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Including swimwear drops from Hilary MacMillan and Jimmy Choo, plus a closer peek at the Adidas x Gucci collection.

Tommy Hilfiger and Shawn Mendes team up

Photography courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

When Shawn Mendes pulled up to the Met Gala earlier this month in an upcycled Tommy Hilfiger getup, he was likely foreshadowing his multifaceted collaboration with the American brand. This week, Tommy Hilfiger and Shawn Mendes officially revealed their partnership, Play it Forward, as a next step in the brand’s evolution and sustainability journey.

To kick off, the Canadian singer-songwriter is fronting the Summer 2022 “Classics Reborn” campaign, a collection made of sustainable material. Mendes will also sport custom sustainable Tommy styles throughout his upcoming world tour while the brand donates USD$1 million to mitigate and offset the environmental impacts of the tour. What’s more, Mendes will dabble in design as the partnership culminates next spring with a co-designed, circular capsule.

Jimmy Choo brings glamour to pools and beaches

Jimmy Choo Beach capsule
Photography courtesy of Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo dreamed up a capsule collection of footwear, accessories and swimwear for a simple yet glamorous summer. The signature JC monogram fixates on tote bags, towels and swimsuits while the exaggerated-sole on the Diamond Flipflop sandals burst in a colour range of yellow, white and Malibu blue. “This summer capsule is about simple pleasures,” said Creative Director Sandra Choi in a press release. “Something we can all relate to, something we all yearn for.”

Hilary MacMillan expands into swim

Hilary MacMillan swim
Photography courtesy of Joe Bulawan

Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka is the first drag queen to front a swim campaign, and it’s for none other than Hilary MacMillan’s inaugural assortment of swimwear. The expansion into the new category was developed as a celebration of authenticity, diversity and inclusivity — all core values for the brand — featuring six women’s suits, three cover-ups and a limited-edition offering of men’s swim trunks. The latter is specifically notable given that the Canadian designer has never been in the menswear space. Featuring bold, pop-art prints, this buoyant drop is for anyone who loves to stand out from the crowd.

Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum has a new, ultra futuristic exhibit

Photography courtesy of Kailee Mandel

In 2022, shoes are a coveted pillar in most fashion lovers’ wardrobes, and sneaker culture is booming. Fittingly, Toronto’s infamous Bata Shoe Museum is assessing this subculture with its newest exhibition, Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks. The show, opening May 26, explores how vanguard technologies, materials and ideas are reimagining modern day footwear. Expect to see the auto-lacing Nike MAGs (hello, Back to the Future Part II), digitally designed 3D-printed shoes, footwear created for the metaverse and more mind-blowing designs.

Drew House launches at Ssense

Photography courtesy of Ssense

This week, Justin Bieber and Ryan Good’s gender-neutral brand Drew House officially launched with Ssense in store and online. Partnering with a global wholesale platform is a first for Drew House, as they’ve previously only sold their streetwear through the brand’s home site. Thanks to the iconic smiley face logo and bright colour palette, the range of clothing and accessories for adults, kids and pets sparks a positive and blissful mood.

Uniqlo Canada launches new JW Anderson collaboration

Photography courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo’s latest collaboration with JW Anderson arrives in the form of a Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Inspired by Britain’s sailing and seaside culture, the capsule combines the expert craftsmanship of both brands with loads of colour, nautical motifs and water resilient fabrics.

Adidas x Gucci is almost here

Photography courtesy of Carlijn Jacobs

First seen in the Exquisite Gucci fashion show in February, the high fashion-athleticwear crossover of Gucci and Adidas has been further revealed in a new lookbook. Ahead of the June 7 collection launch, fashion fans are given a close look at Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s designs, which merge emblems from the Italian fashion House with those of the iconic sports brand. Swathed in a kaleidoscope of colours and geometric prints, the creations are intrinsically rule free.

TMU’s Fashion Zone is hosting a sustainability challenge

The Fashion Zone at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is calling all GTA-based designers for a fashion sustainability challenge. The Consulate General of India has partnered with the Fashion Zone for this, and will give 10 designers the opportunity to design a garment using sustainable Indian textiles. The finalists will present their designs at a prestigious fashion show this August for a chance to win $5,000 and a free year of incubation at the Fashion Zone. Applications for the competition are open now until June 1, 2022.

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Published Date – 2022-05-10 14:09:02

In Everything Everywhere All At Once, we follow Chinese-American laundromat owner Evelyn Wang, who is recruited to save the universe from an incoming multiversal threat. As she leans into the power and skills of her alternate self from other dimensions, she learns more about herself and her family. The chaotic genre-jumping spectacle manages to pull a wide range of elements together around a powerful emotional core, delivering a hilarious and deeply affecting two hours. 

