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Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton to Battle at the Box Office

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Aug 03, 2005 | 8:09am EDT

Aspiring actresses and feuding friends Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are set to do battle at the box office in November--they both star in films that will be released on the same day.

Moviemaker Andrew Shaifer, who produced and wrote Richie's debut film Kids and I, has accused the team behind Hilton's National Lampoon's Pledge This! of purposefully synchronizing the release date clash to generate publicity.

The Simple Life reality TV co-stars mysteriously fell out in January and have refused to divulge the reason behind their rift, with Hilton saying, "All I will say is that Nicole knows what she did and that's all I am ever going to say about it."

Shaifer, who arranged his film's release date in April, says, "It was just announced that Paris' movie will open the same day. It is obvious something is going on. My feeling is this was done on purpose."

Despite his anger over the date clash, Shaifer tells gossip website ageSix.com he is confident in Richie's big screen abilities after seeing Hilton's acting attempt in horror remake House of Wax earlier this year.

He boasts, "Either way, I am glad we have Nicole in our movie. After seeing House of Wax, we obviously got the better actress. I want to put Nicole in another movie. I have specifically written a role with her in mind--she is hat talented."

However, Hilton's representative responds, "Andrew must be mistaken.

There is no official release date yet."

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