Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Reportedly Hired Private Firefighters To Protect Homes From Wildfires

The ongoing California fires are among the deadliest and most devastating in the state’s history. A reported 31 people have been killed by the flames, and several people have lost their homes and properties in the destruction — including actor Gerard Butler, as it was reported yesterday. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, however, have taken steps to assure their house remains safe from the ongoing devastation, as they have reportedly hired private firefighters to guard their $60 million house and keep out of harm’s way. Here’s what we know about Kim and Kanye’s fire prevention methods.

While private firefighters are not particularly common, they are not unheard of. According to Entertainment Tonight, they are owned and operated by private companies, and they make up 4.3 percent of the firefighting community. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West were reported to be several miles away from the flames, and the celebrity couple was allegedly stationed in Kendall Jenner’s house as these flames continued to soar into the air. Kendall Jenner was also allegedly in New York City at this time, and the model wasn’t at her house as the California fires continued their devastation.

It’s unclear how common private firefighters are. Given the high profile of both Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, however, it makes sense that they would have the financial resources to hire these trained professionals to report on the scene and alleviate the fires that threaten to burn their house to the ground. After all, a $60 million house don’t come along every other day, so they have a lot of money on the line if it were to tragically burn down.

In addition to Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Robin Thicke have all lost their homes as well during to the ongoing California fires. Each of these celebrities has spoken publicly about the matter, either on social media or elsewhere. Many of them commemorate the hard work and dedication of the firefighters, as well as the state officials who are doing everything they can to keep these fires safe and to prevent more destruction from arising.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West haven’t spoken publicly about their use of private firefighters, but they are believed to be safe and out of harm’s way, which is assuring. We hope the state of California is able to solve this ongoing problem as quickly and safely as possible as the fires continue to burn down several miles of properties.

It remains to be seen if if the Kardashians have any additional comments about the ongoing devastation in their area. We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest news in film, television, video games, pop culture and more right here at CinemaBlend.

New Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Is Action Packed And Stunning

Eyes have been wide and ready for Alita: Battle Angel. It was originally supposed to come out this past summer until it was pushed a holiday release, and then it ws pushed back once more to premiere on February 14, 2019. The sci-fi action epic based on the manga and anime also known as Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro about a female cyborg has been in development by James Cameron for over a decade. Past footage has introduced the post-apocalyptic world and the characters at the heart of the film, but in anticipation for its nearing release, it’s time to see get a closer look at just how much of a badass hero Alita really is. Take a look:

The new trailer from 20th Century Fox opens with Alita, a motion-capture character played by Rosa Salazar, sneaking out to jump on rooftops of Iron City to meet with Hugo (Keean Johnson). The pair have a young budding romance, though Alita struggles with her strikingly different look. Alita’s star-crossed love is wedged by her forgotten past that looks to soon catch up with her. She is found in a Scrapyard by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who reassembles her and tries to protect her from the dangerous world they live in.

The latest look at Alita: Battle Angel intrigues the audience about the stakes the heroine is being faced with as she swings between her human desires and her advanced robotic strength. The trailer has Alita taking on villains such as the hunter-warrior Zapan, played by Deadpool‘s Ed Skrein, and Scrapyard Businessman Vector, portrayed by Mahershala Ali, who orders her destruction. In between the confrontations with these characters, Alita is seen competing in the world’s brutal sport of Motorball, which looks to be an incredible action sequence. Alita delivers quite a few powerful lines in the preview as she asserts her strength.

Alita: Battle Angel is directed/co-written by Robert Rodriguez, best known for his stylized action films including Sin City, Desperado and Spy Kids. The film is co-written and produced by James Cameron, who originally hoped to helm the project before his Avatar sequels got in the way. The collaborators have created their shared vision of using motion-capture technology to give Alita those big anime-eyes, likely unavailable to them when Cameron first decided to take on the project.

The upcoming film includes a jam-packed supporting cast consisting of Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before breakout star Lana Condor. While it has seen quite a few release date changes, the film now sits comfortably on Valentine’s Day weekend with Rebel Wilson’s Isn’t it Romantic and Happy Death Day 2U opening beside Alita:Battle Angel on February 14, 2019. For fans of the ’90s anime or action-hungry moviegoers, Alita looks to be a heartwarming and electrifying upcoming release.

