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Jessica Simpson: Major Movie Star, Comrade

Oct. 28 2008, Published 5:04 a.m. ET

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Although Jessica Simpson has had a successful music career, American audiences haven't taken her quite as seriously as an actress. (Yes, that's a severe understatement.) Her first and only hit was recreating the part of Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, and that was three years ago. So it may come as a shock to learn that her new comedy, Major Movie Star was tops at the box office this week—in Russia.

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Referred to as "maybe one of the worst films ever made" by someone associated with the production, this lemon—about a movie star who enlists in the Army—never even opened in the United States. Now, not only is it a hit in Russia, the Eastern European distributors expect it to repeat that success when it opens soon in Bulgaria.

"Maybe they think it's a realistic portrayal of the U.S. Army," Radar's source goes on.

"If so, they'll be pretty disappointed if they ever get in a shooting war with us.

"Or see better American movies," he added.

Other stars who have small parts in the film include Vivica A. Fox and Steve Guttenberg.

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