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The following is an overview of events in 2006 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films of 2006[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Disney $1,066,179,725
2. The Da Vinci Code Columbia $758,239,851
3. Ice Age: The Meltdown Fox / Blue Sky $655,388,158
4. Casino Royale MGM / Columbia $599,045,960
5. Night at the Museum Fox $574,480,052
6. Cars Disney / Pixar $461,983,149
7. X-Men: The Last Stand Fox $459,359,555
8. Mission: Impossible III Paramount $397,850,012
9. Superman Returns Warner Bros. / Legendary $391,081,192
10. Happy Feet Warner Bros. $384,335,608

Events[edit]

Month Day Event
January 4 The Producers Guild of America nominates Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, Crash and Walk the Line as contenders for their best-produced film award. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominate Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, I Tried, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Squid and the Whale for best original screenplay. The WGA nominees for best adapted screenplay are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence and Syriana.
5 Jon Stewart is named host of the 78th Academy Awards.
6 Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller pulls Brokeback Mountain from one of his Utah movie theaters at the last minute, after learning it features a homosexual love story.
9 The Broadcast Film Critics Association present their Critics' Choice Awards for the best films of 2005 live on The WB network in the United States. Brokeback Mountain is named best picture, best director for Ang Lee and ties for best supporting actress for Michelle Williams. Philip Seymour Hoffman is named best actor for Capote and Reese Witherspoon is awarded best actress for Walk the Line.
16 The winners of the 63rd Golden Globe Awards include Brokeback Mountain for best dramatic picture and best director.
19 The 2006 Sundance Film Festival starts in Park City, Utah.
24 Disney announces plans to acquire Pixar
28 The Directors Guild of America names Ang Lee best film director of 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, best documentary goes to Werner Herzog for Grizzly Man and its Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Clint Eastwood.
29 The Screen Actors Guild names Philip Seymour Hoffman outstanding male movie actor for Capote, Reese Witherspoon as outstanding female lead movie actor for Walk the Line, Rachel Weisz as outstanding female actor in a supporting role for The Constant Gardener, Paul Giamatti as outstanding male actor in a supporting role for Cinderella Man the cast of Crash as outstanding ensemble in a theatrical motion picture, and Shirley Temple Black is given a life achievement award.
30 The 26th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards nominees include Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Dirty Love, The Dukes of Hazzard, House of Wax and Son of the Mask for worst film; Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Jamie Kennedy, The Rock and Rob Schneider for worst actor; and, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny McCarthy and Tara Reid for worst actress.
31 The Academy Awards for best film achievement in 2005 had nominated primarily independent films. Brokeback Mountain led the nominations with 8, followed by Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck and Memoirs of a Geisha all earning six.
February 5 The 33rd annual Annie Award - Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the best animated feature, as well as all nine categories which it was nominated. Family Guy won the best voice acting and directing, Star Wars: Clone Wars II Chapters 21-25 won the best animated TV production, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch won the best home entertainment award, and Ultimate Spider-Man won the new "best video game award".
6 Disney re-acquires the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBCUniversal, in exchange for ABC letting commentator Al Michaels work on NBC Sunday Night Football.
March 4 Dirty Love dominates the 26th Golden Raspberry Awards with 4 awards including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for Jenny McCarthy. Rob Schneider took home for Worst Actor for his performance in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. Other awards went to Hayden Christensen as Worst Supporting Actor for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Paris Hilton as Worst Supporting Actress for House of Wax
5 78th Academy Awards: Crash earns a win for Best Picture upsetting favorite Brokeback Mountain. No film, for the first time in 58 years, won a clear majority. Both films as well as Memoirs of a Geisha and King Kong win three Oscars each. Favorite March of the Penguins wins Oscar for Documentary Feature. South Africa wins its first motion picture Oscar with the Best Foreign Film award for Tsotsi. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit wins Oscar for Animated feature film.

