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Posts Tagged ‘Neil LaBute’

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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Media Events 1.11.08


FRIDAY 1.11.08
WHAT: British Television Advertising Awards
WHO: You and a lot of other anglophiles
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
WHY: “This annual presentation of the commercials selected by the not-for-profit organization owned by UK advertising professionals is a favorite among LACMA audiences for demonstrating the wit, style and audacious approach to social issues that have distinguished British advertising for decades. The 2007 package includes bronze, silver and gold award-winners and features spots for Sony, BBC Radio 2, Carlsberg, MTV, Audi, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Nike, Volkswagen and Honda among many others.” Tickets are $9, info: 323.857.6010

FRIDAY 1.11.08
WHAT: We (Heart) Playwrights, a Q&A at the Geffent Playhouse
WHO: Jane Anderson [The Quality
of Life], Daniel Beaty [Emergency], Marcus Hummon [Atlanta], Neil LaBute [Some Girl(s)], Donald Margulies [The Elephant In The Room], Adrian Pasdar [Atlanta] and Joan Rivers [Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress].
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Geffen Playhouse
WHY: We just want to see Neil LaBute make out with Joan. Tickets: $50.

SATURDAY 1.12.08
WHAT: Here and Now, an NPR radio show
WHO: Fran Halpern, host of the funny Beyond Words program for “literary toilers,” takes calls and e-mails during the broadcast of her show.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: KCLU, 88.3 (FM) in Ventura and 102.3 (FM) in Santa Barbara County. Also, online at
WHY: Cuz our boss, Laurel, is a huge fan — and really, how many times can you listen to Evan Kleinman?