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Producer sues Warner Bros. over ‘It’ film adaptations

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Producer sues Warner Bros. over ‘It’ film adaptations

Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky were running Telepictures in the early 1980s when they acquired the rights to the Stephen King novel.

They developed the project miniseries for ABC and stayed on through pre-production.

They left the company after it merged with Lorimar and were given a company credit on the miniseries, which aired in 1990.

According to the lawsuit, the pair signed a deal with Lorimar that made them “non-exclusive executive producers,” with backend participation and rights to involvement in any sequel, spinoff or remake of the show.

The suit alleges that Warner Bros. stopped issuing profit statements in 1995 and never consulted either producer about the film adaptations.

“It” was released in 2017, which grossed $700 million worldwide. “It: Chapter Two” is due out in September.

The suit also claims they are entitled to 10 per cent of net profits of any remake, which the suit alleges will amount to tens of millions of dollars.

Konigsberg died in 2016 at the age of 83. Sanitsky, 67, is pursuing the case through the partners’ corporate entities.

Their companies are represented by Dale Kinsella of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert.

The suit also accuses Warner Bros. of short-changing them on profit participation from the miniseries.

In March, the studio issued its first participation statement in 24 years, showing that the producers were owed $1 million.

The suit claims that Warner Bros. has substantially under-reported profits and improperly withheld payments.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.

 

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Stress:  Comedy has become palliatives – Koffi

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Comedy is a veritable  tool to reduce tension and improve the health of the people, a renowned comedian, Idowu Nuel, (a.k.a Koffi), said on Wednesday.

“At present in Nigeria as it is in some other climes, there is tense economic atmosphere which is adversely affecting people physically, mentally and financially.

“People’s health is declining due to stress and pressure.

“Improved diet, exercise and humour have become palliatives to get over this,” Nuel told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

He said that laughing regularly would keep one relaxed in spite of harsh economic condition.

According to Koffi, doctors now advise patients to laugh more to reduce tension.

He advised upcoming comedians to choose their words carefully when cracking jokes, adding that they should use satires with caution.

“In the past, cartoon strips in newspapers served as sarcasm and satire and it was well understood and accepted.

“Lately, people are more sensitive and take everything personal; so I personally don’t even try to get entangled in satires.

“As much as I like to deliver intelligent materials, I know the boundaries; hence, I advise others to tread with caution,” he said.

He advised the youth not to relent in efforts to strive toward perfection in the careers.

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Davido pulls stunning performance with 50 Cent

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BBNaija: Enkay apologises for ‘maltreating’ Cindy

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Recently evicted Big Brother Naija, pepper Dem housemate, Nkechinyere Ede popularly known as Enkay has tendered an apology to fans over her actions towards Cindy while in the Big brother House.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that Cindy had approached Enkay to join her in a Ludo game, but Enkay refused and instead chose to play alone.

Fans described Enkays action as `condescending” and did not take kindly.

She tendered the apology in a live video shared via her Instagram handle @Eukay on Tuesday saying she was not a condescending person.

NAN reports that during the eviction which held on Sunday, Enkay told Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, the host of the show that she love Cindy very much and they were jolly good friends.

The 25 years old fashion designer explained that she did not intentionally reject or look down on Cindy while in the house as being perceived by fans of the show.

“My attitude to Cindy was just a misunderstanding, it was absolutely nothing personal.

“I am not a condescending person, I will never look down on anyone, I am as humble as I can be.

“I apologise to anyone that felt I did try to look down on Cindy,”she said.

The incident won fans sympathy votes for Cindy to the detriment of Enkay, who was evicted on Sunday, scoring the lowest votes of 0.88% .

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

Hollywood Celebrity couple,Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have both ended their six years relationship joining the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year.

The oscar winner was recently spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.

The duo had been together since 2013, though they never officially confirmed their relationship

Kattie Holmes revealeed that she doesn’t really care about what Jamie does with his life as they haven’t been together for months now.

The  former couple started dating back in 2013 ,a year after she ended her marriage to Tom Cruise.

The duo kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.

Even though they tried keeping their relationship away from the public, it was a known fact they were in an exclusive relationship.

However,the Celebrity couple finally appeared together in public for the first time at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala in New York in 2018, and they walked a red carpet together for the first time at the Met Ball in May.

Meanwhile,  Foxx had in June said that things were “,going swimmingly” and the couple were making long distance work, though that’s clearly not the case anymore.

They have frequently shut down engagement rumors over the years, and will now go their separate ways.

 They join the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year

Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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COSON advises youths to take advantage of creative industry

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The Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Mr Tony Okoroji, on Tuesday urged youths to take advantage of the creative industry by being more innovative with the contents of their productions.

Okoroji told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) had in the past three decades continued to guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights.

“The younger generation needs to have the courage to be more creative in other to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the commission to protect intellectual property.

“The NCC will implement the law to its best, but it takes on the individual’s creative person to use the law of the commission to make sure that they develop their life.

“I urge the younger generation therefore, to use the facilities set up to improve on their creativity and push their career to the next level,” he said.

The chairman said that Nigerian music and films were increasingly becoming more competitive in the international community with diverse blend of culture that makes up Nigeria coupled with the unique style of afromusic that makes the Nigerian entertainment industry attractive to foreigners.

Okoroji, who said that the entertainment industry had become a major money spinner for the Nigerian economy, urged the NCC to remain focused in the protection of intellectual property.

“My prayer for NCC is that they find the courage to continue to do what is right so as to encourage quality creative contents capable of growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

“I am dreaming and praying for a commission that is completely focused on the interest of the stakeholders, musicians, writers and actors.

“This will allow for speedy development in the entertainment sector which will have a ripple effect in the Nigeria nation as a whole,” Okoroji said.

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