Major awards as follows:

13 11th Empire Awards: Pride & Prejudice and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith win the most awards with two.
April 18 Tom Cruise and fiancée Katie Holmes welcomed their newborn baby Suri.
25 The 5th annual Tribeca Film Festival opens with notable films such as United 93 and Mission: Impossible III.
28 TV double act Ant & Dec make their big screen debut with Alien Autopsy.
May 17 The 2006 Cannes Film Festival began in Cannes, France. It continued until May 28. It was hosted by Vincent Cassel. Films in competition included Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater, Iklimler by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, El Laberinto del Fauno by Guillermo del Toro, Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, Southland Tales by Richard Kelly, Volver by Pedro Almodóvar, and The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach
27 Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie give birth to daughter Shiloh in the African nation of Namibia.
June 3 The 2006 MTV Movie Awards winners were announced.
14 The American Film Institute releases its ninth list of its AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers recognizing 100 films as the most "inspirational" in cinema history. Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is named the most "inspirational" film of all time.
July 7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens later grossing $55.8 million on its opening day, setting records for the largest opening day, the largest single day gross, and the largest Friday gross of all time (the previous record was held by Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with $50,013,859, the previous year). It also surpassed the opening weekend gross (at $135,634,554 between July 7–9) previously set by Spider-Man in 2002 with $114,844,116 between May 3–5.
28 Actor and Oscar-winning director producer Mel Gibson is arrested after speeding on Pacific Coast Highway due to a DUI. Police reports later reveal stinging anti-Semitic comments made to the officer (a Jew). Gibson checked into rehab and issued several statements apologizing for his rude comments. See Mel Gibson DUI incident for more details.
September 7 Ellen DeGeneres is named host of the 79th Academy Awards.
7-16 The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival takes place.
December 7 64th Golden Globe Awards nominees are announced. Babel leads nominations with seven.

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 64th Golden Globe Awards
January 15, 2007
12th Critics' Choice
January 20, 2007
13th Screen Actors Guild Awards
60th BAFTA Awards
February 11, 2007
79th Academy Awards
February 25, 2007
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Babel Dreamgirls The Departed Little Miss Sunshine (cast) The Queen The Departed
Best Director Martin Scorsese
The Departed
Martin Scorsese
The Departed
Paul Greengrass
United 93
Martin Scorsese
The Departed
Best Actor Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Sacha Baron Cohen
Borat
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress Helen Mirren
The Queen
Meryl Streep
The Devil Wears Prada
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Best Supporting Actor Eddie Murphy
Dreamgirls
Eddie Murphy
Dreamgirls
Eddie Murphy
Dreamgirls
Alan Arkin
Little Miss Sunshine
Alan Arkin
Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Best Screenplay, Adapted The Queen
Peter Morgan
Little Miss Sunshine
Michael Arndt
The Last King of Scotland
Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan
The Departed
William Monahan
Best Screenplay, Original Little Miss Sunshine
Michael Arndt
Little Miss Sunshine
Michael Arndt
Best Score The Painted Veil
Alexandre Desplat
The Illusionist
Philip Glass
Babel
Gustavo Santaolalla
Babel
Gustavo Santaolalla
Best Foreign Language Film Letters from Iwo Jima Letters from Iwo Jima Pan's Labyrinth The Lives of Others
Best Animated Film Cars Cars Happy Feet Happy Feet

2006 Wide-release films[edit]

January–March[edit]

