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U.S. actor Brad Pitt, who stars as Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane, arrives for the world premiere of the film "Moneyball" in Oakland, California September 19, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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Defensive Brad Pitt calls Aniston a "dear friend"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brad Pitt is seeking again to distance himself from apparently negative remarks about his marriage to Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, calling his ex-wife a "dear friend" and a "valuable person."