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Events in Film & Television in 2019

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Feb 10 72nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Roma" Best Film, Alfonso Cuaron Best Director, Olivia Coleman, Rami Malek best actors
  • Feb 16 69th Berlin International Film Festival: Israeli film "Synonyms" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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

Film tv awardsAcademy 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

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

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

Actor Luke Perry
Actor
Luke Perry

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

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 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

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

Model, TV Personality and Businesswoman Kylie Jenner
Model, TV Personality and Businesswoman
Kylie Jenner
  • 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

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

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

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

Actress Emilia Clarke
Actress
Emilia Clarke

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

YouTube Star PewDiePie
YouTube Star
PewDiePie

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

  • Apr 21 Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky wins the country's presidential election in a landslide

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor Chris Evans
Actor
Chris Evans
Actor, producer and screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, producer and screenwriter
Vin Diesel
Actor Chris Pratt
Actor
Chris Pratt

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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)

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

Actor Chadwick Boseman
Actor
Chadwick Boseman
Actor, producer and screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, producer and screenwriter
Vin Diesel
Actor Chris Pratt
Actor
Chris Pratt
  • 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

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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

Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki
  • 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
  • May 10 YouTube dispute between beauty vloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook viewed more than 40 million times

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

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano

  • May 12 British TV 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 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies

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

Actor Johnny Galecki
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Johnny Galecki
Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco
Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
  • May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • 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"

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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

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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!"

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Jun 11 Comedian Jon Stewart delivers angry rebuke to Congress for the lack of funds for 9/11 victims
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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen

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

Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover

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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

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

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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

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

Comedian and TV Host Jon Stewart
Comedian and TV Host
Jon Stewart

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

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
  • Aug 13 Entertainment companies CBS and Viacom announce they will merge with a combined 28 billion revenue
  • 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: Engame", "Captain Marvel", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King"

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

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • Sep 4 YouTube fined $170 million for illegally collecting data on children's viewing habits by US Federal Trade Commission

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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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

Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend
  • Sep 13 US actress Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal

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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"

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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" on Twitter

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 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"

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 22 71st Emmy Awards: "Fleabag", "Game of Thrones", "Chernobyl", Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jharrel Jerome win

  • Sep 25 Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reported to have been asked to develop a Star Wars film by the Walt Disney Company

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Oct 2 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claiming it published her private letter

Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

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

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

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey
  • 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.

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

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

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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

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson
  • 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
  • Nov 12 Disney launches its streaming service 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 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
  • Nov 18 "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide

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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

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Dec 8 South African Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe in Atlanta
  • Dec 14 Miss World won by Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh in London. First time all five major beauty titles held by black women.
  • Dec 14 Bel Air mansion featured in TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" sells for $150 million, becoming California's most expensive property