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Interview with Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer - “Take Me Home Tonight”

Who is Topher Grace? Well if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past… forever… there was this “little” show called “That 70s Show” where a bunch of high schoolers sat in a circle and smoked pot till Ashton Kutcher married Demi Moore. For the geek of that show, Topher Grace, his journey did not end with a stretch mark wife. He has been all over the place in Hollywood. He was almost cast as Spiderman until Tobey Maguire “stole” the role and left him to be Venom in the mess that is Spiderman 3.

Soon he became the “bad guy” in the new Predators remake. Who knew he could be such a DICK?

But now, after waiting almost 4 years since the movie actually wrapped production, Take Me Home Tonight is making it’s way into multiplexes near you on March 4th. Topher was not only the pretty boy in this movie, he helped write, produce, and act in this 80s era film, not to be confused with “Hot Tub Time Machine” a film that looks at the 80s as an era and takes a giant dump on it. “Take Me Home Tonight” is is being hailed as the “Long lost John Hughes film” by various bloggers round the interwebs.

I was honored to sit down in a circle with the gorgeous Teresa Palmer (who is also staring in the recently released “I Am Number 4”), Parinda from the Philadelphia Film Society, and Mr. Grace to smoke some pot and talk about his new movie. Read the “bests” of the interview up top and and scroll to the bottom to hear the whole thing. Listening is actually hilarious because you can hear me sweat when I ask Teresa Palmer a question. (You can hear it drip…. drip….. drip…..).

Did either one of you ever own any leg-warmers?

Theresa Palmer - Uh.. yeah… I still have some. I was going to say.

Topher Grace - I don’t. But I hope that doesn’t surprise you…

Do you feel any connection to the films 80s references because of your young age?

Teresa Palmer - I do. Yeah. I was born in 1986. So I didn’t get to experience the 80s first hand. But… I was very familiar with that time period and I’m a huge fan of the John Hughes movies. My mom was definitely channeling those 80s outfits well into the mid 90s. I got quite nostalgic when I got to put on the 80s outfits. Yeah I really enjoyed it.

Did you enjoy having your hair be a big 80s mess?

Teresa Palmer - Well… my hair actually goes that way really easily cause I have three awful calics in the front of my hair. And I’m usually trying to work against them but it was the first time in my life I could just go with it and my hair would just stay like that. I enjoyed that. It was cool. I feel like the mentality of the 80s is “go big or go home” Bigger is better! It was really fun.

Topher Grace - With Money and with Hair

Teresa Palmer - And with dance moves

I read online that the director wanted to do the ball scene at the end for real

Topher Grace - He did! We wanted it to be CGI, or assumed it would be CGI. It was more expensive to do it for real. They said, let’s do it for real, people will be able to tell and I thought “great.” You know when your a producer or a writer on it you don’t think about it that much and when you’re about to get in a ball you’re like wait a minute, what’s going on here, what’s this. When we shot it on the outside I wasn’t in it. But there were these huge nets used to stop jet planes. And then we are going to trap the ball as it kinda rolled down the hill. And as a producer you think if this ball goes over the net it’s going to kill some people. This was a huge metal ball, it wasn’t lighter than it looked. And to film the inside they pinned the camera to one side and had me sit there and roll around in this rotisserie. It was nauseating And the underwater stuff was even harder. What we really wanted to do was to make a John Hughes movie and we didn’t know how to do that today. A movie like Dazed and Confused. Did I already do this?

Yeah. In some other interviews online…

Teresa Palmer - Not in this interview yet though… (Laughs)

Topher Grace - Sorry I said it….

Teresa Palmer - You know we’ve all seen it online.

Topher Grace - Just re-write that part from online….. We did want to do the 20 year generational gap. It was the genesis of the idea. If we waited 10 years we could do a 90s movie.

Listen to the rest below which starts around the 6 minute mark. If you want to see what a modern day John Hughes movie is like go see “Take me Home Tonight” March 4th when it starts playing all over the City of Brotherly 80’s Love.

First On-Set Pictures of Spiderman - “Spidey the Hobo”

Emma Stone as a blonde is still mind blowing to me. Every time I see pictures of it, it is still hard to comprehend. She was such a lovely red head. However finally seeing both of them together and in costume creates a new dynamic of Spiderman. He seems like a skinny hobo who is being talked to by a hot blonde social service worker. Enjoy these pictures of a LOT of lighting equipment and even more hobo-ness.

Review: Tron - Is it the Next Avatar?

Yes…. Avatar has nothing on Tron.

The question most people are asking is how does Tron stack up against Avatar?, the biggest, “smurfiest” film since…. Well… The Smurfs. I saw Avatar twice in theaters, one of those times being in IMAX and visually, Tron holds it’s own ground, but in a very different way. Unlike Avatar where every shot was made specifically for you to drool over, Tron’s visuals are much more intelligent and sophisticated and aid to the dark story tone throughout the film. Avatar’s best visual moments were when it let us intake the wildly different vegetation on the planet. From the moment we follow Sam into the grid the visuals continue and never stop being an artistic beauty. (I drooled, gods honest truth) Move over James Cameron, Disney kicked your ass in originality and visuals and dare I say… 3D.

The story is a true sequel to the original Tron which is something that I don’t think anyone really expected. Instead of doing a true reboot like Batman or Spiderman does every few years or so Tron is a continuation of the first story. This leads to a bunch of exposition that seems to just run a tad long in the overall scheme of things. It’s also a little bit confusing for people who have not seen the first Tron. This one long stretch of back-story feels long and lost my interest for a moment or two along the way, finding myself saying “what are they talking about?” true Tron fans will have a “nerdgasim” in their seats throughout the whole film, but Tron virgins will be a little confused. (see it again, you’ll get it the second time, promise)

At least you have one of the best actors of our generation, Jeff Bridges at the helm of this movie. Him and his creepy looking younger self fighting each other is super sweet. Olivia Wilde is another additional character that is a great addition to the cast, but Sam, he’s kinda all over the place at moments, especially with the tone of the film being so dark. Sometimes i found him too annoying but then he quickly went back to the serious Sam in seconds.

Lastly is Daft “fucking awesome” Punk. Not only is their cameo sweet, but the movie even feels sometimes like its a music video for daft punk and not Tron. That’s how awesome the soundtrack is… We did a review, check that shit out. I think without daft punk this film would have been much much less interesting, and much much less entertaining. Sorry Tron, but your soundtrack kicks more ass than you do.

Visually stunning and amazingly entertaining there is absolutely NO reason to miss this film. I’ve never hacked over money to buy avatar on it’s many Blu Ray collection sets, but let me guarantee you. I will be in line the day Tron comes out to buy my copy, it may even get me to invest in a 3D TV. Yah… It’s that good….

9.5 light cycles out of 10

Snobby Film critic Steve - 7/10

Emma Stone as a Blonde - Gwen Stacey - Spiderman Reboot

We had our doubts. Not anymore. Emma Stone is one sexy blonde. Yes we are obsessed with this witty, sexy, hilarious, Zombieland main character. But who isn’t? Look at these pictures! No wonder Peter Parker is obsessed with Gwen and not Mary-Jane.