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

White House to get preview of HBO series

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/11/art.hanks.spielberg.gi.jpg 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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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. ron

    Of course Obama will quickly support anything which could possibly create bad-will toward Japan. Not that it's an un-true series, but the timing is suspicious-whaling stories, Toyota stories, anti-Japanese olympian stories. It's a subtle campaign, Chinese style, to sway pepole against a compettitor. Plus it makes China happy. NICE MAO LOGO ON THE HOME PAGE BTW. Wake up, drones!!

    March 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    "Artie" says this movie is "Another anti war piece of propaganda straight from the whitehouse !"

    Have you seen the movie, Artie? In interviews Tom Hanks is very explicit about the fact that WWII was necessary; his movie is to tell the story of those who fought in the Pacific Theater, their sacrifices and honor, something a lot of people don't know about.

    Here's a simple test to prove my point: Tell me where Berlin and Paris are; now tell me where Okinawa and Iwo Jima are.

    March 11, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Hanks and Speilberg are both way past their prime and no longer of any interest to the viewing public. Hanks in particualr has grown old, fat and ugly, and has lost much of his earlier talent. In other words, he must now turn to "directing", the refuge of the out of work formerly popular actors...

    March 11, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Marc

    No way – March 11th, 2010 12:05 pm ET
    '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.'

    There was too much hatred on both sides. Did you know that many Americans desecrated Japanese soldiers' corpses? Up to the point that it ended up on the magazine 'Life' the picture of the 'gift' sent by a guy to his girlfriend in the US, an human skull?
    Yes the Japanese treatment to non-Japanese, especially soldiers that 'dared' to not commit hara-kiri (the ritualistic suicide) after being defeated, was immoral and inhuman (even for the Japanese moral and ethic code).
    But, unfortunately, pretend that there was nothing wrong in the way that Japanese born and Japanese-Americans US citizens were treated in the course of the war is shameful.

    March 11, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Rush is the Modern day Golden Calf

    This should be a good screening.

    March 11, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Judy

    Big Deal!

    March 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. CarlinNJ

    Hopefully, Obama will sit with some Marine Corpsmen.

    March 11, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Bob

    cecilia–
    "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."
    -------------------------------–
    This is too funny. You say you are not sending a hateful post but call people who don't agree with you a hateful, foul and disgusting name. If this is the type of "hope and change" you are into, you can keep it. I am for hope and change that listens to ALL SIDES without it disintegrating into name calling or childish behavior. So far, both sides can even come close to this. If I could give any advice, it would be this.....don't drink the kool-aid being served by either side. Make up YOUR OWN MINDS on all the issues. Don't let a political party or anyone in Hollywood make it for you.

    March 11, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Meanwhile, in Iran, China, Africa, Cuba, Venezuela, etc., the oppression and threats continue without any response from the Obama administration.

    March 11, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Curt

    Military veterans will attend? 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??? Wow, sure sounds like an anti-war mini-series to me. Now that's just silly in the extreme. Why would any president who has not served in the military want to honor those who served their country to the fullest possible measure? I know G.W. ducked his obligation to fight in Vietnam, but I'm sure he honored active military service personel as well as veterens? Hum, sounds like the same old Neocon mudslinging going on in this post. If you can't say something nice...
    You are dishonoring the Vets and taking away from their special moment. Shame on all of you! If you ever served in any branch of our armed forces, then you know very well that there is no political picking of sides when you serve under any Commander in Chief of our Armed Services, period!

    March 11, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. ColJim1956

    Once again, folks use this comment board to vent their unreasoning anger against folks they do not happen to like or appreciate. As it happens, whether you agree with the politics of Mr Hanks or Mr Spielberg, they have done a great service to this nation during the past decade or so by bringing the accomplishments of The Greatest Generation to the big screen and to television.

    History is much more complicated than most folks like to believe. You can bend your own narrative of history through many prisms and make the light come out the way you want. Sadly, real history has some things you may not want to see. That does not mean our heroes are any less heroic.

    Finally, as a person who actually has served in the military, I happen to be aware that we fill our ranks with people of all colors, all religions, all political perspectives. In short, we look like America. Sadly, some folks on one side of the political spectrum believe for some reason that they "own" patriotism and the military. They do not. I find it especially interesting that most of the voices of the Right Wing have never served this nation in peace or in war. I speak of Mr Limbaugh, Mr Beck, Mr Hannity, Ms Coulter. Yet all of these folks seem to believe they can comment on the motives and patriotism of others. Odd.

    So I am just another patriotic American Moderate trying to thank Tom Hanks for his help in honoring those who have served.

