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Stars stay home; French box office hurt

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Nov 28, 2001 | 11:02am EST

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks several top stars, including Robert Redford, 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."

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