Buttafuoco becoming godfather

Los Angeles -- Joey Buttafuoco, the auto mechanic who gained notoriety after his teenage lover shot his wife in 1992, will play a Mafia don in an upcoming independent film.

Buttafuoco, 47, will star in "Gangsta Mafia," a movie about an Italian crime boss who decides to expand his operations into South Los Angeles.

The film will be produced by Sound Boy Entertainment, the company announced Friday.

Amy Fisher, nicknamed the Long Island Lolita by the New York City tabloids, served seven years in prison for shooting Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo, in the face. Fisher was 17 at the time.

Buttafuoco, who pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape, served six months in jail.

Gilda gets gold star

Los Angeles -- The late "Saturday Night Live" comic Gilda Radner was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the eve of what would have been her 57th birthday.

The event was timed to coincide with the release of "Voices for Gilda," a compilation CD that includes performances by Dan Aykroyd, Billy Crystal, Celine Dion and others. A portion of sales will benefit Gilda's Club, which provides meeting places where cancer patients can join with others for emotional support. Radner died of ovarian cancer in May 1989.

Political ties trump family

Boston -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy says he won't support the gubernatorial ambitions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's married to Maria Shriver, Kennedy's niece.

Schwarzenegger has indicated he may run for governor as a Republican if Californians vote to recall Gov. Gray Davis.

"Listen, Arnold is great," the Democratic senator from Massachusetts told the Boston Herald last week. "And I never argue with Arnold, particularly when he's holding me by my ankles upside down. But I intend to support the Democrat."

"I'm not sure where Arnold gets his political instincts," Kennedy said. "People often say that for Kennedys, it's in the water. Arnold seems to be a staunch Republican, so I've asked Maria to check their plumbing."

Gibson hopes film inspires

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Mel Gibson says he attended Mass every morning while shooting his new movie, "The Passion," because "we had to be squeaky clean just working on this."

The film, which Gibson directs, stars James Caviezel as Jesus during the last 12 hours of his life and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene.

Gibson said his Christian faith inspired the film. He still is looking for a distributor.

"I'm not a preacher, and I'm not a pastor," the 47-year-old director-actor said. "But I really feel my career was leading me to make this. The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelize."


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