4 items from 2010
In recent weeks there has, of course, only been one story in town for those with a morbid interest in the crashing and burning of former child stars, its subject Lindsay Lohan. Yet, as Century Regional Detention Facility's newly freed inmate adjusts to life after custody, I think it might be worth casting the mind back to another troubled young actor whose unwise life choices capsized her career, but who now may be finally coming up for air – the much-missed Natasha Lyonne.
Now, part of the minor tragedy here is that I can already sense quizzical squints at the mention of her name; a pity, because one short decade ago it was easy to see Lyonne becoming a proper movie star. Her breakthrough came at the age of seven »
President Obama may know that Lindsay Lohan is in the clink, but although Natasha Lyonne says her heart goes out to the blighted actress, she is trying not to think about it. Five years after her own meltdown made headlines and was mercilessly picked over by Gawker jackals, she is working, relatively content and a total scream to talk to.
Lyonne is following up her role as Deborah (that's Deh-bor-ah) Tennis, a deranged theater manager-turned-director of stylish snuff films in "All About Evil" (a horror romp directed by San Francisco camp guru -- and drag queen -- Joshua Grannell), with a couple of theater gigs, one an eight-month stint, the longest commitment she has ever made. "Knowing that I'm going to be able to show up is insane to me," she says, adding that she's hoping that she will emerge from the New Group production of "Blood From a Stone »
- Michelle Orange
Joshua Grannell is better known as 'Peaches Christ', the host of the hugely successful Midnight Mass in San Francisco, which used to be a regular event that always featured an astonishing line-up of guests, including cult favourites like John Waters, Linda Blair, Mink Stole, Edie McClurg and Elvira, The Mistress of the Dark!
In Joshua Grannell's All About Evil the shy and retiring Deborah (Natasha Lyonne) inherits her father's movie house. The drawback to her inheritance is that The Victoria Theatre is in financial jeopardy. The situation serves as the catalyst for Deborah's more mercurial and murderous talents to come to the surface and her snuff movies become massively successful on the San Francisco B-movie circuit, garnering thousands of gore-crazed fans. »
Beyond the break you'll find the first stills from All About Evil, the feature film debut of writer / director Joshua Grannell and stars Natasha Lyonne (Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm A Cheerleader), Thomas Dekker (Sarah Connor Chronicles, A Nightmare On Elm Street), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom), Noah Segan (Deadgirl, Brick), Jack Donner (Star Trek), Julie Caitlin Brown (Babylon 5). All About Evil is a wicked black comedy set in the world of a horror movie about a mousy librarian (Natasha Lyonne) who inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real! »
4 items from 2010
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