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Brangelina Who? Paparazzi Prepare for Beckhams

1/11/2007 9:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David and Victoria BeckhamDavid and Victoria Beckham might not be household names in the U.S. just yet, but they will be very, very soon.

TMZ talked to several prominent paparazzi agencies, and they all agreed that the Beckhams will be getting very special (and relentless) photographic attention from the minute they hit our shores. Said one well-placed source, "All the big agencies will probably send a couple of photogs over just for [them]." Another respected lensman told us that the couple's friendship with TomKat will only make them more visible targets for shutterbugs, and that they'll be at least as eagerly watched as Brangelina, if not more.

Of course, the Beckhams being the Beckhams, they're more than used to it. In the UK, they're more furiously hounded than the royal family, and far more than any other celeb couple.

No one is more used to having literally every part of his body scrutinized by the media as David Beckham: When he broke his left foot before the World Cup in 2002, newspapers and TV ran daily, almost hourly updates on his status, and a leading psychic urged the entire country to "will" Beckham's foot to health. And he played!

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amber    

david and victoria both look so glamourous. david beckham is so hot. i love victoria's style and figure.

2786 days ago
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Mel    

The coverage of them will be sickening!

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Black Sheep    

What will they be called? Davictoria? Davic? Victavid?

2786 days ago
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Mel    

The thought of what's coming is nauseating!!!!

2786 days ago
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West Ham    

Can’t wait to se how all of this pans out.

Disappointment usually follows gratuitous hype.

That said, they’re a global entity, not some American only non-entity. People will be following this all over Europe, Asia, Africa and South America .

2786 days ago
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Jinxy Cat    

I think I'm gonna puke...really, who cares about these 2?
I'm not a Brangelina fan, but THEY are more appealing than these
2 overinflated egos who will be flying over the pond..

2786 days ago
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ezze    

We don't care. Our papparrazi harasses people we know. I'd rather see pictures of Taradise getting denied at Hyde for the hundredth time than a has-been Spice Girl and her stretched-out Ryan Seacrest husband.

2786 days ago
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ishouldbedoingsomethingbetterwithmytime    

On the other side of the pond, they're commenting on his 5-year $250,000,000/ £128,000,000 deal (unheard of wages in Europe... and I'm surprised the Americans would pay a 'soccer' star as much as a baseball/ basketball/ American football player). In Britain, they're saying American Major League Soccer is going to be much less competitive than the leagues in England, Spain, and Italy. Since resigning the England captainship and no longer being chosen for the national team at all by the new England manager... not on Real Madrid's first team for months now.... He said he's not doing it for the money... it has to be that, more than he's ever earned in Europe and in endorsements... or he'll automatically be the best because he's used to playing in Europe! No one can say that Brazil, European teams, and Argentina don't dominate world football!

They'll never be called anything but Posh'n'Becks.

The wife aside, apparently now not singing, not acting, but a 'clothes designer' (clotheshorse, more like)... the British press have said one factor in the move is their friendship with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (at least no one's calling her Kate Cruise). That's pathetic, who'd trade in their parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends for Tom and Katie?

2786 days ago
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Jamie Lynn    

So what he can kick a ball, who gives a sh*t. And mostly who cares about her!

2786 days ago
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TJ    

PoshnBecks...Welcome to L.A. !!!

The Beckhams will bring a breath of fresh air to a scene wearying of over-exposed stars such as
Britney Spears,
Paris Hilton and
Lindsay Lohan.

Celebrity watchers said they could fill the gap left by couples like
Angelina Jolie and
Brad Pitt, and
Tom Cruise and
Katie Holmes, both of whom have shunned publicity in recent months to raise their young children.

"We are really excited about it. David and Victoria together could potentially become the hottest couple in Hollywood. There is a big void there," said Ken Baker, west coast editor of Us Weekly magazine.

"We will probably have to get extra staffing just to deal with them," Baker joked.

The Beckhams are already friends of Cruise and Holmes -- whose Italian wedding they attended last November -- and Victoria was spotted house hunting last summer in wealthy Malibu and Bel-Air. David already runs a soccer academy for young players in Los Angeles.

"Victoria has told friends she likes Los Angeles and likes being in Hollywood. She's been to The Ivy (restaurant), she's been to The Polo Lounge, she's been to fashion shows. She is familiar with the landscape and I think everyone will welcome them because they are fresh faces," said Baker.

Patterson said Americans who follow celebrities were fascinated with the couple. "There is a certain mystique to them. He is gorgeous, she is gorgeous, she is a style icon. They live this incredibly glamorous jet set life."

Despite the paparazzi, the Beckhams may find Los Angeles a welcome relief from the fish-bowl of their native Britain and from Madrid, their most recent home.

"In LA, paparazzi do chase stars but celebrities can get lost here a little more and blend because there are a lot of other big celebrities here too," said Baker.

2786 days ago
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p1tey1    

The hype won't last long.

Posh is a "has been", and soccer is not really recognized in the United States. After the initial "freak show" the hype will die down. And the people who paid him that obscene amount of money to play here will be disappointed.

2786 days ago
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Gerald Turner    

The Beckhams vs. Soccer;

I don't, never have, seen one second of this European, so called game...why would I watch an 'over-the-hill', former English player, who's being paid too much to come to America?

I would not...and will NOT!

2786 days ago
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sue    

He looks ten times better than Brad and Angie put together.. seriously,I can honestly say, David Beckam makes Brad Pitt look an ugly duckling! I'm lovin it!I actually agree with TMZ on this one. Brad and Angie move your old, tired worn out looking asses over!

2786 days ago
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Beckhaz    

I think they are the perfect couple!! they are so fashion and David Beckham is really hot!! although I think they are not going to suceed at the US as much they do in Europe

2786 days ago
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LOL    

ha ha ha ......right on Sue.

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