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Hollywood conservatives watch film in secret

Friends of Abe, a private group of conservatives in Hollywood’s TV and film industry, hosted an evening with actor and former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles Thursday night, The Hollywood Reporter learned Friday.

Thompson screened for 50 members of the group his upcoming film, Persecuted, about a Christian televangelist who is framed for murder by government operatives because he refuses to bow to the will of a powerful U.S. senator. The filmmakers call it a “religious thriller.”

Also at Thursday’s screening were Brad Stine, who plays a pastor in the movie, along with director Daniel Lusko and Gray Frederickson, a co-producer of Persecuted and the Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather Part II.