Sony Pictures has been wanting to make a Venom spin-off since 2007, back when the character was still present in our minds after being poorly utilized in the over-stuffed and disappointing 2007 sequel Spider-Man 3. In 2009, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to adapt a screenplay, with writer-director Gary Ross to provide a rewrite and possibly direct. Ross eventually moved on to the upcoming The Hunger Games instead, and the project has languished ever since. Until now. more about Venom >> Posted 03.07.12 by Ryan
When a senator is murdered by someone whose technique bears the trademark of a supposedly deceased Soviet assassin named "Cassius," Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), the CIA operative who claims to have shot and killed Cassius years ago, is called out of retirement and paired up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) to solve the crime. As the two get closer and closer to the truth, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they thought him to be. That's the premise of The Double, the new thriller from screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt — the duo behind 2 Fast 2 Furious, Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma — and it would be a pretty good one, too, promising lots of intrigue, if the trailer that was just released didn't give away the plot twist. watch the trailer — spoilers ahead! >> Posted 09.01.11 by BrentJS
Director Michael Dowse's (Fubar) long delayed ode-to-the-'80s comedy, Take Me Home Tonight (formerly Kids in America), will finally arrive in theaters this Friday after languishing for nearly four years in post-production. To help promote the movie, the principal cast members—Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, and Chris Pratt—recently got together to drink some beers and reminisce about the making of the movie in this new behind-the-scenes featurette that includes never-before-seen footage from the movie. read the synopsis and watch the BTS video >> Posted 03.02.11 by BrentJS
Sure, he's that guy from That '70s Show, but soon Topher Grace will be that guy from that 80s throwback movie Take Me Home Tonight out March 4.
In an interview with EW, Grace talks about how though the movie is an 80s comedy, it's not a spoof.
We love all these "80s movies," but in the movie, we didn’t want to spoof anything. There are conventions, but even those we try to change. My character has a platonic best friend [Anna Faris] who’s a girl, which is in every ’80s film, except they’re twin brother and sister. They steal a red car, but they get caught stealing the car, which never happens.
Chris Pratt .... he’s the bad guy who proposes to my sister, and you expect him to be like, "I’m just gonna f—in’ cheat on her," like it would be in any of those movies, but he actually really loves her until the end of the film.
Grace said the only real wink to the decade is the name of the fictional high school.
We all talk about how we went to Shermer High, and you actually see our Shermer High yearbook — that’s the fictional high school that all of John Hughes’ kids went to in his movies. watch topher grace go Back to the Future in music video for Take Me Home Tonight >> Posted 02.18.11 by reelz
Production on Take Me Home Tonight wrapped way back in 2007, and the movie has sat on a shelf for years, which typically is a sign that the movie didn't work out as planned. With a script by That '70s Show writers Jeff and Jackie Filgo, and featuring a cast headlined by Topher Grace, the first trailer showed the movie had the makings of a throwback comedy from the 1980s, the same time period the movie is set in. So what went wrong? Grace, who also co-wrote the movie's story and served as executive producer, explained to MTV last December that it was the comedy's rampant drug use that made the studio skittish.
It tested really well. It's an audience film. It's not drama, but there was a real hesitation because there is so much cocaine in it, and our feeling at the time was, "You can't do a movie about Prohibition without alcohol, and you really can't do a movie about partying in the '80s, at the age these kids are, without showing cocaine use."
The movie languished until the arrival of producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, described by Grace as "probably the greatest producers of our time."
So, they encouraged us to not change the cut, which I thought was a really cool move. We're so happy with the film. It's creatively exactly what we wanted, and it's exactly the opposite of the normal situation where stuff gets cut. We got to put stuff back in.
So all's well that ends well for a comedy that Grace says was made to feel "like it was literally made in the '80s." The latest red band trailer for the movie certainly supports that claim, though instead of being a Weird Science kind of '80s comedy, it's more like The Wild Life or Fast Times at Ridgemont High, with plenty of party hi-jinks, insensitive humor, drug use, and nudity. Watch the trailer >> Posted 02.05.11 by Ryan
Actor Topher Grace famously lampooned the 1970s as the star of the hit TV series That '70s Show, and now he's prepared to do the same thing to the '80s as the star of Take Me Home Tonight (formerly Young Americans), a new nostalgia comedy from '70s Show writers Jeff and Jackie Filgo.
Take Me Home Tonight tells the story of three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party one night in the waning days of the summer 1988. The neon-tastic first poster for the movie was recently released and now the official synopsis and trailer for the movie are also online. read the synopsis and watch the trailer >> Posted 12.16.10 by BrentJS
The upcoming Predators, a direct sequel to 1987's Predator, returns to the jungle. However, this time the humans are on the predators' home turf. In case you've missed some or all of the "spotlight" clips that have been released, we've compiled them all into a single look at the characters who find themselves on the alien planet/game preserve. See all 5 Predator featurettes Posted 06.22.10 by reelz
When filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was hired by Fox to revitalize the Predator franchise—first as a writer and later as a producer—he said that he he wanted to go back to the conventions of the original movie, but update it for a modern audience. The jungle setting of Guatemala became a jungle planet that serves as a "game preserve" for the alien hunters, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and his beefy cast were replaced by a group of warriors with more realistic physiques. Hello, Adrien Brody! In a new series of Predators featurettes, Rodriguez introduces three of the stars of the movie and gives a brief profile of their characters and tactics. watch the Predators featurettes >> Posted 04.22.10 by BrentJS
Jesse Ventura's classic line "I ain't got time to bleed" from the original Predator is a fan-favorite and will make an appearance in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez-produced and Nimród Antal-directed sequel, Predators. Cast member Topher Grace alerted MTV to the line's presence in the movie.
"That line is in the film," Grace said, though he would not reveal who gets to say it. All speculation leads to The Shield's Walton Goggins, who portrays the character of Stans in the movie. Goggins description of the character sure seems to imply that he could be the culprit.
I play Waler Stans in Predators — he's a famous serial killer and fancies himself the only celebrity of the eight persons on the alien planet, and is perturbed when they don't know who he is or ask for his autograph. Stans has a lot of one-liners that hopefully people will be quoting when they leave the movie.
It sure sounds like Goggins, but we wouldn't count out Danny Trejo, who plays a former Mexican enforcer named Cuchillo, or Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, who plays a member of the African Sierra Leone death squad named Mombasa, or even Oleg Taktarov, who plays a former Russian special ops agent named Nikolai. Goggins did mention at least one of his "20 one-liners" that fans can start quoting prior to the movie's release.
"Your ass is awesome." I'll leave it at that. Posted 03.19.10 by Ryan
It was revealed in October that plans for a Venom movie spinning off of the Marvel Comics villain featured in Spider-Man 3 were moving forward, with Spider-Man 4 screenwriter Gary Ross doing rewrites and possibly directing the picture. Apparently, the spin-off will not involve the only actor to ever portray the popular comic book villain on the big screen, Topher Grace.
In a recent interview with MovieWeb, Grace seemed unsure of how to answer questions about the Venom movie. When asked if he was interested in returning to the role (even though his character apparently died at the end of Spider-Man 3), Grace said, "You know, I guess." He went on to say that he hadn't "heard anything" from Sony about the project. When asked to clarify whether or not he had any current plans to appear in a Venom spin-off, Grace conceded, "No, I don't think so." Posted 12.21.09 by BrentJS