Events in Film & Television in 2006

  • Jan 9 11th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film

Television Debut

Jan 20 "High School Musical" debuts, starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens; becomes Disney Channel's most successful TV movie

Film & TV History

Jan 24 Walt Disney International and Bob Iger announce it is buying computer animation film studio Pixar for $7.4 billion

  • Jan 29 22nd Sundance Film Festival: "Quinceanera", directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film & TV History

Jan 29 US Postal Service releases 39-cent stamp featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

Film & TV History

Feb 7 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

  • Feb 9 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear

Sports History

Feb 9 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

BAFTA Awards

Feb 19 59th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

  • Mar 1 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium
  • Mar 3 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC

Film & TV History

Mar 14 Mike Wallace retires from US news program "60 Minutes" after 37 years

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XXII, Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL: John Cena beats Triple H; Rey Mysterio defeats Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat title match

  • May 7 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama

Music Concert

May 19 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz

  • May 27 "Pan's Labyrinth" fantasy film on the Spanish Civil War written and directed by Guillermo del Toro debuts at Cannes
  • May 28 59th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or

Music Concert

Jun 14 Ringo Starr's ninth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Billy Squier, Richard Marx, Edgar Winter, Rod Argent, Hamish Stuart, and Sheila E.

Film Premiere

Jun 22 Film "The Devil Wears Prada" based starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt premieres in LA

Film Premiere

Jun 24 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland - becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion

  • Jul 20 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

TV Show Appearance

Jul 20 During an appearance on "The Tonight Show", Colin Farrell is confronted by telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford, who had been stalking the actor

  • Jul 30 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

Film & TV History

Aug 8 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

Emmy Awards

Aug 27 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

  • Aug 30 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 Luxembourg becomes the 1st country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting

Film Premiere

Sep 7 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

  • Sep 16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.

Film Premiere

Sep 26 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

  • Oct 3 American drama series "Friday Night Lights" starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton premieres on NBC

Film & TV History

Oct 7 Novaya Gazeta Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow

Television Premiere

Oct 11 US sitcom "30 Rock" created by and starring Tina Fey alongside Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan first premieres on NBC in the US

  • Oct 12 United States Postal Service designates facility in Green River, Wyoming, as the "Curt Gowdy Post Office Building," honoring the noted broadcaster

Film Premiere

Nov 14 "Casino Royale", 21st James Bond film premieres in London, starring Daniel Craig for the 1st time and Eva Green, premieres in London

Film & TV History

Nov 19 Innovative video game console the Nintendo Wii is released in North America by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Film & TV History

Dec 5 Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy little black dress from film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" auctioned for charity for record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie's, London