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6 BloodRayne Boll KG Productions Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez
Grandma's Boy 20th Century Fox Allen Covert, Doris Roberts, Shirley Jones
Hostel Lions Gate Entertainment Jay Hernandez
13 Glory Road Walt Disney Pictures Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight
Hoodwinked! The Weinstein Company Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, James Belushi, Xzibit, Andy Dick, Patrick Warburton
Last Holiday Paramount Pictures Queen Latifah, Gérard Depardieu, LL Cool J
Tristan and Isolde 20th Century Fox James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
20 End of the Spear Every Tribe Entertainment Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman
Underworld: Evolution Screen Gems Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy
24 Wristcutters: A Love Story Autonomous Films Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon
27 Annapolis Touchstone Pictures James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster
Big Momma's House 2 20th Century Fox Martin Lawrence, Nia Long
Nanny McPhee Universal Studios Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
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3 Something New Focus Features Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps
When a Stranger Calls Screen Gems Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy
10 Curious George Universal Studios Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Dick Van Dyke
Final Destination 3 New Line Cinema Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche, Alexz Johnson, Amanda Crew
Firewall Warner Bros. Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen
The Pink Panther MGM/Columbia Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, Kristin Chenoweth
17 Date Movie 20th Century Fox Alyson Hannigan, Jennifer Coolidge, Carmen Electra
Eight Below Walt Disney Pictures Paul Walker, Jason Biggs
Freedomland Columbia Pictures Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard
24 Doogal The Weinstein Company Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, William H. Macy, Chevy Chase, Kevin Smith, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Kylie Minogue, Bill Hader
Madea's Family Reunion Lions Gate Entertainment Tyler Perry
Running Scared New Line Cinema Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga
25 Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York Marvista Entertainment
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Costas Mandylor, Alexandra Paul, Michael Ironside
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3 16 Blocks Warner Bros. Bruce Willis, Mos Def
Aquamarine 20th Century Fox Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, JoJo
Dave Chappelle's Block Party Rogue Pictures Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Mos Def
Ultraviolet Screen Gems Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund
10 Failure to Launch Paramount Pictures Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates
The Hills Have Eyes Fox Searchlight Pictures Vinessa Shaw, Kathleen Quinlan, Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin
The Shaggy Dog Walt Disney Pictures Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Danny Glover, Robert Downey, Jr., Spencer Breslin
17 She's the Man DreamWorks Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
Thank You for Smoking Fox Searchlight Pictures Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Katie Holmes
V for Vendetta Warner Bros. Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving
24 Inside Man Universal Studios Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Lions Gate Entertainment Larry the Cable Guy
Stay Alive Hollywood Pictures Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz
Unidentified Five & Two Pictures Jonathan Aube, Josh Adamson, Michael Blain-Rozgay, Rebecca St. James
31 ATL Warner Bros. T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross, Big Boi, Keith David, Jason Weaver, Jackie Long
Basic Instinct 2 Columbia Pictures Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis
Ice Age: The Meltdown 20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jay Leno
Slither Universal Studios Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker

April–June[edit]

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7 The Benchwarmers Revolution Studios Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz
Friends with Money Sony Pictures Classics Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack
Lucky Number Slevin The Weinstein Company Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis
Phat Girlz Fox Searchlight Pictures Mo'Nique
Take the Lead New Line Cinema Antonio Banderas, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard
14 Scary Movie 4 Dimension Films Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Charlie Sheen, Leslie Nielsen, Bill Pullman, Carmen Electra
The Wild Walt Disney Pictures Kiefer Sutherland, William Shatner, Greg Cipes, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garofalo, Richard Kind
21 American Dreamz Universal Studios Hugh Grant, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid
The Sentinel 20th Century Fox Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger, Eva Longoria
Silent Hill Tristar Pictures Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Laurie Holden, Jodelle Ferland, Alice Krige
28 Akeelah and the Bee Lions Gate Entertainment Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett
Alien Autopsy Warner Bros. Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec), Bill Pullman, Jimmy Carr
Stick It Touchstone Pictures Missy Peregrym, Jeff Bridges, Vanessa Lengies
United 93 Universal Studios David Rasche, Rebecca Schull, Denny Dillon
RV Columbia Pictures Robin Williams, Josh Hutcherson, Cheryl Hines
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5 An American Haunting Freestyle Releasing Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, James D'Arcy
Art School Confidential United Artists Max Minghella, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston, Joel Moore
Hoot New Line Cinema Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Luke Wilson
Mission: Impossible III Paramount Pictures Tom Cruise, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Monaghan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Keri Russell, Maggie Q
12 Goal! Touchstone Pictures Kuno Becker, Marcel Iureş, Anna Friel
Just My Luck 20th Century Fox Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Samaire Armstrong
Poseidon Warner Bros. Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Kevin Dillon, Stacy Ferguson
19 The Da Vinci Code Columbia Pictures Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina; Ron Howard (director)
Over the Hedge DreamWorks Pictures Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Avril Lavigne, Wanda Sykes
See No Evil Lions Gate Entertainment Glenn Jacobs, Rachael Taylor
26 X-Men: The Last Stand 20th Century Fox Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Paquin
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2 The Break-Up Universal Studios Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn
6 The Omen 20th Century Fox Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow, David Thewlis
9 Cars Walt Disney Pictures
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Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, John Ratzenberger, Jeremy Clarkson
A Prairie Home Companion Pictureshouse Garrison Keillor, Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen; Robert Altman (director)
16 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Universal Studios Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Zachery Ty Bryan
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 20th Century Fox Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt
The Lake House Warner Bros. Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock
Nacho Libre Paramount Pictures Jack Black
23 Click Columbia Pictures Adam Sandler, Christopher Walken, Kate Beckinsale
Waist Deep Focus Features Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, The Game, Larenz Tate
28 Superman Returns Warner Bros. Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Parker Posey, James Marsden, Frank Langella
30 The Devil Wears Prada 20th Century Fox Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker

