But she’s out of rehab

 
 

Over the last few years, you probably heard all of those depressing stories about But I’m a Cheerleader star Natasha Lyonne being at death’s door due to a heroin addiction. Finally some good news: Lyonne appears to be in good health and back to working regularly again as an actor. In fact, she’s currently shooting a new film, Goyband, about a former boyband member whose only gig is playing a Kosher casino in the Catskills. It’s described as “Dirty Dancing meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding with a touch of a hip hop Fiddler on the Roof.” Hmm.

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Well, in any case, Lyonne’s abundant comic skills sound like they’ll be well used–intentionally or not–in Goyband, and I’m glad to see her back in the swing of things. I loved her in Slums of Beverly Hills, but my favorite Natasha Lyonne guilty pleasure will always be the trashy Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby. Just as the first Freeway film, starring Reese Witherspoon, was a modern re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood (the Big Bad Wolf was a serial killer who preyed on teen prostitutes), Freeway II is a modernized Hansel and Gretel. Only the Hansel character is a girl. And Gretel is her sociopathic lover, not her sister. You kind of have to see it to understand.

Or to believe it.