5 December 2012 4:11 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When the release date of November 9th was announced for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, many of us movie blogger types were surprised that the film's domestic distributor Touchstone Pictures chose not to capitalize on the always-intense atmosphere of presidential campaign season by opening the 16th president docudrama one week earlier. But in hindsight it seems the plan might have been to pull Lincoln away from the politicized atmosphere that could have hurt its box office in either red states or blue states depending on the spin. However, it's now politicians who are looking to make a statement with the movie that centers on the Republican president's fight to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery within the United States. Deadline reports that Democratic Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid has invited Spielberg to screen the film before the Senate within its hallowed chamber on December 12th, which »

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