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Director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is set to hit theaters this weekend, bringing the creature feature genre back to the big screen with stars such as Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. While she doesn't quite have the name recognition of those previously-mentioned actors, Heather Doerksen (the "O" is silent) is looking to break out in a big way. No stranger to genre fare (Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe), Heather Doerksen plays Russian jaeger pilot Sasha Kaidanovsky, who teams up with the towering Robert Maillet to run Cherno Alpha. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented actress about her unique experience working with Guillermo del Toro and much more. Here's what she had to say.
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Heather Doerksen is keeping busy doing voice work for Marvel Knights Animation and working on a sitcom (Package Deal), but it's her role as one of the few female Jaeger pilots in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim that has the beautiful Canadian actress in the news. Doerksen plays Sasha, a Russian Jaeger pilot (those big robots you've seen in the trailers and clips) who is one of humanity's last hopes in the battle against gigantic creatures known as Kaiju. Pacific Rim opens in theaters on July 12th and in our exclusive interview, Doerksen discusses what it was like on the set, training for the role, and her work on another Warner Bros Pictures project: Hidden.
Heather Doerksen: "He had a really specific vision for my character, especially at the very beginning. He was very »
Now playing in limited rlease is director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij’s (Sound of My Voice) fantastic eco-terrorist thriller The East. Brit Marling co-wrote the script with Batmanglij and stars as an undercover operative for an elite private intelligence firm who infiltrates a domestic terrorist organization in order to protect her corporate clientele. Once she starts living as part of the anarchist collective, though, she finds that her loyalties aren’t as solid as she believed them to be and becomes conflicted when she starts falling for the charismatic leader (Alexander Skarsgard). The impressive ensemble cast also includes Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, and Julia Ormond, and you can click here to watch the trailer and here is Matt’s review. During my recent interview with Skarsgard, he talked about making The East, his reaction to reading the script for the first time, what it was like working on a quick schedule, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
True Blood’s Vedette Lim joins the growing cast of a sci-fi/horror thriller The Night Visitor that will mark actress/producer Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut. We’re all sure Blanc will put through hell for our benefit on this digital feature. A cast already includes Blanc-Biehn (The Victim), Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way), Gary Cairns (Hero Wanted), Tara Buck (True Blood), and Brianne Davis (Prom Night). Lony Ruhmann, who is also helping produce the remake of Hidden In The Woods, helmed the story and will executive produce with Blanc-Biehn. Filming begins this month in Los Angeles. Lim had this to say: I’m proud and excited to join the...
- Nick Martin
A Bafta surprise from Berwick, a sing-off for the Oscars, and who's the best-dressed queen in the land?
The other Argo
Perhaps the biggest surprise of last week's nominations flood came in the Bafta list for outstanding British debut category. Alongside heralded films such as The Imposter was I Am Nasrine, which had not premiered at Sundance or Cannes, the Lff or even Edinburgh, but at the Berwick film and media arts festival.
I haven't spoken to anyone who'd even heard of the film prior to its nomination, though it did have a limited release in the north east, where its director, Tina Gharavi, resides and where it is partly set. So I tracked Gharavi down and spoke to her, just after she'd finished a call with the ever-voracious Weinstein Company, it turns out.
The film is about an Iranian woman who flees Tehran and finds herself smuggled to a rather bleak Tyneside. »
- Jason Solomons
BAFTA has revealed its nominees for this year's Ee Rising Star Award.
The fact that there are four women nominated makes a big change from last year, when actress Hayley Atwell criticised voters for failing to pick any women for the shortlist of five.
Here's more on this year's nominees. Who do you think should win?
Swedish born Alicia Vikander starred trained with The Royal Swedish Ballet for nine years before dedicating herself to acting. Last year she burst onto the international scene with two major film roles: 'Anna Karenina', opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and the period »
- The Huffington Post UK
6 items from 2013