- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2017

The  London premiere of “The Mummy” — which had been scheduled for June 1 — has been canceled, People magazine reported Thursday.

Universal Pictures, which is distributing the Tom Cruise-anchored action film, cited Monday’s deadly suicide bombing in Manchester.

“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,” a studio statement obtained by People said. “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.”

The London premiere for the Warner Bros. picture “Wonder Woman” was called off Wednesday, also in light of the recent terrorist attack. “Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement, Variety reported. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere and junket activities in London.”

The cancellations come on the heels of British authorities raising the nation’s terror alert level, as officials investigating the attack believe the bomber, Salman Abedi, was working on concert with a terror network and that other attacks may be imminent.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the national terror-threat level, saying authorities were concerned a fresh attack “may be imminent.” Ms. May also authorized military personnel for augment police in certain key areas under the government’s Operation Temperer plan, said the London Telegraph.

On Thursday, British Transport Police authorized armed patrols on U.K. railways nationwide for the first time, the Telegraph reports. It’s a remarkable moment for a country well-renowned for a long tradition of widespread unarmed policing.


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