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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.

You guys, I have some exciting news, possibly. I’m not sure, actually. The thing about blogs is that it’s really easy to lose track of what is and is not exciting. In fact, now that I am talking about it, I’m realizing that it might not be exciting at all. It might even be THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF EXCITING. In any case, you guys, I have some news based in fact, regardless of anyone’s emotional reaction to said news! Videogum has been confirmed for press credentials for ComiCon 2010 in San Diego. Press Credentials! Well well well, look at Mr. Cool Adult! Anyway, my friend Max Silvestri and I will be heading out to California in late July for a weekend of standing in line for hours to see the first five minutes of Transformers 3, or whatever. Neat! I’m telling you now with the idea being that perhaps the more time we have to prepare, the more fun stuff we can do. Maybe we should have a ComiCon Monster Meet-Up? Lord knows, that place is a NERD HIVE. Also, if you are in anyway affiliated with Official ComiCon Events (I am now addressing you directly, JJ Abrams. Or Brett Ratner. Or somebody) please feel free to contact me. We can have brunch! Anyway, if anyone has any ideas of how to make a crowded industry convention in San Diego fun, please share them.

Topher Grace is also involved in the movie industry and one time dressed up as a comic book character. What is up with him?

Each passing week only brings us one week closer to the release of Predators on July 9th, and this week is no exception. Insofar as this week is a week closer than last week. To the week where that movie comes out. Speaking of this calendar week and its relationship to the movie Predators, we have two new bits of Predators information! First of all, the action-adventure movie finally has a TV spot. You can watch it right here:

As you may have noticed, Topher Grace is nowhere to be seen in this advertisement, but I can assure you that he IS in the movie. I’m not sure why they edited him out of the commercial. I’m sure that like everything else in Hollywood, the editing of television commercials for upcoming movies is rife with politics and maybe even back-stabbing. “Backstabbing, in a movie trailer on TV?” Probably! Hollywood is full of that kind of stuff. I think. It’s probably described in detail in a magazine profile of George Clooney.

The second piece of Predators news features working actor Topher Grace more directly. It is an on-set visit by the website Bloody Disgusting who sat with T-Gbone between takes and got some insight into his character:

With the filming of another take back underway (and with Rodriguez himself creeping around the sidelines), we were hurried along for a little one-on-one time with Topher Grace, who plays the character of Edwin. He himself admitted he felt like the odd man out amongst all the other “action-hero” types in the film, particularly considering the group he’s a part of is supposed to be made up of elite warriors.

“I’ve been singing this song from Schoolhouse Rock, ‘one of these things is not like the other…'”, Grace joked. I then noted that his character sounded similar to Paul Reiser’s in Aliens. “I had just seen the longer version – which is like an hour longer – of Aliens coincidentally when I read this script”, he answered. “I was dubious because I really liked the first Predator, but all the sequels haven’t been as good. Then when I read this, I thought, ‘What Aliens was to Alien, this is to Predator’. Because Predator never really got its due; it never really got that sequel. Nimrod’s such a huge fan of the original. It reminds me of James Cameron. He had everything that was in the original, but he wanted to go in a slightly different direction and create all this new stuff. And this is the same thing.”

So about the Paul Reiser thing…? “Edwin is very different than everyone else in it”, Grace told us. “You’re supposed to wonder why he was chosen when all these other similar types were selected. And there’s a twist. Of course. Actors live to play twists.”

“Actors live to play twists” will probably be on Topher Grace’s tombstone. Not for a long time. But eventually, when he dies, despite the best efforts of the most advanced medicine that money can buy, when he finally succumbs to the inevitable, as we all must, then that quote will be on his tombstone. “ACTORS LIVE TO PLAY TWISTS.” Topher Grace. 1970s-2012.

For those of you who are new to the column and might still need some boning up on your FAQATF (Frequently Asked Questions About Topher Facts), an informative website called celebheightsite (informative as long as you are trying to find out how tall a celeb is) offers up this profile of Topher Grace for all your Topher Grace Height-Based Information Needs:

Topher Grace is 5’11”. I have to say, I am not sure I appreciate the editorializing on celebheightsite.com’s profile pages. Whether or not Topher Grace is a “wonderful actor” is not the purpose of your service. Please stick to the heights. That is what you are for. I would just hate to go looking for the height of another actor only to find that celebheightsite.com thought they were “overrated” or “emotionally limited.”

And for the shopaholics out there, or really just anyone with a love of photography, there is an exciting auction going on over at eBay.com:

KABLOOM! That was the sound of the eBay’s servers collapsing as everyone rushed to bid at once. KABANG. That was the sound of a custom framing shop’s door falling off its hinges. “ONE BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM FRAME FOR MY HOME, PLEASE!”

And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication. Speaking of which, videosurf.com has an extensive collection of clips available for viewing on-line at your convenience. No more waiting until 5:30 before the news, or whatever!

There you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. Send your Topher tips to [email protected]. See you next time!