Jann Wenner co-founded Rolling Stone in 1967, aged 21, and half a century on he’s still its publisher. The magazine set out to be a counterculture “rock & roll newspaper” but it quickly became much more: Hunter S Thompson and Tom Wolfe were regular contributors; Annie Leibovitz shot covers for 13 years. Wenner himself has interviewed the likes of John Lennon and Barack Obama. He lives in New York. What were your hopes for Rolling Stone when you started out?Gosh… back then, if it was a viable music magazine, that would have been the biggest ambition. I didn’t envision that it would be a magazine that would be involved in presidential elections and we’d be going to the White House and interviewing the president on Air Force One. Nor did I imagine the great journalistic undertakings. When you’re a 21-year-old rock’n’roll fan, that’s just inconceivable. Britain had some great music magazines, NME and Melody Maker notably, but … [Read more...] about Jann Wenner: ‘Hunter S Thompson let his talent slip’
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have finalised their bitter divorce after months of public spats. The Pirates of the Caribbean star - who was accused of domestic violence by Heard after their split in April - has agreed to pay her $7 million (£5.7m), which she has pledged to donate to charity. The actress, 30, will also keep their dogs, Pistol and Boo, and a horse named Arrow. A confidentiality provision calls for them to refrain from discussing their relationship in interviews or on social media. After the divorce was finalised, Depp’s Lawyer Laura Wasser said that they were “pleased to put this unpleasant chapter” behind them. “Having his request for entry of the dissolution judgment granted today made it a particularly lucky Friday the 13th," her statement added. Heard's lawyer Pierce O'Donnell said she “would be very happy to move on with her life." On the same day, Depp launched a $25 million (£20.5m) … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce settlement terms revealed
The finishing touches are being put to the Glastonbury lineup ahead of the festival opening on 21 June, with Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher confirmed to appear. Glastonbury festival 2017: full lineup and stage times Read more Depp will be the guest of honour at the Cineramageddon stage, which is a new addition for the festival this year. He will introduce his 2004 film The Libertine, a period romp which flopped on its cinema release, in which he stars as hedonistic 17th-century poet John Wilmot. “This is one of those films that got lost in the shuffle,” Depp said in a statement. “It’s a film on which a lot of people worked very hard, and one that I am very proud of.” Depp has also curated the other films screening that evening. The first is comic odyssey Withnail and I, of which he says: “No film has ever made me laugh more, or filled me with so much joy … and dread! For me, this is … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Liam Gallagher among Glastonbury lineup additions
He was somewhere around Woody Creek when the drugs began to take hold. Or perhaps it was Barstow, or the Kentucky Derby, or on the campaign trail with George McGovern, who the hell cares, there's been an awful lot of cocaine under the bridge since then. The shopping list for Las Vegas went something like this: two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-coloured uppers, downers, screamers, laughers ... and that was for just one trip.Occasionally Hunter S Thompson got off his head - remember the sky full of bats in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas? you think he just made those up, for Christ's sake? - but mostly he was just being a reporter, a very special kind of reporter. Not that he seemed to have much time for journalists. In Fear And Loathing he said: "The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or trade. It is a cheap catch-all for f***offs … [Read more...] about Hunter S Thompson takes his final trip
Hunter S Thompson, the chronicler of American counterculture and pioneer of "gonzo journalism", has killed himself at his home.The author of the 1972 classic Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - later filmed with Johnny Depp playing the role of Thompson - was 67. He shot himself in Colorado. His son Juan, who found the body last night, said: " On 20 February, Dr Hunter S Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family." Pitkin county sheriff Bob Braudis, a close personal friend of Thompson, said: "Details and interviews may be forthcoming when the family has had the time to recover from the trauma." Thompson's unique brand of journalism, much of it published in Rolling Stone magazine, discarded traditional reporting rules in favour of a subjective, free-wheeling narrative in which the journalist himself was a crucial … [Read more...] about Hunter S Thompson kills himself
