Deadly Blast At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester

MANCHESTER, England, May 22 (Reuters) – A blast on Monday night at a concert in the northern English city of Manchester where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing left an unknown number of people dead and injured, police said.

Police said they were responding to reports of an explosion and that there were a number of confirmed casualties and others injured.

?We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,? concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.

?It was a huge explosion ? you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.?

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website. It is a popular concert and sporting venue.

A spokesman for Ariana Grande?s record label said that the singer was ?okay.? A video posted on Twitter showed fans screaming and running out of the venue.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of ?severe? meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates. 

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Are Officially Making A Film With Ava DuVernay

It all started with a tweet. 

The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong?o movie dreamt up by Twitter users and propelled to viral fame is set to become a reality. Netflix nabbed the rights in ?a very aggressive bid? at the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Back in April, @blaquepink shared an iconic 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong?o seated together at Paris Fashion Week. 

User @1800SADGAL responded that the pair looked like the perfect duo. 

And thus a movie idea was born. Rihanna and Nyong?o were game. 

Ava DuVernay will direct and Issa Rae is set to write, according to EW. DuVernay and Rae were also recruited by determined Twitter users. 

 ?I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color,? DuVernay told TIME last month. ?I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasn?t about who?s the male lead or who?s the sidekick, it was about who?s going to write it? Who?s going to direct it??

?I think that is really interesting about people?s interest in who?s creating and who?s telling the story and especially on Twitter where everyone is telling their own story,? she continued. ?We?ll see what happens.?

Needless to say, everyone is pretty excited. 

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