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Clip Watch: Mirren, Willis Play CIA Seniors in Red

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 17, 2010 at 9:46AM

Summit introduced their grown-up thriller Red at Comic-Con, where star Helen Mirren wore an American Splendor t-shirt in solidarity with the late great Harvey Pekar.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Summit introduced their grown-up thriller Red at Comic-Con, where star Helen Mirren wore an American Splendor t-shirt in solidarity with the late great Harvey Pekar.

Based on the D.C. Comics graphic novel, the movie is about a gang of retired top CIA agents who band together when someone decides to frame and put them out of commission permanently. It seems that their skills are still pretty formidable. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss also star in the film written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber and directed by Robert Schwentke.

The PG-13 flick opens wide on October 15.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.