The New York Times reports:
LOS ANGELES — When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt negotiated with People and other celebrity magazines this summer for photos of their newborn twins and an interview, the stars were seeking more than the estimated $14 million they received from the deal. They also wanted a hefty slice of journalistic input — a promise that the winning magazine’s coverage would be positive, not merely in that instance but into the future.
“She’s scary smart,” said Bonnie Fuller, the former editor of Us Weekly and Star magazines. “But smart only takes you so far. She also has an amazing knack, perhaps more than any other star, for knowing how to shape a public image.”
While all celebrities seek to manipulate their public images to one degree or another, Ms. Jolie accomplishes it with a determination, a self-reliance and a degree of success that is particularly notable. The actress does not employ a publicist or an agent. The keys to her public image belong to her alone, although she does rely on her longtime manager, Geyer Kosinski, as a conduit.
So let me get this straight: We're supposed to be suspicious of Angie because she's wise enough to cultivate the image she wishes to project to the media? Oh, AND she doesn't have a publicist or an agent to each take at least 10% of her income to speak and/or think on her behalf? Is there a reason we should be questioning her motives? She should be applauded, not critized for being this savvy. (Oh just be quiet about Angelina being a "man-stealer". I believe BRAD had a 50% share in that transaction.) I am normally a bit of a cynic (NO!! Really?). I honestly think she and Brad are sincere in their humanitarian work and they both seem very devoted to each other and to their children.
A couple more things: Jennifer Aniston is stupid, is dating a dork and has an enormous man-chin.