Movies and Celebrities

Johnny Depp at The Venice Experience

Corgi in Venice  

ABOVE: Leopold, the Hendersons' Corgi, pines while Karen and Mike of The Venice Experience get up close and personal with Johnny Depp.

In previous Venice movie and celebrity posts, we've chronicled the exploits of Cheryl and Maggie, our celebrity-sniffing service dog, who kept an eye (and, in Cheryl's case, a lens) on the paparazzi who stalked Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie during the shooting of a movie, The Tourist, in Venice over the last few months.

To the great chagrin of our in-house paparazza and her pooch, they--and our Venice Travel Blog--were upstaged recently by private-tour guides Karen and Mike Henderson of The Venice Experience, who were lucky enough to get within 20 feet (about six meters) of Johnny Depp during last-minute retakes of scenes from The Tourist in the Piazza San Marco.

You can read Karen's account and see Mike's photos in Karen's blog post, "Johnny Depp in Venice."

The yacht VAJOLIROJA, take 3

Vajoliroja and Oceania Insignia in Venice
ABOVE: Vajoliroja is moored near the Oceania cruise ship Insignia in Venice. 

Johnny Depp's yacht Vajoliroja reportedly took the actor and his family on an outing yesterday, and today the vessel is moored once again on Venice's Zattere.

This time, however, the aft saloon and sundeck have been fitted with privacy screens to protect the reclusive star from prying eyes and camera lenses:

Privacy screens on the VAJOLIROJA
 Red-shirted crew members continue to keep the yacht shipshape:

A few steps away, in the Billa supermarket on the Zattere, Johnny's Italian fans (both human and canine) have been hoping to catch a glimpse of the former Captain Jack Sparrow filling his shopping cart with Cap'n Crunch:

Dog in Billa supermarket

VAJOLIROJA in Venice, take 2

Vajoliroja in Venice

ABOVE: A Venetian boat upstages the yacht Vajoliroja in Venice..

Since posting a photo and video clip of Johnny Depp's yacht in Venice yesterday, we've learned (via a forum post on Joliepittwatch.com, which linked to our blog) that the Vajoliroja didn't arrive in Venezia until Sunday because it was being used by director Tim Burton and his family. Depp has acted in seven of Burton's movies, starting with Edward Scissorhands, the 1990 film that made Johnny Depp a star.

This afternoon, Cheryl grabbed a quick video of people boarding the Vajoliroja. They could have been members of Johnny Depp's posse, or--for all we know--they might have been going on board to fix the plumbing. We'll let the celebrity-watchers sort out their identities: