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Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman is an American entertainment news journalist. Friedman created and wrote the FOX411 news column on for 10 years. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Showbiz 411, an entertainment news column.[1]


Among Friedman’s activities in celebrity journalism have been writing the “Intelligencer” column at New York magazine[2] and editing Fame magazine, where he wrote cover stories on Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Paloma Picasso, Carly Simon, and other stars.[3] 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.[3]

With D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Friedman co-produced Only the Strong Survive, a 2002 documentary film about Memphis soul musicians[1] The film was shown in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival,[4] and at the Sundance and Telluride film festivals.

Fox News

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 after he reviewed the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine based on viewing a bootlegged copy of the movie online.[5] (Friedman later told that he had not downloaded the film, but had streamed it after finding a link to it online.[6]) 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, is a unit of News Corporation.[7][8] 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 turn."[9]

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 made after his firing.[10][11]

The Hollywood Reporter

Friedman joined The Hollywood Reporter as a senior correspondent in May 2009.[12] He left in March 2010.[13]

Current career at Showbiz 411

Friedman currently writes for and, as well their print versions. He started the column 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 Report.


External links

  • Roger Friedman's
  • Roger Friedman 2009 column archive at
  • Internet Movie Database
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