Following a yearlong investigation, FBI officials on Wednesday identified the man they say hacked into the email accounts of nearly 50 celebrities, including those of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.
The suspect, Christopher Chaney, an unemployed 35-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, apparently didn’t do it for the money, FBI officials say. Chaney allegedly worked from his home computer to mine data from magazines and websites, including posts on Twitter and Facebook to get passwords. The name of a dog, a favorite movie, an old address, or a sister’s name all aided his efforts.
Officials said that once Chaney obtained passwords, he could then gain access to the stars’ address books, photos and other files. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the star received into his account.
Cheney allegedly began his hacking in November 2010 when he tapped into Christina Aguilera’s email and later posted pictures of the singer in a revealing photo. In December, Chaney managed to hack Mila Kunis’ accounts and stole several pictures. That same month, Chaney tapped into Scarlett Johansson’s accounts that contained several nude pictures. The photos soon circulated on several celebrity websites.
Cheney was arrested this week in Jacksonville and faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
The Proposal” co-stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds’ rumored budding romance is hurting the actor’s soon-to-be ex-wife Scarlett Johansson. The “Iron Man 2″ actress is said to be “devastated” that the “Green Lantern” star has moved on so fast.
Bullock, who split from motorcycle builder husband Jesse James after learning of his affairs, was seen celebrating New Year’s with Reynolds in Texas, prompting rumors that the two are dating each other.
The actress’ rep has already denied the rumors, but RadarOnline.com insisted that she is “very much dating” Reynolds. The two apparently even made a couple of trips to her Wyoming getaway.
And even though they are not a couple yet, Reynold’s estranged wife is not taking the news well.
A friend of Johansson told Popeater, “Scarlett is a deeply private person, who during her entire marriage was only ever seen and photographed with her husband a handful of times. Now, less than a month after they split that fool has gone and got himself photographed [with Bullock] on New Year’s Eve of all days.”
“Of course she is devastated.”
And while it is not suggested that the Academy Award-winning actress has anything to do with the breakup of Reynolds and Johansson’s marriage, it was still painful for the younger actress to watch her husband move on quickly and to know that Bullock is on his side.
The source continued, “Even if they are not a couple yet, this is very awkward for Scarlett. She too thinks of Sandy as a friend and hates the thought that Sandy is on team Ryan after the breakup, that is if she isn’t already his girlfriend.”
Ryan Reynolds Named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”. Ryan Reynolds joins the ranks of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp as he’s named this year’s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. The 34-year-old actor had been previously honored by the magazine in 2009 and 2008, but this year is the first time the star, who suits up for “The Green Lantern” next year, has taken the title and the cover. “The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers,” Reynolds joked to People magazine. It also didn’t hurt that Reynolds has been showing off his abs for years in films like “The Proposal,” “The Amityville Horror,” and “Blade: Trinity.” If that’s not enough, he’s also covered many a Men’s Health magazine. “My body naturally wants to look like Dick Van Dyke,” he jokes. “When I stop training, I turn into a skin-colored whisper.” He also expects home life with his wife of two years, actress Scarlett Johansson, to change. “Now it’s going to be, ‘Sexiest man, take out the garbage.’ That does sound better,” he said. Also scoring Sexiest Man honors this year are Jon Hamm, Jon Bon Jovi, Joe Manganiello of “True Blood,” and “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz.
Marvel Fires Edward Norton From “The Avengers”. Edward Norton has been fired from the upcoming Marvel Studios film “The Avengers,” in which he was tapped to reprise his role as Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk. The studio says it needs someone worthy, while Norton shoots back at the insult. The film will see some of Marvel superheroes come back, including Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and more. Norton, who played the green hero in 2008, was also asked to reprise his role, but it seems his services are not needed anymore. Marvel has fired the Oscar nominee from the film, insulting him in the process. President of Production Kevin Feige said, “Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” “‘The Avengers’ demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Sam Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.” Norton’s talent agent Brian Swardstrom shot back, saying after Feige offered the role to the actor, there had been “civil, uncontentious discussions” for weeks. Marvel has rescinded their offer even before they had signed a deal. He said, “This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.” “We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige’s mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in ‘The Avengers’ cast, many of whom are personal friends of his.” “Feige’s statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory. Mr. Norton’s talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel’s fans.” “The Avengers” is slated for a May 2012 release with Joss Whedon as director
The editor of one of America’s leading men’s magazines, Esquire, was disappointed with actress Scarlett Johansson after allegedly dropping out for a covershoot and leaving bosses looking for a last-minute replacement. The actress was supposedly set to be named the Best Looking Woman in America by Esquire and had been scheduled to appear on the front of the magazine’s recent ‘Women We Love’ issue. However, for some reason, Scarlett dropped out from the photoshoot, having magazine editors redo the poll and instead gave the title to ‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks. Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger disclosed the situation during a recent magazine conference in Toronto, Canada, saying, “she (Johansson was) supposed (to be on the cover). Scarlett completely s**ewed us,” according to Canada’s National Post. Meanwhile an insider tells the New York Daily News, “Scarlett was indeed the first person approached by Esquire to appear on the cover (and was) committed (to the shoot). But things change rather quickly. I think her commitment on Broadway prevented her from making good.”
