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Everything We Know About Amazon’s Drama ‘The Romanoffs’

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. Another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now “The Romanoffs” creator Matthew Weiner faces a sexual harassment allegation. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, told her one night while working on a script that “he said she owed it to him to let him see her naked.”

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Gordon’s accusation stands alone, but in the current environment that sees new accusers daily — and the falls from grace that often follow, including that of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, who greenlit “The Romanoffs” — it’s reasonable to examine the program’s current position at the company.

Weiner, of course. changed TV history with “Mad Men” and “The Romanoffs” is intended as a crown jewel of Amazon’s TV lineup. Also: Its eight episodes have been in production (in New York and Toronto) since late August.

Stopping production would seem very unlikely. Not only would Amazon lose millions on the episodes already in the can, it would also put an entire cast and crew out of work.

Like “Mad Men,” this new show is Weiner’s vision, and he is directing every episode of the anthology series. “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary series about people who are believed to be the descendants of the Romanoff family that ruled Russia until Communism.

Stars who have signed on for “The Romanoffs” include Christina Hendricks, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Paul Reiser, Corey Stoll, John Slattery, Andrew Rannells, Janet Montgomery, Aaron Eckhart, and Isabelle Huppert. Semi Chellas is the writer and executive producer along with Weiner.

Amazon Studios is now the sole producer on “The Romanoffs.” Presuming that Amazon leaves the series as is, the allegation could pressure the streaming service to give extra-close assessment of its performance, even before it airs.  As Amazon has already made clear, it’s determined to press “restart” on its programming operations in the wake of Price’s departure.

Source:  IndieWire

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Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Sets Creative Team

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has filled out the creative team for his return to series television, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs.”

Produced by The Wenstein Company, “The Romanoffs” has added executive producer and writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”); co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”), and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”); and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”) and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”).

In addition, the series has added director of photography Chris Manley (“Mad Men”); costume designers Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”) and Wendy Chuck (“Spotlight”); production designers Henry Dunn (“Mad Men”) and Christopher Brown (“Mad Men;); Hair and make-up heads Theraesa Rivers (“Mad Men”) and Lana Horochowski (“Mad Men”); and casting directors Carrie Audino (“Mad Men”), Laura Schiff (“Mad Men”), and Kendra Clark (“Mad Men”).

“The Romanoffs” will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.

Weiner will direct all eight episodes. The cast includes Aaron Eckhart, “Mad Men” alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, and Marthe Keller. Harvey Weinstein also serve as executive producer.

Source: Variety

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Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ at Amazon

Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of Matthew Weiner’s upcoming Amazon drama “The Romanoffs,” Variety has learned.

The new series will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.

Eckhart has primarily worked in film throughout his career, having appeared in high-profile projects like “The Dark Knight,” Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” opposite Tom Hanks, “Bleed for This” opposite Miles Teller, and the action films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” He has also starred in “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Rum Diary,” and “Erin Brockovich.” He is repped by CAA.

Eckhart is the latest addition to the cast of the series from the “Mad Men” creator. “Mad Men” alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will also appear, along with Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert, “Boardwalk Empire” alum Jack Huston, “Togetherness” alum Amanda Peet, and Golden Globe nominee Marthe Keller.

“The Romanoffs” will be directed entirely by Weiner, who also serves as an executive producer and writer. Semi Chellas, Harvey Weinstein, and David Glasser will also executive produce. The Weinstein Company will produce in association with Amazon Studios. The series will debut on Prime Video next year.

Source: Variety

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Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series

Aaron Eckhart is headed to television.

The Dark Knight actor has been cast as a guest star in Matthew Weiner’s Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs, about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. He’ll join the previously announced cast, which includes Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) and Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

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Co-produced by Weinstein Television, The Romanoffs is an hourlong contemporary anthology set around the globe that is being written, directed and executive produced by Mad Men creator Weiner. has added Aaron Eckhart (Sully) to its slate of guest stars joining the series. Eckhart was most recently seen opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s Sully and in Bleed for This with Miles Teller.

Eckhart garnered attention as the love interest of Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich but it was his portrayal of a love-scorned man in Neil LaBute’s controversial film In the Company of Men that drew him critical praise. Eckhart has won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his starring role in Jason Reitman’s directorial debut Thank You for Smoking. Other film credits include The Rum Diary, The Pledge, Any Given Sunday, Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen.

Eckhart is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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‘Breakthrough’ Season Two Announced for Nat Geo Series – w/ Aaron Eckhart narrating episode 5 on May 30th

National Geographic Channel  – Breakthrough is coming back. This week, National Geographic Channel announced season two of the TV series will debut in May.

From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the docuseries “shines a light on the world’s leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond. Season two will feature Chris Pine, Aaron Eckhart, and JK Simmons as narrators.

The new season of Breakthrough is slated to premiere on May 2nd at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

From National Geographic Channel:

Breakthrough: Predicting the Future Director: Shane Carruth and Kurt Sayenga || Narrator: Aaron Eckhart Premieres: Tuesday, May 30, at 10/9c One of mankind’s oldest fantasies is having the ability to see into the future. Once, we looked to seers like Nostradamus; now we look to statisticians like Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight. Silver relies on data and a solid knowledge of probability – knowledge he gained from years of playing poker. But he may be the last of his breed. Increasingly, when we want to see the future, we turn to big data and computers powered by a new form of artificial intelligence called Deep Learning Neural Networks. This technology is quietly, but quickly, transforming how we live, work and think. To Bill Lapenta, the director of NOAA’s nine weather prediction centers, it’s a revolutionary tool in the never-ending quest to accurately forecast the weather. For Rutgers University, professor Joel Caplan and the Atlantic City Police Department, it’s the power behind “predictive policing” software that predicts what areas will become hot spots for crime. Deep Learning Neural Networks give Harvard University professor Pavlos Protopapas the ability to predict the path of every asteroid in space that could potentially hit the earth and wipe out the human race. But, warns Dr. Eric Siegel, for all of its potential for good, this technology can easily be turned against us, creating a world where your every move is calculated, and no mistake is forgiven.

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