Announcing a new photo gallery for the Zone!

On this last day of 2007, it seemed appropriate to open the Zone’s newest photo gallery–”Pictures of the Week: 2007!” This gallery collects all of the beautiful photos we’ve offered as the Picture of the Week on the home page over the past year, so it mixes some great vintage shots with Johnny’s public appearances and movie promotion during 2007. It’s a nice way of re-living special moments . . . not just the obvious highlights like the AT WORLD’S END and SWEENEY TODD premieres and the Venice film festival, but that surge of joy we felt when we saw the Sheila Witkin concert pictures last January, or the relief of seeing that first photo of Johnny as Sweeney Todd when we knew that he was able to return to work after his daughter’s illness.

To see the new gallery, click on the PHOTO GALLERIES button above, select THE DEPPARTMENT, and scroll down to “Portraits with a Theme.” “Pictures of the Week: 2007″ is the third gallery in that group.

Many thanks to sleepy, bonnie, AnaMaria, theresa, Carasun, Hiro3, and all our wonderful picture divas who share their photos so generously with the Zone. Many thanks, too, to Johnny Depp for giving us so many wonderful memories this year. We’re looking forward to 2008 . . . may it bring health and happiness, success, and the satisfaction of work well done to Johnny and to all of us. Happy New Year, everyone! –Part-Time Poet

Enjoy MOVIEFONE's "Unscripted" interview with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton!

AOL MOVIEFONE has a wonderful treat for anyone interested in the work of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton: an “Unscripted” interview, more than 11 minutes long, in which the artists take turns interviewing each other, asking questions submitted by Moviefone readers. The interview was done as part of the promotion for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, but it also sheds plenty of light on the Burton-Depp friendship, and their approach to making movies. Congratulations to Zoners Chenault and historicalpassion1, whose questions were chosen for Johnny to answer! Chenault asked whether Johnny had taken any souvenirs from the set of SWEENEY TODD, and historicalpassion1 asked if Johnny felt self-conscious about singing (you can find her question in the Bonus Clips section).

The “Unscripted” interview is available on the AOL Moviefone site here: http://tinyurl.com/3anczy Unfortunately, it is not available for viewing in all countries; we apologize if the clip will not play for you. Emma has kindly posted a transcript of the “Unscripted” interview on the Zone’s Porch forum, so you can read the questions and answers there–thanks, Emma! At the present time, the interview is also available on YouTube in two parts, here: http://tinyurl.com/22fnpx and here: http://tinyurl.com/ysyez5 Many thanks to namaste for posting the news, and to Elizabeth for the YouTube links. –Part-Time Poet