Julian Assange's show features interviews with 10 "key" people.
Julian Assange's show features interviews with 10 "key" people.
Posted: January 26, 2012

THINK OF IT AS "Late Show with David Letterman," except with nuclear codes.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's new TV talk show has found a home on RT, the Kremlin-funded English-language TV station often critical of U.S. policy.

RT television announced yesterday that it will air Assange's series of 10 interviews with what it described as "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries - figures who in the author's opinion will be shaping the political agenda of tomorrow."

The names of the guests are still to be disclosed.

The RT statement said Assange is filming the series from the location of his house arrest in Britain. He is fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on sex-crimes allegations. U.S. officials are weighing possible charges linked to the leaks, the biggest disclosures of secret documents in U.S. history.

"We're proud to host Julian Assange's new project," editor in chief Margarita Simonyan said in the statement. "RT has rallied a global audience of open-minded people who don't take things around them for granted."

RT launched its first English-language channel in December 2005.

Comcast customers should be able to see Assange's show on Channel 263, but given the star, someone will probably leak it.


Armie Hammer, a star of "The

Social Network," was arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in West Texas after a drug-sniffing dog discovered marijuana in his car.

Hammer spent about a day in jail before paying a $1,000 bond.

Arrest records show he had 0.02 ounces of marijuana, three medicinal marijuana cookies and one brownie when arrested Nov. 30 in Sierra Blanca, a few miles from the Mexican border.

El Paso's district attorney declined to prosecute because a felony requires more than 4 ounces of actual marijuana.

Erica Campbell of the

Grammy-winning sister gospel duo Mary Mary has given birth to Zaya Monique. The girl, born Tuesday, weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

It's the third child for Campbell and her husband, producer-songwriter Warryn Campbell.

Nancy Shevell (a/k/a/ Mrs.

Paul McCartney) is stepping down from her position on the board of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Shevell had been on the MTA's board since 2001 and was one of its longest-serving members.

Her term expired last year, but she had stayed on pending a new appointment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Garth Brooks has won his

lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of his late mother.

Jurors ruled that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon must pay Brooks $1 million. That includes Brooks' $500,000 donation plus $500,000 in punitive damages.

* Just call her Jew Barrymore.

According to In Touch, Drew Barrymore is converting to Judaism to marry Will Kopelman.

* "The View" announced yesterday that Star Jones will bury the hatchet and return to the daytime gabfest on Feb. 22 to promote an awareness campaign about heart disease in women.

Star was one of the talk show's original co-hosts.

But she had an angry exit in 2006 when ABC decided not to renew her contract and she announced she was leaving the show - taking creator Barbara Walters by surprise.

Both Star and Barbara had open-heart surgery in 2010.

* L.A. court records show that

D. L. Rayford Jr., who pleaded no contest to stealing John Travolta's vintage 1970 Mercedes-Benz - later recovered - has been ordered to pay John $50,000 in restitution and serve 16 months in jail.

Tattle will guess that it will be easier for him to serve the time.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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