UPDATE 5:36 PM: I’m now told that, within the hour, the screening date just moved to December 19th.
BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has invited Steven Spielberg to screen Lincoln on December 19th
12th. But what’s different about this invitation is that Reid is offering to provide the U.S. Senate to Spielberg as the theatre. Reid’s invite only recently went out — and I’m told Spielberg will accept for his movie to play in the historic setting. No one is yet sure if this has ever been done by a movie before. (Of course, movies play at the White house all the time, and Lincoln is no exception: it screened November 15th for President Obama, Spielberg, cast and crew members at the executive mansion.) The film’s release was delayed until after the 2012 Election — but DreamWorks still scheduled a special extended 2-minute TV ad during the commercial break right after the first Presidential Debate. (Watch it here.) I’m told Reid, a Democrat, is a huge fan of the biopic about the most famous Republican president. The movie is playing well all across the country, primarily for adult audiences, but in red states as well as blue states. Politicos and pundits on both sides of the aisle have praised the film, which is Oscar-touted. Now it remains to be seen if Reid’s invite will be politicized — and if the attendance during this lame duck session will be bipartisan. “The irony is that what’s happening with the fiscal cliff isn’t that different from what’s going on in the movie,” one of the film’s insiders reacts to me about the Senate invitation. “Everything is in a countdown mode.” The film was also financed by Participant Media and is distributed by Disney (domestic) and Fox (international).
Meanwhile, i’m told that back in 1990 Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax developed the very first disability strategic marketing campaign and screened My Left Foot (which also starred Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the Best Actor Oscar for that role and is buzzed again) in the Hart Senate Office Building Room 216 to coincide with pending passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sens Kennedy, Harkin, Simon, Dole, Hatch, Durenberger, and Reps Gephardt, Hoyer, Owens, Gingrich issued the invite.