Events in Film & Television in 2016

Music History

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5M taken by "Avatar"

Golden Globes

Jan 10 73rd Golden Globes: "The Revenant", "The Martian", Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

  • Jan 24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Jan 27 On This Day receives its second substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
  • Feb 4 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Feb 6 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire

Television Debut

Feb 8 Late-night talk show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" debuts on TBS in the US

  • Feb 11 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Revenant" Best Film, and Best Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Feb 21 66th Berlin International Film Festival: Italian documentary "Fire at Sea" wins the Golden Bear

Film & TV History

Feb 25 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller are honoured by unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness of and fundraising for Alzheimer's research

  • Feb 25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 28 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress

Academy Awards

Feb 28 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture - "Spotlight", Best Director - Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("The Revenant"), Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), Best Actress - Brie Larson ("Room")

  • Mar 6 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan

Film & TV History

Mar 8 Turner Classic Movies show several of Claire Trevor’s films to honor the 106th anniversary of her birth

  • Mar 10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

WrestleMania

Apr 3 WrestleMania XXXII, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (101,763): Roman Reigns defeats Triple H; The Undertaker beats Shane McMahon in "Hell in a Cell"

Album Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 TV series "Preacher", developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

Film & TV History

May 24 Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown

  • Jun 7 "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play written by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London

Tony Awards

Jun 12 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations, Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Frank Langella, Jessica Lange win acting awards

Film & TV History

Jun 23 Amy Schumer announces her first world tour during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden

Television Debut

Jul 15 "Stranger Things" debuts on Netflix created by the Duffer Brothers, starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown

  • Jul 22 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette this month

Hurricane Katrina

Aug 16 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena

Television Premiere

Sep 20 "This Is Us" TV drama premieres in the US starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia

Film & TV History

Oct 2 Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris

Sports History

Oct 2 Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in San Francisco) after a record 67 MLB seasons

Film & TV History

Oct 10 Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline

  • Oct 28 Disney Records releases Alessia Cara's single "How Far I'll Go" from the film "Moana"

Television Premiere

Nov 4 British TV series "The Crown" premieres with Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip

Film & TV History

Nov 12 Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar for his film achievements at 8th Annual Governors Awards ceremony

Film Premiere

Nov 14 "Moana" animated Disney film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker with voices by Auli'i Cravalho and The Rock premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Nov 14 US talk show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" hosted by Tucker Carlson premieres on Fox

Music History

Nov 28 Musical "Hamilton" starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway - $3.3 million

  • Dec 10 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

Music Concert

Dec 14 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles

Film Premiere

Dec 21 Indian sports drama film "Dangal" directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra premieres - first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide