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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Alleged Scarlett Johansson hacker, Christopher Chaney, to plead guilty; ‘Smash’ renewed, needs a showrunner


Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (Reed Saxon - AP)
Christopher Chaney, the 35-year-old Florida man accused of hacking into the e-mail accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other Hollywood stars, will plead guilty in court Monday to nine felony counts, including charges of computer hacking and illegal wire-tapping, according to documents filed yesterday. He faces up to 60 years behind bars.

Chaney apologized to his alleged victims in an interview conducted shortly after his indictment in October:“I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience. ... I’m not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward.” He claimed he did not leak nude photos of Johansson online. (Associated Press)

Smash ” has been renewed by NBC for a second season. The show’s creator Theresa Rebeck will step down as showrunner, but will reportedly stay on as a writer and executive producer. (Deadline; Vulture)

A rep. for Ray J, the singer and “close friend” of Whitney Houston, has denied claims that he knew Houston was doing cocaine again at the time of her death, as Houston’s autopsy revealed. Leolah Brown, the sister of Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, implied on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” that Ray J was aware of Houston’s drug use. (TMZ)

Elizabeth Taylor died one year ago today at age 79. Celebritology’s Jen Chaney remembered the screen legend’s life through video clips last year. Revisit them here.

“Happy Days” are here again for Scott Baio, after the jump.

Scott Baio will star in his own Nick at Nite multicamera show, “Daddy’s Home.” The “Happy Days” star will play an actor who formerly played a beloved TV dad then becomes a stay-at-home dad in real life. (Deadline)

Todd Phillips has confirmed that the third “Hangover” film will be the last. (THR)

Want to see a .gif story about Michael Fassbender eating a taco? Yeah, I figured you would. (BWE)

Justin Bieber once mistook Victoria Beckham's son Romeo for Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt's child Pax. So, now you know that. (Gossip Cop)

Watch Mayum Bialik and Joey Lawrence have a “Blossom” reunion for on Old Navy commercial below.

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Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Hacking, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Whitney Houston

 
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