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'Star Trek Into Darkness' opens with $70.55 million

'Star Trek Into Darkness' opens with $70.55 million

HOLLYWOOD, May 19 (UPI) -- "Star Trek Into Darkness" took in an estimated $70.55 million to finish No. 1 in its opening weekend in U.S. theaters.
Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin to star in new TNT action-drama

Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin to star in new TNT action-drama

ATLANTA, May 8 (UPI) -- TNT said it has ordered 10 episodes of the new U.S. action-drama series "The Last Ship," starring Eric Dane and produced by Michael Bay.
Kelsey Grammer a heavy in next 'Transformers' film

Kelsey Grammer a heavy in next 'Transformers' film

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer has signed on to play a villain in the next "Transformers" film starring Mark Wahlberg, Variety reported.

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Megan Fox to star in Michael Bay's 'Ninja Turtles' re-boot

Megan Fox to star in Michael Bay's 'Ninja Turtles' re-boot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood starlet Megan Fox has signed on for a role in the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie, produced by her "Transformers" collaborator Michael Bay.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.
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Ad wins chance to work on a blockbuster

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Doritos Super Bowl commercial created by 29-year-old Mark Freiburger of Los Angeles won him a chance to work on the next Michael Bay blockbuster.
Production on pirate drama 'Black Sails' begins in South Africa

Production on pirate drama 'Black Sails' begins in South Africa

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Starz Entertainment says production has begun in Cape Town, South Africa on the new original series "Black Sails" from executive producer Michael Bay.
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Wahlberg to star in 'Transformers 4'

Wahlberg to star in 'Transformers 4'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Michael Bay announced Thursday he has cast Mark Wahlberg in "Transformers 4," which is set for a 2014 theatrical release.
Universal working on 'Transformers' ride

Universal working on 'Transformers' ride

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- "Transformers: The Ride -- 3D" is to open next summer at Florida's Universal Orlando Resort, park officials said.
TNT orders action pilot 'The Last Ship'

TNT orders action pilot 'The Last Ship'

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network TNT says it has ordered a pilot for a possible action-drama series based on a William Brinkley novel, "The Last Ship."
Bay producing pirate drama for Starz

Bay producing pirate drama for Starz

LOS ANGELES, May 3 (UPI) -- Starz says it has ordered an eight-episode pirate adventure series to be produced by Hollywood filmmaker Michael Bay.
Bay reveals new 'Ninja Turtles' mythology

Bay reveals new 'Ninja Turtles' mythology

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- Hollywood producer Michael Bay says a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will feature the beloved heroes on a half-shell as aliens.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.
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Michael Bay
Michael Bay, who directed the sci-fi motion picture "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" attends the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on June 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. He is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects. His films, which include The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Bad Boys and Transformers series, have grossed over three billion dollars world-wide. He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness. He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain. He co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Michael Bay was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a CPA. His cousin, Susan Bay, is the wife of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy. He attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California. Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother's 8mm camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded.

Bay got his start in the film industry interning with George Lucas when he was fifteen, filing the storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he thought was going to be terrible. His opinion changed after seeing it in the theater and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, majoring in both English and Film. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and a favorite student of film historian Jeanine Basinger. For his graduate work, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he also studied film.

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