He’s only about six months late to the party, but Chris Pine has finally decided to have his say on the whole Harry Styles ‘spitgate’ saga.
Remember all the Don’t Worry Darling drama? How could we forget.
If you cast your minds back to early September 2022, you may recall that 28-year-old pop icon Harry Styles ventured into acting by taking on his first leading role in the drama film Don’t Worry Darling – which is directed by Olivia Wilde, and stars Oscar-nominated Florence Pugh, as well as Nick Kroll, Gemma Chan, and KiKi Layne.
Oh, and of course, Chris Pine.
The film was released to mixed reviews at the end of September, but premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and grabbed a whole host of headlines in the process.
We’d be here all day if we tried to sum up all the drama and controversies surrounding the film, but by far one of the most talked-about moments from the festival was, bizarrely, the question of whether or not Styles spat on his co-star Pine as he sat down in his chair to watch a screening of the film.
Caught live on camera, Pine’s shocked reaction to the supposed ‘spitgate’ interaction had fans convinced that it happened, and only added to the growing rumours that there was a rift between the two men.
The footage subsequently went viral online, and racked up millions of views – seeing people weigh-in with their opinions in their thousands.
With hysteria around the situation growing, Styles first addressed and quashed he claims live on stage at Madison Square Garden – laughing it off and joking with the audience that “I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine – but fear not, we’re back.”
And now, Chris Pine has had his say… after six whole months.
In a new video interview with Esquire while promoting his upcoming film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Pine revealed what actually went down between the two – and even admits that he himself can see why so many people believed the interaction.
But no, we all know by now, it didn’t actually happen.
“Harry did not spit on me. Harry is a very, very kind guy,” Pine begins as tells Esquire.
“It does look, indeed, like Harry spitting on me. He didn’t spit on me,” Pine added, before going on to explain: “I think what he said is, he leaned down and he said ‘It’s just words, isn’t it?’. We had this little joke.
“We’re all jet-lagged, we’re all trying to answer these questions. Sometimes when you’re doing these press things, your brain gets befuddled and you start speaking gibberish. And we had a joke: ‘It’s just words, man.’”
We’re not quite sure we had jet-lag down as a potential reason for one of 2022’s most-talked-about moments, but if that’s we’re being told by the two men themselves, then what else do we have to go off?
Let’s finally just put it to bed now.
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Manchester band M60 are tagging Gary Neville every day until he listens to their music — let’s help make it happen
Nearly half a year ago, Manchester band M60 began a social media campaign to start tagging Manchester United legend turned pundit Gary Neville every single day until he listens to their music.
And, you know, since we’re all about supporting local artists, we thought we’d do our bit by pecking his head in too.
We’ve seen the Manc indie outfit live a couple of times now — including their headline set at Gorilla back in 2023 (at the time their biggest gig to date) — and they’ve never disappointed, be it the performance or their ever-growing cult following of loyal fans.
That being said, we feel we’re only doing Gary Neville and all of you lot a public service by joining them in their efforts to get their name out there. Plus, we’re enjoying all the different ways they’re managing to keep things interesting:
If you’ve never come across them before either, the four-piece is made up of a bunch of mates from various towns around the region and is fronted by vocalist and lead guitarist Matthew Morton. Alliterative names always make us think of superheroes and their tunes often make us feel like that too.
Playing together since their high school days and named after the massive Greater Manchester motorway from 2015 onwards, they’re best known for tunes like ‘I Don’t Mind’, ‘Honey’, ‘Darling’; ‘Fade Away’, ‘Kool-Aid’ and plenty more.
They also recently released their latest debut EP, How Did You Get There? and trust us, it’s a belter. Morton once described their sound as ‘Sweet Mancunian indie rock‘ and we couldn’t sum it up any better ourselves. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Which is exactly why we want ‘r Gary to get on them too.
Also, we’ve found the whole journey very funny up until this point, so long may it continue — not too long though; we actually really want him to become M60’s newest and biggest fan through sheer persistence and pestering by the local band and yours truly. And by all means, feel free to join us in the good fight.
The local lads themselves have joked about becoming more well-known simply by embracing themselves as the “Gary Neville meme band” as the days pass, but the strategy is still kind of working nonetheless and with more new music on the way, why stop now?
We want to see Gary’s phone blowing up non-stop, right up to the point that he gets more annoyed than he did in that infamous clip of somebody passing his phone number and simply has to see what all the fuss is about it.
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BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.