Ten years ago I started this site using Adobe Pagemill 1.0 and a cracked version of Photoshop running on a Cyrix 286 system operated by Windows 95. The page had a image of Michael, a bio, and the list of his films (Bad Boys and The Rock). A lot has happened since then.
On behalf of Michael, I would like to thank all of you who have visited and supported the site over the years.
One of the Biggest Movies of 2007 Gets Digitally Enhanced into The IMAX
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – IMAX Corporation, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that “TRANSFORMERS,” one of the highest grossing movies of the year, will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s immersive format and released to IMAX(R) theatres on September 21. The Michael Bay-directed movie, which has already generated $310 million in gross box office receipts domestically since its premiere in conventional theaters on July 3, will be enhanced into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) through IMAX’s DMR(R) (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.
“IMAX’s all-encompassing format takes ‘TRANSFORMERS’ to a whole new level of detail and intensity,” said Michael Bay, the film’s director. “I am very excited to work with the team at IMAX to create this turbo-charged version.”
“As fans of ‘TRANSFORMERS’ await the release of the DVD in the fall, they will have a brand new way to experience the adventure — as if they are actually part of the movie,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “The images and sound in ‘TRANSFORMERS’ are perfectly suited to The IMAX Experience and we are very excited to share the IMAX version with the film’s present and future fans.”
“When you combine Michael Bay’s action packed brand of filmmaking with The IMAX Experience, you get a movie that plays to the elusive and extremely valuable tech-savvy demographic,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We are very excited to offer moviegoers a chance to experience one of the highest grossing and most popular films of the year in a premium way that cannot be replicated anywhere else, and we are delighted to once again work with the talented team at Paramount Pictures to make this happen.”
It appears that Transformers will be released on on regular DVD & HD-DVD only and not Blu-Ray.
Paramount/Dreamworks has decided to drop it’s support for Blu-Ray. That means you must either own a Toshiba HD-DVD player or have the HD-DVD add-on for the xBox 360 to view Transformers in HD.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. and DreamWorks Animation SKG , each announced today that they will exclusively support the next-generation HD DVD format on a worldwide basis. The exclusive HD DVD commitment will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.The companies each said that the decision to distribute exclusively in the HD DVD format resulted from an extensive evaluation of current market offerings, which confirmed the clear benefits of HD DVD, particularly its market-ready technology and lower manufacturing costs. Paramount Home Entertainment will launch its exclusive HD DVD program with the release of the blockbuster comedy hit “Blades of Glory” on August 28th and follow with two of the biggest grossing movies of the year “Transformers” and “Shrek the Third”. These three titles alone represent more than $1.5 billion in box office ticket sales worldwide.
I contacted Michael and he has confirmed that Transformers will be arriving on IMAX theaters.
Stay tuned for details.
By MARK SCHILLING
Opening Saturday on 617 screens, helmer Michael Bay’s “Transformers” jumped straight to the top of the Japanese weekend box office with a two-day total of ¥631.3 million ($5.35 million).
That spelled more than “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which took in $4.04 million over the weekend, for second place.
The “Transformers” figure is 16% better than the $4.6 million opening weekend for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (Japan cume $57.5 million), which bowed on 370 screens, and 6% better than the $5.07 million of “Mission: Impossible III” (Japan cume $43.4 million), which debuted on 800 screens. Both were released in summer, like “Transformers.”
“Transformers” compares favorably with Bay’s previous smash, “Armageddon,” which opened in Japan with $5.87 million and went on to make $114 million in 1998 when the Japanese exhibition circuit was considerably smaller than today.
Looking at the strong early numbers, and the higher-than-expected female auds, distributor United Intl. Pictures is predicting a $59 million final tally for “Transformers.”
In the end, there are no fireworks, no explosions and no Aerosmith…nevertheless, there’s a ripple of excitement in the courtroom as director Michael Bay states and spells his name. Juror 6, a film industry executive, sits up in his chair, smiles and shakes his head.
On direct examination, Bay first appears a little nervous. Listing his blockbusters for the jury, he misses “Bad Boys II,” something Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson quickly points out.
“Oh, yes,” he says.
Quickly though, he seems relaxed and confident, and he says exactly what prosecutors have called him to the stand to say. He knew Lana Clarkson, he liked Lana Clarkson and he never dissed Lana Clarkson. He was at the party in question, he acknowledges, but he never saw the actress.
On cross, things get a little testy. Defense attorney Bradley Brunon suggests that if he liked Lana so much he would have offered her one of the many parts available in the blockbusters he has made over the years.
“Uh, no, but I never offered Tom Hanks a part either,” Bay shoots back.
There are a few chuckles. And Brunon mutters, “We’re not talking about Tom Hanks. He may not have accepted.”
It’s all over in 25 minutes. (That’s 14 percent of Pearl Harbor’s running time.)
Outside court, Bay is similarly brief. How was it to not be directing the action? “It was good,” he says with a smile. “It got repetitive.” On the way to the elevator bank, he adds, “It’s so irrelevant.”
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The Associated Press
Monday, August 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES: The director of this summer’s blockbuster “Transformers” was called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness at Phil Spector’s murder trial on Monday.
A defense witness had testified earlier in the trial actress Lana Clarkson was distraught over an encounter with director Michael Bay at a party about 10 days before she died in Spector’s home in 2003.
Spector’s attorneys contend it was another sign that Clarkson was suicidal and may have shot herself.
Bay testified he remembered Clarkson from a time he cast her for a small role in a car commercial in 1998, but denied ever seeing her among the 350 to 400 other people at the Hollywood Hills party in late January 2003.
“If I disrespected her she probably would have slapped me,” Bay said. “She was just that saucy.”
Clarkson’s friend Punkin Pie Laughlin testified last month that she accompanied Clarkson to the party. She said Clarkson, who found modest fame as the star of a cult movie, “Barbarian Queen,” in the 1980s, tried to talk to Bay but returned in tears, saying he didn’t acknowledge her.
Laughlin suggested the incident the party contributed to Clarkson’s depression and was a turning point.
The prosecution contends Spector, 67, who gained fame with his “Wall of Sound” music recording technique, killed Clarkson when she tried to leave his home after coming there for a drink.
Under questioning by prosecutor Alan Jackson, Bay said he scoured his memory after he read of Clarkson’s death, trying to figure out when he last saw her. He said he thought it was eight or nine months before she died but he could not remember the circumstances.
Defense attorney Brad Brunon noted that Bay did several movies after he first met Clarkson. Asked whether he ever offered her a role in one of his movies, Bay snapped, “No. But I never offered Tom Hanks a part either.”
Bay recalled that at Christmas 2002, he received a gift of chocolates from Clarkson along with a copy of a one-woman video she had produced to promote her career.
Asked by Brunon whether he gave the video any consideration, he said, “I didn’t even look at it.”
Source: The AP via IHT
Court TV reports that MIchael Bay is set to take the stand in the Phil Spector trial.
“The prosecution unveils a list of 13 rebuttal witnesses, and one name is a blockbuster…Michael Bay, director of “Transformers,” will take the stand and say that Punkin Pie was lying when she testified that he snubbed a teetering-on-the-brink-of-sanity Clarkson at a party a few weeks before her death, prosecutor Jackson says.”
To read Michael’s post concerning the trial, click here.
Stay tuned for more details.
Update: Michael will be taking the stand on Monday, August 6. The case will be televised on Court TV.