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Biggest Headlines of 2008: The Return of Jennifer vs. Angelina

We've been counting down the biggest headlines of 2008, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. We hope you enjoy this look back at some of the posts and stories that created the most buzz throughout the year.

Let it be said that we at PopSugar firmly believe that one can be on both Team Jolie and Team Aniston. We'd much rather go out for girls' night on the town or spa day with Jen, but there is something beautiful and intriguing about the work Angelina has done for the world and the family she helped create. The truth is, however, not everyone feels this way, and no one in the world can sell a cover like these two women — especially when they're talking about each other. This Fall, with movies to promote and magazine covers to score, they both did just that.

This round of hoopla started late in the Summer, after Angelina had given birth to the twins, who made even bigger headlines than Shiloh two years earlier. The Jolie-Pitts were happily living in the South of France, until the press realized that both Brad and recently single Jennifer Aniston were scheduled to be at the Toronto Film Festival. While the former husband and wife did not see each other while screening their movies, the spark was lit again and it was only going to get hotter. To read the rest of what happened this Autumn, just


Just a few weeks later, Angelina kicked off an epic set of interviews to promote The Changeling. We had heard that Brad was photographing his family for the November cover of W magazine, but no one was quite ready for what it would look like. The controversial breastfeeding cover was polarizing, to say the least, and gave us a very intimate look at the life of the Jolie-Pitts. Just a few weeks earlier, Jolie debuted her post-baby body and movie to much praise in NYC and sat down for a few interviews.

It was one in particular with the New York Times that stood out — in it she talked about her and Brad's children someday being able to watch the movie where their parents fell in love. Gasp. For years she and Brad had tiptoed around the timeline of his marriage to Jennifer ending and their relationship starting, and while Angelina did not say anything physical happened, it was an admission of something. In the midst of this, she took a trip to Afghanistan just fueling rumors about how well she orchestrates her image.

Just a few weeks later, it was Jennifer's turn to hit the interview circuit starting to get everyone excited for Marley & Me. Right before the storm, she got back together with John Mayer, but that didn't keep it from getting interesting. The first, and most headline-making, article was Vogue, which exclaimed on the cover that Jennifer said, "What Angelina did was uncool." When the full article came out, it was clear that the comment was taken out of context, and she was referring to a particular quote years ago, but the media still picked it up and ran with it as a comment about Angelina and Brad's relationship.

Since then, Jennifer called out Vogue in Oprah and in Entertainment Weekly, but the interview still caused a deluge of magazine covers implying that the women were at it again — all the while with Brad getting none of the blame, naturally. Meanwhile, Jennifer and John Mayer were back together and happy as ever.

With The Changeling getting award season buzz and Marley & Me sure to be a beloved holiday hit, both women are in amazing places in their careers right now. They're committed to charity work — be it overseas or with kids at home. Both women are in loving relationships that seem to make them happy. While there may be truth to bad blood between them — I mean, how could there not be? — and they seem about as different as two movie stars can be, both Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie are incredible and ground-breaking females. The end of 2008 proved to open up old wounds in fans and, doubtlessly, the stars themselves, but here's to 2009 celebrating more love and success for both Angelina and Jen. There's no need to Pitt these two strong women against each other, and as Miss Aniston mentioned there's no cattiness necessary.

