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first_img Aww, our little Amazon Studios is all grown up.The upcoming release of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel puts the film-and-television subsidiary one step closer to becoming a full-fledged movie studio.As reported by Variety, Amazon will release Allen’s latest Oscar contender in December—without a distribution partner.Launched in late 2010, Amazon’s digital video streaming service has bought and produced several films, including Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea, and this year’s Jenny Slate-led comedy Landline.But the company, unlike competitor Netflix, has always relied on independent studios—Bleecker Street, Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate—for theatrical releases.Casey Affleck in Amazon Studios-produced “Manchester by the Sea” (via Amazon)In the two years since Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq opened, Amazon has attracted some big names: Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey (Elvis & Nixon), Jim Jarmusch and Adam Driver (Paterson); Tilda Swinton, Steve Carell, Terry Gilliam, Charlize Theron, and more are on its to-do list for 2017 and ’18.And while some Netflix movies receive limited theatrical runs (typically to qualify for the Oscars, as was the case with Beasts of No Nation), productions are still simultaneously released online—providing subscribers little incentive to get off the couch, put on pants, and pay for a ticket.Much to the chagrin of Christopher Nolan, who recently told IndieWire where Netflix’s digital distribution can go shove itself.“They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation,” the Dunkirk director said. “So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”Amazon, meanwhile, is “very clearly happy to not make that same mistake,” Nolan added, tipping his hat to the company’s 90-day theatrical window as “a perfectly usable model.”That model now comes with all the services tradition film studios offer, from financing to production to cinema delivery.Woody Allen in “Crisis in Six Scenes” (via Amazon)Allen, who previously partnered with Amazon for 2016’s critically panned Crisis in Six Scenes TV series (above), returns with Wonder Wheel, about carousel operator Jim Belushi and wife Kate Winslet, who are visited by their estranged daughter Juno Temple; Justin Timberlake and Debi Mazar also star. The movie is expected for digital release on Prime Video following its theatrical run.Other upcoming Amazon releases include Suspiria (Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz), The Wall (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena), and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck (Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams).Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, and Pierce Brosnan star in next month’s The Only Living Boy in New York, while the Richard Linklater-helmed Last Flag Flying—rumored to be self-distributed, but actually released with a studio partner—comes out Nov. 17.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on targetlast_img read more