On This Day

December 2014 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premier

Dec 1 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 2 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Music History

Dec 4 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

Film Release

Dec 17 Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio

Film Release

Dec 25 "Unbroken", drama film directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O'Connell and Domhall Gleeson, released in the United States


Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Actress and model Amber Stevens (28) weds "The Walking Dead" actor Andrew J. West (28) in Los Angeles, California

Eddie Redmayne

Dec 15 "Theory of Everything" actor Eddie Redmayne (32) weds Hannah Bagshawe at Babington House in Somerset, England

Elton John

Dec 21 British pop piano player and singer Elton John (67) marries Canadian filmmaker David Furnish (51)


Divorces in Film & TV

Idina Menzel

Dec 3 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (44) and Broadway actress Idina Menzel (43) file for divorce after 11 years of marriage

Divorce of Interest

Dec 12 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Dec 7 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Dec 7 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77
  • Dec 12 Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), dies at 86
  • Dec 14 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90
  • Dec 18 Virna Lisi, Italian actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard), dies at 78
  • Dec 20 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • Dec 21 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Luise Rainer

Dec 30 Luise Rainer, German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), dies at 104

  • Dec 30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78