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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: Marc Webb - 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Published: August 13, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — With a name like Marc Webb, the director was probably predestined to helm The Amazing Spider-Man, the fourth film in the multi-billion-dollar-grossing franchise — even though Webb’s last film and feature debut was the low-budget rom-com 500 Days of Summer.
Director's Chair: Len Wiseman - 'Total Recall'
Published: July 2, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — Director/writer/producer Len Wiseman, who began his career as a storyboard and conceptual artist as well as an art department assistant on such Roland Emmerich blockbusters as Independence Day and Stargate, has since racked up his own string of hits, including Live Free or Die Hard and the Underworld franchise.
Director's Chair: William Friedkin - 'Killer Joe'
Published: May 31, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — Even if he never directed another film, William Friedkin would always be remembered as one of the greats thanks to two iconic and highly influential films — 1971’s thrilling The French Connection, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, and 1973’s chilling The Exorcist, still considered by many to be the greatest horror film of all time. But while never prolific, Friedkin has never stopped working, and his eclectic credits include such films as Rules of Engagement, To Live And Die in LA, Cruising, Bug and Sorcerer.
Director's Chair: Barry Sonnenfeld - 'Men in Black 3'
Published: May 14, 2012

CULVER CITY — Black suits and shades. Aliens. Neuralyzers. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Yep, the men of  Men in Black are back for the third installment of director Barry Sonnenfeld’s sci-fi comedy franchise, and this time agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) travel back in time — to the ‘60s — to save the agency and the future of humankind.
Director's Chair: Andrew Stanton — 'John Carter'
Published: April 4, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — The line between live action and animation is becomingly increasingly blurred these days, with some very high-profile cross-fertilization going on. After directing the first three films in the mega-franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, Gore Verbinski and ILM teamed up to make their first animated film, Rango, which just won the Oscar. Brad Bird, the director/writer of Pixar’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille, successfully took over the reins of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
Director's Chair: Wim Wenders - 'Pina'
Published: March 5, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — German director Wim Wenders has long been ranked as one of the major directors of world cinema, thanks to such diverse and acclaimed films as Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire, Until The End Of The World, The Million Dollar Hotel and the Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club
He’s also likes to push creative boundaries, and did so again on Pina, which captures the brilliantly inventive dance routines of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, in 3D.
Director's Chair: David Cronenberg - 'A Dangerous Method'
Published: January 27, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — Since his first, aptly-titled 1975 feature Shivers, writer-director David Cronenberg has produced a uniquely-personal body of work, including The Fly, Dead Ringers, Scanners, Crash, A History of Violence and Naked Lunch. Exploring areas where few other directors venture, Cronenberg has examined, with a clinician’s eye, themes of biological horror, physical deformity, emotional terror and sexual unease. 
Now the Canadian director has once again turned his attention to the two latter areas with his new film, A Dangerous Method. With his usual surgical precision, Cronenberg gets fully under the skin of two titans of the subconscious — Freud (played by Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender) — and one disturbed patient (Kiera Knightley) — in his examination of the complicated real-life triangle. Adapted by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement) from his own play, the film is a visual and intellectual treat.
Oscar Picks
Published: December 29, 2011

When it comes down to Oscar-worthy films, 2011 pretty much followed the usual trend — the end of the year was packed with such serious, prestige projects as The Descendants, The Artist, The Iron Lady, Shame, War Horse, J. Edgar, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Albert Nobbs, Carnage, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Hugo, My Week with Marilyn and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. 
By contrast, the first eight months or so offered far less in the way of serious contenders, apart from The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help, Beginners and a little film called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Director's Chair: Clint Eastwood - 'J. Edgar'
Published: December 21, 2011

CARMEL, CA — As an actor, Clint Eastwood remains one of Hollywood’s last great male icons. But over the course of four decades and some 40 films, the star has also metamorphosed, not into some musty and much-honored legend but into an ambitious and accomplished filmmaker. And while he may now be 81, Eastwood, whose eclectic credits include the Oscar-winners Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, as well as Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Bridges of Madison County, Bird and the “Dirty Harry” series, shows no signs of slowing down.
Director's Chair: Alexander Payne: 'The Descendants'
Published: November 9, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Over the past 15 years, since his 1996 feature debut Citizen Ruth, director/writer Alexander Payne has created a small but potent body of work, including Sideways (which won him the ’05 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay), About Schmidt and Election, that bears his distinctive voice and talent for balancing comedic and dramatic elements — often within the same scene.
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