"We do have an asset that most people don’t have: the power and glamour of entertainment and film," Motion Picture Association of America Chief Executive Dan Glickman told the Los Angeles Times. "We might as well use it." Mr. Glickman was discussing an exclusive movie theater, located within blocks of the White House, which offers free movie screenings to big names in government, politics and journalism. "The screenings are a long-standing lobbying tool, refined to deal with new congressional ethics rules, that help Hollywood stay on the A-list of influential industries in the nation’s capital," according to the LA Times‘ Jim Puzzanghera.
Enjoying some free food and drink before getting an early peek at a major motion picture, these Washington insiders are Hollywood’s dates for a night. Those relationships can pay off when the major movie studios need a favor.
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