Events in Film & TV on August 28

Film Premiere

1946 Film noir "The Killers" premieres, directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, based on a story by Ernest Hemingway

  • 1956 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • 1964 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland
  • 1966 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • 1967 WCBS-AM (880) radio in NYC begins its all-news format; the AM station was knocked off the air just beforehand, moving the debut to the FM sister station (101.1)
  • 1980 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • 1982 39th Venice Film Festival: "The State of Things" directed by Wim Wenders wins Golden Lion

Musical Finale

1983 Revival of Jerry Herman's musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury, closes at the George Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 41 performances

Music History

1986 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California

  • 1986 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium
  • 1988 40th Emmy Awards: Thirtysomething, The Wonder Years & Richard Kiley win

Venice Film Festival

1996 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion

  • 2013 70th Venice Film Festival: "Sacro GRA" directed by Gianfranco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • 2017 English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism
  • 2017 Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video