Obamas to host Tom Hanks, Spielberg for movie night

Actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg will screen their new HBO series, "The Pacific" at the White House on Thursday night for President Barack Obama.

The series covers the experiences of Marines in the Pacific theater in World War II. Earlier in the day, Hanks (shown here at the event) and Spielberg held a premiere event on the National Mall at the World War II Memorial with over 250 veterans of the war.

According to the White House, in addition to the Hollywood attendees, Members of Congress and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be there, as will National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, and members of the VFW and the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial.

Last spring, the Obamas hosted an advance screening of James Cameron's "Avatar" in 3-D.