[Update: News Corp., the parent of both Foxnews.com and 20th Century Fox, issued its own statement on Saturday: "Roger Friedman's views in no way reflect the views of News Corp. We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corp., have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. Once we learned of Roger Friedman's post, we asked Fox News to remove it, which they did immediately."]
20th Century Fox has blasted Roger Friedman, who published a review on Foxnews.com of the pirated X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as "reprehensible," according to a report on IESB.net.
"We've just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a free-lance columnist who writes Fox 411 on Foxnews.com—an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox—watched on the Internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the studio said in a statement to the Web site. "This behavior is reprehensible, and we condemn this act categorically—whether the review is good or bad."
Friedman was virtually alone among bloggers and entertainment writers on the Web in violating an unspoken agreement not to review or post anything based on the nearly complete film, which was stolen and posted in its entirety earlier this week before Fox managed to have it removed. By then the film had spread around the Web, and it has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.
Most sites, such as Ain't It Cool News, decried the early posting of the movie and refused to run any reviews.
Foxnews.com has since removed Friedman's review, but without comment [see update above]. It's unclear whether there will be any repercussions to Friedman; Foxnews.com and the studio are separate units in Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
Wolverine is slated to open May 1.