July–September[edit]

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7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Stellan Skarsgård, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris Kevin McNally, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, Tom Hollander, Geoffrey Rush
14 Little Man Revolution Studios Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kerry Washington
You, Me and Dupree Universal Studios Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas
21 Clerks II The Weinstein Company Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Lady in the Water Warner Bros. Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Balaban
Monster House Columbia Pictures Mitchel Musso, Spencer Locke
My Super Ex-Girlfriend 20th Century Fox Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris
26 Little Miss Sunshine Fox Searchlight Pictures Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano
28 The Ant Bully Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti
John Tucker Must Die 20th Century Fox Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, Arielle Kebbel, Jenny McCarthy
Miami Vice Universal Studios Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Gong Li, Justin Theroux, Naomie Harris, Ciarán Hinds
Scoop BBC Films Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane
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4 Barnyard Paramount / Nickelodeon Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Wanda Sykes,
The Descent Lions Gate Entertainment MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Alex Reid
The Night Listener Miramax Films Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Bobby Cannavale
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Columbia Pictures Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
9 World Trade Center 20th Century Fox / Paramount Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Stephen Dorff, Oliver Stone (director)
11 Pulse Dimension Films Christina Milian, Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder
Step Up Touchstone Pictures Channing Tatum
Zoom Revolution Studios Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, Courteney Cox, Rip Torn, Spencer Breslin, Kevin Zegers, Michael Cassidy
18 Accepted Universal Studios Justin Long, Blake Lively
Kenny Shane Jacobson
The Illusionist Yari Film Group Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti
Material Girls Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, Brent Spiner, Lukas Haas
Snakes on a Plane New Line Cinema Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Phillips, Julianna Margulies, Rachel Blanchard
25 Beerfest Warner Bros. Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
How to Eat Fried Worms New Line Cinema Luke Benward, Adam Hicks
Idlewild Universal Studios Macy Gray, Terrence Howard, Patti LaBelle, Ving Rhames, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen
Invincible Walt Disney Pictures Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rispoli
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1 Idiocracy 20th Century Fox Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Alan Crews
Crank Lions Gate Entertainment Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam
Crossover Tristar Pictures Anthony Mackie
The Wicker Man Warner Bros. Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski
8 The Covenant Screen Gems / Paramount Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Laura Ramsey
Hollywoodland Focus Features Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney
Tom-Yum-Goong The Weinstein Company Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones
15 The Black Dahlia Universal Studios Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Fiona Shaw; Brian De Palma (director)
Everyone's Hero 20th Century Fox Jake T. Austin, William H. Macy, Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné, Brian Dennehy, Mandy Patinkin, Robert Wagner, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Dana Reeve, Richard Kind, Joe Torre
Gridiron Gang Columbia Pictures The Rock, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell
The Last Kiss DreamWorks Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson
16 Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers Shochiku Shunji Igarashi, Masaki Nishina, Minoru Tanaka, Ai Saikawa, Daisuke Watanabe, Kenta Uchino, Misato Hirata
22 All the King's Men Columbia Pictures Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo
Fearless Rogue Pictures Jet Li, Collin Chou
Flyboys Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer James Franco, Jean Reno, Martin Henderson
Jackass Number Two Paramount / MTV Films Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera, Preston Lacy, Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Wee Man
29 Facing the Giants Samuel Goldwyn Films Alex Kendrick, Shannen Fields, James Blackwell, Jim McBride, Jason McLeod, Erin Bethea
The Guardian Touchstone Pictures Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward, Melissa Sagemiller
Open Season Columbia Pictures Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau, Georgia Engel
School for Scoundrels The Weinstein Company Jacinda Barrett, Jon Heder, Billy Bob Thornton
30 The Queen Miramax Films Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Michael Sheen, Helen McCrory, Stephen Frears (director)

October–December[edit]

