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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.]

It does seem as if this column might also fit in on the pages of bookgum.com, as it is here that we tend to discuss books, but nevertheless, I just finished a book by Richard Price called Lush Life and it was great! He also wrote a book called Clockers, which was very popular, and quite good, and also Freedomland, which I think was popular, but which I have not read. (Let me know if this paragraph gets TOO interesting.) Most importantly, Richard Price did some work writing for The Wire, so, you know, Richard Price has a Life Pass in his wallet. Reading Lush Life, though, it becomes clear why he would be offered work on an incredible TV show about crime. The book is so fast-paced and filled with great dialogue, but also displays the mundanity and overwhelming normalcy of crime in a big city, how each event is so unique and so generic. Before that I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for the same reason I read the Harry Potter books: because sometimes it is nice to know what the hell all these people are talking about. It’s not bad! It’s a good beach read, as they say. Either way, you should definitely try to get to the beach soon, with or without that book. Beaches are great!

Hey, what’s up with Topher Grace? (I hope the Academy gives out awards for segues!):

Predators, of course, remains in theaters. But Topher Grace is a working actor, and that means he does not have time to just sit around and check the Predators box office receipts. He’s got to get out there! Get that paper! I’m talking about scripts, of course, when I say paper. Of course, being a working actor doesn’t JUST mean movie roles. Remember when Vincent Chase was in that Japanese soda commercial? And our guy, Topher, has just landed a role in an upcoming videogame: From FPS Time:

IMDB has also revealed the list of actors who will voiceover for Call of Duty: Black Ops. We know that Topher Grace, also known for his participation to Spider-Man 3, will stare the main role in Black Ops: ‘Special Agent Harris’.

Videogames are a modern form of entertainment and BIG business! It’s probably a wise move for a young actor to get involved while things are still very new and there is a lot of exciting opportunity. Nicely played (get it?), Topher Grace.

Of course, some opportunities are make believe instead of real. That’s what happened this week when Paper magazine came up with a whimsical series of movie pitches based on popular Facebook applications. You might (not) be surprised (considering what this column is about every single time) to see who they cast in one of the leading roles!

The Movie: Marketplace
Director: Diablo Cody. Following Juno and Jennifer’s Body, this feels like an appropriately-varied selection for her directorial debut.
Starring: Katherine Heigl as Stacey, because not enough film reviews include the line “Katherine Heigl’s [character name] is down on her luck in love,” and Topher Grace as Jackson, because although he can be the physical embodiment of “affable nerd” (a la In Good Company, That 70’s Show, et al.), he’s clearly itching to show off his dark side (we all saw Spider-Man 3, right?).
Plot: Stacey has recently broken up with her boyfriend and must move into a new apartment. She lacks a personality and furniture, so she turns to Marketplace to help her solve one of those problems. Jackson is selling a bedroom set. When they meet, he’s charming, she’s neurotic, and awkward tension yields a montage of the couple laughing nervously while drinking coffee. Jackson gets increasingly shady until it is revealed that he is a serial killer that finds out where women live by selling them furniture.
Tagline: “Sometimes a bargain is not what you bargained for.”
-Ani Vrabel

And of course, some opportunities are in the past, but it is still interesting to revisit them, or at the very least, revisiting them happens sometimes in celebrity interviews, as it did in this journey down memory lane when Joseph Gordon-Levitt reminisced about his on-screen kiss with Eric Foreman. From AfterElton.com:

In a recent interview in support of Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt got asked about his many gay roles, like the gay teenager who kissed Eric Foreman on That 70’s Show. “Oh, I was totally proud of that, and I still am. It was a great bit, and it got a great reaction. More than anything else, though, I remember that it was written very well, because the emphasis wasn’t on it being gay but on making sure the scene worked and was funny. It was great that it showed people it was just a normal thing.” He does say that Topher Grace was the worst kisser though.

Hmm. I wonder if he is saying Topher Grace is the worst kisser because he actually means it, or as a jocular attempt to ward off any accusations of homosexuality that might arise in a nervous and sarcastic and mildly homophobic readership? A declaration of “no homo, in spite of the homo part” so to speak. We will probably never know, unless another celebrity reporter follows up with Mr. Gordon-Levitt in a future interview about the things said in this celebrity interview.

MEANWHILE: GQ magazine for men has rated the following photo from its March 2010 issue the 45th sexiest photo (out of 50)!

Congratulations, Topher Grace!

And if you’re a fan of podcasts, earnest discussions about Topher Grace between people who have worked with Topher Grace in the past, or earnest discussions of Topher Grace between people who have worked with Topher Grace in the past ON podcasts, then you might be interested in what reader OneGoodMinute wrote in an email:

Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies” podcast this past week, staring the cast of Never Not Funny, had a discussion about Topher Grace. They put Topher forward as a strong choice over Shia for Wall Street 2 and then talk about what a great actor he is but the fact that they haven’t seen him do enough strongs movies. Jimmy Pardo did a guest shot on That 70’s Show and says he was the nicest of the cast members.

Listening to that would definitely appeal to people who answered yes to any of the three options listed above. More information here.

Also, this probably doesn’t really count as “news” or “celebrity gossip,” but a user on a website called MemeGenerator has posted this photo:

I don’t get it! But that’s OK. I don’t get a lot of things. As they say: Forget it, Jake, it’s the Chinatown neighborhood of Hollywood.

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!