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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: 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.
Director's Chair: Gary McKendry - 'Killer Elite'
Published: October 12, 2011

NEW YORK — Stylish Irish writer/director Gary McKendry cut his teeth in the advertising industry, where his award-winning work at Chiat Day on Reebok and Nynex campaigns established his reputation and led to a position as a creative director with Ogilvy and Mather. At Ogilvy, he wrote and directed international campaigns for American Express and went on to direct acclaimed commercials for clients including Porsche, Coca-Cola, De Beers, AT&T, Budweiser, Nike, Chrysler and Ikea.
Director's Chair: Craig Gillespie - 'Fright Night'
Published: September 2, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Aussie director Craig Gillespie worked as an award-winning commercial director for 15 years before making his feature debut with 2007’s Mr. Woodcock, but the film’s dark comedy didn’t test well and Gillespie ultimately left the project and was replaced by another director.
Director's Chair: Guillermo Del Toro - 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'
Published: August 15, 2011

TORONTO — Since bursting onto the scene — and winning the Critic’s Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for his first feature, Cronos, Mexican writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro has established himself as one of the most assured voices in international cinema. A devotee of the gothic horror genre, he has moved back and forth easily between independent, Spanish-language films and increasingly big-budget studio productions, with credits that include the acclaimed  Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone and the  Hellboy and  Blade franchises.
Director's Chair: Jake Kasdan - 'Bad Teacher'
Published: July 12, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Following in the footsteps of his father, writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, director Jake Kasdan has carved out a successful career bouncing between movies and television, with the focus on comedy. He made his feature debut as both writer and director of Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller in 1998.
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