The Palm Springs International Film Festival kicked off with a Q & A and screening with three of with three of the biggest names in Hollywood.
It was quite the night for the hundreds in attendance at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium for a screening of “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s the first time all three of these heavy-hitting Hollywood A-listers have all been apart of the same project.
“A few announcements. The boy’s volleyball team will be meeting and the French club has been canceled for the rest of the year,” Hanks said.
“They don’t rehearse these two. I didn’t get that memo and I didn’t know we were getting the movie on the first take and it was,” Streep said.
“The Post” is about Katharine Graham played by Streep. She’s the first female publisher of the Washington Post. Tom Hanks plays newspaper editor Ben Bradlee. It centers around the post exposing a massive government coverup with the Pentagon Papers.
“The superheroes for me today is the free press and the reporters that report that and bring the news to all of us and I wanted to make a movie about patriots and heroes that’s why I told this story at this time,” Spielberg told KESQ / CBS Local 2’s Joe Galli.
People in attendance said the film makes some big parallel with the relationship that is currently going on with President Donald Trump and the news media.
Streep plays a monumental and powerful female figure in American history.
“She was such a pivotal figure she set the fulcrum when women we allowed in and when they were not. And she was right there when it all changed…it all started to change,” Streep said.
“When the time came that she really needed to find her voice she found it in a way that changed the course of that paper and made it one of the greatest papers in this country,” Spielberg said.
A landmark moment in American journalism staring and directed by some of the best of the best of cinema.
If you wanted to see “The Post,” it is playing in select theaters across the Coachella Valley.