George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ Pushed to 2014

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The Oscar hopeful about a group saving art from the Nazis had been set for a Dec. 18 release

Sony has pushed George Clooney‘s World War II drama “The Monuments Men” to 2014, the studio said late Tuesday.

It had been set to roll out on Dec. 18, but a release early next year is now the target. On its original date, it would have gone up against the Paramount comedy “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” and the Fox family adventure “Walking With Dinosaurs.”

Part of the reason for the delay is that the  visual effects were not going to be completed in time, according to the L.A Times, which first reported the date change. But in a year already jammed with Academy Awards-worthy performances — and two months of hopefuls yet to unspool — Sony would be forgiven for simply deciding that it was just too crowded.

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The film, directed by Clooney and co-written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, is based on the true story about a group of men who were recruited to save priceless artworks before they could be destroyed by the Nazis in the final days of World War II.

In addition to Clooney, its cast includes Oscar winners Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin, as well as Bill Murray and John Goodman.