More "Transformers" Films On The Way From "Zodiac" & "Army Of The Dead" Writers

For those that enjoyed the Transformers film franchise reboot Bumblebee from 2018, get ready to embark on yet another adventure — better yet, make that two! — as Paramount Pictures and Hasbro are ficially bringing the “Autobots vs. Decepticons” war to theaters once again for a double feature the very near future.

According to Variety (seen above), sources tell them that two new Transformers movie scripts are in “active development” by two separate writers: James Vanderbilt and Joby Harold. Vanderbilt, writer David Fincher’s 2007 mystery thriller Zodiac, and Harold, who helped co-write Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix horror Army the Dead, are two names that make sense for these kind projects given their respective niches for the sci-fi genre. As Bumblebee made $468 million f a budget almost 1/4th that amount, it’s not surprising in the least bit that interest in more Transformers films would be desirable to Hollywood execs. 

Here’s what Variety is saying about the development these projects:

Details behind both scripts are still vague, but sources say they present an opportunity build out multiple storylines within the franchise.

No directors have been attached to either script and it’s also likely that both projects will feature brand-new casts.

“Transformers” has been one Paramount’s biggest draws since the franchise was launched in 2007, grossing more than $4 billion worldwide over the course five films. Following the release 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight,” director Michael Bay parted ways with the series to focus on new original material. After that, the studio decided to do a full revamp the property, starting with a writers’ room that would develop multiple ways to pursue a new film, leading to “Bumblebee.”

The studio still views “Transformers” as a top priority, with hopes to attach directors to each script as soon as possible.

Are you excited to see another film in the Transformers film franchise? Watch this action-packed clip from Bumblebee below, then let us know your thoughts in the comments:

Harvey Weinstein Accuser, Mimi Haleyi, Provides Graphic Testimony Of Sexual Assault

After the outpouring ual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the time has come for him to be prosecuted in a court law. His New York trial commenced last week with Sopranos actress, Annabella Sciorra, being the first victim to take the stand. She detailed having received lewd gifts from Weinstein in the 90’s, which led to him allegedly raping her in her own apartment and forcibly performing oral on her. 

A second accuser provided her testimony in a Manhattan court on Monday morning (Jan. 27), according to Vulture. Former Project Runway production assistant, Mimi Haleyi, claims that Weinstein also forcibly performed oral on her in July 2006. Assistant district attorney, Meghan Hast, tried to discern whether Weinstein targeted Haleyi because she was in a vulnerable position at the time, having moved to New York from London not long before the incident. Weinstein had bought Haleyi a plane ticket to Los Angeles, which caused her to feel obliged to go to his Soho apartment when later invited. Weinstein’s driver picked her up and brought her to his lt, where things started as a “normal exchange.”

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Weinstein and Haleyi initially interacted from opposite sides a sa, but “Really soon into me being there, he kind came towards me and lunged at me, trying to kiss me,” Haleyi said. “I got f the sa and said, ‘Oh, no, no.’” When Haleyi tried to push him away, “he would just pull me back and keep kissing and fondling me, and I got up and I tried to walk away from him.” “He was coming towards me physically, and I was backed into a bedroom,” she continued. “I fell backwards onto the bed … and I tried to get up, and he pushed me down. I just said, ‘No, no, I don’t want this to happen … I’m on my period. I was just trying to tell him anything to make him stop.”

Weinstein supposedly ignored Haleyi’s insistence that she was on her period and continued to force himself upon her. “He held me down on the bed, and he forced himself on me orally,” she explained. “I kept trying to tell him, ‘No, don’t go there, don’t do that. I’m on my period. I’ve got a tampon in.’ It was as if he didn’t believe me. He literally pulled my tampon out.”

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Haleyi ended up meeting with Weinstein again later that month because “he was very persistent and insistent,” and she thought it might allow her to regain a sense power. After Haleyi went to Weinstein’s room, “almost instantly, he basically just took my hands like that and just pulled me toward the bed,” she said. Haleyi recalled Weinstein calling her “a whore and a bitch” in an attempt to turn her on. 

Weinstein is being charged with one count predatory ual assault and one count criminal ual act for the alleged incident with Haleyi. He faces another three counts for the allegations made by Annabella Sciorra and Jessica Mann. Weinstein has denied all allegations nonconsensual ual activity. His Los Angeles trial is set to start soon, but there have been difficulties establishing a jury. 

