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Magnolia Acquires Rob Reiner's 'The Magic of Belle Isle'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2012 at 2:17PM

Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to comedy "The Magic of Belle Isle," starring director Rob Reiner's "Bucket List" lead Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen. Magnolia plans a summer 2012 theatrical and VOD release via its Ultra VOD program.
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The Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle

Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to comedy "The Magic of Belle Isle," starring director Rob Reiner's "Bucket List" lead Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen. Magnolia plans a summer 2012 theatrical and VOD release via its Ultra VOD program.

Witten by Guy Thomas, the film stars Freeman as an alcoholic writer of popular westerns who goes on summer vacation at a lakeside cabin in Belle Isle, where he falls for the family next door, a single mom (Madsen) and her young daughters. The film is produced by Alan Greisman, Lori McCreary, Salli Newman and David Valdes.

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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.