Events in Film & Television in 2018

  • Jan 1 Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment
  • Jan 1 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement
  • Jan 6 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (ESPN Monday Night Football 2009-17)

Golden Globes

Jan 7 75th Golden Globes: "Ladybird", "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K. Brown among the winners, Oprah Winfrey accepts Lifetime award with powerful speech

Film & TV History

Jan 11 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

Music History

Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5M re-shoot fee for the film "All The Money In The World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $1000

  • Jan 22 Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion

Film Premiere

Jan 29 Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles

BAFTA Awards

Feb 18 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri " Best Film, Guillermo del Toro Best Director, Best Actors Frances McDormand / Gary Oldman

  • Feb 21 Indian film star Kamal Haasan launches a new political party - Makkal Needhi Mayyam in Tamil Nadu state
  • Feb 25 68th Berlin International Film Festival: Romanian film "Touch Me Not" wins the Golden Bear

Music History

Feb 27 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice

Academy Awards

Mar 4 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand

  • Mar 10 Two girls aged 8 and 6 become the first female weightlifters to appear on Iranian television after a protest

Film & TV History

Mar 11 Superhero movie "The Black Panther" becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide

  • Mar 16 Indian actor Irrfan Khan reveals he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour

Film & TV History

Mar 20 Actress Cynthia Nixon announces she will run for New York Governor

  • Mar 21 China announces greater controls over the media, including merging state-run radio and television broadcasters into a single conglomerate called “Voice of China”
  • Mar 21 English TV presenter Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving following an accident in London
  • Mar 22 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy

Film & TV History

Mar 26 "The Black Panther" becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m

Film & TV History

Mar 26 Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet

WrestleMania

Apr 8 WrestleMania XXXIV, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match

Music Concert

Apr 14 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

  • Apr 18 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened
  • Apr 20 Actress Allison Mack arrested on charges of sex trafficking in relation to sex cult NXIVM in New York

Film Premiere

Apr 23 Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and large ensemble cast premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Apr 26 Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Danny DeVito Day declared in Jersey for 17th November by Mayor John Moor of Asbury Park

Film & TV History

Apr 29 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses 635-episode count of "Gunsmoke"'; highest number of episodes of any series on TV

Film & TV History

Apr 30 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Apr 30 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide
  • May 1 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website
  • May 3 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

Film & TV History

May 3 Bollywood actors both posthumously recognized at India's National Film Awards; Sridevi Kapoor Best Actress for "Mum" and Vinod Khanna receives Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Music Single

May 5 Childish Gambino [Donald Glover] releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Film & TV History

May 14 Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, is treated in hospital for a benign kidney condition

  • May 19 71st Cannes Film Festival: Japanese film "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the Palme d'Or

Film & TV History

May 19 American actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle, making her a member of the British royal family

Film & TV History

May 21 Former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama sign deal with Netflix to produce films and series

Film & TV History

May 24 Actor Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by several women in CNN report

Film & TV History

May 25 Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to New York police to face charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct

Film & TV History

May 29 ABC TV network cancels TV comedy "Roseanne" after its star Roseanne Barr posts a racist tweet

Meeting of Interest

May 31 Kim Kardashian West meets US President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform

Film & TV History

May 31 Matt LeBlanc announces he is leaving TV show "Top Gear"

Music Concert

Jun 2 Ringo Starr's thirteenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay, Graham Gouldman, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham

Film Premiere

Jun 4 "Ocean's 8" film premieres, directed by Gary Ross starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

Film & TV History

Jun 4 Former US President Bill Clinton in interview with NBC says he hasn't and doesn't need to apologize to Monica Lewinsky

  • Jun 5 Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in court in New York
  • Jun 5 Miss America pageant announces an end to its swimsuit competition
  • Jun 6 Convicted drug trafficker, Alice Johnson, granted clemency by US President Donald Trump after Kim Kardashian highlights case

Film & TV History

Jun 10 Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest near Los Angeles

  • Jun 11 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical; "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play
  • Jun 17 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend

Film & TV History

Jun 22 Comedian John Oliver is blocked on Chinese social media after parody of Chinese leader Xi Jinping

  • Jul 6 Iranian instagram star Maedeh Hojabri confesses on state TV for posting videos of her dancing

Film Premiere

Jul 12 "Misson: Impossible - Fallout", directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, premieres in Paris

Film & TV History

Jul 12 Sandra Oh is the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy award in a leading role for "Killing Eve"

Film & TV History

Jul 13 Actress Scarlett Johansson withdraws from a transgender film role after criticism of her casting

Film Premiere

Jul 16 Musical film sequel "Mamma Mia! - Here We Go Again" premieres at Hammersmith-Apollo, London; worldwide box office receipts total over $400 million

Music History

Jul 18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

  • Jul 20 American director James Gunn fired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" by Disney after past offensive tweets surface
  • Jul 21 Re-boot of TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" announced with creator Joss Whedon as executive producer
  • Jul 22 TV show "Supergirl" announces casting of first live-action transgender superhero, by transgender actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal

Music History

Jul 24 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Jul 25 Georgian representative James Spencer resigns after being fooled into saying racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America" TV series

  • Jul 27 CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves is accused of sexual misconduct in the "New Yorker" by journalist Ronan Farrow

Film & TV History

Jul 31 Actor Alan Alda reveals he has had Parkinson's disease for 3 years, in interview with CBS"s "This Morning"

