Events in Film & Television in 2019

Golden Globes

Jan 6 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Music History

Jan 25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

  • Feb 10 72nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Roma" Best Film, Alfonso Cuarón Best Director, Olivia Coleman, Rami Malek best actors
  • Feb 16 69th Berlin International Film Festival: Israeli film "Synonyms" wins the Golden Bear

Election of Interest

Feb 18 Australian political parties hacked by a "sophisticated state actor" Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, just months ahead of general election

  • Feb 18 Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says ""There's no way the US can crush us" in interview with BBC, saying his daughter's arrest politically motivated
  • Feb 22 Actor Jussie Smollett suspended from US TV show "Empire" after revealed that actor made false claims about racist and homophobic attack

Academy Awards

Feb 24 91st Academy Awards: Best Picture "Green Book", Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, Best Actor Rami Malek, Best Actress Olivia Colman

  • Feb 25 Influential film review site Rotten Tomatoes implements changes to its site after internet trolls target "Captain Marvel" film

Film Premiere

Feb 27 "Captain Marvel" film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson premieres

Film & TV History

Feb 27 Actor Luke Perry (52) suffers a stroke in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Feb 28 YouTube announces it will stops all comments on videos featuring children because of paedophiles leaving inappropriate comments

  • Mar 2 FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival in its 50th year awards the Golden Stallion of Yennenga to "The Mercy of the Jungle" by Joel Karekezi, in Burkina Faso

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest-ever billionaire at 21, according to Forbes

Film & TV History

Mar 12 Dozens charged in US college admission scandal by US federal prosecutors, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

  • Mar 17 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload
  • Mar 20 Four men arrested in South Korea for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and selling the footage via a website

Film & TV History

Mar 20 The Walt Disney Company acquires Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment business for $71 billion

Film & TV History

Mar 21 Emilia Clarke reveals she suffered two brain aneurysms while filming "Games of Thrones" in an article for "The New Yorker"

Music Concert

Mar 21 Ringo Starr's fourteenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham

  • Mar 25 Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service Apple News+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event featuring Oprah

Film & TV History

Mar 30 Swedish gamer and YouTuber PewDiePie overtaken by Indian channel T-Series as YouTube channel with most subscribers (both on 92 million)

Music History

Mar 31 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death

  • Apr 4 Kathie Lee Gifford leaves NBC's "Today" show after 11 years
  • Apr 7 WrestleMania XXXV, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Becky Lynch beats Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown champion Charlotte Flair to win both titles
  • Apr 8 Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in sex cult NXIVM

Music History

Apr 13 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

Album Release

Apr 17 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"

Film Premiere

Apr 22 Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and an ensemble cast, premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Disney says Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" made estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, first film to make more than 1 billion on opening

Television Debut

Apr 28 TV series "Game of Thrones: The Long Night" episode debuts with the longest battle ever screened (nearly 80 mins), surpassing "Lord of the Rings" Battle of Helm's Deep (44 mins)

  • Apr 29 Sports Illustrated features a Muslim model, Halima Aden, in a Burkini for the first time in their swimsuit edition
  • May 1 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary

Film & TV History

May 2 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

  • May 2 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America, and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA

Film & TV History

May 2 The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" are the first TV actors to be immortalized in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese theater in Los Angeles

  • May 10 YouTube dispute between beauty vloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook viewed more than 40 million times

Film & TV History

May 11 American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law

BAFTA Awards

May 12 British Academy Televison Awards (BAFTAs): "Killing Eve" Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch win

  • May 13 Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal
  • May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film & TV History

May 16 Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons

  • May 16 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies
  • May 25 72nd Cannes Film Festival: Bong Joon-ho's South Korean film "Parasite" wins the Palme d'Or, Mati Diop, first black woman in competition wins Grand Prix award for "Atlantics"

Film & TV History

May 31 Former "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is announced as the new Batman

  • Jun 1 Price of a movie ticket rises in Japan for the first time in 26 years from ¥1,800 to ¥1,900, while some cinemas keep the price the same

Tony Awards

Jun 9 73rd Tony Awards: "Hadestown" best musical, "The Ferryman" best play, Bryan Cranston and Elaine May win

  • Jun 9 Ali Stroker becomes the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award for musical "Oklahoma!"

