Michael Bay
Film director, film producer, camera operator, actor
Michael Bay
Michael Benjamin Bay 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 (1995), Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001) 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.
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New 'Transformers' Clip Debuts, Michael Bay Suggests He's Leaving Franchise
ABC News - 19 days
The director took to Facebook to say "this might really be it."
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Michael Bay Has Zero Interest In Blowing Things Up For A Marvel Movie
Huffington Post - 3 months
You’d think Marvel and director Michael Bay would go hand in hand, right? Both have failed Ben Affleck miserably, been blamed for the downfall of cinema, and demanded an unnecessary amount of explosions to make their movies watchable. And yet, Bay has steered clear from the recent boom in superhero films. During an interview with Collider on the set of “Transformers: The Last Knight” published Monday, the director explained that he has zero interest in directing a Marvel flick because nothing can compare to creating a world all your own.   “I really liked ‘Civil War.’ I like a lot of the Marvel movies,” Bay said. “When I saw ‘Iron Man,’ it broke a lot of new ground for me, and it was a great character. Funny, witty, I liked that about it.”  Still, he’d rather stick to directing Mark Wahlberg’s varied “OMG robots are real” expressions in the billion-dollar “Transformers” franchise, which spits out a new installment this summer, than anything Marvel. “I wouldn’t want to, it ...
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The Last Ship's Lucy Butler: Travel Specialist Extraordinaire
Huffington Post - 4 months
If there are two things that Los Angeles-based Lucy Butler knows about, it's acting and travel. As an actress, her success spans theatre (Chicago's Second City), film (David Lynch's Lost Highway) and television where she has been seen in series ranging from Family Ties to The West Wing. Currently she co-stars in Michael Bay's hit TNT series The Last Ship as Roberta Price, a powerful Southern politician. For many, success like that would be enough, but not Lucy Butler, whose 30-plus year career as a concierge travel specialist began in 1993 when she formed, Where On Earth, a company that specializes in unique private itineraries across the globe. Her personal area of concentration is Western Europe - specifically Paris, London, Spain, and Italy. http://www.whereonearthtravel.com Lucy Butler and her rescued German Shepherds (courtesy of AEFPR) After interviewing this sparkling fountain of useful travel tips, I am genuinely inspired to travel the world and the seven seas - Lucy ...
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John Krasinski On Playing The Iconic Jack Ryan: 'There’s Definitely Fear'
Huffington Post - 6 months
John Krasinski has played every character from our favorite goofball Jim in “The Office” to a badass soldier in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” But his newest character might be the biggest departure from his real-life personality yet. Krasinski is the latest actor to take on the role of Jack Ryan, the CIA agent from Tom Clancy’s popular novels, in an upcoming Amazon series from “Lost” showrunner Carlton Cuse. With this role, Krasinski joins the crew of Hollywood actors who have played the part of Jack Ryan in the past, including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine and Ben Affleck. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttri ...
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​'​Sick​ and​ asphyxiating​'​​ – why we live in an age of anxiety
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
These are anxious times – one in five Britons suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. We examine what makes everyday stresses spiral out of control, and four writers reveal how their fears rule their lives Anxiety plagues our times. In the UK, 19% of people suffer from depression and anxiety, according to the Office for National Statistics. Forty million Americans have an anxiety disorder; the average age of onset is 11. The disorders range from the generalised (GAD) to the unsettlingly specific: the pulling out of hair, compulsive skin-picking and, among the Inuit people of west Greenland, kayak angst. There is an anxiety for everyone. Anxiety, says Scott Stossel, the author of My Age of Anxiety, “has become part of the cultural furniture”. This helps to explain why Karl Ove Knausgaard sells so well, why so many characters in TV dramas and popular fiction have OCD (see Hannah in Girls, JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Monk) and why, eight years after the slogan was first populari ...
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'Big Short' Director Adam McKay: Hollywood Isn't Liberal
Huffington Post - 12 months
WASHINGTON -- Adam McKay is about to have a very big weekend. The director who was once best known for Will Ferrell slapstick vehicles like "Anchorman" and "Step Brothers "is up for five of the most prestigious Oscars for his latest film, "The Big Short": Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Win or lose, McKay has vaulted from an improv comedy maverick into the toast of tinseltown. And he's done it with a nakedly liberal film. "The Big Short" chronicles Wall Street's 2008 implosion through the eyes of a handful of traders betting against the mortgage market. It's a darkly funny film with no heroes that is ultimately a message piece about Wall Street's frightening stranglehold on the American economy. It's about wealthy elites ruining America, while other wealthy elites embark on a nerdy, misguided quest to save it. In an interview with The Huffington Post's "So That Happened" podcast last month, however, McKay emphas ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Mailer Daemon Haunts Hillary One More
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Mike Allen will leave Politico next year, presumably to do penance for asking about Rahm Emanuel’s vacation. A House panel investigating the Flint water crisis didn’t subpoena Rick Snyder -- perhaps he was too busy not doing anything about it. And the government said more than twenty of Hillary Clinton’s emails contained top secret information, a scandal that will culminate four years from now in a really, REALLY boring Michael Bay film. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, January 29th, 2016: POLITICO SETS ITSELF ON FIRE IN ULTIMATE ATTEMPT TO WIN MORNING - Michael Calderone, Sam Stein and Grim: "Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen will leave the news organization they helped launch nine years ago and built into a politics and policy juggernaut. VandeHei told staff Thursday that he was departing after the election and that Allen, chief operating officer Kim Kingsley, chief revenue officer Roy Schwartz and executive vice president Danielle Jones would ...
