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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.

A few months ago, in a previous installment of Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?, I mentioned that I had been reading and greatly enjoying Pete Dexter’s novel, Deadwood. Well, I am happy to inform you that I am now reading another Pete Dexter novel, Train, and it is just as great! It is set in 1940s Los Angeles and it is about golf and racism and secrets. Pete Dexter, you guys. Very good at writing books. Speaking of books that are great written by people who are good at writing them: I recently read James Ellroy’s The Cold Six Thousand, and it was great and also very special. The whole thing is written in this really staccato, breakneck speed that takes a little getting used to, but once you are used to it, oh boy, what a book! Personally, I consider James Ellroy’s writing to be, at least thematically, in the same school as Elmore Leonard (Nicaragua subplots!), and Elmore Leonard’s writing, of course, provides the backbone of the new FX show, Justified, and that is a great show. Are you guys watching Justified? Because you should be watching Justified. So there you go. Three great things in a row to write down in your Great Stuff Notebook. Four if you count “the writing of Elmore Leonard” as separate from Justified, which you should, because it is.

Oh, that reminds me, while we are on the subject of taking notes and keeping a record of things that you are interested in: what is up with Topher Grace?

The tips have been pouring in all week from readers, which is HOW IT SHOULD BE. Staying on the forefront of Topher Grace information is a team effort. We need eyes everywhere, because one thing people rarely keep in mind is the fact that Topher Grace is doing something EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY. Most of that stuff, of course, is none of our business. Topher Grace is a human being, and he has an inalienable right to privacy just like the rest of us. But he is a person of interest, as well as an actor and a Hollywood celebrity. My point is: thanks for the tips! And let’s get to them!

Readers Jeff, Zach, and Anthony linked us to a new behind the scenes feature on chud.com from the new Predators movie (IN THEATERS JULY 9, 2010) focusing on Topher’s character “Edwin.” As superfans already know, and will be so annoyed that I even have to tell you, he plays “a disgraced physician and a serial killer formerly on the FBI’s most wanted list:

Very cool! Actually, I haven’t watched this yet because it doesn’t seem to be working? Well done, HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA. The video is supposedly up on the official website but doesn’t seem to be working there either. You know what is working? Jumping off a bridge. Go do it, Entertainment Business.

While we wait for all of Entertainment to go jump off of a bridge due to a small technical malfunction with one character-based promotional video for Predators, let’s look at how Topless Robot weighed in on Topher’s upcoming role:

The Mystery of What the Hell Topher Grace Is Doing in Predators Deepens

I don’t mean what his character’s doing on the Predators planet, because we knew even before this video that he was also a criminal like the others. No, the question I’m referring to is whether Topher Grace will play some kind of goofy comedy relief character, and thus suck. Now, I actually like Grace, and think he’s probably better than his work indicates, but casting him as the nebbish scientist-nerd among all the badass hardened criminals seems like it’ll quickly become him running around ti “Yakkety Sax” while Adrien Brody and the rest save his ass over and over again.

If you “actually like” Topher Grace, then why don’t you “ACT LIKE IT.” Also, I’m pretty sure ANYONE cast as the nebbish scientist-nerd among all the badass hardened criminals would quickly become him (or her, no offense lady nerds) running around ti “Yakkety Sax” (buy the soundtrack on iTunes) while Adrien Brody and the rest save his (or her!) ass over and over again. That is just the role, buddy! I do love the idea that ADRIEN BRODY is going to be doing all the saving. Adrien Brody: very baddass. Very hardened.

Now we move from the Big Screen to the Little Screen, as reader Victoria a that Topher got a little shout out in the latest episode of Psych.

Hahaha, I don’t even know what Psych IS, but congratulations to Topher Grace on his important shout out! This is just another feather in your reminder cap (?) that you are a Pop Culture Touchstone.

Moving from the Big Screen to the Little Screen to the Smallest Screen of Them All, Topher will be playing a part in a new web series called Vamped Out on Babelgum. Neat! From The Critic’s Word.

“Vamped Out” is a new horror comedy web series presented by Babelgum Comedy and marks Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut. The series stars Kevin Pollak, Jason Antoon, Illeana Douglas, Cheri Oteri, Topher Grace, and Samm Levine among others. Robert Legoto, who won the Oscar for visual effects of Titanic, is the cinematographer on the series. Vamped Out begins on April 12 on Babelgum.com and is set for 6 webisodes.

In the show, Pollak plays Elliot Finke, a documentary filmmaker who believes he is capturing footage of a real world vampire. The documentary was never finished and Finke went missing. Vamped Out then picks up years later following a struggling vampire actor (Antoon) trying to make it big in Hollywood and make something of his immortality. He claims to really be a 172 years old and was the one who fed Bram Stoker all of the nonsense that people believe about vampires. This is precisely why he and other vampires aren’t afraid of to be in the spotlight and among humans rather than hiding in the shadows away from civilization. Everything people think can harm vampires: sun, garlic, staking, actually have no effect on them at all, making it pretty hard to believe in vampires and even harder to harm one..

Oh cool, vampire stuff. It’s weird that you don’t hear very much about vampires anymore. They were really popular in the late 1800s and then POOF. We’ll keep an eye out for you, T-Bone Gracenet!

And for those of you who are interested in HIGH FASHION COUTORE, reader Emma linked us to these “I <3 Topher Grace” hoodies on Ebay:

Ooh la la! Now you will look like Paris France!

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!