May 20, 1999 12:00 AM

Johnny Depp’s Sunset Boulevard nightclub, the Viper Room, is reopening after an interior makeover. Nancy Sinatra put on a New Year’s Eve show there, and the grand opening is set for Jan. 9. The club, which gained a degree of notoriety when River Phoenix died outside of it in 1993, has been closed for renovations since mid-November. The reopening will be a benefit show featuring an acoustic performance by Courtney Love. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit yoga-teaching organization Center for Living.

  • In other news of celebrity charity, “Hollywood Goes Wild,” an album with songs by all-star actors, will benefit the Wildlife Waystation, a sanctuary for wild and exotic animals in California. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves and Juliette Lewis can be heard on the album, which the Boston Globe says will come out early this year. The executive producer, Ron Lovely, says he got the idea for the album after meeting Pitt at a birthday party for legendary musician Les Paul last year. “Brad is a huge music fan,” Lovely said.

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