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Better Than the Real Thing?

The first pictures of Brad and Angelina's baby, Shiloh, were released in the New York Post and the Daily News today, teasing their full unleashing in tomorrow’s People. Back in April, Jason Zengerle explored the tabloid war for photo rights, accompanied by faked versions of what they might look like. Here’s what we got right, and what we got wrong.

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The photos: People’s cover, also used by the Post, shows Brad and Angelina lying on a bed with Shiloh, and is virtually identical to one of New York Magazine’s fake shots. The key difference: Rather than both parents gazing at the baby, in the real photo, Angelina stares adoringly at Brad.


The other photo released today reinforces the Brad-centricity of the images we’ve seen so far. New York mocked up an intimate shot of Angelina breast-feeding, along with a more distanced shot of Brad holding the baby. The real photo is a close-up of Brad cradling Shiloh, his lips about to kiss her eyes.

The venue: We called People the “odds-on favorite”; People won the bidding war.

The money: We predicted the photos “could fetch $5 million”; People managing editor Larry Hackett strongly implied that price was well out of his range. People reportedly bid $5 million for worldwide rights and wound up paying $4.1 million for U.S. rights; Hello! paid $3.5 million for U.K. rights. Nice head fake, Larry.

The cause: We predicted the money would go to Yéle Haiti, a Brangelina-favored charity to fund development in Haiti. The couple has said the proceeds will go to charity but has yet to name one.

The country: We hedged our bets with “probably Paris, but possibly Los Angeles, or maybe even Addis Ababa.” The photos were taken in Namibia.

The name: We weren’t crazy enough to predict that.

For more details on the backstage machinations of the paparazzi, read “Not Since Jesus” by Jason Zengerle.

Related Links
Brangelina's Little Angel (NY Post)
First Baby Pictures (People)


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