BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp wows the crowd at the London premiere of DARK SHADOWS–new photos!

Johnny Depp took Leicester Square by storm today as he thrilled the crowd gathered for the European premiere of Dark Shadows. He spent plenty of time with well-wishers, accepting gifts (including a couple of faux-Oscar statuettes — how charming!) and posing for pictures. Johnny even dried the tears of one female fan who was overwhelmed with emotion at meeting him. To see a larger version of the photo at left, CLICK HERE, and to see Johnny greeting the crowd, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE. The full cast of Dark Shadows was on hand for the London festivities — you can see Johnny posing with his leading ladies HERE. From left to right, the lovely ladies with Johnny are Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcoate, Eva Green (now a brunette), Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter. For a photo of the full cast clustered around director Tim Burton, CLICK HERE.

The Zone thanks Evochka for sharing the premiere photos; you can read much more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum. For Zone reaction to the photos, see the Pit General Discussion forum.

Johnny Depp jams at DARK SHADOWS afterparty–new photos!

When the world premiere of Dark Shadows concluded in Los Angeles on Monday night, Johnny Depp and his castmates adjourned to the nearby Egyptian Theatre for a rocking afterparty . . . and we mean that in the literal sense. Alice Cooper (whose music is prominently featured in Dark Shadows) and his band took the stage, and were joined by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry — and by Johnny! For photos of Johnny playing guitar at the Dark Shadows afterparty, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Later, in his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Johnny talked about what that experience meant to him.

JIMMY: You had a big party next door to us last night here for Dark Shadows, [. . .] and you had some impressive musical guests. Normally they have a DJ over there playing Lady Gaga songs —

JOHNNY: He wasn’t available, so we had Alice Cooper instead.

JIMMY: Alice Cooper?

JOHNNY: And Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.

JIMMY: And you, too. You jumped on stage with these guys.

JOHNNY: I was, you know, lucky enough to be invited up on stage as well.

JIMMY: Is that the best — is that, like, as much fun as it gets for you?

JOHNNY: Oh, yeah. I mean, it’s surreal as anything, because I started out as a musician, so these guys were my heroes growing up.

Many thanks to Moonbeam and to Cathy at Johnny Depp Rocks! for sharing the photos; readers particularly interested in Johnny’s musical career will find a treasure trove of information HERE. You can read more about the Dark Shadows premieres and promotion on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp tells Jimmy Kimmel about jamming with Paul McCartney

Johnny Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 9th, and the only uncivilized thing about the interview was the hour — after midnight! (If you missed any of the interview, the full show is available on the show’s website HERE.) Johnny and Jimmy engaged in a pleasant, thoughtful conversation about Dark Shadows, acting, music, and the various legends and geniuses Johnny numbers among his friends. Jimmy broke some news by announcing that he had recently conversed with Paul McCartney, and Sir Paul had happened to mention that he was “getting together” with Johnny the next day “to jam.”

JIMMY: I was curious as to how that happens. Do you invite him?

JOHNNY: Well, it doesn’t happen often. (chuckling) It’s a rare occurrence. You know, we’ve known each other on and off over the years, and he’s always been a real gentleman and somebody that I admire greatly, obviously. I did a music video with him and he called me up one day and said, “Why don’t you come by tomorrow and we’ll have some breakfast, and maybe just jam? Plunk around.” And . . . and . . . you go! [. . .] So I went, and we did just that. We sat around with a couple of acoustic guitars and played.

JIMMY: Did you feel that was his way of thanking you for doing his video?

JOHNNY: You know, there was no coherent thought. It was enough just to get my fingers to stay on the neck of the guitar.

JIMMY: Were you nervous? Sitting there playing with him?

JOHNNY: I was mesmerized. You know — I mean, he’s written some of the most beautiful music in the history of music.

JIMMY: You have some of the greatest friends.

The Zone thanks Theresa and Kim for sharing news about the show; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum. For a photo of Johnny arriving to tape the broadcast, CLICK HERE.