Johnny Depp apparently spent $3 million on firing writer Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes from a cannon, according to claims from his former business management company. The 53-year-old actor sued The Management Group earlier this month, claiming they were collecting $28 million in contigent fees which he never agreed, and acting with misconduct over his finances and taxes. According to The Hollywood Reporter however, the company are now counter-suing – saying they did everything they could to handle Depp’s finances and warned him about his extravagant spending. The group claim Depp’s lifestyle cost $2 million per month, with extravagant examples including $75 million spent on 14 residences, $18 million on a luxury yacht and $30,000 a month on wine. TMG’s attorney Michael Kump wrote in the cross-complaint, ‘Depp lived an ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp ‘spent over $3 million to fire Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes from a cannon’
A new lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp's ex-managers claim the Hollywood star is responsible for his own financial problems. In a countersuit filed on Tuesday, his former colleagues allege it was the star's extravagant lifestyle that led him to the brink of financial ruin. The suit claims he spent a huge $3 million to blast author Hunter S. Thompson's ashes out of a specially-made cannon, $18 million on an 150-foot yacht and $4 million on a failed record label. It also claims he spent $30,000 a month on wine, $200,000 a month on private planes, $150,000 a month on round-the-clock security, and $300,000 a month to maintain a staff of 40 people. The suit comes in response to the actor's own lawsuit on January 13, which accused the Management Group (TMG) of defrauding him out of tens of millions of dollars. He alleged that TMG had mismanaged his finances, took out loans without his approval, and hidden the parlous state of his affairs from him. The Pirates of the Caribbean star claimed that … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp spent ‘$3m to blast Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of cannon and often spent $2m a month’
And now the famous pair are officially divorced after a judge threw out all the motions that were bringing the process to a halt. “It is a great day. All Amber wanted was a divorce and now she has it," Amber’s attorney Pierce O’Donnell told People Magazine. "In the words of Gerald Ford, ‘Our long national nightmare is over.” According to the Daily Mail, a motion filed by Johnny ’s legal team requested Amber pay £82,000 in in legal costs. But in a Los Angeles court appearance yesterday, the proposal was rejected. Instead, the 53 year old must how pay the remaining £5.6 million he owes Amber under the terms of their divorce settlement. The blonde beauty will also get their two dogs, Pistol and Boo, reports People Magazine. She will also keep a horse and two cars – a Range Rover and a 1968 Ford Mustang. Meanwhile the Pirates of the Caribbean actor will continue to own all his properties, including homes in Kentucky, France, the … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are DIVORCED as ‘long national nightmare’ comes to an end
Being the daughter of a Hollywood legend and a pop star does not leave "anything to rebel against", according to model Lily-Rose Depp. The 17-year-old told Vogue magazine her parents Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis "weren’t very strict." "They’ve always trusted me to be independent and make my own decisions. There wasn’t really anything to rebel against." Depp was heralded as fashion’s latest It-girl aged 15, so she is used to attention from the press. But she says she now tries not to be too open on social media, including Instagram where she has 2.2 million followers. "I’ve really stopped using it in a personal way," she said. "Once you start giving people that look into your life, they just want more and more. I’m obviously used to the media attention because I grew up with it, but my parents shielded me and my brother [Jack, two years younger] as much as they could." Depp, who posed for Bruce Weber for the cover of Vogue, has starred in films … [Read more...] about Lily-Rose Depp on parents Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis leaving her nothing to rebel against
