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March 2015

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: 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.
Oscar Wrap Up
Published: February 25, 2015

The party’s over! The dust has settled on the red carpet and the 87th Oscars – but surely not on the golden boys whom we assume are being lovingly polished and cradled by the winners as we speak. As for the losers, they’re spared all that effort of polishing and trying to decide where in the house or office to display Oscar. And of course there’s always next year.
Director's Chair: Richard Linklater - 'Boyhood'
Published: February 6, 2015

Last July, director Richard Linklater, who first made a name for himself with the independent release Slacker, released his most heartfelt, idiosyncratic and ambitious film to date, the tour-de-force  Boyhood. Written, produced and directed by Linklater, and shot over a 12-year period, the film was the first of its kind — an intimate epic about growing up, as seen through the eyes of a young boy and his sister. Starring Ellar Coltrane as Mason, Linklater’s own daughter Lorelei as his older sister Samantha, and Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their divorced parents, the film received widespread acclaim — and has also turned into a global box office hit, amassing close to $45 million so far ( Boyhood was budgeted at just $4 million).
Director's Chair: Mike Leigh - 'Mr. Turner'
Published: January 9, 2015

Over the course of 40 years, and some 30 films, British director Mike Leigh has amassed a body of work — including Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake, All Or Nothing, Secrets & Lies, Life is Sweet and  Naked — that has cemented his reputation as one of the most distinctive voices in movies today, thanks to his unorthodox working methods, and ultra-realistic and gritty approach to his material.
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.
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