Marvel’s Vincent D’Onofrio Backpedals On Lex Luthor Comments

In the recently released Daredevil season 3 on Netflix, Vincent D’Onofrio once again proved why his Kingpin is one of, if not the greatest MCU villain. Seemingly in recognition of this, the actor was asked if he would be interested in playing another Marvel character, to which he responded that he wouldn’t, and would instead jump to DC and play Superman nemesis Lex Luthor. Now the actor has backpedaled a bit on those comments, as you can see below.

It seems like Vincent D’Onofrio didn’t quite realize that his simple hypothetical response to a fan question on Twitter would cause such excitement about something that isn’t actually happening. Those ignoring or not being made aware of the context of the tweet could have quickly fallen down the rabbit hole to ‘Vincent D’Onofrio Cast As Lex Luthor’ headlines. It appears Vincent D’Onofrio took it all in good fun, but perhaps thought it prudent to delete the tweet before such conclusions were jumped to.

In the digital age, especially on social media, what people say often gets taken out of context, so it makes sense that Vincent D’Onofrio backpedaled a bit so as not to allow a comment he probably didn’t put a lot of thought in to to get out of hand.

Even if Vincent D’Onofrio didn’t expect people to run with the idea of him as Lex Luthor, getting started on fan art and the like, it’s easy to see why the mere notion caused such excitement.

On Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk is everything you could want from a great comic book villain. He’s evil, terrifying and powerful, posing as much a mental threat as a physical one. But he’s also a complex and, at times, sympathetic character, with a difficult past and positive qualities like his unconditional love for Vanessa. Vincent D’Onofrio conveys all of this in his performance, making you both hate Fisk and feel sorry for him.

So needless to say, having an actor of his caliber play Lex Luthor, or any character for that, matter would be an easy thing to get behind. And since he’s also bald as the Kingpin, it makes it easy to imagine the actor playing the equally chrome-domed Lex Luthor.

Luthor and Fisk aren’t entirely dissimilar characters either. They are both at times public figures and pillars of the community; roles that mask their dastardly deeds as criminal masterminds. Lex Luthor isn’t traditionally the hulking brute that the Kingpin is, but Lex Luthor isn’t usually portrayed the way Jesse Eisenberg played him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice either.

That is perhaps part of what made Vincent D’Onofrio’s hypothetical so alluring to fans. With the status of Henry Cavill’s Superman unknown and really the DCEU as a whole in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t seem impossible that Superman and his archenemy Lex Luthor will be getting rebooted before long, at which point casting speculation would begin.

Personally, I’d just love to see more of Kingpin in Daredevil and ideally, on the big screen opposite characters like Spider-Man, allowing more people to see Vincent D’Onofrio’s brilliant performance as one of the MCU’s best villains. But those of you interested in seeing a big screen Kingpin are still in luck, as Liev Schreiber is voicing the character in the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Check out our Holiday Movie Guide to find out what you should see in the coming months and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest movie news.

Kevin Feige Loves That Marvel Fans Don’t Know The Eternals

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely a mystery, as Phase Three will conclude after the next two highly anticipated blockbuster. Marvel Studios changed it up by not revealing its future schedule, fearing that the movies and titles might spoil the events of the upcoming Avengers 4 movie. But one project that seems to be actively developing is the Eternals movie, focusing a set of Marvel characters that aren’t exactly household names.

But it turns out that The Eternals’ somewhat anonymity among casual fans is exactly what excited Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Since moviegoers didn’t grow up with that team of Earth’s defenders, the MCU can have a fresh perspective, and form them into fan favorites. As Feige tells it,

The man has a point. Moviegoers had no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy were before James Gunn’s 2014 movie arrived in theaters. That blockbuster still ended up breaking records at the box office, and the motley crew of superheroes quickly became fan favorites who were welcomed into the greater MCU with Avengers: Infinity War.

Kevin Feige’s comments to Bionic Buzz show how aware of the fans and general moviegoers’ perspective Marvel Studios is. The MCU has become larger than anyone could have anticipated, and the massive number of fans are wont to make their opinions known. So when the Eternals movie was announced, there were plenty of moviegoers who were confused. Who exactly are these guys, and do we need another team of heroes?

