Johnny Depp steers 'Pirates' into Cannes

Johnny Depp chuckled when asked if he was worried about the notoriously harsh critics at the Cannes Film Festival, where his new swashbuckler "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" played amid far more sober fare.

Depp said his family — French actress and romantic partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children — are the only critics he needs.

"So they go and see the movies, and basically, I can tell by their reaction if I did all right or not," he said. "So I'm very lucky in that way. They seem to enjoy them so far. I haven't been fired by my kids."

And the Cannes critics? Depp, 47, who spent the first two decades of his career in quirky little movies that rarely found much critical support, was not exactly quaking in his pirate boots.

"Yeah, I've always feared the critics," Depp said, laughing. "They really scare me."

Cenac shows off prep school

In his first stand-up special on Comedy Central, Wyatt Cenac does a bit about going to a reunion of his all-male parochial school, with jokes about one of the priests, a couple of his c lassmates and his own inability to come up with good "your mama" insults.

What Cenac, who is best known for his nearly three-year gig as a correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ," doesn't mention in the special: That school was Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

"I went to an all-boys high school, so there is a certain amount of class clown in every kid there, because it's just a bunch of guys filled with testosterone, being rowdy," he says. "So I w ouldn't consider myself the class clown. But I think I was always interested in comedy, and probably the first time I made somebody laugh, I was probably like 11 or 12 and thinking: 'That feels amazing. I want to do that more.' "

Cenac says that he did do some plays in high school, but he didn't begin performing stand-up until college.

Chavez thanks Shakira

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is thanking Colombian singer Shakira for an autographed red guitar that he says the artist sent him as a gift.

Chavez says he stayed up late strumming on the electric guitar and singing songs.

He told Venezuelan state television on Sunday: "Thanks to Shakira for that."

Information Minister Andres Izarra posted a photo of the guitar on Twitter after it arrived Saturday.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actor Harry Carey Jr., 90 ... Actor Pierce Brosnan , 58 ... actress Debra Winger , 56 ... Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut , 56 ... actress Mare Winningham , 52 ... rock musician Krist Novoselic , 46 ... singer Janet Jackson , 45 ... actor David Boreanaz , 42 ... political correspondent Tucker Carlson , 42 ... actress Tracey Gold , 42 ... tennis player Gabriela Sabatini , 41 ... country singer Rick Trevino , 40 ... actress Tori Spelling , 38 ... actress Melanie Lynskey , 34 ... actress Megan Fox , 25 ... actor Miles Heizer , 17