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April 2016

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: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan — 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'
Published: April 7, 2016

French visual effects veteran Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was the VFX supervisor on the 2012 global hit, Snow White and The Huntsman, which grossed nearly $400 million and won him an Oscar nomination for his work. Now he’s back for the prequel,  The Huntsman: Winter’s War, but this time he’s moved up to the director’s chair for his feature film directorial debut.
'Joy': Director David O. Russell
Published: January 8, 2016

Since director/writer David O. Russell made his directorial debut in 1994 with the dark comedy Spanking the Monkey, he has 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, and was again nominated twice — for Best Director and Best Writing, Original Screenplay — for his 2013 dramedy  American Hustle, a fictionalized version of the real-life seventies political corruption scandal known as Abscam.
'The Revenant': Director Alejandro González Iñárritu's most challenging film yet
Published: January 7, 2016

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu won three Oscars — Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay — for Birdman last year. That huge success capped off an amazing run since he directed and produced his acclaimed 2000 debut feature film,  Amores Perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film and received over 60 prizes, becoming the most awarded film around the world in that year. Iñárritu’s 2003 follow-up film, 21 Grams, which he conceived, directed and produced, won Oscar noms for its stars Benicio del Toro and Naomi Watts. His 2006 feature  Babel, starring Cate Blanchet and Brad Pitt, earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, and his 2010 feature,  Biutiful, won its star Javier Bardem a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Director's Chair: Peter Landesman - 'Concussion'
Published: December 11, 2015

The multi-faceted Peter Landesman is a director and screenwriter (2014’s Kill the Messenger, 2013’s  Parkland), an award-winning journalist, author and painter. The latest addition to his extensive resume is Concussion, the new timely and topical sports drama out Christmas Day, which he wrote and directed. Starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Wilson, David Morse and Albert Brooks,  Concussion deals with the controversial subject of brain damage suffered by pro football players and the David vs. Goliath battle that erupted between the real life forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Smith) and the NFL, who fought hard to suppress his research on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
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.
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