is an American film critic and entertainment news
journalist. Friedman created and wrote the FOX411 news column on
Foxnews.com for 10 years. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of
Showbiz 411, an entertainment news and film review column which
started with The Hollywood Reporter.
2 Fox News
3 The Hollywood Reporter
4 Current career at Showbiz 411
6 External links
Among Friedman’s activities in celebrity journalism have been
writing the “Intelligencer” column at New York magazine and
editing Fame magazine, where he wrote cover stories on Paul McCartney,
Whitney Houston, Paloma Picasso, Carly Simon, and other stars. He
has also written articles which have appeared in Vogue, The New York
Times, the New York Daily News, Redbook, Us Weekly, Premiere, The
Washington Post, and other publications.
D. A. Pennebaker
D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Friedman co-produced Only the
Strong Survive, a 2002 documentary film about Memphis soul
musicians The film was shown in the
Directors' Fortnight at the
Cannes Film Festival, and at the Sundance and Telluride film
Friedman worked for Fox News as a journalist for ten years, starting
Fox News's website and creating the popular Fox411 column. Among his
many successes was his coverage of Michael Jackson's child molestation
and conspiracy trial in 2005.
In April 2009, Friedman was fired by Foxnews.com after he reviewed the
film X-Men Origins: Wolverine based on viewing a bootlegged copy of
the movie online. (Friedman later told Gawker.com that he had not
downloaded the film, but had streamed it after finding a link to it
online.) Friedman's column was perceived as an endorsement of film
piracy and illegal file sharing, particularly by the film's
distributor, 20th Century Fox, which, like Foxnews.com, is a unit of
News Corporation. Ironically, Friedman's review of Wolverine was
very favorable, including comments such as "I am, in fact, amazed
about how great Wolverine turned out. It exceeds expectations at every
In June 2009, Friedman filed a lawsuit against Fox News Network
L.L.C., NewsCorp America, Twentieth Century Fox, and Rupert Murdoch,
claiming wrongful termination, tortious interference with his
employment contract, and defamation based on statements Fox News and
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox made after his firing.
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter as a senior correspondent in
May 2009. He left in March 2010.
Current career at Showbiz 411
Friedman currently writes for Forbes.com and Parade.com, as well their
print versions. He started the
Showbiz 411 column during his time at
The Hollywood Reporter. The blog is an entertainment news website
where Friedman and other authors report "everything from Hollywood to
the Hudson". The website has become independent since he was fired.
Friedman regularly writes about Michael Jackson and complications
surrounding his death and estate. In addition, Friedman writes about
James Franco, Mariah Carey, and Madonna. Showbiz411 frequently breaks
entertainment news stories and is often highlighted on the Drudge
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^ a b "About". Showbiz411. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
^ "Only the Strong Survive Quinzaine des Réalisateurs".
Quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
^ "Writer loses job over Wolverine".
BBC News. 2009-04-07. Retrieved
^ Snyder, Gabriel (2009-04-06). "It's Official:
Roger Friedman Loses
His Job Over Wolverine Piracy". Gawker. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
^ Suderman, Peter (2009-04-07). "Wolverine: the Curse of the Pirate
Critic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
^ Fisher, Luchina; Heussner, Ki Mae; Marikar, Sheila (2009-04-06).
"Fox News Columnist
Roger Friedman Fired". ABC News. Retrieved
Roger Friedman Loves Wolverine!". Vulture. New York Magazine.
2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
^ Itzkoff, Dave (2009-07-02). "Fired Fox Columnist Files Libel
Lawsuit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
Roger Friedman vs. Fox News Networks". Gawker. 2009-06-30.
^ Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF (2009-05-18). "Arts, Briefly - Fired
Columnist Is Hired". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
^ Finke, Nikki. "Friedman Blog Exits Hollywood Reporter –".
Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
Roger Friedman's Showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman 2009 column archive at Foxnews.com