Announces Pottermore

Rowling announces the creation of her Pottermore website, where fans can access exclusive content and discover more about the Harry Potter series and characters. This site is just a fantastic way for all that fan creativity to continue. It’s been an amazing experience for me to be able to be creative in this medium that didn’t exist […]

The Cuckoo’s Calling


Rowling’s first novel since the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It is a crime novel featuring a detective hero, Cormoran Strike. When I was a child, I really wanted to be called Ella Galbraith, I’ve no idea why. The name had a fascination for me. I actually considered […]

The Silkworm


Rowling’s second Cormoran Strike detective novel, The Silkworm, is published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind. One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an […]

Henry Daniel Moder born

Roberts gives birth to her third child with husband Danny Moder, Henry Daniel Moder, in Los Angeles. I’m always the first one up in the morning, getting things ready for my family. In that kind of half-light, I just take a moment to feel gratitude or meditate or whatever to bring myself into consciousness.

SAG nominaton

Roberts receives a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for her role in August: Osage County, in which she plays Meryl Streep’s bitter daughter. When I first read this script my heart just swelled and I completely understood everything about the character. I was so floored… This was something that comes once in a while.

Wins Oscar

Roberts wins an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her starring role in Erin Brockovich, a drama about a lawyer who wins a huge case for the population of a small town. I love it up here! …I love the world! I’m so happy! Thank you!

Broadway debut

Roberts appears in her first Broadway show, Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain. She plays Nan, a kind and practical woman dealing with her brother’s erratic behavior. She tells Playbill I’m just thrilled to my bones.

Marion, Tabitha Broderick born

Parker and Broderick welcome twin daughters Marion and Tabatha, who were born to a surrogate mother. Parker tells People magazine: It’s the most perfectly overwhelming experience.

Sex and the City 2

The second Sex and the City film premieres in the U.S. The film follows Carrie Bradshaw and her friends on a vacation to Dubai. Parker tells People I think people want a substantive story … and they want to hear women talk about things that are important to them besides their desire to wear a pretty dress. [What’s] so […]

Parker, Broderick marry

Parker and Broderick get married Broderick in lower Manhattan,. Parker wears a black wedding gown. She later says she regrets the decision not to wear white: I was too embarrassed to get married in white, and both Matthew and I were reluctant to have people pay so much attention to us. Which is ridiculous, because that’s when […]

Announces pregnancy

Prior to the premiere of spinoff series Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kardashian announces that she is expecting her first child with Disick. I definitely thought about it long and hard, about if I wanted to keep the baby or not. God does things for a reason, and I just felt like it was the right thing that […]

Kardashian, Bush date

Kardashian begins dating Bush. I’m not really a sports girl. But I sit with all the wives and they know everything and I don’t so they are teaching me, and I’m learning a lot about it, so I’m loving it.

Announces second pregnancy

Kardashian and Disick announce that they are expecting their second child together. On life as a mom:  I really don’t miss my freedom at all – there’s nothing I’d rather do than be home with Mason and Scott. 

Opens Smooch boutique

Partnering with her mother Kris Jenner, Kardashian opens a children’s boutique called Smooch in Calabasas, California. The energy and love I put into the store truly paid off and in a weird way, the store really helped me deal with my father’s death. I put my feelings into the store.

Breast augmentation

Prior to her senior year at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she studies Hispanic studies and theatre arts, Kardashian undergoes breast augmentation surgery. I wanted to go back to school with new boobs. It was so dumb.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians season 1

Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres on E!, quickly earning high ratings. The first season includes Kris and Bruce Jenner celebrating an anniversary, Kourtney having a pregnancy scare, and scandalous photos surfacing of Kourtney. We love each other on camera, we cry on camera. I think people relate to the realness of it.

Jailed for violating probation

Kardashian is sentenced to thirty days in prison after violating the terms of her probation for a DUI charge the previous year. She spends only a few hours in jail before being released. Commenting on the DUI, she says What I could have done is just unthinkable. I will never, ever do that again.

O.J. Simpson trial

Kardashian’s father, Robert Kardashian, defends football star O.J. Simpson, accused of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend, in a year-long trial. This causes a rift in the family, as Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, believes Simpson is guilty. We were never told to pick sides, but we felt like we kind of had to.

