President Obama to host White House screening of "Lincoln"

Steven Spielberg (right, with Daniel Day-Lewis) spent more than 10 years researching his film about the 16th president. "I've always wanted to tell a story about Lincoln. I saw a paternal father figure, someone who was completely, stubbornly committed to his ideals, his vision," he told CBS News' Lesley Stahl. "I think the film is very relevant for today. It's about leadership." AP Photo/DreamWorks

Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" will get a special screening Thursday night at the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama will host the cast and crew of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after returning from New York, where he will survey damage from superstorm Sandy.

Insiders told the site that Spielberg is expected to attend, as well as Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Gloria Reuben and Tommy Lee Jones.

"Lincoln" opened in limited release last week and will expand to additional theaters on Friday. It grossed $900,000 in its first weekend.

The film, which is getting a lot of Oscar buzz, follows President Abraham Lincoln's last few months in office as he tries to abolish slavery.


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