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.

Best Picture nominees: The Artist, The Help, The Descendants, War Horse, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, Hugo, and the big surprise--Extremely Loud...
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This is heartbreaking. Bingham Ray, one of the nice guys, a champion of independent film, died today at age 57. He suffered two strokes...
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I was sorry to miss this year's Sundance Film Festival--my first absence in eons. But from all reports it's kind of a fizzle, with...
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Spike Lee premiered his "Red Hook Summer" at Sundance on Sunday night and things got a little raucus. Maybe because the Giants were playing...

Our own LEAH SYDNEY reports from Hollywood: Thomas Langmann, the son of late famed French film director Claude Berri, won the Producers Guild of...
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The big news in Sundance today: legendary singer songwriter Paul Simon is due to arrive in Park City to help promote Joe Berlinger's documentary...
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Etta James has finally passed away after some real health struggles. She was 73. "At Last" is her signature song, but "Tell Mama" is...

Everyone says to me, "But Meryl Streep has like thirteen Oscars." Not true. Our finest actress, a woman who has brought acting to a...
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Let's face it, George Lucas is loaded from "Star Wars," Industrial Light and Magic, and all their subsidiaries. He's financed "Red Tails" at $60...
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Clive Davis's annual famous pre-Grammy party is going to honor Sir Richard Branson. The dinner and concert --famed for its performances and number of...