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have reached a settlement in their divorce case. The A-list pair, whose hearing was due to begin on Wednesday, have been embroiled in a bitter battle over the last few days. They have now reached an agreement, with 30-year-old Heard reportedly settling for close to $10 million, much of which she says she will donate to charity. Heard is also thought to have dismissed her domestic violence restraining order against the Depp. A joint statement released by the couple read: "Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have agreed to resolve their divorce proceeding privately. They are issuing this joint statement: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. “Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.” Heard … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reach ‘£10 million’ settlement in divorce battle
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are “at war” over the future of their infamous dogs, according to reports. The estranged Hollywood couple are said to be locked in a bitter dispute over the future of their pet dogs Pistol and Boo as part of their divorce battle. Depp, 52, is said to be fighting to keep both of their beloved Yorkshire terriers so the animals can stay together. But Heard, 30, has filed papers saying she wants one of the dogs, according to The Mirror. She is thought to want to hang onto Boo. The actress was given the dog by her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree, while it is not known who bought Pistol. The paper reported a source as saying: “Johnny adores both dogs. “He wants them to be happy and finds it unbelievable she is suggesting dividing them… For Johnny, this is war.” The dogs made international headlines last year when they were smuggled into Australia and Heard admitted falsifying their papers. The couple were widely mocked after … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ‘at war’ over future of pet dogs Pistol and Boo
Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard have recorded a video apology after bringing their pet dogs into Australia last year. The A-list pair, who were in court on Monday, pre-recorded a video urging the public to ‘declare everything’ when they enter the country. In the stilted and cringeworthy clip, posted to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ YouTube channel, Heard says: “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.” Husband Depp chips in with: “It has to be protected.” Heard continues: “Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are common place around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.” Depp adds: “And Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law they will tell you firmly.” “I am truly sorry Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard publicly apologise for bringing dogs to Australia in cringeworthy video
Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard brought a touch of A-list glamour to the BFI London Film Festival. The acting couple walked the red carpet at the gala screening of Black Mass at the Odeon Leicester Square on Sunday evening. Depp, 52, who stars as James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed biopic of the gangster’s life, stuck close to his 29-year-old other half as they posed for pictures. The pair were joined by Depp’s co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who arrived with wife Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch, who plays Bulger’s politician brother in the film, took time to sign autographs and meet the crowd at the premiere. Sienna Miller was unsurprisingly absent for the gala screening after her scenes were cut from the film last month. After shooting a number of scenes as Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, the British star saw her role completely removed from the final cut. Director Cooper explained to the Boston Globe that "it came down to narrative … [Read more...] about BFI London Film Festival: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard bring the A-list glamour to the Black Mass gala screening
Who needs plot when you've got Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie up on the big screen doing what they do best? Check out the trailer for The Tourist—you know, that movie she was filming in Venice back when all those Jolie-Pitt family portaits were making the rounds. The film revolves around an American (Depp) who gets pulled into a game of mistaken identity with a sexy Interpol agent (Jolie). Like we said, not the most original plot. However, Johnny really plays up the hapless, charming guy who's in over his head expertly, and Angelina continues her run of playing sexpots able to turn men into babbling pushovers. Go with what you know. Eager for this one to hit theaters? Sound off below! ________ Photos: Toronto Film Festival Star Sightings … [Read more...] about See Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie Make Out Now!
