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. Ron Feuer

    The combination of Steven Speilberg and Tom Hanks makes the best war movies around these days. Hanks makes an excellent soldier and Speilberg is the master of effects and genuinely believable stories incorporated into factual wartime events. This series should be a wonderful viewing experience to people that have the brains to watch such graphic re-enacted scenes of actual historical events.

    March 11, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Jim

    Will Hanks and Spielberg sit next to Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers?

    March 11, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. John

    Hey Obama! No TV until YOUR WORK IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!! (or actually just running this country into the ground!)

    March 11, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Tram

    Good! Too many people are so ignorant of history, they didn't even know we were fighting on multiple fronts in WWII. Too many people today can't even tell you who Hitler was, why we were fighting him, the concentration camps, the murdering Nazis, any of it. However, the War in Europe got a lot more documentaries made about it than the War in the Pacific. I know too many people who had NO idea that we were fighting in both places.

    A mini-series about the war in the Pacific is needed. I had three uncles one almost-stepfather in the Pacific, two in Europe and one ended up in both places and eventually Panama. I KNOW this because history is important and WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

    We have too many out there ignorant of history. There's no excuse for it. The telling of the war in the Pacific is needed desperately.

    March 11, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. jeff Redondo Beach

    Gee, Hollywood heavy weights goiing to the White House. Now that is a way to deflect the public from thinking about/knowing what is hidden in your 2k+ pages of health care legislation. This President does not get it at all. By hosting Speilberg and Hanks to watch a mini-series, about the military (something he knows NOTHING about), Obama gets his face in the news again for something that has nothing to do with leadership or the Presidency. He is the most overexposed President in recent history and still has accomplished NONE of his campaign promises. He can run a great campaign, but has no idea what to do with the office he won. We need a leader, not a celebrity in the Oval Office!

    March 11, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Erik Radcliffe

    Who cares about Tom Hanks and Steven Speilber going to the White House. Tell Obama to get back to work, he has no time for this non-sense. Who do these Hollywood idiots think they are? Self-importance is alive and well in Hollywood. I had more respect for Tom Hanks when he dressed like woman in his first starring TV role in Bosom Buddies.

    March 11, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. SocialismBad

    Will Obama give his usual apologetic speech for all the bad the USA did to the rest of the world during WWII???

    March 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. stillnot working

    this does not sound like a fresh idea coming out of hollywood. sounds a whole lot like a remake of band of brothers only in the pacific. it looks to me hollywood has completely ran out of creativity and must now look to history to make movies and money. this movie will not need a writer, as the story as written by untold thousands of brave men and women in WWII. if people think hollywood makes these kind of movies to educate and show new generations what WW2 was like, think again, the objective is MONEY. my father landed a Uath beach and during the landing, no one was able to shout CUT - reposition some tanks and shoot the scene over. to some, this might be entertainment, i don't believe is was much fun to our solders

    March 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. T1 in Va

    Is anyone ever "POSITIVE" about anything anymore? If this was an "ANTI-OBAMA" meeting the few that are complaining about Mr. Tom Hanks and Mr Spielberg would be agreeing with both of them. My goodness. Please people get some positive thinking in your system and you will see the good it does to your entire soul.

    March 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Sunflower

    Who care's so A group of Hollywood heavyweights HAVE to come out and help you...Its the down to earth people President Obama that are NOT happy and YOU do NOY Care !!

    March 11, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Sunflower

    Who care's so A group of Hollywood heavyweights HAVE to come out and help you...Its the down to earth people President Obama that are NOT happy and YOU do NOT Care !!

    March 11, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Reny

    I am looking forward to this series.

    March 11, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Matt, chico, ca

    Campaign for the High-Priest, and he'll invite you to the White House

    March 11, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Tommy P

    Oh look a war that Papa Bush fought in. Too bad his genes wasn't passed on to that failure of a son of his who was too scared to fight in Vietnam.

    March 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. cecilia

    just in case Tom Hanks and/or Mr. Spielberg sees this post. please read and consider making a film out of Morris West book The Clowns of God. it would be a block buster for sure.

    March 11, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. James Cunningham

    Interesting threesome! Not one of them ever spent one day in uniform in defense of our Nation and its freedoms. Big talkers. Little doers! Not worthy to be in the company of those who put their lives on the line in the defense of liberty!

    March 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    Monster Zero March 11th, 2010 11:15 am ET

    I heard that during President Obama's recent healthcare screening he underwent a colonoscopy, the results were horrifying, they found over half of Hollywood.
    HAHAHAHAH.....EXCELLENT post and thank you so much...Monster Zero..... for the great laugh! EXCELLENT post and oh how so true.

    March 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Hate Republicans

    yes it is true Hollywood might be more Democrat friendly

    But the Oil Companies, the Health Insurance Companies and Wall Street are all Republican friendly

    You can choose to not support Hollywood, the way our society is, you can not go through life without supporting Oil, Health Insurance and Wall Street

    March 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Aaron Kinney

    Looks like a good miniseries. But why prance around in the White House with the Obamas? Doesn't Barack already have a full plate of actual work to do, or is he going to be just like Bush II, sitting in front of the TV eating pretzels?

    Where's the CHANGE?

    March 11, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. MJ

    Ah, the perks of being President. Ironic that he has time for this, but not the time to attend church. Do you think there will be a collection after the show? Oh right. He already has Hollywood bought out.

    March 11, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Alex

    Yep...another BAND OF BROS out in left field. Looks like just more propoganda by a bunch of non-combatants and the White House. Not that I support or like Sarah much, but at least she occasionally shoots off more than her mouth unlike these bros.

    March 11, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. JayDee

    This is a good opportunity to set a high standard for war-related mini-series programming. If I remember, the troops during War II faught and died for many important things, including "democracy." So, here we are 65 years after the war ended and "democracy" doesn't even work in the U.S. House and Senate. Hey – good job by the GOP – setting political democracy back to the days of moonlight and magnolias!

    March 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. cecilia

    I thank God everyday that I am not full of anger and hatred. I am so grateful that I can truly enjoy the beauty of electing an African America President. I am grateful that I understand what this movie is about and why it is fitting that President Obama having a private showing and that people like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are producing movies like this in hopes that maybe we Americans might look at war in a different way. I am grateful for the hope President Obama brings to us. I am proud that I am not sending one of the hateful posts.
    I am not even angry at the tea baggers. I am just very grateful that I am not one of them.

    March 11, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Douglas

    Unless i miss my guess, people that watch this epic miniseries will soon be selling their Jananese automobiles...if they have not already done so...

    March 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Rupugliban are Repugnant Taliban

    I only have one thing to say on this 'Whe really cares????????'

    March 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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