The Eternals have an interesting inception in the comics, created by the late Stan Lee‘s frequent collaborator Jack Kirby. They’re a fictional race that go all the way back to Earth’s creation, with The Celestials creating the group in order to protect the planet. It’s unclear if the same backstory will be used, especially as The Celestials were briefly introduced by Kurt Russel’s Ego The Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Marvel’s inclusion of The Eternals just shows how the shared universe as a whole is headed into space, and focusing on more cosmic stories. Guardians of the Galaxy helped to break that ground, with Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War further expanding the galaxy. Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to wait at least until Avengers 4 arrives in May to get any real information about the MCU’s future.

The next installment in the MCU will also take to the skies with Captain Marvel on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

What Scenes Dexter Fletcher Added To Bohemian Rhapsody After Bryan Singer Left

The journey to the screen was a long and arduous road for the recent Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. That didn’t cease when the film finally went into production. As the film faced some behind the scenes turmoil after Bryan Singer was fired from the project, Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher was brought in to finish production and, as is always the case, many are curious just what parts of the finished product are the work of which director. According to Joe Mazzello, who plays Queen bassist John Deacon in the film, While Fletcher came in at the end of the process of filming, most of his work can be found earlier in the movie. Mazello says…

Joe Mazzello says that, while losing Bryan Singer as director was “weird,” the cast worked with it as best they good. He also sings the praises of Dexter Flecher, saying that the new director had boundless energy, which rubbed off on the cast and made them excited to come to set.

It sounds, based on what Joe Mazzello says to EW, that Dexter Fletcher’s energy was used to infuse the film itself, as some of the film’s early playfulness was thanks to him. He doesn’t go into specifics about what scenes he’s talking about, but there is certainly a lot of early fun in Bohemian Rhapsody. From the moment that Freddie Mercury joins the bad Smile, there’s a bit of silliness as the lead singer has trouble with a mic stand and then forgets the words to a song, forcing him to improv the entire thing.

Pretty much every time we see the band interacting with each other as they become superstars, it’s fun. The interaction with a record executive played by Mike Myers, the retreat that resulted in the recording of the iconic A Night at the Opera album, there’s fun in all of it and it sounds like the second director may have been part of the reason.

It has to be difficult when a position as big as the director changes during production. While it’s not unheard of, it is a rare occurrence. While the majority of the filming of Bohemian Rhapsody had been completed, there were reportedly about two weeks left in principal photography, plus whatever reshoots were required later on. While the change could have been a serious problem, it seems like everything worked out about ass well as one could hope.

While Dexter Fletcher may have been responsible for some of the movie’s most fun moments, his work was not enough to result in a credit on Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer is the only credited director on the final film.

The Brutal History Of Rocky Fights Leading Into Creed II

With Creed II on the way, a decades-old feud between two families will be resurrected through their successors. For those who need a quick history lesson detailing all the major grudges between fighters in the Rocky franchise that led to this latest showdown, we’ve given a quick breakdown that puts it all out there.

Rocky vs. Apollo Creed

The feud that started it all. Ironically, this wouldn’t have happened had Apollo Creed’s first opponent for the Philadelphia Bicentennial title defense dropped out due to injury. The injury and timing encouraged Creed to give a local fighter a shot at the title, and Rocky Balboa was given the opportunity. Rocky ended up losing to Apollo in a split decision, but won the respect of the boxing community as well as Adrian, the love of his life, in the process.

Rocky’s star profile had risen tremendously following the bout, while Creed was furious and ashamed by his own performance. Despite his camp’s insistence he let the feud go, Creed demanded a rematch to prove the fight was a fluke. Creed dominated a bulk of their second fight, but his hubris and paranoia led to both fighters being out for the count in the final round. Rocky eventually found his way to his feet and became the new World champion.

Rocky vs. Clubber Lang

Rocky Balboa was on fire. He had ten successful title defenses in three years, and had gotten comfortable as the champion. This led to him underestimating a young fighter who challenged him, Clubber Lang. Longtime trainer Mickey actually warned Rocky that this was a fight he shouldn’t take, but Rocky ignored him. Mickey suffered a heart attack just prior to the bout, which caused a distracted and unconditioned Rocky to be knocked out by Lang in the second round.

Mickey died, and a distraught Rocky is left without his trainer for in fight preparation. He knew he needed the “Eye of the Tiger” Mick talked about but couldn’t find until Apollo Creed offered to train him in exchange for a personal favor. Rocky accepted, and together the two devised a strategy that involved physically exhausting Lang in the ring. Rocky regained his title and agreed to face Creed in a private third match that broke their feud’s tie.

