[In this feature, we periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.]
Funny story. I’m reading Buzz Bissinger’s book Friday Night Lights right now, the one that the TV show (and movie) were based on. It is a good book, and for fans of the show, it is interesting the ways in which the show’s plotlines, characters, and social commentaries both dovetail and diverge from the non-fictional account of Odessa Texas’s Permian High School 1988 football season. That being said, I’m going pretty slowly through the book, and sometimes I like to break it up with another book that I’m reading, which is a collection of short stories by George Saunders called Civil War Land in Bad Decline. If you haven’t read any George Saunders, you should, he is an American Treasure. So, last night, I was reading the short story “400 Pound CEO” and found an old bookmark tucked between the pages. The book belonged to an old roommate. If he is reading this, Andrew, I have your George Saunders book, LOL. Anyway, the bookmark is an old movie stub. And guess what movie it is for? Good Company, the 2005 Topher Grace vehicle. My favorite part is that the ticket stub is for a 10:15 PM showing on a Saturday. What a fun Saturday! (If you have ever seen this movie, you would know that maybe there are other ways you might have decided to spend your Saturday. No offense to my former roommate, Andrew, or Topher Grace, who certainly did his best.)
The point is, Topher Grace is all around us, sometimes we just forget to look. He is kind of like when you learn a new word and then suddenly you start seeing that new word everywhere and you realize that new word was just hidden to you but that you probably read it multiple times a day without even knowing it.
So, what is up with Topher Grace?
Well, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Valentine’s Day has smashed box office records with its tales of love. As ComingSoon reported, it surpassed all expectations! Awesome!
It was widely believed that Garry Marshall’s new ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day would top the four-day Presidents’ Dayweekend, but the movie still surprised, earning an estimated $66.9 million from 3,665 theaters for an average of $18,241 per theater. The New Line/Warner Bros. release, made for about $52 million, set a new record for the holiday weekend, surpassing 2007′s Ghost Rider, which opened to $52 million over the four days.
PAH! That is a lot of million! Now, of course, Topher didn’t do it alone. This was an ensemble comedy, and its success is due to the whole cast. Even Topher would admit that, I think. But let’s also not cut T-Gain short. I’m looking at you, GuardianUK! Look at this review:
To be more precise, Valentine’s Day is 56 of the worst movies ever made. There are about a thousand characters in this movie, nearly all of whom are played by very recognisable celebrities, except for the one who is played by Topher Grace.
That wasn’t very nice GuardianUK! It was also kind of confusing! The way it was worded!
Anyway, most of what Topher Grace is up to these days is more promotion for Valentine’s Day, so let’s just grind through this stuff. It’s not that we aren’t interested in all of it, we are, but we appreciate efficiency, which is a trait I like to think a busy guy like Toph Gra shares.
Topher and Ashton (Kutcher) give a brief interview to the press (via Neurologist.Blogspot.Com):
This film is a love letter to Los Angeles. What do you love about LA?
Topher Grace: The 405.
Ashton, are you romantic in real life, like your character?
Ashton Kutcher: As far as being a romantic, I don’t know. I love life and I love people and I love sharing. So I think, yes, I am, I would say.
Topher Grace: There wasn’t a Valentine’s Day that went by on That ’70s Show where I didn’t get a card or something.
Ashton Kutcher: I did all kinds of nice sh-t.
Topher Grace: It was very, very romantic.
I bet those guys just have so much fun even when the cameras aren’t rolling!
Topher Grace and Emma Roberts give an interview to the BBC1 RADIO (ALLO GUVNAH!):
Topher tells the Press Association a pretty funny story about how he saw Valentine’s Day covered in fake blood (don’t worry, guys, it was from the set of Predators, not from a painful injury to his body):
“It was weird, I finished that the day before I saw Valentine’s Day for the first time, and I was covered in blood, you know, fake blood – it was an action movie, there were explosions and then I came back and watched this and there was me and Anne Hathaway at a dinner table.”
Ha! I bet that was weird! Way to take it in stride, Topher!
Full day of press with Mr Topher Grace who I now LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Who wouldn’t love to do a full day of press with Mr. Topher Grace? And at the very least, who wouldn’t fall in love with him afterwards?! No one, probably.
Meanwhile, OK magazine featured a photo at the premiere of Valentine’s Day!:
Looking good! You guys are probably wondering where this so-called fake blood is that we mentioned earlier. Well, relax, Sherlock Holmes. This is actually a photo from the London premiere LOL. You know, you don’t have to so cynical and suspicious of EVERYTHING all the time.
And this one is just for fun, but Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway have challenged the Twilight kids to a dance-off:
I have to admit that it makes me mildly uncomfortable every time Topher Grace refers to Anne Hathaway as “Annie Hathaway,” but I guess they are the ones who have been best friends since they were babies, or whatever, so who am I to judge or be super creeped out?!
In other, non-Valentine’s Day news, Topher Grace has been declared one of the Worst Ways to Die in a Video Game by GamesRadar. Way to go Topher!
What better way to have the last shreds of our tattered dignity obliterated than getting Spidey killed by a whiny That 70s Show reject? Not only is the Tophinator’s take on the once respected and feared Venom one of the worst film baddies ever, his horribly phoned-in performance in the game is like adding Tabasco to an already gaping, shameful wound. Hey, we had no beef with getting taken out by that fat dude who gets offed five minutes into Raiders of the Lost Ark in Spider-Man 2. But being murdered at the mitts of this rubbish, comically miscast actor is taking the piss in the almightiest and humiliating of fashions.
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “the only thing better than being named one of the Best Ways to Die in a Video Game, is to be named one of the Worst.” He said that in jail.
Speaking of Venom, Topher spoke to MTV about the possibility of taking up the role again in one of the upcoming Spider-Man sequels:
“Well,” he grinned, “I died in the movie.”
“Once you die,” he explained. “It’s hard to go ‘No, I’m not [dead]‘.”
Haha, Topher, you should tell that to JOHN LOCKE! From Lost.
And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication.
There you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. Send your Topher tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you next time!