TV and Film has had a history year to say the least. From diversity winning on the big and small screen, to shattering box office numbers to the demise of industry legends.
Here are some of the biggest moments of the year:
2018 TV & Film
Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee Passes Away
The mastermind behind Black Panther, Spider-man, X-Men, The Avengers and more, Stan Lee, passed away at age 95 on November 12, 2018.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Shatters Box Office Records…
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther earned over $700 million in the U.S and grossed $1.3 billion worldwide. The movie lands at #9 on the list of highest grossing films in the world. Domestically, Black Panther surpassed Titanic to become the 3rd highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. It was also recently nominated for Golden Globes and SAG Awards with…
Bad Boys 3
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence confirmed they will be repising their roles as Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett for Bad Boys 3. The rumors were circulating for months until Will confirmed it on his Instagram . We can expect it in theaters in 2020! Speaking of Martin…..
Martin fans went crazy upon hearing of a show reboot! The chances of the show making a return is high after various cast members didn’t “rule out” the idea. With shows like Will & Grace , and Roseanne making a comeback, Martin is highly likely!
‘Roseanne’ Cancelled After Racist Tweets…
One of America’s fave TV families got a reboot but was quickly cancelled after Roseanne referred to President Obama’s former aide Valerie Jarrett as a mix of a “Muslim brotherhood” and an “ape” on Twitter. Despite high ratings, ABC pulled the plug immediately.
A Big Step In Diversity & The Public Responds
This year, diversity in television and film was represented more than ever. Though big movie houses were nervous about the response, the numbers didn’t lie. With Black Panther doing astronomically well, so did Crazy Rich Asians. The film had the first all Asian cast in 25 years and became the sixth highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, earning $218…
Creed II Breaks Records
Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, made $56 million during it’s opening weekend. The film was the biggest debut ever for a live-action Thanksgiving holiday release.
Bert and Ernie Were A Gay Couple
The internet went into a frenzy after a former Sesame Street writer claimed Bert and Ernie were not just roommates, but lovers. Sesame Street denied the claims stating though they’re for equality, this particular writer was a disheveled employee spewing lies.
Our childhood was reborn again after Disney Studios released the trailer for the upcoming live-action version of “The Lion King”. The teaser became Disney’s most viewed trailer of all time but we’ll have to wait until next summer for it. The movie stars a slew of famous cast members, including Beyonce who will be voicing “Nala” and singing the title track…
‘Aladdin’ Remake Receives Major Backlash…
But, people need to just hit play on this trailer again to remind themselves of how magical this movie is going to be.
The Fall of Industry Giants
The #MeToo movement opened the curtains on the real Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein will be tried for sexual assault & rape charges, Matt Lauer was fired for sexual harrassment while CBS chief Les Moonves was let go for the same reason & without his $120 million severence.
Mo’Nique caused headlines when she posted an Instagram video upset over Netflix lowballing her comedy special. The comedienne/actress felt she deserved more than what was being offered in comparison to Dave Chappelle, and Amy Schumer’s paycheck for their specials. Some sympathized with her while others felt what she was offered was just about right.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity Wars” broke opening weekend records with $630 million worldwide. The history-making numbers supersede the previous record holder, Stars Wars: The Force Awakens which opened to $247.9 million in the U.S in 2015. The film itself is the third highest grossing film of all time earning over $2 billion in the box office.
Ava Duvernay Inks $100 Million Deal
Power TV A Star For STARZ
Season 5 finale of Power drew in the highest ratings for the STARZ network in a long time, making it a marquee choice for fans who wanted to see episodes over again.The show placed third for Top 20 Shows On Demand, behind NBC’s This Is Us ( 2nd ) & HBO’s Game of Thrones which topped the list.
‘The Bobby Brown’ Story Revealed A Secret Relationship with Janet Jackson…
BET’s biopic of Bobby Brown gave an inside look of the rough life the singer lived. Aside from the bad, he had some ups including a relationship with Janet Jackson! The movie revealed the two had a secret affair, before he met Whitney Houston, but while Janet was married ! Juicy!
Kevin Hart Turned Down The Oscars
Kevin turned down his dream of hosting the Oscars after he was given an ultimatum: apologize for old jokes he made about the LGBTQ community or the offer is off the table. He chose the latter stating he already said sorry for his mistakes & saying “no” was about principle.