On This Day

August 2018 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 2 TikTok, the video-sharing social network, becomes available worldwide after merging with Musical.ly

Film & TV History

Aug 6 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms

Film Premiere

Aug 7 "Crazy Rich Asians" first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Aug 7 China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie "Christopher Robin", after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • Aug 7 CW network announces Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman
  • Aug 8 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars

Film & TV History

Aug 16 Scarlett Johansson is the world's best-paid actress of the year earning $40.5 million according to Forbes

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

Aug 18 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

Film & TV History

Aug 19 Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth"

Film & TV History

Aug 22 Forbes say George Clooney made more money in a single year ($239 million) than any actor ever ($239m), due to sale of alcohol company, followed by Dwayne Johnson ($124m)

Film & TV History

Aug 26 Danny Boyle pulls out of directing the next James Bond film due to 'creative differences'

Sports History

Aug 26 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

Film Premiere

Aug 30 Film "Roma" directed and written by Alfonso Cuarón, (Best Director 2019 Academy Awards) starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

Aug 30 Film "The Favourite" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Olivia Coleman (Best Actress Academy Awards 2019), Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

Aug 31 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 3 Moshe Mizrahi, Israeli film director (Madame Rosa), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 5 Charlotte Rae, American character actress (Facts of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, dies at 92
  • Aug 13 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), dies at 63
  • Aug 21 Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Icelandic actor (Lazytown), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 21 Barbara Harris [Sandra Mankwitz], American actress (Plaza Suite, Family Plot), dies at 83
  • Aug 24 Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), dies at 76

Neil Simon

Aug 26 Neil Simon, American playwright and author (The Odd Couple), dies at 91