Last night, in Brooklyn, New York, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists had a record release party for their new album, The Brutalist Bricks. First, the band just crushed through the whole album, front to back. Then they took a short break and a young comedian named Max Silvestri that I’ve been hearing a ton of great things about and who probably has a bright future ahead of him (but who ever knows) did a short set of jokes. BUT THEN, Ted Leo and the rest of the band came back on stage and they invited people from the audience up to do live band karaoke. Holy cow! Maybe you guys are salty old pros when it comes to live band karaoke, but this was the first time I have seen such a thing, and it was a TREAT. There is just so much energy, and everyone who goes on stage really sells it because they have a back up band (in this case a particularly great back up band) driving them forward. Each song just feels like a special moment in someone’s life. Each song is a wonderful memory. What a great time for everyone involved. No offense to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, but you guys should DEFINITELY consider just doing this full-time.

Of course, for some people in this world, every day is live band karaoke: a shining moment in the spotlight, all eyes on you, and nothing to lose. Just let go! Have fun! You only live once, and people like to see other people happy! One of those special lucky winners is Topher Grace. What is up with him?

Well, it was Oscar week this week, and you know what that means, OSCAR PARTIES! Very cool. Topher Grace, of course, was on hand for at least a couple of them. If nothing else, it’s kind of just part of the business. You have to socialize and network if you want to stay relevant and desirable in this fickle industry. But I like to think Topher has fun while he’s doing it. Oh, here he is:

Worried about my own social columnizing amnesia, I took a moment to write down all the attending names. Among the many fantasists, quixotics, and super-troopers seen in the room (in no particular order): Jane Fonda, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Kelly Osbourne, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Hartnett, Topher Grace, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe, James Blunt, Kat Dennings, Peter Saarsgard, Matthew Rhys, Harvey Weinstein, Piers Morgan, Ed Norton and, oh, Rachel Zoe (there mentally dressing everybody in the room).

That is from some dude’s account of his trip to an Oscar party at the Soho House for the National Post. It’s got a ton more cool names of famous people in it, so if you love reading long lists of famous people that some dude you’ve never heard of saw one time, you should definitely check it out.

And here is Grace at another Oscars party, as reported by the LA Times:

Maggie Gyllenhaal chatted on the balcony with Topher Grace, while a newly single Ryan Phillippe bobbed and weaved through a crowd that also included Joaquin Phoenix, James Cameron, Emile Hirsch, Ben Silverman, Rosanna Arquette, Matt Dillon and Guy Oseary.

Oh wait, actually that is the same Oscar party. But it is neat to find out that he talked to Maggie Gyllenhaal on a balcony! In any case, here is another sighting of Topher at a different Oscar party, fromJustJared:

Kate [Bosworth] was at the party with True Blood stud Alexander Skarsgard. During the evening’s last call, they were seen drinking beer with Topher Grace.

Hmm. No. That was ALSO from the same party at the Soho House. Well, in any case, I’m sure he got invited to lots of other Oscar parties but, like, the super secret lowkey kind that only people like Shaq get invited to. NO PRESS ALLOWED. You know how it is. Like the party that Hollywood SUPERAGENT Ari Emanuel held in his backyard:

At Emanuel’s Brentwood home, old pals (and Oscar winners) Affleck and Damon talked shop while their wives, Garner and Luciana Barroso, chatted up a storm.

The A-listers convened under a large tent in the back of the property, where sushi and cocktails were passed. Tyra Banks posed while Ben’s brother Casey Affleck waved to Topher Grace, who was deep in conversation with Kate Bosworth.

That is what I’m talking about! Mixing it up! Topher Grace and Kate Bosworth must be really good friends. I wonder what they talk about?! None of my business, I know, but I can think about it! (I bet they talk about snacks.)

Of course, life itself is a celebration, and you don’t need to wait for something as overwrought as the Oscars to get out there and have a good time, which is why Topher Grace was spotted with Ann Kendrick last Thursday at something called the “Elysium’s “Pieces Of Heaven” presented by Vanity Fair and BMW held at Palihouse Holloway” event. Sounds fun! From JustJaredJr (a popular gossip blog for CHILDREN):

Haha, careful guys, I hope Kate Bosworth doesn’t get jealous! Just kidding. They’re just friends, you guys. And even if they weren’t, this is between them.

Meanwhile, BuzzFoto posted a blind item this week along with a photo of our pal, Topher Grace.

Before we get to this Blind, we have to say this- we like this guy, we really do, so it was hard for us to hear of him behaving so badly last year. This actor was in a hit network show, that is now off the air. The man has been doing a little work here and there, but has mostly stayed off of everyone’s radar. That is mostly because we hear he’s developed a new way to spend all of his money and his time. He’s developed an obsession with soliciting sex any way he can. He pays for it, in one form or another almost every day and goes looking for it in places that range from the internet to the alleyway.

Not Topher Grace.

Well, I have no idea who that is. But it’s not Topher. For one thing, he is on people’s radar, duh. And it also just doesn’t sound like him. He is too wholesome for this, as his media image has taught me to believe over the many years. It seems rude to drag his name into this when it’s not even him, as BuzzFoto themselves admit. I don’t know. I guess I would have just expected more from a blind gossip item on a site called BuzzFoto, but what are you going to do?

Oh, and here’s a fun one: Actor Walter Goggins (Walter Whoggins? Just kidding, Walter, you’re great!) shares a pretty funny story with Movieweb from behind the scenes of the upcoming action adventure movie, Predators:

The former star of The Shield was more than happy to tell us all about the upcoming franchise reboot and told us a funny story about returning home after his intense film shoot. “You know its interesting, I ran into Topher Grace at a party after getting back (from shooting the film) and it was like … we had the biggest hug because we both looked at each other and said, ‘You made it off the planet? Oh my God, you’re here?’ It was like going through a war, absolutely everybody kind of meeting their demise in their own way,” explained Goggins. “It was exciting to see that these people exist in a world outside of Predators.”

