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Universal Drops ‘Fast and Furious’ Producer From Franchise

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Universal has decided to cut ties with longtime Fast and Furiousproducer Neal Moritz.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moritz and Universal have had a love/hate relationship throughout their tenure together.

Yet, the two parties have always managed to find middle ground allowing the 8-film saga to gross over $5.1 billion worldwide.

But after engaging in an intense legal battle over the upcoming Hobbs & Shaw spinoff, Universal apparently ran out of patience.

Not only did they cut Moritz from the film that’s set to hit theaters in Aug., but Universal also decided to cut the producer from future projectsplanned for the Fast franchise.

The straw that broke the camel’s back centers around a lawsuit Mortiz filed against Universal.

In court documents obtained by THR, the producer states he was instrumental in creating the concept for Hobbs & Shaw with Fast writer Chris Morgan.

As a result, Moritz feels Universal owes him a $2 million fee as well as a percentage of the money grossed from the film’s premiere dates.

This did not sit well with studio execs as they stated they would agree to these terms only if he’s willing to back away from the franchise completely.

Doing so would cut into the favorable “pay-or-play” deal he brokered with the studio.

In his “pay-or-play” deal, Moritz will still be compensated from the upcoming Fast films whether he’s involved or not.

While this is still a big payday, he will not receive producing credits or revenue generated from any characters he claimed to have introduced.

Although it is unsure how these litigations will play out, it is clear that parting ways with Moritz can be an expensive endeavor for Universal. Yet, this seems fine with the studio as it looks like they rather pay the producer to stay away than continuing their reportedly “long, torturous history” with Moritz.

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D’banj says he stands in ‘solidarity’ with the Nigerian youths who #Endsars

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D’banj has said he stands in solidarity with Nigerian youths who are condemning police brutality and raising awareness about the extrajudicial killings carried out by SARS operatives in Nigeria.

He wrote:

I know what it means to be in pain, , to lose a child and a loved one,so I know the pain my brothers and sisters are going through and my heart is heavy

I pray God grants us the healing and restoration we so deeply need in our country and that our lights can once again shine
As a Nigerian youth,I try my best to never give up especially when it seems the hardest, so I urge you to do the same.

I stand in solidarity with the Nigerian youth. I stand for restructuring of the Nation system
On that note,we move, we never give up,till we get to the top of the world!
ABUJA ;pls where is the location for the ?? #ReformtheNation #EndSars

I know what it means to lose a child - D

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Falz Has Appealed To #EndSARS Protesters Not to Lose Focus .

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In a post shared on his Twitter handle this morning, the Falz who is also a frontline organizer of the #EndSARS protest asked the protesters to remember it is a protest, not a party. He asked that there should be no Drugs, Alcohol and no partying at the protest grounds

 

Protest not party - Falz tells #EndSARS protesters derailing from objective of the protest

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BBNaija’s Ex Housemate Erica Tells FG To increase police salary

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BBNaija’s Erica has asked the federal government to increase the salaries of police officers.

The reality show star backed her call by sharing a photo of the salary structure of Nigerian police officers. Erica wrote; Dear Government of Nigeria, please increase police salary! #sarsmustend

 

Please increase police salary - BBNaijaPlease increase police salary - BBNaija

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