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Video Clip: Ben Stiller Talks About His 'New Yorker' Profile

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2012 at 1:21PM

During last week's The New Yorker Festival 2012, Ben Stiller and Letter from California columnist Tad Friend talked backstage about the magazine's recent profile of the actor, comedian, writer and director (clip below). They got along, apparently, although both mentioned nursing migraines after a four to five hour interview.
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Ben Stiller and Ben Stiller as imagined by the "New Yorker"
Ben Stiller and Ben Stiller as imagined by the "New Yorker"

During last week's The New Yorker Festival 2012, Ben Stiller and Letter from California columnist Tad Friend talked backstage about the magazine's recent profile of the actor, comedian, writer and director (clip below).  They got along, apparently, although both mentioned nursing migraines after a four to five hour interview.  Stiller says that while he tries to avoid reading what is written about him, he did read Friend's piece. 

Entitled "Ben Stiller, 'Walter Mitty,' and the Dilemma of Modern Stardom," the article chronicles Stiller's ambitious efforts to make the James Thurber short story into a film -- and goes on to forecast the future of comedy in American film.  In this short clip, Stiller goes so far as to say that the feature contains some "really interesting stuff." 

(Profile linked here, 'New Yorker' subscription required for the full article.)

This article is related to: Ben Stiller, Video, Media


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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.