Stars stay home; French box office hurt

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks several top stars, including Robert
, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones
and Julia Roberts canceled trips to Paris to promote their films
resulting in “catastrophic” consequences for their films at the French
box office, the French daily Le Parisien reported today.

In fact, the newspaper observed, the only major star to
come to France since the attacks has been Woody Allen — to promote
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

Le Parisien quoted a spokeswoman
for an unnamed U.S. studio in Paris as saying that “some films, like
America’s Sweethearts and Moulin Rouge, haven’t been as
successful as planned given the lack of [the stars’] media presence.”