Fox News columnist Roger Friedman is out after posting a review of a leaked full-length work print of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Fox News said Monday that the company’s representatives and Friedman “mutually agreed to part ways immediately.”
Friedman was the chief entertainment columnist for the site. He wrote in his Fox 411 column Thursday that downloading the 20th Century Fox superhero prequel was “so much easier than going out in the rain” and that the movie “exceeds expectations at every turn.”
The early review of the film, which 20th Century Fox described as a “stolen, incomplete and early version,” was later removed from the Web site Friday.
The movie, which focuses on the beginnings of Hugh Jackman’s clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine, is not scheduled for release until May 1, but the leaked version began appearing online last week. 20th Century Fox promised that the source of the film would be prosecuted and said the FBI and Motion Picture Association of America are investigating the leak.