Topher Grace and Stephen Moyer Talk THE DOUBLE, On-Set Pranks, THE WEST WING and Spy Movies

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There have been few spy movies in the past decade without a middle east centered plotline. The Double, starring Topher Grace, Richard Gere, and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, is a throwback to the cold-war espionage films of the ’60s. When a US Senator’s murder bears the trademark of an infamous assassin, rookie FBI agent (Grace), must team up with a retired CIA operative (Gere) to find the killer’s whereabouts. But when true identities are called into question, each must decide who’s playing who.

At the film’s press day, I sat down with Grace and Moyer, who has a small but integral role as a Russian convict. After joking about their Internet habits, on-set pranks, and Moyer’s love of The West Wing (Martin Sheen plays a FBI honcho), we didn’t have time for much else. The two actors, who have a great banter,  also discuss their favorite spy films and getting into character. Hit the jump for the full interview.

Trailer for THE DOUBLE Saves You the Trouble of Seeing the Movie

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The Double looks like it could have been a solid spy flick.  You had Richard Gere and Topher Grace playing government agents trying to track down an assassin code-named Cassius.  Nothing genre-shattering but it could be well executed. Well you know those irritating trailers that give away the entire damn plot?  This trailer for The Double blows them all away.  It gives you a major plot twist that would have been somewhat interesting if not wholly believable within the context of the movie.  It takes you deep into the third act of the film.  It shows you pretty much everything it can in a desperate big to make you want to see this movie and now any desire I had to see the flick has been extinguished by this trailer.  Great job, whoever cut this.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer/condensed version of the entire movie along with the equally terrible poster.  The film also stars Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen, and Odette Annable.  The Double opens September 23rd.

First Images from THE DOUBLE Starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace

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Image Entertainment has released the first images from The Double.  The flick centers on a former CIA operative (Richard Gere) who’s called out of retirement and must team up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) when a US senator turns up dead and bearing the distinctive trademark of a Russian assassin known as “Cassius”.  I’m always up for a good spy thriller and I tend to think Grace is fantastic in everything.  The film also stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, and Stana Katic.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with the official synopsis.  The Double opens September 23rd.

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Blu-ray Review

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Take Me Home Tonight wasn’t so much released in 2011, it was put out of its misery in 2011. Tonight was made in 2007, when Topher Grace was coming off of Spider-Man 3, and when Dan Fogler was supposed to break into the mainstream. Fogler hasn’t yet, but both female leads Anna Farris and Teresa Palmer are still working (this could have been a good year for Palmer if I am Number Four was any good). They all star in an 80’s-set comedy where in one night they party together, and try to figure out their lives. Our review of the Take Me Home Tonight Blu-ray is after the jump.

Teresa Palmer and Topher Grace Exclusive Video Interview TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Dowse’s 80’s based comedy Take Me Home Tonight starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin.  The film centers on a recent MIT grad (Grace) who gets invited, along with his best friend (Fogler) and twin sister (Faris), to an epic, end-of-summer 1988 party by his high-school crush (Palmer).  For more on the film, you can watch 11 clips here.

Anyway, I recently got to interview Grace & Palmer and after the jump you can watch a very silly conversation with the two stars.  The reason I say silly is that before walking in the room, I decided to grab a bright pink wig out of the prop box and wear it on camera.  What I didn’t count on was how it would become a conversation starter and dominate the interview.  Out of all the interviews I’ve done over the last few years, this was completely unique.  Besides talking about my wig, we also discussed making the film, the soundtrack, and a lot more:

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Review

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Do you remember the 80s?  Of course you do.  Everyone remembers the 80s even if you didn’t live through them.  It was pop-art made flesh and then made neon.  There were bright colors, exuberant clothes, and if your song didn’t feature at least one synthesizer, then it wasn’t worth listening to it.  We’ve been to the 80s and it’s tough to find a reason to go back.  Take Me Home Tonight certainly can’t find one and it drowns its affable leads and their charming performances in a sea of nostalgia and iconography.

Funny or Die: CROCODILE TEARS with Topher Grace and Dan Fogler

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If you check out Take Me Home Tonight, you’ll notice that stars Topher Grace and Dan Fogler have great chemistry and comic timing.  But what you may not know, and what this new Funny or Die video illustrates, is that they don’t like being interrupted.  Some may see their reactions as disturbingly aggressive, but watching this funny video of them on the set of their upcoming totally-not-real movie Crocodile Tears, I can see that they’re just consummate professionals.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  Take Me Home Tonight opens Friday.

Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer Exclusive Interview TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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A couple week ago, I got the chance to interview Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer about their new movie Take Me Home Tonight.  The two were on a press tour promoting the film and I got to speak with them at Whiskey Park inside the Midtown W. Hotel in Atlanta.  Grace and Palmer have terrific chemistry in the film and I got to see that chemistry in person.  They spoke about taking the film around the country, sang each other’s praises, revealed some of the deleted scenes that will be on the Blu-ray, and reflected fondly about the music video where they spoofed 80s movies.  Take Me Home Tonight also marks Grace’s first film as a producer and I asked him what he had learned from the experience.

Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Take Me Home Tonight opens Friday.

Topher Grace Exclusive Interview TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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Topher Grace has an unusual name, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming widely known. Perhaps the name has helped him in that regard, but I like to think his characters have propelled him into the spotlight. He broke out in the TV sitcom hit That ‘70s Show as Eric Forman, and now he is back with a retro film all about the glorious 1980s. Take Me Home Tonight stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, and Chris Pratt in a wild night of drunken partying.

In advance of the March 4th release, Topher dropped by Dallas for a brief press tour in January and I got to sit down with him. Among the topics on the table was the chemistry of the cast, the delay and eventual release, the inspiration for the film, and a ‘80s movie quiz. Hit the jump for my impressions of Take Me Home Tonight, along with the full transcript and audio.

Check Out a Behind the Scenes Featurette for TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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A behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming comedy Take Me Home Tonight has landed online. Directed by Michael Dowse, the film stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, and Chris Pratt. The comedy is set in 1988 and features a recent MIT grad (Grace) who makes a move on his high school crush (Palmer), steals a car, and embarks on numerous other misadventures all in the course of one night. While it very well may have a lot more going for it, I plan on catching the film for no other reason than its nostalgia-ridden 80s soundtrack. Here’s to hoping A-ha’s classic “Take on Me” makes an appearance.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette. Take Me Home Tonight hits theaters next week on March 4th.

11 Movie Clips from TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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We’ve been provided with 11 movie clips from director Michael Dowse’s Take Me Home Tonight.  The 80’s based comedy stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin.  The film centers on a recent MIT grad (Grace) who gets invited, along with his best friend (Fogler) and twin sister (Faris), to an epic, end-of-summer 1988 party by his high-school crush (Palmer).  I caught a screening and while the film is by no means perfect, I laughed a lot.  If you’re a fan of movies from the 80’s, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Also, the soundtrack is great.  Hit the jump for the clips:

36 High Resolution Images from TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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We’ve been provided with 36 high resolution images from director Michael Dowse’s Take Me Home Tonight.  The 80′s based comedy stars Topher Grace , Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin.  The film centers on a recent MIT grad (Grace) who gets invited, along with his best friend (Fogler) and twin sister (Faris), to an epic, end-of-summer 1988 party by his high-school crush (Palmer).  I caught a screening last week and while the film is by no means perfect, I laughed a lot.  If you’re a fan of movies from the 80′s, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Also, the soundtrack is great.  Hit the jump for the full synopsis and images:

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Cast Parodies 80s Flicks in Music Video

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Take Me Home Tonight revels in its 80s setting, but it’s not a parody.  The cast has saved that for a new music video that has stars Topher Grace, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris, and Teresa Palmer dressing up and referencing as many 80s movies as they can within the span of about four minutes (there’s also a fun cameo by another Take Me Home Tonight cast member).  Grace also does a Michael J. Fox impression that is worth stopping what you’re doing and watching this video now.

Hit the jump to check out the music video.  Take Me Home Tonight opens March 4th.

Red-Band Trailer for TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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A red-band trailer for Take Me Home Tonight has gone online.  If you were thinking, “I want to see this movie, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to enjoy it if they don’t say ‘fuck’ and there aren’t any naked breasts,” then worry not!  They say “fuck”, there are naked breasts, and that’s all you need for a cinematic masterpiece.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.  Take Me Home Tonight stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Dan Fogler.  It opens March 4th.

Two Exclusive Images from TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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We’ve been sent two exclusive stills from the upcoming 80s flick Take Me Home Tonight.  The film stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Chris Pratt.  I’m a big fan of this cast, especially Pratt whose lovable performance as dimwit Andy Dwyer is one of the many reasons you should be watching Parks and Recreation.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with a synopsis of the film.  Take Me Home Tonight opens March 4th.  You can watch the trailer here.

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