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Car buff Demspey basks in 'Transformers'

Car buff Demspey basks in 'Transformers'

HOLLYWOOD, July 2 (UPI) -- Patrick Dempsey says a chance meeting at a sports car event helped him land a role in the latest sequel of the "Transformers" blockbuster series.
Bay says Spielberg told him to fire Fox

Bay says Spielberg told him to fire Fox

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. director Michael Bay says producer Steven Spielberg told him to fire Megan Fox from the "Transformers" franchise because of controversial remarks she made.
LaBeouf: Rosie good fit for 'Transformers'

LaBeouf: Rosie good fit for 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Shia LaBeouf says former Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will have an easier time in the "Transformers" franchise than the departed Megan Fox.
Model cast for 'Transformer 3'

Model cast for 'Transformer 3'

LOS ANGELES, May 28 (UPI) -- Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will replace Megan Fox in "Transformers 3," Access Hollywood reported.
'Transformers' wins worst picture Razzie

'Transformers' wins worst picture Razzie

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation named the Hollywood blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the worst picture of 2009 Saturday.
Bay denounces crew's Fox-is-dumb tirade

Bay denounces crew's Fox-is-dumb tirade

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Michael Bay says he doesn't approve of a letter from film crew members claiming his "Transformers" star Megan Fox is stupid and ungracious.
Columbia developing 3rd 'Bad Boys' flick

Columbia developing 3rd 'Bad Boys' flick

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Novelist Peter Craig has been hired to write a third installment in the "Bad Boys' action-comedy film franchise, The Hollywood Reporter said.
'Transformers' earns $30M in IMAX theaters

'Transformers' earns $30M in IMAX theaters

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX Experience" earned $30 million during its first 12 days in release in IMAX theaters around the world.
'Transformers' set for huge IMAX release

'Transformers' set for huge IMAX release

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is set to debut in a record 167 U.S. IMAX theaters, its distributors announced Friday.
Bay: LaBeouf wasn't drunk in crash

Bay: LaBeouf wasn't drunk in crash

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Michael Bay insists actor Shia LaBeouf was not drunk when he was involved in a car crash last weekend.
'Rosemary's Baby' set for re-make

'Rosemary's Baby' set for re-make

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood reportedly is planning a remake of Roman Polanski's classic 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby," which was based on Ira Levin's best-selling novel.

'Transformers' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Paramount and DreamWorks are planning to release "Transformers 2," a sequel to this summer’s sci-fi blockbuster, in June 2009.

'Transformers' to get IMAX treatment

LOS ANGELES , Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An IMAX version of the summer Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers” is slated to hit theaters next month.

Bay testifies at Spector murder trial

LOS ANGELES , Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Michael Bay testified at music producer Phil Spector's murder trial he did not snub actress Lana Clarkson weeks before her death.

PG-13 movie marketing to tots, group says

BOSTON, July 2 (UPI) -- A child advocacy group complained to U.S. regulators preschoolers are being targeted in the marketing of the PG-13 movie, "Transformers."
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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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