News briefs: Avatar sneaked; Helfer goes Green

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Dec 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Times reports that Fox and director James Cameron will sneak about 20 minutes of his 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar to theater owners in Hollywood's famed Grauman's Chinese Theater on Thursday—the same footage previously screened at Amsterdam's Cinema Expo—a week before a major preview at Comic-Con in San Diego and six months before the movie is slated to open.
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Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer will voice Boodikka, the most prominent female member of the Green Lantern Corps in Green Lantern: First Flight, the next DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie, coming to DVD on July 28; she previously voiced Black Cat in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
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This week's Entertainment Weekly will feature Iron Man 2 on the cover, with the first look at Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.
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NBC is pulling the Canadian paranormal drama The Listener from the air, Variety reported; the low-rated drama will be replaced with Law and Order repeats on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, starting July 30.
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Agence France-Presse reported that the Vatican has given its approval to the latest Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, even though Pope Benedict XVI criticized earlier films in the franchise; on Wednesday, L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See, wrote of Half-Blood Prince: "The mixture of supernatural suspense and romanticism sets the right balance, making the adventures of the protagonists more credible."
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The fourth airing of HBO's True Blood scored a record 3.9 million viewers for its Sunday 9 p.m. telecast, Variety reported.