Lion muzzles exex at bow

'Wicker' party buzzing with rumors

HOLLYWOOD — Usually chatty Lion execs kept the media at arm’s length at Tuesday night’s “Wicker Park” bash amid renewed acquisition buzz.

A phalanx of publicists closely shadowed members of the media, keeping tabs on them by headset, after repeatedly advising press that execs would not be available for interviews at the party.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg brushed asides concerns about MGM’s distracting acquisition status, pointing out that his company recently signed a deal for two more pics with the studio.

“If someone acquires MGM, they will distribute MGM’s movies,” Rosenberg said.

“It might be distracting for some of the people who work there, but…,” he added before scribe Brandon Boyce interrupted to shake his hand.

Scottish helmer Paul McGuigan wasn’t caught up in speculation about MGM’s future owners, either. Racing outside to grab a smoke in the courtyard, he said, “This is my first Hollywood premiere, you know.”

Those not buzzing about the studio flocked around pic’s Josh Hartnett, clearly the star attraction at Blue, which contrary to its name was suffused with a red glow.

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