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6 The Departed Warner Bros. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Winstone, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Martin Scorsese (director)
Employee of the Month Lions Gate Entertainment Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning New Line Cinema / Platinum Dunes Andrew Bryniarski, Jordana Brewster, Matthew Bomer, Diora Baird, Taylor Handley, R. Lee Ermey
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Alliance Atlantis John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, John Dunsworth, Jonathan Torrens
13 The Grudge 2 Columbia Pictures Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Roemer, Teresa Palmer
Man of the Year Universal Studios Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Barry Levinson (director)
The Marine 20th Century Fox John Cena, Robert Patrick, Kelly Carlson, Jeff Chase
One Night with the King Gener8Xion Entertainment Tiffany Dupont, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, John Rhys-Davies, Luke Goss
20 Flags of Our Fathers DreamWorks Pictures / Warner Bros. Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Neal McDonough, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, Jamie Bell, Benjamin Walker, Clint Eastwood (director)
Flicka 20th Century Fox Alison Lohman, Maria Bello, Tim McGraw
Marie Antoinette Columbia Pictures Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Coogan
The Prestige Touchstone Pictures / Warner Bros. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Nolan (director)
27 Babel Paramount Vantage / Paramount Pictures Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Elle Fanning
Dirty Sanchez: the Movie Vertigo Films Matthew Pritchard, Michael Locke (The Pain Men), Lee Dainton, Dan Joyce
Saw III Lions Gate Entertainment Angus Macfadyen, Shawnee Smith, Donnie Wahlberg, Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer, Bahar Soomekh, J. Larose
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3 Borat 20th Century Fox Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Pamela Anderson, Pat Haggerty, Bob Barr, Larry Charles (director)
Flushed Away DreamWorks Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Jean Reno
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Walt Disney Pictures Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Peter Boyle, Kevin Pollak, Michael Lembeck (director)
Volver Sony Pictures Classics Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Pedro Almodóvar (director)
10 A Good Year 20th Century Fox Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Ridley Scott (director)
Harsh Times Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria
The Return Rogue Pictures Sarah Michelle Gellar, Peter O'Brien, Sam Shepard
Stranger Than Fiction Columbia Pictures Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson
17 Bobby The Weinstein Company Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Heather Graham, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater
Casino Royale MGM/Columbia Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
For Your Consideration Warner Independent Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch
Happy Feet Warner Bros. Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving
Let's Go to Prison Universal Studios Dax Shepard, Will Arnett
22 Deck the Halls 20th Century Fox Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, Kristin Chenoweth
Déjà Vu Touchstone Pictures Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel
The Fountain Warner Bros. Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny New Line Cinema Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed
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1 The Nativity Story New Line Cinema Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Turistas Fox Atomic Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde
Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Kal Penn
8 Apocalypto Touchstone Pictures Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo, Mel Gibson (director)
Blood Diamond Warner Bros. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Edward Zwick (director)
The Holiday Columbia Pictures / Universal Pictures Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Edward Burns, Eli Wallach, Rufus Sewell, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco, Shannyn Sossamon, Kathryn Hahn, Odette Yustman, Nancy Meyers (director)
Unaccompanied Minors Warner Bros. Wilmer Valderrama, Lewis Black
15 Charlotte's Web Paramount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, Beau Bridges, Kevin Anderson
Dreamgirls DreamWorks Pictures / Paramount Pictures Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose
Eragon 20th Century Fox Edward Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons, Rachel Weisz, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich
The Pursuit of Happyness Columbia Pictures Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
20 Letters from Iwo Jima Warner Bros. / DreamWorks Pictures Ken Watanabe, Clint Eastwood (director)
Rocky Balboa MGM / Columbia Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, Burt Young
21 Curse of the Golden Flower Sony Pictures Classics Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Zhang Yimou (director)
22 The Good Shepherd Universal Studios Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie
Night at the Museum 20th Century Fox Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Jake Cherry, Kim Raver, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Charles Q. Murphy, Paul Rudd
We Are Marshall Warner Bros. Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie
25 Black Christmas MGM / Dimension Films / The Weinstein Co. Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Crystal Lowe, Andrea Martin, Lacey Chabert
Children of Men Universal Studios Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
Notes on a Scandal Fox Searchlight Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett
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Arthur and the Invisibles The Weinstein Company Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, Snoop Dogg, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro
Pan's Labyrinth Picturehouse Guillermo del Toro (director)