Leaves school

Kardashian leaves Marymount High School in Los Angeles after her older sisters graduate, earning her GED through home schooling lessons. [I] felt like I didn’t have any friends. There was no reason for me to stay. I finished three years of high school in one year. I graduated actually when I was 17 with honors, so […]

Mean Girls

McAdams plays the role of Regina George in Tina Fey’s high school movie, Mean Girls. The film, also starring Lindsay Lohan and Lacey Chabert, focuses on the relationships between popular high schoolers. Getting to do it the way the popular girls do it was fun: to layer on makeup and have long, straight platinum-blonde hair. I certainly didn’t […]

Sherlock Holmes

McAdams stars alongside Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes, playing a thief and former adversary of  Holmes. On her character Irene Adler: You’re not quite sure where she’s coming from or what her intentions are. You don’t know whether she’s going to kiss you or kill you.

Wedding Crashers

McAdams appears in the comedy Wedding Crashers with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as Wilson’s love interest. When I read [the script] Claire was really the center and grounded among this crazy, wacky family. I think she was always supposed to bring a little bit of heart to the film and to find Owen, who he really was […]

Vogue cover

McAdams appears on the cover of Vogue magazine. In an interview with Sally Singer, she describes her relationship with acting and television as a child. I grew up watching so much television. I was really into soap operas. I’d begin with Days of Our Lives, then Another World, and finish off with General Hospital. And before […]

Begins acting

McAdams begins acting at four-years-old while living in Ontario, Canada, quitting her former hobby of figure skating. She tells Elle magazine that getting up at 5 a.m. was a constant struggle. I miss skating, but I used to get so nervous before competitions. I’d wake up in a cold sweat. I don’t miss that. 

The Family Stone

McAdams appears in The Family Stone, a holiday drama starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes and Diane Keaton. She plays the role of Parker’s sarcastic future sister-in-law. We had so much fun making it. We joked, “We’re having such a good time, it can’t be any good.” But it was incredible.

Power 105 Interview

Kardashian participates in Montana’s radio interview with Angie Martinez for Power 105, commenting on Montana’s personal and private personas: He’s probably one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life, you cannot stop laughing, crying laughing. I think he puts out there a tough exterior but there’s another side of him that he keeps […]

Oryx and Crake


The first book in the Maddadam trilogy, Oryx and Crake, is published. The book is a work of dystopian fiction, taking place after an apocalyptic event that leaves the world barely populated. Describing the novel, Atwood says I do frighten myself, but a) it’s fiction, and b) nothing can be predicted, because there are too many variables. […]

Comic-Con debut

Radcliffe makes his first appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego, for his upcoming movie Horns. Discussing his work since the Harry Potter franchise, Radcliffe says If you take those opportunities when they’re given to you and try to capitalize them, then hopefully word gets out that you’re not content to rest on your laurels. Towards […]

Joins Suzuki Tour

Atwood is invited to participate in Suzuki’s final speaking tour, to advocate for the addition of environmental rights to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Atwood is one of many Canadian celebrities participating in the tour, including musicians, actors, and writers. Suzuki emphasizes Despite living in a country where taking care of one another is something […]

Elle interview

Radcliffe discusses losing his virginity in an interview with Elle magazine about his upcoming role in the film What If.  I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time. It was with somebody I’d gotten to know well. I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since […]

Joins farm community cause

Atwood lends her support to a small farming community in Midhurst, Ontario, where citizens are petitioning against transforming Midhurst’s 2,000 acres of farmland into a suburban city. In a statement, Atwood argues If you’ve got prime farmland, why don’t you use it as prime farmland? It took 13,000 years to build that soil. Once that soil is […]

Hard Choices published

Hillary Clinton Hard Choices

Clinton’s memoir, titled Hard Choices, is released. It describes her world travels and her work as a public diplomat. The book leaves out several important political events, including the Edward Snowden scandal, and is noted for its lack of White House gossip, or observations about other politicians.

