Names in the news, March 27

Posted March 26, 2012, at 8:51 p.m.

An unemployed Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet. Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., entered his plea in federal court to nine counts, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. He was immediately taken into custody with his head hung low and his hands in his pocket. Sentencing was scheduled for July 23. Chaney was arrested in October as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.” Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011. Nude photos Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the Internet. Johansson told Vanity Fair for its December issue that the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, now her ex-husband. … Jimmy Kimmel has been picked to host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air Sept. 23 on ABC. It is the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host’s first time performing those duties for the Emmys, which is surprising considering the amount of hosting work he’s done for other awards show, including the American Music Awards and ESPN’s ESPY Awards. Kimmel’s fake trailer for “Movie: The Movie” became a viral sensation earlier this year. His show’s YouTube channel just surpassed half a billion views. He’s also set to host the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, another high-profile gig made most notable by Stephen Colbert’s scathing routine in front of President George W. Bush in 2006. However, no one expects Kimmel to go all Colbert on President Obama.

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