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Movie buzz: Rihanna to star in a film based on a tweet

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Rihanna is starring in a film based on a tweet. Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy

WHO Rihanna

THE DEAL A Twitter post featuring an amusing comment about the singer-actress is about to become a Netflix feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Last month, a Twitter user named 1800SADGAL posted a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) at a fashion show with this caption: “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.” Despite the typo, the post went viral and apparently struck Nextflix as a concept worth greenlighting. Director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and writer Issa Rae (the Web series “Awkward Black Girl”) are in talks to join the project. No word on whether 1800SADGAL will receive credit.

WHO Jordan Peele

THE DEAL The next film from the creator of “Get Out” has no title yet, but it does have a release date of March 15, 2019, according to TheWrap. Peele, half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, made his feature-film debut earlier this year with “Get Out,” a horror film about a young black man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents. The film became a critical hit and a commercial success, making Peele the first African-American writer-director whose first movie crossed the $100 million mark. His next film is being described as a “social thriller.”

THE MOVIE “The Hero”

THE DEAL Sam Elliot plays Lee Hayden, an aging actor whose best roles are behind him, in a drama that recently screened at both the Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals. As it turns out, the movie has earned Elliot some of his best reviews yet. Variety called it “the most substantial big-screen role of his career,” while the Hollywood Reporter praised his performance as one of “gentle melancholy and unforced charisma.” The film also stars Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Laura Prepon. It screens locally in a sneak preview next week ahead of its June 9 release.

INFO Wednesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15. Call 516-829-2570 or go to

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