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About Bruce Fretts


Bruce Fretts has worked as an entertainment journalist for more than 25 years. Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer, Fretts also contributes regularly to The New York Times, writing about movie trailers; doing oral histories of movies like Fatal Attraction, Groundhog Day and National Lampoon’s Animal House; and interviewing such actors as Steve Martin, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Chastain, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ann-Margret. He has been a contributor to Emmy Magazine for more than a decade, writing cover stories on Michael J. Fox, Jim Parsons, Tea Leoni, and Tracy Morgan. He frequently moderates SAG-AFTRA Foundation Q&As with actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Penelope Cruz and Jake Gyllenhaal.

He made his film-acting debut as cable guy “K. Hommel” in writer-director-star Matthew Aaron’s 2017 LGBTQ-themed baseball comedy Landline, also co-starring Tom Arnold, Jim O’Heir, Betsy Brandt, Nick Searcy, Louis Lombardi, James Dumont, Jay Washington and Ryne Sandberg.

Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. He came to TV Guide in 2003 and also penned cover stories on such shows as ElementaryProject Runway and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Prior to joining TV Guide, Fretts spent 12 years at Entertainment Weekly. He wrote cover stories on such stars as Harrison Ford and Howard Stern and TV shows like Baywatch and Friends. He authored the magazine’s first book, The Entertainment Weekly Seinfeld Companion, a best-seller.

A native of Arlington, Va., Fretts attended the University of Virginia. After graduation, he worked as an assistant editor at American Heritage magazine. He  served as TV critic for WBGO-FM, the nation’s largest jazz station, from 1999 until 2016. A die-hard Mets fan, he has written for Major League Baseball’s preseason, All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series programs.

Fretts’ work has also been published by New York Magazine‘s, Fast CompanyThe New York Daily News, Time magazine,,,,, the Sundance Channel’s website and You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.

Fretts lives in Maplewood, N.J. with his children, Jed and Olive, and their beagle, Clementine.


  1. Hello Bruce – I found your blog actually last week after seeing Hugo. I’ve signed up to follow and wish you well. I almost went to see We Bought a Zoo on Saturday night – it previewed here in Sarasota, but changed my mind last minute. I’m surprised that you stated the WBAZ didn’t pass the smell test – not because I believe it is a good film, but because the trailer made it look so promising.


    PS: read my post on the NYFCC Awards. I didn’t disagree, but thought they were way too early. I don’t think placing timing at the top of this list is valid.

    • bruceafretts permalink

      Hi Mike–Thanks for the follow. I’ll definitely check out your blog. And I agree about the NYFCC. I didn’t post about it because I haven’t seen some of the films (like The Iron Lady) yet, but I agree they should’ve seen everything before they gave out their awards.

  2. Julie Lynn permalink

    Bruce! The head of the VAFF just sent me your lovely article — as a producer of 5 to 7, I’m so grateful for any attention to our little movie-that-could … we’re hopeful that we can garner enough support to get people out to the film when it opens in April … THANK YOU! Julie Lynn

  3. Mark Wiznitzer permalink

    Hi Bruce – saw Once Upon a Time last weekend and just read your cultural deconstruction. I missed seeing a reference to the Hoppalong Cassidy mug collection. I was especially aware of it because my late stepfather represented his merchandising in the 1950’s, which included clothing and toy cowboy gear.

  4. Darlee Crockett permalink

    Hi Bruce, just saw Once Upon a Time and loved it. Your column in the NYT was spot on and was a trip down memory lane for us. We lived in Los Angeles right around that time. One sharp detail that Tarantino slipped in that probably went unnoticed by most was the last scene of the Jim Stacy character leaving the set. He gets on a motorcycle to ride off and is not seen further in the movie. In real life Jim Stacy (real name Maurice Elias) was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident which basically ended his career. He was riding in the Hollywood Hills with a girl friend and was hit by a drunk driver. The girl was killed and Maurice lost an arm and a leg. He appeared as a disabled person in a few roles, but the glory days of his career were over. His ex-wife Connie Stevens raised almost $2 million dollars for his care. We knew Maurice in his 20’s. There were further tragedies in his life, but this reply has gone on too long. Thanks for a great column.

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