News Briefs: Downey is Lestat? Avatar trailer early?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Bloody-Disgusting reported a rumor that Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. is in close talks to play the vampire Lestat in Universal Pictures' The Vampire Chronicles, a newly rebooted franchise based on Anne Rice's popular novels.

Apple has starting promoting that it will debut the first trailer for James Cameron's Avatar on Thursday, a day before expected and a day earlier than the upcoming "Avatar Day" next Friday, when footage from the film will be screened for the public.

Variety reports that DreamWorks Animation's Oobermind has enlisted three new superheroes, with Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill set to lend their voices to the comedy set for release in fall 2010.

Fox Television Studios will cancel TNT's Saving Grace even though the supernatural drama is doing relatively well in the ratings, Variety reported; the series will end its run after nine episodes scheduled for next summer because the show performed poorly overseas and in DVD sales.