2nd Oct 2018 - 'The Romanoffs' Amazon Prime World Premiere

October 2nd, 2018.

With barely a week to go til London Film Festival, London often doesn’t have a lot of premieres. But Amazon has money, and influence, and the Curzon Mayfair is mosttimes just sitting there, lonely, with nothing to do…. and it was a Tuesday.

Here’s how it went down:

“Romanoffs? Sounds Swedish….” ”Don’t you mean Russian, Jeff?” ”I don’t go in for easy stereotyping, Barry”

“Romanoffs? Sounds Swedish….”
”Don’t you mean Russian, Jeff?”
”I don’t go in for easy stereotyping, Barry”

Apparently it’s an eight-part anthology series, and the cast listing across those eight episodes is amazing. But I’ve had a look at The List, and in terms of quantity it’s perhaps slightly less amazing.

Apparently it’s an eight-part anthology series, and the cast listing across those eight episodes is amazing. But I’ve had a look at The List, and in terms of quantity it’s perhaps slightly less amazing.

I think the List for this event ran to more than two pages, however only six faces corresponded to people in The Romanoffs. A pity for fans of Aaron Eckhart, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, Paul Reiser, Diane Lane…. and so on. As for the others on The List? A weird assortment. Three names in particular. And of those, one turned up. More on that later.

I think the List for this event ran to more than two pages, however only six faces corresponded to people in The Romanoffs. A pity for fans of Aaron Eckhart, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, Paul Reiser, Diane Lane…. and so on. As for the others on The List? A weird assortment. Three names in particular. And of those, one turned up. More on that later.

“Of course I gotta do my hair. What if John Hamm from “Baby Driver” shows up? What if Tony Shalhoub from “Monk” shows up. I don’t care what the odds against it are, Trevor. I gotta be prepared”.  Batman once said if there’s even a 1% chance Superman is evil, we have to take it as an absolute certainty. I wanna tattoo that on the forehead of the CEO of my train company.

“Of course I gotta do my hair. What if John Hamm from “Baby Driver” shows up? What if Tony Shalhoub from “Monk” shows up. I don’t care what the odds against it are, Trevor. I gotta be prepared”. Batman once said if there’s even a 1% chance Superman is evil, we have to take it as an absolute certainty. I wanna tattoo that on the forehead of the CEO of my train company.

“I’m not 3 years late for the Back to the Future anniversary bandwagon, Joe. I’m SEVEN YEARS EARLY. Yeah… you heard me”

“I’m not 3 years late for the Back to the Future anniversary bandwagon, Joe. I’m SEVEN YEARS EARLY. Yeah… you heard me”

“If the beam of light was just a few centimetres to the side, it’d be a sign of true love. But those centimetres are important. I mean… you know what I mean.”  And this is why I lurk mostly in shadows.

“If the beam of light was just a few centimetres to the side, it’d be a sign of true love. But those centimetres are important. I mean… you know what I mean.” And this is why I lurk mostly in shadows.

Sniffed my bag. Didn’t judge me on the Pentax inside it.

Sniffed my bag. Didn’t judge me on the Pentax inside it.

Jing Lusi is best known for being in “Crazy Rich Asians”, which had a premiere(ish) launch I missed in favour of another, better event. She’s also in this movie (per the attendee list) but oddly I don’t see her in the imdb.com cast entry?

Jing Lusi is best known for being in “Crazy Rich Asians”, which had a premiere(ish) launch I missed in favour of another, better event. She’s also in this movie (per the attendee list) but oddly I don’t see her in the imdb.com cast entry?

Not one but THREE starbursts. I’m happy with that.

Not one but THREE starbursts. I’m happy with that.

“You came here for starbursts?”  - Adele Anderson also scores the rare double of “On The List As A Cast Member But Not On The Imdb Page”. I mean… I’ve had a credited role in an ABC Australia miniseries and that’s not imdb, so I know it’s possible.

“You came here for starbursts?” - Adele Anderson also scores the rare double of “On The List As A Cast Member But Not On The Imdb Page”. I mean… I’ve had a credited role in an ABC Australia miniseries and that’s not imdb, so I know it’s possible.

“Jing Lusi and Adele Anderson are amateurs”  - get excited, because Ines Melab’s imdb entry is a SHADOW DEFAULT IMAGE without a SINGLE CREDIT. But she’s On The List, and the Shirt is Fantastic. (And her agent needs to get onto imdb, STAT)

“Jing Lusi and Adele Anderson are amateurs” - get excited, because Ines Melab’s imdb entry is a SHADOW DEFAULT IMAGE without a SINGLE CREDIT. But she’s On The List, and the Shirt is Fantastic. (And her agent needs to get onto imdb, STAT)

“Is there any chance I can lose some of imdb credits? I feel like incognito mode should be an option” …. Hugh Skinner is most recently from    “MammaMia! Here We Go Again”, whose world premiere    he also attended.

“Is there any chance I can lose some of imdb credits? I feel like incognito mode should be an option”…. Hugh Skinner is most recently from “MammaMia! Here We Go Again”, whose world premiere he also attended.

“Admit it : all of you say you haven’t seen the movie, but your wives and girlfriends dragged you to go see it so you did” . There’s no shame in that. Not much, anyway.

“Admit it : all of you say you haven’t seen the movie, but your wives and girlfriends dragged you to go see it so you did”. There’s no shame in that. Not much, anyway.

It’s John Hamm! His attendance at this premiere was not foretold by The List as such, but The Romanoffs’ writer is the NINE-TIME Emmy Award winning writer of Mad Men and The Sopranos, Matthew Weiner.

It’s John Hamm! His attendance at this premiere was not foretold by The List as such, but The Romanoffs’ writer is the NINE-TIME Emmy Award winning writer of Mad Men and The Sopranos, Matthew Weiner.

