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Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)

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A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.

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Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love is the brightest light of all.

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Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and smoking | See all certifications »

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11 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Christmas Cottage  »

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Thomas Kinkade was left-handed but Jared Padalecki is right-handed. To prepare for the part, Jared only used his left hand for the month leading up to filming. There was also a left-handed artist on set who helped Jared look more natural as he worked. See more »

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Though set in 1977, in the bar scenes there is a draught beer pull for Bud Light, a beer not introduced until 1982. See more »

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Thomas Kinkade: "Ultimum Folium?"
Glen: Latin. Good old Latin. "The Last Leaf" is my last painting, Thom.
Thomas Kinkade: Ah... no. Glen, no.
Glen: I have been trying to paint my sorrow, to show the bleakness of a world without Nicole, but then you came with a candle last night, and I knew what Nicole's memorial should be. Not darkness, but light. Sometimes we can barely see beyond the forest to the sky. I was painting the leaves of the forest and never saw the light of the sky behind it. Now I see it. That's all I need to see now.
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Performed by Coastal Sound Music Academy Society
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A movie like a Kinkade picture
9 January 2010 | by (Llandudno, Wales) – See all my reviews

This is a movie which is sure to divide people. It is based on the early life of Thomas Kinkade, "the painter of light". It is a story of the sources of his inspiration: his mentor,and how the difficulties faced by his mother provided a motivation through which he began to find himself.Its weakness is that it isn't sure of its own purpose.It is certainly not a biography or a Christmas movie in the ordinary sense and its comedic moments often miss the mark.In many ways it is like a Kinkade picture: a little sugary and sentimental yet with a warmth and humanity that can touch our hopes for a world where we all have a place and where everything comes out alright in the end However,it it isn't grounded in the reality of the world as we know it. The script is very uneven,occasionally very hammy,yet produces some fine moments. Peter o' Toole's performance as Tom's mentor, rapidly approaching dotage and a loss of his powers is a fine one and justifies a viewing.I also enjoyed the background music.Not for anyone who shrinks from sentimentality.


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