Film Premiere

Jun 11 Toy Story 4 directed by Josh Cooley with the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen has its world premiere

Film & TV History

Jun 19 First debate for a decade in Congress over reparations for slavery with Danny Glover one of the witnesses

Film & TV History

Jun 26 Former Gambian beauty queen Fatou "Toufah" Jallow says she was raped by former President Yahya Jammeh as part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report

Film Release

Jun 26 Japanese animation film "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki is released in China and tops the box office, 18 years after its initial release

  • Jul 17 Streaming service Netflix reaches 150 million subscribers worldwide, but with slower growth than forecast

Film & TV History

Jul 21 Marvel announces 10 new superhero films at Comic Con including Blade with Mahershala Ali, Natalie Portman as a female Thor and first Asian American super hero film Shang-Chi

  • Jul 22 Marvel superhero film "Avengers: Endgame" becomes the world's highest-grossing film overtaking "Avatar" earning $2.9 billion

Film & TV History

Jul 23 US Senate passes bill championed by comedian Jon Stewart to ensure 9/11 first responders fund never runs out of money

Film & TV History

Jul 28 Meghan Duchess of Sussex, revealed as the first guest editor for UK Vogue in 103 years for its September 2019 issue

  • Aug 13 Entertainment companies CBS and Viacom announce they will merge with a combined 28 billion revenue

Film & TV History

Aug 15 Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with "Toy Story 4", "Avengers: Endgame", "Captain Marvel", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King"

Film & TV History

Aug 21 The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] named highest paid actor for a second year in a row, earning $89.4m

  • Sep 4 YouTube fined $170 million for illegally collecting data on children's viewing habits by US Federal Trade Commission

Venice Film Festival

Sep 7 "The Joker" directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

Music History

Sep 9 John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen fire back at Donald Trump on social media after he calls them "boring" and "filthymouthed" in tweets over Criminal Justice Reform

  • Sep 13 US actress Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 15 "Jojo Rabbit" directed by "Taika Waititi and starring Scarlett Johansson wins the top award at the Toronto Film Festival

  • Sep 15 Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience"

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo rebuffs UK PM Boris Johnson, who compared himself to Hulk, "Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole"

  • Sep 20 Batman Day - 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic
  • Sep 22 Billy Porter becomes the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for "Pose"
  • Sep 25 Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reported to have been asked to develop a Star Wars film by the Walt Disney Company

Film & TV History

Oct 1 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claiming it published her private letter

Film & TV History

Oct 16 Netflix reveals its most popular original movie was Sandra Bullock's "Bird Box" and TV series "Stranger Things" for the year

Music History

Oct 17 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

  • Oct 27 Wes Studi is the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, an honorary award for career achievement
  • Oct 28 Country of Georgia hit by a massive cyber attack affecting 2,000 websites, TV channels and government departments.

Music History

Nov 3 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Film & TV History

Nov 5 Actress Emma Watson interviewed in Vogue magazine says she is happy to be single "I call it being self-partnered" launching worldwide discussion on the term

  • Nov 7 Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, the "Terminator" is the to be convicted of sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court and is sentenced to 30 years in prison on 18 charges

Sports History

Nov 9 YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul's second boxing match; KSI wins by split decision

  • Nov 12 Disney launches its film and television streaming service Disney+

Film & TV History

Nov 12 Space western TV series set in the Star Wars franchise "The Mandalorian" by Jon Favreau is released on Disney+

  • Nov 13 South Korean girl group Blackpink are the first K-pop group to have a single reach 1 billion views on YouTube for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"
  • Nov 15 "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide
  • Nov 16 Britain's Prince Andrew refutes claims he had sex with 17 year-old connected to sex offender and friend Jeffery Epstein in BBC interview

Film & TV History

Nov 22 Sacha Baron Cohen says if Facebook existed in the 1930s it would have run Hitler's ads on his "solution to the Jewish problem", in speech to Anti-Defamation League summit

Film Premiere

Dec 7 Greta Gerwig's film adaption of Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" starring Saoirse Ronan premieres at MoMA in New York

  • Dec 8 South African Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe in Atlanta

Music Concert

Dec 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at The Beacon Theatre, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bob Geldof, Ricky Martin, Eurythmics, Deborah Harry, Shaggy, Zucchero, MC Rodriguez, and H.E.R.

  • Dec 14 Bel Air mansion featured in TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" sells for $150 million, becoming California's most expensive property
  • Dec 14 Miss World won by Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh in London. First time all five major beauty titles held by black women.