At this point, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are just two extremely pretty people who appeared to be enjoying each other's company out in Hollywood this week. The Rum Diary costars spent a couple of "flirtatious but not overly touchy-feely" hours at AV Nightclub on Monday evening, a source tells E! News. Neither actor's rep returned requests for comment on whether the tête-à-tête indicates that the two are more than friends, as was rumored earlier this year following Depp's split from longtime partner Vanessa Paradis . Vanessa Paradis opens up about Johnny Depp split A source tells us that staffers blocked off the entire outdoor patio for the famous pair, who had brought their own security with them. But though their fellow clubgoers were relegated to partying indoors while Depp and Heard chatted at their private table over nonalcoholic beers, the source said that Depp was "super nice to everyone that came up to him." Heard, whose last media-documented relationship … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Have Flirty Night Out in Hollywood
They're gonna need a silver bullet to get 'em out of this one. E! News has an exclusive photo from the set of The Lone Ranger, and by the looks of things, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, playing our titular hero and his Native American companion respectively, find themselves having a hair-raising time as the latter is chained to the top of a train! Talk about a balancing act. First look: Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger The cliffhanger-type scenario is part of an elaborate fight scene the duo have been shooting for Disney's big-budget action-adventure-western, reimagined by Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Cue the William Tell overture. The Lone Ranger hits theaters on May 31, 2013. Here are some more buzzed-about films on the horizon … [Read more...] about New Lone Ranger Pic! Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer Roll With It in Death-Defying Train Sequence
Sweet dreams are made of Johnny Depp—and Marilyn Manson? The Pirates of the Caribbean star joined Manson onstage during the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. Wednesday night. Depp, 48, played electric guitar while Manson, 43, sang "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "The Beautiful People." Despite being onstage, the actor kept a low profile, wearing all black except for a white feather tucked into his cowboy hat. Manson, however, didn't want his pal to go unnoticed. After they performed the first song together, he announced the actor's presence to the crowd. MORE: Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson Team Up to Cover "You're So Vain" "If you don't recognize my personal friend… my personal savior, my personal guitar hero… Johnny Depp," he exclaimed. Depp even collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," a track on the rocker's upcoming album Born Villain, out May 1. Of course, Manson isn't the only rock star to rub elbows with Depp. … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson Rock Out at Revolver Golden Gods Awards
Looks like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are still going strong. The on-again couple was spotted arriving at a restaurant in Moscow Thursday where they were snapped holding hands while looking stunning as ever. Depp is currently in Moscow to promote his upcoming Gore Verbinski-directed flick, The Lone Ranger, and he was busy doing the press rounds before heading off to the romantic dinner. PHOTO: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have a flirty night out in Hollywood Depp rocked a patterned suit, teal shirt and blue shades, looking fashionable and casually cool as he strolled with his gorgeous GF behind him. The 27-year-old beauty also looked fashion-forward, flaunting her enviable figure in a silk burgundy jumpsuit with her hair swept up in a soft bun. The picture-perfect pair met on the set of The Rum Diary back in 2010 (Heard played Depp's love interest in the film), but they weren't romantically linked until Depp split with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis . NEW: Vanessa Paradis opens … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Hold Hands in Moscow—See the Pic!
YUYA SHINO/Reuters/Landov Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are even more married now. The newlyweds, who made it official in a super-private ceremony at Depp's house on Tuesday, tied the knot in a more lavish, yet still intimate ceremony Sunday on the actor's private Caribbean island, Little Hall's Pond Cay. The nuptials were held on one of the 45-acre island's six beaches (presumably not Paradis, the one named after the groom's ex), where a marquee was being set up, along with only 24 chairs. The ceremony lasted for about a half an hour and Depp's son, Jack, appeared to be serving as his dad's best man. Daughter Lily Rose was also in attendance. Heard wore a white, vintage-style lace dress that looked to have long sleeves and a deep V-neck, while her bridesmaids wore blush-colored gowns and white stilettos, which they kicked off to walk in the sand. The aisle was scattered with pink rose petals and four cushioned arm chairs were set up on the ocean's edge underneath a canopy decorated … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Marry (Again!) in Intimate Ceremony on Actor’s Private Island: All the Details!
Lester Cohen/Amanda Edwards/WireImage Insight on what may have caused a huge blowout between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has surfaced. The couple's highly publicized divorce has brought to light a number of issues the couple were dealing with behind closed doors, including alleged abuse in their marriage. But now, E! News learns that one of their biggest altercations occurred after Heard had a feeling that Depp had been with someone else. A source close to the situation tells E! News that Heard had suspicions the actor was unfaithful, and confronted him about it, which "was the cause of one of their biggest fights." "Johnny had a night out and Amber had a feeling he had been with someone. She questioned him about it and he blew up at her, got in her face yelling, chased her upstairs. Amber was scared." The insider added that Depp "didn't admit to anything," but apologized to Heard for his reaction and "she ultimately forgave him." Just last month, E! News confirmed that Amber and … [Read more...] about One of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Biggest Fights Happened After She Accused Him of Cheating