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Walt Disney Studios announces 2014 movie release schedule
From Captain America to the Muppets, here's Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release schedule for 2014:
"The Wind Rises" (Feb. 28); rated PG-13. Written by Hayao Miyazaki, this animated tale follows the life of Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The movie chronicles much of his life and key historical events including the Great Depression. Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski also voice characters.
"Need For Speed" (March 14); not yet rated. Based on the Electronic Arts video game series, this action-packed movie follows a street racer (Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad") who joins a cross country race with revenge in mind after being framed by a wealthy business associate. His ex-partner then places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. Also starring Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton.
Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" (March 21); rated PG. They're back and this time the entire Muppets gang is on a global tour. But soon, they find themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine -- the World's Number one Criminal who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit and his sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The movie also stars Tina Fey as Nayda, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (April 4); not yet rated. It's based on the popular Marvel comic book series. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, (Chris Evans), struggles to adjust to the modern world in Washington, D.C. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Captain America teams up with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, to expose the conspiracy. Special appearances by Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
"Bears" (April 18); not yet rated. Narrated by John C. Reilly, Disneynature's True Life Adventure is set in Alaska and showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two baby cubs are taught the most important life lessons. Follow along as they emerge from hibernation and face the bitter cold to the spring and summer, when the brown bears must work hard to find food.
"Million Dollar Arm" (May 16); rated PG. Sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm" in hopes of recruiting cricket players to play major league baseball. With the help of a retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal from "Slumdog Millionaire") and Rinku (Suraj Sharma from "Life of Pi"), two teens who've never left their rural village. They're challenged in the states but soon learn the finer points of baseball and what it means to be a family.
"Maleficent" (May 30); not yet rated. This is the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty," whose betrayal turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places a curse upon the human king's newborn, Aurora. As she grows, she is caught in the middle of conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.
"Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue" (July 18); not yet rated. A dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with rescue helicopter Blade Ranger, super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, transport Cabbie and the brave all-terrain vehicles known as "The Smokejumpers."
"Guardians Of The Galaxy" (Aug. 1); not yet rated. This action-packed space adventure from Marvel expands the Marvel cinematic universe into the cosmos, where adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" (Aug. 8); not yet rated. A culinary tale centered around an Indian family that moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. The movie stars Helen Mirren. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producers.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" (Oct. 10); not yet rated. Based on the novel by Judith Viorst, 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) is having a horrible day and wonders if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that his family is also finding themselves living through their own terrible day. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander's parents.
"Big Hero 6" (Nov. 7); not yet rated. An animated comedy adventure about Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy who finds himself in a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the high-tech city of San Fransokyo. The government recruits six superheros to protect the nation.
"McFarland" (Nov. 21); not yet rated. Inspired by the 1987 true story, "McFarland" follows high school coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a small California town track coach who transforms his team of athletes into championship contenders. Also starring Maria Bello.
"Into the Woods" (Dec. 25); not yet rated. A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales is a humorous musical about a witch (Meryl Streep) who conspires to teach important lessons to Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lila Crawford), Jack of beanstalk fame (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy). It's all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt).