Slideshow April 2008

The Celebrity Hunters

David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes—Cut Restaurant in Beverly Hills

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Brandy: “We didn’t get any of the good angles of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes this night. They were just having dinner at the same restaurant they always go. There are two or three restaurants they like. The main interest of this picture is that there are ongoing rumors that she is pregnant, and here she is wearing a high-waisted dress, which goes with being pregnant. But the way I saw these photos played was 'here’s proof that she’s not pregnant.'”

Regis: “You care more about Katie than Tom, you want to see her clothes, there’s a guy in the background, the framing is terrible, it doesn’t look nice. You could only sell something this bad if it were an exclusive and there was a huge story breaking about Tom and Katie for which someone needed the most recent shot of the two of them together.”

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David Samuels is the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, a collection of essays and reporting, and The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Adventures and Fantastical Lies of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue, both published this spring. François-Regis Navarre, a former journalist for Le Monde, is the owner of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency. Brandy Navarre, a former journalist for Reuters, runs the X17 agency. X17 regularly updates the images on its website, www.X17online.com."

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