Johnny Depp tops poll of best autograph signers for 3rd year in a row

In news that comes as no surprise whatsoever to the Zone’s readers, Johnny Depp has once again been named the most cooperative and gracious celebrity when it comes to signing autographs; this is the third year in a row that Johnny has topped the survey conducted by AUTOGRAPH Magazine. Noting Johnny’s perennial position at the top of the list of “the ten best signers,” Steve Cyrkin, the editor and publisher of AUTOGRAPH Magazine, said, “Whether at a premiere, in a restaurant or on location, Depp may just be the best Hollywood autograph signer of all time.” Certainly many Zone members can corroborate Johnny’s kindness from their own experience; as cherished as the signature is the moment spent with Johnny as he signed his name.

The celebrity ranked worst to those seeking autographs this year was Will Ferrell. “What’s so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors, and a great signer,” said Cyrkin. “What makes him so bad is that he’ll taunt people asking for his autograph.” There’s one more reason to admire Johnny Depp–after twenty-some years of being besieged for autographs on a daily basis, he still smiles, signs, and makes the recipient feel special.

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the story; you can read the full list of the ten best and ten worst autograph signers of 2007 on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet

It's a girl! Congratulations to Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

SWEENEY TODD collaborators Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton became parents for the second time on Saturday evening, December 15th in London. Their newborn daughter (no name or birth details have been announced) joins big brother Billy Ray, 4. “They are absolutely delighted they have a daughter,” Helena’s press representative Karon Maskill told PEOPLE Magazine. “It’s a lovely Christmas present for the family.” The Burton baby girl is already knows when to make an entrance; she waited for her parents to receive their Golden Globe Awards nominations before taking her own turn in the spotlight.

The Zone thanks Hana for sharing the happy news; we send all best wishes to Helena, Tim, Billy and their new baby girl. –Part-Time Poet