HAHAHHAHA. GOOD STORY! I bet it is a lot like going through a war to be in a movie like that. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to know, since we are not currently enmeshed in two very real foreign wars that do not even have any catering or on-set masseuses or anything. We will just have to assume that shooting Predators was exactly like going through a war. I bet!

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 See you next time!

Comments (43)
  1. Has Topher Grace ever appeared on the Ashton Kutcher prank series Punked?

  2. James Blunt is still getting invited to Oscar parties to hobnob with A-listers (Topher, etc) all these years after he had that one song? Maybe he’s just really fun at parties? Way to stretch out your 15 minutes, James Blunt.

  3. I really don’t want to bring a downer to this party, but after the death of Corey Haim, it’s been on my mind. What if hypothetically Topher Grace were to die, and the lasting memory of him were through this column? What I mean is, the people that Videogum chooses to base articles on will one day die, and here in print is all of our sarcastic thoughts on their lives.
    If this comment has been too much of a downer for you, distract yourself with this accompanying picture of a cat:

    • Topher won’t die until 2012 when we all die and no one will be able to see this since those who survive the apocalypse will all be blind, and played by Julianne Moore

    • woozefa  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2010 +13

      ain’t nothing hypothetical if topher die, man. that shit gonna be like a motherfuckin neutron bomb straight to the hearts of everyone everywhere. i sit up alone at night worrying about this, man. serious.

    • Hey What’s Up with Topher Grace?

      Posted April 5th 2011

      [some amusing not Topher news that lazily segues into actual Topher news]

      It has been three months since Topher passed due to [some sort of sexual accident] and many are still grieving.

      know what I am talking about. Though sightings of his ghost/zombie/self continue we can mostly assume that his rest at Celebrity Hills is more than peaceful and that he is rotting as naturally as he can what with the cornucopia of chemicals that were pumped into his body before it was put into the ground.

      And, of course, That 70’s Show remains popular in syndication.

  4. I think “Not Topher Grace” has the potential to be a great party game. Explain a celebrity in detail, with all of their secret, dirty habits, and clarify it’s “Not Topher Grace” at the end. Everyone can be a winner!

  5. I hoped the first paragraph would catalogue someone performing some Cheap Trick live band karaoke with Topher Leo and the Pharmacists. Hello Wisconsin!

  6. So you want to play it like this, Kate Bosworth? Fine. I will see you on the 405 (Topher’s favorite freeway).

  7. I’m disappointed that Alexander Skarsgard was identified as a “True Blood stud,” while Topher was not referred to as a “That 70s Show Lothario.”

  8. Oh man I hope Seattle is treated to Ted Leo Karaoke next week!! Can’t wait!!

  9. Two things: 1) of course Topher and Kate have a lot to talk about, namely How to Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and where they are spending all the money from that endeavor.

    2) Walter Goggins starred in the greatest motion picture of all time: Major League 3: Back to the Minors. He can do no wrong.

  10. can I get an update on Joaquin?

  11. I find it very unlikely that Topher Grace and Kate Bosworth were talking about snacks because Kate Bosworth’s protruding bones have me believing that Kate Bosworth doesn’t even know what food is.

  12. I imagine making a movie would be a lot like a war. And Topher is in so many movies and stuff his life must be like a war. Of course, being Topher would be like being in the best war ever, with a totally cool (but not full of itself) soundtrack and awesome people in it everywhere (like Ashton and Kate).

    I’d live that war…

  13. I’m anticipating downvotes here, but oh man Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I saw them open for Pearl Jam last year [yes, I DO enjoy living in 1992 thank you for asking!] and oh, man. I have never felt like more of a grandma in my life. I was all, What is this? This is just noise! Just tuneless yelling and oh my god ow ow ow this noise ow shut it down ow.

    • Hey, Ted Leo’s not your cup of tea. That is an opinion and on Amerigum you are free to have them!

      In Mr. Leo’s (and his Pharmacists) defense, he is a really nice guy! One of the nicest veteran indie rock people you can meet (which I base off of Ted Leo and a story I heard about Win Butler one time). I gave him a sweatshirt and he was very appreciative! I am sorry about your ears.

    • Haha- You are getting downvoted like the James Blunt comment above! Your not allowed to like James Blunt or dislike Ted Leo’s live performance. There are RULES Napolean Complex!

    • upvote bc opinion

  14. I want to set the record straight. A certain Mr. T. Grace did not solicit me in the alleyway; the first is always free. Thank You.

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  16. mydaughter'sname69  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2010 +5

    “This actor was in a hit network show, that is now off the air. ”
    First of all, grammar. No duh. Second of all, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication. Is it so hard to fact check on what is purpotedly [sic] a professional site like BuzzFoto?

  17. Yay for live band karaoke! I have witnessed it only once (backed by what I assume was a wedding band) at a pizza place here in Chicago. My friend sang Bon Jovi and it was wizard magic. I have this theory called the shame-loss phenomenon that dictates you lose your capacity for shame as you age. This theory (a) explains why I’m singing Rihanna into these comments right now like it’s my job, and (b) why I will probably front Mr. Leo’s live karaoke band in just about, oh, one year (generous).

  18. What if people actually talked in tabloid jargon?

    “Hey guys, I just spotted mom and dad canoodling over poptarts and orange juice in household hotspot THE KITCHEN. They’ve been spotted together pretty regularly since the Little League game last week.”

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