After a brief lull, I think we are about to enter into another Golden Age of television. Or maybe it is the same Golden Age as before, there just was a lull in it. I’m not a Professor of “how ages work.” But, that new FX show Justified premiered last night, and admittedly, I have only watched the first half, but what a first half! I really am enjoying it so far. On top of that you have The Pacific, which started on Sunday, and is also “great” (for lack of a better term, although somehow that seems inappropriate, what with all the depiction of genuine human tragedy and whatnot). Obviously, we are all excited for David Simon’s Treme, but we’re also excited for Boardwalk Empire, right? Well I am excited for it in any case. It’s not that TV has been bad lately (well, actually) but when both The Wire and The Sopranos ended within a few short months of each other, there didn’t seem to really be anything substantial to take their place. We still had 30 Rock, of course, and Eastbound and Down, which is scheduled to return this summer for a second season. I guess my point is that there are some new TV shows coming out that I am actually looking forward to watching? But I knew there was a much more grandiose and longwinded way to say the same thing. SUCCESS!

Speaking of the Golden Age of television, one very successful young actor who got his start on television is Topher Grace. What is up with him?

Now, before we get into what is up with him, we should definitely take care of some previous business. I know that it might seem way too late to include an update on some of the fun and exciting Oscar parties that Topher went to, but this column is less about following trends and being super timely, and more about putting in the time and the effort to having a thorough understanding of just what is going on with Topher Grace, and sometimes that means going against the trend (which is linear time) and reporting on things that happened what seems like an eternity ago. In this case, a party at Mondrian’s Skybar (sounds fancy!). From PRWeb:

Earlier in the week, Susan Sarandon paired up with the New York ping pong social club Spin NYC to host a pre-Oscar ping pong party at Mondrian’s Skybar. Attendees included Jamie Foxx, Justin Long, Pauly Shore and Topher Grace.

Susan Sarandon, Jamie Foxx, Justin Long, Pauly Shore, and Topher Grace in one room? Uh, hello Hollywood Casting Agents, I just cast an amazing movie. You’re welcome.

But the big TGN this week is that his new action-adventure movie, the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators, directed by Nimrod Atal, previewed footage for the first time at the South By Southwest festival. OH AWESOME! You can read a report about the live presentation at IGN if you’re interested. Lucky for us (so lucky) you didn’t have to fly all the way out to Austin, Texas to get a taste of what Topher’s got his fingers in (yiiiiiiiikes), because the official Predators website is now live (OH AWESOME!) and so is a featurette!

Neat. I didn’t really see a lot of Topher in there, but I guess you don’t want to give everything away all at once. You have to lure people in (by telling them Topher will be in the movie) but then keep them wanting more (by not showing Tohper at all). It’s called business.

Meanwhile, the writer of a photo a day blog saw someone who might have been Topher Grace, or a very good look-alike. We don’t have any confirmation on this sighting at the moment, but there is a chance that one of the things Topher has been up to lately is walking around some art festival. Maybe in Toronto? Hard to tell. Very interesting news, though.

Speaking of rumors, this one is highly suspicious, and so we are not posting it as actual Topher News, because if there is one thing this website has–besides admiration and respect for the work of Topher Grace–it is journalistic integrity, but even as a vicious rumor posted anonymously with no sources on an Internet message board, it does seem worth keeping an eye on, just in case it develops into something more official. From Theiapolis Boards:

TOPHER GRACE ORDERS STUNTMAN TO ALMOST RUN AMERICAN ACTOR DAVID J SILVER DOWN ON HIS BUELL MOTORCYCLE

Back in April of 2007, Topher Grace, along with Brian Grazer were executive producers for “Kids in America” being filmed in a $15 Million Dollar Home. the movie was going well until a cocky arrogant actor David J Silver stepped onto the set. Well, Silver was so disliked that Topher ordered Silver removed form the set in front of over 200 cast members.

The following day, Silver came back to Kia Home Base to question his pay. When Silver left, he proceeded back to the east Valley. At a stop sign, a high speed car coming at about 55 MPR came within 6 inches from crashing into Silver. In a few seconds another car was about 2 seconds behind the first and and stopped and said to Silver “DID YOU SEE THAT”. The vehicle that stopped proceeded to foloow the one that came inches from running Silver down and both vehicles made quick precision U-turns and high speeded away.

