Ben Stiller launches humanitarian effort Stillerstrong

While may have been in hibernation this month, Ben Stiller has been all over the place, launching a new charity in support of Save The Children.

Aping his friend Lance Armstrong, the campaign is called “STILLERSTRONG” with proceeds going towards construction, furnishing and maintenance of a new school in Cévérine, Haiti.

Stiller has been promoting the effort in a series of YouTube videos, starting with this intro:

So far, over $122,000 has been raised. Donations can be given through the website; through a $5 text message; or by purchasing a “StillerStrong” headband, ranging from $14.99 to $300 for limited autographed editions.

Writer Sultan Pepper Dies Unexpectedly

Sad news to report:

Comedy writer Sultan Pepper, 47, who won an Emmy in 1993 for her work on The Ben Stiller Show, passed away on October 20. She was the sole female writer on the Stiller series, and later went on to write and produce for a number of other shows, including Blind Date, Street Smarts and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. She was on the writing team for Mad TV‘s 2004 and 2005 seasons, during which the show was nominated for recognition by the Writers Guild of America.

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Amoeba Music asks Ben, What’s in your Bag?

Ben Stiller recently stopped by famed LA music and movie retailer Amoeba Music to pick up some DVDs for his family, and graciously opened his shopping basket for all to see, as part of a video series, “What’s In My Bag?”

According to Rachael who conducted the interview,

Ben talks about the first movie he remembers seeing as a child, buying movies for his kids, and a bunch of other stuff. I hope you enjoy it!

Catch it below — and get some insight into what makes Ben tick.

Thanks for the head’s up, Rachael, and for the awesome interview!

MTV honors Stiller with Generation Award

Ben Stiller at 2005 MTV Movie Awards
Ben Stiller at 2005 MTV Movie Awards

At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Ben Stiller will be getting the Generation Award — MTV’s “lifetime achievement” recognition.

“I am honored to be getting the Generation Award,” Stiller said. “I was given my first show at MTV and also canceled for the first time.”

Stiller has had a long and storied history with MTV: in 1990, he hosted the proto-version of The Ben Stiller Show, which ran for a dozen episodes on the network, and later evolved into the better-known version on FOX, going on to launch the careers of a generation of creative performers (including the show’s co-creator and writer Judd Apatow.)

Since then, Stiller has continued the tradition of sketch comedy, regularly appearing in spoofs during various award shows on MTV and its Viacom-owned sister networks VH1 and Nickelodeon, notably launching the character of Derek Zoolander for VH1’s Fashion Awards show in 1996 and 1997.

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