New Michael Bay Photographs

Posted on Jul 29, 2007

Nelson here….

These photos appeared on the UK Telegraph newspaper and where taken by Spencer Murphy.

You can check out his web site at <a href=”http://www.spencermurphy.co.uk” rel=”self”>http://www.spencermurphy.co.uk</a>

These are posted with permission. Please do not repost.

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U.S. Servicemembers Reaction To ‘Transformers’

Posted on Jul 25, 2007

From Holloman to Hollywood, Transformers make movie magic

By John J. Kruzel/American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – Under the cover of darkness in the nation’s capital last night, servicemembers from all branches deployed into theater — the movie theater.

About 600 military personnel and family members attended a sneak preview of “Transformers,” the summer science fiction action-adventure film set for national release July 3.

Audience members cheered as virtuous Autobot transformers fought in concert with their U.S. military allies against the depraved Decepticons, while the clash between good and evil played out in stunning images and bone-rattling sound.

“That was without a doubt the best movie I have ever seen,” Army Staff Sgt. Mario Youngblood, dressed in his combat uniform, said as he emerged wide-eyed from the theater. The soldier, who grew up watching the early animated version, said the film did justice to the “Generation 1” Transformers of his youth.

“Transformers” features servicemembers from various branches fighting side-by-side in the thick of the action, depicting joint military operations.

“Obviously, the military has never fought giant robots, and hopefully we never will. But the way this film is structured, if we ever had to do it, this is probably how we would do it,” said Army Lt. Col Paul Sinor, a public affairs officer with that service’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

During one battle scene, members of a joint special operations force are attacked by a Decepticon in the desert of a Middle Eastern country. Using a common cellular phone, the Army commander on the ground dials the Pentagon and tosses the phone to his Air Force combat controller, who directs an Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft to their position. Operators on the AWACS then call in AC-130 Spectres and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for air support.

“Go, Air Force!” an audience member yelled when an AC-130 began firing on enemies with its side-mounted artillery guns. “Yeah, Navy!” belts out a sailor upon seeing a team of destroyers cutting across the shining sea.

This battle scene illustrates “netcentric warfare,” the modern military strategy aimed at connecting command centers to airborne control systems to warfighters around the globe.

Liaison officers like Sinor worked with director Michael Bay to ensure the U.S. military’s portrayal — its core values in addition to its tactics, dialogue and uniforms — looks and feels authentic. As a testament to the military’s fondness for technical titles, servicemembers refer to the transformer robots as Non-Biological Extraterrestrials, or NBEs.

“Try to keep up with the acronyms,” one of the film’s characters says during an intelligence briefing.

The resolute secretary of defense, played by Jon Voight, gives a nonverbal plug during the film to America Supports You, a Defense Department program that connects military members to a civilian support network. The lapel of the Defense Secretary’s suit jacket is affixed with a pin bearing the ASY logo.

“(Bay) did the Hollywood part of the film, we did the military part, and it was a very cohesive, very easy way of doing things,” said Sinor, who has worked with Bay previously on films that include “The Rock” and “Armageddon.”

Defense Department officials allowed Paramount Pictures to film at Air Force bases in New Mexico and California, and to rent military equipment such as the CV-22 Osprey and F-22 Raptor, which made their big-screen debuts in “Transformers.” F-22s run about $25,000 per hour, according to the rental scale established by the department.

“You can’t go to Tanks R’ Us and rent a tank or a destroyer,” Sinor said. “If you need that in the movie, you have to come to the military.”

The film promoters, who last night treated guests to free popcorn and soda, stood outside the theater doors after the film, asking for audience members’ reactions in an exit poll fashion. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and one servicemember remarked about the Hollywood’s portrayal of the military, “This is the first time they got it right.”

“The special effects are definitely going to draw the younger crowd, and then they’ll be able to see just how the Air Force operates,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mike Gasparetto after the film.

Gasparetto, a career field manager for Air Force Recruiting Service, said moviegoers will get a chance to see some of his service’s more exciting missions.

“I think it will be a great branding tool for the Air Force, to let the folks know that the Air Force does more than just move people around in aircraft,” he said. Hundreds of airmen appear in the film as extras, and nearly a dozen others have speaking roles.

“The military cooperating with the entertainment industry puts a more personal side on what the military does,” he said. “We’re not just about protecting the nation, although that is our primary job. This film shows that we have a human side to us while we are there to protect and help wherever needed.”

Source: USDOD/defenselink.mil

China, Meet Michael Bay

Posted on Jul 21, 2007

I am really excited about this partnership with Mtime and the exposure of my work and thoughts to Chinese movie fans, for whom I have great respect, as I celebrate the release of “Transformers” with them.

-Michael Bay

If you read Mandarin–or not–check out the site at http://michaelbay.mtime.com/

Broken Records

Posted on Jul 20, 2007

Nelson here…

Transformers has broken the box office record in China….Transformers hit 100M Yuan.

Transformers breaks South Korean box office record….6 million viewers.

That Phil Spector Freak

Posted on Jul 18, 2007

What a friggin circus in that Phil Spector murder trial. Some whack job witness who say’s she is a friend of the poor murdered girl Lana Clarkson say’s she ended it (meaning suicide) because I did not recognize Lana at a party. Can you believe this dumb story? First of all Phil Spector looks like a creepy murderer. No girl would sit in a foyer of a house with a purse on her shoulder, and borrow some guys gun, and say I’m gonna end it here, oh and I’m gonna blow my teeth out and wreck my face while I’m doing it. According to national suicide experts, people – especially women, never hurt their face in the process of suicide.

So this is the Spector creep’s only alibi – she committed suicide – come on.

I knew Lana. She worked with me on two commercials. I liked her energy – she had a great personality. I would never forget her face. It would be a big event in someone’s life If you saw a woman you knew at a party on Saturday night and she was dead two days later, don’t you think? I never saw Lana at this party. This Punkin, witness lady is a liar! According to reports, Punkin has a book deal about being Lana’s friend. She wants to make money off of her so called ‘friend’. What a disgusting piece of shit that Pumkin lady is!!!

Michael Bay

Editing With Michael Bay

Posted on Jul 13, 2007

Nelson here…

If you’re interested on what went on behind-the-scenes with Transformers, click here to read this great article.

Source: FXGuide.com

Michael Bay: 1, haters: 0 (part 3)

Posted on Jul 8, 2007

‘Transformers’ morphs into money machine

Sci-fi saga makes $67.6 million debut

Associated Press
July 9, 2007

The shape-shifting robots of “Transformers” have taken on a new form: Huge piles of cash.

The sci-fi saga “Transformers,” DreamWorks and Paramount’s big-screen take on the Hasbro toys, debuted with $67.6 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gave it $152.5 million since opening with preview screenings Monday night.

If the weekend figures hold when final numbers are released Monday, that would give “Transformers” the biggest first week revenues ever for a non-sequel, surpassing the $151.6 million of 2002’s “Spider-Man.” But factoring in today’s higher ticket prices, “Spider-Man” drew more people in its first week, about 26.1 million, compared to 22.5 million for “Transformers.”

“Transformers,” was directed by Michael Bay and features a cast led by Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who are among the humans hurled into the action when two races of warring robots bring their feud to Earth.

The movie’s striking visual effects and the Transformers brand — which debuted in the 1980s with toys, a TV show and an animated movie — proved irresistible for audiences, said Rob Moore, Paramount’s head of worldwide marketing and distribution.

“Michael Bay created something visually that people hadn’t seen before,” Moore said. “When you look at a jet plane flying under a bridge then flipping and turning into a robot, those kinds of images people found incredibly unique and compelling.”

“Transformers” also took in $93.6 million in 23 other countries where it has opened since June 28.

Source: THR

Michael Bay’s Transformers: $246.1 Million Worldwide

Posted on Jul 8, 2007

TRANSFORMERS

  • Biggest first-week gross ever for a non-sequel (beating Spider-Man’s $151.6 mil)
  • A global box office total of $246.1 mil, when you add in the $93.6 mil Transformers earned in 23 other countries
  • Biggest Tuesday gross ever ($27.9 mil), as well as the third-best Wednesday ($29.1 mil) and fifth-best Thursday ($19.2 mil)
  • A super-solid $16,854 per-theater average in 4,011 venues
  • A resounding CinemaScore rave of A from an audience that was two-thirds male but evenly split between young folk and old
  • A 93% positive rating at the exit polls

Michael Bay: 1, haters: 0 (part 2)

Posted on Jul 7, 2007

‘Transformers’ dominates box office

Robust robots squash ‘Spider-Man’ record

By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK

With moviegoers transforming the July 4th holiday box office into non-stop fireworks, DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Transformers” scored the highest seven-day performance for a non-sequel in history, clobbering previous record-holder “Spider-Man.”

Pic closed out its 6 1/2 day opening at an estimated $152.5 million from 4,011 screens, including an estimated weekend take of $67.6 million. “Spider-Man” made $151.6 million during its first seven days.

“Transformers” and other films benefited from an unusually hectic July 4th holiday week at theaters, bookended by two lucrative weekends.

Source: Variety

Transformers Crushes Fandango’s July 4th Ticketing Record

Posted on Jul 6, 2007

In a recent online survey on Fandango, several thousand moviegoers responded with the top reasons they are seeing Transformers. The results are as follows:

— 75% were fans of the Transformers cartoons when they were kids;

— 65% had played with the Transformers toys;

— 24% had read the comic books;

16% are fans of director Michael Bay.

Source: PRNewswire