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President Barack Obama and the White House announced plans for a special screening of George Clooney’s The Monuments Men at the White House. Clooney has been a supporter of the president and even hosted a fundraiser during the president’s last campaign.
Variety reports that members of the cast and crew will be attending the screening. Although this is one of the occasional Family Theater screenings announced by the administration, there will be no press allowed at the event.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Clooney hosted a $15 million fundraiser for the president during the 2012 re-election campaign. The movie is also not up for any Oscars (and isn't’ expected to be for next year’s ceremony after lukewarm reviews), so this screening shouldn’t be seen as a ploy to gain support for the film.
The Obama administration decided not to host screenings of films in the running for Oscars, which left the 12 Years A Slave crew being disappointed. It hosted a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln around the time of the 2012 awards season.
Monuments Men has made $47 million since its release. The cast includes Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray.
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