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Strange Violence Interrupts Michael Bay's 'Transformers' Shooting

Michael Bay on the set of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’/Image © Paramount Pictures

Editor's Note: From Michael Bay's troubles to Universal's Halloween party, and R. L. Stine to outer space, there's a whole lot happening in these days leading up to Halloween.

Depending on what you read, this week Michael Bay was either injured by extortionists on the Hong Kong set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," or else he and the crew fended off a doped-up maniac who was  wielding an air-conditioner as a weapon. The conflicting accounts are worthy of a Rashomon-style film -- which itself could only be directed by Michael Bay. (The linked article notes that even his official statement about the incident contains product placement.)

If you think that's crazy, wait till you hear this: Apparently every year for Halloween, Universal Studios puts on a "Bill & Ted" show rehashing the year's pop culture moments. Video captured from this year's show reveals a perfect storm of racism, homophobia, and rape humor unlike anything you'd ever associate with the lovable slacker heroes from the nineties. Perhaps this is symptomatic of the "dark forces" Keanu Reeves recently warned us about?

Speaking of Halloween -- and the nineties -- the NPR trivia game show "Ask Me Another" will welcome Goosebumps author R.L. Stine for a special holiday show, which will include costumes as well as a special book giveaway and signing. Reader beware, you're in for ... well, a pretty entertaining evening, actually.

We film reporters aren't all as smart as you think; at a recent press conference, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron was asked what it was like to film movies in space. A closer read reveals that he was most likely being trolled -- the reporter in question is the star of a comedic talk show in Mexico, probably on par with something like "The Colbert Report." To his credit, the director answered with a grin, and improvised tales of high-altitude production complications.

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