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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: Clint Eastwood - 'J. Edgar'
    Director's Chair: Clint Eastwood - 'J. Edgar'

    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 a ...

    December 21, 2011

  • 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

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