Your Guide to Todos Santos, Mexico

On a clear morning, the Pacific Ocean looms large from the patio of the Hotel San Cristóbal Baja in Todos Santos, Mexico. The 6,000-person town, just 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas, couldn’t feel less like one of Mexico’s tourist-packed vacation capitals. The coastline here is mostly untouched, save for a beach populated by fishermen and their small vessels. On an earlier visit to the Baja town, I certainly never imagined that the next time I would set foot on this glorious stretch of sand it would be to stay at an oceanfront boutique hotel, created by an award-winning American architecture firm and a hotelier known for attracting a particularly savvy set. One of Todos’ first boutique spots, it offers more rooms than any other hotel in town—surpassing Rancho Pescadero, the only other comparable property in the largely unspoiled region. But while the development boom has been celebrated by many, as with any dramatic shift, the changes underway have ignited some controversy amongst those who prefer that Todos Santos remains the way it’s always been.

Over several weeks this spring, early visitors to the property included music industry executives, interior designers, landscape architects and photographers, many of whom were coming to the area for the first time. “There is something really magical about it,” says hotelier Liz Lambert, the brains behind the project. “I’ve always been drawn to the desert, but a desert on the ocean? It’s a game-changer.” Perhaps in more ways than one: The San Cristóbal is part of a controversial 1,100 acre mixed-use development called Tres Santos, which stands to add 620 houses on this quarter-mile stretch of shore and the surrounding hills, as well as 500 more inland, according to a 2016 report in the New York Times. Aside from the hotel, only nine inland units have been built to date (as of this writing, none have officially sold), but the project’s director, Ernie Glesner, confirmed plans to build on the beach, saying he “doesn’t have exact timing.”

The initiative has proved extremely polarizing for the town. Long-time friends and neighbors are pit against each other over what this project is doing to a place that, somewhat miraculously, has avoided major development in the decades since it began attracting luminaries like former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (who owns a home here), Jenny Armit (a British interior designer who relocated from Los Angeles 12 years ago and now owns a B&B called Hotelito) and Julia Chaplin (journalist and creator of Assounline’s Gypset series of coffee table books). Online reviews of the hotel include comments like “This hotel violates numerous environmental regulations,” and “I found out that it was built by violating local building codes and steamrolling the local population with a kind of economic imperialism.” Individuals I spoke with on the condition of anonymity agreed with some of these points, but just as many said they liked the design, appreciated another good restaurant and felt that the hotel would ultimately benefit the town.

Lambert—founder of Texas-based Bunkhouse Hotels, the business behind Austin’s Hotel San Jose, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin Motel and Jo’s Coffee and the Fair Market, as well as the Hotel Havana in San Antonio and El Cosmico in Marfa—had not been to Todos herself before being tapped for this project. (Two years ago, it was reported that the Standard International Group bought 51 percent of her company.) With properties like Thunderbird Hotel, which Lambert renovated more than a decade ago before moving on to other projects, and El Cosmico, now home to the annual Trans-Pecos music festival (which has drawn the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Neko Case), the hotelier gave the cultured, stylish set that flocked to Marfa the hotels they wanted. With the San Cristóbal, Lambert is at it again, bringing her sought after brand of bohemian chic to a town that has been known since the 1980s for attracting an eclectic crowd of, per the New York Times, “surfers, artists, yogis, retirees, and the sort of scruffy Americans who look as if they took a wrong turn on their way home from an Allman Brothers concert.”

In conceiving the 32-room San Cristóbal, Lambert referenced ’60s, ’70s and ’80s surf culture, the Baja Bug (Volkswagen Beetles modified so that their engines were exposed) and the Baja 1000—the legendary off-road race that started in the ’60s and went on to garner a major cult following including the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner. “We tried to capture the spirit of Baja, with a little bit of funkiness,” Lambert says of the overall aesthetic. The hotel itself, a modern plaster structure designed by San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake | Flato, sits on a property awash in colorful, encaustic tile in shades of green, orange, red, purple and white. Furniture and accessories come primarily from Mexico: Oversized pillows are made of striped Baja blankets, hanging lamps and coffee tables were produced by a family-owned ceramics studio in Guadalajara and brightly colored traditional blankets custom made in Oaxaca cover Coco-mat beds (one of few imported furnishings, along with Sferra bedlinens and Malin + Goetz products). Most rooms have water views; some have an outdoor tub, or shower, or both; and all have outdoor space.

