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London premiere for Tom Cruise film 'The Mummy' axed after UK bombing

LOS ANGELES May 25 Universal Pictures on Thursday canceled the London premiere of "The Mummy" following the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people and caused Britain to raise its terrorism alert to critical.

"The Mummy," an action adventure which stars Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, was due to have a red carpet event in London featuring cast members on June 1.

"All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers," Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp said in a statement.

"Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for 'The Mummy' scheduled to take place next week,” it added

The move by Universal follows the cancellation of the May 31 London red carpet premiere of Warner Bros movie "Wonder Woman," citing similar reasons.

Pop singer Ariana Grande, whose Manchester show was the target of Monday's suicide bombing, has called off two London concerts this week and five dates in Europe (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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