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Brad's Shocking Vanity Fair Cover

Brad's Shocking Vanity Fair Cover

Earlier we posted a video of Brad Pitt hanging out in the rain in his boxers. The video was made by avant-garde artist Robert Wilson last year and was evidently only supposed to be part of his artistic video project. While we were very excited to to see the video turned into a cover image for the December Vanity Fair, it turns out that Brad was not. Unlike most cover boys, apparently he had no idea and was shocked by the news. TMZ reports:

Reps for Vanity Fair tell TMZ, "In a letter dated October 5, 2006, and sent to Pitt care of Brillstein-Grey [Pitt's managers], Wilson informed Pitt that a still image from his portrait was going to be featured in the December art issue of Vanity Fair." A source says that Pitt never saw the letter.

Pitt's lawyers are said to be weighing their legal options. His rep gave the following statement to TMZ: "We are very disappointed that Vanity Fair has chosen to put an unauthorized cover on their magazine. It seriously makes me question their integrity and motives."

A rep for Vanity Fair tells TMZ: "Brad Pitt posed for a Robert Wilson video portrait, and in the photo release (signed by Pitt), agreed to allow Wilson to use the portrait or any images from that sitting in connection with any publicity on Wilson's video project. Vanity Fair decided to do a story on Wilson's video portraits and obtained rights to the entire collection of photographs from those sittings, which included Pitt's."

Most actors can't wait to land a VF cover. Besides, in the name of Art you would think Brad would be OK attaching his name to the story. I guess he just feels like he is a pretty face (and body) to sell issues on the newsstand. Oh poor Brad.

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Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Nah, Isadora, I'm just really quick with researching, since journalism's my career! :)
Isadora Isadora 10 years
and other male celebrities with the exception of Julian McMahon.
Isadora Isadora 10 years
I am always amazed at Padraigin's facts. It is like you have all the stories in your head. BTW, My husband is much hotter and sexier than Brad lucky me. That is why i don't have the hots for Brad
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
The kids' names were legally changed in January, but since Brad only filed papers for adoption in December 2005 and it takes at least 4 months for an adoption to be finalized (with Brad not being married to Angelina, it could take as long as a year), the kids' names were changed before the adoption was (or wasn't) finalized. Looking at the timeline, though, the adoption should be final by now.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Actually, I may in error here. The adoption MAY have been finalized at the end of May. Adoptions aren't matters of public record, so it's hard to find out for certain.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
A name change isn't the same as an adoption. The adoption has not yet been finalized. She can change their names to anything she wants, but the adoption doesn't go through the same channels.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Pad.. what do you mean Z and Mad aren't his kids yet.. The name change went into effect a long time ago.. did I miss something or misunderstand the comment.. just curious :)
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Waaaaait a minute...just what is so shocking about this photo? Is it the actual portrait itself or the fact that he was "shocked" to see it as the cover of VF? I'm thinking it's the latter; I wouldn't consider him in boxer shorts so risque...not as much as if he were, you know, posing nude while pregnant like Demi did.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Maddox and Zahara are not his legally, yet. In any event, you have to be so careful when signing releases because when you do, you no longer have any control as to how the pictures are used, unless specified in your release. Trust me, I know this stuff. He, unfortunately, really has no case if the photographer has a standard release. With a standard release, if the photog sells his work, the release goes with it. I can understand Brad being irked, but he really doesn't have a case unless the release in worded in his favor.
clarinha clarinha 10 years
Its not Angelinas kids, ITS HIS KIDS TOO.
mmm_humus mmm_humus 10 years
I like him better with long hair & when he was with Jen. Now he just seems like he tags along and holds angelinas kids for her. COME ON BRAD GROW SOME HAIR [and some balls :P]
jnicole jnicole 10 years
I think brad is pretty hot although he is the same age as my dad. The socks make him look cute in a slightly dorky way. :)
mock24 mock24 10 years
i'm madly inlove with brad.. but not after this pix. :(
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 10 years
well, Ms. Mag, I forgot that DC was home of the president and more chippendales dancers then I could even imagine! hahaha jk you should really be happy at night if you see better then brad all the time.
mar mar 10 years
he is hot. He looks hot here. He is a good guy. He does not want his "good for nothing but looks" image anymore, and I think he has been workinh hard on becoming a person of substance,so I can 100% understand where he is coming from.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
goooooooooooooood morning :) me likey.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
Lol I live in DC...seriously babes Brad is nothing to write home about I have seen much hotter! But thats just my opinion!
carolina carolina 10 years
Not a good look for the Bradster. I guess he needs to read what he signs a little closer. White drawers and white socks- giant no-no!!!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
LMAO!! If Brad Pitt's body and looks are "average" where the hell do you live .. I am moving there!!!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Nice socks.
sashak sashak 10 years
he will always be dead sexy to me. I'd be kinda pissed too, but I agree w/ whoever said that he should be pissed at his people not at VF...
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
LMAO @ JK...I didn't notice the socks either! I don't get the Brad obsession either...he is quite average.
peepshow peepshow 10 years
Brad certainly is courtroom happy these days. What's up with him threatening to sue in every other post?
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
he looks very nice here. :)
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Yayi - You could put this man in a tutu and I'd still think he looked pretty damn good under all the tulle. :evil:
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