Benno, the hotel’s restaurant, has a Mexican-Mediterranean menu of simply prepared dishes that change based on availability,  including crudo and codorniz con picadillo, an unexpected and delicious roasted quail dish. There’s no spa, but a masseuse and shaman can be summoned to treat guests who feel the need for a massage or sunrise cleansing ceremony. Surfers take note: There are several bucket-list breaks in the area. The best is Cerritos Beach, but the no-longer-secret spot that originally drew the Endless Summer crowd is La Pastura. 

The dog-friendly hotel has also partnered with a local rescue organization to match dogs with hotel guests. Since opening, several guests—including a prominent Los Angeles-based interior designer and the founder of a modern furniture retailer—have left with foster pups, including Solito, a three-legged mixed breed and the hotel’s former unofficial mascot, now happily ensconced in his new northern California home.

If the assumption is that development is inevitable for any breathtakingly beautiful corner of the globe, then Hotel San Cristóbal is likely a more palatable option for those who love Todos than many of the alternatives. There are few, if any, secret spots left in this world, and sooner or later, somebody was bound to do this here. When compared with Cabo—where a Four Seasons, a St. Regis and Ritz Carlton residences are set to open over the next couple years—the development footprint on Todos feels minimal. Despite the current drama, the town is one of those places that still feels authentic. Yes, there are expats who have made it their home. But as Armit told me, “you still get the feeling that the town belongs to the people.” You see kids walking home from school with their oversized backpacks on the cobblestoned streets. You might occasionally spot someone riding a horse through town. The best fish tacos (Taqueria El Parguito) and ceviche (Mariscos El Compa Chava) are both served at establishments generously described as shacks, with a hodgepodge of plastic and folding chairs arranged under roofs with no walls. But there are also two standout farm-to-table restaurants, Hierbabuena and Jazamango (the latter helmed by star Mexican chef Javier Plascencia), in addition to a selection of galleries, an annual music festival founded by Buck, a film festival and a well-regarded writers’ workshop. How the development plays out remains to be seen, but for now, the San Cristóbal is here to stay, and for now, it seems authentically in line with the area. One hopes it will remain that way.

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Seller: Buy Johnny Manziel’s College Car…A 2010 Mercedes C 63 AMG

Are you in college? Want to live like College Johnny Football? A guy on Twitter, Glen, claims he owns unemployed NFL QB Johnny’s college Mercedes and would like to get rid of the 2010 C 63 AMG. One thing led to another and he sent me the listing.

Are you a college bro looking to shoot your shot this fall during CFB season? Tell your parents to buy this for you maintaining a 2.0. College girls are going to go nuts when you tell them to take a ride in Johnny’s old car. Panty dropper line.

From the seller:

Get it! $ 24,000 and it’s all yours. This car is amazing and pretty! 92,000 miles and all service intervals completed at the dealership. Runs like a beast and purrs like a kitten! Originally Black but had a 3M Satin Grey Wrap put on about 3 months ago. Not sure if this is good or bad, but This was Johnny Manziel’s college car…The previous title was under his parents name. Take it off my handsso I can get one of those electric battery operated vehicles.

If this story checks out, this appears to be Johnny with the Mercedes back in 2013 during an ESPN segment. Just think if that car could talk. The stories. The ladies. The secrets. It could write a book and I’d read that book.


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Breitbart Reporter Fired for Bigoted Tweets Now Trying to Crowdfund Hate to Pay Medical Bills

It’s pretty bad when you get fired because of your bigoted tweets, from a site known for pushing a white supremacist agenda like Breitbart, but that’s exactly what Katie McHugh has managed to do, after writing and retweeting some pretty heinous, Islamophobic stuff on Twitter in the wake of the London attacks.

CNN reported on Sunday that various colleagues of McHugh’s at Breitbart found her tweets to be «appalling, «terrible,» and «dumb.» McHugh was fired from the publication this morning.

After she was fired, McHugh did not shy away from her statements. In fact, she retweeted this:

Her racist and inflammatory statements aren’t exactly attractive to news publications, and calling her colleague «Cucks,» «p*ssies,» «losers» isn’t exactly going to endear her to prospective employers. But who needs another job when you can crowdfund hate?! McHugh is literally trying to monetize that hate now by crowdfunding enough money to support her and pay for her medical bills.

Wait a second? Isn’t it conservatives who decry handouts and express little sympathy for those who want to pay their medical bills? I wouldn’t donate, y’all. She’ll probably just use that money to buy a new iPhone.


