NEW YORK (AP) — Zac Posen is in on “Project Runway”: He’ll be the new featured judge, filling the chair Michael Kors sat in for the show’s first 10 seasons.
”This was an amazing opportunity,” Posen said. “I hope I’m here to give a new perspective to the designers.”
Kors isn’t “out” — as host Heidi Klum likes to say to the fashion-design contestants who get the boot on the granddaddy of fashion reality TV shows. His schedule didn’t allow a commitment, but he will come back as a guest judge for the season finale, according to a statement for Lifetime TV.
Posen said he learned from Kors. “When I was a guest judge, I saw he was always a generous, warm mentor.”
Posen’s best skill to offer the contestants is his sharp eye, he said. Craft and construction are among his passions, he explained, so nothing gets past him there.
It’s Klum’s role in the new lineup to bring the voice of the woman who might be the eventual customer. Nina Garcia, the fashion director at Marie Claire, has her editorial eye, and Posen analyzes the specifics of the design, he said.
Posen, however, also sounded a little jealous of Tim Gunn, who has the part of trusted adviser. “I wanted to be behind the scenes with Tim. ... I was seeing the clothes on the runway, but Tim had all the background interaction.”
The silver lining? Posen said he’ll appreciate a little more what the stylists, editors and retailers are looking for as they sit in the front row for his own catwalk shows, which last season drew much attention for a model lineup that included Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova — a threesome getting their own TV reality show this winter called “The Face” on the Oxygen network.
Another twist to the revamped “Project Runway,” in which the winner gets $100,000 to start their own brand, is that the contestants compete as teams instead of individuals.
”You can imagine the designers’ reactions when we first told them,” Klum, an executive producer, said, “but it resulted in some really interesting conflicts and partnerships. And that is how designers work in the real world — they do have to work on teams and manage teams — you get to understand their personalities more.”
Posen said he aims to be a collaborative player and appreciates what everyone else at his company does, although he is the starting and stopping point of each look that bears his label.
He’ll be at the studio solo next week over the holidays, sketching and draping fabric with the music “thumping”: It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year, he said.
The “Project Runway” season starts Jan. 24.
Boston Pops to perform at Children’s Hospital
BOSTON (AP) — Conductor Keith Lockhart and members of the Boston Pops are joining vocalist Renese King for a special holiday concert for patients at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
The musicians hope to help patients and their families briefly take their minds off their health problems during performances set for Tuesday morning and evening.
Performers will entertain patients with Yuletide including “Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” ‘‘Sleigh Ride” and seasonal sing-along.
The hospital will broadcast the concerts on closed-circuit television.
After the concert, several musicians will visit some patients in their rooms.
Hollywood hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.
U.S. District Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney after hearing from a tearful Johansson in a videotaped statement.
The case included the revelation that nude photos taken by Johansson of herself and meant for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds were leaked online.
“I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed,” Johansson said. “I find Christopher Chaney’s actions to be perverted and reprehensible.”
Prosecutors said Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., also targeted two women he knew, sending nude pictures of one former co-worker to her father. The judge noted the damage to the women was in some ways worse than what Chaney’s celebrity victims endured.
The women, identified in court filings only by initials, wrote in letters to Otero that their lives have been irreparably damaged by Chaney’s actions. One has anxiety and panic attacks; the other is depressed and paranoid. Both said Chaney was calculated, cruel and creepy.
“It’s hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this,” Otero said. “These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking.”
Prosecutors were seeking six years imprisonment, but Otero said he was concerned that Chaney would not be able to control his behavior and had shown a “callous disregard” for his actions.
Chaney, who could have faced a maximum sentence of 60 years under the law, apologized in court but denied that he had sent naked photos of women he knew to their relatives.
“I don’t know what else to say other than I’m sorry,” Chaney said. “I could be sentenced to never use a computer again and I wouldn’t care.”
Chaney previously pleaded guilty to counts that included wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer.
Actress and singer Renee Olstead said in court Monday that she attempted to kill herself after Chaney leaked nude photos of her. She said she had never before considered suicide.
“I just really hope this doesn’t happen to someone else,” she said, crying. “You can lose everything because of the actions of a stranger.”
Chaney looked up at her a few times as she spoke but kept his head low for most of Olstead’s statement.
Chaney will be placed on three years of supervised probation when he is released and will have to notify officials of his online accounts. But the judge feared that wouldn’t be enough and said he wished he could sentence Chaney to lifetime supervision.
The accounts of the cybervictims served as a cautionary tale for people — even major celebrities — who snap personal, sometimes revealing photos.
Aguilera said in a statement issued days before the sentencing that although she knows that she’s often in the limelight, Chaney took from her some of the private moments she shares with friends.
“That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy,” Aguilera said.
Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011. Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Johansson agreed to have their identities made public with the hope the move would provide awareness about online intrusion.
Some of Aguilera’s photos appeared online after Chaney sent an email from the account of her stylist, Simone Harouche, to Aguilera asking the singer for scantily clad photographs, prosecutors said.
Chaney was arrested in October 2011 as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.” Chaney’s computer hard drive contained numerous private celebrity photos and a document that compiled their extensive personal data, according to a search warrant.
He continued to pursue his victims after the FBI seized his computer, a factor Otero said warranted a harsher penalty.