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Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)

Christmas Cottage (original title)
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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Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and smoking | See all certifications »

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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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Bill Kinkade: I read once that drinking was dangerous, so I gave up reading.
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Inspired by true events See more »

Soundtracks

The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Silly Version)
Written by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Performed by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Courtesy of DP Music Production
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A fantastic performance by Peter O'Toole
21 January 2015 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I'll have to say from the start that the review of this movie is based on what I would deem as Peter O'Toole's best work. He had a wide repertoire both on stage and screen. Indeed he was the actor most nominated for an Oscar never to have won one. But this movie appears to be 'off the radar' in many ways as it is a 'made for TV' movie and a Christmas- themed one to boot. O'Toole plays mentor Glen Wesman to the protagonist's character, Thomas Kinkade. Glen painted to his old age, to somehow convey his sorrow and capture the essence of his beloved, long since departed, Nicole. His portrayal of a man, weakened by age and sorrow, is heart-wrenching. He portrays the frailty and compassion of his character, aware that his ability to paint is receding. But he remains determined to carry on, in the search for the essence of Nicole.


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