- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006

African birth for stars

A local governor in Namibia said Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt told him they will have their baby in his country and are considering giving the child a Namibian name, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Samuel Sheefeni Nuuyoma, the governor of the Namibian province where the couple is staying at a heavily guarded lodge, said he had breakfast Friday with the two stars, according to the Sunday Times of South Africa. He said Miss Jolie had made those choices because “she loves Namibia.”

Associated Press reports that Mr. Pitt, 42, and Miss Jolie, 30, have rented all 14 rooms and suites at the Burning Shores resort, a luxury boutique hotel on Long Beach north of Walvis Bay. Meanwhile, an observer told People magazine she overheard Miss Jolie say, “We think it’s a girl, but we’re not 100 percent certain,” the Denver Post reports.

Disclaimer sought

The conservative religious group Opus Dei has asked for a disclaimer on the upcoming film based on the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code.”

According to AP, Opus Dei — portrayed as a murderous, power-hungry sect in the novel by Dan Brown — wrote in an April 6 letter to Sony Corp. that a disclaimer would show respect to Jesus and to the Catholic Church.

“Any such decision by Sony would be a gesture of respect toward the figure of Jesus, to the history of the Church and to the religious beliefs of viewers,” Opus Dei said in the letter, which was posted on its Italian Web site.

“The Da Vinci Code” contends that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had descendants and that Opus Dei and the Catholic Church were at the center of a cover-up.

A spokesman for Sony Pictures Entertainment declined to say whether the film would bear a disclaimer.

“We have no plans to reveal any details regarding what is or isn’t in the film until the release,” spokesman Jim Kennedy said, adding that the movie is “a work of fiction, and at its heart, it’s a thriller, not a religious tract.”

The film, starring Tom Hanks, is slated for release next month.

Abdul claim disputed

Paula Abdul may have made up her story two weeks ago in which she claimed she was assaulted at an after-hours club in Los Angeles, reports the Denver Post, citing a story in the New York Post. According to the newspaper, the ‘80s pop star and “American Idol” judge may have concocted the story because she was thrown out of Xenii with ex-boyfriend Dante Spencer for being “falling-down drunk.”

Miss Abdul, 43, claimed that agent Jim Lefkowitz “grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a wall,” Us Weekly reported. However, two witnesses told the New York Post that Miss Abdul looked “drunk” and “out of it.” Mr. Lefkowitz’s lawyer, Michael Nasatir, said the reports of the altercation between his client and Miss Abdul “are completely outrageous and utterly false.”

Babyface, Baker battle

Grammy-winning singer-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against singer Anita Baker, claiming she owes him more than $250,000, AP reports.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Miss Baker broke two oral agreements with Mr. Edmonds, who co-wrote, produced and performed on the song “Like You Used to Do” on Miss Baker’s 2004 album “My Everything.” The lawsuit claims that Miss Baker, 48, refused to pay Mr. Edmonds producer’s royalties equaling at least $100,000 from estimated sales of more than 500,000 albums.

Mr. Edmonds, 47, also claims that he and Miss Baker had an agreement to play four concerts together but that Miss Baker canceled two shows and refused to pay $150,000 for those dates.

Spokesman Cem Kurosman from Miss Baker’s label, Blue Note, declined to comment Friday, saying the label had no knowledge of the lawsuit.

Mr. Edmonds has written hits for a number of R&B; stars, including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Bobby Brown.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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