"War Horse" Presents Spielberg Live Via Satellite

Audiences Worldwide to Participate

Nov 22, 2011, 16:50 ET from Walt Disney Studios

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Pictures announced today that they will be presenting an advance screening of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" on Sunday, November 27th in New York City. The event, which starts at 2:00 p.m. (EST), features a live Q&A session with director Steven Spielberg following the presentation of the film.

This special screening gives film fans across the country a unique opportunity to engage in a live question and answer discussion with the "War Horse" director. The Q&A will be moderated by Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly columnist and contributing editor at New York Magazine. The screening will start simultaneously in nine other cities -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta -- and audiences in those cities will view the Q&A with Steven Spielberg live via satellite after the film and will be able to text their questions to the moderator. The Q&A session will also stream live on MSN.com with real time text translation provided by Ortsbo.com. Fans around the world will be able to submit their questions via a live chat function during the event.

The film, which opens in theatres in the U.S. on December 25th, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Morpurgo and the Tony Award®-winning stage play by Nick Stafford, "War Horse" is one of the great stories of bravery and friendship, brought to the screen by Academy Award®-winner Steven Spielberg.

"War Horse" begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets -- British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter -- before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land.  The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse -- an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse" stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell.  It is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, and executive producers are Frank Marshall and Revel Guest.  The screenplay was written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis and is based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the international hit stage play by Nick Stafford, originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot.

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