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.

Lady Cora Grantham is getting a brother. The mistress of Downton Abbey already has an American mother, played by Shirley MacLaine. Now Paul Giamatti...
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Yeezus! Here's an excerpt from Kanye West's new interview in W magazine. He says that sometimes he sounds "completely retarded." He also addresses...
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UPDATE: I wrote this last Monday, June 17th: the 1 million free copies of Jay Z's "Magna Carta" album from Samsung will not be...

Matthew Weiner pulled out all the stops tonight for a season finale, didn't he? No cliches, none of the stuff we all wondered about....

Paramount just called "World War Z" their third biggest franchise opener for the studio-- meaning "WWZ" is a franchise, and a sequel is assured....

James Gandolfini will be laid to rest in a place appropriate for his age and influence-- a relatively young man (51) whom everyone loved....
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Wow. That was fast. Six days after it was announced, Courteney Cox's directing debut gets a new title. "Hello I Must Be Going" is...

Jon Stewart appeared last night on Bassem Youseff's TV show in Cairo, Egypt. This may actually bring peace to the middle East. An American...
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UPDATE SUNDAY MORNING 10:55AM: The weekend total looks like it will be somewhere between $65mil and $68mil, which is just amazing considering what struggles...

TVLand returned to its first run schedule on Wednesday night and it was bad news. Their linchpin show, "Hot in Cleveland," scored low numbers....