Matt Damon, Bill Murray Set to Join George Clooney at 'Monuments Men' White House Screening
White House officials said Tuesday that they have broadened the guest list for tonight's East Wing screening of George Clooney's Monuments Men to include the actor's parents, cast and crew members, and officials from the State Department's Cultural Heritage Center, a group they called the country's "modern day monuments men and women."
Also set to attend are Clooney's co-stars in the World War II drama, Matt Damon and Bill Murray, and his producing partner, Grant Heslov.
In addition, the event hosted by President Barack Obama will include the White House curators, members of the Jewish community and the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
"Cultural heritage preservation is a vital tool of foreign policy," reads a statement released by the White House. "Celebrating and preserving diverse heritages strengthens the foundation of bilateral relationships. For over 30 years, the State Department's Cultural Heritage Center has been a leader in global preservation for cultural heritage sites and objects."
The attendees are as follows: Nick and Nina Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon and Grant Heslov; Robert Edsel, writer of the book The Monuments Men; Harry Ettlinger, member of the original Monument Men group; Bill Burns and Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretaries of State; David Wade, State Department Chief of Staff; Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs; Bill McHugh, Secretary of the Army; Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Rabbi Jack Moline of the Agudas Achim Congregation; Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.