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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I am rooting for "American Idol," as I told you yesterday. But the ratings for Thursday are bad news. The second day of "Idol"...
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The Justin Bieber documentary "Believe" will end its four week run in theatres with just seven locations starting today. Yesterday the flop infomercial made...
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Oprah Winfrey wants everyone to know: she is okay not getting an Oscar nomination for her extraordinary performance in "The Butler." "Really," she told me...
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Thursday brought a TV land double whammy of death. RIP Russell Johnson, 89, known as "The Professor" from "Gilligan's Island." At the same time, sadly,...
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The Broadcast Critics Association handed out the 19th annual Critics Choice Awards tonight in a two hour ceremony broadcast live on the CW Network....
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Meryl Streep earned her 18th Oscar nomination today, for lead actress in "August: Osage County." She's only won three times, however, for "Kramer vs.Kramer"...
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Good news and bad news. "American Idol" returned last night way up from its season final last summer. The newly re-jiggered show had a...
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Megan Ellison is no longer "the daughter of Oracle Founder Larry Ellison." Her Annapurna Productions, just a couple of years old, has two Oscar...

Shock: Oprah, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford were all shut out of this year's Oscars. The nine Best Picture nominees are American Hustle, Captain Phillips,...