Obama to Host 'Lincoln' Screening at White House

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The cast and crew of Steven Spielberg's Oscar contender will be guests of the president Thursday night.

Honest Abe is headed back to the White House.

The White House said Wednesday that President Obama will host the cast and crew of Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln on Thursday for a screening of the Oscar contender.

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The Disney release, produced by DreamWorks and Fox in association with Participant Media, will screen in the evening after the president returns from New York, where he plans to view the damage from Superstorm Sandy and speak with victims and first responders.

No additional details were provided. 

Sources said Spielberg is planning to attend the screening along with stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Gloria Reuben and Tommy Lee Jones and DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Disney declined comment.

Spielberg and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg have been big supporters of Obama and his re-election campaign, each donating $1 million to super PAC Priorities USA last month. And Day-Lewis recently mocked Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention while accepting an award at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts' Britannia Awards.

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Lincoln centers on the final four months of the 16th president's life and tells the story of how he abolished slavery. The movie opened Friday in 11 cities to an A CinemaScore and strong reviews. It grossed $900,000 for a pleasing location average of $81,818.