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Hamlet abuzz over Brangelina

CORRENS, France — Brangelina must be cocooning.

The paparazzi swarming France's Cote d'Azur can't find Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and locals are muttering or giggling about the invasion of Hollywood glam.

This pastoral sliver of the south of France has been abuzz ever since reports emerged last week that the Brangelina clan was moving in — confirmed by the mayor of Correns, population 800.

A helicopter swing Saturday over the vast yet reclusive Chateau Miraval, where the couple and their four children are said to be settling, turned up only stepped vineyards, empty chairs at a table on a pockmarked stone patio, and a helicopter parked on a finely groomed lawn in front of a farmhouse and accompanying buildings.

The apparent calm did not stop the buzz.

Entertainment Tonight first reported on its Web site Friday that the actress had given birth in France. Show host Mary Hart cited an unidentified source who claimed to be in the delivery room, saying the twins were born and that "yes, mother and babies are fine."

Pitt's manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante, told the Associated Press: "We have no comment except the story is not true," and several celebrity news outlets also reported the story was false.

Despite the denial, the Web site of Britain's Now magazine on Saturday cited "sources in France" saying that Jolie's doctor had flown in from California, and that the couple named the twin girls Isla Marcheline and Amelie Jane Jolie-Pitt.

Jolie has said previously that her twins are due in August. She and Pitt already have four children: 6-year-old Maddox, 4-year-old Pax, 3-year-old Zahara, who are adopted, and 2-year-old Shiloh.

On Saturday, shopkeepers in the nearby town of Brignoles murmured about a sighting last week of the family strolling through town and stopping at a women's clothing boutique — before the media hordes breezed in.

Some locals were blase about the stars.

"She's a woman like any other," a Correns villager who gave his name only as Leon told Associated Press Television News, referring to Jolie. "I've never ever seen her. You know, as far as pretty women go, there are others on Earth."

Others were tickled about the new neighbors.

"My son is delighted that Angelina Jolie is here," said Nadia Caetano, of her 16-year-old. "He said, 'I'm going to be an orphan, and she'll adopt me. Mom, say that you've abandoned me, and she'll adopt me.' "

According to its Web site, the Miraval estate is on a site first inhabited in pre-Roman times. Today, it features fountains, ancient aqueducts, a moat, a pond and vineyards that produce a highly esteemed organic wine.

Locals know Miraval most for receiving rock stars over the years. The estate includes a studio that has hosted the likes of Sting, the Cranberries and Pink Floyd, who recorded tracks for The Wall album there.

Hamlet abuzz over Brangelina 05/31/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:30pm]
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