I Went To An All-Female ‘Wonder Woman’ Screening And All I Got Was A Pleasant Experience

Earlier this week, the Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters made headlines for a rather unusual set of events in Austin: all-female screenings (which includes Alamo employees) of the Wonder Woman movie, with proceeds for the tickets going to Planned Parenthood. On its face, it made a lot of sense as a gimmick, because it’s a movie about one of the most famous female superheroes of all time, who’s never had a film adaptation in her 75 year history, and it was directed by a female director on top of that.

But that didn’t stop some men on the internet from getting extremely upset at the very idea that someone might want to see a movie without them. One man sent an angry letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler where he challenged his elected official to name a single invention made by a woman; in a scathing open response, he named at least six. A New York-based lawyer filed a legal complaint with Austin’s Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office. Another man bragged on Twitter about buying tickets to the all-female screening in Brooklyn, despite knowing he will most likely get turned away at the door. And those are just the guys who brought their objections into the real world; online, there was even more griping. (Alamo, for their part, mostly responded by not giving a crap, and then adding more screenings to more locations around the country.)

Well, lucky for those of you who were not allowed to attend by virtue of your gender, I was present at the Sunday 3pm screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, and I am here to spill the beans on exactly what you missed out on:


You honestly didn’t miss anything.


Okay, fine, you did miss some things. You missed a whole crowd of women wearing matching Wonder Woman tiaras and other assorted costumes. You certainly missed getting asked by a reporter from a local press outlet what you thought of the men who were mad that such an event would take place, because there were several of them present in the lobby. Then, once inside the theater itself, the only thing that differentiated the all-female event from regular-admission screenings was that a programming director for the Alamo came out and thanked us for the Planned Parenthood donations that our tickets represented, and led us in a cheesy toast where we all yelled «We are Wonder Women, hear us roar!»

Other than that, it was just like watching a movie in a theater full of people — they just all happened to be women. There were a few more higher-pitched laughs during the scenes where Diana was told not to do something by a male character and she did it anyway, but that was about it. We didn’t hold hands and pledge to usher in the Gynocracy as Broadly’s Bethy Squires promised (although not for lack of interest, I imagine). Nor did we shout loudly at the screen about the beauty of female heroines, because they tend to frown on that kind of behavior at the Alamo and nobody wants to get kicked out without a refund. In all respects but one, it was a perfectly normal theater experience that wasn’t any different than the screening I went to with my boyfriend a few days earlier.

This is not to say that the all-female screening was a waste of time, of course. Despite how mundane it ultimately ended up being, it was genuinely enjoyable to look around and see an entire theater full of women like me; that tends not to be an environment I find myself in very often. Like it or not, there is power in all-female spaces, the same way there is a power in any experience you might share with others who’ve struggled in similar ways to you. On a deep level, it can be calming and even empowering to be in a situation where you think that every single person around knows where you’re coming from.

And that’s the point, isn’t it? For most of us in that room, the appeal of an all-female screening was never about excluding men; it was just a fun, gimmicky way to fill a room with progressively-minded, pro-feminist women and girls so we could all share an experience together. Even if you were sitting there with us (and odds are your screening was full of women, too, as 52% of the audience on opening day was reportedly female), you wouldn’t have experienced it exactly the same way that we did.

So no, you didn’t miss anything — because there was nothing for you to get out of it. I promise, the screening you end up at will be exactly the same for you. So why not just let us have this one thing to ourselves?


Meet Bri Hillman — Girlfriend of Brewers OF Prospect Brett Phillips

Brewers fans antsy for the call up of top outfield prospect Lewis Brinson will have to wait just a little bit longer, because the club opted to recall No. 11 prospect Brett Phillips while Travis Shaw is on paternity leave.

Phillips, of course, is no slouch himself as he’s slashing .297/.369/.589 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in just 49 AAA games. He’s not expected to stay with the big league club too long, which may explain why he got the call over Brinson.

Minor League Ball’s scouting report on Brett:

Age 22, sixth round pick by Astros in 2012, acquired in Carlos Gomez trade; hit disappointing .229/.332/.397 with 16 homers, 67 walks, 154 strikeouts in 441 at-bats in Double-A; still scouts well with plus speed, plus raw power, and 70-grade throwing arm; can crush mistakes and makes an effort to work counts but problems with swing mechanics were exploited by Southern League pitchers; given tools and past success he deserves more chances to make adjustments but he may be at least another year away.

