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‘Elf’ has holiday spirit

Kids flock to sugarplum Ferrell

It was Indian summer outside, but as far as New Line was concerned Sunday night — the world premiere of “Elf” — was Christmas Eve.

“I hope you enjoy ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ” Will Ferrell joked to a theater full of families before the film got off to its late start. Not surprisingly, kids flocked to him at the after-party as if he were made of sugarplums.

“It’s got everything you need for a great film: joy, laughter, hope and a large man in bright tights,” said producer Todd Komarnicki.

Post-pic, guests were transported to a festive Rockefeller Center. And even if the tree was not yet up, holiday cheer was everywhere as elves skated around the rink during the benefit for the TJ Martell Foundation.

In the crowd: Time Warner honcho Richard Parsons; New Line team Michael Lynne, Robert Shaye, Toby Emmerich and Rolf Mittwig; helmer Jon Favreau; and pic’s Mary Steenburgen. Co-stars Ed Asner and Bob Newhart party hopped to the CBS 75th-anni gala going on simultaneously.

Perhaps the only people left out were guests who forgot to bring socks and were unwilling to go commando in rented skates.

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