The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Jeff Bridges breaks down his extensive career on the big screen, from earlier films like TRON to the Coen Brothers favorite The Big Lebowski. Plus, watch a retrospective on the 1993 sci-fi action thriller Demolition Man, and Matthew Broderick stars in a Sully musical over on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read More »
Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult. Crooked paths collide in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s hospitality crossroads. Drifters clutch onto secrets – in addition to the hotel’s own chequered history – and that’s expected, but buildup material is often more exciting than any elongated payoff. For a twisty border-straddling government conspiracy thriller, Goddard plays it a wee bit safe. Maybe another character stereotype or two could have livened the party up? As is, unsavory room renters are mere vessels for Vietnam war rhetoric and an inevitable gyration by virtue of Chris Hemsworth’s always-unbuttoned Abercrombie model look.
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It’s clear from the trailers so far that Bad Times at the El Royale is going to be loaded with twists and surprises. A new Bad Times at the El Royale plays the mystery factory up considerably, as the cast and crew vaguely talk about how wild and crazy everything is…without giving anything away. Watch the Bad Times at the El Royale featurette below.
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In June, I visited Lake Tahoe, California to attend an early press day for Bad Times at the El Royale, a new crime thriller from writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). That’s the setting for the new film, a mystery that unfolds in 1969 and centers on a run-down motel on the state line between California and Nevada. That duality is an integral part of the movie – characters aren’t always what they seem, and their shaky allegiances can switch sides in an instant when things go wrong (and naturally, things go very wrong).
During the junket, I jumped in a small boat and was taxied out to a yacht on Lake Tahoe, where I interviewed Goddard about why surveillance plays a large part in his movies, how he makes movies that reveal more layers on multiple viewings, and more. I also had the chance to speak with stars Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Jeff Bridges about the details in Goddard’s script, how the setting informed their physicality, and a lot more. Read More »
Drew Goddard gives new meaning to the term “hotel horror stories” with the trailer for his stylish new thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale.
The Cabin in the Woods director’s latest film features a frequently shirtless, sometimes wet, Chris Hemsworth as a cult leader who descends upon a strange novelty hotel and its unsuspecting guests, played by Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Cynthia Erivo. Now, a new Bad Times at the El Royale trailer invites us in to be part of the whole star-studded affair.
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Fox has set some new release dates for two of their films: the stylish Bad Times at the El Royale, and the Amy Adams-starring The Woman in the Window. Bad Times has moved back a week, and Woman in the Window will arrive in October 2019.
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Cynthia Erivo is on the rise, and she’s about to have one hell of a Fall. The British actress/singer is set to appear opposite Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, and more in Steve McQueen’s gritty heist film Widows in November, but first, she’ll make her big screen debut in Bad Times at the El Royale, a 1960s-set crime drama written and directed by Drew Goddard that features a fantastic ensemble cast of its own.
Erivo, who recently made a big splash on Broadway in The Color Purple, puts her singing voice to good use in Bad Times by playing a soul singer named Darlene Sweet. During an early press event for the film this week, I spoke with her about her character’s relationship with Jeff Bridges’ duplicitous priest character, how the cast’s dynamics change as the movie hurtles toward its conclusion, and more. Check out some highlights from our chat below. Read More »
It’s 1969, and seven strangers are about to check in to the El Royale, a run-down hotel that previously served as a hotspot for A-list celebrities and politicians. But things aren’t what they seem, and both the El Royale and its guests are hiding some dangerous secrets.
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new batch of Bad Times at the El Royale character posters to tease the movie’s release this fall. Check them out below.
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After making a splashy directorial debut with the subversive horror film The Cabin in the Woods, not much had been heard from Drew Goddard. The longtime Joss Whedon collaborator dabbled in TV (Daredevil), and wrote some Oscar-nominated screenplays (The Martian), but he didn’t yet give fans what they wanted: his second feature film. Now, six years later, he finally unleashes Bad Times at the El Royale, and boy, does it looks like he’ll deliver.
Reuniting with his Cabin in the Woods star Chris Hemsworth, Goddard gives us a deliciously sinister horror-tinged noir, which follows a group of seven strangers who are about to experience a night of unsuspected mayhem at a strange, rundown hotel. You can watch the new red band trailer (and a tamer green band version) below.
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Iron Man kicked off Marvel’s current period of blockbuster movie domination, and it couldn’t have been done without the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr.‘s reformed genius superhero Tony Stark and his mentor-turned-foe Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges).
Though the third act of the film arguably leaves much to be desired, it’s hard to imagine Iron Man without Bridges. It’s common knowledge that the Mandarin was in an early draft of the first Iron Man before being scrapped and brought back for Iron Man 3. But Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has revealed that Obadiah Stane and Mandarin shared Big Bad duties in early scripts, before the decision was made to strengthen Bridges’ role.
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