GOOD MORNING: Paramount ordered the currently filming “An Eye for an Eye” ready for October release. The studio’s already talking Oscar nomination for two-time winner Sally Field in the pic directed by John Schlesinger and produced by Michael Levy. It is the dramatic story of a mother after her daughter is raped and murdered. (Kiefer Sutherland is the heavy.) There were no heavy dramatics — but heavy calisthenics — when I met up with Field and the troupe in a Pilates gym class. Field, in skin-tight black leotard, was lying on an exercise board, her legs extended high above her, her ankles strapped and pulled backwards to pulleys that released her legs when she slid backward on the contraption’s movable seat. Alongside her was young thesp Charlayne Woodard, also manipulating her board as instructor Michael Podwal put them through their paces for a scene. The two women jokingly called him “the Marquis de Sade.” Schlesinger said he, too, is a Pilates practioner; Podwal is his instructor off-camera. Schlesinger was tempted to be in the gym scene as well; he suggested I try the exercise. I thanked him, but begged off. Field, last seen aging in the TV mini “A Woman of Independent Means” and dying as “Forrest Gump’s” mother, looks half her not-so-secret age (48) and has a figure to match a 20-year-old. Yet in this film she again has a teenage daughter, as well as a 6-year-old. Ed Harris plays her husband … The movie has a 55-day sked and is budgeted at about $ 20 million. Schlesinger is on sked and budget, even after a freeway gridlock sequence during which Field hears — on her portable phone — her daughter being murdered. The drama, Sally says, is representative of the prevalent violence in the community today. “And it taxes even the liberal point of view when it comes to, as the title suggests, ‘An Eye for an Eye’ “… Field and Schlesinger had once before tried to team, on “Dead Giveaway.” They agree on bicycling between the big and small screens. His BBC “Cold Comfort Farm” closes the Seattle fest this weekend. And his “The Innocent” feature, completed almost two years ago and starring Anthony Hopkins and Isabella Rossellini, finally gets released this summer. Why the delay? “Ask the producers,” said Schlesinger, sadly. Among his varied plans is the opera “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten, which Schlesinger will direct on L.A.’s boards in ’98, starring Placido Domingo! James Newton Howard (“Outbreak”) will compose the score for “An Eye”… Producer Michael Levy has “Underground City,” a Russian Mafia-set story being readied for an action star at Par. Plus “Sins of the Father” for a strong femme lead. And he and Linda Fiorentino are prepping “Sweet Jane” at MGM. Levy’s management company is also in full swing.

LARRY KING AND FIANCEE Deanna Lund are reunited back east and both return to L.A. in two weeks to talk the new wedding date. Her pal Carol Connors has already written the wedding song, “And I Will Love You”– so they better get married! … Director Paul Mazursky had to bow out of his retro at the Moscow Film Fest: He has too good a role in “Two Days in the Valley”– playing a movie director for director-screenwriter John Herzfeld and Rysher Entertainment. Marsha Mason is Mazursky’s lady in the pic, also boasting Jeff Daniels, Eric Stoltz, Glenne Headley and Danny Aiello … To coincide with the centenary of Buster Keaton’s birth, Peter Jones is prepping a one-hour docu for A&E’s “Biography” series. Among Keaton admirers who’ve taped tributes, Bill Cosby, who dedicated episodes of “The Cosby Show” and “The Cosby Mysteries” to Keaton and dedicated one of his People’s Choice Awards to him … When filmmakers tell Chuck Workman they didn’t see their movie in his docu, “The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies” (airing on HBO), he simply says, “You didn’t look fast enough!” His amazing work took several years to assemble and compose into a fast 90 minutes. Every studio cooperated for the film benefiting AFI. Next for Workman is a docu on the Beat Generation, “The Source.”

JURORS ON THE O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL were to have been treated to a songfest by Shirley Jones but someone leaked the time and place to media and photogs so it was canceled. Instead, Jones spoofs “Speed” on the MTV Movie Awards when she drives a bus a la Mrs. Partridge … Steve Martin was toasted by Gil Cates, Lou Moore, Joan Stein, Stephen Eich, Neil Simon, Lawrence and Meg Kasdan, Penny Marshall, Martha Coolidge, Brian Grazer, Martin Mull, etc., at the Westwood (Geffen) Playhouse for the record run of Steve’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” When handed a statuette acknowledging the run, Martin asked, “Does this award come with a check, maybe?”… While the New York Times’ Vincent Canby was busied by Broadway’s Tonys Sunday, he was focused westward Monday to Hollywood’s Met Theater, where his one-act play “After All” bowed as part of the “Act One ’95” fest. Barbara Tarbuck took over her role three days before curtain when Rosemary Murphy bowed out.

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