AWARDS Brian Dennehy beat Kevin Spacey (”The Iceman Cometh”) for the best actor award in last night’s Tony Awards, and his play, ”Death of a Salesman” won for best revival. Also taking home honors were ”Fosse” (best musical), ”Side Man” (best play), Martin Short (best musical actor for ”Little Me”), and Bernadette Peters (best musical actress for ”Annie Get Your Gun”). This year’s Academy Award-winning Judi Dench took home another trophy for her lead role in the drama ”Amy’s View”…. ”There’s Something About Mary” dominated the MTV Movie Awards Saturday night, taking home four popcorn trophies including best movie, actress (Cameron Diaz), villain (Matt Dillon), and fight (Ben Stiller vs. the dog). (The awards show was taped for broadcast on Thursday at 9 p.m.) Other winners at the always entertaining annual event included Jim Carrey as best actor for ”The Truman Show,” and Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes for best kiss in ”Shakespeare in Love.”
ANNIVERSARY CONCERT The 30th anniversary of Woodstock will be celebrated with peace, love, and tube tops. Britney Spears has been booked to play on July 4 at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y., the site of the first Woodstock, to kick off this year’s ”A Day at the Garden” concert series. (The larger Woodstock ’99 festival — held on July 23-25 — will take place elsewhere upstate.)
LAWSUIT Rena Mero — otherwise known to wrestling fans as Sable — is suing her employer, the WWF (officially knows as Titan Sports Inc.), for $110 million, claiming that the organization tried to extort her into performing obscene acts, according to Reuters. The Sable suit claims that she was forced to lose her championship belt in a match when she refused to agree to having her dress ripped off (and flashing her chest) in the ring. She is also demanding the right to use her wrestling name in non-WWF activities. ”(WWF) will defend itself vigorously,” said Jerry McDevitt, a WWF lawyer. ”Sable is the creation of the WWF…. Rena Mero, the name, means zip. Sable has been promoted and marketed and given brand value by Titan”…. All of ex-Blaze editor Jesse Washington‘s charges filed against hip-hop producer Deric ”D-Dot” Angellettie have been dismissed by a Manhattan judge. Washington, who was fired from the magazine in March, had claimed that D-Dot and two others had beaten him last November after being unhappy with a photo of the producer that ran in the magazine. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said that Washington had not cooperated with the prosecution.
ON THE NET Joey McIntyre‘s new video is currently appearing only on the Net. Those who want a sneak peek of ”I Love You Came Too Late” can go to his official website, where it will play every hour on the hour until its TV debut on Tuesday.
RATINGS DIVE Jerry Springer‘s show has suffered a blow ever since he did away with the fisticuffs two weeks ago by order of his studio. Last week he averaged a 4.3 rating — an improvement from the first non-pummeling week’s 3.6, but still way below his last week of punchy shows, when he pulled in a 4.8.
GUEST SPOT Daytime TV just got a bit smugger: After constant begging, Craig Kilborn landed a cameo on the soap ”The Bold and the Beautiful.” On June 18 he’ll appear briefly as a male nurse who wheels in an ultrasound machine and examines a urine sample. ”I have to confess I’ve never actually seen the damn show,” Kilborn told TV Guide (presumably with a big ol’ smirk on his face). ”I wanted to be on it because I really love the title.”
CASTING Nicolas Cage knows a winner when he sees one. He is negotiating to work with ”Notting Hill” director Roger Michell in ”Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” starring as an Italian officer in this WWII-era love story…. Once a Steven Bochco employee, always a Steven Bochco employee: The successful creator has picked ex-“L.A. Law”-man Blair Underwood to star in his new show, “City of Angels,” a CBS midseason-replacement medical drama about an inner-city hospital, which features a predominantly African-American cast…. Eddie Griffin will star in ”The Second Coming of Sammy” as a homeless man who becomes a holy prophet.
SOUR NOTE Jazz singer Mel Torme died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke he suffered in 1996. Torme, 73, had made his name singing with such groups as the Artie Shaw Orchestra and had hit the charts with numerous songs including”Careless Hands,” ”Again,” and ”Blue Moon,” which became his signature tune. Torme, who received a lifetime achievement award at February’s Grammys, is survived by his fourth wife, Ali, and his five children.