MGM's Leo the Lion will apparently be roaring at the start of films made by other companies, published reports indicated today (Wednesday). According to the reports, MGM plans to announce distribution deals with Bob and Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company, Lakeshore Entertainment (Underworld: Evolution, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and Bauer Martinez Entertainment (Modigliani). The company apparently has no plans to resume making films on its own, except those that it is financing with Sony, one of its principal owners, such as the recent Pink Panther movie and the upcoming James Bond flick. Today's New York Times observed that one possible motive for the deals is to allow MGM to fulfill its contract with Showtime for programming. "Right now there is a giant hole," said one of the newspaper's sources.