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August 7, 2012








Hollywood – Los Angeles, August 7, 2012 – The American Cinematheque announced today that this year’s 26th award will be presented to Ben Stiller at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Stiller’s colleagues. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed over the coming months.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ben Stiller as the 26th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. "Ben Stiller is a comedy icon whose wide-ranging talents include acting, directing, writing and producing. He entertains us in front of the camera with unforgettable performances in groundbreaking comedies such as THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and franchises like MEET THE PARENTS and A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. As a director/actor/writer/producer, he gave us the outrageously funny TROPIC THUNDER and we can look forward to THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY next year. His active production company makes movies that span the genres. To sum it up, Ben Stiller is already a renaissance man of comedy and he's going to be sharing his talents with us for years to come."

Stiller was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, which since 1986, has annually honored an extraordinary artist (actor, director or writer) in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture. Fund raised benefit the year-round programming of the non-profit cultural organization, the American Cinematheque.

The executive producers of the show are Paul Flattery, Barbara Smith and Irene Crinita is the producer and Kelly Brock co-producer. Corrinne Mann is the event producer. Co-chairs and presenters of the event will be announced as they are confirmed.

Ben Stiller is an actor, director, writer and producer. Stiller is currently in production on The Secret Life of Walter MittY which he is directing, producing and starring in opposite Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Shirley MacLaine. Mitty is based on the 1947 Danny Kaye film from the James Thurber short story first published in The New Yorker in 1939, which follows a timid magazine photo editor who lives life vicariously through daydreams until he embarks on reality when a film negative goes missing. The film will be released by 20th Century Fox on December 25, 2013.

Stiller received rave reviews for his lead role in Noah Baumbach's GREENBERG, which earned him a 2011 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actor. Most recently, Stiller starred in the Broadway revival of John Guare's award-winning play The House of Blue Leaves alongside Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Stiller originally made his Broadway debut in the 1986 production of the same name.

Stiller starred in, co-wrote and directed the hit comedy TROPIC THUNDER under his Red Hour Films production banner. Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise, the film garnered several award nominations including an Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe for Robert Downey Jr., as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Tom Cruise. The film also won the Broadcast Film Critics Award and Hollywood Film Festival Award for Comedy of the Year. Red Hour's other credits include The Big Year with an all-star cast including Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson; 30 Minutes or Less starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari; Submarine which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival; the animated hit Megamind starring Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey; Carter Smith's thriller The Ruins; and The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, a documentary about Academy Award and Grammy winning songwriters, Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman.

His other directing credits include REALITY BITES, THE CABLE GUY, and ZOOLANDER, which he co-wrote and starred in as well. As a writer, Stiller won an Emmy Award for the short-lived sketch comedy series "The Ben Stiller Show," which he also directed and produced.

Stiller's acting credits include: Permanent Midnight, Your Friends & Neighbors, Flirting with Disaster, Empire of the Sun, There's Something About Mary, The Royal Tenenbaums, Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers; and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, a Red Hour production.

For many years, Stiller has been involved with and supported numerous charities and foundations, including Project ALS, Artists for Peace and Justice, Centre for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Oxfam, Red Cross, and Starlight Children's Foundation, among others. Following his first visit to Haiti with Save the Children in 2009, Stiller has been committed to raising money for schools in the country through his StillerStrong campaign, and more recently with The Stiller Foundation. In the fall of 2011, Stiller, along with the acclaimed art gallerist David Zwirner raised over 13 million dollars for Haiti, which will be distributed to multiple organizations such as JPHRO, Partners In Health, Artists for Peace and Justice, among others.

In 2010, Stiller was recognized by TIME MAGAZINE for his philanthropic work as one of the TIME 100, a list of the world's most influential people.

Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986); Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005) George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007);Samuel L. Jackson (2008); Matt Damon (2010) and Robert Downey Jr. (2011).

One thousand entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual event is the American Cinematheque’s most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organization’s programs throughout the year and operation of the historic landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue.

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award show start at $575. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre which celebrates its 89th anniversary on October 18. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur.

The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.



Please read this information carefully. If you submit an incomplete we will not be able to process it. To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment, include the name of the outlet and when the coverage will air/appear in print, plus complete contact information. No verbal requests will be accepted. If you need to e-mail your request, it will only be accepted if you have a PDF of your assignment letter on letterhead.

If you have never covered this event before, please be sure to include a web link to your media outlet with sample red carpet coverage and to follow all of the instructions for making a request.

Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737, no later than 6 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Registration forms will be available in mid-September, so there is no need to submit until September 1. We will not be processing credentials until late September. Credentials will be confirmed the week of November 5, 2012.

Press credentials will not be accepted until September 1, 2012.

Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm



Contact for the American Cinematheque:

Margot Gerber

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Ben Stiller is represented by Liz Mahoney at ID PR 323.822.4831

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Press credentials will not be accepted until September 1, 2012. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored at this time.



Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. )



Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque Publicist (Press Request Inquiries)

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