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Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis Present 'Lincoln' Screening for the US Senate

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2012 at 1:16PM

The United States Senate took a break from their law making (or stalling) to watch how it was done in the old days. Steven Spielberg and his star, Daniel Day-Lewis, attended a screening of "Lincoln" at the Capitol Visitors Center yesterday. Spielberg said that he was honored to see Senators from ”both sides sitting in the same room watching a president put the people out in front of the abyss.”
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The United States Senate took a break from their law making (or stalling) to watch how it was done in the old days. Steven Spielberg and his star, Daniel Day-Lewis, attended a screening of "Lincoln" at the Capitol Visitors Center yesterday.  Spielberg said that he was honored to see Senators from ”both sides sitting in the same room watching a president put the people out in front of the abyss.”

The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he hoped the messages in the film would hit home with both his fellow Senators and the American people generally: “I hope everybody who shared his anti-political mood will go out there and see 'Lincoln.' The movie portrays a nobility of politics in exactly the right way."

Maybe the film will inspire political resolutions, but for now the only breakthrough according to Deadline was the Senate Rules Committee waiving its usual policies in order to allow popcorn for the screening.

This article is related to: Lincoln, Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.