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June 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: 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.
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.
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