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April 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: 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.
Oscar Picks
Published: January 15, 2014

In terms of Oscar-worthy films, 2013 followed the usual release pattern; the first eight or nine months of the year saw a handful of potential contenders, including Fruitvale Station, The Great Gatsby, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Mud and Blue Jasmine, but it’s in the final stretch where the studios stack up serious projects (along with a few more light-hearted movies) such as Nebraska, 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Mandela; Long Walk To Freedom, Lone Survivor, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Book Thief, American Hustle, All Is Lost, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, Her, Philomena, Labor Day, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Dallas Buyers Club, Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks. Will Oscar as usual turn a blind eye to earlier releases in favor of the year-end releases? Impossible to tell, but with all that in mind, we now look into our crystal ball and present our annual top picks list of likely nominees.
Director's Chair: David O. Russell — 'American Hustle'
Published: January 15, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Director/writer David O. Russell, who made his directorial debut with 1994’s dark comedy Spanking the Monkey, has since amassed a small but diverse body of work that includes the Gulf War thriller Three Kings, the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees, and the sports drama The Fighter, which earned him Oscar Best Picture and Best Director nominations. He repeated those nominations with 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, a hit drama about bipolar disorder.
Director's Chair: Paul Greengrass - 'Captain Phillips'
Published: December 10, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — After a long, distinguished career in documentaries that culminated in the award-winning documentary-style feature Bloody Sunday about the 1972 civil rights march in Northern Ireland, British director Paul Greengrass brought his considerable gifts to Hollywood — and much like Jason Bourne, he hasn’t stopped running since.
Director's Chair: Alfonso Cuaron - 'Gravity'
Published: November 5, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Acclaimed Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron has tackled a lot of different projects — and subject matter — from the beloved children’s book “A Little Princess” (his 1995 American feature film debut) to Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” the raunchy sex comedy Y Tu Mama Tambien, franchise blockbuster Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the sci-fi drama Children of Men. Along the way he picked up three Oscar nominations and also found time to produce pal Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
Director's Chair: Ron Howard - 'Rush'
Published: October 8, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Since making his directorial debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto, director/producer and former child star Ron Howard has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful and versatile directors. He’s made films about boxers (Cinderella Man), astronauts (Apollo 13), mermaids (Splash), symbologists (The Da Vinci Code), politicians (Frost/Nixon), firefighters (Backdraft) and mathematicians (A Beautiful Mind, which won him Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture).
Director's Chair: Neill Blomkamp - 'Elysium'
Published: September 6, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp charged onto the international scene with his 2009 directorial debut District 9, the indie sci-fi thriller and thinly-disguised social commentary about apartheid. Made for just $30 million, it became a global hit, grossing over $210 million and earning four Oscar nominations, including those for Best Picture, Best Visual Effects and Best Editing.
Director's Chair: Gore Verbinski - 'The Lone Ranger'
Published: August 12, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Gore Verbinski loves a challenge — and the bigger the better. After directing the first three films in the mega-franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, and following that up with the Oscar-winning Rango, he’s taken on The Lone Ranger, based on the classic 1950’s TV series about a masked ex-Texas Ranger who fought the bad guys in the Wild West with the help of his Indian sidekick Tonto. 
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