News briefs: Darth Maul joins Heroes; Avatar running time

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Entertainment Weekly columnist Michael Ausiello reports that Ray Park (Star Wars' Darth Maul) is in talks to join the cast of NBC's Heroes for a sizable arc; Deanne Bray (The L Word) is also nearing a deal to come on board for multiple episodes. Both join the previously reported Robert "T-Bag" Knepper.

SlashFilm reports that James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar will have a running time of "definitely over two and a half hours," while rumor has it that it might be over 3 hours long.

Dark Horizons, meanwhile, reports that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince clocks in at a final runtime of 153 minutes.