Report: White House scaling back movie screenings

The White House is planning to scale back official screenings of films at the presidential residence after a deluge of requests, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter.

The White House became a key booking for films looking to generate buzz for award season after the Obamas hosted a screening for the Stephen Spielberg film "Lincoln" last year, according to the Hollywood trade publication.

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But, according to a source "familiar" with the administration's thinking, the White House does not want to get involved in Oscar politics and will reduce the number of public events.

Earlier this month, the Obamas hosted a screening of "Mandela," a biopic about the South African president. The film was produced by Harvey Weinstein, a top fundraiser for the president's reelection campaign.

Mandela star Idris Elba described the screening as "amazing" at the film's premier, according to USA Today.

"It was such a nice time," the former " 'The Wire' " star said.