Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News. He writes for Parade magazine and has written for Details, Vogue, the New York Times, Post, and Daily News and many other publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals.
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Wow. Oscars. Billy Crystal is back. Brian Grazer is producing the show. And now, guess what? With one exception--French actor Jean DuJardin--the best actor...

First we see Whitney Houston doing great interviews from set of "Sparkle." Now it seems she's going into business--candle business. Let's say she's burning...
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UPDATE: We called it last night. Billy Crystal is going to host the Oscars.   Now that Eddie Murphy has exited the Oscars, who should...
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Hugh Jackman opens tonight on Broadway, doing his song and dance routine with wild enthusiasm and endless vigor. Did he get tips from rock...
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Bruce Springsteen was lively as ever last night at the Stand Up for Heroes fifth anniversary show at the Beacon Theatre. He told his...

My favorite comic iconoclast, Ricky Gervais, tells me that he's not sure about hosting the Golden Globes and that nothing has been settled. Ricky...
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Julie Taymor's lawsuit against the producers of "Spider Man: Turn off the Dark" has some serious consequences not yet explored. It turns out her...
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Some congrats are truly international. At last night's Audi AFI (aka AFI Fest 2011 by Audi) premiere of "The Artist," director Michel Hazanavicius surprised...
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Brett Ratner was ousted from his Oscar producer job on Tuesday. Why? He said a lot of things he shouldn't. And unlike Mel Gibson,...
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Another big Broadway bow: Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda pretty much stole the week, and it's only Tuesday. They opened the Manhattan Theater Club's...