Monday, July 22, 2024

Brangelina Update: Millions from Wedding Pix Go to Charity, Photog Says He Worked for Free


David James, the famed photographer who took Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding photos, tells me he did the job for free. James called me this afternoon from the set of “Star Wars 7,” where he’s the stills photographer. James doesn’t usually shoot weddings. But he knew Brad and Angelina from “Unbroken,” Jolie’s coming film with a lot of Oscar buzz.

How much notice did he have? “About two weeks,” he told me. And he really worked at the wedding. Even though there were only 22 guests, James and his staff stayed busy the whole time. “We were treated very well,” he assured me, but he was not a guest. He didn’t talk to the guests and didn’t know who they were really. But he did work for free, knowing the money for the pictures would go to charity.

To that end, this afternoon Brad and Angie announced all the money from the sale of the pix– upwards of $10 mil– will go to their Jolie Pitt Foundation. As I predicted. They are very good at distributing funds to charitable orgs. It’s a win win.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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