On This Day

December 2017 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

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Dec 13 Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her

Actress Salma Hayek
Actress
Salma Hayek
Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Dec 14 The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Dec 15 Anita Hill is appointed to lead a Hollywood commission on sexual harassment, spearheaded by Kathleen Kennedy

Film Producer Kathleen Kennedy
Film Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
  • Dec 15 Pakistani teenager Ahed Tamimi filmed slapping Israeli officers during protest, arrested 4 days later

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Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver

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Dec 31 Indian movie star Rajinikanth announces he is entering politics

Actor and Politician Rajinikanth
Actor and Politician
Rajinikanth

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), dies from a chest infection at 79
  • Dec 4 Christine Keeler, British model and showgirl (Profumo affair), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 75
  • Dec 5 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Dec 11 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, dies at 60
  • Dec 15 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and TV/ radio presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), dies from heart failure at 89
  • Dec 21 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Dec 24 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music, Piranha), dies of cancer at 68
  • Dec 28 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94
  • Dec 29 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), dies at 92