March 11th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
13 years ago

White House to get preview of HBO series

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are expected to attend a White House viewing Thursday of their new HBO mini-series ‘The Pacific.’"]Washington (CNN) - A group of Hollywood heavyweights and military veterans will attend a preview of HBO's new mini-series "The Pacific" at the White House Thursday.

The president, the first lady and the producers of the series, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, are expected to be at the viewing in the White House screening room.

The miniseries which debuts on March 14 follows three U.S. Marines through their battles during the war, HBO says. HBO is owned by Time Warner, which is also the parent company of CNN.

Also expected to attend the event are the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones and members of Congress.

The screening Thursday will come after a ceremony at the National WWII Memorial. The ceremony will be a tribute to about 250 World War II veterans.

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  1. Dave Harris

    I'm waiting for Republicans to denounce this movie because it's made by those "Hollywood liberals (translaton: Jews)" that they and their followers hate so much. Where is Sarah these days? Oh yeah, just in Hollywood.

    March 11, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. March 14

    This should cap by my bithday of right. The previews look good so far. If this anything like Band of Brothers, I'm sure it'll be good.

    March 11, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Artie

    Another anti war piece of propaganda straight from the whitehouse !

    March 11, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Daniel

    Seriously? Does the president think this is some sort of party? No liberal can say this guy isn't acting like a fat cat wall street executive. All work and no play. He is like that curly haired stock broker on those E Trade commercials. Or Scottrade.

    It's called work. I know work to Obama is taking away from the hard working and giving to the lazy, but come on. At least fake it and stop your partying.

    March 11, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Whatever

    I dumped HBO. Just another liberal left wing syndicate.

    March 11, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Eric Prince II

    Do you really think that anyone in this administration is even aware that there was a war in the Pacific, or ever heard of places like Tarawa, Iwo, Okinawa, Cape Gloucester, Guadalcanal, Peleliu? Let alone what it means to be a U.S. Marine? This is sure to be nothing more than a long overdue history lesson!

    March 11, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Hollywood suck-ups!

    March 11, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. All the news that is fit to omit

    As a military veteran, I hope one of my brothers punches the anti-American, liberal coward, Hanks right in the face.

    My bad, nobody heard his remarks, move on, NO story here.......

    We attacked Japan because we were/are racists.

    Five minutes Hanks, I would own you jerk.

    March 11, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Monkey wrench

    I'm beginning to believe that Hollywood (Hanks and Spielberg) simply uses our Nations historical events, patriots and true heroic achievements as a cash vehicle to support a bunch of their leftist crap. Talk to a real Pacific vet, most still hate the Japanese with a fiery passion, they were merciless, none given, none taken!

    March 11, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    Good Job Tom Hanks....

    It will HELP Barack OBAMA understand what it is like to be an American.

    It will HELP Barack OBAMA to understand what it is to fight for your country, truth, honor, and the American Way...things that are all foreign to him.

    He will understand how his little country of Indonesia would have been run over and that he might not have ever been if it was not for TRUE AMERICANS.

    God Bless the American Servicemen.

    March 11, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    "Hollywood heavyweights"......don't think so. More like Hollyweird heavyweights.

    March 11, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Laura

    Well, the brown-nosing Hollywood'ers have to be heard too ! They are BOTH such idiots ! I have lost all interest in ever seeing Tom Hank, Sean Penn (whom I love his acting) or Spielberg films EVER AGAIN ! If they like the LEFT WINGS ways of living, they should move to those countries, Tom needs to go to Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan and well, Sean needs to live with Hugo ! Get out of our country then and see how well you fair financially in those countries ! HYPOCRITES and SCUMS !

    March 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Steve-O

    Tools, all of them!

    March 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. J.Havis

    I thank God for the love of America these kind and caring gentlemen constantly express through their movies, donations and actions. If only there were more such goodness coming forth in Hollywood.

    March 11, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    I saw an interview with Tom Hanks on the Colbert Report about the series, and it sounds like it (like "Band of Brothers") was very well done.

    Thank you, Mr. Hanks and Mr. Spielberg, for your efforts in honoring out veterans!

    March 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. mark from dover

    Ok- enough with the celebrities m,arching in and out of the White House already!

    March 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. It has begun-

    Ah the benefits of large campaign contributions!!

    Oh but wait! I thought only republicans reward their "rich" friends.

    Friends like Jeffrey Immelt (ceo of GE)
    Googles' ceo
    Micrsoft's ceo ceo.
    JP MOrgan ceo
    Goldman Sachs ceo

    Yep only Republicans do this! LOL!!!

    Such hypocrites!!

    March 11, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. jeff jackson, alabama

    Now that's patriotic .

    March 11, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Beef King

    Tom Hanks is the new Sean Penn.
    Who knew? Hanks seems like a nice person, but the more he opens his mouth about his private thoughts the more obvious it is he is just another self-absorbed whack0 with a dangerous and destructive agenda.

    March 11, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. It has begun-

    How nice! The country is in disarray. So let's watch a miniseries!

    March 11, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. androloma

    Are there no other subjects of cultural interest society can beat to death?

    Will the count stop at 4,000 books, movies, and plays about this five year war that ended over sixty years ago? Is there no further mileage to be had from this dead horse? Is the obvious so unbelabored as to inflict the story onto generations centuries after the fact?

    Perhaps it's easier for American society to celebrate its victories over Hitler and Hirohito than its defeats to bin Laden and special interest corporate welfare.

    March 11, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. I Can't Stand It

    Award-winning play actor Hanks' remarks indicate that he thinks the US fought the Japanese because their race and religion were different from most Americans'. Did they stop teaching about Pearl Harbor in the public schools, or is Tom just too dim to see anything his liberal Hollywood mentors don't tell him to see? As Bugs Bunny often said, "what a maroon..."

    March 11, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. SLM

    I am tired of paying the high price to HBO for them to shove their liberal views down my throat. Cancellation of HBO is long overdue. Tom Hanks has gone off the deep end lately with his ridiculous comments and nothing to back them up.

    March 11, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. withheld becuase I'm at work.

    They did not fight and die for our Socialism. They did it for our FREEDOM.

    March 11, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. No way

    After Hanks liberial rants about how we called them Japs, Yellow eyed people how we hated them so he wants us to go see his movie. This man forgot that they attacked us, Not the other way around. He needs to look at history a little more.

    March 11, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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