Scarlett Johansson has bought a house in Louisiana . The actress and her husband Ryan Reynolds have splashed out on a modest two-storey property, which comes with spacious grounds and a number of outbuildings. The couple are said to be working on the colonial-style property at the moment, adding eco-friendly touches such as solar heating to the building and repairing damage including a rusty barn roof. Other famous faces who own property in Louisiana include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock. Scarlett and Ryan – who married in 2008 – recently put their four-bedroom Spanish style Los Angeles property up for sale for $4.5 million. The house – which the ‘Iron Man 2’ star paid $7 million for in 2007 – was built in 1931 and has been restored to its old style, as well as updated with eco-conscious upgrades such as solar electric. The home boasts five bathrooms, a pool and spa, chef’s kitchen with retro decor, a media room and gym room. This is not the first time Scarlett has faced a loss when selling a property. In April 2008, the ‘Lost In Translation’ actress sold her Manhattan loft apartment for $1.9 million – $52,000 less than she bought it for two years earlier.
Tu 5/4: Scarlett Johansson, Frank Caliendo, Michael Bolton on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC . Scarlett Johansson; Universally known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson has actually been acting professionally since the age of eight. A native of New York City, where she was born on November 22, 1984, Johansson was raised — along with her twin brother — as the youngest of four children, and she developed an interest in acting at the age of three. After enrolling in classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People, she made her stage debut opposite Ethan Hawke in the off-Broadway production of -Sophistry. Her film debut followed in 1994, when she had a supporting role in North, and she subsequently appeared in the little-seen Just Cause (1995) and If Lucy Fell (1996). Johansson had her first significant screen breakthrough with her role as one of two orphaned teenaged sisters in Manny & Lo (1996), a coming-of-age drama directed by Lisa Krueger. Johansson, who shared the screen with Aleksa Palladino and Mary Kay Place, earned an Independent Spirit Award Best Actress nomination for her work in the film, and she soon found herself being tapped by Robert Redford to star as Kristin Scott Thomas’ daughter in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Although the film met with a very mixed reception, Johansson was widely praised for her portrayal of a girl who loses her leg and her best friend in a horrific accident. In 2000, the actress signed on to play one of the heroines (alongside Thora Birch) of Terry Zwigoff’s screen adaptation of Ghost World, Daniel Clowes’ celebrated comic about the adventures of two teen girls grappling with post-high school life. That same year, she starred in American Rhapsody, in which she portrayed a young girl who escapes communist Hungary in the 1950s and travels to the U.S. Though she would take a brief detour into camp with the 2002 giant spider fiasco Eight Legged Freaks, the respect Johansson had gained in the film industry as a result of her previous dramatic roles found the young actress in high demand among indie directors while quickly catching the eye of the Hollywood elite. With Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Johansson’s touching performance as a young girl who strikes a tentative friendship with a washed-up American actor (memorably portrayed by Bill Murray) left no doubts regarding her dramatic skills, and although a Best Actress Oscar nomination eluded her, she received a boatload of nods from critics’ groups and the Golden Globes. The rising starlet was soon cast in the lead of such subsequent films as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and The Perfect Score (2003). After sticking to form in 2004 with roles in In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, Johansson took her first stab at a lead role in a big budget Hollywood flick, starring opposite Ewan MacGregor in Michael Bay’s futuristic actioner The Island. While the picture was panned by critics and avoided by audiences, it did nothing to slow the young star down. She closed out the year by receiving virtually unanimous praise for her performance in Woody Allen’s Match Point. She immediately reteamed with Allen, who was full of praise for the young actress after their first collaboration, for the supernatural comedy/murder mystery Scoop in 2006. That same year she played a pivotal role in Robert De Palma’s adaptation of The Black Dahlia, while also filming an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries with Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.
Robert Pattinson, Scarlett Johansson To Play Kurt And Courtney In New Biopic. Tween heartthrob Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to play the late Kurt Cobain in an upcoming biopic. The rock god’s widow, Courtney Love, apparently wanted the “Twilight” star to portray her husband and Scarlett Johansson to play her. The 23-year-old British actor has allegedly been in regular contact with Love, UK’s The Sun said. Love, who has been handed a key role in the production of the project at Universal Pictures, wanted the young star to play her husband. As for the actress to play her, Love is apparently going for Johansson, who bears some resemblance to her. A source told the paper, “This is a big money deal for Courtney. She has agreed to the film on condition that she gets to decide the main aspects of the project including director, casting, screenplay and music.” “Robert has been calling and emailing her non-stop. She has been a bit wound up by his manners, but he is her number one choice to play Kurt.” “She is adamant Scarlett will play her. Scarlett is friendly with Frances Bean, her daughter with Kurt.” Cobain shot himself in 1994.
