[In this feature, we periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.]
Have you guys seen David Mamet’s leaked memo to the writers of his since-canceled military procedural, The Unit? It is pretty great. For one thing, the whole thing is in ALL CAPS, which is just another word for TOTAL SANITY. Seriously, there is nothing that I love more than a memo (or Kanye West blog post) written in ALL CAPS. Coffee may be for closers, but ALL CAPS ARE FOR MADMEN. Anyway, the memo is actually an interesting exploration of “the craft of writing” (not to be confused with The Craft of Neve Campbell) from a very successful practitioner. Personally, I’m not a big fan of David Mamet. I love Glengary Glenn Ross, but for the most part he is way too stylized for me. When it comes to dialogue and characterization, I’m more of a Kenneth Lonergan type, myself. But you should read the letter (here). It’s got some great advice, my favorite being the reminder that if you are writing a scene, you should always have this question at the front of your mind: “WHAT HAPPENS IF HER DON’T GET IT?” Hahaha. What if her don’t get it, indeed, David Mamet.
“A writer must always raise the dramatic skirts I MEAN STAKES.” — David Mamet, probably
Speaking of a master craftsman at the top of his field with wisdom to offer, what is up with Topher Grace?
Do you even have to ask? The Predators trailer is out!
Man: the most dangerous game! Actually, I guess this movie means that Predators are the most dangerous game. But the second most dangerous game is man! I like that the Predators know what Yakuza are. They are nothing if not thorough in their research. Now, if you are like me, then you probably were a little frustrated that there was not more Topher in this. At the very least, I want to know what his special skill is that has brought him to the murder planet! There’s Black Ops Navy Seals and death row murderers, and then there is Topher Grace. My bet is that his puppy dog eyes can break your heart. In any case, I’ve pulled every Topher moment, so that his work gets the attention it deserves (FINALLY).
There he is. Very cool. Very Topher.
Speaking of Predators, the MTV Movie Blogs caught up with Topher at SXSW (oh, so, another thing that is up with him is that he was at SXSW), and found out this juicy detail about the movie:
“I ain’t got no time to bleed!”
Jesse Ventura spoke those unforgettable words in the 1987 sci-fi/action flick, “Predator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, more than 20 years later, we’re going to get to hear that line again, uttered by someone else in a different, yet similar, context.
“Predators” hits theaters on July 5. This time around, a group of battle-hardened people from different walks of life are kidnapped, only to wake up on a distant alien world, prey trapped inside a massive hunting ground for the titular alien aggressors. Star Topher Grace confirmed to MTV’s Josh Horowitz at South By Southwest last weekend that the memorable phrase does indeed make an appearance.
“That line is in the film,” he said. “It was so much fun to work on; this movie is so kick-ass. It’s all in-camera, there are very few special effects; it’s really, really cool.”
While Grace didn’t pin the line to a specific actor, the likely candidate is Walter Goggins, star of FX’s completed series, “The Shield.”
Check that out, you guys! An ENTIRE ARTICLE devoted to an unidentified character in a sequel ham-handedly reusing a movie quote from a previous installment in the series. JOURNALISM! It’s weird that the New York Times is even still in business when we have the MTV Movies Blog. In any case, I can’t wait to find out who says that line in this move that is definitely going to be so kick-ass. So in-camera.
Meanwhile, Alex Chilton died last week (R.I.P.) and obviously the Internet did its best to honor his memory. One site, chartattack.com, made a list of the 12 Reasons Alex Chilton Was Cool and you might be surprised who makes an appearance:
7. A whole new audience of fans was introduced to Big Star when the Chilton-penned “In The Street” was covered by Cheap Trick for the theme of That ’70s Show. In light of the current careers of Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, it remains the one truly great thing that sitcom had to offer this world.
Hey, chartattack.com, way to use the death of Alex Chilton as a way to get your jabs in at Ashton and Topher. I’m sure he would have appreciated it. The 13th reason he was cool was because he loved people taking digs at others in memorials.
Meanwhile, a blog called the portastylistic has BREAKING TOPHER NEWS!
But ask him what project he’s most excited about and he’ll happily tell you: a TV version of St. Elmo’s Fire he’s producing for ABC. “The first draft of the script just came in. I talked to [That '70s Show co-star] Ashton Kutcher a bunch about it, because he has a lot of TV-producing experience.” Grace stops, reflects on how far he and his friend Ashton have come, and laughs. “And you know, his wife was in the original!”
This is the first we have heard about a Topher Grace-approved St. Elmo’s Fire update. But we will obviously stay on top of this story AS IT DEVELOPS. It’s like The Wire: Season 5 over here!
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!