Obama Hosts White House Movie Night with Hanks, Spielberg
Updated: Friday, 12 Mar 2010, 8:43 AM EST
Published : Friday, 12 Mar 2010, 8:38 AM EST
(NewsCore) - President Barack Obama hosted a movie night at the White House for Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg on Thursday - at which they watched a preview of the star duo's new World War Two miniseries "The Pacific."
The HBO series - shot in Australia - tells the story of the U.S. Marines' struggle against Japanese forces in the Pacific.
Hanks and Spielberg - who worked together on WWII movie "Saving Private Ryan" and HBO TV drama "Band of Brothers", along with HBO's Gary Goetzman - were joined at the screening in the White House theater by military top brass, Fox News reported.
After the screening, Hanks and Spielberg dropped by the White House press room - apparently to inspect the espresso machine Hanks gave the press corps back in 2004.
A good thing too - as the star actor promised to buy the reporters a new one.
"This one is on its last legs," he said, quipping: "You know, you are supposed to clean this after every use."
He added: "We're just trying to combat sleep deprivation, enjoy!"
The Pacific is to premiere Sunday.