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'13 Hours' and 'Cartel Land': Cries and Whispers
Huffington Post - about 1 year
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Cartel Land, two current films about vigilante actions, share common roots and concerns, but end up worlds apart. 13 Hours, is a political screed told through the eyes of six secret mercenaries, an implausible Benghazi for Beginners, that often ignores the findings of eight Congressional Subcommittee Hearings, jettisons inconvenient conclusions and blames the local C.I.A. chief and "Harvard- and Yale-educated" bureaucrats running our government. Cartel Land is a more fact-based, sobering documentary that examines anti-drug cartel citizens group actions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Director Michael Bay's 13 Hours purports to be the story of "the secret soldiers of Benghazi," the ex-armed forces shady security contractors' efforts to fight off Libyan insurgents' attacks on the U.S. Ambassadorial staff. "When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right," proudly announces the theatrical release poster. ...
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Indie Focus: Oscar nominations aftermath and reconciling Michael Bay and Philippe Garrel
LATimes - about 1 year
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week sees the premiere of the a television program hosted by my colleague Rebecca Keegan and myself on Ovation TV. Over the next five weeks there will be a series of conversations among actresses,...
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Movie Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi...An Important Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Michael Bay does it again. Terrific ensemble acting. Great sound track and incredible cinematography which pulls you into the action and does not let you go. Six men become heroes in front of your eyes. A true story, as we all know, which appears to be told authentically. While there are conflicting stories of what actually happened at Benghazi, 13 Hours rings with an in your face sense of truth. The script was written under advisement of the soldiers who were there. No superstar for Michael Bay because as producer and director of this tragic story he becomes the star. Once more. Even his mother told him not to direct. "Why the headache," she said. Still he pulls out of the chaos of Benghazi a meaningful rendition of what could actually have happened. The six men are familiar faces mostly from TV land and that provides an intimacy with their characters which a mega star would destroy. This is an oh-I-know- him-from -that series-yadayadayada and so you feel closer to Benghazi than yo ...
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'13 Hours' is Michael Bay's confusing take on fatal Benghazi attack
LATimes - about 1 year
At first glance, it would appear that the only thing director Michael Bay and the Libyan city of Benghazi have in common is the initial letter B. Yet here they are joined at the hip in "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." Bay, best known for allowing toys to live large in the seemingly...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Bay
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    Bay, Fuller and Form co-produced with Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Marina Norman and are working on the sequel for a June 3, 2016 release date.
    More Details Hide Details Platinum Dunes is currently in the process of selling an unnamed TV series to a "major cable network" with Bay in talks to direct the pilot. Bay and Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida-based investment firm, acquired the digital effects company Digital Domain from James Cameron and Stan Winston in 1996, infusing the struggling business with a $50 million investment. Digital Domain considered an initial public offering in 2009 but ultimately withdrew the offer, because of the lack of interest. Currently a work for hire visual effects production house, Digital Domain plans to expand its efforts in the video gaming industry and become a full-fledged motion picture production house. Headquartered in Venice, Los Angeles, California, the company is also working to open branches in Vancouver, Canada and the state of Florida. After leaving Propaganda Films, Bay and producer Scott Gardenhour, also formerly at Propaganda, formed The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness (now known as The Institute), to produce commercials and other projects. Through The Institute, Bay has directed and produced spots for Victoria's Secret, Lexus, Budweiser, Reebok, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike. His most recent advertisement for Victoria Secret was the 2009 "A Thousand Fantasies" holiday campaign.
  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 48
    As of June 2013, Bay is committed to directing a live action adaptation of the video game series Ghost Recon, to be produced by Warner Bros..
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    On February 13, 2012, Paramount Pictures announced that Bay would produce and direct a fourth Transformers movie.
