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Brad & Angelina: Water Fountain

Brad & Angelina: Water Fountain

Photogs’ appetites whetted: ‘Most anticipated baby since Jesus

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have an entire government on their side in the latest celebrity vs. paparazzi skirmish as they await the birth of their child in seclusion at a resort in Namibia.

The Namibian Embassy in Pretoria tells journalists seeking visas for Namibia to cover the birth of the eagerly awaited celebrity baby that they must have permission from Pitt and Jolie in writing before they will be allowed into the country.

The government, which has seen its profile as a tourist destination increased by the celebrity visit, has arrested photographers, confiscated film, set up large green barriers on the beach to shield the couple and their children Zahara and Maddox, ringed the hotel with heavy security and threatened to expel any journalist trying to cover the birth without the parents’ permission.

"This lady is expecting," Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula was quoted as telling South Africa’s Sunday Times last month. "You guys are harassing her. Why don’t you allow her some privacy? Harassment is not allowed in Namibia."

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Interest has heightened in recent weeks as photographers anticipated the due date was near. It escalated Tuesday when an e-mail Pitt sent to the Cannes Film Festival and read to reporters there said he was unable to attend because of the baby’s "imminent arrival."

Darryn Lyons, the chairman of Big Pictures, which runs Mr., said in London that the two stars are certain to gain more attention by taking up residence in a poor corner of Africa then they would in the United States.

"I don’t think they could have given the people more of an appetite to see the new creature," said Lyons, referring to the decision to hole up in Namibia. "It is the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ."

"They would have been more discreet sitting in Malibu," he said. "I don’t know why they’re going to all this ridiculous trouble."

Before Pitt and Jolie took up residence at a luxury hotel on the Namibian coast, the government never required that journalists get permission from private citizens — foreign or otherwise — to obtain a visa.

John Liebengerg, a South African magazine photographer, was arrested Wednesday for a second time in less than a week for trying to take pictures of the couple at a restaurant.

The arrest was condemned by the South African National Editors Forum.

"The forum believes citizens have a right to privacy, however journalists also have a right to be able to do their jobs without unfair hindrance or intimidation," the forum said in a statement.

South Africa’s Sunday Times said last month its own photographer and three French photographers were ordered to leave Namibia or face arrest.

Lyons said he has a team in place in Namibia, but that none of his photographers have been arrested. He added someone — perhaps even the midwife — with a small camera or one built into their mobile phone stood to make a lot of money.

"You could probably buy Namibia with that picture," he said, estimating the first picture of Pitt and Jolie‘s baby would be worth $5 million.

Namibia, a country half the size of Alaska, is rich in diamonds and strategic metals, but most of its 1.8 million people are poor. – AP

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# 1
Le sigh i'm first @ 05/26/2006 at 4:02 pm

oh these are old. I was hoping for some new pics.

# 2
Alexanderina @ 05/26/2006 at 4:04 pm

"They would have been more discreet sitting in Malibu," he said. "I don’t know why they’re going to all this ridiculous trouble."He is kidding, they would’ve be swamped in Malibu, they are all the way in Namibia and the paps are all over them. And am not sure I believe that the paps need Angie and Brad permission to enter Namibia, that another tabs story to make them(BP & AJ) look bad

# 3
Alexanderina @ 05/26/2006 at 4:06 pm

# 1 | Le sigh i’m first – Yes it is but I least it gives us a new Thread to post while we wait for the baby news or any news from Namibia.Thanks JJ, I was getting tired of looking at all the X Threads

# 4

Does anyone know where and when he pictures are from? I assume a TV show since they look like screen captures.

# 5

# 3 | Alexanderina I agree. I think that’s why we got a new thread. the other was getting too big.

# 6
COLD HARD MATH @ 05/26/2006 at 4:12 pm

| #1 |Yes, they’re old.OFF TOPIC:, Lets see;Gwenyth.Brooke.Katie. Maybe Gwen now? Come on ANGIE!!!!KEEP ON ROCKIN BAMZ!REALLY, WAITING INPATIENTLY, PLUS ONE!

# 7

when they were in malibu earlier, there were pics of them everyday. From namibia, i have seen maybe three or four new pics, mostly taken from far away. That guy who said they would be more discreet in Namibia has got it wrong.

# 8

hi jared!new pics please!were gonna bother in the weekends anyhow…lolz.

# 9

Where and when are these pics from?, it can’t be Davos , Brads hair was differentTruth is most people already know the latest news available. The only next ‘new news’ , I anticipate will be of the birth itselfI hope it all goes well for +1

hi jared!new pics please!were gonna bother you in the weekends anyhow…lolz.

think positive! @ 05/26/2006 at 4:16 pm

Why i can not see this thread in the main page? I’m cliking to the" just commented" to find it.

Alexanderina @ 05/26/2006 at 4:16 pm

# 4 | j4r3d – They look like there are from the set of MAMS, don’t know just assuming

Jared i think the pics are from the movie set, during a break from filming. I saw these pics in a magazine once, but it was a long time ago.

yes this pics are from MAMs set

think positive! @ 05/26/2006 at 4:22 pm

I found it!! I was comfused because jared didn’t post it in the top of the page.Anyway.Yes they are from the set of MAMS.GOD BLESS BAMZ+1!

Thanks JJ…I don’t think I can handle another X’s thread on the main page. These pic. are from the MAMS set, they are taken a break from the restaurant scene, notice AJ was wearing BP dinner jacket?…;)

Jared, you are wonderful!Thanks to listening to our whining, but I personally was getting tired of lurking (and posting) at the X’s thread. That was where most of the BAMZ’ers were going; however, it got boring after a while. Thanks for giving us our own sandbox to play in again.These look like pics taken during a break in the M&MS shooting.

Alexanderina @ 05/26/2006 at 4:26 pm

# 16 | Estell – notice AJ was wearing BP dinner jacketHow sweet, did not noticed that before, thanks Estelle

I can’t even spell my name today…blame Rica…;)…that was hot hot hot…I have to read it again…

# 18 | Alexanderina -actually someone point that out to me as well…I know…so cute.

oops..actually the house fight scene…now I remembered, not the restaurant.

my mom had me in a 3rd world country, no epidurals, just some nurses and doctors. No doctors were flown in from america like angelina has. my mom is fine, i’m fine, my sister is fine, and the whole damn population that gives birth in my country is fine. some people are too ignorant like thos stupid doctors.

The real lou @ 05/26/2006 at 4:39 pm

Well Gwen had her baby,she had a boy.She had a c-section.

Please stay away fom X’s thread and the tiresome postings. The many postings of X are boring and with they are with same theme ( hair and legs). There are more important things going on. Someone is posting Brangelina’s news that are not flattering to cause a firestorm. Please pray from Angelina and her baby. Thanks.,

Just got back from the theatre. catching up with all the buzz and fic.# 23 | The real lou She did already? can you pls provide a link.

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