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Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?

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

Since for some reason or another this feature tends to be where I write about whatever book I happen to be reading at the time, this seems like the most appropriate place to announce the Unofficial Videogum Book Club. The club is For Monsters By Monsters, and will be monitored/managed/whatever by An American Patriot. In the event that someone says something really terrible to someone else and hurts their feelings, or it becomes riddled with graphic pornographic images, Videogum is in no way responsible. But it seems like a nice idea. Books are nice. There’s a post up right now where you can make your suggestions for the first pick. I’m not entirely clear on how things will play out from there, but you should check it out if you’re interested. Speaking of reading, I just finished Joshua Ferris’s And Then We Came to the End, which I had been studiously avoiding for a very long time, because there was something about a wry comic novel about the quotidian nature of modern office life that did not interest me in the least. Perhaps it hit a little TOO CLOSE TO HOME. Who can know. But it turns out that book is really good, and that the people who kept saying it was really good were being honest and truthful. Now I am reading Lonesome Dove, and that’s EVEN BETTER. Did you know it won the Pulitzer Prize? I didn’t know that. I had always sort of thought of it as a ripped-bodice airport novel set in Deadwood, or whatever, but it’s just tremendous. Admittedly, I’m only about a quarter of the way through, so there’s plenty of time for it to slip the rails and devolve into a real piece of shit, but I have every confidence that it won’t.

Speaking of people who can read (I assume) and have been in airports, what’s up with Topher Grace?

As a working actor in Hollywood, California, one often doesn’t know what one will be doing from one project to the next. It’s exciting but I bet it can also be very nerve-wracking! In any case, working actor Topher Grace can breathe a little easier for a little while, because he has been cast in a major motion picture! Slashfilm reports:

Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig are reportedly set for the indie comedy Bobby Blue Sky, written by Parks and Recreation’s Emily Kapnek. The film is about “three dysfunctional siblings coming to terms with the way their baby brother’s accidental fame as a character in their father’s children’s book series warped their lives.”

Can you step into my office for a second? Close the door, please. Um, that movie sounds great! OK, that will be all. Back to work.

Another movie starring Topher Grace, which he WROTE (!!!!), and which we have talked about before, Kids in America, may finally be released. That’s nice! I cannot imagine writing, selling, producing, and starring in a movie, only to have that movie gather dust in some Hollywood vault while everyone is out having cocaine omelets and Red Bull bloody marys. New York magazine reports:

Topher Grace, Anna Faris, and Michelle Trachtenberg have all been in movie limbo for the last three years, but they’re about to be liberated! Three years ago, Grace — having just left That ‘70s Show — embarked on a new career in screenwriting. It didn’t go so smoothly. In 2007, he starred in and executive produced Kids in America, an eighties period drama he’d co-written about a recent MIT grad so disgusted by the rampant materialism of the era that he bails on a high-paying entry-level job at a laboratory to become a video-store clerk. Heavyweights Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produced.

Update: Relativity confirms they’ll release it in March of next year.

This movie also stars Dan Fogler from Balls of Fury and Good Luck Chuck!

OFF THE SET, JustJared has some new photos of Topher hanging out with Camilla Belle, another working actor in Hollywood, California. As you can see, they are definitely walking down the street.

Topher Grace Camilla Belle

Scandal?! THEIR HANDS ARE ALMOST WITHIN DOZENS OF INCHES FROM EACH OTHER AND THEIR FACES ARE IN THE SAME TOWN. We will have to wait and see how this one SHAKES THE WORLD.

Meanwhile, if you’re a Topher Grace fan, there is now a place for you to share some of your enthusiasm and Topher Grace info with other Topher Grace fans on Facebook.com:

Topher Grace Facebook Group

It’s also a great way to learn about upcoming correspondence courses in office management!

Speaking of office management, why not spruce up your office, or anywhere, really, with another excellent Ebay purchase:

Topher Grace Ebay

This photo is VERY candid, but even more than that, it is sexy. Buy it now

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 [email protected]. See you next time!