Michael Bay

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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.



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10 Worst Films Of 2016


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Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...

John Krasinski in 13 Hours

10. 13 Hours - Michael Bay's bombastic filmmaking style may have seemed like the perfect fit for this rah-rah Benghazi dramatisation. But this is a loud, silly thriller that completely misses the point.

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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Is Michael Bay's Ominous Final Venture In The Franchise


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The first teaser trailer for Michael Bay's fifth and final 'Transformers' movie - 'Transformers: The Last Knight' - is finally here and there's a totally ominous apocalyptic tone throughout. No Optimus Prime, death and destruction lies at every turn - just how will this historic battle end?

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A war is raging on Earth between man and transformer. Optimus Prime is no longer around to defend the planet. He has fled to the stars to uncover the truth about those who made him, the Creators. Meanwhile Megatron is still raising hell, vowing revenge on the few Autobots that are left and Cade and Tessa Yeager, the father and daughter who they are protecting. 

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Transformers: The Last Knight - Teaser Trailer


With the few remaining Autobots in hiding, the world is a dark place. Galvatron is still at large and Optimus Prime has left earth to fulfil a bigger mission, having gone to seek out the Creators. Having previously helped the Autobots, Cade Yeager is still in danger and the war between man and machine is reaching ever higher levels.

The Decepticons still have a wish to invade and take over the planet Earth and now it looks like they might be in the best position to do so. Why do these machines have such a fascination with our planet and how many genuine Autobots are left to help fight alongside humans?

The soundtrack to the first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight is a re-working of Flaming Lips single 'Do You Realize' recorded by Ursine Vulpine.

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Transformers: The Last Knight 'Freya The Rescue Dog' - Featurette


Not much is known about the new Transformers movie but we do now know that Michael Bay is one hell of a good guy. After seeing the incredibly sad story of a recue dog called Freya in a news article, the renowned director decided cast the pooch in his upcoming Transformers movie.

Freya was put in a rescue home six years prior and had continually been turned down for adoption even though she's an incredibly gentle and loveable dog. Over 18,000 other adoptions from the sanctuary happened in the period that Freya was homeless and Michael Bay decided to give the little Staffie mix a change of luck.

Freya now has a starring role alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Michael Bay at the European Premiere of 'Deepwater Horizon' held at Cineworld, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 26th September 2016

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Michael Bay

Michael Bay at the European Premiere of 'Deepwater Horizon' held at Cineworld, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 26th September 2016

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Michael Bay - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' World Premiere at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden - New York, New York, United States - Monday 23rd May 2016

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Michael Bay - Premiere of the '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' screening at Aventura AMC Theater - arrivals at Aventura AMC theater - Aventura, Florida, United States - Thursday 7th January 2016

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - The Real Story Featurette


In this featurette, we get to meet some of the real life heroes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is based on. The film tries to stick as accurately as possible to the minute by minute account of what these men experienced.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer


Being a security contractor stationed in Benghazi is a job that most people would not be equipped to do; it takes a special type of person, not to mention the training. It's September 2012 and the security agencies around the world are still on high alert and recovering from the terror attacks in London the year prior.

When a group of Islamist radicals attack two American bases in Benghazi, Libya the American citizens in the compounds are placed in grave danger and it's left to a small group of Ex-Navy SEALS and Special Forces operatives to go help protect them. Placing their lives in danger, they take it upon themselves to protect the Ambassador to the United States.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is based on Mitchell Zuckoff's novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi and was directed by Michael Bay.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer


Benghazi, Libya has become out-of-control, with Islamic extremists terrorising the state with multiple bomb attacks. As such, the CIA operatives that have been stationed there to covertly observe the terrorism are in more danger than ever before, and so an elite team of former military weapons and manouvre experts are brought on for ultimate security. Jack Da Silva is the team's newest recruit, having previously trained SEALs at the Coronado Navy base. Led by the sharp and formidable Rone, the six-man group face their first major attack when Islamic radicalists storm the US embassy. With the death of an American Ambassador occurring not long after, it's clear that these men have something close to a suicide mission to undertake. But they're willing to risk everything to save the rest of their country's civilians.

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Paramount Considering Expanding Transformers Franchise


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The Transformers universe will be expanding and Paramount, the studios behind the hit films, are in negotiations to hire Akiva Goldsman to head a group of writers to pen a series of Transformers scripts. If Goldsman is hired, he will be working alongside director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

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The Transformers universe will be expanding in a series of sequels and spin-off movies.

Read More: Transformers: Age Of Extinction Leads Razzies Nominations.

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The Camerons - Kirk And Diaz - Dominate Razzies 2015


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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. 

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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

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Michael Bay

'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Could Clean Up At Razzies 2015


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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'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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Michael Bay

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17th February, 1965

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Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer

Where is Optimus Prime when we need him most? Despite the fact that Earth is...

Transformers: The Last Knight Super Bowl Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight Super Bowl Trailer

Has humanity been left to defend itself against the ruthless Decepticons now that Optimus Prime...

Transformers: The Last Knight - Teaser Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight - Teaser Trailer

With the few remaining Autobots in hiding, the world is a dark place. Galvatron is...

Transformers: The Last Knight 'Freya The Rescue Dog' - Featurette Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight 'Freya The Rescue Dog' - Featurette Trailer

Not much is known about the new Transformers movie but we do now know that...

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

Not the subtlest director working in Hollywood, Michael Bay brings his surging machismo to this...

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - The Real Story Featurette Trailer

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - The Real Story Featurette Trailer

In this featurette, we get to meet some of the real life heroes 13 Hours:...

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer

Being a security contractor stationed in Benghazi is a job that most people would not...

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer

Benghazi, Libya has become out-of-control, with Islamic extremists terrorising the state with multiple bomb attacks....

The Purge: Anarchy Movie Review

The Purge: Anarchy Movie Review

After last year's break-out hit thriller, writer-director James DeMonaco is back with the flip-side of...

Transformers: Age Of Extinction Trailer

Transformers: Age Of Extinction Trailer

Taking place after the events of 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon', we see a new...

Transformers: Age Of Extinction - Trailer Trailer

Transformers: Age Of Extinction - Trailer Trailer

Following the destruction caused by Optimus Prime's benign Autobots and, their nemeses, the evil Decepticons...

Transformers: Age Of Extinction Trailer

Transformers: Age Of Extinction Trailer

It's been four years since the disastrous conflict between the benevolent Autobots, led by Optimus...

Pain & Gain Movie Review

Pain & Gain Movie Review

Spirited and very funny, this movie should actually be rather disturbing since it's a true...

The Purge Movie Review

The Purge Movie Review

A home-invasion thriller with a twist, this fiercely clever film is both thought-provoking and terrifying,...

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