“And so I said… ‘you’ll never be able to caption this photo’… which is way, way Meta but I think it still works”

“And so I said… ‘you’ll never be able to caption this photo’… which is way, way Meta but I think it still works”

“I wasn’t just in Baby Driver and Mad Men, you know…..”  John Hamm’s imdb entry is indeed more than the sum of those parts. For instance, he was the awesomely named “Herb Overkill” i the animated “Minions” movie

“I wasn’t just in Baby Driver and Mad Men, you know…..” John Hamm’s imdb entry is indeed more than the sum of those parts. For instance, he was the awesomely named “Herb Overkill” i the animated “Minions” movie

“I don’t know no John Hamm…. I don’t wanna no about no John Hamm… I don’t wanna no about nothing.”  Tough call. But it’s a call that can be made.

“I don’t know no John Hamm…. I don’t wanna no about no John Hamm… I don’t wanna no about nothing.” Tough call. But it’s a call that can be made.

Marthe Keller’s imdb entry dates back to 1965, but it’s long and it’s late and so all I can say is that the shortest title entry on that imdb entry is “K” (1997)

Marthe Keller’s imdb entry dates back to 1965, but it’s long and it’s late and so all I can say is that the shortest title entry on that imdb entry is “K” (1997)

“It’s not that “K” is the shortest, but did you know that the second shortest is “UV” (2007)? Isn’t that weird?”  It’s certainly factually true.

“It’s not that “K” is the shortest, but did you know that the second shortest is “UV” (2007)? Isn’t that weird?” It’s certainly factually true.

“Well, the nine emmies are all as special as each other. But that one Bafta….”  - it was for Mad Men. The Emmies are split between Mad Men and The Sopranos.

“Well, the nine emmies are all as special as each other. But that one Bafta….” - it was for Mad Men. The Emmies are split between Mad Men and The Sopranos.

“Aww… come on. You guys can’t give me a SINGLE lens flare like you did earlier? I WROTE this thing, you know??”

“Aww… come on. You guys can’t give me a SINGLE lens flare like you did earlier? I WROTE this thing, you know??”

Don’t know who this is. Looked important. And I’ll stand by the call until I’m made to make an alternative call.

Don’t know who this is. Looked important. And I’ll stand by the call until I’m made to make an alternative call.

“And you guys are from….. ?” ”This series, dude” ”Oh. Right”  Lady in background looks rivetted.

“And you guys are from….. ?”
”This series, dude”
”Oh. Right”

Lady in background looks rivetted.

“No imdb credits? Me either!” ”No imdb PICTURE? Woah!”

“No imdb credits? Me either!”
”No imdb PICTURE? Woah!”

“Wait… you’re all in that Romanoffs show too?!”

“Wait… you’re all in that Romanoffs show too?!”

BONUS SECTION : Three stars from an entirely different series (possibly “coincidentally” also from Amazon Prime) attended the premiere. Was it a second premiere, for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” ? Probably not… but here’s a slice:

“Admit it… you’re wondering how you didn’t recognise me”  Marin Hinkle wasn’t just in one but EIGHTY FOUR episodes of Two And A Half Men.

“Admit it… you’re wondering how you didn’t recognise me” Marin Hinkle wasn’t just in one but EIGHTY FOUR episodes of Two And A Half Men.

It’s Tony Shalhoub!!! I really liked the TV Series “Monk” (from back in the days I still watched TV) - but he was also the voice of Splinter in the more recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, and the voice of Luigi in the Disney/Pixar “Cars” films (go on.. google who he was. Google won’t remember.)

It’s Tony Shalhoub!!! I really liked the TV Series “Monk” (from back in the days I still watched TV) - but he was also the voice of Splinter in the more recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, and the voice of Luigi in the Disney/Pixar “Cars” films (go on.. google who he was. Google won’t remember.)

“They Call Me Mister Luigi”

“They Call Me Mister Luigi”

“Pose, baby! POSE! No, not for me with the camera, but for the mobile phone on my left. That guy clearly wants the photo more”  Rachel Brosnahan, contrary to what appears to be some pretty bad compositing, is actually at this premiere and has not merely been carelessly placed so as to hover just above the red carpet.

“Pose, baby! POSE! No, not for me with the camera, but for the mobile phone on my left. That guy clearly wants the photo more” Rachel Brosnahan, contrary to what appears to be some pretty bad compositing, is actually at this premiere and has not merely been carelessly placed so as to hover just above the red carpet.

“Let’s make him feel like he’s really missing out on A Moment. Giggle when I tell you…”

“Let’s make him feel like he’s really missing out on A Moment. Giggle when I tell you…”

Rachel Brosnathan’s imdb entry includes 19 episodes of “House of Cards” which along with “Mad Men” represents a clear 8 or 9 DVD box sets currently sitting in the minitable upon which my DVD player rests. I’ll get around to watching them one of these decades.

Rachel Brosnathan’s imdb entry includes 19 episodes of “House of Cards” which along with “Mad Men” represents a clear 8 or 9 DVD box sets currently sitting in the minitable upon which my DVD player rests. I’ll get around to watching them one of these decades.

“So if you could just digitally alter the sign above and behind us and make it look like it’s our event, that’d be appreciated” . While you’re at it could you remove that dude’s head from the foreground? It’s annoying me.

“So if you could just digitally alter the sign above and behind us and make it look like it’s our event, that’d be appreciated”. While you’re at it could you remove that dude’s head from the foreground? It’s annoying me.

So… that was that. It was actually a relatively low-stress and uncrowded event, which is kind of nice when it’s as well organised as this was. And the cast were friendly, interesting and most of them I’d never photographed before, which I like. It makes my Archive of Premieres more rich and varied. So….

…. until next time!

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