'Muppets' sequel gets new title, 'Into the Woods' gets release date, and more Disney updates

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The follow-up to 2011′s The Muppets just got a little more specific. Previously titled Muppets…Again! the Disney movie’s new title is Muppets Most Wanted.

The new moniker is fitting for the movie’s storyline that has the Muppets entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the world’s No. 1 criminal, who has a striking resemblance to Kermit — and his sidekick Dominic, played by Ricky Gervais. Modern Family star Ty Burrell and Tina Fey also star in the film opening March 21, 2014.

Disney released updates on a few of its other upcoming films Thursday. Read on for the latest on Into the Woods, Saving Mr. Banks, and more.

Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Tony-winning musical Into the Woods has been set for a Dec. 25, 2014 release. Among the actors attached to the project are Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Another musical is also set to open that Christmas Day: Into the Woods will go up against Jay-Z’s update on Annie, starring young Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis at the box office. Last year saw a successful Dec. 25 opening for Les Misèrables.

Saving Mr. Banks, which depicts the making of Mary Poppins and stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself, will now be in some theaters a little earlier than originally planned. The film will keep its Dec. 20, 2013 wide release date but will start rolling out with a limited release a week prior, on Dec. 13, 2013 (the same day The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens).

Tomorrowland, the mysterious project being directed by Brad Bird, has changed its release date by one week. The movie, co-written by Damon Lindelof and EW’s own Jeff Jensen, will open on Dec. 12, 2014 instead of a Dec. 19, 2014. That gets Tomorrowland in theaters ahead of the final Hobbit film, which opens on Wednesday, Dec. 17 that year.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, an adaptation of the children’s book of the same title, now has a release date of Oct. 10, 2014. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner will star.

• Upcoming animated film Planes has taken off in a way no one initially expected. It was originally bound for a direct-to-DVD release, but Disney announced late last year that it would get a theater release on Aug. 9, 2013. Now the House of Mouse is announcing a sequel for the project, called Planes: Fire and Rescue, which will open July 18, 2014.

Steven Spielberg- and Oprah Winfrey-produced book adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey also got a release date: Aug. 8, 2014. The movie is about an Indian boy living in France who becomes the culinary apprentice to his father’s rival.

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