Off the field, Brett is already taken as he’s dating Bri Hillman — she attends Texas A&M and runs a fashion blog.
[Brett Phillips- IG]

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Dan Aykroyd Is Really Pissed At Paul Fieg For The “Ghostbusters” Reboot

Los Angeles premiere of 'Ghostbusters'

The gender-flipped Ghostbusters remake made a lot of people mad (specifically: angry fan boys who couldn’t handle ladies deflating their precious nostalgia boners), and it made a lot of money (a little over $ 229 million worldwide). Even though it didn’t technically do that great on its opening weekend at the box office and it didn’t make enough money to warrant a sequel, Sony still considered it a success. Dan Aykroyd, on the other hand, thinks it was a huge failure, and he’s placing the blame square on director Paul Feig.

Ray Stanz tore into Paul Feig during a recent interview with Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (via The Hollywood Reporter). The Ghostbusters reboot had a production budget of $ 144 million. Dan, who’s credited as an executive producer on it, claims the budget got that high because the “director,” who he doesn’t name by name (shady), had to go back and do expensive re-shoots. Dan adds that the director is to blame for those expensive reshoots.

“The director, he spent too much on it and he didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him. Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, ‘No, we don’t need them.’ And then we tested the movie and they needed them, and he had to go back – about $ 30 to $ 40 million in reshoots.”

He also repeated what we already sort of know about a sequel not happening.

“It cost too much, and Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world, but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one.”

Dan poured a little more salt onto that open proton pack burn by saying the director “will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.” However, he did think the cast did a good job, and adds he “was really happy with the movie.

The Hollywood Reporter says a source close to production is calling bullshit on Dan’s claims of director drama. The source says Sony had an “incredible relationship” with Paul Feig, who they call “first-rate.” They also claim reshoots only cost about $ 3 to $ 4 million.

It’s really too bad Paul allegedly ignored Dan’s on-set suggestions the first time, because it sounds like Dan really wanted to collaborate. If things were better between them, maybe we would have gotten a scene featuring the ladies kicking back after a long day of busting with a spoOoOoOky Crystal Head Vodka cocktail.



Don’t Worry, Fox News, The “Wonder Woman” Sequel Will Take Place In America! 


Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot probably spent their Monday morning drinking a crystal champagne flute full of the sparkling tears of the man children who cried and threw tantrum over the women’s only screening in Austin. Because in four days, Wonder Woman has made almost a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide. That number may seem impressive, but I’m shrugging at it. I mean, after seeing the prices for the IMAX 3D showings of Wonder Woman, I can tell you that $ 250,000 million would cover about 22 tickets and a small thing of popcorn.

Deadline says that WW made $ 103.1 million in three days in North America. That, of course, makes it the #1 movie. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie came in at #2 with $ 23.5 million. (Side note: When I went to see WW yesterday, a grown man next to me said to the ticket seller, “One for Captain Underpants.” That took me back to the time I actually said the words, “One for From Justin To Kelly, please.” I judged him the same way I hoped I was judged for that embarrassing moment.)

WW now holds the record for the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by a woman. The record used to be held by the first Fifty Shades of Shit movie. WW also kicked Iron Man down to fifth place on the list of the top openings for a superhero origin movie. Box Office Mojo says WW made another $ 122.5 million in other countries, bringing its worldwide total so far to $ 223,005,000. Its production budget was $ 149 million, so yeah, it’s going to make money, which means it’s definitely getting a sequel.

Even before WW made zillions of dollars and even before all of the good reviews (which probably made Sad Ben Affleck even more sad) came out, Patty Jenkins talked about her plans for a sequel. Both Patty and Gal have already signed on to do the sequel. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly that was done in April (EW held it until last week), Patty says that the WW sequel will take place in modern day America.

“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.

I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.”

That should make the professional OUTRAGErs at Fox News happy. On Friday, there wasn’t really any major news to cover (like who cares about Jabba the Trump pulling out of the Paris climate deal or Charo playing the Queen of England in Sharknado 5), so Fox News host Neil Cavuto decided to create some by bitching about how the new Wonder Woman hates America! Neil and his guests, Dion Baia and Mike Gunzelman, shook their heads at how the new Wonder Woman’s costume doesn’t look star spangled enough (à la Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman) for them. via Vanity Fair 

Neil: Her outfit isn’t red, white, and blue, and in order to appeal to foreign audiences, very little reference to America at all.

Dion: Nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism. Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense.

Mike: I think the Hollywood aspect—we see this time and time again—it’s cool to hate America these days.

“Money trumps patriotism…” I think I just overdosed on irony.

