Ben Stiller looked smaller than his five-foot-seven frame as he stepped onstage last Saturday night at Lincoln Center to provide context for his latest directorial feature, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. “Thanks to the New York Film Festival for being brave enough to put a Ben Stiller movie on its lineup,” he deadpanned, before going on to discuss his relationship with the center itself.
In last year’s New Yorker piece on Ben Stiller, there was a lot of chatter about how Stiller’s latest venture–an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was making Fox Studios very nervous. And well it should! The film had a budget of $90 million, and was plagued by monetary problems throughout shooting, not to mention creative differences. (Stiller had to apparently keep telling Fox that he was making something more akin to Forrest Gump than Eternal Sunshine just to keep the studio from getting too nervous.)
Now we have the trailer, and while we can’t judge a book by its cover, we can sometimes judge a film by a trailer, or at least, it’s fun to try. So let’s go for it!
“Mirella Freni and Pavarotti shared the same wet nurse,” former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said last week at the Eighth Annual Opera News Awards at The Plaza, sharing a bit of opera trivia before giving the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s distinguished achievement award to the supreme Modenese soprano. “Just imagine the Freudian connotations,” hizzoner continued. “Mirella’s Read More
ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?
IFC clearly knows what it is doing. The network that brought you Portlandia (and also Comedy Bang Bang!, if that is your sort of thing), has just announced its green-lighting of two new shows; Spoils of Babylon and The Birthday Boys. The former will be written by and star Will Ferrell alongside long-time writing partner and former head SNL writer Adam McKay, while the latter will be executive produced by The Ben Stiller Show buddies Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. Er, we mean, Saul.
And whoa my gosh, do they look great.
Hurricane Sandy has been something of a catastrophe for New Yorkers, but opportunistic celebrities (who, like, totally LOVE charity) have been popping up all over the state to get involved with the relief efforts. It would appear that other causes are very much out this season now that superstorm victims are in, so take a Read More
Despite the massive hype leading up to the event, Ben Stiller and David Zwirner’s Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s this evening exceeded expectations with the 27 works offered selling for a collective $13.7 million, beating an earlier estimate of $10 million.
This morning, before the press preview of the 26 works expected to bring in some $10 million in the Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s on Thursday, the assembled press waited in the foyer just beyond the entrance to the auction house.
Gallerist David Zwirner, former president Bill Clinton and actor Ben Stiller announced today that they will co-chair a gala in September to benefit the Stiller Foundation, which is working to rebuild schools in Haiti that were damaged in the 2010 earthquake there.
The dinner will take place on Sept. 23, at the Skylight Soho event Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday. April 20
Stroke of Genius
New York’s “foodies” are ravenous–not for food (they eat often, and they eat well), but for a new joint to obsess over. They’re in luck! David Bouley has finally emerged from community board headaches and other location mishegoss to open Brushstroke, the Japanese restaurant of our drool-inducing fever dreams. Read More
Red Carpet, Comprehensive Lists
Before any of his guests arrived, Time editor Rick Stengel rotated between the dozens of reporters waiting along the red carpet outside the Time Warner Building’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, the scene of the Time 100 gala Tuesday night.
“Here you have in the same room presidents and poets and philosophers and artists and athletes Read More