June 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

Amazon blocking pre-orders of 'The Lego Movie,' other Warner Bros. films in latest feud

Amazon.com Inc. isn’t accepting pre-orders for Warner Bros. movies on its website, the latest of the online retailer’s contract feuds to spill into public view.

Customers trying to pre-order films such as “The Lego Movie,” “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Winter’s Tale” are instead asked to sign up to be notified with the item becomes available. Digital downloads of the movies are available for purchase through Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon is already in a standoff with Hachette Book Group over e-book pricing in a tussle that will help determine whether publishers can gain any leverage against the world’s largest online retailer and biggest seller of e-books. To ratchet up the pressure on Hachette, Amazon started delaying shipments and blocking some book pre-orders — including big-name titles such as “The Silkworm,” J.K. Rowling’s new novel written under a pseudonym.

Keith Cocozza, a spokesman for New York-based Time Warner Inc., the owner of Warner Bros., declined to comment. Representatives for Seattle-based Amazon didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.