Rocky vs. Ivan Drago

In Rocky IV, Soviet Russia gained a new prize fighter named Ivan Drago, and the nation was far from humble in its promotion and showcasing of his immense strength as a sign of the nation’s superiority. Fueled by his love of America (and his own personal ego), Apollo Creed challenged the fighter and had Rocky train him for the exhibition bout. The match ended in disaster, however, as Creed died in the ring while an unapologetic Drago looked on, unconcerned by his actions. If he dies… he dies.

Rocky was enraged and challenged Drago in an attempt to avenge his friend. Drago’s camp agreed, but only on the condition the unsanctioned fight took place in the Soviet Union in order to ensure Drago’s safety. Rocky agreed, and engaged in extreme outdoor training methods while his opponent uses the latest in Soviet technology to enhance his strength. The old school method prevailed, and Rocky successfully knocked out Drago and won the respect of the Soviet Union in the process. this happens to Rocky all of the time, apparently.

Rocky vs. Tommy Gunn

Rocky may have ended communism in Russia, but capitalism turned on him in Rocky V. The fighter found out he was broke, and his recent diagnosis of brain damage had seemingly brought an end to his boxing career. Never one to give up, Rocky re-opened Mick’s gym and trained a promising fighter from Oklahoma named Tommy Gunn. Rocky’s investment in the fighter, however, is unacknowledged when Gunn forgot Rocky soon after winning the world championship.

Luckily, the media and people of Philadelphia know this, and they called Gunn a “paper champion” because he only beat the guy Rocky relinquished the title to. This prompted Gunn to seek out Rocky in a bar, and challenge him to a title fight. After a brief exchange that left his brother-in-law Paulie’s injured, Rocky agreed to fight Gunn outside. While he’s wasn’t the superior boxer, Rocky utilized his streetfighting techniques to take Gunn down, and get him arrested.

Rocky vs. Mason Dixon

It has been 20 years since Rocky V, and Balboa’s battles as of late have been more personal than physical. He’s managed to create a decent living for himself with his restaurant Adrian’s, which is named after his now departed wife. His quiet life is upended when a virtual simulation showed he’d defeat current boxing champion Mason “The Line” Dixon if he were in his prime, which inspired Rocky to get his boxing license back.

Rocky had originally planned to do small events, but promoters smelled money and soon arranged for an exhibition between him and Dixon. Despite his old age, Rocky managed to go the distance against Dixon, and prove to himself that he still had some fire left in the tank. Much like the fight in the first Rocky, he lost, but Balboa exited the ring triumphant in knowing he managed to hold his own against a modern day champion.

Adonis Creed vs. Ricky Conlan

The traditional Rocky story then shifted to that of Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, who is the result of an affair between Apollo Creed and another woman during his marriage. Adonis was adopted by Creed’s widow Mary Ann, and raised as her own. Despite his father’s lack of presence in his life, Adonis felt a need to pursue professional boxing and eventually headed to Philadelphia to seek out one of his father’s old friends.

Rocky agreed to train Adonis, and word got out that Apollo Creed’s son was into boxing. The news caught the attention of world light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, who offered to fight Adonis if he’ll change his last name to Creed to promote the fight. He agreed, and after training and helping Rocky battle non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the duo arrived in Liverpool to fight. Adonis lost to Conlan in a split decision, but his future in professional boxing looks bright.

It’s all led to Creed II, where Adonis will fight for a chance to defeat the son of the man who killed his father in the ring decades prior. Adonis and Viktor will square off in theaters Wednesday, November 21. For more on the film, be sure to check out why Michael B. Jordan got even more ripped for his character’s upcoming bout.

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When Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Is Finally Premiering

Winter finally hit last season on Game of Thrones and now we know when it will be returning for flocks of loyal fans. This morning, HBO’s popular fantasy series announced that Game of Thrones will officially be returning to the schedule in April of 2019. You can take a look at the official announcement, below.

As you can see at the end of the video of recycled footage from Game of Thrones, we have a premiere month if not an exact date. The show will be returning for Season 8 in April of 2019, returning the popular HBO’s series to its rightful spring home.

April was the original home for Game of Thrones when it first hit the schedule back in 2011. Subsequent seasons of the series also premiered during various weeks in April, although there have been a few snafus here and there. Namely, HBO experimented with airing the show in March back in 2013.

Season 7 was also a big departure for the series. Although fewer episodes were created for Season 7, the show’s production took longer to accomplish and the show missed its April window. Last time around, Game of Thrones fans got new episodes in July of 2017.