Honorary degree

Atwood is presented with an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh at a ceremony in Toronto, Canada, along with other prominent Canadian citizens. University vice-chancellor Sir Timothy O’Shea says: The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with Canada, and I am delighted that we have been able to celebrate these not only by holding […]

A Clockwork Orange

Kubrick’s film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel, ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ is released in American theatres. Though the film is popular and grosses millions, some critics take a negative stance. Kubrick describes the meaning of the film for him: The central idea of the film has to do with the question of free-will. Do we lose […]

2001: A Space Odyssey

Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey is released in American cinemas, to mixed reviews. While some critics appreciate the visual spectacle, others find fault with the film’s pace and ending. Of the movie, Kubrick says It attempts to communicate more to the subconscious and to the feelings than it does to the intellect. I think […]

The Shining (film)

Kubrick’s film adaptation of King’s novel, The Shining, is released in theatres. It is slow to turn a profit, and initial reviews are mixed. Of the novel, Kubrick says The novel (The Shining) is by no means a serious literary work. but the plot is for the most part extremely well worked out, and for a […]

MaddAddam HBO series announced

HBO, along with director Darren Aronofsky, announces plans to develop Atwood’s MaddAddam book trilogy into a science fiction series for the network. Atwood herself will be a consulting producer for the project.

Photo exhibition

Hundreds of Kubrick’s lesser-known photos are exhibited in Vienna in a show called Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick as Photographer. The curator, Lisa Ortner-Kreil, remarks that Kubrick never separated the mediums of photography and film making. He always thought of himself as an image developer and didn’t mind whether he had a photo camera or a film […]

Diane Sawyer interview

Clinton appears on ABC News in an interview with Diane Sawyer, in which Sawyer presses Clinton on the issue of the attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. After a lot of discussion, Clinton publicly admits responsibility for the first time, saying I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.

Memo released

A federal appeals court releases a United States Justice Department memo, written in 2012 by David Barron, which justifies the targeting and killing of Awlaki. The memo describes that In the present circumstances, as we understand the facts, the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the […]

Directing debut

Wiig announces plans to direct her first film, which she will soon be co-writing with Annie Mumulo, with whom she wrote Bridesmaids. They will both star in the movie as best friends. Of her plans to start writing, Wiig said We’re very excited to be writing. We will be going into a cave for months to […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Dinklage appears in X-Men: Days of Future Past, as Dr. Bolivar Trask. Commenting on the franchise’s huge fan base, he says I feel like these fans of the comic books have always seen them as a metaphor for the lives we lead, and they wanted that all along, and they never got it until, I guess, fairly […]

Supports NY ivory ban

Dinklage expresses his support for a statewide ban on ivory trading in New York, partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to get the word out about an upcoming vote on the issue. Urging voters to support the ban, he says It is an unfortunate fact that New York is home to the […]

Brat defeats Cantor

Cantor is defeated in the primary elections by Brat, who had significantly less funding. In his victory speech, Brat says: The American people want to pay attention to serious ideas again. Our founding was built by people who were political philosophers, and we need to get back to that, away from this kind of cheap political rhetoric […]

Written statement

Sterling releases a written statement through his lawyer, in reaction to the NBA’s desire that he sell the Los Angeles Clippers. In the statement, he describes the NBA’s officials as “a band of hypocrites and bullies.”  He describes the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, as focusing his energy on violating my rights, attempting to take my property, […]

Obama shooting comment

Responding to a shooting at a high school in Oregon, in which a gunman killed a student and injured a teacher, Obama comments on his frustration at the inability of the government to pass stricter gun laws. You know, the United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has […]

Backs out of Clippers deal

Sterling pulls his support from a potential deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballimer, the former CEO of Microsoft. Instead, he will further pursue a lawsuit against the NBA. In a statement titled “The Team is Not for Sale,” Sterling claims: From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los […]

Sixth Tony Award

McDonald wins her sixth Tony award, for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. This win breaks a Tony record, making McDonald the American Theatre Wing’s most decorated actress. Part of her speech is dedicated to the women who came before her: I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders. I am […]

Tony Award

Harris wins an American Theatre Wing Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his role as a transsexual singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This is Harris’s first Tony Award.

Tony Award

Cranston wins the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. This is his first Broadway role, and his first Tony award.