Sunday, February 9, 2003

'Pinocchio' re-released with original Italian track

Los Angeles -- Actor and director Roberto Benigni's film "Pinocchio" has found its voice -- and it's in Italian.

The $35 million movie, shot in Italian but dubbed into English for U.S. audiences, flopped at the box office during the December holidays, grossing less than $4 million.

Now Miramax has re-released the film at theaters in New York and Los Angeles in Italian, with English subtitles.

The producers have said Benigni, who stars as the wooden puppet, struggled with English. Just weeks before the original release, another actor was brought in to dub Benigni's dialogue. Many reviewers slammed the movie because the words poorly matched the actor's lip movements on screen.

Thumbs up on recovery

Chicago -- Film critic Roger Ebert is recuperating from follow-up surgery for papillary cancer, a common and curable type of thyroid cancer.

The 60-year-old movie reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times and television audiences underwent the procedure Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"It went very successfully," a hospital spokeswoman said.

A year ago, doctors removed Ebert's thyroid gland and selected lymph nodes in his neck. They said at the time that Ebert was expected to make a complete recovery.

Britney 'out of control,' says Limp Bizkit's lead singer

Los Angeles -- Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst said that despite his recent outpourings of affection for Britney Spears, her life is too "out of control" for him to date her.

Durst posted several romantic messages on his band's Web site last month about the pop singer.

The 32-year-old said that when he met Spears, he thought, "Wow, this is just a very sweet Southern girl" he told "Access Hollywood" for an interview airing Monday.

"But actually, she has a life like Michael Jackson. It's, like, out of control."

Spears, 21, has never acknowledged a relationship with Durst. Her spokeswoman had no comment on his remarks Friday.

Liberace mansion goes back on the selling block

Palm Springs, Calif. -- The lavish Spanish-style estate where Liberace died 16 years ago is back on the market for $2.75 million.

Stefan Hemming, who bought the home from Liberace's estate for $750,000 in 1990, said he's selling the home because "it's time to move on."

Built in 1930 by Palm Springs pioneer Alvah Hicks, the building had served as a hotel known as The Cloisters when Liberace bought it in 1967 and renamed it Casa de Liberace.

Liberace, born Wladziu Valentino Liberace in Wisconsin, died in the house on Feb. 4, 1987, at 67. The 8,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms on a half acre.