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Ben Stiller and His Penis Saluted By Friends and Colleagues at American Cinematheque Ball

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 16, 2012 at 11:49AM

Ben Stiller's friends and colleagues raucously celebrated the actor/comedian's career at the American Cinematheque's yearly benefit ball at the Beverly Hilton Thursday night. Pals who showed up to give sincere or more often, irreverent, in-person tributes were Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Laura Dern, Andy Dick, David Cross, Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and "Tropic Thunder" co-writer Justin Theroux (who was responsible for the tribute video that is captured in part below).
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"I'm really grateful and I care a lot about movies and history and to feel like some small part of that is wonderful,..This won't even be broadcast on television, which begs the question, what the fuck are we all doing here? The real answer is we might get tweeted in a link from Deadline -- and there is the magic of cinema,..None of [the work shown in the reels or the things that have been said] are very specific, but when you add it all up it's something. I didn't know you could be a renaissance man of just one thing; it's sort of like being a jack of all trades of carpentry.

…I've gotten to play a lot of different roles,..I was even once a non-Jewish person..And to my friends and collaborators -- you're all very talented and lucky to know me, I mean I'm lucky to know you -- whatever -- it's win-win.

…[Christine and I] had a deal that she would take ten years off to raise our kids, and that I would take a month off at some point, and honey, call your agent, August is looking good.

…It's been said that the older you get, the less you know, a movie maker that can be a really good thing, and I'm working on ["The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"] now and I don't know what I'm doing--don't tell the studio...The best movies are when someone took a chance, and I hope I can keep going forward and taking chances...right after I do 'Madagascar 3.'"

The Cinematheque also gave their Sydney Pollack award to Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of Chicago International Film Festival. Accepting the award, Kutza recalled meeting Pollack in 1986 shortly after he had directed "Out of Africa." They became good friends, and Pollack was a great mentor and encouraged Kutza to support independent film. This is the third time the award has been given; directors of the Sundance and Telluride Film Festivals (Geoffrey Gilmore and Tom Luddy, respectively) are past recipients.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.