"Transformers" director Michael Bay says his epic meltdown in Vegas yesterday might not make him popular with technology nerds ... but also says it hasn't exactly hurt him with the ladies.
Bay was on "TMZ Live" explaining why he freaked out and walked off stage during a big presentation at the CES convention.
It's not like he's never been on stage ... he says he's been front and center hundreds of times, but explains why this one was different.
Here's the deal ... Samsung should kiss Michael's ass, because now everyone's talking about its newfangled TV.
Freaks Out Onstage -- Walks Off
1/6/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Bay melted down in Vegas today ... after his teleprompter malfunctioned.
The "Transformers" director was the featured speaker for Samsung TV at the CES convention. No sooner did he walk out on stage when it was evident something was terribly wrong.
Michael went blank and then made a reference to "type" ... we've confirmed it was a teleprompter problem. He said he'd wing it, but watch the video ... that didn't happen.
Michael walked off the stage ... leaving the audience and the moderator dumbfounded.
Anyway ... dialogue was never his strong suit.
4:12 PM PT -- Bay posted a message on his website explaining the fail ... "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES ... I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost." Then he added the obvious, "I guess live shows aren't my thing."
Still a Pain in the Neck
12/12/2013 11:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Wahlberg is still feeling the pain after putting his neck on the line while filming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" back in October -- stepping out in Hollywood Wednesday with a neck brace.
Wahlberg didn't hurt his neck while performing some awesome stunt. The actor claims he woke up one morning while filming in Hong Kong ... and his neck just started hurting ... he doesn't know exactly why.
We're told Wahlberg's docs think the brace will help his recovery.
Keep your head up.
Was an Extortionist!
10/18/2013 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Bay just told TMZ ... the man who attacked him with an air conditioner was an extortionist who vowed to torpedo "Transformers 4" unless Bay paid him off.
Bay told us on "TMZ Live" that he was shooting in a Hong Kong neighborhood earlier in the week and had paid various businesses on the surrounding streets money in return for shutting down during the shoot. One dude held out, and, according to Bay, set out to ruin the shoot by turning on an electric saw and making other noises when the cameras were rolling.
Bay says the guy -- who he's convinced was on drugs -- came at him with the air conditioning unit.
The way he tells it ... very entertaining.
ATTACKED By Crazy Dude
Wielding Air Conditioner
10/17/2013 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Famed director Michael Bay almost got clobbered by what appears to be a drugged out crazy who swung an air conditioner at his head on the set of "Transformers 4."
The incident occurred today in Hong Kong. The attacker somehow made it on the set, accosted several members and then set his sights on Bay. When Bay realized what was up, he saw the crazy man swinging an air conditioner right at his noggin.
Bay then wrestled the unit out of the attacker's hands and security quickly subdued him.
There are reports out that Bay was injured by 2 men on the set -- untrue.
'I Always Wanted a Boy'
8/12/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Duhamel is having a little BOY ... and he's totally psyched about it -- telling TMZ, "It's gonna be fun to teach him what I know."
Duhamel's wife Fergie is due next month -- and at LAX this weekend, the "Transformers" star told us how pumped he is that the ultrasound showed boy parts.
During the convo, our photog had an honest moment -- telling Josh he's nervous about having children because he's scared to death to have a girl ... with the dating and the makeup and the whathaveyou.
Josh told the photog he feels his pain -- explaining, "I have 3 sisters. It wasn't fun as an older brother."
So, what's easier -- raising a boy or raising a girl? Someone's gotta have the answer ...
Fire Breaks Out On Set
100-Year-Old House Damaged
6/12/2013 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A fire broke out on the Texas set of "Transformers 4" ... causing major damage to a 100-year-old home ... and officials believe it may have been caused by movie pyrotechnics.
A rep for the Pflugerville Fire Department tells us ... the fire started in the attic ... but emergency responders sprung into action and were able to extinguish the blaze before it had a chance to damage the rest of the home.
Unfortunately, the FD says the attic suffered "substantial damage."
