Lucas re-release welcomed by H'wood heavies

Thursday’s Guggenheim soiree for the director’s cut of “THX 1138″ was crawling with helmer heavies: Martin Scorsese, Milos Forman, Brian De Palma and Paul Schrader mingled with exec producer Francis Ford Coppola and pic’s own director, George Lucas.

Was it the first time this group has gathered? “No,” said Coppola, who recalled “some photo shoot at George’s ranch” four years ago.

Lucas debunked the myth that the title comes from one of his old phone numbers: “It was purely done for aesthetic reasons.”

“Star Wars” fan Jim Caviezel talked about similarities between Lucas’ popular trilogy and his own pics “Frequency” and “The Passion of the Christ.”

“Redemptive stories, that’s what we’re all looking for,” he said.

He declined, however, to discuss rumors he’s been cast as the next Superman.

Mimicking the “THX” title character, the catering team all showed up bald at Warner homevid’s bash. Also on hand: Robert Duvall and co-scribe Walter Murch from the pic, plus Vincent Gallo, Moby, Kyle MacLachlan and Tom Brokaw.

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