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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: 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.
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.
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