Ariana Grande Debuts New Butterfly Tattoo At Grammy Awards

Ariana Grande attended last night’s Grammy Awards and had all eyes on her on the red carpet. The 26-year-old singer graced the event in a grey gown that had Ariana written all over it, with its bold and feminine ways. True Ariana fans were quick to notice something new about the singer that came in the form a delicate butterfly tattoo placed on the back her left arm. 

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Ariana has updated fans many times in the past when it came to her new ink, but this one was a surprise that was loved by her fans. 

It was around this time last year when Ariana got a hand tattoo that was supposed to have an enlightening meaning in Japanese but instead it just read “Japanese BBQ grill.” After getting roasted by fans and comics online, Ariana followed up with a message admitting her mistake. “I’d like it to be respectful and more correct bruh what’s wrong w that 🖤 tryna learn heeere,” she wrote. “Everything i do is out love n appreciation. down for all the corrections and guidance. thank u.”

She’s safe with this new ink.

Chris Brown & Royalty Are The Cutest Father-Daughter Combo At The Grammys

Chris Brown attended last night’s Grammy’s with his favorite lady as his date – his 5-year-old daughter Royalty. The Heartbreak On A Fullmoon singer was nominated for Best R&B Song for his single “No Guidance” featuring Drake. While he didn’t pull in a win (since PJ Morton’s “Say So” featuring JoJo got the award) Chris was all smiles next to his camera excited daughter. 

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Sooner than later Chris will be accompanied on red carpets by two his children since he recently welcomed his second child Aeko Brown with his ex-girlfriend Ammika Harris. Chris has been nothing but proud his mini-me since sharing all kinds updates on social media his adorable little man. After Ammika gave birth, reports started circulating that she and Chris were engaged and she alluded that it may be true when she posted quotes about marriage to Instagram.

“Marriage doesn’t guarantee you will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last,” she shared

“Chris is the proudest dad you’ve ever seen, he loves to talk about his kids,” a source said the new dad two. “He still gets so emotional talking about his son being born. He was there in the delivery room which was a first for him and he was blown away by that.”

Stephen A. Smith Claps Back At Joe Rogan: Conor McGregor Responds

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith pissed f a lot MMA fans earlier this month when he bashed UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone following his 40-second loss to Conor McGregor in the main event UFC 246. During his post-fight assessment, Smith described how “disgusted” he was with Cowboy’s “atrocious performance.”

Joe Rogan, who was standing next to Smith when the comments were made, wholeheartedly disagreed with Smith’s take as well, and he expanded upon his feelings on the “JRE MMA Show” podcast. In short, Rogan stated that Smith’s commentary was bad for the sport.

Smith issued his response to the criticism on Saturday, as seen in the video embedded below.

Says Smith, “You’re wrong on this one, my man.” He continued, “First all as it pertains to ESPN, check the numbers, the subscribers to ESPN+, the level attention that it got, the traffic that it generated in the digital and beyond…Not good for the sport? I think that’s good for the sport.”

Not long after Smith posted that video, Conor McGregor weighed in. And although McGregor agrees that he didn’t “show enough” during his return to the octagon, he made it clear that he’s siding with Rogan. Furthermore, McGregor thinks SAS needs to apologize to Cowboy for the disrespect. 

McGregor’s full response:

“The call you discuss here is A+. I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect! Apologise.”

Rogan has not yet addressed Smith’s video, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if SAS makes an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience in the near future.

Nas Joins Lil Nas X, BTS & More For ‘Old Town Road’ & ‘Rodeo’ At 2020 Grammys

Nas and Lil Nas X connected at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26), teaming up as part of a medley of the latter’s singles “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo.”

Lil Nas X’s star-studded performance also featured contributions from K-pop stars BTS, “Old Town Road” collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and viral sensation Mason Ramsey. Nas emerged at the end of the set, adding a new verse to “Rodeo” for a Grammy remix.

Earlier in the night, Lil Nas X and Cyrus’ hit single won awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Both men had never won a Grammy prior to Sunday.

Watch Lil Nas X, Nas and more’s performance of “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo” above.

Hip Hop Week In Review: Trick Trick Joins Royce Da 5’9’s Beef With Yelawolf

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Beyoncé sent Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo freshly boxed Ivy Park threads. Also, Trick Trick stepped into Royce Da 5’9’s rap beef with Yelawolf. And lastly, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Apryl Jones expressed regret for passing up the opportunity to have with A$AP Rocky and The Game.

