Events in Film & Television in 2008

  • Jan 7 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "No Country for Old Men" wins Best Film

United Nations

Jan 18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

Film & TV History

Jan 20 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul premieres on AMC

  • Jan 27 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 7 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear

BAFTA Awards

Feb 10 61st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Atonement" Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director

  • Feb 14 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 19 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • Feb 23 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins

Music History

Mar 11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

WrestleMania

Mar 30 WrestleMania XXIV, Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL: Kane defeats Chavo Guerrero; Randy Orton beats Triple H and John Cena in a title Triple Threat match; The Undertaker downs Edge

  • Apr 20 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama

World Record

Apr 30 David Blaine sets a new Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Film & TV History

Apr 30 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

Film Release

May 2 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released: "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Agreement of Interest

May 4 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

Music Concert

May 8 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Chris Botti, Feist, Roberto Alagna, and Natalie Clein

TV Show Appearance

May 11 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

  • May 25 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 1 A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.

Knighthood

Jun 4 British TV presenter Michael Parkinson is knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Music Concert

Jun 19 Ringo Starr's tenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Billy Squier, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Hamish Stuart, and Gregg Bissonette

Film Premiere

Jun 30 "Mamma Mia!, The Movie!" premieres at Leicester Square, London

Film Premiere

Jul 14 "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York

  • Jul 24 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film & TV History

Aug 3 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • Aug 27 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

Aug 30 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)

  • Sep 2 54th National Film Awards (India): "Pulijanmam" wins the Golden Lotus

Film Premiere

Sep 4 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Television Premiere

Sep 8 TV news show "The Rachel Maddow Show" hosted by Rachel Maddow" and based on her radio show premieres on MSNBC

  • Sep 13 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 21 60th Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win

Film Release

Sep 25 Supernatural-fantasy film "Painted Skin" directed by Gordon Chan, starring Donnie Yen, Chen Kun and Zhou Xun is released

Sports History

Oct 3 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon

Film Premiere

Oct 29 "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

Film Premiere

Nov 17 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Nov 22 YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live
  • Dec 5 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

Film & TV History

Dec 6 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack