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CHERNOBYL DIARIES (2012)
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Brad Parker
Screenwriter: Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
DEVIN KELLEY (Amanda) hails from Minnesota, where she was born and raised. She has a degree in theatre from the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, Kelley was accepted into the Williamstown Theatre Festival and was soon thereafter cast as a series regular in FOX's "The Chicago Code," created by Shawn Ryan. Kelley recently did a romantic arc opposite Chris Gorham in the television series "Covert Affairs" for USA, and is currently shooting the lead role in the feature film "Anchors" in New York City. She resides in Los Angeles.
JONATHAN SADOWSKI (Paul) most recently starred in the CBS comedy "$#*! My Dad Says," alongside William Shatner. It was the first-ever sitcom based on a Twitter feed and chronicled the salty and hilarious utterances of curmudgeon Shatner, who dispensed politically incorrect opinions and his advice to his son, played by Sadowski.
Sadowski's film credits include "She's the Man," "Live Free or Die Hard," "Friday the 13th" and "The Goods." His television credits include starring roles in the TV movies "Our Show," "Two Dollar Beer" and "Courtroom K," as well as the series "American Dreams"; appearances on the hit series "Chuck," "House M.D." and "Entourage"; and a recurring role on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
A Chicago native, Sadowski enjoys writing and playing the piano in his spare time.
INGRID BOLSØ BERDAL (Zoe) is one of Norway's most acclaimed young actresses and has won awards for both her stage and screen work. She started studying music and singing in high school, and graduated with a major in music—jazz, singing and improvisation—from the University of Trondheim (NTNU). She trained as an actor at Oslo National Academy of Dramatic Arts (KHIO), studying the Stanislavski method acting for three years. Since graduating, she has been employed at The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo, doing feature films in between her stage work.
Berdal's work in theatre includes "Fräulein Else," a physical theatre monologue which she co-produced with The Norwegian Theatre; "Hair"; "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"; "The Troll Prince"; "Ivanov"; "Songs from the Beehive"; "Frank"; "Black Milk"; "Yvonne – Princess of Burgundy"; "The Experiment," with Jo Stromgren Kompani; and "Kristin Lavransdatter," with Sel Teaterlag.
Berdal's past work in feature films and television include "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"; "Escape"; "Cold Prey" and "Cold Prey 2"; "Sons;" "House of Fools"; "I Travel Alone"; "Comrade Pedersen"; "Going Postal"; "Hellfjord"; "Codename Hunter 1 & 2"; "Terje Vigen"; "Thomas P"; and "Heart to Heart 2."
Her radio appearances include "Scream" for BBC Four; a monologue titled "Soulmate.no"; "Your Only Friend"; "Money Laundering"; "The Helpful Man"; "Blitz"; "No Echo"; "Respect"; and all NRK Radio Drama.
Berdal has received many awards, such as the Hedda Award at The Norwegian Theatre Awards for Best Debut of The Year, and the Amanda Award at The Norwegian Film Awards for Best Actress for her role as Jannicke in the feature film "Cold Prey." Berdal was also nominated for Best Actress two years later for the same part in the "Cold Prey" sequel.
OLIVIA TAYLOR DUDLEY (Natalie) was raised in central California before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She is a founding member of the prolific online sketch comedy group 5secondfilms.com, which has gained notoriety through their tireless efforts to post a new, original sketch every single day.
Dudley's acting credits include the upcoming film "The Dictator," "Moneyball" and "Just Go With It," as well as appearances in the television series "CSI: Mami," "NCIS" and "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23."
Dudley is also an avid horseback rider.
JESSE McCARTNEY (Chris) has been building a career encompassing acting, singing, songwriting, and voiceover work since he began performing in local community theatre at age seven. He made his Broadway debut in "The King and I" when he was nine years old, and later appeared opposite Roger Daltrey of The Who in "A Christmas Carol."
From the age of 11 to 13, McCartney simultaneously acted on ABC's "All My Children" and recorded with the boy band Dream Street, whose debut album, released in 2000, went gold. At 16, he released his solo debut album, Beautiful Soul, which sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide. McCartney's songs have topped the charts in the U.S., Australia, Italy, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. He was also nominated for Best New Artist by the American Music Awards, Best Pop Video at the MTV Music Video Awards, and has won three Teen Choice Awards: Choice Male Artist, Breakout Artist and Crossover Artist.
McCartney co-wrote "Bleeding Love" with Ryan Tedder of One Republic. The breakout smash for singer Leona Lewis, it was a number one hit in 34 countries, the only song in over a decade to achieve this. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and won ASCAP's song of the year. His single "Leavin,'" from his Departure album, was number one for five weeks and was Top 40 Radio's most played song of the year.
