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November 2015

Iain Blair
Iain Blair has interviewed industry's top filmmakers, including George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Brett Ratner, Rob Reiner and many, many more.
Authored Articles
Director's Chair: Francis Lawrence - 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2'
Published: November 23, 2015

Director/producer Francis Lawrence got his start — and honed his skills — directing music videos for such A-listers as Beyonce, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Pink, Britney Spears and J. Lo, and commercials for Pepsi, Coke, L’Oreal, Bacardi and Calvin Klein, among many other clients. In 2005 he made his directorial debut with Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves, and followed that up with 2007’s  I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, and 2011’s  Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon.
Director's Chair: Joe Wright - 'Pan'
Published: October 7, 2015

British director/producer Joe Wright first grabbed Hollywood’s attention with his debut film, 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, which won a raft of awards and four Oscar nominations. He followed up with the Oscar-winning war drama  Atonement, and in 2012 reunited with his  Atonement star Kiera Knightley to remake Tolstoy’s classic  Anna Karenina.
Director's Chair: Baltasar Kormakur — 'Everest'
Published: September 10, 2015

Who you gonna call when you need to make a film about a climbing tragedy set against punishing conditions on the world’s highest mountain? Easy — Baltasar Kormakur, the Icelandic director whose credits include the harrowing action drama, The Deep, where the director jumped into the frigid Icelandic waters with a camera to make sure the true story of a fisherman who survived the sinking of his trawler looked authentic.
Director's Chair: F. Gary Gray — 'Straight Outta Compton'
Published: August 10, 2015

New Yorker F. Gary Gray first made his name directing hit music videos for such artists as TLC, Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Whitney Houston before helming his first feature film, the urban comedy Friday, in 1995. Gray followed that up with an eclectic string of movies that included  Set It Off, The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Be Cool and  Law Abiding Citizen.
Director's Chair: Chris McQuarrie — 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'
Published: July 27, 2015

Writer/director/producer Chris McQuarrie got his start with his acclaimed script for The Usual Suspects, directed by Bryan Singer, which won him an Oscar. In 2000 he made his directorial debut with  The Way of the Gun, and in 2008 he reteamed with Singer, co-writing the WWII thriller  Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise. He followed that up with his script for the global hit The Tourist. In 2012 he reteamed with Cruise on  Jack Reacher, which he wrote and directed, and now the pair are back with  Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
Director's Chair: Colin Trevorrow - 'Jurassic World'
Published: June 12, 2015

It’s been 23 years since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park wowed audiences worldwide (it was the highest-grossing film ever, until  Titanic) and re-wrote the book on VFX, bringing to magical — and scary — life such dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures as Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and, most memorably of all, the rampaging female killer T. rex.
Director's Chair: Paul Feig — 'Spy'
Published: May 7, 2015

After laboring for over a decade in the TV trenches, where the Emmy-nominated Paul Feig created the cult hit Freaks and Geeks and directed everything from  The Office to Arrested Development and  30 Rock, the director/writer (and sometime actor) joined the major leagues in 2011 with the breakout hit  Bridesmaids, which grossed (pun intended) over $288 million. “People think it’s my first movie — it’s not, but the other two did so poorly I wish it was my first,” he notes dryly.
Documentary: 'Surviving The Police'
Published: April 6, 2015

For millions of fans of The Police, the new feature-length film Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police, based on guitarist Andy Summers’ 2006 memoir One Train Later, will be the next best thing to being out front and backstage at one of the supergroup’s shows. Starring Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland, the film, which is being released by Cinema Libre Studio, tells the inside story of the band’s meteoric rise, headline-grabbing break-up, and reunion 20 years later, through rare archival footage and Summers’ personal collection of photos. And Summers, who’s always been a multi-faceted artist — a musician, songwriter, composer, photographer and author — can now add filmmaker to his resume, as he was the driving force behind every aspect of the project.
Director's Chair: Leigh Whannell — 'Insidious Chapter 3'
Published: April 6, 2015

Beloved by audiences and studios alike, well-made and original horror and suspense films have always provided great opportunities for neophyte directors like Leigh Whannell. After co-writing and acting in the Saw and  Insidious films, two of the most successful horror franchises of the last decade, the Aussie multi-hyphenate threat (he also produces) has now made the transition to directing with I nsidious: Chapter 3, taking over from directing partner James Wan, who was tapped to helm the blockbuster  Fast & Furious 7. Starring Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott — and Whannell as Specs — the movie prequel gleefully explores a new twisted tale of terror for the poor Lambert family, who are forced to once again deal with terrifying demons.
Director's Chair: James Wan - 'Furious 7'
Published: March 7, 2015

After co-writing and directing the Saw and  Insidious films, two of the most successful horror franchises of the last decade, Malaysian-born James Wan was tapped to helm  Furious 7, the latest blockbuster episode of the long-running  The Fast and the Furious action franchise. The film, which reunites stars Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson for another testosterone-fueled adventure, also features regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, along with newcomers Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, rapper Iggy Azalea, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Once again, the gang happily ignores the rules of the road and the laws of physics with some eye-popping stunts.
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