Films released in 2006[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January ?? Rose Alba 85 UK Actress ThunderballCity of Women
2 John Woodnutt 81 UK Actor Who Dares WinsLifeforce
7 Jim Zulevic 40 USA Actor Let's Go to PrisonMatchstick Men
12 Stu Linder 74 USA Film Editor Rain ManGood Morning, Vietnam
14 Shelley Winters 85 USA Actress LolitaThe Poseidon Adventure
19 Anthony Franciosa 77 USA Actor The Long, Hot SummerAssault on a Queen
21 Robert Knudson 80 USA Sound Re-Recording Mixer ScarfaceThe Exorcist
23 Joseph M. Newman 96 USA Director This Island Earth711 Ocean Drive
24 Chris Penn 40 USA Actor Reservoir DogsFootloose
26 Len Carlson 68 Canada Actor Cypher
27 Paul Valentine 86 USA Actor Out of the Past
28 Henry McGee 77 UK Actor The Italian JobRevenge of the Pink Panther
31 Moira Shearer 80 UK Actress, Dancer Peeping TomThe Red Shoes
February 1 Roy Alon 63 UK Stuntman Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomChildren of Men
3 Jean Byron 80 USA Actress Conquest of the Planet of the ApesThere's Always Tomorrow
3 Al Lewis 82 USA Actor Death WishMarried to the Mob
5 Franklin Cover 77 USA Actor Wall StreetAlmost Heroes
9 Phil Brown 89 USA Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeSuperman
13 Andreas Katsulas 59 USA Actor The FugitiveExecutive Decision
17 Harold Hunter 31 USA Actor KidsKung Faux
18 Richard Bright 64 USA Actor The GodfatherThe Godfather: Part II
21 Richard Snell 50 Bahamas Makeup Artist Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
24 Don Knotts 81 USA Actor The Apple Dumpling GangThe Shakiest Gun in the West
24 Dennis Weaver 81 USA Actor DuelWar Arrow
25 Darren McGavin 83 USA Actor The OmenA Christmas Story
March 1 Peter Sykes 66 Australia Director, Actor To the Devil a DaughterJesus
1 Jack Wild 53 UK Actor Oliver!Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
2 Phyllis Huffman 61 USA Casting Director Million Dollar BabyMystic River
7 Gordon Parks 93 USA Director ShaftThe Learning Tree
7 John Junkin 76 UK Writer, Actor A Hard Day's NightThe Football Factory
12 Joseph Bova 81 USA Actor SerpicoPretty Poison
13 Maureen Stapleton 80 USA Actress RedsAirport
16 Moira Redmond 77 UK Actress A Shot in the Dark
17 Bob Papenbrook 50 USA Voice Actor Stranger than FictionJeepers Creepers 2
18 Michael Attwell 63 UK Actor LabyrinthHigh Heels and Low Lifes
25 Richard Fleischer 89 USA Director Tora! Tora! Tora!Doctor Dolittle
29 Gretchen Rau 66 USA Set and Art Director Crocodile DundeeUnbreakable
April 4 Gary Gray 69 USA Actor Meet Me in St. LouisGaslight
9 Vilgot Sjöman 82 Sweden Director I Am Curious (Yellow)I Am Curious (Blue)
11 June Pointer 52 USA Actress Transformers: Revenge of the FallenHot Shots! Part Deux
16 John Godey 93 USA Author The Taking of Pelham 123
17 Henderson Forsythe 88 USA Actor SilkwoodSpecies II
22 Alida Valli 84 Italy Actress The Third ManInferno
23 Susan Browning 65 USA Actress Sister ActThe Money Pit
23 Jennifer Jayne 74 UK Actress, Writer The Medusa TouchDr. Terror's House of Horrors
May 1 Jay Presson Allen 84 USA Writer, Producer CabaretMarnie
4 Michael Taliferro 44 USA Actor, Director, Producer ArmageddonBad Boys
8 George Lutz 59 USA Author, Screenwriter The Amityville Horror
10 Val Guest 94 USA Director, Screenwriter Casino RoyaleThe Abominable Snowman
14 Paul Marco 78 USA Actor Plan 9 from Outer SpaceHiawatha
24 Henry Bumstead 91 USA Art Director To Kill a MockingbirdVertigo
27 Paul Gleason 67 USA Actor The Breakfast ClubDie Hard
30 Robert Sterling 88 USA Actor Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonShow Boat
June 4 Alec Bregonzi 76 UK Actor Revenge of the Pink PantherGeorgy Girl
