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Amazon gives sneak peek of new releases

Apr 01,2017
Amazon Studios might have a streaming component, but executives say the company is fully committed to the theatrical experience.

The young studio in its second year at CinemaCon, an annual gathering of theater owners and exhibitors, reiterated its commitment to preserving the theatrical window Thursday and previewed its upcoming slate of releases. Amazon’s streaming and original content competitor, Netflix, did not present at CinemaCon.

“Our customers love great movies and great movies play in theaters,” said Amazon executive Jason Ropell. “We really believe in the theatrical experience by fully supporting the theatrical window for our releases.”

Last year at CinemaCon, Amazon was a new studio, timidly dipping its toes into the waters alongside the biggest studios in Hollywood. This year, it came back with swagger and a story, boasting Oscar wins for “Manchester by the Sea” and “The Salesman.”

One of its most highly anticipated is Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” a fanciful coming of age drama set in 1927 and 1977 and starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Oakes Fegley. The film is set for release sometime this year.

Amazon plans at least 15 releases again this year, concentrating on filmmaker-driven projects like Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” about Vietnam vets played by Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne who reunite years later around a death. AP