January 11th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
(CNN) – A big slice of Hollywood came to the White House Wednesday when President Obama greeted Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the Oval Office.
For a brief moment the White House press corps was transformed into a pack of paparazzi as the star couple was spotted through the Oval Office windows during a previously unannounced visit with the president.
A senior White House official later told CNN Pitt and Jolie were in Washington to screen a new movie Jolie directed about Bosnian war crimes, In the "Land of Blood and Honey."
Deputy White House Press Secretary Jamie Smith told CNN that Obama spoke with Jolie “about her work to raise the profile of preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women."