Weinstein holds court at White House

Harvey Weinstein, a major bundler for President Obama, turned the White House into a film school on Friday.

The movie producer organized a film symposium, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, to teach students about the movie industry.

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"I never let anybody tell me no, even the White House," he told the students during a panel discussion.

Among the stars at the all-day event: Whoopi Goldberg; "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively; "Mandela" actress Naomie Harris, who attended a screening of her film at the White House on Thursday evening; composer Alan Menken; and CBS's Gayle King, who moderated a panel discussion.

The students spent the morning in various rooms at the White House — which had signs such as directing, special effects, acting — to learn about the different aspects of the movie business and then gathered in the East Room for the panel.

Menken, who is known for composing the scores for Disney films like "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid," and "Beauty and the Beast," started the discussion by playing a medley of his Oscar-Award winning compositions, turning the lyrics to from "Beauty and the Beast" into "Beauty and the Chief."

The first lady then spoke, thanking Weinstein for organizing the event and encouraging the students to stick with their education.

She also advised them not to be intimidated by coming to the White House.

And Lively showed her excitement at her first visit to the president's home, saying "I was standing out front taking pictures."