Silver “I have not forgotten this Topher”.

Oh jeez. I hope T-Groz isn’t involved in paying a stunt man to almost run down a fellow creative actor with his motorcycle. That does seem like the kind of thing you hear happening out there in Weirdowood, but I’d like to think our friend, and the man who brought Eric Forman to life, would know better than to get mixed up in such a sordid business.

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 tophergracenews@videogum.com. See you next time!

Comments (44)
  1. Please excuse the use of a gif, but I made this to help mend the state of the union.
    Maybe if we can all just agree that a giant, flying Topher head is awesome, then we can drink beer in harmony on this greatest of alcholic holidays.

  2. I hope Pauly Shore didn’t weez any of Topher’s juice at that Oscar party! Otherwise, it sound like he’s doing awesome.

  3. So I saw that clip from Predators. Is that movie basically Lost with guns and Manny Ramirez-looking creatures or what gives?

  4. What was Pauly Shore doing breathing the same air as Topher Grace? This is an outrage.

  5. I still don’t comprehend how Pauly Shore still gets into these parties? Does he do the catering?

    Topher’s serious face:

    • Pauly Shore (and Stephen Baldwin) went in before the start of the party to use the bathroom, and when the party started they were locked in with real celebrities. They couldn’t let them out in order to maintain the sanctity of the party-dome.

  6. Please downvote that one. I apologize

  7. mydaughter'sname69  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2010 +3

    That soda can mosaic was pretty neat, but whoever made it accidentally made Topher look a little too much like Michael Jackson.

  8. I’m the only one who immediately thought, “Why would Topher run down David Silver, he was the only likeable one on Beverly Hills 90210″?

    I thought as much.

  9. I hope Predators does to Topher Grace what Up In The Air did to Anna Kendrick

  10. OMG, I’m super excited for Treme and Boardwalk Empire too!!!
    Wait… do you like rainbows?

  11. Speaking on behalf of all other relative newcomers, what’s up with “What’s up with Topher Grace?”

  12. Don’t forget the triumphant return of Breaking Bad on Sunday! I’m so pumped, guys. Is anyone else so excited for this? I can’t wait to do my Breaking Bad dance in front of my TV again.

    • I am so excited! Every time someone asks me what my weekend plans are, I have to say “Oh, I’m very busy,” just so they don’t possibly try to compromise my Breaking Bad time.

      • My birthday is actually on Friday, but I can’t stop talking about how excited for Sunday I am. Everyone’s like, “Oh hey, legal drinking age, how awesome!” and I’m like, “I wonder how Walt’s going to deal with the loss of his family, you know, aside from cooking more meth!”

    • I caught the first episode (directed by Bryan Cranston) of the new season last week at Paleyfest in LA. It definitely doesn’t disapoint. The season looks to be another great one.

  13. Gabe, can you prove that Eastbound & Down is supposed to come back this summer? I’ve been scouring the internet for weeks and haven’t found a bit of news about season two…

  14. Ok, so I’d first like to point out the imdb for the movie Predators whereupon a certain T Grizzle has the TOP spot!

    Second, did anyone get chills when you heard that end noise, the predator click growl thing? I have to admit I have ignored predator and its iterations (Aliens V Predator etc) since the second one.
    But yeah.
    Additionally, Did you See that Oleg Taktarov guy? He’s got a fivehead, seriously, maybe a straight 6!

  15. I’m no rumormonger, but I do like the idea (if an unsourced message board posting can be an idea) that TG could be our Robert Blake.

  16. I saw Topher Grace at the drug store. He was buying dental floss. #tophertips

  17. Topher sux buttz HARDCORE

  18. Aww, skull babies!

  19. No prob, cheer up. Our television is really doing a great leap nowadays. Thanks

    Eureka

  20. Speaking of the Golden Age of television… how’bout a shout out for a little new show called “CAPRICA”? Easily the best show in a very, very long time. Get with the program dudies ;p

  21. I’m sure Gabe just left Lost out of that discussion about good tv shows by accident, right? Or maybe a super good reason I haven’t thought of yet?

  22. Please let’s not forget Taking on Tyson!

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