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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: Alexander Payne: 'The Descendants'
    Director's Chair: Alexander Payne: 'The Descendants'

    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 Os ...

    November 9, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Gary McKendry - 'Killer Elite'
    Director's Chair: Gary McKendry - 'Killer Elite'

    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 ...

    October 12, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Craig Gillespie - 'Fright Night'
    Director's Chair: Craig Gillespie - 'Fright Night'

    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 ...

    September 2, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Guillermo Del Toro - 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'
    Director's Chair: Guillermo Del Toro - 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

    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 establi ...

    August 15, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Jake Kasdan - 'Bad Teacher'
    Director's Chair: Jake Kasdan - 'Bad Teacher'

    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 ...

    July 12, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Todd Phillips - 'The Hangover II'
    Director's Chair: Todd Phillips - 'The Hangover II'

    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 millio ...

    June 13, 2011

  • Director's Chair: John Carpenter - 'The Ward'
    Director's Chair: John Carpenter - 'The Ward'

    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 Hallowe ...

    May 16, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Jonathan Liebesman — 'Battle: Los Angeles'
    Director's Chair: Jonathan Liebesman — 'Battle: Los Angeles'

    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 ...

    April 5, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Gore Verbinski - 'Rango'
    Director's Chair: Gore Verbinski - 'Rango'

    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 ...

    March 4, 2011

  • Director's Chair: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - 'Biutiful'
    Director's Chair: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - 'Biutiful'

    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 Fi ...

    January 31, 2011

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