Events in Film & TV on August 8

  • 1938 6th Venice Film Festival opens

Venice Film Festival

1939 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italian regime

  • 1956 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins

Musical Finale

1964 N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical "110 in the Shade", based on Nash's drama "The Rainmaker", closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC after, 330 performances

Film & TV History

1991 Actor Gary Oldman is arrested for drunk driving

Film & TV History

2006 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

Film Premiere

2013 Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix
  • 2018 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars