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Apocalyptic casting: Peter O'Toole in...

Are you protective of your favorite actors? Did your sky seem to cave in a little when you first learned that Dane Cook got to be in a movie with William Hurt, or that Molly Shannon had been cast alongside John C. Reilly? Well, that was just early training. At first it seemed like a schmaltzy joke that would make lots of money without reaching for, well, art, but The Christmas Cottage, a film based on the work of "painter of light" Thomas Kinkade, may absorb one of our most venerated living screen and stage actors, Peter O'Toole. Hollywood Reporter picks up on the negotiations, and, with production scheduled to begin this month, the hellaciousness is imminent.

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