Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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I've been watching director and creator Floyd Mutrux put together his musical, "Baby It's You," for a few years now in Los Angeles. The...
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This is the reason I like Kelly Ripa: she told me last night at the Broadway premiere of "The Normal Heart" that her kids...
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So many things from last night's swell Creative Coalition Spotlight Award dinner: first and foremost, Griffin Dunne, who was one of the four honorees,...
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I do think that Phoebe Snow, who I first met in the early 80s, would be gobsmacked by all the attention she's received since...
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Today ends as it began, with the announcement that someone I knew has died. John Cossette, 54, was the son of legendary producer Pierre...

Katie Couric has announced she's leaving the anchor job at the CBS Evening News. She gave the exclusive announcement to People magazine as part...
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The Outer Critics Circle announced its nominations today for Broadway and Off Broadway. Some surprises: many of the star names now playing on Broadway...
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Phoebe Snow--nee Laub--  has passed away at age 60. Since January 19, 2010 she's been in a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage. It's...
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Orlando Bloom -- we do think him as a modern day swashbuckler, whether it's from the "Lord of the Rings" series or "Pirates of...
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So: Ben Stiller played the teenage son in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves" in 1986. Twenty five years later he steps into...