    March 11, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Tyler

    Barack Obama is not a man. He is a cowardly little boy. He could never have never become a Marine because he doesn't have any guts. Our enemies get excited when they see him, because they know he has neither the strength nor the resolve to stop whatever it is they want to do. Hope and change? Please. This guy is an absolutely joke.

    March 11, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. So Cal51

    Stillnot working
    To call it a "remake of Band of Brothers, only in the Pacific" is extremely ignorant on your part. Each story has its place, and each story is relevant. To complain about people making money as a result of these stories is to have an altruistic view on the world itself. I don't care how the story gets told, only that it gets told. I cherish the Band of Brothers series and very much look forward to this one. I also have family that served in in WWII just in case you want to go down that road. To say landing on Utah was "not much fun" is the dumbest thing I have ever heard and the pinnacle of the word "duh". Is it your opinion that these stories should not be told? if no, than how do you pass it down through generation? If yes, what would your ideal method be? Books? TV? what? thay all earn money and would garner your "they make money response". Do the world a favor and lighten up

    March 11, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. david, CA

    heard O'reilly last night name calling Hanks a "pinhead" for discussing the reality of the racism behind the propaganda on both sides in the Pacific theater of WWII.

    March 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. simp

    Arron Kinney what cave have you just come of? the President has been working around the clock on a number of issues, you need to stop listening to rush, hannity and that crazy bachman and find some real news, stop judging you know nothing, clown.

    March 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. ColJim1956

    Once again, folks use this comment board to vent their unreasoning anger against folks they do not happen to like or appreciate. As it happens, whether you agree with the politics of Mr Hanks or Mr Spielberg, they have done a great service to this nation during the past decade or so by bringing the accomplishments of The Greatest Generation to the big screen and to television.

    History is much more complicated than most folks like to believe. You can bend your own narrative of history through many prisms and make the light come out the way you want. Sadly, real history has some things you may not want to see. That does not mean our heroes are any less heroic.

    Finally, as a person who actually has served in the military, I happen to be aware that we fill our ranks with people of all colors, all religions, all political perspectives. In short, we look like America. Sadly, some folks on one side of the political spectrum believe for some reason that they "own" patriotism and the military. They do not. I find it especially interesting that most of the voices of the Right Wing have never served this nation in peace or in war. I speak of Mr Limbaugh, Mr Beck, Mr Hannity, Ms Coulter. Yet all of these folks seem to believe they can comment on the motives and patriotism of others. Odd.

    So I am just another patriotic American Moderate trying to thank Tom Hanks for his help in honoring those who have served.

    March 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. james

    great news story cnn, really great. how you actually report on how obama is bankrupting this country instead of paling around with more liberal supporters. Anyone who voted for this lunatic should be ashamed of themselves.

    March 11, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. JacklynD

    It is a remarkable tribute to our soldiers and the first series was extremely well received and applauded by veterans of the war. They particularly appreciated its accurate portrayal of war.

    People posting here failed to understand the event or its importance to our precious men and women and women in uniform. The President of the United States of America is sharing a moment with the filmmakers and military brass. Get over yourselves.

    Your bitterness is choking you and making you blind to the totality of our country. Such myopic viewpoints are detrimental to our nation's well being as well as your own.

    March 11, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. e.c.coleman

    BIG DEAL!

    This is NOT NEWS.

    obama still trying to prop up his poor polls by socializing with
    a bunch of popular, successful entertainers!!!!

    Nice that he included a few military.

    March 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Aspen Professor

    I can imagine that we will be hearing negative comments from some of the Repubs re this meeting and movie. We will have to wait and see whether such draft dodgers like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, and right-wing extremist buddies have something to say.

    March 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Doug,lib jersey

    Showing a national socialist a movie about when our country was fighting a national socialist, ironic indeed.

    March 11, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Annie

    Excellent, I think its a nice break in all the Washington Political
    Hum of late.
    Celebrating what makes America great, helps us focus on what is important.

    And, lets face it no matter what Speilberg touches, its pure gold.

    Enjoy.

    March 11, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Kim

    Thank you Cecilia. You are a ray of hope.

    And where did the rest of you learn to spell?

    March 11, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Follywood

    Let them visit with Obama. They're really all peas in a pod. Hollywood has always had a socialist mentality.

    March 11, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. LtDan

    Fox "news," all the hate you will never need. You people are so brain washed you can't even read a simple story like this without breaking out in a hate rash. 🙂

    Beck, Rush, Fox, hate, hate, hate. Tune in next week for another dose of hate.

    March 11, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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