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A time of peace and goodwill to all men... except in Hollywood.

IT may be the time for wishing people happiness, but in Hollywood they are just carrying on doing what they love best... sniping at the stars.

No-one is safe - from Leonardo DiCaprio to legendary icon Audrey Hepburn.

One Tinsel Town magazine, Movieline, has even trawled back through its files during the season of goodwill to find the 50 best insults of all time. Another, Total Film magazine, is also dipping its pen in New Year venom.

Its readers voted Leonardo DiCaprio (right) and Gwyneth Paltrow (left) as "two of the most over-rated stars in the world". The magazine, agreeing, snipes at Leo: "The only thing uttered by him that our readers liked was his last breath as he sank beneath the icy Atlantic in Titanic."

In a backhanded compliment, the accolade for the best screen kiss was awarded to two women - Neve Campbell and Denise Richards in the movie Wild Things. Also making the "over-rated" list are director Steven Spielberg, Star Wars George Lucas and Pulp Fiction creator Quentin Tarantino.

Movieline revels in vintage insults. Orson Welles about Audrey Hepburn - "the patron saint of anorexics". Sean Young about The Boost co-star James Woods - "he couldn't have a consistent relationship with a doorknob".
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2000
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