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July 17, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Michael BAY loves to play softball and went 4-for-4 on a recent weeknight. As the game progressed, though, Bay felt a sharp tightness across his chest. Was the 40-year-old director having a heart attack? Had he pulled a muscle? Or was he simply panicking over "The Island"? Having made some of Hollywood's biggest summer blockbusters, including "Armageddon" and "The Rock," Bay is accustomed to last-minute jitters. Yet with "The Island," he had cause for a real anxiety attack.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
The opening of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is still two weeks away but Hollywood executives are already speculating that it could be the biggest movie of the summer. It could also yield one of the richest paydays ever for a director. Michael Bay agreed to forgo his normal upfront directing fee and cut of ticket sales in exchange for a bigger piece of total profits from all revenue sources once the studio, Paramount Pictures, recoups its costs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2001
Will the $140-million epic "Pearl Harbor" bring blockbuster director Michael Bay a respect that has eluded him? . . . Plus, World War II-themed movies are back in vogue. Coming Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - When you're competing for a role in a Hollywood blockbuster against 70,000 other people, the gloves have to come off. Or in Ludi Lin's case, on. Given the chance for some major media exposure at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the muscular 28-year-old fledgling actor didn't hesitate. He donned a gray tank top, a jaunty charcoal vest - and a matching pair of stretchy, long fingerless gloves that stopped halfway between his elbow and his armpit. Left bare: just his rounded deltoids and bulging biceps and triceps.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
"The Lone Ranger" actor Johnny Depp, who stars in one of the summer's biggest bombs, thinks critics are partly to blame for the film's failure. "2 Guns" actor Mark Wahlberg, who stars in one of the season's modest hits, has his own journalism-centric explanation for the summer bloodbath. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in an interview. “There's intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” But Wahlberg also spread the responsibility for the flops to the studios, who he said have concentrated too much on marketing and not enough on distinguishing their summer stories.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Dwayne Johnson had an emergency operation for three hernial tears he suffered while wrestling John Cena during WrestleMania earlier this month. The actor-wrestler, better known as "The Rock," underwent surgery Monday, which is why he missed the Los Angeles premiere for his latest flick, "Pain & Gain," E! News reported . The movie costars Mark Wahlberg and opens Friday. But the 40-year-old is doing fine now, saying that the surgery was successful. PHOTOS: The Rock's action hero secrets "Surgery a success!
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
What looks like a giant, smoldering gap in the side of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is not the result of the latest disaster to befall the City of Angels. Instead, it is the latest over-the-top campaign stunt for a new attraction set to open May 25 at Universal Studios Hollywood. A giant laminate stuck to the side of the sports venue makes it look as if an 80-foot tall, 20-ton metal alien creature from the movie  "Transformers"  busted a hole through the building.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By John Horn
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs.    The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Lily James, who plays  Lady Rose MacClare in "Downton Abbey," will take the lead role once rumored for Emma Watson in "Cinderella," the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The 24-year-old English actress, whose film credits include "Wrath of the Titans" and "Broken," is taking over the part from the "Harry Potter" veteran Watson, who was penciled in to star but left the project earlier this year. Other actresses rumored to be in contention for the starrring part included S aoirse Ronan ("Atonement")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Leave it to Michael Bay to spend $26 million making a low-budget comedy. If that sounds like a robust price tag for "Pain & Gain," his new true-crime-inspired tale about three Miami gym rats who kidnap and extort a wealthy sandwich shop owner, consider that Bay is the director of such pricey special-effects-laden blockbusters as "Armageddon" and the "Transformers" films. But while "Pain & Gain" should earn a healthy return on the investment - it's expected to debut at No. 1 at the box office this weekend, to the tune of $23 million - the film is faring poorly with movie critics, most of whom find it shiny on the surface but hollow underneath.
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