Plus, the Tony Award nominations, Bob Dylan, Angela Bassett, Jodie Foster, Tom Green, and more

By Sandra P. Angulo
Updated May 08, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
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CONGRATS Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie were married Friday afternoon in a quick Las Vegas wedding. The Oscar winning couple wore jeans at their 3:30 p.m. ceremony at the Little Church of the West on the Las Vegas strip, chapel owner Greg Smith told the AP on Saturday. The Clark County Marriage License Bureau also confirmed that the newlyweds received their license early on Friday. This is the fifth marriage for Thornton, 44, and the second for Jolie, 24.

TONY NODS The musicals ”Kiss Me Kate” and ”The Music Man received the most Tony nominations this morning, with 12 and 8 nods, respectively. Both will vie for Best Musical Revival against ”Jesus Christ Superstar” and ”Tango Argentino.” The big loser of the morning was Disney and Elton John’s lavish show ”Aida,” which was passed over in the Best New Musical category. New musical competitors are: ”Contact,” ”James Joyce’s the Dead,” ”Swing,” and ”The Wild Party.” On the drama front, the nominees for Best Play are: Michael Frayn’s ”Copenhagen,” Clauda Shear’s ”Dirty Blonde,” Arthur Miller’s ”The Ride Down Mt. Morgan,” and Sam Shepard’s ”True West.” Acting nominees include Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly (”True West”); Gabriel Byrne and Cherry Jones (”A Moon for the Misbegotten”); and mother-daughter Rosemary Harris (”Waiting in the Wings”) and Jennifer Ehle (”The Real Thing”). Winners will be announced June 4 during the Rosie O’Donnell-hosted ceremony on CBS.

TV WATCH Bob Dylan has signed a deal with HBO to star in a one-hour special developed specifically for him by writer-producer Larry Charles (”Seinfeld”). The variety-like special will feature Dylan music and lots of comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Although the music selection has not been finalized, sources say a mix of classic and original Dylan songs will be performed…. VH1 has acquired four music-related TV movies to broadcast this summer in its Movies That Rock series: CBS’s ”Take Me Home: The John Denver Story”; ABC’s ”Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story”; and NBC’s ”The David Cassidy Story” and ”Little Richard”. The music channel noticeably neglected to buy NBC’s much-hyped flop ”The ’70s,” even though it bought ”The ’60s” last year. We guess ”Behind the Music”-type movies are better than, well, bad ones.

CASTING Angela Bassett will star opposite Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando in the Frank Oz drama ”The Score.” The Paramount film follows a young thief (Norton) who blackmails a veteran criminal (De Niro).into one last scheme…. Actor-director Alfonso Arau and Jeremy Sisto, who plays Jesus in the upcoming CBS miniseries, have joined the cast of ”Angel Eyes” opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel. Shooting starts today on the Warner Bros. drama with director Luis Mandoki (”Message in a Bottle”). Sisto will play Lopez’s brother, while Arau portrays an old friend of Caviezel’s…. Vincent D’Onofrio (”Men in Black”) and newcomer Emile Hirsch will join Jodie Foster in the ’70s-based indie film ”The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.” Set in Savannah, Ga., ”Altar Boys” follows a clique of eighth-graders as they attempt to steal a comic book that their nun teacher (Foster) confiscated. D’Onofrio will play the parochial school’s priest, and Hirsch will make his feature debut as one of the titular altar boys.

REEL DEAL Music video and TV director Russell Bates is set to make his first feature film, ”Freddy Got Fingered,” a comedy starring Tom Green (”Road Trip”). ”Freddy” is scheduled to start production in mid-July for Twentieth Century Fox. Green, who cowrote ”Freddy,” will star as a man who’s forced to move back in with his parents, much to their displeasure (and, really, who could blame them?)…. Chris Noonan, the Australian writer-director who made ”Babe,” has settled on a sophomore directing project: adapting the Russell Banks (”The Sweet Hereafter,” ”Affliction”) novel ”Rule of the Bone.” The Banks story follows a 14-year-old pothead named Chappie who teams up with an old Rastafarian mystic and ends up hiding from the INS in Jamaica. No word yet on which studio will pick up the project.

COMMEMORATED Jerry Seinfeld will be immortalized on a 33 cent stamp…. Well, at least the apartment set of ”Seinfeld” will. The U.S. Postal Service announced that the ”Seinfeld” stamp will be part of a 15-stamp series commemorating the 1990s.

CONCERT WIRE Macy Gray, Hanson, Christina Aguilera, and the Goo Goo Dolls are set to play the Zootopia 2000 benefit concert, sponsored by the New York radio station Z100. Scheduled for June 2 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., the charity concert will also feature Sugar Ray, Destiny’s Child, Mandy Moore, Savage Garden, Jessica Simpson, and Vitamin C. The annual Zootopia show raises money for two local charities: Computers for Kids, which donates new computers, printers, and installation to schools in the New York City area, and SHINE, a social organization that uses music, art, and technology to help teens take a stand against violence.

ON BROADWAY Calista Flockhart and Lisa Gay Hamilton (”The Practice”) will star in Eve Ensler’s ”The Vagina Monologues,” which has featured a rotating set of three actresses ever since the playwright last performed her solo piece earlier this year. The two actresses will perform June 13-25 at the Off Broadway venue Westside Theater in Manhattan. According to Variety, sources don’t think the third actress joining Flockhart and Hamilton will star in a David E. Kelley TV production. How ’bout his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer?… Kelsey Grammer will play the lead in ”Macbeth” this summer on Broadway. The ”Frasier” star just finished playing a tabloid journalist in ”15 Minutes,” opposite Robert De Niro and Ed Burns.

OBIT Douglas Fairbanks Jr., one of film history’s most prolific leading men, died early Sunday in his New York City home. He was 90 years old. Fairbanks, the son of silent-film star Douglas Fairbanks, followed his father’s footsteps and made 75 films, including 1934’s ”Catherine the Great,” 1939’s ”Gunga Din,” 1940’s ”Angels Over Broadway,” and 1947’s ”Sinbad the Sailor.” Fairbanks Jr. was also a producer, a businessman, and an honorary knight who served as the first U.S. commander of a British flotilla during WWII.