Release Dates: 'The Dictator' Dodges 'Dark Shadows' and Disney Books Angelina Jolie for 'Maleficent'

A couple of major movies are jockeying for position on Hollywood release schedule. Grab a pencil and be sure to adjust your calendars accordingly. 
Paramount, for starters, has moved Larry Charles’ The Dictator – with Sacha Baron Cohen as a ruthless despot – from Friday, May 11 to Wednesday, May 16, according to Deadline. The site argues that Dictator wanted to create some distance between itself and Tim Burton’s planned Dark Shadows, which appears more comedic than people might have thought prior to that first trailer. 
But now that both comedies are going to be coming into the marketplace (and competing with the no-doubt powerful The Avengers), Paramount probably thought it best to separate the titles, give each some breathing room, and hopefully make it a productive 10-day span for both studios. So if you are looking forward to Baron Cohen’s latest docu-comedy shenanigans, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.    
If you are anxious to see Angelina Jolie as the evil Maleficent … well, your wait is going to be slightly longer than that. 
The Walt Disney Studios revealed that the live-action take on the classic Sleeping Beauty villain will reach theaters on March 14, 2014. Academy Award-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland) will direct from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland). 
Maleficent casts Jolie in the title role, exploring the past of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic. It sounds like its taking a cue from the Broadway smash Wicked, which imagined the Wicked Witch of the West through different eyes.
Either way, it’s a long way off, so be patient. 
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