The wait will be even longer for Season 8. By the time the show premieres in April of 2019, Game of Thrones will have been off of the air for 20 months. Still, coming home to April should be a nice nod to the series’ origins on the pay cable network.

Yes, Bryan Cranston Would Be Interested In Doing A Breaking Bad Movie

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of talk regarding the upcoming Breaking Bad movie. Who will it follow? When will it be set? Will it air on TV or hit theaters? Due to the timeline, would Walter White be able to make a return?

Bryan Cranston has made it clear previously that he is not involved in the creative process of the Breaking Bad movie. But if you ask him whether or not he would be willing to return should the circumstances be intriguing or workable the answer would be, “yes.” Per Cranston:

Speaking out on NBC’s Today, Bryan Cranston talked a little bit about the recently announced project, noting there has been plenty of hyperbole about the movie. He’s not wrong. The project is getting off the ground in Albuquerque and is rolling with the code name “Green Briar.”

However, there are always ways for shows to bring back dead characters, whether through creating prequels (See: Sheldon’s dad in Young Sheldon) or bringing people back via flashback (See: The Walking Dead and myriad other shows).

There are also timey whimey ways to bring back dead characters, but those probably wouldn’t work for a show like Breaking Bad. Still, if it’s something the studio wants to make happen, Bryan Cranston seems game to try out the idea. We’ll have to wait and see if it makes sense.

Details are pretty scarce and not even totally official at this point, but the movie is expected to film between November of this year and February of next, after which it will be much harder to keep a secret. The plot is expected to follow a kidnapped individual finding their way to freedom, but other than that, it’s difficult to determine exactly what another Breaking Bad project would look like.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are keeping busy right now. Cranston has the aforementioned Broadway stint in Network. Aaron Paul can currently be seen in Welcome Home and he has a new TV series in the works called Are You Sleeping? Finally, news broke a couple of months ago that the high profile actor had landed a stint in HBO’s Westworld, which is currently revving up for Season 3.

How Netflix Can Improve The Theatrical Experience, According To Alfonso Cuaron

It’s a debate being waged by theatrical purists, and it’s not expected to be settled any time soon. How can industry folks support Netflix releases if they aren’t being given a proper theatrical distribution before hitting the streaming service? Yet, as prestige filmmaker like Joel and Ethan Coen, Paul Greengrass and Alfonso Cuaron continue to take their talents to Netflix, the streaming giant is figuring out ways to get these new releases a theatrical window (especially when the movies have awards aspirations).

During a recent New York City screening of his new film Roma, Alfonso Cuaron conducted a Q-and-A with select journalists and spoke openly about the fight to ensure that this movie would get a theatrical window before hitting Netflix. More on that in a moment. But it was when he opened up about Netflix and the changes they can bring to the theater, we found these comments to be revolutionary, as Cuaron explained:

I believe in the theatrical experience. I love it. I went to keep on having that huge experience. Also, at the same token, I recognize when you’re talking about, I’m doing a film that has a Mexican cast. … When we went into a conventional way of offering this film, everybody was interested. But then, [we’d add wrinkles like] ‘Oh, it’s in black and white?’ So you have to understand, ‘It’s in Spanish…’ [laughs]

And when I spoke with Netflix, it was as if they were talking about the film without the filtering of these sorts of things. And in a time that we’re talking so much about — because it’s an important discussion, the whole thing of theatrical, because I think we need to defend theatrical. I think we need to protect and preserve that great experience. But there’s a discussion that people are talking about diversity, because the theatrical has become a very gentrified experience, in which there’s a lack of the world at large represented on the screens.

These aren’t the words of a first-time director fresh out of film school trying to get his experimental arthouse picture onto the big screen. Alfonso Cuaron arguably should be at the height of his power, coming off of a Best Director win for his last film, 2013’s Gravity, in which he pushed the envelope of technical achievement and white-knuckle storytelling on the IMAX screen.

And even when he brought a deeply personal and, yes, unconventional project around to studios, he saw what he describes as that “filter” that pops up. He doesn’t elaborate, but you can assume what was said by nervous executives with tight purse strings. Who will be the marketable star of Roma? It needs to have subtitles? Why can’t you film in color?

