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Updated: August 19, 2013 11:25AM



While we have long documented bad behavior by Hollywood stars, many Tinseltown heavyweights expressed surprise Wednesday as news circulated about an incident in Canada involving actress Emma Roberts — a young star widely considered squeaky clean.

The 22-year-old actress, who is very close to her aunt, Oscar winner Julia Roberts, was arrested in Montreal after an apparently vicious fight with her boyfriend, Evan Peters. TMZ reported the altercation was so loud, a person in a neighboring room called the cops early on July 7.

After spotting Peters’ bloodied nose, the police arrested Roberts, though she was released several hours later after Peters refused to press charges.

In a statement, Roberts’ publicist called it “an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding,” adding, “The couple are working together to move past it.”

The two, most recently seen together at the “Lone Ranger” premiere, are said to be still together and working on “American Horror Story.” Roberts earlier starred in “Nancy Drew” and on TV’s “Unfabulous.”

“This just seemed so out of character for Emma,” said a top producer and former studio executive who has worked with Roberts. “I’ve never seen even a flash of temper or anything like that,” added the producer. “This must obviously was just an anomaly that simply flared out of control — quickly and without warning.”

MONTEITH MOMENTS: According to several close associates of Cory Monteith, the “Glee” star’s recent return to Vancouver was a poor decision, coming so soon after his release from rehab — when he was vulnerable to a relapse. The Canadian city “was where he did so many drugs over the years, and where he had so many drug dealer contacts,” opined one source, who admitted to having a tough time dealing with the reality of Monteith’s untimely death. “It especially breaks my heart to hear that Cory was spotted in Vancouver’s Gastown section the day before he died. That’s an area filled with lots of drug activity and drug dealers,” said the source, stifling a sob.

† Following a private viewing for his immediate family and girlfriend and “Glee” co-star Lea Michele, Monteith’s body was cremated. The “Glee” star’s father, Joe Monteith, was not invited. The senior Monteith was estranged from his son, who reportedly had no contact with him for 17 years after Cory was age 7 — and only had seen him three or four times after that.

† Contrary to a number of published reports, absolutely no decision has been made regarding how Monteith’s death will be addressed in the upcoming season of the hit series.

“People are still walking around like zombies — in total shock,” said a show insider. “They have not even begun to have that conversation. Not yet.”

DATING DITTY: Jake Gyllenhaal has been linked over the years to many famous beauties — including Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift — and lately he’s been seen getting cozy with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Alyssa Miller.

TV TALK: Val Warner, co-host of WLS-Channel 7’s “Windy City Live,” heads off to New York on Sunday to get a bit of national exposure when she serves as a guest co-host Tuesday on “The View.” While Warner says she’s delighted for the chance to be hanging with the panel, she also hopes to talk up what’s good about Chicago — to help diffuse all the negative publicity Our Town has received lately.

James Franco has signed on to a two-episode arc on the upcoming second season of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project.” The actor will play a charismatic doctor who temporarily fills in for Mindy at the firm. Franco’s character was once a fashion model who fell off a runway and was saved by a pregnant woman — leading him to devote his life to helping expectant mothers.It’s the second time Franco and the show’s namesake star

Mindy Kaling have worked together. They played themselves in Seth Rogen’s recent “This Is the End” comedy.

GOOD CAUSE: George Wendt, D.B. Sweeney and comedian Jeff Dye are among the additional VIPs who have signed up for the “Tour of Duty Celebrity Golf Classic” being held Aug. 12 at the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course. By the way, the second season of Dye’s MTV show, “Money From Strangers,” premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Don’t be surprised if a few

other Murray brothers join Joel Murray on the golf course Aug. 12 — or possibly the night before at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street, where some tickets are still available for a Plain White T’s concert. All funds raised will go to first responder charities in Newtown, Conn., Boston, New York City and here in Chicago.

MOVIE SCHMOOZE: You knew this was coming: a sequel to “Sharknado,” the Syfy Channel surprise hit that became a social media phenomenon following its premiere last week. The second installment will move the action from L.A. to New York, where — Surprise! Surprise! — another tornado jam-packed with man-eating sharks swarms into the Big Apple.

Not yet known whether “Sharknado” stars

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering will re-up for the sequel, though both have expressed interest in returning for “Sharknado 2.”

DreamWorks Pictures has just released a trailer for the Julian Assange biographical film “The Fifth Estate,” with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the controversial founder of Wikileaks — who continues to be in the headlines, due to the more recent Edward Snowden case.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: One Direction drummer Josh Devine was spotted dining at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier, as was (separately) former Sox player and fan favorite Ron Kittle.Rick Patino, the University of Louisville’s NCAA defending championship men’s hoops coach, was spied supping at two popular Gold Coast steakerys — Del Frisco’s and Gibsons.



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