8 Robert Donner 75 USA Actor Cool Hand LukeEl Dorado
10 Gerald James 88 UK Actor The Man with the Golden GunHope and Glory
12 Hugh Latimer 75 UK Actor The Million Pound NoteJane Eyre
16 Arthur Franz 86 USA Actor Invaders from MarsSands of Iwo Jima
18 Richard Stahl 74 USA Actor The American PresidentOverboard
18 Vincent Sherman 99 USA Director The Young PhiladelphiansMr. Skeffington
23 Aaron Spelling 83 USA Producer, Actor Mr. MomThe Spirit of St. Louis
25 Kenneth Griffith 84 UK Actor Four Weddings and a FuneralSky Riders
July 2 Jan Murray 89 USA Actor Which Way to the Front?The Busy Body
3 Jack Smith 92 USA Actor King KongCannonball Run II
5 Amzie Strickland 87 USA Actress Pretty WomanShiloh
6 Kasey Rogers 80 USA Actress Strangers on a Train
8 June Allyson 88 USA Actress The Glenn Miller StoryThe Three Musketeers
9 Chris Drake 82 USA Actor Them!Father of the Bride
11 Barnard Hughes 90 USA Actor TronMidnight Cowboy
12 Kurt Kreuger 89 Germany Actor SaharaThe Enemy Below
13 Red Buttons 87 USA Actor SayonaraPete's Dragon
18 David Maloney 72 UK Director, Producer
19 Jack Warden 85 USA Actor Heaven Can WaitShampoo
20 Robert O. Cornthwaite 89 USA Actor The War of the WorldsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
21 Mako Iwamatsu 72 Japan Actor Conan the BarbarianThe Sand Pebbles
27 Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. 65 USA Actor THX 1138American Graffiti
28 Patrick Allen 79 Malawi Actor Dial M for MurderJet Storm
August 4 John Alderson 90 USA Actor Blazing SaddlesMy Fair Lady
7 Lois January 92 USA Actress The Wizard of OzThe Pace That Kills
13 Tony Jay 73 UK Voice Actor, Actor The Hunchback of Notre DameTwins
14 Bruno Kirby 57 USA Actor The Godfather Part IICity Slickers
16 Alan Vint 61 USA Actor BadlandsThe Panic in Needle Park
24 Earl Jolly Brown 66 USA Actor Live and Let Die
25 Joseph Stefano 84 USA Screenwriter PsychoTwo Bits
29 Bill Stewart 63 UK Actor 101 DalmatiansAnna and the King
30 Glenn Ford 90 Canada Actor Gilda3:10 to Yuma
31 William Aldrich 61 USA Producer, Actor Flight of the PhoenixThe Sheltering Sky
September 4 Steve Irwin 44 Australia Wildlife Expert, Actor Happy FeetThe Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
5 Hilary Mason 89 UK Actress Don't Look NowRobot Jox
7 Robert Earl Jones 96 USA Actor The StingWitness
8 Frank Middlemass 87 UK Actor Barry LyndonThe Island
9 Herbert Rudley 96 USA Actor The Court JesterThe Young Lions
9 Gérard Brach 79 France Director, Writer The Name of the RoseFrantic
11 Pat Corley 76 USA Actor Coming HomeThe Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
14 Johnny Sekka 72 USA Actor Mohammad, Messenger of GodBabylon 5: The Gathering
19 Elizabeth Allen 77 USA Actress Donovan's ReefStar Spangled Girl
20 Sven Nykvist 83 Sweden Cinematographer Sleepless in SeattleChaplin
22 Edward Albert 55 USA Actor Butterflies Are Free40 Carats
23 Malcolm Arnold 84 UK Composer The Bridge on the River KwaiSuddenly, Last Summer
26 Lionel Murton 91 UK Actor PattonThe Dirty Dozen
28 Hy Pyke 70 USA Actor Blade RunnerWhite House Madness
October 2 Tamara Dobson 59 USA Actress, Makeup Artist Cleopatra Jones
2 Frances Bergen 84 USA Actress American GigoloThe Muppets Take Manhattan
4 Tom Bell 73 UK Actor Wish You Were HereFeast of July
10 Jerry Belson 68 USA Producer, Writer Close Encounters of the Third KindFun with Dick and Jane (2005)
15 Derek Bond 86 UK Actor Uncle SilasWhen Eight Bells Toll
16 Jack DeLeon 81 USA Actor, Miscellaneous The HobbitLife Stinks
16 Tommy Johnson 71 USA Musician The MatrixThe Godfather
16 Ross Davidson 57 UK Actor Monty Python's The Meaning of LifeThe Crimson Permanent Assurance
