Events in Film & Television in 2001

American Music Awards

Jan 8 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

  • Jan 9 American version of Belgian reality game show "The Mole" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos

Television Premiere

Jan 12 Disney Channel TV series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

  • Jan 12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim

Music History

Jan 14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Film Premiere

Jan 19 Cult film "Donnie Darko" written and directed by Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

  • Jan 28 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 7 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 23 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

BAFTA Awards

Feb 25 54th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

  • Mar 4 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

WrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XVII, Astrodome, Houston, Texas: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship

Music Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

  • May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Music Concert

May 12 Ringo Starr's seventh All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Roger Hodgson, Ian Hunter, Howard Jones, Greg Lake, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera

  • May 13 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama

Film Premiere

May 16 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film & TV History

May 18 DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

  • May 25 54th Cannes Film Festival: "The Son's Room" directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d'Or

Tony Awards

Jun 3 55th Tony Awards: "The Producers" and "Proof" win

Television Premiere

Jun 3 TV drama "Six Feet Under" created by Alan Ball, starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy premieres on HBO

Film Premiere

Jun 15 Indian epic "Laagan" directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres

Film Premiere

Jun 18 "The Fast and the Furious" film directed by Rob Cohen starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez premieres

Film Release

Jun 29 "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O'Connor, is released

Film Premiere

Jul 9 "The Office" mockumentary created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman premieres on BBC Two in the UK

Film Premiere

Jul 16 "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US

  • Jul 19 34th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film & TV History

Jul 20 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)

Film Premiere

Jul 29 "The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway (in her film debut), featuring Julie Andrews, and directed by Garry Marshall, premieres at El Capitan theater in Hollywood

  • Aug 3 "The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released nationwide

Film & TV History

Aug 27 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • Aug 29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion

Television Premiere

Sep 9 "Band of Brothers" based on book by Stephen E. Ambrose, created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks premieres, then most expensive miniseries ever made

Film & TV History

Sep 10 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is awarded Actor of the Century at the Alexandria Film Festival

  • Sep 15 26th Toronto International Film Festival: "Amelie" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet wins the People's Choice Award

Television Premiere

Oct 2 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Film Premiere

Nov 4 "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" 1st film adaptation of the book series by J. K. Rowling starring Daniel Radcliffe, premieres in London (Titled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in some markets)

Emmy Awards

Nov 4 53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win

  • Nov 6 TV drama series "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland premieres on Fox
  • Nov 15 Microsoft releases the first Xbox game console in the US

Film Premiere

Nov 16 "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", 1st film adaptation of the book series by J. K. Rowling starring Daniel Radcliffe, premieres in US (Titled "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's's Stone" in some markets)

Film Premiere

Dec 5 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Film Premiere

Dec 10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

  • Dec 13 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)
  • Dec 13 Biopic "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Ron Howard premieres (wins four Academy Awards including Best Picture)

Film Release

Dec 19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.