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'Transformers 4' takes Fourth of July weekend box office

'Transformers 4' takes Fourth of July weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) --"Transformers 4," in its second week at the box office, beat out "Tammy" and "Earth to Echo."
Kate Stanton
'Transformers: Age of Extinction' dominates the box office with $100M opening weekend

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' dominates the box office with $100M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) --"Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $301.3 million worldwide over the weekend, and was the first movie to cross the $100M mark this year in North America.
Annie Martin
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' releases new, action-packed trailer

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' releases new, action-packed trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) --"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" released a new trailer on Tuesday that highlights the conflict between the turtles and Shredder.
Annie Martin
John Goodman, Ken Watanabe to star in new 'Transformers'

John Goodman, Ken Watanabe to star in new 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) --John Goodman to voice Autobot Hound character, while Ken Watanabe will play Drift.
Danielle Haynes
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie releases first trailer

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie releases first trailer

March 27 (UPI) -- The new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie has released its first teaser trailer.
Annie Martin
Michael Bay will remake Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

Michael Bay will remake Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

March 13 (UPI) -- "Transformers" director Michael Bay will face high expectations as he produces a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" with director Diederik Van Rooijen.
Annie Martin
Mark Wahlberg stars in first trailer for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Mark Wahlberg stars in first trailer for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Mark Wahlberg stars in Michael Bay's fourth "Transformers" film, "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Watch the trailer.
Kate Stanton
Mark Wahlberg stars in new 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' poster

Mark Wahlberg stars in new 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' poster

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Mark Wahlberg looks buff, bruised and ready to fight in the latest poster for the upcoming film, "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
Veronica Linares

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
By United Press International
'Ninja Turtles' poster allegedly unveiled

'Ninja Turtles' poster allegedly unveiled

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Michael Bay's upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reportedly has an official poster.
Veronica Linares
Michael Bay leaves stage mid-speech during Samsung's CES event

Michael Bay leaves stage mid-speech during Samsung's CES event

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Michael Bay was rendered speechless and rushed offstage while speaking at a Samsung CES event in Las Vegas Monday afternoon.
Veronica Linares
Michael Bay wrestles air conditioner from would-be assailant

Michael Bay wrestles air conditioner from would-be assailant

HONG KONG, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Michael Bay was threatened by an intoxicated, air conditioner-wielding man on the Hong Kong set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Paramount Pictures said.

Madonna tops Forbes' list of high-earning celebrities

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Madonna is No. 1 on Forbes' list of top-earning celebrities, having raked in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
Starz orders second season of 'Black Sails'

Starz orders second season of 'Black Sails'

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- A second season of "Black Sails" has been ordered ahead of the pirate drama's Season 1 premiere, America's Starz network announced Friday.
'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.
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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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