With upcoming local performances by his band Hollywood Vampires (with Alice Cooper and the benched Joe Perry) slated — July 22 in Rohnert Park, July 24 in Saratoga and July 25 in Paso Robles — Johnny Depp recently took time to tour Alcatraz, with assistance from Ranger John, according to an Instagram post by photographer Kyler Clark, who took an excellent shot of the actor (sporting a bandana) from the top of lighthouse, with a great view of The City skyline in the background.
The actor also went into the cell that once housed James “Whitey” Bulger, the crime boss murderer he portrayed in “Black Mass.”
Meanwhile, Us and People are reporting that the actor, 53, on July 15 filed court documents requesting that certain details of his divorce proceedings with Amber Heard be kept confidential to protect their privacy. In May, Heard, 30, filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage, alleging domestic abuse.
AILES IS OUT
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, stepped down Thursday, a fall from grace for one of the most powerful figures in American journalism.
The resignation, effective immediately, was announced by the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox. Two weeks ago, Ailes was sued for sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson, a former host of Fox & Friends who left the company last month when her contract wasn’t renewed.
Carlson said her career was sabotaged after she refused Ailes’ sexual advances. She “reported disparaging treatment in the newsroom,” including what she said was a “sexist and condescending” way her co-host, Steve Doocy, dealt with her, her lawsuit claimed.
Ailes has vigorously denied Carlson’s claims. But 21st Century Fox immediately launched an internal investigation, interviewing other employees. Earlier this week, a lawyer for Megyn Kelly, the network’s rising star, acknowledged that she spoke to the investigators from law firm Paul, Weiss. In the interview, she revealed that she was also sexually harassed by Ailes in the past, according to a report by New York magazine. Other women have also recently told New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that they were sexually harassed by Ailes prior to his founding of Fox News in 1996.
Acclaimed Bay Area-based writer Alma Flor Ada, professor emerita at the University of San Francisco, has been nominated for the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature for “Island Treasures.” … The YouTube video of James Corden’s White House tour, which turns into carpool karaoke with First Lady Michelle Obama (singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce, with Missy Elliott joining them on “This is For My Girls” and “Get Ur Freak On”) got 6 million hits in one day.
Prince George of Cambridge is 3. … Singer-actress Selena Gomez is 24…. Actress Franka Potente is 42. … Singer Rufus Wainwright is 43. … Actor Rhys Ifans is 49. … Actor John Leguizamo is 52. … Actor-comedian David Spade is 52. … Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 53. … Singer Keith Sweat is 55. … Actor Willem Dafoe is 61. … Composer Alan Menken is 67. … Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 69. … Author SE Hinton is 68. … Singer Don Henley is 69…. Actor Danny Glover is 70. … Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 73. … Singer George Clinton is 75. … Game-show host Alex Trebek is 76. … Actor Terence Stamp is 78. … Actress Louise Fletcher is 82. … Actor Orson Bean is 88.
— Wire report