audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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Jurassic World 2 BD Wong

When Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return for Jurassic World 2, they may find themselves joined by another familiar face. Producer Frank Marshall has hinted that B.D. Wong will be back as Dr. Henry Wu in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, which recently added new stars Toby Jones and Rafe SpallRead More »

houdini

10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is in talks to direct The Secret Life of Houdini, based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero which portrays the master magician as a secret agent investigating the occult.  The pitch for the movie is that Houdini was not only the world’s greatest escape artist and magician but also “part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes.” Learn some details about this Dan Trachtenberg Houdini movie, after the jump.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

After the jump:

  • Underworld 5 gets a new title and a new logo.
  • Nut Job 2 makes off with a summer 2017 release date.
  • Tom Cruise promises more crazy stunts in Mission: Impossible 6.
  • No, Indiana Jones 5 is not a prequel, and no, we aren’t getting a new Indy.
  • Neighbors 2 took inspiration from an unlikely source.
  • Vin Diesel sings with a gospel choir on the set of xXx 3.
  • Robert Carlyle (a.k.a. Begbie) teases Trainspotting 2.
  • Andrew Stanton drops some hints about The Incredibles 2.

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Star Wars Jurassic World Box Office

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens obliterated box office records this weekend — including the one set by Jurassic World earlier this year for the biggest opening weekend of all time. But apparently there are no hard feelings on Jurassic World‘s side. Just as the Marvel team congratulated Jurassic World on a job well done when it took over The Avengers‘ record, the Jurassic World gang is gamely toasting Star Wars‘ stellar performance.  Read More »

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the hype train surrounding the studio’s plans for Star Wars has been nonstop, and last week it went into overdrive with the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But don’t forget that Lucasfilm has one other franchise that the House of Mouse will keep alive as well: Indiana Jones.

There have been rumblings that Chris Pratt was in the running to play the archaeologist and adventurer in a big screen reboot, which the actor has dismissed as rumor. More recently, director Steven Spielberg said he’s likely going to direct Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford back in the iconic role.

But we know that Ford can’t play the character forever, so what’s going to happen when Disney inevitably plans an Indiana Jones reboot? Who will play Indiana Jones? Well, producer Frank Marshall says the answer is no one. Read More »

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner

After the jump:

  • Voice actor Mark Ryan debunks a recent Transformers 5 rumor
  • Denis Villeneuve addresses Blade Runner‘s biggest mystery
  • Fantastic BeastsEddie Redmayne doesn’t want to “let everybody down”
  • The horror in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials almost got it rated R
  • Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz want a Malcolm in the Middle reunion
  • Robocop 2 might still happen someday, eventually, maybe
  • The Conjuring 2 and Ouija 2 add to their cast lists
  • Straight Outta Compton‘s Aldis Hodge signs up for Jack Reacher 2
  • Frank Marshall shares a photo from the set of Bourne 5

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POTD: Matt Damon is Back As Jason Bourne

bourne 5 set photo

Filming on the fifth installment of the Bourne film franchise began this week, and we have our first look at Matt Damon reprising his role as Jason Bourne on set for the first day of filming. Hit the jump to see the first Bourne 5 set photo.

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Michael Crichton Micro

High off of the Indominus Rex-sized success of Jurassic World, Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg have set their sights on another Michael Crichton novel. Only this time, they’re going small — very, very small. Marshall and DreamWorks will produce an adaptation the late author’s Micro, about a bunch of people who get shrunken down.

Read all about the Michael Crichton Micro movie after the jump.  Read More »

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Indiana Jones 5 development

What’s the story with the current state of Indiana Jones 5 development? Rumors have flown about a fifth movie since the release of the fourth, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. More recently, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm led to more speculation about a fifth outing for Indy, with Lucasfilm saying that a film will happen, with no indication of when. Yet more conversations have suggested that Chris Pratt is being eyed as a replacement for original star Harrison Ford. (Pratt has denied this.)

Now there are rumors of loose plans for a 2018 release developing at Lucasfilm even as producer Frank Marshall tells us there have been “no discussions on Indy 5 to date.” Read More »