Newswire: Amazon is getting into the movie business

Boosted both by its recent Golden Globe wins—a first for the fledgling online studio—and the fact that it has Woody Allen’s number saved in its phone, Amazon has announced that it’s getting into the movie business. “If you can’t run with the big dogs, you better stay on the porch,” the studio presumably said, peering over the top of its sunglasses and scrolling through its Twitter mentions.

Amazon’s plan is to release up to a dozen feature films a year, all of which will premiere on the streaming service shortly after an initial theatrical release. New Amazon Original Movies creative chief Ted Hope says the plan will revolutionize movie distribution, telling Deadline, “Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just four …

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