Disney is giving us Brad Bird's mysterious sci-fi project for Christmas of 2014

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Disney just released a major new chunk of its 2013-2014 movie release calendar. What's that mean? Some actual news about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof's mysterious 1952 project, amongst other things! Here's the list, complete with Disney's blurbs (we'll go ahead and list 1952 first, since we know you're salivating for it):

1952 is now dated on 12/19/14 in 3D.

1952 will be produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird, from a script by Lindelof and Bird. George Clooney will star.

This confirms that Clooney is on board, so... we know something concrete about the movie now. Yay! Will he actually be playing Nicola Tesla as previously rumored? No man can say. However, the fact that it's more or less a Christmas movie is also a sign that Disney has some major confidence in this thing.

THE MUPPETS 2 is now dated on 3/21/14.

MUPPETS 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.


Presumably Tina Fey is still in talks to star, although her asking price might have gone up after killing it with Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes last night.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Marvel) will be available in 3D.

Releases on 4/4/14.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will pick up where "Marvel's The Avengers" leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

Well, that's not helpful at all.

MALEFICENT is now dated on 7/2/14 (from 3/14/14).

MALEFICENT, the untold story of Disney's most beloved villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty," reveals the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

MALEFICENT will be released in 3D and is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.


What would lead one to curse a baby? I bet it's something poopy diaper-related.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel) will be available in 3D.

Releases on 8/1/14.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. James Gunn will


They really should start hiring some actors for this thing if they want to make this date.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 is now dated on 7/10/15.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Jeff Nathanson is writing the screenplay.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" films have earned over $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office. Most recently, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" earned over $1.043 billion.


"Only one of these films was any good, but they still make us shit-tons of money, so we're gonna keep making them."

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Can anyone who's a Cap fan with story knowledge tell me if 'Winter Soldier' is just going to be all moderny-modern, or will it have any fun 1940s stuff still in it? Part of the reason I enjoyed the first film so much (entirely separately from enjoying 'Avengers') is because it felt like such a nice Johnston throwback to 'Raiders.'