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

BREAKING (Great) NEWS, YOU GUYS: California’s Prop 8 has been overturned! From CNN:

A federal judge in California has knocked down the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state’s controversial Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found in his ruling that the ban violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment.

The closely watched case came some two years after Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Neither opponents nor supporters of same-sex marriage said before the ruling that it would likely be the last. Both sides said the decision will be appealed and eventually wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

That last part is almost certainly true, and who knows what will happen then, because let’s be real for a second: Chief Justice John Roberts Is A Chief JERKstice! (Same goes for Justice Antonin Jerklia and Justice Clarence Thomjerk. But for today, good news. Because fuck Prop 8.

Speaking of California and the things that affect the daily lives of the citizens who live there, what’s up with Topher Grace?


Even though Predators just came out a month ago, Topher Grace, a working actor in Hollywood, has already shifted his attention to his latest project. That’s what you have to do in that business, it seems, from things I have read and heard. You can’t rest on your laurels! OnLocationVacations.com has some set photos of Topher’s new project, The Double, filming right now in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, in which Topher Grace co-stars alongside Richard Gere and a human baby:

OH TO BE A FLY ON THIS BABY!

HI RICHARD GERE, TOPHER GRACE, WE'RE A MOVIE TOGETHER

HI, LADIES, I'M TOPHER GRACE FROM SHOWS

Neat! I hope that baby doesn’t get shot in the movie (which is about spies?). He probably won’t because that would pretty much be a first.

LA Magazine has a lengthy piece on Topher in which he and the reporter go to shoot guns. FUN FACT: Topher Grace has never fired a gun before. Well, he has now. Thanks to the magazine piece. Which features lots of fun anecdotes, including this fun anecdote:

Recently Grace stopped at a New York restaurant for a bite, only to be whisked to the wrong table. “They looked at me and said, ‘Oh, right this way!’ ” he recalls. The next thing Grace knew, he was face to face with Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama, his ’70s Show costars. “I didn’t even know they were in New York,” he says. He stayed put and shared a meal, “because you’re really family when you spend that much time with people.”

Ha! I’ve definitely unexpectedly run into people I know. Although the waiters usually don’t know that I know them. Because we’re just friends. Not former castmembers from a very popular FOX sitcom. But still: it just goes to remind you that celebrities are people, too, and they also go to restaurants and sometimes see people they know at the same restaurant (if that’s something that has happened to you). In addition to fun anecdotes, the article also includes this fun photo:

Fun!

But the big Topher Grace news is HOT OFF THE PRESS! It was just announced TODAY! From DeadlineHollywood:

I hear a new take on the 1970s comedic action drama CHiPs is in the works at Warner Bros Television. Numbers creators Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton are writing/exec producing, and Topher Grace would exec produce the reboot with his partner at Sargent Hall Prods Gordon Kaywin. Topher will not be starring.

Topher Grace: Executive Producer. HOLLYWOOD FAT CAT! Waiter, a round of cigars and fancy alcohol for my friends. (Thanks for the Toph-tip, Casey, JJ, Chloe, Mary, Jeff, Devon, Cassidy, Gideon, and Kevin.)

Meanwhile: Yahoo! Answers, as usual, gets to the bottom of things:

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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 (96)
    • I go to college in Iowa, and our president is actually a gay, black man who lives with his partner and adopted children.

      …Okay fine, it’s a liberal arts college. But nonetheless! Go Iowa!

  1. First off, yay for Prop 8 being overturned. Second, Notsewfast was clearly robbed.

  2. It would be awesome if you spent tomorrow posting every video you could find of a Prop 8 supporter crying the bitter tears of disappointment. I can’t watch videos at work, but I think I’d take a sick day and just fucking shovel popcorn watching that.

  3. Kinda sad that Danny & Wilmer didn’t invite Topher out with them. That would be a pretty awkward dinner, I think.

  4. Looks like I have to throw my shirt away (still a proud Iowan!)

    • ‘Tis better to have worn a clever shirt and had it become not-clever than to have never worn a clever shirt at all, right? I think Orson Wells said that. “2009, Best Year EVER”-Iowa.

    • California didn’t overturn Prop 8 by voting for it, most Californians still hate gay people as much as ever. All you have to do is add “(except Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker)” underneath it.

