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Bad Times at The El Royale (2018)

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  “Bad Times at the El Royale” trailer debut reveals an intense, sexy and dangerous night at a hotel full of secrets and mystery that features an all-star studded cast including Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Nick Offerman. 


                Directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin at the Woods), “Bad Times at the El Royale” follows seven strangers, all with secrets they have to bury who meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale – a rundown hotel with a dark past.  Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.


                “Drew Goddard has assembled a lobby full of amazing characters in his storied El Royale Hotel and I cannot wait for audiences to meet these truly unique folks and learn who they are and uncover what makes each of them tick. It will almost certainly not be what it is expected to be and that is a lot of the fun of the film.  It is character driven in the best sense,” shares producer Jeremy Latcham.  “When Drew Goddard first introduced me to the world he was creating for the film, I knew it was going to be unlike anything that I had ever have seen on screen before.  Drew’s vision for the hotel and the characters was incredibly clear from the first time I discussed it with him and it was a pleasure helping him bring it to life.  Drew has an undeniable sense of purpose and vision and, as a producer, that makes my job a lot of fun.  We get to spend our time making the best version of the movie instead of trying to discover what the movie is. That sort of vision when it comes to storytelling is hard to find and it hopefully makes for a film that is defined by bold choices.”


                “Delightful performances and incredible dialogue are really at the center of the movie.  With a cast led by Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo and with Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm and Dakota Johnson all turning in incredible supporting performances, the movie really is showcase for cool and fresh performances.”


                “The music is a huge element of the film as well.  The stylishness of the trailer is a great representation of the tone and the mood of the film.  The late 1960s was a tumultuous time filled with incredible music and we capture both of those elements in the film,” enthuses Latcham


                “Bad Times at the El Royale” opens October 17 in PH cinemas from 20th Century Fox.  


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                   Drew Goddard, known for his string of highly-successful and acclaimed feature films and series (“Cabin in the Woods,” “The Martian,” “Lost” TV series) helms the latest mystery thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” set at the backdrop of 60’s retro cool style.  

                   The movie’s latest official trailer drop at Youtube 20thcenturyfoxph and Facebook 20th Century Fox (Philippines) reveals a multi-generational ensemble cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman and Cailee Spaeney. “Bad Times at the El Royale” leads the audience to these seven strangers, all of whom have dark shady pasts that begin to intersect at the legendary hotel in Lake Tahoe where they all meet and are offered one last shot at redemption before the inevitable hellish fate happens


    “Bad Times at the El Royale” will open November 21 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.


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                    Stars collide in the upcoming R-rated intense crime drama “Bad Times at the El Royale” featuring the director’s (Drew Goddard) dream cast composed of Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Tony® Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Broadway’s The Color Purple), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades trilogy), Emmy® Award-winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes), and  Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Infinity War).


                    In “Bad Times at the El Royale”,  seven very different but equally lost souls converge on the El Royale, a once-glorious resort that has since fallen—like its visitors—into disrepute. Situated on the border between California and Nevada, the El Royale offers warmth and sunshine to the west; hope and opportunity to the east. It also straddles the colliding worlds of past and present. Once the hotspot of Tahoe, where the country’s most famous celebrities and politicians comingled in and around the resort’s casino, bar, bungalows and pool, the good times have now come to a close.


                    At the El Royale, where the shine has faded from its lobby and the laughter fallen silent, gather Father Daniel Flynn (Bridges), soul singer Darlene Sweet (Erivo), traveling salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Hamm), hippie Emily Summerspring (Johnson), her sister Rose (Spaeny), manager Miles Miller (Pullman) and the enigmatic Billy Lee (Hemsworth).  Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. 


                    “I wanted to work with my dream cast,” says writer-director Drew Goddard, “so I knew I had to create a document that would attract them. I had moments where I would look at Jeff and Cynthia and Chris, Jon, Dakota, just sit and look at all these heavyweights and think, how did I get here? I don’t understand how I got to be so lucky. It was never lost on me how special it was.”

                    Bad Times at the El Royale, says Goddard, “was very much the definition of a passion project. I wrote it for myself. I’d been working on a lot of big-budget films (The Martian, World War Z), things that had a lot of pre-vis and complicated visual effects, and I was complaining to my wife one night.  So I challenged myself to create a construct where you have several people in a confined space. How do you make that interesting? How do you turn the story even though most of it takes place in the same location? How do you change that location over the course of one night? All these questions make it hard but really fun to write. And also I just love hotels. I love how they are this place where people come together for a very brief period of time and have these encounters. I wanted to explore this idea that one night in one hotel can change everyone’s life.”

                    Rated R-16 by the MTRCB, “Bad Times at the El Royale” opens November 21 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox. 

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                    Beneath the sexiness, glitz and glamour is paranoia in the riveting mystery thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” set in the tumultuous 1960s, directed and written by blockbuster filmmaker Drew Goddard (The Martian, World War Z) that also stars a powerhouse cast composed of Chris Hemsworth, Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges, Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman, Dakota Johnson, Cailee Spaeny and Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm.


                    Set in the late 60s, the ingenious plot revolves around seven strangers with dark secrets, who cross paths at a rundown hotel right on the border of Nevada and California. Over the course of one fateful night, the lives of these individuals become entangled, as mysterious and shocking events unfold. Everyone at the hotel El Royale has something to hide and it is impossible to know who to trust.


                    Chris Hemsworth had worked with Goddard before and was already a huge fan, but even so, says Hemsworth, the script “is one of the best things I’ve ever read. It is fresh, unique, full of drama and sinister humor, complex and layered. The chaos just builds and builds and becomes this house of cards that all goes very pear-shaped. It’s wildly unpredictable and intense.”


                    One of the most interesting challenges for costume designer Danny Glicker was dressing Chris Hemsworth’s maniacal cult leader. “The idea was to really find an outfit that expresses the kind of effortless sensuality he projects to get what he wants. The shirt he’s wearing has hand embroidery all over it and really represents the efforts of his followers – because he’s not doing the embroidery, they’re doing it.”          


                    As, of course, is his character. “I didn’t think I’d have that much fun,” laughs Hemsworth. “I’ve spent a lot of my career playing the hero, and there are certain rules that they have to stick by, and so it becomes predictable. So to be able to be unpredictable, to keep the audience guessing, was surprisingly enjoyable.”


                    Several of the main characters, says Goddard, represent 60s archetypes. “There is the tradition of the lounge singer, the priest, the vacuum cleaner salesman, the concierge and the dark outlaw with a mysterious past. It was very important to me to explore those archetypes as actual people, rather than as storytelling devices. I liked the idea of seeing them standing in the lobby together and I let the story progress from there,” says Goddard, adding that he can’t reveal more about his intriguing story.


                    Strictly for 16 years old and above, “Bad Times at the El Royale” opens November 21 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.  

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