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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Today was Sonny Bono's birthday. How do I know? Cher Tweeted him a Happy Birthday message this evening, around 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. Okay,...
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Do the British Academy Awards mean anything to the American academy voters? It's hard to say. Probably not. But on Sunday "12 Years a...
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That didn't take long. "Winter's Tale," directed (and written and produced) by Akiva Goldsman, is the first big studio flop of 2014. On Friday night,...
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Past Oscar nominee Ellen Page made headlines Friday night. She revealed in a speech in front of an LGBT group that she's gay. It's...
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Last night Leonardo DiCaprio's mom was in the audience at the Ziegfeld Theater for a brief, but informative Q&A with the star of "Wolf...
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Yikes. Last night's "American Idol" audience barely showed up. The total number of viewers fell below 10 million for the first time anyone's memory....
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Poor "Endless Love." Scott Spencer's 1979 novel was superb. It was about obsession and class. Two years later it was turned into a terrible...
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This is a first. Sort of by accident we know in advance some of the costs of a huge blockbuster failure of a movie....

Carl Reiner has posted two Tweets about his friend of 60 years, Sid Caesar. I spoke to Dick Cavett yesterday on the phone in...
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Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, of course, each wrote for Sid Caesar. Brooks was part of "Your Show of Shows" and remains entwined in...