Last week, after the workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine had leaked online, most of the major movie sites reported on the happening, but very few felt it appropriate to download and post a review of the unfinished movie. So imagine the shock and horror that must have been felt throughout the top brass at Fox when they discovered that one of their own, Fox News gossip writer Roger Friedman, had done exactly that! Apparently he thought it would be okay to write about the movie since he had only good things to say about it. He thought wrong.
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that News Corp has since fired Friedman, removed his post and released the following statement:
“Roger Friedman’s views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation. We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. When we advised Fox News of the facts they took immediate action, removed the post, and promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.”
And… is anyone surprised to hear this? I’m not quite sure what Friedman was thinking, but it seems to me that he either wanted to lose his job, or is just so completely out to lunch that he didn’t deserve to be working in the entertainment industry anyway. Not only did he review an unfinished version of the movie, but he even talked about how easy it was to obtain. I guess this might have been a more interesting story if Friedman was intentionally “raging against the machine”, but in this case I think it’s pretty clear that the guy is just clueless.