Plenty of Potter
All eight Harry Potter movies are returning to theaters in a big way: Imax. Warner Bros. is priming fans for November’s release of the prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” by showing the original films in a weeklong marathon, starting Thursday, Oct. 13. The first two, “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Chamber of Secrets,” will be making their Imax debuts in a digital remastering. In KC, participating theaters are AMC’s Legends — which recently added Imax as part of a big renovation — Barrywoods and Independence. As if these theaters had found their own time-turners, the movies won’t be shown in order. On Oct. 13, for example, we get “Sorcerer’s Stone” at 6:30 p.m., followed by the final film, “Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” at 10. Meanwhile, at 6:30 that night, new footage from “Fantastic Beasts” will be unveiled on Facebook. Multi-film packages are available. Check with your favorite theater for details.
Last week came news from Disney of a live-action/CGI “Lion King.” And this week? A live-action “Mulan,” set for Nov. 2, 2018. It’s still the story of the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man to join the army. Her sidekick is her trusty dragon, Mushu — maybe Disney can borrow the one from this summer’s little-seen “Pete’s Dragon” remake. For the live-action part, the studio is launching a worldwide search for a Chinese actress to star, says Variety.
His name is Logan
For three years now, Hugh Jackman’s (allegedly) final movie as a clawed mutant was known simply as “Wolverine 3.” Now a new poster reveals the title: “Logan,” the name of his alter ego. But who’s the kid? Perhaps a clone. All we know for sure is what director James Mangold tweeted this week, that Logan’s healing mutation has diminished, which “keeps him in a chronic state of pain” and has him resorting to “booze as a painkiller.” So now he’s angry AND grumpy. The movie is due March 3.