Sideshow: Bay in shake-down incident

Lupita Nyong'o on her "12 Years A Slave" scenes with Brad Pitt: "It feels quite magical . . . an out-of-body experience ."
Lupita Nyong'o on her "12 Years A Slave" scenes with Brad Pitt: "It feels quite magical . . . an out-of-body experience ." (PAUL A. HEBERT / AP)
Posted: October 19, 2013

Bay attacked on movie set

In a bizarre incident straight out of a mob film, director Michael Bay was attacked Thursday by two brothers on the Hong Kong set of his new picture, Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction. Reportedly, the two hoods hit Bay after he refused to pay them $12,900 in protection money.

USA Today says Bay, 48, had injuries to the right side of his face but declined medical attention.

The brothers have been arrested on charges of assault and blackmail. The case will be handled by the Hong Kong police organized crime unit. Bay's latest sci-fi epic stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor and is due in June.

Experiencing Brad Pitt

It's no joke to share the same space, the same air, the same experience as World War Z star Brad Pitt. Kenya-born actor Lupita Nyong'o found out firsthand when she had scenes with Angelina Jolie's betrothed in her Hollywood feature debut, 12 Years a Slave.

"It feels wonderful," Nyong'o, 30, tells People. "A lot of the time, it feels quite magical, and I feel it's like an out-of-body experience." A true-life story about slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana, the pic costars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact that my name is being mentioned with people like Brad Pitt," says Nyong'o.

Guys who diet together

Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, men enjoy sharing dieting tips as much as anyone! Take Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks.

Matthew, 43, who excels at being buff on-screen, tells People he found himself in need of advice when he had to lose weight for his role as an AIDS patient in The Dallas Buyer's Club.

"I actually called Tom and had a great conversation with him about what he learned about losing weight for Philadelphia and Cast Away," says the 6-foot-tall Matthew, who went from 185 pounds to 135 pounds.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Prince William, 31, continues to grow and advance in his position as a "senior royal." On Thursday, he subbed for HM QE II at an investiture ceremony, handing out medals, honors, and titles. That includes granting knighthoods. And yep, the royal really does tap the kneeling honoree on the shoulder with a sword and everything. . . . Baby North West's mom Kim Kardashian, 32, has issued proof - an Instagram pic showing her in a hankie-sized bikini - that she has reduced her post-baby body to a weight appropriate for a top-shelf sleazoid sex object. . . . John Mayer wants to settle down? So claims London's Daily Mail, which insists that John and Katy Perry are thisclose to getting married. . . . Britney Spears tells KIIS-FM, "I love James Franco. . . . I think he's really cool."

Psy's really, totally psyched

Popster Psy tells L'Uomo Vogue he has recorded a duet with Aerosmith sensation Steven Tyler. "When I was in middle school, I literally cried when [Aerosmith] were singing 'Crazy' or 'Amazing' or whatever," the South Korean artist says. "They were my lifetime role models." Psy's music vid, "Gangnam Style," has nearly 1.8 billion YouTube views.


This column includes information from Inquirer wire services. sideshow@phillynews.com.

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