Megan Thee Stallion & Lizzo Flaunt Ivy Park Gifts From Beyoncé

Beyoncé has been shipping bright orange boxes to celebrities all week in celebration of her Ivy Park line with adidas. Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo are two of the latest to receive a shipment from Ivy Park filled with clothes from Bey’s latest collection.

When Meg received her box, she twerked with glee and Lizzo did the same.

Their gifts come as the clothing line has been the recipient of backlash for the lack of plus-size options, as previously pointed out by essayist Candice Marie Benbow and blogger LaToya T. Wright.

Read more about Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo’s Ivy Park shipments here.

Trick Trick Steps Into Yelawolf Beef

Last week, Royce Da 5’9 went after Yelawolf on his song “Overcomer. This week, Detroit’s own Trick Trick also took aim at the southern rapper.

“Sell out another one…ASAP.And PLEASE Bring ALL your wolves,” Trick Trick responded in reference to Yelawolf’s quickly deleted Instagram post aimed at Royce, which urged Eminem to “get your hypeman before the wolves do.”

Read more about Trick Trick’s message for Yelawolf here.

Apryl Jones Regrets Not Hooking Up With Other Rappers

If Apryl Jones could have it her way, she would have already hooked up with A$AP Rocky, The Game and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.

“I’m on my live like normal, talking to my fans,” she explained during an interview on Tiffany Pollard’s show Breakfast With Tiffany. “And then people are under there saying, ‘You fucked The Game’ or You fucked Lil Fizz.’ At this point, you’re right – I fucked every single one of them. Because that’s what y’all wanna hear.

“Not that I have. I mean, I should have. I should’ve fucked The Game when I had the opportunity. I didn’t..And y’know A$AP, they said A$AP in there…Shaquille O’Neal.”

The comments surfaced in the aftermath of he break up with Lil Fizz. While they were together, Apryl said Fizz-o gave her “the best dick” ever.

Read more about Apryl Jones’ wanting to be with other rappers here.

Reviews

– Moneybagg Yo — Time Served
– Eminem — Music To Be Murdered By
– Mac Miller — Circles
– Sonny Digital & Black Boe — Black Goat 2
– DJ Khaled & Various Artists — Bad Boys 3 Soundtrack
– KXNG Crooked & Bronze Nazareth — Gravitas

#DXCLUSIVE: Moneybagg Yo, DJ Lord Jazz & Safaree

Moneybagg Yo Talks ‘Time Served,’ Roc Nation Deal & Being Transparent

HipHopDX caught up with Moneybagg Yo and got all the details on his recent deal with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation.

“It was just a blessing,” he told DX. “Yo Gotti kind of put the play together and it’s been planned for a minute. But I look at it like it’s time served like it’s just perfect timing. This is a dream and this is the stuff that people like want to do every day. This is what they dream of every day. I’m just excited to be with it and I’m excited to see the new levels I’m going to reach with Roc Nation.”

Read the full Moneybagg Yo interview here.

DJ Lord Jazz Talks Upcoming Lords Of The Underground Album

As Lords Of The Underground prep their first album in over a decade, DJ Lord Jazz shared insight on the project in a conversation with DX.

“We love and are always recording,” Jazz said. “So Legendary is produced entirely by German production team The Snowgoons, who’ve developed a reputation in recent years for putting golden era heavyweights back on the map.”

Check out the entire DJ Lord Jazz interview here.

Safaree Details Creating The ‘Perfect’ Wedding Song For Erica Mena

Safaree wrote a song with his now-wife Erica Mena titled “Purpose Of Love” and explained to DX what creating it eant.

“This song is a feeling that I want everyone In the world to experience,” Safaree noted. “This isn’t just a song to listen to, it is a feeling. It is love. My goal for ‘Purpose of Love’ is to be the new wedding song for the new decade.”

Read the full Safaree interview here.

Lil Nas X Wins Grammy For Best Music Watch The Acceptance Speech

After peaking on the 19th spot the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart last year, Billboard disqualified Lil Nas X’s single “Old Town Road” from the chart claiming that the song did not ‘fit the genre.’ Now, billions streams later, peaking at the number one spot in ten different countries, and staying number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart for a record-breaking nineteen weeks, Lil Nas X is the most prominent figure in all music today. 