This film is built around two phenomenal performances from Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn, and Stephanie Hsu as her daughter Joy. Yeoh shows an incredible amount of range, and while we’re used to seeing her as a badass fighter in shows like Star Trek: Discovery or her many martial arts movie appearances, it’s rarer (especially in her Western work) for her to be able to show real vulnerability.

She also feels remarkably normal, in that you completely buy she’s only just about making it through life, with the biggest threat she faces being the IRS. Still, she owns the action hero moments as she embraces her newfound abilities, but it’s nonetheless a gradual process where the badassery feels earned – when she punches someone in the face, she still winces at the impact.

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The counterpoint to Yeoh’s strained restraint is Hsu, who gets to be cool in a different way. As the reality-hopping shenanigans occur, she gets some incredible outfits designed by Shirley Kurata, carrying them with confidence and presence. At the same time, the moments where she’s desperately trying to connect with her mother (a distance in part caused by the family’s homophobia), are deeply emotionally affecting. The pain she exudes throughout is palpable, even just in the tone of her voice as she tries over and over to get her mother to listen. 

When the pair are together on screen, it’s like all the chaos slips away, and you’re focused solely on the struggle of their strained relationship at the heart of the picture. Other performers also do great jobs, most notably Ke Huy Quan as Evelyn’s endearing, bumbling, but good-hearted husband Waymond. The combination of his performance and the script give the role a surprising amount of depth – particularly in the back half. Jamie Lee Curtis also gives a drily fun turn as a scene-stealing auditor, while the broader ensemble all play their bit-parts with just the right amount of heightened, light-hearted silliness to make it work. 

Everything’s irreverent humour continues in the incredibly imaginative conception of what can be done with the boundless possibilities of infinite parallel worlds. There are very outlandish universes like the already-famous one where humans evolved to have hot dog fingers, and while this is played largely for laughs, these worlds get a deeper exploration than you would expect.

Jamie Lee Curtis in 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'
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Writers and directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, additionally provide some striking homages to other works, particularly Wong Kar Wai’s sweeping romances and traditional martial arts cinema. Somehow, these wildly different styles are executed sharply by director of photography Larkin Seiple, with the aspect ratios and color grading being manipulated to make this work. It’s as if they took the lovingly-crafted pastiche style that the likes of Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino specialize in, but gave it a beating heart.

In spite of all the constantly-moving insanity, there’s still an impressively persistent emotional core to everything that unfolds and remains continually reinforced, particularly in relation to the lead performers. This is a film about finding love and connection when you’ve been ground down. Even the bizarre hot dog-handed world gets to have its own deep moments that will likely make you cry. At times, it can feel a little too eager to tie up its own loose ends without giving the invocation of heavier subject matter time to breathe, particularly surrounding the family’s alienation of the queer daughter. However, there’s an earnestness which means that even the oversimplified emotional beats hit hard.

Everything Everywhere All At Once understands that the world is infinitely big and scary, and that we often feel like we are the worst versions of ourselves. And yet, it manages to effectively advocate for us to keep going, to seek the connections and moments that make life worth it. From the irreverent humour to homages via several standout performances, we are reminded that in a world where it feels like nothing matters – we have to find those little moments to live for.

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Published Date – 2022-05-04 13:31:18

This article contains major spoilers for the Moon Knight season finale

Moon Knight‘s season finale has just been released and we’re happy to report the show ends on a high note. The episode delivered on showing Moon Knight / Mr. Knight kicking ass in unison, introduced an incredible-looking new hero in Layla/Tawaret, and showed us a killer kaiju battle between Khonshu and the giant crocodile god Ammit.

But it is the last moments of the episode that really get fans talking. Throughout the show, we’ve seen hints that Spector’s third personality from the comics, taxi driver Jake Lockley, is also present. His appearances so far have been very subtle, but we got a major hint that he was present mid-way through the episode when neither Marc nor Steven brought down Harrow in Cairo.

The episode closes with Khonshu apparently fulfilling his promise to free the pair, though the mid-credits scene shows it’s not quite as simple as that. Khonshu may have released Marc and Steven, but it seems that Jake Lockley is still very willing to carry out Khonshu’s homicidal wishes.

And so we see the (Spanish-speaking) Jake retrieve Harrow from the (cutely named) Sienkiewicz Psychiatric Hospital, putting him in the back of a limo, and cold-heartedly shooting him in the head.

