Weekend Box Office, Universal’s ‘Dark Universe,’ Tom Holland in ‘Uncharted,’ ‘Angry Birds 2′ Set

‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ To Top Weekend Box Office Alien: Covenant is holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, WB…

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ To Top Weekend Box Office

Alien: Covenant is holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be looking to next weekend to improve a rather weak debut. (BOM)

Universal Goes All In With Their ‘Dark Universe,’ Slates ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ For 2019

Universal/Comcast Corp. just dropped a massive press release with images, videos, website likes and a deluge of details, concerning what is now known as their “Dark Universe.” That is the official name for the wave of big-budget classic monsters movies coming our way, beginning with The Mummy. (FOR)

‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland To Play Young Nathan Drake In ‘Uncharted’

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland will star in Sony’s adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted. Shawn Levy came on board in October to direct the film, based on the PlayStation video game. (VAR)

The Angry Birds’ Movie 2 Release Date Set For 2019

Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. are once again joining forces on the next  adventure of the flightless birds. The Angry Birds Movie 2 release date has been set for September 20, 2019. Sony Pictures will distribute the sequel and Thurop Van Orman will direct. (CS)

Annapurna, eOne Announce Distribution Partnership

Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One announced a new distribution partnership. The multi-year deal kicks off with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit this summer. (SD)

Weinstein TV Nabs Oliver Stone’s ‘Guantanamo’ Prison Drama

Stone will helm all season one episodes of the scripted series, marking his TV directorial debut. (THR)

Cannes 2017 Midpoint: Where Are The Deals? ‘A Ciambra’ In 3-Way Tug Of War

The Sean Baker-directed The Florida Project had its first screening and with buzz building for deals on films from Disobedience to Book Club, Redoubtable, 120 Beats Per Minute, Pom and I Feel Pretty. Sources said a deal is imminent for the Italian-language film A Ciambra. (DH)

Hugh Grant Joins ‘A Very English Scandal’

Hugh Grant will return to TV for the upcoming BBC One drama A Very English Scandal. The three-part event series is based on the true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. (DAR)

‘Saturday Night Live': Sasheer Zamata Leaving After 4 Seasons

Sasheer Zamata, who’s been a Saturday Night Live cast member for the past four seasons, will not return to the late-night sketch comedy series when it returns this fall. (TVL)