Michael Benjamin Bay (born 17.2.1965) Michael Bay is an American Director and Producer known for his aggressive, controversial visual style, specialising in high-budget action sequences, containing fast edits, stylistic visuals and practical special effects. Michael Bay's notable films including, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Transformers trilogy have grossed over 3 billion-dollars worldwide. Despite achieving internationally box-office success, Michael Bay has received criticism from both critics and the general public.
Childhood: Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised by adoptive parents, Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist and his adoptive father, Jim, a Certified Public Accountant. Bay attended exclusive, Crossroads school in Santa Monica, California and states he can trace his interest of film back to childhood, when he would record attaching fire crackers to his toys and allowing them to explode. He was later grounded however his filming style was permanent.
Directing Career: Bay began in the film industry interning with Academy Award nominated Director and Producer George Lucas, known for his predominant work on the Star Wars film series. Bay was filing the storyboards for four times Oscar winner, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bay stated he thought the film was going to be terrible; however his opinion changed upon viewing the film. Bay referred to watching the film as the moment he wanted to become a film director.
Bay graduated from studying English and Film in 1986 from Wesleyan University where he went on to working at Propaganda Films, a successful film and music video production company. In 1992 Bay won a Clio Award for his first national commercial, advertising for Red Cross. Bay continued to direct advertisements and music videos for the likes of Meatloaf before being acknowledged by producers Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI) and Don Simpson (The Rock, Top Gun). The producers approached Bay into directing his first-feature length film; Bad Boys starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence which went onto achieve a notable $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995.
Bay sustained his working relationship with Bruckheimer and Simpson in The Rock (released in 1996). The film starred Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage and achieved an Academy Award nomination for best sound. Don Simpson died five months before the film was released. Bay continued to work with Bruckheimer in the huge $140,000,000 box office hit, Armageddon (written by J.J Abrams and Jonathan Hensleigh). The films included an all-star cast of: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thronton, Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson and was nominated for four Oscars, praised for its visual and sound effects. The film received a mixed response from critics with Peter Travers from the Rolling Stones stating 'How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways' Despite the critical response to Armageddon, Bay went on to work with Bruckheimer and Affleck in Pearl Harbor, a high budget love triangle war drama set around the Pearl Habor attracks. Despite winning one Oscar and being nominated for another three the film was criticised for not amplifying the emotion considered with war and it's inaccuracy to historic events.
After receiving negative reviews due to his insensitivity to historic, factual events, Bay returned to his directing roots and collaborated with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence once again in Bad Boys Two. The film was produced by Bruckheimer and like the working partners previous films it received negative critical reviews. Rolling Stones stating: 'Everything loud, dumb, violent, sexist, racist, misogynistic and homophobic that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay can think of puking up onscreen'. Despite the negative critical response the film achieved notable recognition at the world wide Box Office.
In 2005 Bay Produced (without Bruckheimer) and Directed the Island - an action, sci-fi adventure where a 'harvestable being'/clone played by Ewan McGregor must escape the Utopian facility where he is being kept with help from co-star, Scarlett Johansson. The film also starred previous working relation, Sean Bean. The film received mixed responses from critics and the public whilst New York Post stated: 'Bay's best film since "The Rock."'. Bay himself criticised the marketing suggesting it gave a different and wrong impression to what the film intended.
Bay continued to produce smaller budget horror and thriller films, including a Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot and prequel before teaming up with critical acclaimed and notable director/producer Steven Spielberg in Transformers, a live action film based on the Hasbro franchise. The film starred up and coming actor, Shia LaBeouf and actress/model Megan Fox. The film grossed a notable $27.8 million on its first general released date and obtained the record for the 'largest opening [week] for a non-sequel' with an impressive - $155.4 million. The film has made over $700 million worldwide and received an impressive response from critics compared to Bay's previous films, achieving three Oscar nominations and Entertainment Weekly stating: Bay, at heart, isn't a fantasist; he's a literal-minded maestro of demolition.
Between the release of Transformers and its sequel, Bay produced another series of horror films including the 2009 Friday the 13th and psychological horror film - The Unborn. Bay returned as Director/Executive Producer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, working with previous stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. The film had a notable $200 million budget due to the success of the previous release and went on to achieve over $832 million worldwide, despite the majority of negative reviews from widely acknowledged Roger Ebert, Michael Phillips and David Denby. Bay continued to produce re-boots of classic horror films before producing I am Number Four- a sci-fi action starring Alex Pettyfer and directed by D.J Caruso who worked with Transformers Star, LaBeouf in 2007's Disturbia.
