BREAKING NEWS–RANGO World Premiere in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a lovely Valentine’s Day present for Johnny Depp fans everywhere . . . Paramount Pictures will hold the world premiere of Gore Verbinski’s first animated feature, Rango, on Monday, February 14th at Regency’s Village Theatre in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles (near UCLA). Johnny Depp is expected to attend . . . red carpet arrivals are scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday night. Anyone hoping to watch the stars arrive should be in place by 4 p.m., although normally crowds begin to gather much earlier in the day.

The Zone thanks Emma, FANtasticJD, and Vampgirl for sharing the news. You can read much about Rango and its world premiere on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Surprise visitor at Johnny Depp’s RANGO press conference–Justin Bieber!

How much star wattage can fit in a single room? Reporters gathered for the press junket promoting Gore Verbinski’s new animated feature Rango, starring Johnny Depp as the voice of the title character, got a crossover headline bonanza on Saturday when teen music sensation Justin Bieber dropped in to say hello. In an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Johnny Depp explained the situation: “One of the journalists asked me yesterday if I was a ‘Belieber.’ I had never heard that term, and thought it was fantastic. I said, ‘Of course I am a Belieber.’ He is a sweet kid, a sweet guy. Very talented.”

Johnny attended a Justin Bieber concert with daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack in December, so the drop-by was not their first meeting. “He was very kind to my kids. I brought them to a show,” Johnny explained. “So after that ‘Belieber’ incident, less than five minutes later, here comes the Bieber. He came in to say ‘hi,’ which was very sweet.”

MTV News reports that when Bieber came up to greet the Rango cast, he told Johnny, “I’m a big fan of you, so I had to come support you. I just wanted to say ‘hi.’ I heard you were in the building.” On Sunday, MTV’s Kara Warner asked Johnny whether his kids were green with envy about the encounter.

“My daughter was most definitely jealous,” Johnny said. But there was a surprise for 11-year-old Lily-Rose, too. “Justin, bless him, he’s a very sweet guy. He had a pair of his purple glasses in his pocket,” Johnny told MTV, “and he said, ‘Oh yeah, give these to Lily-Rose.’ She was very chuffed [that is, extremely pleased] about that. She was very touched.”

“He’s a good guy,” Johnny said. “A sweet guy.”

The Zone thanks Emma and FANtasticJD for breaking the news; you can read more about the Rango press junket on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The MTV interview with Johnny Depp is available HERE. Thanks also to HonestGirl for the photo of Johnny from the Rango press conference; you can see a larger version HERE.