The rep says, "There was one injury to a civilian who was transported to the hospital by Austin Travis County EMS. We have no other information on this person or their injury. "
We're told ... officials believe burning embers from pyrotechnics may have caused the blaze, but they're not sure at this point.
So far, the fire is being ruled as "accidental."
The FD says the home has been released back to the homeowner.
'Transformers' Felt Like
A 'Finger Up My Ass'
8/15/2012 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf claims filming "Transformers" felt like having a "a finger up your ass" -- and now, the actor says he's quitting big budget movies for good.
26-year-old Shia spoke with The Hollywood Reporter recently, swearing off studio flicks for the rest of his life ... in favor of a career in indie films -- saying, "I'm done ... There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist."
Shia said, "You give Terrence Malick a movie like 'Transformers', and he's f**ked. There's no way for him to exist in that world."
Shia then gushed about the people behind his new movie "Lawless" -- saying, "These dudes are a miracle ... They give you the money, and they trust you -- [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."
Failed 'Idol' Transformer Guy -- I Want a Do Over!
2/12/2011 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Beaumier -- the guy who blew his "American Idol" audition Wednesday night while dressed in a ridiculous Transformer costume -- is begging for a chance to redeem himself ... and we have the video!
He's actually not that bad -- but the best part of the video ain't his singing ... it's his incredible collection of fully-functional Transformers outfits.
The guy is definitely more than meets the eye.
'Transformers 3' Victim's Tab -- $350k ... and Rising
10/28/2010 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Medical bills are rolling in for the "Transformers 3" extra who was brain-damaged on set -- and the early total is more than $350,000 ... an astronomical tab Paramount Studios says it will foot.
Gabriela Cedillo's attorney Todd Smith tells us the 350k only covers her initial month-long hospital stay -- and does not include other costs like an airlift, ambulance rides, and the rehab facility where Gabriela is now.
Gabriela was partially paralyzed when a stunt went horribly wrong back in September.
Paramount -- which is producing "Transformers 3" -- has said it will pay for Gabriela's medical expenses.
Family Rips 'Transformers' Investigation - 'Ridiculous'
10/13/2010 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of the woman partially paralyzed on the set of "Transformers 3" is blasting the government agency that cleared producers of any wrongdoing ... claiming their findings are "ridiculous."
In a statement issued today, the family of 24-year-old Gabriela Cedillo said they were "deeply saddened and disappointed" that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration cleared Paramount simply because they used a licensed welder to set up a vehicular stunt on Sept. 1.
The family claims, "The mere fact that the welding was performed by a 'certified welder' ... does not in any way suggest that the weld was performed properly." The family continues, "In fact the evidence is clear that it was done in a slip-shod fashion."
The statement concludes, "It is completely irresponsible for even a local government bureaucrat to rush to such sloppy conclusions."
Producers Cleared in Horrific 'Transformers 3' Crash
10/13/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Transformers 3" producers are not to blame for the terrible on-set car crash that left one female extra partially paralyzed ... this according to state investigators.
A rep for the Indiana Occupation Safety and Health Administration tells TMZ ... an investigation into the September 1 accident -- in which a tow cable snapped and sliced through Gabriela Cedillo's skull -- concluded that producers operated by the book in coordinating the fateful stunt.
Instead, IOSHA tells TMZ the accident occurred "due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a cable. The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place."
The IOSHA rep added, "No citations or fines will be issued. This was an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident."
As we previously reported, Cedillo -- who is now paralyzed on the left side of her body -- filed a negligence lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks earlier this month.
Another Unscripted Car Crash on 'Transformers 3' Set
10/11/2010 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There was more trouble on the Washington D.C. set of "Transformers 3" today -- when a cop car drove through the movie's perimeter and collided with one of the movie's main stars ... bright yellow Autobot Bumblebee!
A nearby shop owner tells TMZ there was a lot of police activity in the area right at the time of the accident due to a bomb scare. It is unclear if the cop car involved in the accident was part of that investigation.
UPDATE: D.C. police tell TMZ the cop car involved was part of the Explosives Ordinances Division. We're told the cop driving was taken to a nearby hospital.