Tattle: HBO: New 'Blood,' 'Newsroom'

Posted: April 05, 2012

IT MAY NOT BE the biggest entertainment story of the day, but people who care . . . care a lot.

HBO's "True Blood" returns June 10.

New faces in the bloody mix include "Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni, Scott Foley, Kelly Overton and "General Hospital" star Carolyn Hennesy.

The first episode of HBO's new Aaron Sorkin-penned series "The Newsroom," starring Jeff Daniels, Dev Patel, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer and Olivia Munn, will follow two weeks later on June 24.

Like Sorkin's other shows, it should be awesome until he gets bored.

An Olympic concern

Because Ryan Seacrest has not infiltrated enough media and has somehow figured out how to work a 48-hour day, the "American Idol" host/Top 40 radio DJ/Kardashian TV producer/E! News co-anchor/AXS TV owner is coming to NBC.

Although there is concern that he may replace Matt Lauer, so "Today" viewers would have to wake up to him every day, Seacrest first will take part in NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics.

Maybe at gymnastics, he can banter with the British judge.


* Fatherhood agrees with Bruce Willis.

The new dad says he's willing to give away his central Idaho ski resort to a nonprofit.

The action star has already put his lavish home in nearby Hailey, Idaho, on the market, as well as the local bar he owns, for a combined $19 million. Now the Idaho Mountain Express reports he's told Camas County leaders that he will gift his popular Soldier Mountain ski area in Fairfield to the right nonprofit.

Willis has owned the ski area since the late 1990s. It boasts 1,150 acres of in-bounds terrain, and its three lifts give access to a vertical rise of 1,425 feet.

* Plans are moving forward for a Detroit statue of the fictional crime-fighting cyborg RoboCop.

Uh, why?

* Photographers and TV crews jostled for position Wednesday as Madame Tussauds in London unveiled waxwork figures of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

Madame Tussauds' Liz Edwards predicts that the pair will become the attraction's most popular figures.

* According to Whitney Houston's final autopsy report, detectives found white, powdery substances and a spoon with white residue in the hotel room where she died.

Whitney had cocaine throughout her system when she died, the report said, and a "spoon with a white crystal like substance in it, a rolled up piece of white paper from off the top of a counter along the east wall of the bathroom" were found. The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, but if it quacks like blow . . .

* In Thailand, censors have ruled that a new movie "has content that causes divisiveness among the people of the nation."

It's called "Shakespeare Must Die" and it's a new version of "Macbeth."

Take that, rockers and rappers. "Macbeth" was written 400 years ago and it's still ticking people off.

* According to the Los Angeles Times, a South Korean company called CJ 4DPlex Co. has created a theme park ride-like experience to accompany screenings of "Titanic 3D" in specially equipped theaters in South Korea, Mexico, China and Thailand.

Borrowing from the ideas of legendary producer William Castle and Disney World's "A Bug's Life," 4DX places audience members inside the film's environment using motion, wind, fog, lighting and scent.

Come on, honey, let's go to the movies and feel like we're drowning.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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