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 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 ... who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon. The man ... 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.
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Walk of Fame won't give Kim Kardashian 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 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." That last part has to sting. "I hate to say it, but a lot of people just don't like her," Martinez says. "No one has ever nominated her."
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Character actor Ed Lauter dies 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. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. 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. He is survived by his wife, Mia, and four children. - Associated Press