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December 2014

Iain Blair
Iain Blair has interviewed industry's top filmmakers, including George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Brett Ratner, Rob Reiner and many, many more.
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Director's Chair: Ridley Scott - 'Exodus'
Published: December 9, 2014

Ridley Scott is one of the supreme stylists of contemporary cinema as such oft-imitated and seminal works as Blade Runner, Alien and Thelma and Louise make abundantly clear. Now the three-time Oscar-nominated director, whose credits include Gladiator, Hannibal, Robin Hood, Black Hawk Down, A Good Year,Prometheus, and  G.I. Jane, has turned his attention to the trials and tribulations of the Old Testament prophet Moses, in the new epic production,  Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Director's Chair: David Fincher - 'Gone Girl'
Published: October 8, 2014

David Fincher first arrived on the scene with his 1992 sci-fi thriller Alien 3, and followed that up with  Seven and  The Game. Since then, he’s established himself as one of Hollywood’s most versatile directors — and an Oscar favorite — thanks to such eclectic films as  Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and  The Social Network.
Director's Chair: Shawn Levy - 'This Is Where I Leave You'
Published: September 8, 2014

Although he may not be a household name, director/producer Shawn Levy is one of the most commercially-successful film directors of the past 15 years. To date, his films, including The Internship, Date Night, Real Steel, What Happens in Vegas, The Pink Panther, Cheaper By The Dozen and the blockbuster  Night at the Museum franchise, have grossed over two billions dollars worldwide. And while Woody Allen’s a-film-a-year output is viewed with awe as the gold standard of workmanlike creativity, Levy is currently even more prolific, with three major films due for release in the next few months.
Director's Chair: Tate Taylor - 'Get On Up'
Published: August 5, 2014

With just one small comedy — the 2008 Pretty Ugly People — on his resume, Tate Taylor’s directing career got turbo-charged thanks to his 2011 triumphant and Oscar-winning  The Help, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. Now, the Mississippi native has tackled another story that’s both dear to his heart and close to his roots —  Get On Up, the biopic of James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” embodied by Chadwick Boseman, who gave another magical performance as Jackie Robinson in  42.
Director's Chair: Matt Reeves - 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
Published: July 10, 2014

In 2011, the Fox reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis and a bunch of genetically-enhanced chimps who get ready to take over the world, turned into a critical and commercial success, scoring nearly half a billion at the box office. Three years later,  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel — and eighth film in the long-running franchise — picks up the story, and things look even grimmer for what’s left of the human race. A growing nation of smart, evolved apes, led by Caesar (Serkis), are in charge thanks to the devastating virus unleashed in San Francisco a decade earlier. But a small band of human survivors (including Gary Oldman and Keri Russell) soon clash with the apes in a struggle that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Director's Chair: Doug Liman — 'Edge of Tomorrow'
Published: June 5, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Doug Liman first made his name directing the low-budget 1996 comedy Swingers, before proceeding to redefine the action spy thriller with the hugely successful The Bourne Identity, followed by another global smash, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and the sci-fi thriller Jumper.
Director's Chair: Wally Pfister - 'Transcendence'
Published: May 6, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Since he became director Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer after shooting Memento a decade and a half ago, Wally Pfister has established himself as one of the top DPs in the business. In addition to shooting Nolan’s acclaimed  Batman trilogy, which earned Pfister two Oscar nominations, he also shot Nolan’s  The Prestige (receiving another Oscar nomination) and  Inception (which won him the Oscar), as well as such diverse films as  Moneyball,InsomniaThe Italian Job and  Laurel Canyon.
Director's Chair: Darren Aronofsky - 'Noah'
Published: April 1, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Writer-director Darren Aronofsky, whose last film, 2010’s Black Swan, won Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations, first made a big splash when his debut low-budget feature Pi won the prestigious Director’s Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He then quickly followed that up with 1999’s  Requiem for a Dream. But his hot streak and momentum came to a screeching halt in 2002 when Brad Pitt dropped out of his expensive, ambitious sci-fi epic  The Fountain — just weeks before shooting was due to start. Undaunted, Aronofsky recast and rewrote it, and its visually-stunning imagery and cutting edge visual effects helped pave the way for his latest massive production,  Noah.
Director's Chair: Justin Chadwick — 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
Published: March 6, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Based on his 1994 autobiography of the same name, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom chronicles the inspirational life of the late Nelson Mandela, from freedom fighter to Nobel Peace Prize-winning statesman and international icon.
Director's Chair: Peter Berg - 'Lone Survivor'
Published: February 11, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Peter Berg may have started out as an actor in such shows and films as 21 Jump Street and Race For Glory, but it’s when he moved behind the camera that his career really took off, thanks to hits like Hancock, The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights, which he also turned into the award-winning TV series of the same name.
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