Now, to add insult to injury, Lil Nas X has won a Grammy for the song’s visuals for Best Music Video. The video presented as an ‘ficial movie’ featured cameos from some notable personalities including Chris Rock, Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Diplo, Jozzy, Vince Staples, and Young Kio, the song’s producer. The five-minute production starring Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus on the run after an alleged bank robbery. The “Panini” performer eventually finds himself out place in the hood while Billy Ray Cyrus makes his way to a bingo hall to perform his notorious verse. 

The video directed by Calmatic has made Recording Academy history as the 62nd annual Grammy Award winner for Best Video. After it was announced that the video was the winner, Lil Nas X and company approached the stage in obvious hysteria. Calmatic took to the mic first thanking his supporters, family, and colleagues. Lil Nas X took to the mic following the director’s speech clearing his throat and simply stating:

“Thank You.” 

The 20-year-old multifaceted artist proceeded to walk f stage before racing back to the mic to say 

“And thank you to my man, Saul, right here, he’s amazing and Cal, you’re incredible.”

Some may not like it but Lil Nas X went from a struggling artist to a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter in a single year all thanks to “Old Town Road.” Check out Lil Nas X’s acceptance speech below as well as the list Grammy winners, here

Alicia Keys Brings Out Boyz II Men At 2020 Grammys For Emotional Kobe Bryant Tribute

Los Angeles, CA – Kobe Bryant’s #8 and #24 jerseys were illuminated inside the Los Angeles Staples Center as the 2020 Grammy Awards kicked off on Sunday night (January 26). The sadness that permeated the building was hard to ignore considering Bryant helped take the L.A. Lakers to glory inside the famous venue numerous times.

Following an electric opening performance from Lizzo, who dedicated her set to the late NBA superstar, host Alicia Keys took the stage and couldn’t hide her emotions.

“To be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero,” she said. “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those who have been tragically lost today are in our hearts.”

In order to pay tribute to Bryant, she started singing an acapella version of the 1991 Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.” As she sang, three out of four Boyz II Men members joined her onstage and began to harmonize, providing an emotional moment for the entire crowd and those watching from home.

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. He was 41 years old.

Lizzo, Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak & More Hit The 2020 Grammys Red Carpet

Los Angeles, CA – The shocking death of Kobe Bryant has cast a shadow on the 2020 Grammy Awards, which are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26).

The late NBA star played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers, making their arena — the Staples Center — a surreal venue to be holding a festive ceremony in light of his passing.

Yet the show will go on as artists from around the world have come to L.A. for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Some of Hip Hop’s biggest stars, including Lizzo and Rick Ross, are among the notable names to grace the red carpet at this year’s event.

Check out Hip Hop on the 2020 Grammys red carpet below.

Rick Ross

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Anderson .Paak

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Lizzo

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Dreezy

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EarthGang

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Ty Dolla $ign

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Jetsonmade

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Lute

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Cozz

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Omen

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J. White Did It

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Pooh Beatz

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Karen Civil

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Georgia Anne Muldrow

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Daniel Caesar

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Mereba

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Jozzy

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Steve Lacy

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Calmatic

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Playboi Carti & Yung Lean Link Up In Studio: Listen To Snippet

The road to Playboi Carti‘s forthcoming album, Whole Lotta Red, has been longer than expected or hoped. He has provided multiple teasers that have misled us into believing that the project’s release was not far away, even though it still hasn’t made its way into our hands. Given how many times Carti seemed prepared to drop it, WLR must be sitting on a hard-drive somewhere waiting to receive the green light to be freed. There’s not much that we know about the album. Carti’s cover story for FADER detailed that he had been working a lot with Metro Boomin and secured guest features from Gunna and Trippie Redd for unreleased songs. However, that story came out at the beginning last summer and it’s very likely that Whole Lotta Red has since evolved into a new permutation. 

This new permutation might include an appearance from the legendary Yung Lean. Footage from IG stories show that Carti and Yung Lean linked up in the studio on Friday night. A snippet was shared one song they cooked up, but only Lean is heard performing a rapping-singing hybrid on it. Considering that both these artists have been pioneers drug rap in their own right and have brought truly distinct styles to the music world, a collaboration between them is bound to be magical. 

"Captain Marvel" Sequel Being Helmed By "WandaVision" Writer, Arriving 2022

Captain Marvel – starring Brie Larson as the first female lead in a Marvel film – dominated at the box fice pulling in a whopping $1.1 billion worldwide. The movie arrived in theaters in March 2019 and The Hollywood Reporter now details how the sequel to the movie is in the works. The script is being helmed by Megan McDonnell, the women behind Marvel-based series WandaVision – a miniseries that follows Wanda Maximf/Scarlet Witch and Vision.

