Events in Film & Television in 2010

Film & TV History

Jan 11 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

  • Jan 15 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film

Film & TV History

Jan 22 Conan O'Brien's last The Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot

  • Jan 31 26th Sundance Film Festival: "Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 11 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear

BAFTA Awards

Feb 21 63rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Hurt Locker" Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director

  • Feb 26 41st NAACP Image Awards: "Precious" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film Release

Mar 3 "Alice in Wonderland", inspired by Lewis Carroll directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska is released

  • Mar 6 30th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" wins

Hall of Fame

Mar 15 25th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: ABBA; Genesis; Jimmy Cliff; The Hollies; The Stooges; David Geffen; Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry; Jesse Stone; Mort Shuman; and Otis Blackwell

  • Mar 20 56th National Film Awards (India): "Antaheen" wins the Golden Lotus

WrestleMania

Mar 28 WrestleMania XXVI, Uni of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ (72,219): Chris Jericho defeats Edge; John Cena downs Batista; The Undertaker beats Shawn Michaels

  • Apr 3 Matt Smith's first appearance as the 11th Doctor in BBC program "Doctor Who" during "The Eleventh Hour" episode
  • Apr 11 "The night of Sora Aoi", Japanese porn actress Sora Aoi joins twitter prompting many Chinese fans to try and circumnavigate Chinese censorship

Film Premiere

Apr 21 "Shrek Forever After" directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival

Film & TV History

Apr 24 Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, "No Woman, No Cry", is released in the U.S.

Film Premiere

Apr 26 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

May 4 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Pro Wrestling

May 10 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Music Concert

May 13 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bassey, Nile Rodgers and Chic

  • May 23 63rd Cannes Film Festival: "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 6 56th British Academy Television Awards: "The Armstrong and Miller Show" Best Comedy, "Misfits" Best Drama

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

Television Premiere

Jun 16 "Hot In Cleveland", cable channel TV Land's first original sitcom premieres; starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White

Film Premiere

Jun 20 "Despicable Me" directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carell and Jason Segel premieres at the Moscow Film Festival

Film Premiere

Jun 24 "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by David Slade, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

Music Concert

Jun 24 Ringo Starr's eleventh All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page, Wally Palmar, and Gregg Bissonette

Film Premiere

Jul 8 "Inception", directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, premieres in London

  • Jul 22 43rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Television Debut

Jul 25 British TV series "Sherlock" debuts starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

Film & TV History

Aug 4 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Emmy Awards

Aug 29 62nd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Bryan Cranston & Kyra Sedgwick win

  • Sep 1 67th Venice Film Festival: "Somewhere" directed by Sofia Coppola wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

Sep 6 "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2011)

Film Release

Sep 17 Documentary film "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" released theatrically

  • Sep 17 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • Sep 19 35th Toronto International Film Festival: "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper wins the People's Choice Award

Film Premiere

Sep 24 "The Social Network" directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake premieres at the New York Film Festival

  • Sep 26 TV Period drama "Downton Abbey" premieres in the UK created by Julian Fellowes, starring Hugh Bonnevillle and an ensemble cast

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller become engaged

  • Oct 22 57th National Film Awards (India): "Kutty Srank" wins the Golden Lotus

Television Premiere

Oct 31 Post-apocalyptic zombie TV series "The Walking Dead" premieres, starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Lauren Cohan on AMC

Music History

Nov 10 Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Film Premiere

Nov 14 Disney's 3-D computer-animated musical adventure film "Tangled" premieres at El Capitan Theatre, loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Film Release

Nov 19 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" the 7th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

Television Finale

Dec 16 Final episode of TV talk show "Larry King Live" airs on CNN