michael_bayBy now, you are well aware that Michael Bay decided that trilogies are for suckers and got a green light for a fourth Transformers movie. You’re also probably aware of the fact that the latest installment of giant robots vs. giant robots takes place mostly in China. What you might not be aware of is that while shooting in Hong Kong, Bay’s crew was confronted by some young Chinese extortionists. Look for it in the blooper reels.


If you missed it, Michael Bay was filming some non-explosion scenes for Transformers: Age of Extinction when some young men began reeking havoc on the set by playing loud music and harassing actors. Their goal was to separate Bay from roughly $13,000 to allow him to film in their territory. Later on, another man high on drugs and rage, wielded an air-conditioning unit and attempted to KO Bay himself. Fortunately, with the assistance of several Hong Kong police in riot gear, he was unsuccessful.


Was Michael Bay deterred from continuing to film in Hong Kong? If you think that’s the case, then you obviously don’t know Michael Bay. He made Megan Fox bend over a motorcycle once, so the man can do anything explosion related.


Not only is the Armageddon director going to continue filming wherever he pleases, he actually enjoys Hong Kong. In an interview with South China Morning Post, Michael Bay gushes about the time he’s spent in China and even says that Hong Kong is “a very visual city.” So Bay thinks Hong Kong is “visual.” Literally every city is visual, if you can see it. I guess if you’re used to spending your time in Los Angeles or a green-screen studio, everything else seems so pretty.


You may have drug-addled extortionists, Hong Kong, but Michael Bay hearts you.Transformers-4-Autobot-Cars


As of this post, Bay is still shooting his latest CGI infused masterpiece, which has relocated to mainland China. The next scenes will be shot in Beijing and the Great Wall, which will be blown up for your entertainment. Catch it in June 2014.


I don’t know about you, but wThe-Voice-of-China-Season-2hen I think China, I think musical competition reality TV. If that’s not how you see China, apparently you haven’t been watching Chinese TV lately. In the eyes of China’s media regulators, the television airwaves in their country are saturated with singing contests and have taken measures to resolve what they feel is “uniformity.”


China’s State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television released a statement that satellite broadcasters won’t be producing any new televised singing competitions. In addition, any similar show that has already been completed, but yet to air, will postpone their runs to avoid conflict with shows that are already broadcasting. Of those shows currently duking it out are The Voice of China, Chinese Idol, and China’s own version of The X Factor. Of the singing competition shows in the works, seven were lucky enough to continue their run, while two were forced to postpone. Three more shows were met with termination out of the gate, including one show called China’s Red Songs Contest.


It’s unclear at this point whether or not this new policy, which has been referred to as the “Song Restriction Order,” will have any effect on Michael Bay’s attempt to use Chinese reality TV to cast the next Transformers movie. In case you haven’t been following, Bay seeks fresh Chinese talent to cast Transformers 4 through a reality competition show called Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search (subtle, I know). Since the fourth film will take place in China, and is Chinese co-produced, the show will seek authentic Chinese actors, both professional and newcomers, to join its cast. Assuming Chinese media regulators don’t get in the way, good luck to those brave young actors vying for a shot to work with CG fighting robots.