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December 15, 2007

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Actress: Toughest critic is 6-year-old sister

Los Angeles - Forget about her famous aunt or her actor father, when Emma Roberts needs advice on how to look like a TV star, she asks her 6-year-old sister.

"I'm embarrassed to say I do ask her sometimes when I'm putting on clothes. I'll say, 'Is this cute, Grace?'" the 16-year-old star of TV's "Unfabulous" said during a recent phone interview.

When it comes time to tune in the show, the niece of Julia Roberts and daughter of Eric Roberts also knows she has perhaps the sharpest-eyed, and sharpest-tongued, critic in her younger sibling.

"She'll be like, 'I don't think I was really a fan of that shirt you were wearing.' I'll say, 'Thank you for that, Grace,'" Roberts says, giggling. "If I want an honest opinion I'll definitely ask her."

In films, Roberts has portrayed everything from an iconic teen sleuth in "Nancy Drew" to a mermaid's best friend in "Aquamarine." But she says her "Unfabulous" character, the cute but klutzy Addie Singer, may be closest to the real her.

Chris Cagle cited for misdemeanor assault

Tucson, Ariz. - Chris Cagle was cited for misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a fan's boyfriend in the face.

The 39-year-old country singer had finished performing a charity benefit show at a nightclub early Thursday when he declined to sign an autograph for the woman, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Robinson said.

The woman became belligerent and verbally abusive, and according to the police officer who investigated the incident, "called him every name in the book," Robinson said Friday.

"The bouncers were escorting her and her boyfriend out of the bar," Robinson said, when an additional incident occurred. Robinson said he couldn't disclose the nature of that incident.

At that point, Cagle allegedly punched the woman's boyfriend, Robinson said.

Cagle's Nashville, Tenn.-based publicist, Kat Atwood, issued a statement Friday saying the singer "was involved in an altercation that took place between one of his crew members and a patron" after his performance. "The situation was resolved at the venue."

Johnny Depp rated best for celebrity autographs

New York - Want an autograph from Johnny Depp? Chances are, he'll sign something for you - and not be a jerk about it.

The 44-year-old actor is the most gracious celebrity - for the third year in a row - on Autograph magazine's annual list of the "10 Best and 10 Worst Hollywood Signers."

Depp is "'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on film, and Johnny and the Signing Factory in person," the magazine said.

The magazine said editors compiled input from autograph-collecting judges based in Europe, New York and California in ranking the celebs.

Matt Damon is second on the list, followed by George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Rosario Dawson, John Travolta, Katherine Heigl, Jay Leno, Dakota Fanning and Russell Crowe - wait, Russell Crowe?

Crowe, who has a history of throwing temper tantrums, ranked among the worst signers on last year's list. But in a turnaround, the magazine said, the 43-year-old actor "started treating fans great, signing, taking pictures and chatting them up."

Will Ferrell is deemed the worst celebrity signer, followed by Tobey Maguire, Joaquin Phoenix, William Shatner, Renee Zellweger, John Malkovich, Julie Andrews, Bruce Willis, Teri Hatcher and Scarlett Johansson.

Kidman wins damages from British newspaper

London - Nicole Kidman accepted damages from The Daily Telegraph newspaper Friday for falsely reporting she had breached the terms of her promotional contract for Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Details of the settlement weren't disclosed, and the 40-year-old actress wasn't in court. Her attorney, John Kelly, said Kidman suffered considerable embarrassment and distress over the report.

The newspaper's "Spy" column reported last month that Kidman carried a bottle of a competitor's perfume while she was in London to promote her new film, "The Golden Compass."

Kelly said the newspaper had determined the source of the report had invented the story.

He said The Daily Telegraph agreed to pay Kidman's legal costs and "substantial" damages. Kelly said the actress intended to donate the damages to the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Lawyer seeks sanctions against Britney Spears

Los Angeles - Running out of patience with Britney Spears, Kevin Federline's attorney on Friday said he plans to seek consequences.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, who represents Spears' ex-husband in their child custody case, said Friday that he would ask for sanctions against the pop star for calling in sick to her court-ordered deposition.

Spears didn't show up to testify at Kaplan's office Wednesday as scheduled, and Kaplan said later that her attorneys told him she wasn't feeling well. Spears was photographed later that day driving with a friend.

"This can be done with her active participation or without it," said Kaplan, who said he would file papers asking the court to impose sanctions on Spears before Jan. 23, the next scheduled court date.

A telephone call to Spears' attorneys was not immediately returned Friday.

Kaplan said Spears had missed at least three previously scheduled depositions "for various reasons," so he asked the court to order her to appear at his office to be deposed Dec. 12.

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