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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: 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. 
Director's Chair: Justin Lin - 'Fast & Furious 6'
Published: July 8, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Justin Lin has been driving the Fast & Furious mega-franchise since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, and has become the go-to car-chase and car-stunt filmmaker of his generation. Now he’s back for the fourth time with the latest blockbuster episode of the long-running action franchise, Fast & Furious 6, which reunites stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson for another testosterone-fueled adventure.
Director's Chair: Andrew Niccol — 'The Host'
Published: June 7, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Born in New Zealand, writer/director Andrew Niccol moved to London in the ‘80s and began his career directing TV commercials before making his movie debut in 1997 by writing and directing the Oscar-nominated sci-fi thriller Gattica.
Director's Chair: Danny Boyle — 'Trance'
Published: May 6, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — Visionary director Danny Boyle, who won the 2009 Oscar for Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire, has always been attracted to controversial stories and to pushing the cinematic envelope as far as he could, as evidenced by a body of work that includes such films as Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and 127 Hours.
Director's Chair: Tom Hooper — 'Les Miserables'
Published: April 3, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — British director Tom Hooper and The King’s Speech, his film about the true-life story of the stuttering King George VI and his Aussie speech therapist, swept the Oscars in 2011, with the film winning him Best Director, along with Best Picture and an Oscar for Colin Firth as Best Actor.
Director's Chair: Robert Zemeckis — 'Flight'
Published: February 4, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — It’s been a long 12 years since Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis, who has focused his energy on animated projects over the past decade, has made a live-action film.
Oscar Picks
Published: January 3, 2013

In terms of Oscar-worthy films, 2012 charted a familiar course — the first eight months of the year saw a handful of potential contenders, including The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Brave and Moonrise Kingdom, but it’s the final stretch where the studios stack up such serious, prestige projects (along with a few more light-hearted movies) as Lincoln, The Master, Anna Karenina, Hyde Park on Hudson, Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, The Impossible, Flight, The Sessions, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Skyfall, Hitchcock, The Hobbit and Django Unchained.
Director's Chair: David Chase — 'Not Fade Away'
Published: January 3, 2013

HOLLYWOOD — What do you do for an encore after you’ve created one of the most influential and acclaimed TV series in history? If you’re The Sopranos’ godfather David Chase, you take a break and then write and direct a feature about your first love, rock music.
Director's Chair: Ben Affleck - 'Argo'
Published: November 5, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — Who says there are no second acts? After winning the Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting with pal Matt Damon (in which he also starred), Ben Affleck’s acting career went turbo-charged thanks to such global hits as the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor.
Director's Chair: Martin McDonagh - 'Seven Psychopaths'
Published: October 5, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — Writer/producer/director Martin McDonagh won an Academy Award for “Best Live Action Short Film” for Six Shooter, his first foray into film, and followed that project with his feature film debut, the critically-acclaimed In Bruges. 
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