This Week in Film History


Ashley Wood, Writer

March 9

  • 1954: 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
  • 1979: “The Passage”, directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States
  • 1981: 7th People’s Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

March 10

  • 1902: A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera
  • 2015: “See You Again” released by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth commissioned by film “Furious 7” as tribute to Paul Walker (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)
  • 2018: Two girls aged 8 and 6 become the first female weightlifters to appear on Iranian television after a protest

March 11

  • 1964:21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win
  • 1997: Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
  • 2018: Superhero movie “The Black Panther” becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide

March 12

  • 1896: 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • “The Hunger Games” directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres in Los Angeles

March 13

  • 1986: 12th People’s Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone &  Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)
  • 2005: Bob Iger is named CEO of Walt Disney International, succeeding Michael Eisner

March 14

  • 1931: 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)

March 15

  • Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton
  • 2017: Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film “Beauty and the Beast” for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia