News briefs: Avatar still strong; Lantern's Sinestro confirmed

With no new sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural movies debuting over the Feb. 19 weekend, Avatar held on in third place with $16.1 million in its 10th weekend for a total of $687.8 million domestically; Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief took fourth place ($15.3 million, down 51 percent in its second week, for a total of $58.5 million); and The Wolfman dropped 69 percent in its second weekend to $9.8 million for a total of $50.3 million.

Newly named DC Entertainment executive Geoff Johns tweeted that Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) will indeed play the villainous Sinestro in the upcoming Green Lantern movie:

"Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro."


Twilight stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart will be among the presenters at the upcoming Oscars, HitFix reported.

French producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam are preparing a 3-D animated-film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved children's book The Little Prince, with production is set for early 2011, Variety reported.

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