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Reporter Recalls the Time She Broadsided Ben Stiller with the Wrong Yiddish

Ben Stiller’s recent American Cinematheque honor has prompted Los Angeles magazine associate editor Kari Mozena to think back to the time she first met the actor.

It was at an after-party at the Mondrian Hotel following the premiere of Neil LaBute’s 1998 film Your Friends and Neighbors. She and another journalist started chatting with the actor. All was going well until Mozena confused her sch-words:

“You play such a schlub in this movie.” It’s not a question, it’s simply an awkward statement. Stiller stops talking. The reporter beside me just stares at me. “Interview over,” Stiller says and walks away.

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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Legend Kate Adie Juggles Work with IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award

Since flying into Los Angeles earlier this week, famed BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie has been busy. On Thursday, the 66-year-old journalist was commenting for BBC radio and other international outlets about the capture and killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Today, from the BBC’s LA offices, she will tape the latest edition of her twice-weekly Radio 4 program From Our Own Correspondent.

That show incidentally has been on the air continuously since 1950. Adie took over hosting duties about eleven years ago and for her incredibly storied, globetrotting reporting career, she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from DC’s International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) at a ceremony in Los Angeles October 24 and again in New York on October 27. If anyone deserves to twice be honored by the same organization for “Courage in Journalism,” it is Adie.

“I’ve lost count of the times I have been in so-called danger,” Adie tells FishbowlLA via telephone from LA. “Over nearly 30 years, I have found that each place has its own dangers and risks. To me, I didn’t ever rate ‘my danger.’ It’s just one of the elements you might encounter, and I have never sought out a dangerous life.”

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Sony Hypes Unidentified Film Object

Ahead of the March 11th theatrical release of Battle: Los Angeles, Sony Pictures this week cranked out a highly unusual press release to mark the anniversary of the February 25th, 1942 incident that is at the heart of the movie.

The mysterious events began around 2 a.m., involved as many as 25 UFOs, and led the military to fire repeated rounds as the sighted objects cruised from Santa Monica to Long Beach. For the press release, Sony trotted out not star Aaron Eckhart or director Jonathan Liebesman, but rather Bill Birnes (pictured), publisher of Lambertville, NJ based UFO Magazine:

“The obvious thought was that these were Japanese bombers come to attack the United States,” says Birnes. “But it wasn’t. They were flying too high. And the astounding thing was, not one artillery shell could hit the craft – out of all the hundreds of shells that were fired.”

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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 26, 2007

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CASTING ROUND-UP
Universal Pictures is back in business with Jennifer Aniston, signing the actress to star opposite Aaron Eckhart in Traveling, Variety reports. Pic will be the directing debut of Brandon Camp who wrote the script with Mike Thompson. You guessed it – it’s a romantic dramedy that stars Aniston as a floral designer who factors heavily into a self-help guru’s realization that he practices none of the principles he teaches.

Kevin James has signed on to write, produce and star in Mall Cop for Columbia Pictures. We don’t really need to tell you the story, which he’ll write with Nick Bakay, Variety reports.

Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn will star opposite Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman in State of Play for Universal Pictures/Working Title, writes Variety. Project is an adaptation of the British miniseries.

Will & Grace alum Eric McCormack is headed to cable TV, signing on to star in the TNT drama pilot Truth in Advertising, THR reports. The project is set at multimillion-dollar advertising agency Rothman, Greene & Mohr, where executives must continually prove themselves as their jobs are on the line every day. Sounds a bit like FBLA.

- CHRIS GARDNER