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Author: Zehra Phelan
There’s nothing like watching a couple of old school friends beating the hell out of each other to completely de-stress right? That’s exactly what you get in the trailer for Catfight when the claws come out and it’s all out war between these vixens until the roles are reversed and they go right back at it again.
Written and Directed by Turkish-American filmmaker Onur Tuke, who wrote and directed 2014’s vampire comedy Summer of Blood, brings his touch of black comedy to Catfight with an intriguing premise. Starring Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (Sideways) and Seven Days Seven Nights and Donnie Brasco star Anne Heche, who go at it like Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno on a bad day. The ladies deliver a knockout punch in the trailer making this look like riotous and mindless fun.
Providing some much-needed backup is Alicia Silverstone as Ashley’s lesbian love interest, »
- Zehra Phelan
Santa Barbara became a movie town in 1912, when the American Film Co., aka the Flying A, set up shop there. The studio began cranking out shorts at a rapid pace, producing an estimated 1,200 silent movies before its demise in 1921.
But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.
Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.
The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic »
- Jerry Roberts
Recently named one of our favorite films of 2016 without distribution, we said, “Who knew that one of the year’s most potent representations of America’s addiction to abrasive conflict would be Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beating each other to a pulp? Onur Tukel’s Catfight is an unabashedly silly and political film, but it’s also a funny one, with its two lead actresses literally and figuratively hurling themselves into their roles.”
Thankfully it’s taken little time for the film to acquire distribution and it’ll arrive sooner than expected, in early March, and the first trailer has now landed. In the film, Heche and Oh play former college friends who bump into each other years later on the opposite sides of society — one is a struggling artist, while the other is married to a filthy rich Wall Street worker — and the tensions between them eventually boil over into a giant brawl. »
- Leonard Pearce
Indie fave Onur Tukel takes a big step up in cast profile with his Anne Heche / Sandra Oh / Alicia Silverstone starring comedy Catfight, but anyone fearing that the Applesause and Summer Of Blood director may have toned down his particular style to bring the names on board will be very happy indeed with the just released trailer for the indie comedy. Because Tukel is clearly as quirky as ever. Wealthy wine lover Veronica Salt (Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways) and struggling outsider artist Ashley Chambers (Anne Heche, Hung, Psycho, Six Days Seven Nights) were close in college, but haven’t seen each other since. When they find themselves attending the same glitzy birthday party, verbal barbs lead to fisticuffs and an all-out brawl that...
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When a trailer opens with Sandra Oh saying, “Whatever, Jesus drank wine,” it’s a good sign. But the wink to “Sideways” fans quickly gives way to something closer to a Todd Solondz movie as the bizarre world of “Catfight,” comes into focus.
Oh and Heche play contentious former classmates in Onur Tukel’s bizarre surrealist satire. At the film’s start, Veronica (Oh) lives in the lap of luxury with her war profiteer husband and artistic son. Ashley (Heche) is a struggling artist, who relies on her partner (Alicia Silverstone) and a dead end catering gig to make ends meet. When Veronica sees Ashley behind the bar at a party her husband is throwing, she hardly looks up from her phone long enough to remark, “Jesus, you look like someone I went to college with.”
- Jude Dry
In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, Entertainment One has acquired the television rights to science writer Holly Cave's upcoming novel The Architecture of Heaven, due out in 2018 from Quercus Books in the UK. Oscar-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways) will produce. The Architecture of Heaven is set in a near-future London where humans can create artificial heavens before they die, formed from the best memories of their lives. Heaven architect Isobel… »
6 items from 2017
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