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Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication - Posted September 10, 2014
We joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication - Posted September 10, 2014
We joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling... [FishbowlNY]

Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Writing Best Sellers and Playing Nice With Hollywood - Posted July 30, 2014
Judging by the decibel level at Michael's today the media mavens and swells had plenty to talk about between bites of their Korean tacos (delish!) and Cobb salads. There's always a flurry of activity on the last Wednesday in July before most of the last remaining power lunchers depart for their... [GalleyCat]

Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Writing Best Sellers and Playing Nice With Hollywood - Posted July 30, 2014
Judging by the decibel level at Michael's today the media mavens and swells had plenty to talk about between bites of their Korean tacos (delish!) and Cobb salads. There's always a flurry of activity on the last Wednesday in July before most of the last remaining power lunchers depart for their... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Writing Best Sellers and Playing Nice With Hollywood - Posted July 30, 2014
Judging by the decibel level at Michael's today the media mavens and swells had plenty to talk about between bites of their Korean tacos (delish!) and Cobb salads. There's always a flurry of activity on the last Wednesday in July before most of the last remaining power lunchers depart for their... [FishbowlNY]

Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [GalleyCat]

Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [FishbowlNY]

Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars - Posted June 4, 2014
The early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good - 90% from critics, 96% from the public. Then there's Roger Friedman... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars - Posted June 4, 2014
The early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good - 90% from critics, 96% from the public. Then there's Roger Friedman... [FishbowlNY]

Art Garfunkel and Good Housekeeping's Campaign to End Childhood Hunger - Posted May 28, 2014
There wasn't much that could top last week's head-spinning celebrity scene at Michael's, so today was pretty quiet by comparison except for the random appearance of Art Garfunkel. I guess I could have asked him about Paul Simon's recent trip to a Connecticut courtroom and perhaps gotten him... [GalleyCat]

Former Billboard Editorial Director Points to Egregious Example of 'Echo Chamber Reporting' - Posted April 3, 2014
On Monday, BuzzFeed's Myles Tanzer introduced a whole new audience to Angela Cheng, a pseudonymous mus... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Former Billboard Editorial Director Points to Egregious Example of 'Echo Chamber Reporting' - Posted April 3, 2014
On Monday, BuzzFeed's Myles Tanzer introduced a whole new audience to Angela Cheng, a pseudonymous mus... [FishbowlNY]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [AllTwitter]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [FishbowlNY]

Deadline's Mike Fleming is Going Bicoastal - Posted October 8, 2013
Beginning next month, Nikki Finke's tireless film editor will divide his time equally each month between Long Island and Los Angeles. It's a big change for Fleming, one he ... [GalleyCat]

Deadline's Mike Fleming is Going Bicoastal - Posted October 8, 2013
Beginning next month, Nikki Finke's tireless film editor will divide his time equally each month between Long Island and Los Angeles. It's a big change for Fleming, one he ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Deadline's Mike Fleming is Going Bicoastal - Posted October 8, 2013
Beginning next month, Nikki Finke's tireless film editor will divide his time equally each month between Long Island and Los Angeles. It's a big change for Fleming, one he ... [FishbowlNY]

Cate Blanchett Tells Reporter It's a Little Early to Call Oscar Race - Posted July 25, 2013
The headline of the USA TODAY article by Ann Oldenburg reads "Oscar Buzz Builds for Cate Blanchett." Builds? Really? First of all, it's July. Yes, the Cannes Film Festival can... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Cate Blanchett Tells Reporter It's a Little Early to Call Oscar Race - Posted July 25, 2013
The headline of the USA TODAY article by Ann Oldenburg reads "Oscar Buzz Builds for Cate Blanchett." Builds? Really? First of all, it's July. Yes, the Cannes Film Festival can... [FishbowlNY]

Roger Friedman Calls Out Tina Brown, Diane Dimond - Posted July 1, 2013
For the briefest time Sunday morning, some alleged "news" published by UK's Sunday Mirror newspaper about the late Michael Jackson was above The Drudge Report fold. But the multiple featured links quickly disappeared from Drudge, perhaps because the site's Showbiz 411 pal Roger Friedman may have alerted that there was no... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Roger Friedman Calls Out Tina Brown, Diane Dimond - Posted July 1, 2013
For the briefest time Sunday morning, some alleged "news" published by UK's Sunday Mirror newspaper about the late Michael Jackson was above The Drudge Report fold. But the multiple featured links quickly disappeared from Drudge, perhaps because the site's Showbiz 411 pal Roger Friedman may have alerted that there was no... [FishbowlNY]

Robert Redford Silent Drama Makes Big Splash at Cannes - Posted May 22, 2013
Robert Redford is 76; the Cannes Film Festival, 66. Over the course of these two cinematic lifetimes, the manner in which information flows out of a major film festival has dramatically changed. The once gentl... [GalleyCat]

