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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Well, it's a tough week. We lost Solomon Burke, one of the great R&B legends. But on the other hand, today is Sam Moore's 75th...
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"Spider Man: Turn off the Dark" is heading toward its November 14th first preview on Broadway with just enough tsuris to throw off a...
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And so it goes: Elizabeth Guider, the editor of the Hollywood Reporter for three years, is gone. The official announcement came today. Now the Reporter...
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Over the weekend in the Hamptons, much talk about the NC-17 rating that's been dumped on Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine." The MPAA rating board seems...
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Matt Weiner did something interesting in last night's "Mad Men" episode: "Blowing Smoke." A couple of things actually. In the penultimate episode of the season, directed...
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James Franco is hot as a pistol right now. His "127 Hours" played at the Hamptons Film Festival. So did a short film he...
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Madonna--perhaps in the middle of editing her feature film, "W.E"--surprised the Hamptons Film Festival audience and went to see Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" Sunday...
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Katherine Heigl and costar Josh Duhamel may have proven that TV stars can translate to movies--at least on a quiet weekend. It does look like...
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Meryl Streep is really getting into the Stanley Tucci business. Or maybe it's vice versa. Sources tell me that La Streep has tentatively agreed to...
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Solomon Burke is dead today at age 70. His death is not a total surprise. Solomon was a huge man physically who performed sitting...