Topher Grace, co-star of the TV show "That '70s Show," will be visiting the State Theatre tonight for an advance screening of his film, "Take Me Home Tonight, " at 7:30 p.m. Grace and his co-star Teresa Palmer will host a Q & A immediately following the film, and an after-party, which the stars may or may not attend, will be held at The Mezzanine. Tickets are free and will be served on a first- come, first-serve basis. They can also be printed out on the event's Facebook page.
"Take Me Home Tonight," directed by Michael Dowse, is based on a story by Grace and Gordon Kaywin and also stars Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Chris Pratt and Michelle Trachtenberg. According to the State Theatre website, "As the summer of 1988 winds down, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth..."Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits."
I think it's totally awesome that the State Theatre managed to get Grace and Palmer to make an appearance. You don't think of State College as being a hotspot for the entertainment industry, but with over 40,000 Penn State undergrads, it makes perfect sense for the film's producers to hold an advance screening here. "Take Me Home Tonight" is obviously meant to appeal to a younger audience, and it will be a great opportunity for the producers to get feedback from the age group they are targeting to determine if they want to make any last-minute changes. The film is set for release in the spring.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this film and the presentation by Grace and Palmer. The movie seems like a lot of fun, and events like these are great ways to get more Penn State students into the State Theatre. Stay tuned for my post-game report tomorrow!