Believe it or not, Michael Bay is actually toning down the action in a widely reported story about the director being accosted by a man wielding an air conditioner as a weapon while shooting Transformers 4 in Hong Kong. How do you even attack someone with an air conditioner? Drop it on him?
Two men, apparently brothers, were arrested in Hong Kong on Thursday after coming up to Bay and demanding about $13,000, the New York Times reports. The older brother allegedly attacked three cops, and both were charged with suspicion of assault, with the younger one getting a blackmail charge, too. Local reports said they may have been demanding "disturbance fees" for businesses losing customers because of filming, something Bay confirmed.
But Bay's publicist said reports that Bay was hurt weren't true: "Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set," Gabriela Gutentag said in a statement. "The production company did have a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon. The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay's head. The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident." She also noted it was actually three men who were arrested.
Bay took to his own blog to put some color on it, and also dispel rumors he had been hurt.
"He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked, threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That's when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him," Bay wrote. "It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt's movie World War Z - he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards' Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved."
He then said it was actually FOUR men who were arrested, so combined with the now seven cops involved, maybe the story is still a bit out of hand.
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'Glee' will end next year
Despite a ratings bounce for its tribute episode to Cory Monteith, Glee will not continue past its sixth season next year, co-creator Ryan Murphy says. He also notes that after Monteith's death in July from a drug overdose, he will have to fashion a new ending for the show. "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end," Murphy told TVLine at an FX event in New York Wednesday night. "I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now." Murphy added he has come up with something that may work. "I have a good idea," he said. "I'm going to tell the studio and the network (in a week) how after Cory's unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love." Last week's episode, "The Quarterback," drew 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, up 40 percent from the season premiere and up 75 percent from the week before.
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No 'Calvin and Hobbes' movie
Sorry, Calvin and Hobbes fans, but if you've been holding your breath waiting for a film adaptation of the beloved comic, you're out of luck. And so is Pixar. The strip's notoriously withdrawn creator, Bill Watterson, got uncharacteristically chatty in an email interview with Mental Floss, and he said there's no way he's going to make the same mistake as all those fancy novelists whose masterpieces were transformed into mediocre movies. "I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes," Watterson wrote. "If you've ever compared a film to a novel it's based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. ... As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There's no upside for me in adapting it." We can think of millions - maybe even billions - of upsides, but Watterson isn't exactly merchandising's No. 1 fan. But wait, what about those delightful urinating bumper stickers, you ask? "I figure that, long after the strip is forgotten, those decals are my ticket to immortality." The legacy of dreams. - Lydia Harvey
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Ed Lauter dead at 74
Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama The Longest Yard and the sleazy gas-station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, The Family Plot. In Death Wish 3, he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of criminals, not by incarcerating them but by killing them. More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo's French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist. Lauter laughed at being someone frequently recognized in public for his roles. "But sometimes people don't know my name," he said. "They'll say, 'Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in ... you were in ...'" He was in Trouble With the Curve in 2011 with Clint Eastwood and in Born on the Fourth of July with Tom Cruise. He was also in The New Centurions with George C. Scott and in My Blue Heaven, Revenge of the Nerds 2 and Not Another Teenage Movie, among many other films. Lauter, who continued to work until a few months ago, had completed roles in several films still to be released. He is survived his wife, Mia, and four children. - AP
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Hollywood won't give Kim a star
Despite what Kanye West might want, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has flat-out refused to give his baby mama Kim Kardashian a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Something about not being eligible because she's only a reality star and hasn't contributed to society in any way, shape or form. We don't recall. What, do we look like stenographers to you?
"We don't have reality stars on the Walk of Fame," Walk spokesperson Ana Martinez told Yahoo. "We don't have a category for it. We're happy to consider reality stars once they get nominated for, or win, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar. We'll consider them when they're legitimate actors or singers."
Oooh, that last part has to sting, mostly because all the manufactured drama on that terrible Keeping Up With the Kardashians is some A-grade B.S. cooked up by Ryan Seacrest's writing staff. Speaking of which, Seacrest has a star, but he's a producer and radio host, and has won an Emmy. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, the crew of Apollo 11 and Lassie all have stars, too. But not Kim, and there's an even better reason besides being a reality (and sex tape) star.
"I hate to say it, but a lot of people just don't like like her," Martinez tells Yahoo. "No one has ever nominated her." Well, jeez, Kanye, let's start tending to our own yard before blaming anyone for not recognizing Kim's wonderful talent doing ... uh ... something.