When Alfonso Cuaron took his project to Netflix, he was met with an openness not found at the major studios nowadays, and he saw an opportunity to bring needed diversity to the movies that are making their way to theaters. Roma is nothing if not diverse, set in Mexico City in 1970 and ’71, and following a family (modeled after Cuaron’s) who suffers highs and lows over the course of a year.

But at the same time, Cuaron knew that working with Netflix meant that he had to fight tooth and nail to secure a theatrical release for Roma, because he filmed on 65mm film, and he uses Dolby Atmos sound as a character in the film (for real, the sound of water is an actual presence in the movie that’s important to the result).

So far, it has been an uphill battle. Netflix can’t work with the major theater chains of AMC or Regal, for they seek 90-day windows of exclusivity before a movie plays on Netflix.

Negotiations with major indie chains like the Alamo Drafthouse recently hit a snag because, according to sources at Business Insider, Netflix asked for too much to ensure that Roma would be shown in the best possible conditions (biggest house, 70mm projector, Atmos sound) for a four-week window.

But the wheels are turning on Netflix movies making their way to theaters when prestige directors demand it, and a year ago, we weren’t even having this discussion. So long as filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron continue to push the envelope of the type of content that can be screened — and Netflix works with theaters to get these features in front of audiences — then this model can increase the level of diversity that used to be accepted, and recently has been washed away.

There’s a flip side to this conversation, which shows that in the moment, there’s no right answer. For while Alfonso Cuaron was busy defending the theatrical experience, and the need for the movie to play in a multiplex before hitting Netflix, his incredibly gifted leading lady, Yalitza Aparicio, was telling us that she needs the movie — her debut performance — to hit TV so her family can see it. She explained:

It’s important because I think for people like the people that live in my community, we don’t have the capability or the time to travel three hours to the main city, to the capital city, to a movie theater to see [Roma].

And you KNOW that Alfonso Cuaron wants that audience to be able to appreciate not just the performance of his leading lady, but that of his entire cast. Roma arguably was made for them, though the experiences in the movie are universal. If not for Netflix, there’s a good chance this community might never see the film.

This is the give-and-take currently powering the swirl around the release of Roma, a movie that we fully expect to contend all season as we wade through the Oscar conversation. At the moment, I have no clue what movie would come close to beating Roma for Best Cinematography. Also, Roma (in my humble opinion) has incredible shots at nominations for Picture, Director, Actress and numerous technical Oscars.

And it should be seen on the biggest screen possible.

Look for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma in a theater near you when it begins screening later this month. Later, it will hit the streaming giant of Netflix on December 14.

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Robert Pattinson Almost Punched The Director On The Set Of His New Movie

So often you here actors singing the praises of directors. They talk about the vision that a particular director had and how it inspired them or about how a director let them improv and find the character their own way. And then sometimes the director pisses you off to the point where you just want to slug him. That’s what apparently happened on the set of The Lighthouse where Robert Pattinson was being directed by The Witch director Robert Eggers. Pattinson says that one scene, that he had to film multiple times, required him to be repeatedly sprayed with water and it just became too much to handle. According to Pattinson…

The Lighthouse is a new horror project from Robert Eggers that stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe and Dafoe himself interviewed Pattinson for Interview Magazine. The accomplished actor was familiar with the scene that required Pattinson to be sprayed in the face repeatedly, He called the Twilight star a “warrior” and said it was the sort of thing that never leaves you. It sounds like Pattinson really was tortured for this one.

While the exact context of the scene is unclear, one would assume Robert Pattinson‘s character finds himself out in some sort of storm that results in him getting water in his face at high speed. It certainly doesn’t sound pleasant and after a while, that can certainly get to you. Having to stand out in the rain for an extended period to get a shot is one thing. Getting water in your face from a fire hose is something else. It apparently took five takes to get everything right in the scene. After the first couple, you can imagine Robert Pattinson would be wondering if this movie was really worth it.

If you thought that Hollywood stars were completely out of touch, it might be comforting to know that sometimes they just want to punch their boss in the face too.

Hopefully, the difficulty and frustration that came with doing five takes of getting freezing water sprayed in his face was worth it and it will all make The Lighthouse a better film. Robert Eggers’ The Witch was a well-received indie horror movie and it sounds like The Lighthouse is cut from much of the same cloth. Most interestingly, the film has been shot in black and white, which will only add to the atmosphere of the dark fantasy film.

Currently The Lighthouse doesn’t have a release date but is expected to arrive in 2019.