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Hollywood: “Raymond” Cast Will Reunite for Peter Boyle, Plus Eddie Redmayne Previews “Fantastic Beasts”


You may not know this, but the late Peter Boyle was very lucky to have a wonderful wife who–prior to marrying him– had a big career as a famous and gifted rock journalist. That’s my old friend Loraine Alterman Boyle. Since Peter’s passing, Loraine has dabbled in producing Broadway shows. But she’s also been very involved with the International Myeloma Foundation.

So guess what? On November 5th Loraine is being honored by the IMF in Hollywood at the Wilshire Ebell Theater for their 10th Annual Comedy Celebration. Ray Romano is hosting the night, and all of his and Peter’s “Everyone Loves Raymond” gang will be there including Patricia Heaton.

Other performers include a pretty cool, eclectic mix of people: Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Bill Burr (Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast), Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs), Dom Irrera (The Bronx Bull), Larry Miller (Rock Steady Row), Kevin Nealon (Dumb Prince), JB Smoove (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and the amazing Fred Willard (Mascots), plus special musical guests Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) and Annette O’Toole (Women Who Kill).

If you’re in LA November 5th, don’t miss this event. And tell Loraine I said hi. You can ask her about the rock world from a time when it mattered!

Meantime, I am sorry I’ll miss Entertainment Weekly’s “PopFest,” taking place on October 29th-30th, billed as ‘the ultimate pop culture event.”

The program kicks off with a coveted preview screening of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” followed by a Q & A with director Scott Derricks. But the big news is Eddie Redmayne is previewing his new film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” J.K. Rowling’s prequel to the Harry Potter series. 

Other PopFest film previews are Sony’s “Dark Tower,” and an outdoor 20th anniversary screening of the film “Scream.”  A discussion with Jodie Foster and many more panels with Hollywood’s elite. Authors such as Anne Rice, Chris Colfer, Terry McMillan, Sophia Amoruso, and Victoria Aveyard talking about their latest books. This festival has set the standard and the bar way high for all things and Showbiz. No one should miss this memorable happening. “PopFest,” takes place at The Reef in downtown LA.  For tickets, please visit:


with Leah Sydney

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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