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Amazon celebrates theaters, previews Haynes' 'Wonderstruck'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/31/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
Charlie Hunnam, right, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," interacts onstage with Bob Berney, head of marketing and distribution for Amazon Studios, during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Charlie Hunnam, right, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," interacts onstage with Bob Berney, head of marketing and distribution for Amazon Studios, during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon Studios might have a streaming component, but executives say the company is fully committed to the theatrical experience.

John Cena, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Wall," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Cena, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Wall," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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.

Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"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."

John Cena, right, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Wall," arrives onstage as Bob Berney, head of distribution and marketing for Amazon Studios, looks on during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Cena, right, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Wall," arrives onstage as Bob Berney, head of distribution and marketing for Amazon Studios, looks on during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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."

Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Lost City of Z," discusses the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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 "Pete's Dragon's" Oakes Fegley. The film is set for release sometime this year.

Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," are introduced onstage during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," are introduced onstage during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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.

Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer and cast member in the upcoming film "The Big Sick," passes out bags of popcorn and candy to guests at the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer and cast member in the upcoming film "The Big Sick," passes out bags of popcorn and candy to guests at the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The studio also showed a preview of the Mike White-directed "Brad's Status" starring Ben Stiller in a dramatic turn and the John Cena war pic "The Wall" from "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman.

Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," discuss the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," discuss the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Its next release is "Lost City of Z" on April 14 from lyrical filmmaker James Gray. Starring Charlie Hunnam, "Lost City of Z" is a spiritual adventure film about an explorer obsessed with a city he discovered on an expedition.

Emily Gordon, left, and her husband Kumail Nanjiani, co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," watch footage from the film onstage during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Emily Gordon, left, and her husband Kumail Nanjiani, co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," watch footage from the film onstage during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Hunnam was on site to talk about the arduous jungle shoot and the beetle that crawled into his ear one night during production. The actor also passed out candy to the audience in crowded ballroom at Caesar's Palace along with Kumail Nanjiani, whose rom-com "The Big Sick" launches on June 23.

Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," discuss the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon, the co-writers of the upcoming film "The Big Sick," discuss the film during the Amazon Studios presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nanjiani also stars in the film. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Amazon's marketing head Bob Berney also announced that Terry Gilliam's long-time-coming "Don Quixote" is currently in production with Adam Driver.

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