McCartney's film credits include the teen cult classic "Keith," which won five international film festival awards, and "Beware the Gonzo." On television, McCartney starred in the series "Summerland," which was one of the highest rated shows on The WB during its run in 2004 to 2005, and appeared in the recurring role of Andy during the third season of "Greek" on ABC. He has also guest starred on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and special guest starred on "CSI: Las Vegas." He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as J.R. on "All My Children."
McCartney has also voiced characters for animated films, including Theodore in all three "Alvin and the Chipmunks" films, and JoJo in "Horton Hears a Who," with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. He voiced Roxas and Ventus in the video game series "Kingdom Hearts," and Robin/Nightwing in the animated television series "Young Justice." In an upcoming film, "Clockwork Girl," he will be voicing the role of Huxley.
NATHAN PHILLIPS (Michael) had his first leading role in the award-winning film "Australian Rules," which screened at Sundance 2002. He then commenced that year by shooting a leading role in the American film "Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao" in China, and promptly followed that up playing Dave in the Australian comedy "Take Away." He next worked on the intense dramatic film by Paul Currie "One Perfect Day," acting alongside Abbie Cornish and playing the wild character Trig. He then played the lead role of surfer bad boy Brandon in the comedy/drama "Under the Radar."
2005 saw Phillips explore vast extremes within his craft by playing the lovable Phillip in the comedy feature "You and Your Stupid Mate," and Ben Mitchell in the box office hit horror film "Wolf Creek," which screened at Sundance and Cannes before opening later that year.
Phillips' career continued to grow when he was cast opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller 2006 "Snakes on a Plane," which opened at number one at the box office in the U.S. and Australia. He followed that up by working on the gritty dramatic Australian feature "West," which screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. He filmed his second U.S. feature as the action star in Andy Cheng's auto-thriller "Redline," which co-starred Nadia Bjorlin and Eddie Griffin.
In 2007, Phillips shot "Surfer, Dude" on location in Malibu, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson, and followed that up with "Dying Breed," which was filmed in Australia and accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. He also played journalist Malcolm Rennie in Robert Connolly's dramatic true story feature "Balibo," released in 2009, and was also involved behind the scenes as the East Timor Unit Director. This was the first time he was credited in a creative role on a full length feature. He followed this up by producing, directing and starring in "Message from the CEO," a short film that screened at festivals in 2009.
Phillips returned to his home in Australia in 2010 to play Joey in the picturesque feature "Summer Coda," also starring Rachel Taylor, Alex Dimitriades and Jacki Weaver. He directed and produced another short film, "Post Apocalyptic Man," in 2011, action-packed with many stars from Australia, including Michael Dorman and Angus Sampson. The film will be in competition at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2012, where it will have its world premiere; Phillips is preparing to direct the feature version in 2013.
Back in the U.S., Phillips most recently acted in "Satellite of Love," shot in Austin, Texas. He plays the lead role of Samuel, alongside Zachary Knighton and Janina Gavankar; the film is set for release later this year.
DIMITRI DIATCHENKO (Uri) recently had guest star roles on "Sons of Anarchy," "Perception" and "How I Met Your Mother," coupled with several roles on the 2012 version of the hit war game "Ghost Recon/Future Soldier." In March of 2012, Diatchenko travelled to Bulgaria to shoot the film "Company of Heroes," a World War II story in which he will be starring alongside Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones and Chad Collins.
Prior to appearing in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Get Smart," Diatchenko's comedy skills were on tap in the irreverent comedy, "Remarkable Power," starring Tom Arnold and Kevin Nealon, in which Diatchenko delivered a hilarious performance as the outrageous Czech porno director, Ivan.
In the World War II film "Miriam," Diatchenko portrayed the leading role of KGB agent Alexi Mironov, who falls in love with a Jewish woman in war-torn Europe.
With a flawless Russian accent, Diatchenko has been quite popular on television, appearing on such hit series as "CSI Miami," "Without a Trace," "Criminal Minds," "Burn Notice," "Desire" and "Alias."
Diatchenko has done his share of voiceovers as well, including "The Family Guy" and "The Wild Thornberrys." His most recent VO work can be experienced in the blockbuster video games "Ghost Recon" and "Uncharted 3." Other major credits include "Iron Man I and 2," "Uncharted 1 and 2," "Call of Duty: World at War," "Red Alert 3: Command and Conquer" and "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions," where he voiced the role of Sandman.
His first acting experience was as the lead in the play "Foxfire," by Hume Cronin, where he played the country music star Dillard Nations. He then landed a small role as a Navy Seal in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane," starring Demi Moore. After that break, Diatchenko moved out to Los Angeles and officially started his professional acting career.
In addition to his acting, Diatchenko performs as a master classical guitarist. As a soloist, he has four guitar CDs in release. His original composition for solo guitar, entitled "Tango en Paraiso," is featured on the soundtrack for the film "Remarkable Power." Mel Bay Publications has published this piece in Master Anthology of New Classic Guitar Solos, Vol. 1, which is available worldwide.
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