Yes, Wonder Woman is a comic book character who is a Greek demigod from the fake island of Themiscyra, but I’m with Fox News. I will rage right next to them if in the Wonder Woman sequel, she is not wearing a gas station American flag bikini, thigh high UGGs, a bullet sash and a beer guzzler hat (filled with Bud Light). And I will really rage if she’s not pulled off of her invisible plane by an invisible flight attendant due to overcrowding.

Pic: Warner Bros.


Danny Amendola Works on Olivia Culpo’s Throwing Motion

Tom Brady’s Best Buddies Football challenge, which raises money for the developmentally disabled, isn’t exactly the venue we’d expect to find content, but luckily for us Olivia Culpo made an appearance to spend time with the kids and boyfriend Danny Amendola.

If you’ve ever wondered if Olivia has skills on the gridiron, the answer appears to be no — but it looks like Danny is doing what he can to work on her throwing motion:

Olivia was more than happy to take some photos (yes, that’s Charlotte McKinney):

Random Guy Fieri sighting… wonder if he took Olivia, Danny and the gang to Flavor Town:

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Tom Cruise Is Angling for Awards Again, and We Are Here For It

Tom Cruise makes good movies. This is a fact. You may not like Tom Cruise, but he’s his own best agent, and by picking and choosing the right projects, he has withstood personal controversies that would end the careers of most others. (That said, I’m not so sure about The Mummy).

It’s been eight years, however, since Tom Cruise attempted to angle for awards consideration in 2008 Valkyrie. It’s been nothing but action and sci-fi since (and also, a rock musical). The three-time Oscar nominee now seems to be taking another minor stab at it with American Made, which features many of the hallmarks of a movie contending for awards consideration:

1. Based on a true story? Check. The movie is about Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler in the 1980s and was recruited later on by the DEA to provide intelligence.

2. Is there an accent? Yup.

3. Fall release date? Uh huh. September 29th.

Just because he’s angling for an award doesn’t mean that Cruise is likely to get one. The movie looks both serious and fun, but his Southern accent is spotty (hilariously so), there’s probably too much humor involved, and director Doug Liman is better known for action (Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) than he is awards-worthy movies. That’s probably why American Made is getting an early fall release instead of a late fall release.

In either respect, I’m going to watch the hell out of this. His Southern accent is flat-out hilarious, and it’s not that it’s because it’s bad (although, it’s not great); it’s that it is so ill-fitting.


It’s Time We Admit the Truth: Chris Pine is The Best Chris

«Chris» is a popular name, and it seems to be at its most popular in Hollywood, with no fewer than four of the industry’s current crop of A-Listers bearing the moniker. While it can become confusing to remember which Chris is which, and one could spend days wondering why the hell there are so many in all our blockbusters, there’s something to be gleaned amidst this strange phenomenon. You can learn a lot about someone by asking which of the four major Chrises — Evans, Pratt, Pine and Hemsworth — is their favourite, and the ever-shifting rankings of said gentlemen can provide a glimpse into the movie world’s attitudes on masculinity, privilege, industry economics, and general obsessions. It’s also just fun to decide who’s the hottest.

For the longest time, the race to the top has been dominated by the one-two battle between Evans and Hemsworth: The Avengers favourites, both muscled and heroic, with one preferring romantic sensitivity over goofball antics, Evans the political rabble-rouser of Twitter and Hemsworth the self-aware dork of Instagram. Both are, of course, exceptional displays of Chris-ness, and, barring a major faux-pas, will remain at the top of their game as long as the film world needs tall handsome white guys who look good in tight t-shirts. Yet all this time, there has been a dark horse in the race, and he’s quietly been asserting his dominance. Now, it is time for us to accept the red-hot truth — Chris Pine is the number one Chris.

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As the only one of the four Chrises not in the Marvel universe, Pine often fell by the wayside, even as he led the successful Star Trek reboot. For many, myself included, he seemed to be the B-squad Chris: Good enough, but not really doing anything to warrant further interrogation. Sure, he had the token rom-com beginnings behind him, but little to suggest he could stand shoulder to shoulder with Captain America (although he literally can do so as they’re the same height). Even those who enjoyed the first two Trek reboots couldn’t deny that Pine as Captain Kirk had very little to work with, as they seemed insistent on just repeating the same story and character beats to diminishing returns. Blandness can be a blessing in a creative field that requires constant change, but with so many Chrises to choose from, why settle?

That began to change in 2014. While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, an attempt to kick-start another franchise with him in the lead role failed, he provided a bright comedic spot in an otherwise dour sequel to Horrible Bosses, and then came Into The Woods. As Cinderella’s Prince, Pine went to town in one of the musical’s funniest roles, revelling in the pompousness of the preening peacock prince who proves too good to be true. His big number, Agony, is the perfect opportunity to showboat for the cheap seats, and Pine runs with it, throwing in a dramatic shirt-rip amidst the cascading waterfalls. Finally, we saw Pine’s potential. Not only was he hilarious, but he could actually sing (take that, cast of Les Miserables). This was Pine confronting his own pretty boy image and taking it down a few notches, exposing the shallowness of the handsome prince archetype. Pine still breaks out the tunes now and then, including a duet with Barbra Streisand herself (when Barbra gives you the seal of approval, who are the rest of us to question that?)

2016 was a good year for Pine. Indeed, he may have been the only not-awful person to have a good 2016. Star Trek Beyond proved to be the best in the reboot series, giving its ensemble much more to do and allowing Kirk to move beyond the tired repeats of the previous films. Pine’s Kirk had the opportunity to be noble, conflicted and loyal, yet still with a healthy dose of sardonic glee. In a film that prizes unabashed enjoyment over all else, Pine could breathe and finally be comfortable in the typically staid leading man mould. Meanwhile, his indie work of that year proved to be the surprise hit of the Summer. Hell or High Water is a tightly crafted thriller with a keen eye towards contemporary unease over the economy. It’s a story we’ve seen countless times before that so easily could have fallen apart in less capable hands. Pine’s role as the more stoic of the two robber brothers, a quieter display of grit in contrast to Ben Foster’s on-the-edge tension, could have been a washout, yet he imbues it with such pathos and exhaustion, impeccably conveying the grind of petty crime and the fear of never escaping the cycle. With a threadbare denim shirt, seldom buttoned up, an old-timey cowboy mustache, and specks of dirt perpetually strewn across his face, Pine did some of his best work. Most of the Chrises have tried to skew more serious with smaller projects outside of the blockbuster realm — Hemsworth’s attempts have mostly failed but Rush is excellent; Evans seems to favour shimmery romantic dramas, with a side-order of oddball in Snowpiercer, and Pratt has preferred to stick to the bigger stuff since joining the Marvel-verse — yet none of them seem to have nailed the work quite like Pine. For the first time, it felt as though we had a Chris who could truly transcend the boundaries of the A-List and become a character actor.

But being the best Chris isn’t just about the films: It’s about the lifestyle. Generally, Pine has kept to himself, eschewing social media (preferring to use a flip-phone), and mostly staying out of trouble, bar one DUI charge. Not much is known about love life, although he was rumoured to be dating former co-star Sofia Boutella. Where the other Chrises maintain a degree of online presence, Pine is nowhere to be seen, which has its own element of mystery. On talk shows, he’s warm and witty. On SNL, he elevated a mediocre episode to must-watch through sheer force of charm, including a genius musical number all about which Chris he is and which one he isn’t. He’s self-aware enough to know that he’s probably not your favourite Chris, and he’s cool with that as it provides a shield from the harsh gaze of celebrity adoration. In a way, that’s what makes him so perfect for Wonder Woman; he’s an immense talent, but he’s savvy enough to know he’s playing second fiddle to something much more beloved (there’s also a glorious moment of Female Gaze in the film, only highlighting Pine’s strength in that role, where he truly is perfectly cast).

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While Pine is decreed our favourite, it’s only for now, and we still ask ourselves: Why do we focus on the Chrises of Hollywood so much? It may lie in their status as «perfect leading men» or an industry that fetishizes highly specific tropes: Aesthetically pleasing cishet white dudes with big muscles who look good in spandex. It’s a trend that’s almost as old as Hollywood itself, and one in no danger of dying out, not as long as the multi-film expanded universe franchise mould remains embedded in the foundations of every major studio. As budgets soar alongside audience expectations, producers keep turning to that favoured model of man to lead the show, believing it to be the safest bet in a field so bereft of them. That makes it a good time to be a Chris, but it’s also one with many trappings. Traditionally, a leading man’s shelf life is short, and audiences can be fickle, so a Chris must find other options in case of an under-performing Summer blockbuster. It’s not enough to save the world: You have to be the character actor, the charming guest, the fan favourite, the sensitive soul, the adoring parent, and whatever tastes dictate. That’s why Pine should be considered the best of the Chrises: He’s got the potential to do that, and so much more. Not knowing what lies in his future is the most tantalizing part of it all.


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