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mariejoeyjacobs mariejoeyjacobs 8 years
TEAM JENNIFER, I DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENS. though at times, i love Angie. :cry:
sweethotlips sweethotlips 8 years
Jen has every right to say that Jolie is uncool. She knew exactly what she was doing when she commented on her kids watching the movie where she and their father fell in love. This just shows that she intentionally went after Jen's husband, I will not call her a slut though but I will agree with Jen and say she's uncool.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I agree Ninha, I don't "buy" Angelina either, I know what you mean. She is a terrible actress, she isn't good looking, and she's only famous for her 932893 children and for dating Brad Pitt. I can't wait till all the hype about her is over!!
Ninha Ninha 8 years
So tired of Angelina!!What can I say?I don't "buy" her!!
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
Why is this bitch still getting attention for this?????
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
"one thing they have in common though...angelina is always talking about her family, and jeniffer is always talking about angelina's family." LOL. So true!
rafaelle rafaelle 8 years
one thing they have in common though...angelina is always talking about her family, and jeniffer is always talking about angelina's family.
Audrey1974 Audrey1974 8 years
Why is it that Angelina's comments aren't seen on as being taken out of context (ie, the "not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love”--that isn't even the full quote, she added "and then try to kill each other"...since she was referring to John & Jane Smith, not Brad & Angelina)? She's come so far, and people still misunderstand her. I don't get how people say "Jen's over it" when she clearly keeps talking about it. Her nonchalant-ness on Oprah proved that...even when John Mayer was brought up! She gushed on national tv about the ex-husband she believes cheated on her, and didn't even give the new guy in her life credit for baking with her! She says a bazillion times her personal life is her own--and then SHE TALKS IT UP! She doesn't like movies where the girl is always searching for a man, but she doesn't seem like a role model for female empowerment either. She has no need for cattiness...after she brought it up!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
holy fuck jenn, get over it!!
eveday eveday 8 years
"Biggest Headline of 2008: The Return of Jennifer vs. Angelina" Nope. It's more like "Lamest Post of 2008: Some People Insist On Bringing This Sh*t Up"
sayhk sayhk 8 years
hiighfashion hiighfashion 8 years
right on jann_black!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Jolie actually was referring more to the characters.. only they cut off the last few words to make it more controversial.. "They have not seen many of our films yet, because they are a little young, but I'm looking forward to one day the discovery of Mr. and Mrs. Smith," she smiles. "They will have a great laugh - to see where their parents met in reality, and watch them fall in love and try to kill each other!" Ima I agree, when I read this comment I didn't see what was "uncool" about it. They meet, get married, and their characters try to kill each other and that's obviously what she was referring too. If your a fan of Jen when she said no affair took place why wouldn't you believe her. Both parties are better after the marriage.
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
xosofiaxo: Here we go again... My sentiments exactly!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Here we go again...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Joanna Joanna 8 years
It's way past time to stop all this. We can like both, or one more than the other but the comparisons need to stop. Jen moved on a long time ago. She doesn't care, it the magazines because it sells and we are going to just have to stop buying them. The loser is Brad anyway, I can't imagine what either one of the woman saw in him anyway. He's really on the dull side.
apothecary06 apothecary06 8 years
It's probably hoping against hope to think that one day these two might not be compared at every turn. I've been a Jen fan for over a decade, ever since Friends, but I don't consider myself a team player (pun intended), since I am pretty much indifferent towards Angelina, which hasn't changed since before this whole "rivalry" started. I think that the "team" thing does a disservice to both women - my appreciation for Jen's work has nothing to do with any of this drama, and both women have so much else going on in their lives.
hills hills 8 years
no this is so old its BORING for everyone, i'm sure including them, its kinda sick too, why are people obsessed, get a bloody life! and for the blatant fact that none of us have even spoken to them its so pathetic that some say they h8 whoever
ferret ferret 8 years
i like how most people are rooting for the 2 women. :P there's no reason for us to personally hate one or the other, is there? i just want to stop eating these holiday cookies in the office!
wildflower509 wildflower509 8 years
I don't think all the fuss was about the two women as much as it was the manner in which the husband (Brad) and his lover (Angelina) shoved their illicit affair in the face of all and any. ( the W magazine cover with them portraying a happy married couple with kids) At one time or another in every woman's life there is a time of hurt, disappointment, and embarrassment; this was such a time for these three involved. Some people have a difficult time accepting what happened for what it was; immoral, dishonest, lacking personal integrity, and have taken it too much to heart for my opinion. I'm sure all three have moved on with their lives nearly 4 years after the affair was made known. Angelina Jolie was and is and always will be...Angelia Jolie. Normal rules don't apply to this one, as she's never had people in her life to emulate in a positive, moral manner. Brad is so outlandishly BI, and flip-flops with it in his appearance and style, Jennifer Aniston is a television star, who is now making it in the movies and has achieved success and admiration in the industry. So..that being said, it's obvious none of them are in any way dependant upon one another....
carolina carolina 8 years
Molly-why did you do this? I thought all those involved had moved on....why start this immature stuff....
calypso-blue calypso-blue 8 years
I think this is wayyyyy drawn out also. but i still hate angelina. shes so slutty, do you notice how she always steals husbands/boyfriends??
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I completely agree with you, Molly, it's very possible to be rooting for both Angelina and Jennifer. I think they're both beautiful, entertaining women and I wish them both the utmost happiness and success. It's too bad the media has to play up this rivalry.
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