Entertainment News from June 1999
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
- Variety reports that the B-52s plan to create a cartoon series with Stone Stanley Productions. The band members will voice the characters. ?Working with the B-52's is sure to make for colorful and interesting story lines,? said executive producer Scott Stone.
- Jazz crooner Mel Torme dies of complications from a stroke. He was 73. Torme wrote more than 300 songs, including the perennial favorite ?The Christmas Song? and ?What Is This Thing Called Love.? His film credits include Higher and Higher and Good News. He was also a music writer for the Judy Garland Show, and wrote her biography, The Other Side of the Rainbow.
- There's Something About Mary leads pack at the MTV Movie Awards, winning Best Movie, Best Fight, Best Villain, and Best Female Performance. For a full list of winners, see MTV Movie Awards
- Death of a Salesman dominates the Tony Awards, winning Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor, Best Director, and Best Featured Actress. Salesman playwright Arthur Miller also takes home a Lifetime Achievement Award. For a full list of winners, see Tony Awards.
- Oliver Stone is arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of hashish, according to Beverly Hills police. Stone(r) is scheduled to be arraigned on July 16.
- David Arquette and Courteney Cox marry in a San Francisco ceremony. It is the first marriage for both.
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me opens big baby, taking in $54.7 million in its debut weekend, making the film the highest-grossing June premiere of all time. The laurels go on: It was also the highest first-weekend gross ever for a comedy, topped the take of Star Wars: Episode I ? The Phantom Menace, and took in more in one weekend than the original grossed in its entire run.
- The American Film Institute announces its picks of the 50 American Screen Legends. The AFI limited eligibility to ?those stars whose movie careers began in or before 1950, or to stars whose deaths left a completed body of work.? Topping the list of male stars is Humphrey Bogart. Katharine Hepburn, Bogey's co-star in African Queen, leads the list of women. For a full listing of legends, see Screen Legends
- Heather Locklear, who starred in the recently cancelled Melrose Place, wasn't unemployed for long. ABC announces that she'll join the cast of Spin City beginning in the fall. She'll play the mayor's campaign manager who creates tension (sexual and professional) for Michael J. Fox's deputy mayor.
- Horror novelist Stephen King is hit by a minivan while he was walking on a rural road in Maine. He suffers multiple fractures of his right leg below the knee, a fractured pelvis and a broken right hip, a collapsed lung, and a scalp laceration. He is scheduled to undergo several rounds of surgery. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery after several months of rehabilitation.
- Woody Allen confirms that he and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, adopted their daughter, Bechet.
- Robert Downey, Jr., who has had a tough time kicking drugs, is sentenced to six weeks in a rehab center for failing a routine drug test. He served 113 days in jail and four months in a residential rehab program after a series of drug-related arrests in 1996.
- Calista Flockhart earns rave reviews for her performance in Bash, the three-act Off-Broadway play by Neil LaBute, the director of the acidic films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors.
- Homicide's Richard Belzer also finds work quickly, after NBC cancelled the long-running, critically praised police drama. Belzer's character, Det. John Munch, will move north of the beltway and nights to NBC's Law & Order.
- Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, and the upcoming Dogma, welcomes a daughter, Harley Quinn, to the world.