> Al's hot hand ...
Al Pacino says he got burned while making "Scarface."
Literally, he grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana's violent scenes.
"My hand stuck to that sucker," the 71-year-old actor recalled. He couldn't work for two weeks.
Pacino relayed the experience during a discussion with "Scarface" co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party Tuesday heralding the film's Blu-ray release.
Part of the charm of the film, Pacino said, is that it wasn't initially a hit.
"It's one of my favorites because of its whole evolution," he said. "It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation."
He said "it's almost a miracle" audiences continue to discover and appreciate the film.
He wanted to make it after being inspired by Paul Muni's performance in the 1932 original.
> Posthumous milestone ...
Amy Winehouse is still hitting music milestones after her untimely death last month.
Britain's Official Charts Company says Winehouse's Grammy-award winning "Back to Black" has become the best-selling album in the U.K. in the 21st century.
The company, which tracks music sales in the U.K., said Wednesday that "Back to Black" overtook James Blunt's 2005 debut album to claim the title this week.
Winehouse's second album had jumped to the No. 1 spot on the charts shortly after the soul singer was found dead in her London town house on July 23. An initial post-mortem failed to determine cause of death, and Winehouse's family said Tuesday that toxicology tests showed she had no illegal drugs in her system when she died.
An inquest into Winehouse's death begins in October.
> Brits honoring Ben ...
Ben Stiller is being honored for his comedic contributions by the British Academy of Film and Television.
The group's Los Angeles branch says Stiller will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Veteran producer Nigel Lythgoe called Stiller "a master of comedy who, just like the legendary filmmaker for whom this award is named, embodies the remarkable multi-hyphenate talents of actor, writer, director and producer."
Lythgoe serves as chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles.
Stiller will receive the honor at the Brittania Awards on Nov. 30, when actress Helena Bonham Carter and animator John Lasseter are also being recognized.
The 45-year-old Stiller has earned box-office success and critical acclaim as a writer, director, actor and producer. He will next be seen opposite Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist."