What Do Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, David Blight, and 25 Cent Wings Have in Common?

BlightThis:

Former President Barack Obama was meeting with Steven Spielberg on Monday night, sources exclusively told Page Six, months after Obama’s production company with wife, Michelle, unveiled a slate of films with Netflix.

Obama and the Oscar-winner were at upscale seafood eatery Marea, spies said.

“Spielberg walked through the front and no one noticed,” said the source, while Obama arrived through a side entrance.

“They were with a group — with lots of Secret Service,” said the source. “But it was still pretty low-key with no disruptions to other diners.”

The Obamas have seven planned Netflix projects via their Higher Ground Productions, including an adaptation of David W. Blight’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” as well as a series called “Bloom,” set in the fashion world of New York after WWII.

In 2015, it was reported that Spielberg — whom Obama awarded a Medal of Freedom the same year — was helping the ex-pol create a “narrative” for post-presidential life….

On Monday, the director’s wife, Kate Capshaw, was spotted having 25-cent wings with Bruce Springsteen and wife, Patti Scialfa, at Henry at Life Hotel.

Read the whole story at Page Six

 

4 thoughts on “What Do Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, David Blight, and 25 Cent Wings Have in Common?

  1. I think some of the brutality he suffered and saw happen to others has to be there to reinforce what many people don’t grasp yet today. Too many picture the happy folk in “Gone with the Wind”.
    I read something years ago that Douglass wrote and can’t recall where and I can’t find it now. On the subject of “kind” masters he said that was almost inconsequential because the vast majority of the pain was felt in the spirit. It came from looking at another person and knowing he owns you. That should be in there.
    His goading Lincoln from his newspaper was something.
    He struggled against being “handled” by the abolitionists who ran the show where he spoke early on. Many of them felt morally compelled to work towards ending slavery, but couldn’t quite take an articulate and self assured black man.
    Spielberg has another potential 30 hour miniseries on his hands!

    Like

  2. I think Spielberg said that if he fit everything into Lincoln he wanted to, he’d have around a 30+ hour miniseries (without the budget to do it right), so he had to trim it down and focus on one particular event — in this case, the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment.

    But still, it’s about time we had a major biopic on Frederick Douglass. Problem is, doing it right in today’s age of polarization. Race-plus-Slavery has always been the big bugaboo of USA history and culture, and I’m not sure how to handle it without risking an explosion.

    Like

  3. I have read Blight’s biography and at least two of Douglass’ autobiographies. I am surprised a super major film on Douglass hasn’t been done yet.
    Even Trump said he understood Douglass is doing well these days.
    I was a little disappointed that Douglass wasn’t fit into Spielberg’s “Lincoln”.

    Like

Comments are closed.