On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 2017

Golden Globes

Jan 8 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win

BAFTA Awards

Feb 12 70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "La La Land" Best Film, Damien Chazelle Best Director, Best Actors Casey Affleck / Emma Stone

Film & TV History

Feb 13 Harrison Ford involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport, Orange County

  • Feb 18 67th Berlin International Film Festival: Hungarian film "On Body and Soul" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 26 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Moonlight" (after mix-up), Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actor Casey Affleck, Best Actress Emma Stone

Film & TV History

Mar 1 Charo is revealed as a contestant on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars

  • Mar 15 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia

Film Release

Mar 17 Live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" directed by James Gunn, and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Tokyo, Japan

Film Release

Apr 14 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

World Record

Apr 16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Television Debut

Apr 26 "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, based on the book by Margaret Atwood

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together

  • May 6 France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory
  • May 7 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor
  • May 7 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box office film ever earning $120 million

Film Premiere

May 25 "Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine premieres in Los Angeles - 1st superhero film directed by a woman

  • May 28 70th Cannes Film Festival: Swedish film "The Square" directed by Ruben Ostlund wins the Palme d'Or

Music History

May 30 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Famous Photo

May 31 Comedienne Kathy Griffin fired from CNN after photo of her holding bloody head resembling Donald Trump by Tyler Shields posted

Music Concert

Jun 4 Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry

Film & TV History

Jun 17 Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict

Film & TV History

Jun 20 British actor Daniel Day-Lewis announces his retirement from acting

Film Premiere

Jun 28 "Spider-man: Homecoming" directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jun 29 Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner apologize and remove t-shirts from sale featuring Tupac Shakur and others, after accused of exploiting their legacies
  • Jul 2 US President Donald Trump tweets edited wrestling video of himself attacking news network 'CNN'

Film Premiere

Jul 13 "Dunkirk" film directed by Christopher Nolan with ensemble cast including Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy premieres in London, England

  • Jul 16 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker
  • Jul 17 The Muppets Studio in firing the voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire, blame his “unacceptable business conduct”
  • Jul 19 BBC publishes salaries of its top-earning journalists and presenters, two-thirds male, Chris Evans highest at over £2.2 million
  • Jul 30 Hackers reveal they have stolen data from HBO, including episodes and scripts of Games of Thrones
  • Aug 8 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix

Film & TV History

Aug 15 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time

  • Aug 16 Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress with $26 million, according to Forbes
  • Aug 28 English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism
  • Aug 28 Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video
  • Sep 9 74th Venice Film Festival: "The Shape of Water" directed by Guillermo del Toro wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia

Music History

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Film & TV History

Sep 28 Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

Sports History

Oct 1 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after less than 9 years of detention of his 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping

Historic Publication

Oct 5 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

Film Premiere

Oct 10 "Thor: Ragnarok" directed by Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett premieres in Los Angeles, California

  • Oct 14 Producer Harvey Weinstein is expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after historical revelations of sexual harassment and rape

Film & TV History

Oct 15 Actress Alyssa Milano's tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Oct 15 60 Minutes and The Washington Post publish story detailing how Congress passed a bill sponsored by Tom Marino that hindered the fight against the opioid crisis
  • Oct 20 "Coco" Pixar animated film, the first nine-figure budget film with all-Latino cast premieres at Morelia film festival
  • Oct 22 "LA Times" publishes investigation with 38 woman accusing Hollywood writer-director James Toback of sexual harassment

Film & TV History

Oct 30 Actor Kevin Spacey issues apology after actor Anthony Rapp accuses him of inappropriate sexual behaviour when he was 14

  • Nov 4 Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained
  • Nov 9 Five women detail sexual misconduct by comedian Louis C.K. in "New York Times" report
  • Nov 10 BBC removes drama from Christmas line-up after one of its stars, Ed Westwick, accused of rape by two women
  • Nov 21 CBS TV host Charlie Rose is fired after allegations of sexual harassment by eight women
  • Nov 25 Actress Naya Rivera arrested on a domestic battery charge in Kanawha County, West Virginia
  • Nov 28 India's Supreme Court rejects appeal to block global release of controversial film "Padmavati"
  • Nov 29 American TV host Matt Lauer is fired from NBC's "Today" show after an allegation of sexual misconduct
  • Nov 30 Disney announces it has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Mulan in up-coming live action film
  • Dec 5 Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape

Film Premiere

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Dec 13 Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her

  • Dec 14 The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

Appointment of Interest

Dec 15 Anita Hill is appointed to lead a Hollywood commission on sexual harassment, spearheaded by Kathleen Kennedy

  • Dec 15 Pakistani teenager Ahed Tamimi filmed slapping Israeli officers during protest, arrested 4 days later

Music History

Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Film & TV History

Dec 31 Indian movie star Rajinikanth announces he is entering politics