Robert Redford Silent Drama Makes Big Splash at Cannes - Posted May 22, 2013
Robert Redford is 76; the Cannes Film Festival, 66. Over the course of these two cinematic lifetimes, the manner in which information flows out of a major film festival has dramatically changed. The once gentl... [FishbowlLA]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [FishbowlLA]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [morningmedianewsfeed]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [FishbowlNY]

Melania Trump, Star Jones and the Man Behind Katie Couric's Cushy Set - Posted October 24, 2012
Compared to the past few Fellini-esque Wednesday's at Michael's, today's crowd was pretty low key. That said, the usual suspects were at their regular perches and the people watching quotient was satisfied by regular Star Jones (dressed to kill) and ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Melania Trump, Star Jones and the Man Behind Katie Couric's Cushy Set - Posted October 24, 2012
Compared to the past few Fellini-esque Wednesday's at Michael's, today's crowd was pretty low key. That said, the usual suspects were at their regular perches and the people watching quotient was satisfied by regular Star Jones (dressed to kill) and ... [FishbowlNY]

Latest Church of Scientology PR Crisis Heats Up - Posted September 5, 2012
As we reported earlier this week, Paul Haggis' comments about the shocking Vanity Fair October cover story involving Tom Cruise, the Church of Scientology and an a... [FishbowlLA]

Paul Haggis Corroborates Vanity Fair Scientology Cover Story - Posted September 3, 2012
Labor Day weekend is turning into another massive PR nightmare for Hollywood's top-earning actor. One that not even his once formidable protector Pat Kinglsey could have likely circumvented. Firs... [GalleyCat]

Paul Haggis Corroborates Vanity Fair Scientology Cover Story* - Posted September 3, 2012
Labor Day weekend is turning into another massive PR nightmare for Hollywood's top-earning actor. One that not even his once formidable protector Pat Kingsley could have likely circumvented. Firs... [FishbowlLA]

Eliot Spitzer on CNN's Identity Crisis: 'There's No Objectivity in Network News' - Posted June 6, 2012
It was the usual Wednesday mix of moguls (Jon Tisch), media men (Richard Beckman, Mike Perlis... [FishbowlLA]

One Month Later, Gavin Smith's Disappearance Remains a Complete Mystery - Posted June 1, 2012
It was 31 days ago that Fox executive Gavin Smith drove away in his 2000 Mercedes 420E from the Oak Park neighborhood of Simi Hills, not to be heard from or seen since. While NBC Southern California's Robert Kovacik reported last week that Smith might have been sighted at a Morro... [FishbowlLA]

A Party for Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor; Katie Couric Holds Court - Posted March 7, 2012
It's been a pretty wild winter at Michael's. Far from suffering from the seasonal doldrums, the place has been operating on full tilt every Wednesday with a fresh array of A-listers that always make for some pretty good people watching. Today was no exception. Besides the jam packed dining room filled with... [FishbowlLA]

Fifteen Years Later, Columnist Finally Gets to Interview Doris Day - Posted December 12, 2011
Some celebrity interview requests take longer than others to come to fruition. Rarely though do they span the length of four U.S. presidential terms, as is the case with Roger Friedman and ... [FishbowlLA]

Columnist Says Sly Stone 'Homeless' Story Stinks - Posted September 28, 2011
Three days after the New York Post caused a sensation with an article portaying Sly Stone as homel... [FishbowlLA]

Hollywood Reporter Promotes Erik Pedersen to Managing Editor - Posted July 29, 2011
On the Hollywood Reporter masthead, there is already a person listed as managing editor, daily--Michael Barnes. But since May, a second managing editor slot... [FishbowlLA]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [SocialTimes.com]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [FishbowlNY]

Advance Viewer Says David Gest Doc About Michael Jackson is 'Pretty Good' - Posted June 2, 2011
After originally hinting at a 2010 release for the feature documentary The Real Michael Jackson, David Gest dropped off the radar with his project. But just before Memorial Day, he resurfaced on the Universal Studio lot to hos... [FishbowlLA]

Sharon Waxman Enjoys a Hotel du Cap Nightcap - Posted May 16, 2011
Over the weekend, The Wrap's doyenne Sharon Waxman filed a freewheeling dispatch... [FishbowlLA]

Salt Lake City Reporter Buttonholes The Book of Mormon - Posted March 17, 2011
According to showbiz columnist Roger Friedman, ... [FishbowlLA]

Roger Friedman Points Thievery Finger at Deadline.com - Posted January 20, 2011
New York based showbiz columnist Roger Friedman has never been shy about outing media outlets that allegedly steal material from his Sho... [FishbowlLA]

Three More Jeers for Hollywood Foreign Press - Posted December 13, 2010
It's business as usual in Tinseltown. As in - everyone makes fun of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) but still kowtows to the annual Golden Globes fanfare (2010 nominations are out tomorrow). It really doesn't ma... [FishbowlLA]

Robert Wagner to Help Reboot Charlie's Angels - Posted November 29, 2010
Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman has a good ... [FishbowlLA]

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup - Posted November 10, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw '80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup - Posted November 10, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw '80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Kathie Lee Gifford and Friends Grab a Bite Before Broadway - Posted January 13, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It's nice to see there are still plenty of writers who can afford to eat at swanky restaurants these days. Today, the dining room at Michael's was brimming with scribes of every stripe and their fabulous friends. I was heartened to hear from a handful of fellow scribes that... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Lunch: Kathie Lee Gifford and Friends Grab a Bite Before Broadway - Posted January 13, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It's nice to see there are still plenty of writers who can afford to eat at swanky restaurants these days. Today, the dining room at Michael's was brimming with scribes of every stripe and their fabulous friends. I was heartened to hear from a handful of fellow scribes that... [FishbowlNY]

Covering Today's Cronkite Memorial - Posted September 9, 2009
Right now, the public memorial for Walter Cronkite is just getting started at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. TVNewser editors Chris and Kevin are on the scene and Tweetin... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Covering Today's Cronkite Memorial - Posted September 9, 2009
Right now, the public memorial for Walter Cronkite is just getting started at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. TVNewser editors Chris and Kevin are on the scene and Tweetin... [FishbowlNY]

Al Franken Wins! (Again)|Ex-FoxNew.com Columnist Sues News Corp.|There May Be Jobs In Atlanta|OK! Paid $500K For MJ Photo - Posted June 30, 2009
FishbowlLA: The Minnesota Supreme Court certifed ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Al Franken Wins! (Again)|Ex-FoxNew.com Columnist Sues News Corp.|There May Be Jobs In Atlanta|OK! Paid $500K For MJ Photo - Posted June 30, 2009
FishbowlLA: The Minnesota Supreme Court certifed ... [FishbowlNY]

Roger Friedman Sues News Corp. For $5.1 Million - Posted June 30, 2009
HuffPo reports former FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman has gone ahead with a lawsuit against News Corp. seeking $5.18 million in damages f... [TVNewser]

Roger Friedman Sues Murdoch for Wrongful Termination - Posted June 30, 2009
From Huffpo: Fired Fox News entertainment columnist Roger Friedman filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Fox News, News Corp, 20th Century Fox and ... [FishbowlLA]

Roger Friedman To File Wrongful Termination Suit Against News Corp. - Posted June 14, 2009
Fired FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman says it wasn't watching a pirated copy of the 20th Century Fox film "Wolverine" - and then writing about it - that got him fired, it was actress Kelly Preston... [TVNewser]

The Ticker (FNC Edition): Gutfeld, Friedman, Beck... - Posted May 19, 2009
> The libertarian magazine Reason has posted a video of Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld's appearance during Reason Weekend. He talks about Bill Maher, The Huffington Post and his "surreal" FNC program. ... [TVNewser]

FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman Fired For "Promoting" Piracy - Posted April 5, 2009
DeadlineHollywoodDaily's Nikki Finke reports FOX has fired FoxNews.com entertainment writer, ... [TVNewser]

Around the Fishbowls: Obama, O'Reilly, Cruise... - Posted December 17, 2008
• FishbowlNY's Glynnis MacNicol reports today's shocking news — President-elect Barack Obama was selected as Time magazine's Person of the Year. Noticeably absent from the "... [TVNewser]

Fox's Friedman Banned From Cruise's Comeback - Posted December 16, 2008
Fox News' Roger Friedman, an able-bodied film raconteur if ever there was one, has been banned from screenings of ... [FishbowlLA]

FBLA Goes to the Party: Schnabel at Gagosian - Posted February 22, 2008
Julian Schnabel's paintings of bones (used in the credit sequence of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) are on view at Gagosian Gallery, with a preview party last night. Schnabel's at work on his next film, because he evidently needs no sleep. Tilda Swinton, Lauren Hutton, Ben Silverman, the Wein... [FishbowlLA]

Rosie: Proud As A Peacock? - Posted June 25, 2007
FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman "guesses" Rosie O'Donnell is going to NBC/MSNBC. Johnny Dollar has the audio "My guess is that she will get a daytime show on NBC with a package deal to do a night-time talk show on MSNBC." "What she wants is a daytime show with... [TVNewser]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown's Bathroom Promise - Posted May 16, 2007
We were expecting a celeb sighting or two since it's Upfront time — the week the networks trot out their overpaid and underfed stars to shill for their supper — but alas, there were no signs of McDreamy or Matthew Fox anywhere. (Thankfully, we d... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown's Bathroom Promise - Posted May 16, 2007
We were expecting a celeb sighting or two since it's Upfront time — the week the networks trot out their overpaid and underfed stars to shill for their supper — but alas, there were no signs of McDreamy or Matthew Fox anywhere. (Thankfully, we d... [FishbowlNY]

CBS Recruited Matthews, Stephanopolous - Posted May 2, 2007
From Roger Friedman: Sources say that Stephanopoulos' agents had more than just cursory talks with CBS about their boy switching networks. But at that point, they say, CBS couldn't offer George exactly what he was looking for either. For one thing, Stephanopolous is tied up at ABC through 2008. The talks didn't... [FishbowlDC]

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