CELEB GOSS: Kardashian identity thief gets jail

Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian.

Kardashian identity thief gets jail

A teenager who attempted to steal Kim Kardashian’s identity and illegally transfer thousands of dollars from her bank account has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars.

Luis Flores Jr gained access to the reality star’s personal details, including her credit card and social security numbers, and then attempted to change the primary social security number on several accounts to his own.

The amount he stole from Kardashian remains unknown, but the thief also targeted her mother Kris Jenner, stealing $US71,000 ($A81,068.74) from her account, according to celebrity news site TMZ.com.

Flores, 19, was caught by US Secret Service agents last May, when he attempted to order replacement cards for the accounts and have them sent to his own address in Florida.

He has now been sentenced to time in a US federal prison.Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates and Tom Cruise were also allegedly targeted by Flores.


Hutchence death handled tactfully: Arnold

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

Michael Hutchence’s last hours have been handled with care and the reason for his death has been left open to interpretation, says actor Luke Arnold.

Arnold plays Hutchence in the Seven Network telemovie, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart which will screen over two nights.

The highly anticipated tele-movie premieres on Sunday, February 9 and the second and final instalment will screen on February 16.

Hutchence was the voice and the face of INXS when it took the world by storm in the late 1980s and early ‘90s and he dated some of the most admired women in the world.

He was the father of a child (Tiger Lily) to TV presenter Paula Yates who had been married to Sir Bob Geldof and he dated Danish supermodel Helena Christensen and pop star Kylie Minogue.

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

When Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in November, 1997, the circumstances surrounding his death have been the subject of debate although a coroner ruled it was suicide.

Arnold said it was important the final chapter in Hutchence’s life was made with sensitivity and did not draw any final conclusion.

However, it was also vital to be honest and be true to the series which is being promoted as an authentic and uncensored behind-the-scenes look beyond INXS’ music.

‘‘No one other than Michael knows the ins and outs of what went on that night,’’ Arnold said.

‘‘We want this to be as truthful to the story without trying to giving any distinctive answer of what happened that night.

‘‘I am really happy with how we have handled it and how all that day and night in the hotel went and I hope, that like me, everyone thinks we handled with tact and dignity.’’

Darren Cartwright, AAP

Butler’s Flesh & Blood a human sound

John Butler views his new album as more human than his last.

The John Butler Trio will begin its first extensive national tour in four years in March to showcase Flesh and Blood, which will be out on Friday.

And Butler says, unlike 2010’s April Uprising, which was ‘‘at times aggressive and bodacious’’, the new album will reflect a sense of introspection, belonging and contentment.

‘‘This one (Flesh & Blood) is more like I’ve been on country and I’ve been staring at the fire, and I’ve been playing backgammon with my kids, the musician says.

‘‘It’s Flesh & Blood in the sense that it’s fallible, it’s fragile, it’s a human thing.’’


Harry should have wed Hermione: Rowling

After years of squabbling, Harry Potter’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger finally became an item - but now their creator JK Rowling has admitted she made a mistake by marrying them off.

Hermione - whose quick wits get the teen wizards out of many a scrape in Rowling’s hit novels - would have been better off with hero Harry, the author said in comments published by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.

In fact, Ron and Hermione would likely have ended up in marriage counselling, Rowling suggested.

‘‘For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron,’’ Rowling says in an interview with Wonderland magazine, previewed by the Sunday Times and due out next Friday.

‘‘I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.’’

Rowling’s interviewer in Wonderland was none other than British actor Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the blockbuster movie series based on the Potter books.


Kevin Jonas welcomes first child

Jonas Brothers star Kevin Jonas has become a father for the first time.

The singer’s wife, Danielle, gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday afternoon.

Kevin took to Twitter to share the first photo of Danielle holding their bundle of joy, with a caption that reads, ‘‘On this day, a little star was born. Meet Alena Rose Jonas.’’

Kevin’s younger brother, Nick Jonas, also took to the microblogging site to acknowledge the happy news just days after the brothers’ grandfather passed away.

He tweeted, ‘‘My grandfather’s memorial was yesterday. Today we welcome a new addition to the jonas family. God is great. Can’t wait to meet my new niece.’’