NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno. The network said in the segment, to be broadcast Monday on the ‘‘Today’’ show, the convicted sex offender will give his account of the encounters that landed him in prison and discuss his former boss, who was accused in a university-funded investigation of covering up allegations against Sandusky in a bid to preserve the football program’s reputation. John Ziegler said Friday he interviewed Sandusky over the phone several times and in person at Greene State Prison, and that they exchanged letters. Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys, including violent attacks inside campus athletic facilities. He maintains his innocence. NBC said Sandusky also will also talk about Mike McQueary, a then-graduate assistant who told Paterno in 2001 he’d seen Sandusky showering with a young boy in a football locker room. McQueary is pursuing a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State.
Cruise networks in Russia
Tom Cruise (inset) has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte. The actor’s page appeared Friday, announced by a message on Twitter saying ‘‘See you there!’’ in Russian. His profile picture is a poster for his new science fiction film ‘‘Oblivion,’’ which comes out in Russia on April 11, two weeks before it opens in the US. Cruise’s page is a sign of Russia’s increasing box office clout. Box office income rose 8 percent last year to $1.3 billion, the ninth-highest in the world. Vkontakte dominates the Russian social media market with more than 40 million users — about 10 times as many as use Facebook.