    More Details Hide Details The film, titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, was released in June 2014.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    Bay directed Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on June 28, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details His next film was a "small" film he had been developing for years, called Pain & Gain. The true crime story, based on events described in a Miami Herald article written by Pete Collins, concerns a group of bumbling bodybuilders working together to commit a robbery. Bay produced DreamWorks' I Am Number Four, based on a series of novels by Pittacus Lore published by HarperCollins Children's Books. D. J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) directed. Bay will co-produce One Way Out, a reality series that pits ordinary people against each other as they try to keep their pasts hidden and builds toward a showdown where all those secrets will be revealed.
    Gideon's Sword, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's novel set for release in February 2011, was optioned by Bay Films and will be produced by Michael Bay.
    More Details Hide Details The main character, Gideon Crew, avenges the death of his father.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    Bay returned as director and executive producer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which was released on June 24, 2009 and went on to gross over $832 million worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Although it received mostly negative reviews by critics, including aggressively critical reviews by American film critics such as Roger Ebert, Michael Phillips and David Denby (who referred to Bay as "stunningly, almost viciously, untalented"), the film was well received by its intended audience and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2009. In 2010, it earned seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations and winning three: Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It was also one of the best selling DVD and Blu-ray Discs of 2009, second only to Twilight in DVD format and the number one of all time in Blu-ray format until it was surpassed by Blu-ray sales of James Cameron's Avatar in April 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, he directed and teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce Transformers, a live action film based on the Transformers franchise.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in the U.S. and Canada on July 3, 2007, with 8 p.m. preview screenings on July 2. The previews earned $8.8 million, and in its first day of general release it grossed $27.8 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance. It broke the record held by Spider-Man 2 for the biggest July 4 gross, making $29 million. On its opening weekend, Transformers grossed $70.5 million, amounting to a $155.4 million opening week, giving it the record for the biggest opening week for a non-sequel. As of November 2007, the film has made over $319 million domestically and over $708 million worldwide.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In 2005, Bay directed The Island, a science fiction film starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first film Bay made without Jerry Bruckheimer as a producer. The Island cost $126 million to produce and earned $35 million domestically and $172 million worldwide. Bay stated that he was not comfortable with the domestic marketing campaign, as it confused the audience to the true subject of the film.
  • 2001
    Age 36
    In 2001, Bay directed Pearl Harbor.
    More Details Hide Details It starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film was released on Memorial Day weekend in 2001. Again, Bay produced the film with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Song. Again, Kevin O'Connell received another nomination for Best Sound, but he did not win. Pearl Harbor won in the category for Sound Editing, making it Bay's first (and, to date, only) film to win an Oscar. Michael Bay also directed the music video for nominated track "There You'll Be" by vocal artist Faith Hill. Bay reteamed with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys II, a sequel which also marked Bay's fifth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film grossed $138 million domestically, enough to cover the production budget, and $273 million worldwide, almost twice as much as the first movie.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    In 1998, Bay collaborated with Jerry Bruckheimer again, this time as a co-producer, as well as directing the action-adventure film Armageddon.
    More Details Hide Details The film, about a group of tough oil drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid away from a collision course with Earth, starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was nominated for 4 Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Original Song. The film earned 9.6 million dollars on its opening day and a total of 36.5 million through the first weekend. The production budget, $140 million, was one of the highest of the summer of 1998. Armageddon went on to gross over $553 million worldwide.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    The film was completed for $19 million and grossed a remarkable $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Bay's success led to a strong partnership and friendship with Jerry Bruckheimer. His follow-up film, The Rock (1996), was an action movie set on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area. It starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. It was also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, the latter of whom died five months before the film's release. The film is dedicated to him. Connery and Cage won 'Best On-Screen Duo' at the MTV Movie Awards in 1997 and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Sound category for the work of Greg P. Russell, Kevin O'Connell, and Keith A. Wester.
  • 1993
    Age 28
    He directed Goodby, Silverstein & Partners "Got Milk?" advertisement campaign for the California Milk Processors Board in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Bay's success in music videos gained the attention of producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, who selected him to direct his first feature-length film, Bad Boys. The film was shot in Miami in 1994 and starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The action film proved to be a break-out role for Smith, who was segueing from television to films at that time. Shooting in Miami was a good experience for Bay who would later own a home in the city and spend a great deal of time there.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    His first national commercial for the Red Cross, which won a Clio Award in 1992.
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  • 1990
    Age 25
    As part of this new relationship, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon brought the Platinum Dunes producers on to produce the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, rebooting the film series launched by New Line in 1990.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, majoring in both English and Film.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Michael Bay began working at Propaganda Films, directing commercials and music videos, two weeks after finishing his post-graduate degree. His 90-second World War II-inspired Coca-Cola advertisement was picked up by Capitol Records.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on February 17, 1965.
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