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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: <I>We Were the Lucky Ones</I> - Tommy Kail
    Director's Chair: We Were the Lucky Ones - Tommy Kail

    Award-winning director Tommy Kail is a triple-threat whose work spans film, television and theater, and who’s probably best-known for directing Lin-Manuel’s hit musicals Hamilton (for which he won the ...

    July 10, 2024

  • Director's Chair: <I>The Bikeriders</i> - Jeff Nichols
    Director's Chair: The Bikeriders - Jeff Nichols

    Indie auteur Jeff Nichols made his debut in 2007 with Shotgun Stories, a revenge story full of menace and foreboding, and followed that up with Take Shelter, another dark tale that danced around theme ...

    June 24, 2024

  • <I>Madame Web</I> director SJ Clarkson
    Madame Web director SJ Clarkson

    Over the past decade,. director S.J. Clarkson has quietly established herself as one of the top women directors in film and television, with an impressive list of credits including Succession, Orange ...

    April 12, 2024

  • <I>Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes</I>: Director Wes Ball
    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: Director Wes Ball

    It’s been 56 years since Planet of the Apes became a huge hit and spawned an epic franchise. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the latest and tenth installment, and was directed by Wes Ball ( The M ...

    April 8, 2024

  • Director's Chair: Emerald Fennell — <I>Saltburn</I>
    Director's Chair: Emerald Fennell — Saltburn

    Writer/director Emerald Fennell has long established herself as a provocative, prolific and hugely talented multi-hyphenate in film, television and theatre. As an actress, her credits include memorabl ...

    February 22, 2024

  • Oscar Picks
    Oscar Picks

    With all the strikes and labor disputes, still-sparse post-COVID audiences, and ongoing threats from streamers and AI, 2023 was a trying year for the business industry of Hollywood. On the bright side ...

    February 21, 2024

  • <I>The Holdovers</I>: Alexander Payne shoots his first period film
    The Holdovers: Alexander Payne shoots his first period film

    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 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Screenpla ...

    December 14, 2023

  • Director's Chair: Gareth Edwards — <I>The Creator</I>
    Director's Chair: Gareth Edwards — The Creator

    British director Gareth Edwards got his start when his debut feature, Monsters, a low-budget independent film, premiered at SXSW in 2010 and went on to screen at Cannes. The acclaimed sci-fi thriller ...

    October 16, 2023

  • Director's Chair: Craig Gillespie — <I>Dumb Money</I>
    Director's Chair: Craig Gillespie — Dumb Money

    Director Craig Gillespie is well-known for his irreverent, sharp and offbeat comedy sensibility, on display in such films as the Oscar-winning I, Tonya, Lars and the Real Girl and Cruella. His latest ...

    October 4, 2023

  • Director's Chair: Sam Hargrave — <I>Extraction 2</I>
    Director's Chair: Sam Hargrave — Extraction 2

    Director Sam Hargrave knows how to make an action film. His first one, Netflix's 2020 action thriller Extraction, was a global blockbuster that introduced star Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a fearles ...

    August 30, 2023

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