"Captain Marvel" Sequel Being Helmed By "WandaVision" Writer, Arriving 2022
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While details are at a minimum, the new movie will take place in the present day as opposed to the last movie. Marvel’s President Kevin Fiege hasn’t even shared too many details on the anticipated film but he did drop a hint at a Comic-Con back in July. “We didn’t even mention that we’re making Black Panther 2 and we didn’t mention that Guardians the Galaxy 3 is coming,” he said. “We didn’t even have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2, by the way. I didn’t even have time to talk about The Fantastic Four. And there’s no time left to talk about mutants.” Samuel L. Jackson also stars in the film set to arrive in 2022. 

“I find the character so inspiring that whenever I feel nervous and scared, I feel like I can turn to her and I feel like, No, I got this. And that feels really awesome,” Brie said her character. “I feel like I have the same awe over her that a lot her fans do.”

Jada Pinkett Smith’s "Red Table Talk" Renewed For 3 More Years On Facebook Watch

The Smith’s are one America’s most beloved families and in recent years, Red Table Talk has only solidified that. As a family that’s already been in the public eye for decades, they gave an uncanny look at some the problems they’ve faced through the years. Jada Pinkett Smith serves as the executive producer the show which has now been renewed for three more years on Facebook Watch, Deadline reports. The show will be producing new episodes exclusively for Facebook up until 2022.

Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" Renewed For 3 More Years On Facebook Watch
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Their new deal is expanding past just Red Table Talk. A new spinf titled Red Table Talk: The Estefans featuring Gloria Estefan has also received a green light from Facebook Watch. The music icon and her daughter, Lili Estefan will have a similar template to Jada Pinkett Smith’s show where they’ll discuss issues pertaining to society and their personal lives with guests. 

“I’m incredibly proud  Red Table Talk, and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili,” said Pinkett Smith. “Red Table Talk has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform. I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

Megan Thee Stallion, Yo Gotti & More Headline Superb "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

Our weekly “FIRE EMOJI” playlist is back this week with plenty heat to get you through the week. 

Kicking things f is Yo Gotti with his new banger “H.O.E. (Heaven On Earth).” Gotti comes through with a catchy hook rapping “I’m a hoe, I know I’m a hoe/ But don’t you call me a lil’ n—a, that sh– come with the smoke.” This track comes paired up with a music video that puts Gotti in a “Make the Hood Great Again” hat, as he serves as the President the United States. Gotti’s next album, Untrapped, drops on January 31st.

Also new this week, is Megan Thee Stallion’s “B.I.T.C.H.,” which samples Tupac’s “Rather Be Ya N–ga.” She explains that she’d rather be a “B.I.T.C.H.,” because that’s what she’ll end up being called regardless: “I’d rather be a B.I.T.C.H. because that’s what you gon’ call me when I’m trippin’ anyway.” Megan confirmed she was finishing up her debut studio album in December; however, no release date has been announced.

Other new additions include tracks from Lil Baby, Future, Mac Miller, 070 Shake and more. Check out the “FIRE EMOJI” playlist below.

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Uber Testing Feature In California That Would Allow Drivers To Set Own Ride Prices

As late, Uber has been pushing for its drivers to be labeled as independant contractors in California, and their latest feature serves to drive that point home. The ride sharing app is currently testing out a new feature in the West Coast state that gives drivers the ability to choose their own ride prices instead charging the default price. This feature allows drivers to hike up individual fares in 10% increments, and the prices are capped five times higher than what Uber’s set price would normally be for the ride. Currently, only drivers making trips to and from the Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Sacramento airports have access to this feature; however, the feature could expand to the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco areas if the trial run is successful.

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As expected, the drivers who set lower prices for a ride would be most customers first choice, while drivers with higher prices will get the bulk their customers during periods high demand. Uber is also testing another feature in California, that would allow passengers to assign themselves “favourite drivers” to schedule rides with. The feature will also give passengers the opportunity to give drivers vital information about each trip upfront before accepting the ride. 

By fering increasing opportunities for drivers in California to have more freedom, Uber is continuing their attempts to prove that their drivers are independant contractors, in order to save millions dollars by not providing benefits to its drivers has lead to an increasing. This increasing urgency to give their drivers more independence comes in the wake  California’s recently enacted law that takes issue with Uber’s stance.