19 Phyllis Kirk 79 USA Actress House of WaxBack from Eternity
19 James Glennon 64 USA Cinematographer, Second Assistant Camera About SchmidtElection
20 Jane Wyatt 96 USA Actress Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeLost Horizon
21 Peter Barkworth 77 UK Actor PattonWhere Eagles Dare
21 Milton Selzer 87 USA Actor Sid and NancyThe Cincinnati Kid
22 Richard Mayes 83 UK Actor GandhiTop Secret!
22 Arthur Hill 84 Canada Actor A Bridge Too FarThe Andromeda Strain
22 B. Constance Barry 93 USA Actress Trading PlacesArthur
29 Nigel Kneale 84 UK Screenwriter, Actor Halloween III: Season of the WitchQuatermass and the Pit
29 Roy Barnes 70 USA Art Director, Set Designer War of the WorldsThe Last Samurai
31 William Franklyn 81 UK Actor, Writer Cul-de-sacThe Satanic Rites of Dracula
November 1 Adrienne Shelly 40 USA Actress, Director WaitressThe Unbelievable Truth
2 Leonard Schrader 62 USA Screenwriter Kiss of the Spider WomanBlue Collar
8 Basil Poledouris 61 USA Composer Starship TroopersRed Dawn
9 Marian Marsh 93 USA Actress Hell's AngelsThe Black Room
9 Wayne Artman 69 USA Sound Re-Recording Falling DownLethal Weapon 3
10 Diana Coupland 74 UK Actress The Twelve ChairsThe Millionairess
10 Jack Palance 87 USA Actor ShaneCity Slickers
10 Chubby Oates 63 UK Actor Killer's Moon
11 Ronnie Stevens 81 UK Actor The Parent TrapBrassed Off
11 Belinda Emmett 32 Australia Actress The Nugget
14 John Hallam 65 UK Actor Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesFlash Gordon
15 Elaine Ives-Cameron 67 UK Actress Supergirl
16 Eustace Lycett 41 USA Special Effects, Visual Effects Mary PoppinsBedknobs and Broomsticks
19 Jeremy Slate 80 USA Actor North by NorthwestTrue Grit
20 Robert Altman 81 USA Director, Screenwriter MASHA Prairie Home Companion
20 Kevin McClory 80 Ireland Miscellaneous, Producer The Africa QueenNever Say Never Again
23 Philippe Noiret 76 France Actor, Voice Dubbing Cinema ParadisoIl Postino: The Postman
24 Phyllis Cerf 90 USA Actress Vivacious Lady
27 Anthony Jackson 62 UK Actor Labyrinth
27 Alan Freeman 79 UK Actor, Producer Dr. Terror's House of HorrorsAbsolute Beginners
29 Leon Niemczyk 62 Poland Actor Inland Empire
30 Shirley Walker 61 USA Composer, Orchestrator Apocalypse NowFinal Destination
December 1 Sid Raymond 97 USA Actor, Voice Actor Two Much
4 Adam Williams 84 USA Actor North by NorthwestFear Strikes Out
5 Michael Gilden 44 USA Actor Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the JediPulp Fiction
5 Gerry Humphreys 74 UK Sound Re-Recording Blade RunnerGandhi
6 Mavis Pugh 92 UK Actress The Class of Miss MacMichael
7 Desmond Briscoe 81 UK Sound Effects The HauntingThe Man Who Fell to Earth
9 Russell Wade 89 USA Actor Ball of FireMr. & Mrs. Smith
12 Peter Boyle 71 USA Actor Young FrankensteinTaxi Driver
12 Ivor Barry 87 USA Actor, Writer Weird ScienceThe Andromeda Strain
14 Hallie D'Amore 64 UK Makeup Artist, Actress Forrest GumpApollo 13
14 Mike Evans 57 USA Writer, Actor Now You See Him, Now You Don'tThe House on Skull Mountain
18 Joseph Barbera 95 USA Director, Producer, Actor The FlintstonesJetsons: The Movie
21 Lois Hall 80 USA Actress Gone in 60 SecondsFlightplan
21 Philippa Pearce 86 UK Writer
22 Phillip Pine 86 USA Actor, Writer, Director D.O.AThe Set-Up
23 Charlie Drake 81 USA Actor, Writer The PlankSands of the Desert
24 Marc Smith  ?? UK Actor Live and Let DieMoonraker
25 James Brown 73 USA Singer, Actor Jerry MaguireThe Proposal
30 Frank Campanella 87 USA Actor Pretty WomanDick Tracy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 

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