and you’re like “DRUGS?!” but he’s still your hero, but what if your parents also watch Lopez Tonight and make you take all your Topher Grace posters down?

    • I was curious about this breath strip thing he was talking about, because it sounded like he was just being naive talking about acid. Not the case! Turns out I was the naive one when I didn’t even consider that apparently Caleeforneea has future drug technology that turns a bag of weed into breath mints!

  18. More like Hey What’s Up With Topher’s Face? Cuteness, that’s what.

  19. More like Hey What’s Up With Topher’s Face? Cuteness, that’s what.

  20. toph is on mtv right now!! it’s amtv or somethin with anne hathaway. this is bullshyt i need to go ta bed lylas

  21. this morning as I was riding to work on the bus (in chicago) who do I see but the man himself, peering at me from the back page of the Red Eye, the Tribune’s free daily paper. I was very, very excited.

  22. Anne Hathaway is a phone sex operator? Really? What year is this movie set in? Does she wear a fat suit or some sort of facial prosthetic or something to get into the character of a phone sex operator from 1988? Maybe they CGI out one or both of her arms? I just don’t see Anne Hathaway as a phone sex operator in 2010, sorry. I’m sure that would be the single largest problem I would have with this movie.

  23. You’re all about to become really jealous of me right now. This morning, my morning commute was highlighted by an interview with Topher Grace on Seattle’s KISS 106.1. His heavenly voice was like a ray of sunshine bursting through my pre-caffeine fog.

    Among many witty and clever remarks, I learned a few tidbits I had to share with you:

    -Topher has been friends with “Annie” Hathaway since the 90′s when they both had new shows on FOX (in the pre-syndication days of That 70′s Show). They hadn’t seen each other in months, but they skipped the awkwardness and took off their clothes to get in bed right away and start acting because they are professionals.
    -Topher recalled being sandwiched between Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel at an earlier press junket and thinking to himself, “This is my life.”
    -TG once took ballroom lessons with his good buddy, Julia Roberts, before filming Mona Lisa Smile
    -I now know on the night of that photo with Jamie Foxx, Jamie looked around the room, turned to Topher, and said, “I’m really starstruck” (to which Topher replied, “I am too, JAMIE FOXX”)

    and there you have it! I couldn’t withhold this valuable Topher-related news and didn’t think it could wait until next week’s WUWTG!

  24. Here’s a fun little bar trick you can use on your friends. Walk up to them and say, “I’ll buy you a drink if you name one actor who’s NOT in ‘Valentine’s Day!’” and then sit back confidently as they fail, because it’s impossible! Every actor you’ve ever heard of phoned in a part for this movie! Your bar friends will love your new-found fun attitude and in-depth cinema knowledge! And don’t forget to drink responsibly.

  25. T Grace is also featured in this week’s Time Out New York in the “Hot Seat” section on the last page…
    http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/hot-seat/82659/topher-grace-hot-seat

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