GOOD MORNING: Michael Douglas has finally found a film property that he deems worthy of doing with his father, Kirk, who’s one of Sunday’s Kennedy Center honorees. He’ll only tell papa to read it — after the first of the year … Kirk admits, “A couple of years ago, Michael wanted to do ‘Take Me Home Again’ with me, but ‘Disclosure’ came up with Demi Moore. He wouldn’t drop her for me, so I got Craig T. Nelson for my son,” laughs Douglas pere. “Take Me Home Again” airs on NBC Dec. 18 … With warm stories a la “Forrest Gump” finding favor with film fans, Ray Stark’s put into motion the movie version of the life story of Alvin Ray Straight, who tried to drive his lawnmower 600 miles to get to his ailing brother. And he’s got Larry Gelbart poised at his word processor to write it — as soon as Larry winds another offbeat pic, “The Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy as the 300-pound prof … Angela Lansbury says her “Murder, She Wrote” Christmas “gift” to viewers is a story in which the murder victim — isn’t murdered. She says the gift may seem familiar — it also aired last year. Her husband, producer Peter Shaw, is home from the hospital much earlier than expected after heart surgery. Angela doesn’t want him to be concerned about the series, saying, “The boys (their sons) and I are taking over. We hope to finish two shows before Christmas.” But she is not leaving Peter’s side until week’s end at the earliest. She also remained with him at the hospital during his stay there … Phil Collins, who at 12 was an extra in the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” says he was “honored” to be asked to narrate the documentary on the making of the movie, which is celebrating its 30th anni. It airs on PBS in February, with others involved in the movie — including producer Walter Shenson, director Richard Lester and screenwriter Alun Owen — on camera. There were offers from other webs but PBS won out — paying double the costto make the docu. It was sold to MPI for video — they also have the cassette rights to “Help!” And the Voyager CD-ROM version of “Hard Day’s Night” was sold for what the movie originally cost to make –$ 500,000. The Beatles’ pix continue to air non-stop on cable, and at conventions of fans. Then there are, of course, the records. Plus next year’s eight- to 10-hour anthology vid, “The Long and Winding Road.”THE GRANDDADDY OF “DRACULA” and “Frankenstein” films is here — but only to swing his golf clubs. Christopher Lee is vacationing in L.A., his first time here in two years, and celebrating the completion of his 233rd film, “A Feast at Midnight,” which the tall, stentorian-toned thesp describes as “one of the nicest pictures I’ve ever been in.” It was filmed in a boys’ school in Wiltshire. Before that he completed a non-stop sked of pix all over Europe, including Russia, Croatia, Austria and France. Lee, who was in nine versions of “Dracula” movies and “Frankensteins” dating back to the 1957 “Curse of Frankenstein,” plus parodies thereof, has seen the current “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” and comments, “It was very interesting to look at — great production design. But there are two extremes in moviemaking today — makeup and special effects. And the actor spends his time being caught between them”… Clint Eastwood donates — himself — as one of the “packages” auctioned at Divine Design ’94 on Sunday. The high bidder plays a round of golf with Eastwood at Cypress Point, stays at the Carmel Mission Ranch and gets two ducats to the “Bridges of Madison County” preem — for the benefit of Project Angel Food … And Don Rickles’ winning raffle ticket for the Orlingua School for the hearing-impaired won him a package for two in Vegas — where he now appears either on stage or in front of “Casino” cameras. THE “RAY ANTHONY GENERATION X” orch is being formed by Anthony of “twentysomethings” to concert, record, etc. The talent search starts in January … Republic sold Leo McCarey’s Bing Crosby-Ingrid Bergman 1945 “Bells of St. Mary’s” as a cable holiday special — and Tom Hatten did wraparounds for Patty and Howard Bolter’s In House Prods. to fill in the three-hour package — the Bolters used to be Hatten’s assistants on his KTLA “Popeye” and “Family Film Fest” shows … Victoria Principal switched from CAA to UTA … Ray Combs, former “Family Feud” host, is 100% recuped from a car accident and will announce a new TV show at January’s NATPE confab, reports his Renaissance-Swanson agent Irv Schwartz … Katharine Hepburn’s assistant for the past 13 years, Sharon Grace Powers, bows her act Wednesday at New York’s Judy’s Restaurant & Cabaret … Marilyn Lovell Matz returns to the New Jazz Bakery here Dec. 11 … Cybill Shepherd, who wound her Sahara stand last weekend, plays the Rainbow & Stars in May.
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