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Life Magazine Lands Rare Non-Photo Scoop*

When’s the last time Life magazine broke news that did not involve photos of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne or some other iconic, dearly departed Hollywood celebrity? We honestly can’t remember.

Fittingly perhaps, their new scoop* is about how Johnny Depp and his The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson came within a Hunter S. Thompson smidgin’ of joining the dearly departed club. We are taking a humorous tone here, because that’s how Depp approached it in his Life article interview, describing what happened when the engines of his LA-bound private jet went dead:

“Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”

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Larry King Lands Johnny Depp Interview for CNN

Former CNN host Larry King sat down with actor Johnny Depp for an exclusive interview that will air on the network Saturday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. PT.

King tweeted a photo Tuesday from his interview with the star of The Rum Diary, which hits theaters on Oct. 28.

Let’s hope King brings up Depp’s Vanity Fair interview, where he compared photos shoots to rape.

If not, yawn.

Last Night: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Blogger Night’ at the Kodak Theater

We’re no theater critics. We’ll leave that to the professionals. But, for what it’s worth, FishbowlLA was among those in attendance for last night’s “Blogger Night” performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Iris at the Kodak theater–and we enjoyed the show immensely. Between the psychedelic Prohibition-era costumes and Danny Elfman‘s score, we would describe the experience as being in the middle of a living Tim Burton film–a Burton film that happens to star a few dozen extremely flexible, French (or, more accurately, Russian and Chinese masquerading as French) Johnny Depp‘s.

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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Vanity Fair Comment

Well, that was fast.

Less than 24 hours after an excerpt of his Vanity Fair was published online, actor Johnny Depp apologized for comparing photos shoots to rape.

“You just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird…just weird, man… Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like – you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid,” Depp said in the November issue, which hits Los Angeles and New York newsstands on Oct. 6 and nationally Oct. 12.

The 48-year-old released an apology Wednesday:

“I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”

I’m sure Depp’s people had this apology ready to go as soon as the story hit the Vanity Fair website.

Think before you speak, people. Think before you speak.

Michael Bolton Still Flying YouTube Pirate Flag

Appearing on Saturday Night Live as a Pirates of the Caribbean obsessed version of himself has turned out to be Michael Bolton‘s savviest career move.

The instant-classic 2010-11 season digital short with SNL‘s Lonely Island trio is up for an Emmy Award. And as the singer tells the Press-Democrat ahead of a Labor Day weekend performance in Santa Rosa, the 41-million-plus-YouTube-views smash has also triggered a whole new wave of fandom:

“You won’t believe the people that are yelling “Jack Sparrow!” as soon as I walk on stage. I finish the first song and it’s “Jack Sparrow!” “Jack Sparrow!” And I’m also getting high-fives from an audience that is not my touring audience — the 14- to 40-year-old male YouTube audience.”

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Documenting the History of the Sunset Strip

The makers of an upcoming feature documentary about the Sunset Strip unveiled their debut trailer this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by LA filmmaker and musician Hans Fjellestad, Sunset Strip features reminiscences from Johnny Depp, Pamela Des Barres, Hugh Hefner, Courtney Love, Alice Cooper, and many more recognizable faces. Fjellestad is himself a musician and current artist-in-residence at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, where he programs and hosts the monthly concert series ResBox.

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Sharon Waxman Enjoys a Hotel du Cap Nightcap

Over the weekend, The Wrap’s doyenne Sharon Waxman filed a freewheeling dispatch from the lobby of the Hotel du Cap, that outrageously expensive enclave where stars retreat after doing their business at the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

It was a sea of Hollywood–Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer, Graham King, UTA agents–as well as east coast potentates such as Harvey Weinstein and “the two-fisted punch of Hollywood gossip” (columnist Roger Friedman, New York publicist Peggy Siegal). But the funniest bit involved Henry Winkler‘s son Max and director Spike Jonze:

Winkler tells Jonze that he is often mistaken for him. In fact, he recounts an amazing story in which he met Dustin Hoffman and talked movie projects with him for 45 minutes. The entire time Hoffman thought he was talking to Jonze. Oh well.

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Up for Bid: Marlon Brando’s Personal Phone Book

According to the old adage, Hollywood’s greatest actors are ones who can triumph even if the script is a phone book. In Marlon Brando‘s case, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills has the next best thing this weekend – the late actor’s actual personal phone book.

The starting bid for this item is $500, and while many of the numbers may no longer be in service, it’s still a great dinner party conversation starter:

A burgundy leather three-ring binder telephone book circa 2003 containing hundreds of Brando’s personal friends and business contacts worldwide. Some names include Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Johnnie Cochran, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Jane Goodall, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand as well as noted scientists in various fields of study, press contacts and the United Nations and many other noteable entries.

If that’s not good enough, you can also bid this weekend on a Golden Globe the actor refused to accept for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather.

Jackie Chan is Alive and Well

Action star Jackie Chan is the latest celebrity to fall victim to an online hoax reporting his death. ‘RIP Jackie Chan’ became a hot trending topic on Twitter, with some on social media sites going so far as to report the cause of death was a heart attack. Like Johnny Depp, Lindsay Lohan, and Russell Crowe before him, Chan had the opportunity to view the twittersphere mourn his passing while he was very much alive.

In order to reassure his fans, a message was posted on Chan’s Facebook page announcing his status among the living:

The lesson here is don’t believe everything you read — especially on Twitter.

Johnny Depp Stays in Character for Pirates Press Junket

At the top of the Hollywood entertainment journalist food chain are individuals invited to the occasional overseas junket or set visit for a big Hollywood production. Things like the December 1st-2nd junket in Paris for The Tourist and a pre-Thanksgiving drop-in at Pinewood Studios near London to promote Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Coverage of the latter excursion started hitting the web this week. Stephen Weintraub at Collider.com shares a Jerry Bruckheimer interview, but it’s this tidbit via Laura Prudom at Moviefone.com that really caught our attention:

When the group of visiting journalists caught him on the Pirates set at Pinewood, Johnny Depp was still in Jack Sparrow’s costume and, method actor that he is, kept his character’s cockney accent throughout the brief interview. When asked what was new for Jack this time around, Depp joked, “Well, there was a sex change …”

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