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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.
Authored Articles
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.
Director's Chair: Todd Phillips - 'The Hangover II'
Published: June 13, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Forget the old saw about comedy not getting any respect — Todd Phillips single-handedly demolished that perception with his blockbuster The Hangover, which grossed a staggering $468 million worldwide, making it the most successful R-rated comedy of all time.
Director's Chair: John Carpenter - 'The Ward'
Published: May 16, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Over the past four decades, director/producer/ writer/actor/editor/composer John Carpenter has thrilled, chilled and scared the pants off audiences worldwide with such films as the Halloween franchise, The Fog and Escape From New York.
Director's Chair: Jonathan Liebesman — 'Battle: Los Angeles'
Published: April 5, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Maybe only one thing could make LA’s freeway traffic even worse — an invasion of aliens who relentlessly set about destroying the city — and cities everywhere. That’s the set up for Battle: Los Angeles, an epic sci-fi extravaganza from Columbia Pictures, directed by Jonathan Liebesman ( Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) and stuffed to the gills with explosions, water-spouts, car-wrecks, plane crashes and enough visual effects shots to make the mayhem look stunningly photoreal.
Director's Chair: Gore Verbinski - 'Rango'
Published: March 4, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — After directing the first three films in the mega-franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, Gore Verbinski knows a thing or two about how to helm a huge production. And thanks to all the CGI in the third Pirates film, he was also well versed in dealing with animation, making him the perfect choice to helm Rango, the new fully-animated film from Paramount. It stars Johnny Depp, who turns in his swashbuckling pirate outfit in exchange for the cowboy getup of the film’s unlikely hero, a chameleon named Rango, who faces off against some tough bandits in this spaghetti western.
Director's Chair: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - 'Biutiful'
Published: January 31, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu 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 that year.
Post's Best Bets For Oscar Gold
Published: January 4, 2011

Maybe it’s an illustration of that old saw, ‘Out of sight, out of mind,’ or maybe it’s just human nature to pay most attention to what’s right in front of us. Either way, the biggest number of Academy Award nominees have usually come from the raft of prestigious films that Hollywood typically saves for the end of the year.
Director's Chair: Mike Leigh's 'Another Year'
Published: January 3, 2011

HOLLYWOOD — For the past 40 years, since his aptly-named 1971 feature debut Bleak Moments, 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 is distinctive and idiosyncratic, and created “under rather curious conditions,” as he puts it himself.
Director's Chair: Michael Apted - 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'
Published: December 6, 2010

LONDON — British director Michael Apted has led an interesting double life since moving to Hollywood in the late seventies. While helming such big studio hits as the Academy Award-winning Coal Miner's Daughter, the Bond adventure The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist, Nell and his latest release, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, he has also moonlighted as a documentary filmmaker. Here, Apted talks about making the new Narnia film, his love of post and his commitment to documentary filmmaking.
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