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July 24, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Film director Michael Bay on Monday disputed defense testimony that he had snubbed Lana Clarkson shortly before her death, saying he had worked with the actress and would have remembered any encounter. "It never happened," he said in a telephone interview from Japan. "Wouldn't it be a big moment in one's life if you saw someone at a party, and two days later she was killed? Life's made of memories, and that would be a big memory."
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2007 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
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."
BUSINESS
May 14, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
A budget of about $25 million may not be much for director Michael Bay, maker of such mega-budget movies as "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor." But it's enough to get him launched on a new passion: creating a video game that matches the quality of a feature film. Bay's first-person shooter game is part of a larger strategy to transform Digital Domain Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2007 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
THE "Transformers" concept is simple: In the blink of an eye, some innocuous thing -- a car, for instance -- morphs into an alien-whupping killing machine. Director Michael Bay has undergone his own transformation, and while it's hardly as dramatic as what happens in his new movie, his turnabout does suggest that he is about to have a much sunnier summer than his last time around. When Bay was previously putting the finishing touches on a summer movie, he wasn't having that grand a time.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2005 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Anticipating that the heat would be on in Hollywood this weekend, "The Island" director Michael Bay slipped away -- to sweltering Arizona. "I didn't hear the numbers all weekend," he said. "I relaxed, called my agent Sunday and said, 'Give me the bad news.' " When he heard the film finished in fourth place with $12.4 million, it was clear: "It's a debacle, it's my worst opening weekend ever," Bay said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Be careful what you wish for, it might ruin the movie you're in. Lincoln Six-Echo and Jordan Two-Delta are cloistered clones desperate to breathe the sweet air of freedom. But once they make good on their escape, "The Island" collapses like a punctured balloon. Of course, given that "The Island" is directed by world-class noisemaker Michael Bay, make that a very loud punctured balloon.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Merrill Lynch & Co. said Thursday that it is "pleased" with an arbitrator's decision that the securities firm won't have to reimburse movie director Michael Bay for trading losses. A three-person arbitration panel last week told Merrill to pay the director of "Pearl Harbor" $300,000, far less than the $8 million Bay had sought. Bay filed an arbitration claim against Merrill last year and sued a former Merrill stockbroker, Win H.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2001 | Bloomberg News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
"What you have to understand about Pearl Harbor is that it was probably the most controversial military event in 20th century history. It's still controversial today. Anyone who takes on a Pearl Harbor movie is going to face that." --Former Air Force Capt. Jack Green, curator branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., and advisor on the movie "Pearl Harbor."
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