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A ‘Sweeney’ roast

Studio execs flock to Hollywood screening

At the Hollywood screening of “Sweeney Todd” hosted by Stacey Snider, David Geffen and Steven Spielberg on Dec. 5 on the Par lot, there were so many toppers and major execs from multiple studios (Brad Grey, Howard Stringer, Ron Meyer, Jeff Robinov among them) that one wit said it “looked like a meeting of the Justice League.”

It was certainly one of the year’s major turnouts. Besides the toppers, the aud included Joel Silver, Phillip Noyce, Garry Shandling, Rita Wilson, Ed Limato, Michael Tolkin, Mark Canton and Michael Mann.

After seeing the carnivorous, blood-soaked musical, Arianna Huffington joked that there were only two kinds of people attending the after-party: “Those who eat the hamburgers and those who don’t.”

Two nights earlier, at the pic’s Ziegfeld preem in Gotham, Tim Burton readily agreed that the gory pic is a departure from his past. “I’ve never done an R-rated musical before,” he laughed. “But I can sort of relate to the broody, internal characters.”

(Sam Thielman contributed to this report.)

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