Spielberg joins senators for 'Lincoln' screening
December 19th, 2012
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Spielberg joins senators for 'Lincoln' screening

(CNN) - Senators are usually the stars of Washington, but on Wednesday they had several Hollywood stars in their midst for a screening of the movie "Lincoln."

Director Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays President Abraham Lincoln in this season's hit, joined senators late Wednesday on Capitol Hill for the showing organized by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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"It's a great honor to be invited here by Senator Reid, and to be ready to run the film and see both sides sitting in the same room to watch a president who put the people out in front of the abyss," Spielberg said.

"I'm very, very proud that we get to have this moment."

Also in attendance were Doris Kearns Goodwin, the historian and author who wrote the book behind the movie; screenwriter Tony Kushner; and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

The screening comes as the political establishment in Washington is attempting to hash out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, and as many are calling for legislation to prevent future mass shootings such as one last week at a Connecticut elementary school.

Reid said the movie screening presents "an opportunity for bipartisanship."

“For me it’s what I work with every day but it’s the good the American people have seen and will see watching this movie what the great Abraham Lincoln did to get things done,” he said.

House members were invited to a screening of "Lincoln" in late November organized by Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

The movie has grossed over $100 million since it opened in mid-November.

- CNN's Stacey Samuel contributed to this report.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. 2smokey

    I am still waiting to see Les Miserables first.

    December 19, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. PJ

    The Republicans will learn nothing from this movie. They will leave "feeling good", not about themselves, but
    about a man who they know they can never live up to.
    Grover Norquist is their King. He has backed up Boehner on his "Plan B" and that's all they need to continue their
    I honestly don't know what it will take to bring reason back into the Republican party, but I don't think the
    "Hollywood types" will do it, regardless of the subject matter. If massacres of children and teachers
    or bringing America to the brink of diaster doesn't do it, why would they listen to Lincoln?

    December 19, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |

    If it's not bad enough we have a president in the White House who wants to fundamentally transform America into, at best, a socialist society, we now have hollywood involved? That can't make any American feel secure. And why are they having "movie night" when we have serious fiscal issues at hand? Will Speilberg toss his fortune into the negotiations? I doubt it. God help us all.

    December 19, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. HIP OP

    Spielberg retains his title as supreme purveyor of predictive programming
    and PC moral alibis for capstone 'things unfolding'.

    Spielberg's timings again remain 'on cue' to the point of creepy.

    This is the -'mysteriously overlooked'-- 60th Anniversary
    of the RED China, Globalism, mind cointrol, EUGENICS and GENOCIDE
    'unfriendly' -------KOREAN WAR--------–. . .


    December 19, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Name lynn

    whats a film maker got to do with politices steven S

    December 19, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |