Charlize Theron turns up out of the blue on page 15 of today's Times. Why? Because she is beautiful I guess. The caption offers no justification; in case it isn't clear in the cutting above, here it is in full:
'Lighter side Interviewed in Esquire magazine, Charlize Theron says she is not at all like the “dark people” she plays on screen'
It is customary for high-end magazines to demand that newspapers use their covers alongside any newsworthy pictures, hence the baby Esquire on the actress's shoulder.
But how much puffery is required to secure access to a studio shot such as this? Besides the inset cover, the magazine's name appears in the caption and in Terry Richardson's picture credit.
It is a striking photograph, but it belongs in the glossy mag for which it was intended, not disguised as news.
'A star rises in the West The South African star Charlize Theron at the world premiere of her film A Million Ways To Die In The West, at Westwood, California'
This time she's looking over her other shoulder - so at least it is balanced coverage.
Here's a far from comprehensive selection of stand-alone arts pictures from the past couple of weeks - including one from the Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier, cross-reffing to the review in T2 in which Richard Morrison dismissed Tara Erraught as "unbelievable, unsightly and unappealing". Needless to say, the photograph is not of Ms E.
The Times has shown some exceptional picture editing in the past few months, but the ballet is being overdone. There are rather a lot of cute animals too - but who's going to object to those? Here's a sample:
And finally, an example today of departments failing to talk to each other. The bank holiday girl in Worthing who appears on page four, below, could easily be looking across to the family on the beach 39 miles away in Southsea - or 29 pages away in business.