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GOOD MORNING: “I’m grilling her,” laughs Daryl Hannah, on the set of Amblin’s “Little Rascals”– where the grill-ee is director Penelope Spheeris. Hannah won a Berlin Fest prize for her short “The Last Supper,” which she directed-produced , and she’s moving ahead with feature production plans. Hannah said she didn’t even know her film was entered in the German fest and it’s now on the Short Circuit Film Fest trail. Hannah, who plays Miss Crabtree in “The Little Rascals, ” sez she feels at home with the movie’s kids: “I have 22 nephews and nieces of my own!” She tells me she’s far from ready to direct a feature — but is learning all she can. She attended NYU film school last summer. “I’m very appreciative of all I can learn” from Spheeris. She hopes to produce “Maybe the Moon” by Armistead Maupin, which she’s optioned for the bigscreen. And is also readying an original, “Out in the Americas” by Katie Ford, to be directed by Percy Adlon (“Bagdad Cafe”). As soon as Hannah winds “Rascals” she’s off to N.Y. , where you-know-who resides … Since this is a week of Women in Film it’s appropriate to note that Morgan Brittany, who admits to being in the biz 37 years — she started at 5 in “Sea Hunt”– is partnered with Hollywood Film Group to make “family-oriented films; I’ve been motivated by what I’d want my kids to see.” The banner’s obtained rights to 10 Bradford Oakes adventure books by William F. Buckley. They also have an agreement with “Francis the Talking Mule” creator David Stern to do another — with Donald O’Connor and Morgan. But first, she stars in Coldstone Pictures’ “Riders on the Storm” in Tucson. It follows appearances next week on Home Shopping Network, where she’s sold $ 1.5 million of her collectible , hand-painted porcelain dolls. The biz grew out of Brittany’s girlhood collecting hobby. They’re now reproduced in Taiwan and sell from $ 69-$ 250.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S SCHEDULED hip replacement surgery for Saturday must now be delayed as she is suffering from an upper respiratory infection … After the L.A. Summer Olympics in ’84, Bruce Vilanch and Wayne Carter wrote “Olympic Village”– a sort of “Animal House Meets the Olympics,” sez Vilanch. Larry Thompson bought it back then; he must have been inspired by what happened at the latest Olympics, and is again going ahead with it. Vilanch, who’s been a creative force at so many charities, is an honoree himself when the Shanti Foundation salutes him March 15 at the Scottish Rites. It was to have been held at Royce Hall but was earthquake’d out … The earthquake got Jack Carter a job! He sez neighbor Gary Nardino, who suffered chimney and roof damage during the Jan. 17 quake, visited Carter’s also-damaged house to talk repairmen. Nardino recognized Carter as the perfect guy for a “Time Trax” seg and Jack leaves Tuesday for Australia … Norman Rosemont is in Queensland scouting locations for his theatrical “Captain Blood,” producing with Ed Pressman, scripted by John Hensleigh (“Die Hard III”). Rosemont Prods. follows with the feature version of Frank Loesser’s “Most Happy Fella” also in Australia. Robert L. Freedman scripted … Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father”) wings in from Ireland for Tuesday’s nominees luncheon at the BevHilton … Award-winning writer/director Leslie Stevens joins the faculty of the AFI Center for Advanced Studies. His “Machiavelli” opens today … Garrett Morris may be released from the hospital next week. Meanwhile, he’s still in a great deal of pain from the gunshot which entered his arm, abdomen, nicked the aorta and rested on a spinal disc. Every reality show has requested interviews with Morris and rags have offered big dough, which he’s turned down for exclusive stories. He’s considering a request from Arsenio Hall for an interview via satellite from Daniel Freeman Hospital. But since Morris is currently co-starring on Fox’s “Martin”– out of loyalty, Fox’s “Good Day, L.A.” will have the first local interview.

THE EARTHQUAKE-DELAYED Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters’ salute to Norman Lloyd will now be held March 16 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge … Marlee Matlin receives the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Starlight Foundation Saturday at the Century Plaza. Matlin’s fellow More/Medavoy client and “Friendly Suit” co-star Melissa Gilbert presents …”The Commish” star Michael Chiklis is Humanitarian of the Year at the Hellenic Times Scholarship Dinner May 13 at the N.Y. Hilton … At Giorgio Armani’s 20th anni fall/winter ’94 showing at his palazzo in Milan: Robert De Niro — fresh from “Frankenstein” in London — to see his sister Deena model. Also there: Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Ben Stiller and fiancee Jeanne Tripplehorn.

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