  5. This is gonna be the gayest shark week in history.

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  7. As a Californian Monster, I just want to say “HURRAY!” In the near future, hopefully, as American Monsters, we’ll all be saying “HURRAY!”

  8. In a joint statement released today, Justices Scalia and Thomas said that they were very happy to hear of Proposition 8 being overturned and have a long weekend trip planned to Northern California, to a little bed and breakfast on the coast, where they will attend to some “pressing legal issues” that they have been putting off for far too long.

  9. Congratulations, California — you’re In Good Company! This will have many Personal Effects on a lot of wonderful people. Even with your Traffic problems, you’re still going to be my sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. PS you’re awesome.

  10. Oh jeez they’re re-making Chips? Man, it’s like all the movies these days are being greenlighted by a single mother who’s so overworked and sleep deprived she can’t even think.

  11. Time will tell. Brianna is so wise.

  12. 44 more states to go, you guys! We can do it! *sigh*

    “It’s 2010. We have all the information in the history of existence on magical devices that fit in our pockets, and homosexuality is still controversial.”

    - The United States of America (1776-2012)

  13. It’s weird that Da Cake Eatur is posting questions on Yahoo as “If Everyone Cared”, but nice to see him back here.

  14. I kind of hoped this article would be about Gabe and Topher’s wedding, but I guess I can’t expect that many awesome things to happen in one day. Still, hooray!

  15. I’m going to take this opportunity to try, once again, to post the picture I made for the caption contest:

  16. For the sake of relevance:

  17. I posted something about this on facebook, and I am counting the minutes til my mom replies with something like “Heterosexual marriage is the cornerstone of civilization” or something completely retarded. NEVER LET YOUR PARENTS ON FACEBOOK. Will post screencap when this happens.

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    • I think it was a reference to temperature. Kind of silly, really; it’s 98 degrees in Boise.

    • I think they mean cool as in slowly lowering your sunglasses down your nose as the background music goes “Ohhhhhh yeaaah… WOMP WOMP! Chichk-chichk-chickaaaaa. WOMP WOMP! Ohhhhhh yeeeaaahhh….” repeat.

    • I think they mean cool as in coffee that is made specifically for clowns.

    • What are you talking about?

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        • Wow. Maybe you should go lie down. Are you tired? Do you need a nap? You sound like maybe you need a nap. I know people your age tend to nap a lot, so maybe a little snooze will improve your mood.

        • I’ve only been out since 2008 so maybe my gay opinion doesn’t count since I don’t have your vast gay experience, but personally I’ll take as many supporters and allies as I can get, regardless of their reasons. Pissing on people who aren’t homophobic doesn’t seem like a great way to make progress.

          (Not that I’m not suggesting we piss on people who ARE homophobic. Or that we piss on anyone, for that matter, unless you’re into that sort of thing, I guess. YIKES.)

        • i think its important to remember that a lot of people on this website ARE young, and therefore dont know whats what just yet, when it comes to what other people in the world are dealing with. but sometimes people are just psyched for what they feel to be a small victory on the path to justice? and express it via jpeg on a pop culture website? i dont know. i always like your comments. feel free to come back if you ever want to.

        • I remember very clearly the moment I decided that I was okay with homosexuality. It seems kind of quaint now, but I was watching “Access Hollywood” with my elderly, Italian Catholic grandmother. They were showing a clip from the Harrison Ford/Anne Heche film “Six Days, Seven Nights” (!!!) and my grandmother, quite frankly and with a lot of vitriol, informed me that Anne Heche was an evil person and was going to hell because she had a relationship with another woman (whose name I cannot recall and clearly went on to do nothing in comparison to what a superstar Anne Heche is today). This did not sit well with me, because at Catholic school they taught me to love everyone no matter what, and treat others the way you would want them to treat you. So based on those simple principles, I told my grandmother that I saw nothing wrong with what Anne Heche and her nobody girlfriend were doing, and that they should be allowed to live their lives without being subject to persecution, because, hey, they weren’t persecuting me for, I dunno, being a fourth-grader who had nothing better to do than watch TV with his grandmother. I’m sure she was horrified, but I was her eldest grandson, so, by ancient Italian law, she was required to accept my position without question, and go make me some spaghetti and meatballs.

          Even though I turned out to be straight, I always sympathized with the Gay Rights cause, not because being gay is “cool” or anything (I’m pretty sure if something about you causes people to want to beat you to death, it’s not really that “cool” at all), but because I would never want someone to tell me how to live my life. I can’t imagine the horrible scrutiny and ostracizing that comes with coming out, and the baggage that comes with such a large part of society thinking that some part of your whole being is ugly or wrong or makes you less human. It would be like if I was denied basic rights given to people who aren’t overweight, or don’t have beards, or aren’t of Irish descent, or aren’t from New Jersey. If someone was fighting to take away my rights, I’d fucking fight to the death to be treated with equality, and I would accept the help of anyone who wanted to join the cause.

          Equality should be for everyone, including, yes, people who came out after 1988, and people who see something “cool” about being gay. Honestly, this comment comes across as so hopelessly elitist. It almost reads as someone being upset that jocks are now into that one obscure band you started listening to three years ago. People should understand the struggles it took to get to where the Gay Rights movement is today, yes, but at the same token, people can’t help when they were born. And I’m sorry that I’m straight, and that you think that I care about Gay Rights just because it’s some flavor of the month, but I’ll always fight for the equality of those who don’t have it. We’re all humans, and if we all want to be treated solely as humans, we all have to work together to attain that. Call me an idealist, but that’s just the way it is. Can you imagine what would have happened to the Civil Rights movement if Martin Luther King, Jr. denied the help of white activists just because he thought they were trying to jump on some sort of bandwagon? (“Hey, cool! Let’s get attacked by police dogs too, guys!”)

          A movement against discrimination is no place for discrimination.

      • It’s really not that thoughtful, are they the only options?

        • here is my final comment on videogum:

          • Gah. I hope this isn’t true. I don’t like the idea of people getting so angry they quit. What a terrible thread. EVERYONE IS GRUMPY! Personally, i don’t care what California does because it’s full of jerks and is going to fall into the ocean (right? i mean, i’ve never been, but this is what i hear.)

            Secondly: there will always be fairweather fags out there, y’know? And I’m sorry your gay life was gay hard and i gay get that because my gay life hasn’t been roses and popsicles either and I gay get that I do not actually get your gay life because it gay happened to gay you…and I do think young turks today have it easier… but definitely not easy. And you can’t use your gay membership against people. I think in gay terms seniority just means I call you daddy. Wait…what was I saying?

            This is not a victory. It is good news…but it is far from over and this War of Equality (coined!) needs all the soldiers it can get! even if they are hollow, talk out of their asshole straight people (“I can’t put a dick in my anus because then how would you hear the important things I am saying?” ) and for the record there are PLENTY of talk out of their asshole gay people too (seen here)….but you can’t really know their level of sincerity, right?

            Also: Gay people are just as boring as straight people….and are just as uptight. Jokes! Take a joke! If people want to equate gay with being cool it’s better than people equating gay with being…gay. y’know? Chillax? (please?) …Soon this will be all over and no one will care about gays anymore!

            And then the world will end. ♥

          • I kind of understand what you’re saying. Being gay isn’t really chic, and mainstream gay culture can be a pretty obnoxious ouroboros of sexual objectification, and straights who want to wear you as an accessory are the worst, and craigslist closet cases are shameful (also your boyfriends), but can we agree that we all, young and old, share that experience of growing up as confused outsiders? That’s something that encourages most of us to have a more open mind, and that’s pretty cool. Also cool: states that recognize our civil rights.

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  20. We did something right in the Golden State!! I’m proud a court had to overturn the bigoted views of a majority of my fellow Californians. Wait. Whatever. I’m just glad people are legally able to do what makes them happy. For now.

  21. You can’t spell Gabe without Gay. I mean. Whatever. I love Gabe. And I appreciate my freedom to love another man (that man being Gabe, if that wasn’t already clear). WHATEVER STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT.

    • Slobodan, I’m not replying to you here (thought I did find your comment funny and gave you an upvote), I just want to say to our fellow Monsters that I think it would be awesome x 1000 if this weird, contentious, and ultimately touching thread ends with the comment below.
      Double rainbows, all the way.

  22. mydaughter'sname69  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2010 +46

    Oh, so THAT’S what it means

    • I live in San Francisco, just moved, so i couldn’t vote during prop 8, but i’m so glad it has been overturned. It’s always full on double rainbow day here.

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