Bay continued to direct and produce his box office hit franchise with the third in the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The film starred Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a model cast in her first professional feature film in aim to replace Megan Fox who had conflicts with Bay. The film, again, received a mixed response from critics however achieved notable success at the box office. Bay is currently working on an untitled Transformers sequel due to not star previous actor Shia LaBeouf as well as being rumoured to be working on Bad Boys 3.
Personal Life: Bay lives in Los Angeles and Miami with his two Bullmastiffs, Bonecrusher and Grace named for characters in his previous films. His dogs often appear in his films with previous pet, Mason playing Miles' dog in Transformers before his death in 2007.
The Razzies 2015 marked all the films we loved to rag on this past year.
It's Razzies time! Otherwise known as the Golden Raspberry or the Anti-Oscar, each year, the Razzies rank the worst of the worst among movies, directors, performances, scripts and so on.
Worst on-screen couple? Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel took it in stride.
One of the big winners of the night was... drum roll, please... Cameron Diaz! Of course she was. The Charlie's Angels actress definitely had a few hits in 2014 and she received the "honour" for her performances in The Other Woman and Sex Tape. She won for Worst Actress and was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for her role as Coleen Hannigan in Annie and Worst Screen Combo with Sex Tape co-star Jason Segel.
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Michael Bay - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Los Angeles premiere of the sci-fi thriller 'Project Almanac' which was held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th January 2015
Michael Bay has proved he is one of the worst directors in Hollywood - while simultaneously being one of the highest grossing.
Michael Bay's horrific Transformers: Age of Extinction leads the way in this year's Razzies nominations, highlighting the worst movie acheivements of the past year. The action movie grossed over $1 billion at the box-office though received seven Razzie nods, including worst picture and worst director.
'Transformers: Age of Extinction' was just awful. Just awful.
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules received six nominations each, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - another idea from the mind of Michael Bay - was also nominated for worst picture.
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The fourth 'Transformers' movie may have taken over $1 billion at worldwide box offices, but it heads the Golden Raspberry Awards nominations list.
Amongst the praise and back-slapping of awards season, the film industry also shows its less serious side once a year. Just a day ahead of the big Oscars reveal, the Golden Raspberry Awards, a ceremony dedicated to showcasing the very worst of the world of the big screen, has announced its list of nominations, and to nobody’s surprise it’s Transformers: Age of Extinction that leads the field.
The fourth instalment of the hugely successful but critically panned Transformers saga, starring Mark Wahlberg and Megan Fox and directed by Michael Bay, has picked up seven nominations in total. They include worst picture, worst director, worst sequel, worst screenplay, worst screen combo (for any two of the fighting robots), worst supporting actress for Nicola Peltz and worst supporting actor for Kelsey Grammer. The former ‘Frasier’ star was also recognised for his roles in The Expendables 3, Think Like a Man Too and Legends of Oz.
The 'Bumble Bee' Transformer at the NY premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in July 2014
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Jason Binn and Michael Bay - IWC Schaffhausen celebrates 'Timeless Portofino' Gala Event during Art Basel Miami Beach at W Hotel South Beach - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Michael Bay has spent years making 'Transformers' movies, but it looks like he's finally ready to let go.
Forget Transformers 5, or Pain & Gain 2, because Michael Bay is ready to show the world that he can direct a movie with a coherent plot line. The action-filmmaker has signed on to helm Benghazi political drama 13 Hours.
Michael Bay has been busy making 'Transformers' movies for over a decade
Adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff's book, the movie tells the story of an attack of an Amercican compound in Libya, that left U.S Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. Chuck Hogan, the celebrated screenwriter who penned The Town, has adapted the book, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
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'Ouija' unsurprisingly topped the box-office, though 'John Wick' was the week's biggest success story.
Ouija, the low budget horror movie based on the classic Hasbro board game of the same name, has debuted at No.1 on the U.S box office, fending off a surprisingly strong challenge from Keanu Reeves' revenge thriller John Wick.
'Ouija' topped the box-office after pulling in $20 million. It was made on a budget of just $5 million.
The horror movie, aimed at the teen-audience ahead of Halloween, opened to an estimated $20 million - triple its modest budget. It's the latest low-budget horror success from Michael Bay's Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes - the production company behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Amityville Horror (2005), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2009) and The Purge (2013).
Continue reading: 'Ouija' Continues Trend of Low Budget Horror Successes