Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?

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

As you may have read yesterday, Videogum is looking for an intern for next semester. Now, let’s all be honest with each other like a group of adults for a second: internships are internships. We would all like to be CEO of Planet Hollywood the summer after our junior year of college, but that is very rare. Only one or two college students are made CEO of Planet Hollywood each summer, and those spots usually go to the graduating seniors, so you are much more likely to be the Regional District Manager of Wing Sauce for Planet Hollywood and have to work your way up to CEO like everyone else. It’s not that bad. You just write yourself a check for being CEO of an outdated novelty franchise restaurant and postdate it for your 22nd birthday and wait for fate to take its course. It’s called The Jim Carrey Secret, and it’s hilarious. My point is that a Videogum internship is going to be like a lot of internships: some fun mixed with some not as fun. It is the life of an intern, jump into the life of an intern. Please send resumes and a writing sample to [email protected]. One thing that you will almost certainly be doing each week is searching the Internet for and pulling exciting Topher Grace news and updates, for college credit! You are starting to see what this guy is talking about.

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So what is up with him?

With 2009 drawing to a close, I’m sure that we’re going to be seeing this column virtually overrun with links to various important critics’ and tastemakers’ Favorite Actors of the Decade lists. But while David Edelstein is busy working on where exactly in the Top 2 to place Topher Grace, let’s talk about what’s actually going on with Big T Money.

He was in Texas recently! A lucky young blogger named Marathon Amy had a Topher sighting IRL (jealous!):

So this guy calls in to say that he has a party of 5 coming in blah blah blah. He was mildly rude, which is not uncommon. So a little while later in comes this party of 5. So I tell them the wait, 20-30 minutes and they are like oh…..well we’re just gonna go to Vespaio then. That’s when I peer around at everyone in the group and suddenly I realize……there stands THE Topher Grace. I had not even NOTICED HIM. And then……they all quietly filed out of the restaurant. *swoon*

Topher walked into a restaurant in Austin with a group of people, and then upon hearing that there was a wait, he walked right back out of that restaurant. NOW THAT IS THE LIFE!

Meanwhile, here’s a blast from T-G-Boz’s past: the blog I Am Not A Stalker did a set visit to the JMJ Ranch from Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (starring Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel, in that order). It is true that the JMJ Ranch was definitely a location. Check out these side by side images.

Yup. Pretty neat.

Speaking of photos: a photo of Topher from his 2004 film In Good Company was used in an article by A.O. Scott in this Sunday’s New York Times! Looks like we can officially add A.O. Scott to the club! Or at least the Photo Editor of the New York Times. Hello and welcome!

Videogum reader Andrew informs us that his “roommate’s cousin” has begun a YouTube channel dedicated to “Topher Grace Challenges,” including videos like this one:

First of all, I typed “Andrew’s roommate’s cousin” into Snopes and it didn’t have any results, so I am pretty sure that person is an urban legend. And even if that person did exist, this seems like has a lot more to do with what is up with Andrew’s roommate’s cousin than what is up with Topher, who is BUSY being A STAR. But I figured I would post it here for Dr. Giggles.

Meanwhile, a celebrity gossip website called The Insider has a photo of Minka Kelly with the headline “MINKA KELLY DATING TOPHER GRACE. MAYBE.” But then the photo is just of Minka Kelly? And Topher Grace is nowhere to be seen? And there is no other text accompanying the photo? And no one else is talking about this? So, pretty exciting news guys: TOPHER GRACE IS DATING MINKA KELLY! Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, CAN Love!

And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication

And there you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. See you next time!