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."

Real life pilot lands hollywood role

ALBUQUERQUE, June 30 (UPI) -- The man who plays "mustache man" in the summer blockbuster "Transformers" is actually a helicopter pilot instructor at Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N

Human cast set for 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, May 3 (UPI) -- The producers behind Hollywood's big budget film, "Transformers," have revealed the female love interest will be played by actress Megan Fox.

Shia LaBeouf tapped for 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, March 30 (UPI) -- "Holes" star Shia LaBeouf has been tapped as the "human" lead in DreamWorks/Paramount production of "Transformers," it was reported Thursday.

Another 'Friday the 13th' planned

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Goalie-masked horror icon Jason Voorhees will terrorize theaters in an 11th installment of the "Friday the 13th" film franchise, it was announced Tuesday.

'Charlie' tops U.S. box office again

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. moviegoers still had a sweet tooth this weekend as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" came out on top at the box office for a second straight week.

Stars turn out for 'The Island' premiere

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Actors Scarlett Johansson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sean Bean and Steve Buscemi all turned out for the New York premiere of their new action movie, "The Island."

Live action 'Transformers' due in 2007

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- A live-action film of "Transformers" will open in U.S. theaters July 4, 2007, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. announced Wednesday.

'Hitcher' remake planned

LOS ANGELES, April 18 (UPI) -- The company that produced "The Amityville Horror" is planning a remake of the 1986 horror-thriller "The Hitcher," Daily Variety said Monday.

Michael Bay may take on 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- DreamWorks is considering Michael Bay to direct its upcoming co-production with Paramount, "The Transformers," Daily Variety said Wednesday.

Modern day Eliot Ness TV show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- ABC-TV has committed to a pilot of a "modern-day tale of good versus evil," inspired by federal agent Eliot Ness' 1920s pursuit of Al Capone.

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Rare treat for 'Rookie' shooter

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Cinematographer John Schwartzman, best known for big-budget pictures like "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon," was trying to change his life when he signed on to sh
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THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS The annual ritual of guessing which movies and filmmakers will snag Oscar nominations is about to come to a close -- just in time for the beginning of the ritual of guessing which pictures and artists will win the Oscars.
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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)

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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