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    Hollywood actor Johnny Depp smiles for fans at Japan premiere of his latest film 'Public Enemies' in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp suspects he'll never get used to receiving awards for his acting work.

    Depp, best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbusters, made the comments Sunday night before receiving a career achievement award at the Bahamas International Film Festival.

    "Whenever anybody say they are going to give me some kind of award, I'm always a little stupefied by the notion. The first thing I say is 'why?'," Depp told a small scrum of reporters. "I just go to work like anyone else, except my job happens to be a little stranger."

    Lit by cameras during a red carpet event, Depp said he planned on spending Christmas on his private island ringed with white sand off Exuma.

    "The place is as close to paradise as anywhere you can get," said Depp, wearing a black pinstriped suit and tinted glasses with heavy black frames.

    Fellow acting superstar Sean Connery, who also owns a home in the Bahamas, presented Depp with the award at the Balmoral Club in Nassau.

    The festival's founder, Leslie Vanderpool, described Depp as an "icon" who is one of the finest actors of his generation.

    "What makes this tribute to Johnny even more special is that he has a home in the Bahamas and possesses a true love and appreciation for the region and culture," Vanderpool said in a statement.

    Depp's diverse screen credits through the years include starring roles in "Donnie Brasco," "Edward Scissorhands," and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

    In September, Disney announced that a new "Pirates of the Caribbean" film is on the horizon. Depp will reprise his celebrated role as Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," slated for summer of 2011.

    Depp said he's enjoyed playing all of his screen characters.

    "I'm still amazed I get jobs after all this time," he quipped.

    [Agencies]

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    SEOUL  – Lawyers and agents for South Korean star singer and actor Rain have settled a lawsuit over his cancelled concert in Honolulu in 2007, a report said.

    In March, a US court ordered Rain and his agency JYP Entertainment to pay more than eight million dollars for breaching a contract with Hawaiian promoter Click Entertainment to perform a concert, AFP reported.

    An agreement was reached on June 10 to settle the case and avoid an appeal, Yonhap news agency said. It said details of compensation and other conditions were not disclosed due to court orders.

    Rain's concert was cancelled a few days before its scheduled date of June 15, 2007 at Aloha Stadium, the first stop on his US tour. The tickets cost a maximum 300 dollars each.

    Click Entertainment said the cancellation cost it more than 1.5 million dollars and its business reputation was damaged.

    The 26-year-old singer argued that the concert stage was not properly set up for him. He also said he was unable to use his name in the United States because of a copyright challenge from a US Beatles tribute band also called Rain.