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What the Hell Happened with Michael Bay?

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Michael Bay was doing a presentation at Samsung’s CES event in Las Veas yesterday when something bizarre happened. He was there to help promote the brand’s new curved HDTVs but ended up running off the stage – something he’s a bit embarrassed about in hindsight.

Here’s what happened: He came on stage and started a speech about how directing was all he ever wanted to do for a living before getting flustered over the “type” on the teleprompter (wrong size? wrong font? lol) and suddenly declared that he would “wing it”. However, instead of continuing to speak, he just stood there in silence for several really awkward minutes before apologizing and running off the stage. Oh dear.

Here’s what he wrote on his blog (of course) after the event:

Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

Of course, some would point out that if he really believed in the product he was trying to endorse, he wouldn’t need a teleprompter, he would just speak his thoughts. Also, Michael Bay is many things, but he’s certainly not a stranger to public speaking. That’s just bullshit.

I’m not buying it – what do you think happened?

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So, How About That Crazy Michael Bay/Transformers Attack?

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In case you missed this one, which you may well have done (I nearly did!), Michael Bay was on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong when three men apparently turned up and demanded $12,900 before attacking him. One of the men was on narcotics of some sort and had an air conditioner as a weapon, which is vaguely terrifying and totally hilarious. Also, why $12,900? That’s a bizarrely exact amount of money.

Here was the initial release:

“The production company did have a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon,” the release read.

“The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay’s head. The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident.

“The company’s security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault. The police, who also scuffled with the assailant and two of his companions, ultimately arrested the three men. No one on the cast or crew was injured and the production immediately resumed filming without further incident.”

How strange all around. But now Michael Bay has come forward and said half the reports out there are totally wrong. He gave his own version of events on his blog:

“Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong.

“One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.”

“Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount. I personally told this man and his friends to forget it we were not going to let him extort us. He didn’t like that answer. So an hour later he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit.

“He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That’s when the security jumped on him.

“But it took seven big guys to subdue him. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z – he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.”

“Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers. After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong.”

Yes, after all that… What the hell is with this story? I feel like none of it makes sense whatsoever. They wanted Michael Bay to pay them not to play loud music? (He could afford it, admittedly.) What? Drugs are crazy. I bet this shit wouldn’t happen on the Ninja Turtles set.  Donatello would have that ass.

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Megan Fox Is Reuniting With Michael Bay For ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

She may have compared him to Hitler and called him “a nightmare to work for”, but Michael Bay apparently doesn’t hold grudges because Megan Fox has been cast in his newest project: an upcoming remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay revealed the news on his official blog yesterday with this exciting message:

“TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”

I can totally see Megan as April O’Neill (I love that I even know the character’s name by heart), but there’s no confirmation on what her role will be. Wouldn’t that be hilarious if Michael Bay turned around and was like, “She’ll be playing Donatello!”?

I’m not sure what happened to bring these two back together again as the whole transformers fallout seemed pretty acrimonious, but I suppose we’ll have to put it down to… turtle power. No, really – I’m leaving now.


Oprah Tops Forbes‘ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

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… And interestingly enough, she’s the only woman in the Top 10. Others on the list are as follows:

#10 – Simon Cowell, $90 million
#9 – George Lucas, $90 million
#8 – James Patterson, $94 million
#7 – Howard Stern, $95 million
#6 – Tyler Perry, $105 million
#5 – Dr. Dre, $110 million
#4 – Jerry Bruckheimer, $115 million
#3 – Steven Spielberg, $130 million
#2 – Michael Bay, $160 million
#1 – Oprah Winfrey, $165 million

The monetary amounts are calculated by endorsements, profits, upfront pay and advertising work, and doesn’t even factor in whatever these people might be making off the books for … well, for whatever, really. When you’re making that kind of money, there’s lots of ways to fudge the numbers, I suppose.

When you’ve got it, you’ve got it, right? Damn.

Michael Bay “Recycles”

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You’ve heard of limited animation, right? Like in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, when Scooby-Doo and the gang run in terror past the same tree five times? (To be fair, Filmation did this a lot, too.)

Guess who else has been reusing old frames!

Don’t really guess; I’ll just tell you. It’s our old pal, MTV Movie Award-winning director Michael Bay!

Man. I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion I’m being tricked into watching the same movie over and over.

On the one hand it’s a little surprising that Michael Bay would employ a traditional cost-cutting technique, considering Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s budget of $195 million. On the other, it explains how Bay pumps blockbusters out so quickly, and anyway, once Michael Bay is in love with an explosion, maybe he doesn’t want to mess with perfection? Maybe he said to himself, “This scene from The Island could really only be improved with robots.”

I mean, at least he’s just cribbing from himself.

Someone Gave Heidi Montag a Gun

There are just so many things about this video that blow my mind. Where to start?

OK, so apparently Heidi Montag got an audition for Transformers 3 (OK, how???) and in order the prepare for her audition, Heidi went to a shooting range (!!!) and shot guns (!!!!). Like, actual firearms. Somebody gave Heidi Montag a gun and then filmed her using it. If that’s not a sign that gun control’s a problem, I don’t know what is. Sure, the gun was given to her in a controlled environment, but shouldn’t you have to pass some sort of mental health exam before they give you the bullets?

It looks like this isn’t the first time that Heidi’s used a gun, either. She actually maneuvers her way through a shooting course with alarming grace and speed. Perhaps the Colorado native has a history of hunting that we don’t know about?

Either way: Heidi in Transformers 3? Hell no. Heidi with a gun? Hell-er no.

Meet Megan Fox’s Transformers Replacement

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Her name is Katie Cassidy, she’s David Cassidy‘s daughter and she most recently starred in Michael Bay’s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which, if I’m being completely honest was the absolute balls. And I, uh, mean that in a good way.

Since the snooty Fox decided that Transformers was beneath her and wanted to stretch her legs (and nude scenes) in her upcoming indie film, Passion Play, producers for the Transformers franchise didn’t want to waste any time or effort in replacing the “irreplaceable” star, and didn’t find it all that hard to do so, either. A source close to the production dishes:

“Michael worked with Katie on A Nightmare On Elm Street and he sees her as the perfect choice. Megan was unknown when she was cast in the first Transformers and Katie is in that same mold. She even looks a little like Megan — only blonde.”

I’m kind of hoping that this entire “I’m a serious actress!” thing blows up in Megan’s face … I mean, without Michael Bay at her back, she’s probably going to continue to do low-budget indie movies that will end up on the dusty bottom rack of a second-rate movie rental store — if these movies even make it that far, at any rate.