Ukraine: We want
Jessica Simpson’s movie Blonde Ambition made just $1,332 during its opening weekend in the U.S. But in the Ukraine, her film is a huge success. Not only are people flocking to theaters to see Jessica on the big screen, they want her to come visit. “She is really the ideal of American beauty and style, like Barbie,” Alex Shpiluk, a film producer and member of the Ukrainian Film Commission, tells In Touch. “She would be useful to us and our image.” Lyudmila Kalinovich, a linguist scholar from Kiev, explains why she thinks Blonde Ambition was such a big hit in eastern Europe: “We have a hard life in Ukraine, and I decided to laugh and escape from reality.” To show his appreciation for Jess’ star power, Arama Gevorcyan, a leading Ukrainian film producer, would like to extend an invitation to Blonde Ambition’s star. “I’m the organizer of the big 80th anniversary celebration this September of the largest Ukrainian film studio, Dovzhenko. We would love for Jessica Simpson to come to this celebration. And don’t worry, we will pay for it!” Ukrainians say Jess looks like Barbie. “She is very famous here. The Dukes of Hazzard was shown 10 times on TV last month,” says Gevorcyan. “I don’t really care what I’m famous for, as long as I get to do the movie roles I want to do and still make records,” Jessica, 27, has said. Blonde Ambition hit Ukraine’s top film spot during the period of February 14–17, and reports say it earned $253,008.
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