Scary sequel brings up stars

No muss, no fuss. Such was the case Tuesday at DreamWorks’ low-key “The Ring Two” screening.

Helmer Hideo Nakata and a smattering of Aussie thesps (Geoffrey Rush and “Saw’s” Leigh Whannell) were present for the no-frills industry screening at the Mann Bruin in Westwood, but the absence of star Naomi Watts was reason enough to forgo the traditional after-party.

“Naomi is working on the other movie in Australia,” producer Laurie MacDonald said, sidestepping the 800-pound gorilla by name (Peter Jackson’s “King Kong”). “But she’ll be at (“Ring Two’s”) premiere down there.”

The involvement of Nakata — who directed the original Japanese “Ringu” films on which the U.S. “Ring” pics are based — on “Ring Two” is “as circular as a movie like this can be,” quipped producer Walter Parkes, ring pun intended.

Though there was no partying at the industry bow, the promotional screening — dubbed the “skank premiere” by some insiders — the week before was all about the post-screening affair. Club promoter Brent Bolthouse hosted a party at Geisha House with a twist: Almost none of the filmmakers or studio execs attended, but the room was packed with an ultra-young guest list that could have been hacked from Paris Hilton’s Sidekick.

As the crowd of unfamiliar beautiful people swirled around the room, co-exec producer J.C. Spink said he realized two things: “I’m the most un-hip person here” and “I’ve forgotten how to talk to people not in the industry.”

(Bill Higgins contributed to this report.)

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