News briefs: Avatar sneaked; Helfer goes Green

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

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.

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.

This week's Entertainment Weekly will feature Iron Man 2 on the cover, with the first look at Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

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.

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."

The fourth airing of HBO's True Blood scored a record 3.9 million viewers for its Sunday 9 p.m. telecast, Variety reported.

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