  • Aug 2 TikTok, the video-sharing social network, becomes available worldwide after merging with Musical.ly

Film & TV History

Aug 6 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms

Film Premiere

Aug 7 "Crazy Rich Asians" first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Aug 7 China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie "Christopher Robin", after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • Aug 7 CW network announces Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman
  • Aug 8 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars
  • Aug 16 Scarlett Johansson is the world's best-paid actress of the year earning $40.5 million according to Forbes

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

Aug 18 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

Film & TV History

Aug 19 Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth"

Film & TV History

Aug 22 Forbes say George Clooney made more money in a single year ($239 million) than any actor ever ($239m), due to sale of alcohol company, followed by Dwayne Johnson ($124m)

  • Aug 26 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

Film & TV History

Aug 26 Danny Boyle pulls out of directing the next James Bond film due to 'creative differences'

Film Premiere

Aug 30 Film "Roma" directed and written by Alfonso Cuarón, (Best Director 2019 Academy Awards) starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

Aug 30 Film "The Favourite" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Olivia Coleman (Best Actress Academy Awards 2019), Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

Aug 31 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival

  • Sep 8 75th Venice International Film Festival: a Netflix film wins the Golden Lion for the first time with "Roma"
  • Sep 9 CBS chief Les Moonves departs the company after six more women make allegations of sexual abuse in "The New Yorker"
  • Sep 9 Nia Franklin representing New York crowned Miss America 2019, first competition without a swimsuit section

Sports History

Sep 10 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticised for "racist" cartoon of American tennis star Serena Williams

Film Premiere

Sep 11 Film "Green Book" directed by Peter Farrell and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Academy Award Best Picture 2019)

  • Sep 16 "Green Book" wins People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • Sep 16 First ever performance of comedy "Love's Victory" by Lady Mary Wroth at Penshurst Place, England, 400 years after it was written

Emmy Awards

Sep 18 70th Emmy Awards: "Games of Thrones". "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy, Bill Hader win

  • Sep 25 Comedian Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in jail for 2004 sexual assault, first celebrity to be jailed in the #MeToo era
  • Sep 27 First Chinese #MeToo case goes to court, TV star Zhu Jun sues for defamation after accusation posted online
  • Oct 2 US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Ghana to begin a four-nation tour of Africa
  • Oct 7 Jodie Whittaker debuts in her first full episode as the 13th and first female Doctor Who on BBC television
  • Oct 16 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex begin their first royal tour visiting Australia and New Zealand
  • Oct 17 Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney leaves "Sesame Street" after 50 years

Television Debut

Oct 17 The revived "The Connors" debuts on ABC TV starring Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, without fired former star Roseanne Barr

  • Oct 19 "Halloween" film reboot starring Jamie Curtis makes a record $77m for a horror film with a female lead, biggest debut any film with female lead over 55 in US

Film & TV History

Oct 21 Julia Louis-Dreyfus is presented with the Mark Twain Prize, comedy's top honor, at a ceremony in New York

Film & TV History

Oct 22 Actress Selma Blair reveals she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Film Premiere

Oct 23 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London

  • Oct 23 Megyn Kelly is criticized after making comments supporting blackface on her NBC show
  • Oct 24 Pipe bombs sent to prominent US Democrats including the Obamas, Clintons, John Brennan and CNN, but safely defused
  • Nov 5 BBC opens its largest news bureau outside the UK in Nairobi, Kenya with 300 journalists

Film & TV History

Nov 6 British actor Idris Elba named "People" magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

Knighthood

Nov 7 Actress Emma Thompson is made a Dame of the British Empire by Prince William at Buckingham Palace, London

  • Nov 8 CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's White House clearance revoked after continuing to question President Donald Trump while an intern tried to wrestle the microphone off him

TV Show Appearance

Nov 9 Korean pop band BTS appearance on Japanese TV show cancelled after member Jimin wore shirt with atomic bomb image

Film & TV History

Nov 20 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan confirms he has paid off the debts of 1,398 farmers worth $560,000, amid Indian agricultural crisis

  • Nov 23 Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana apologize for culturally insensitive video and media posts insulting Chinese culture, cancel Shanghai fashion show

Film Premiere

Nov 26 DC superhero film "Aquaman" directed by James Wan starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard premieres in London

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

Film Premiere

Dec 1 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

  • Dec 1 Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival
  • Dec 1 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches
  • Dec 3 7-year old Ryan of Ryan Toysreview is the year's highest-paid YouTube star earning $22 million

Summit of Interest

Dec 3 David Attenborough warns collapse of civilisation and the natural world on the horizon at UN climate summit in Poland

  • Dec 4 Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone

Film & TV History

Dec 7 Comedian Kevin Hart steps down as 2019 Oscars host after his history of homophobic statements is revealed

  • Dec 13 Actress Eliza Dushku revealed received $9.5 million settlement from CBS after sexual harassment on set of "Bull" from actor Michael Weatherley
  • Dec 17 Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned 67th Miss Universe
  • Dec 17 CBS announces former Chief Executive Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout
  • Dec 17 US poacher sentenced to watch the film "Bambi" repeatedly during year in prison, for killing hundreds of deer in Missouri

Knighthood

Dec 28 British New Year's honours list include Knights for author Philip Pullman and comedian Michael Palin, a Dame for Twiggy and a Order of the Companions of Honour for Margaret Atwood