May 1, 2011 |
Michael Bay stood with his hand on his hip and inspected the surface of the moon — the gray dunes and silent ridgelines spread out before him, stretching off into the dark distance. He turned to a visitor and grinned. "C'mon, that's pretty great, right?" It was just another day on the Playa Vista set of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," and the fast-moving filmmaker was passing by the lunar surface set that filled one hangar-sized soundstage on his way to a neighboring set where returning star Shia LaBeouf and franchise newcomer John Malkovich were waiting for their camera call.
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August 7, 2007 |
Filmmaker Michael Bay on Monday denied snubbing Lana Clarkson at a Hollywood party weeks before her death -- an incident the defense has suggested wounded the pride of the statuesque, blond actress so deeply, it helped push her to suicide. Bay's testimony came as Phil Spector's murder trial headed into the final lap with the prosecution presenting its last three rebuttal witnesses.
May 24, 2009 |
Michael Bay is lean, walks with purpose and carries his chin and shoulders at an imperious tilt, and on a recent afternoon at his work compound in Santa Monica it was easy to envision him as some proud matador; Bay, like those bullfighters in Barcelona, thinks of himself as a mayhem artist in the crowd-pleasing business.
December 5, 2001 |
Michael Bay, the director of the films "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon," sued a former Merrill Lynch & Co. stockbroker for allegedly losing $3 million of the filmmaker's money through unauthorized day trading. Bay's lawsuit claims the stockbroker, Win H. Troung, conducted more than 8,000 trades over 15 months--or about 25 a day--with the director's $2.8-million portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash. Troung, formerly of Merrill Lynch's Beverly Hills office, couldn't be reached for comment.
July 1, 2007 |
SHIA LaBEOUF'S first day on the "Transformers" set nearly killed him. "We had these police guard dogs," says director Michael Bay, standing in the shadow of a truck loaded with Furby toys and rigged with 50 explosive devices in downtown Los Angeles. "I didn't know how dangerous they could be." "Thank God I'm really fast," LaBeouf says. "He's telling me, 'Don't worry. It's safe.' Action gets called. Attack dogs run, run, run, run! First take goes great. Second take goes great."
June 11, 1996 |
Much about Michael Bay shouts, "Caution: Hot Young Director in Motion!"--the way he takes over a room, the way he races through a story, especially the way he makes movies. In high-stakes Hollywood, where a minute's delay on a shoot can mean thousands of dollars in overruns and fines, speed can make you a bigger hero than Keanu Reeves on a booby-trapped bus.