“We had all kinds of grand ideas,” Bono said onstage at Carnegie Hall, early in an October 4th concert honoring Irish singer-songwriter-provocateur Gavin Friday. Bono was recalling his teenage years in Dublin, running through the streets with Friday and the future members of their bands, U2 and Friday’s tribal punk surrealists the Virgin Prunes. “We invented these great events in our imagination,” Bono went on, noting that Friday, at one point actually had the temerity to say, “Why don’t we all play Carnegie Hall?” They had to wait awhile, until Friday’s 50th birthday (officially on October 8th), but it was worth it. Dubbed “An Evening With Gavin Friday and Friends” and curated with eclectic bravura by Hal Willner, the show — presented by the charitable foundation (RED), with proceeds going to fight AIDS in Africa — was a riotous three-hour party, with a to-hell-with-genre rollcall of the many friends Friday has made in his art-rock pop-art film-score and noir-theater travels. Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon “Mr. Pussy,” from Friday’s 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines — as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of “He Got What He Wanted” from Friday’s 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine’s “The Light Pours Out of Me.” Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing — she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses. Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2’s Friday covers included “I Want to Live” (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb “King of Trash.” Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy “The Last Song I’ll Ever Sing.” The Edge’s brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in “Sweethome Under White Clouds,” with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. Other celebrants included Joel Grey, who reprised his most famous role — the emcee in Cabaret — to effortless-knockout effect (Friday is a German-cabaret obsessive), and Irish writer Patrick McCabe. A lover of women’s voices, Friday gave Martha Wainwright the spotlight for “You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart” (originally recorded by Sinead O’Connor for the soundtrack of 1994’s In the Name of the Father) and shared tender mercies and vocal mischief with Andrea Coor and Maria McKee (she and Friday were a saucy delight in “The Ballad of Immoral Earnings” from The Threepenny Opera). The silent star of the evening was composer Maurice Seezer, Friday’s longtime songwriting partner. He finally took a bow at the very end.
But Friday, who always thought he belonged in Carnegie Hall, sang and acted out his lyrics as if he owned the place, swaggering across the boards, gesturing at the stars and jabbing his forefinger at the front rows with a panache that was part opera star, part Dublin punk. “Do we really need these pop stars?/There’s not enough of me!” he crowed in “Caruso,” a dynamic pairing with singer Eric Mingus. It was a song about the power and pleasures of transformation, sung by a man who took on every role in reach tonight — friend, lover, heathen, glitter boy, Irish poet — and was indisputably himself and in control in every one.
Scarlett Johansson wants to surprise husband Ryan Reynolds with her ‘tight’ ‘Iron Man 2’ outfit. The Hollywood actress – who portrays Natasha Romanoff and her sexy alter-ego, Russian spy Black Widow, in the new superhero movie – has refused to show off her black catsuit to her actor spouse because she wants to gauge his reaction when sees her on the big screen. She said: “I have been so secretive about the suit that I have actually not Continue reading →
Lindsay Lohan is just 23 but she’s already too jaded and is carrying around too much baggage to be a suitable candidate for certain parts, author Allison Burnett seems to believe. The freckled actress was being considered for the silver screen adaptation of “Undiscovered Gyrl” but Burnett turned her down because she couldn’t possibly play a teenager, the Mirror says. The story is that of a teenage girl who blogs about her coming of age in all aspects, with the focus falling mostly on her love life. Lohan, it seems, was being considered for the lead Continue reading →
Scarlett Johansson is set to star in a remake of ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’. The 24-year-old blonde bombshell is tipped to portray a sexier version of the terrifying female monster in an updated version of the original 1935 horror movie. A source said: “The Bride of Frankenstein will be young this time. They’re looking for a person with great power and sex appeal. Someone along the lines of Scarlett Johansson or Anne Hathaway.” The wild-haired bride was originally played by English actress Elsa Lanchester. The film follows on from ‘Frankenstein’ – which sees Dr. Frankenstein bring a ‘human’ to life from separate body parts – and sees the doctor create a partner for the monster. However, when Dr. Frankenstein brings the bride to life, she rejects the monster. Neil Burger – who previously worked on ‘The Illusionist’ – is set to director the movie and pen the script. Guillermo del Toro recently revealed he is planning to begin work on a new version of ‘Frankenstein’, based on Mary Shelley’s novel.