The episode didn’t close with a promise of a second season as Loki did, but this dangling plot thread feels like it needs to be resolved, so chances are good that Moon Knight will one day return. However, Oscar Isaac is a busy man and thus there might be a delay before we get to binge on the future adventures of Marc Spector/Steven Grant/Jake Lockley. Let’s hope it’s not too long.

Moon Knight is available to stream in full on Disney Plus.

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Nothing puts me in a joyful mood quite like a feel-good printed dress. It livens up my look in an instant and requires minimal accessories and thought. Moreover, they’re ideal for when you want to look like you made an effort (with zero effort actually required). 

Whether you opt for statement florals, trending psychedelic prints, or runway-approved rainbow stripes, this season there are plenty of pretty patterns to get your hands on for the warm weather ahead. Today, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite printed frocks on the market right now that I can’t stop thinking about along with the best shoes to wear with each one. How’s that for a no-brainer outfit?

There’s a little something for every taste and budget, so whether you’re headed to the beach or brunch, keep scrolling for some winning dress-and-shoe outfit combos that I guarantee will garner all the compliments.

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Just because you have a small bust, doesn’t mean you don’t need a really good sports bra. I would know. As a barely B cup bra expert, I’ve fit women for sports bras in every size imaginable. I like to point out that small busted doesn’t necessarily mean “small.” Women of every size can have a small chest: this just means they’re cup size is A-C. Full busted women (full C cup and up) need to worry about encapsulation and separation as much as strength and support. Yet for us, while wire has no place in the A-B range, other things such as breathability, comfort and versatility are what makes for the best sports bras for small chests.

Sports bras have become essentials in our everyday wardrobes— especially these days, as athleisure bras do triple duty when we wear them at home, to work, and when we’re just hanging out. And even though marathons have no place in my future, I do need something supportive for my walking adventures while listening to my favorite podcast.

Another barely B bra expert who understands our small busted needs is Julia Breitwieser, Athleta’s Design Director of Bras and Swim (and formerly at Lululemon). She agrees there are challenges to finding the right fit, support and aesthetic for smaller cup sizes.

Here are Julia’s four tips in finding a great-fitting sports bra when you have a small chest:

1. If it’s a compression bra, make sure you feel “hugged” and secure. If it’s designed for a fuller bust, the circumference around the bust could be too big and not be holding you securely.

2. If it’s an encapsulated bra (molded or separate cups for each breast) make sure you are filling the cup. If you aren’t filling it, you’ll be getting movement within the cup instead of support.

3. Sports bras for smaller busts can have a lower front neckline than those for fuller busts. They can also feature narrower straps or less fabric overall in the back design. Make sure you have the coverage you need so you aren’t slipping out.

4. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a bra with too little support. Even those of us with small breasts have a lot of movement during activities, often more than we realize. Pay attention to support levels (low, medium, high) and avoid high impact activities in anything with minimal coverage or too-skinny straps. Check on the bounce when trying on sports bras.

10 Best Sports Bras for Small Chest

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Seamless Racerback Bra by Miel — $39.00

With a seamless bra this stretchy, you can rely on Miel 24/7. The knit molds to the body, whatever your size you are, making it a great choice for small busted women with band size 32-42. Sizes are S/M, M/L and L/XL. Since sizing is so easy, you’ll have to spend time wondering which colors to try first. Moroccan Spice, Dune and Olive round out the basics.

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Seamless Comfort Unlined Sports Bra by Le Mystère — $58.00

When customization is key, you’ll need a sports bra with back close and adjustability at every point. Le Mystere’s seamless bra has a wide closure for larger backs and converts easily from standard to racerback. The smooth, tech-fabric provides targeted zones of support and compression. Easy sizing S-XL works well for size 32A-44C.

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Like a Cloud Ribbed Longline Bra by Lululemon — $68.00

Although intended to be a yoga bra, the Like a Cloud bra is an all-day contender. The super soft ribbed fabric, multiple straps and wide band (it’s longline, so it’s longer than most) feels like a hug. The entire inside front is lined with a cushioned mesh for a little bit of coverage and a lot of breathability. Best yet is this B/C size bra comes in sizes 2-14, so you can really get a custom fit. (Tip: the B/C will also fit an A cup— it conforms to you so there won’t be any gaping in the cups.)

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Active Sport Bralette by b.tempt’d — $35.00

It’s hard to believe this bra falls into the active category considering how light and airy it is—the sheer, mesh back is dreamy! But the plush elastic band and the self adjusting straps give it great support. Mesh throughout provides breathability making this a great choice for hot workouts and hot summer days. Available in sizes XS through XL.

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The Active Racerback Bra by Lively — $45.00

This workout bra is super soft thanks to an innovation in recyclability—it’s made from 75 percent recycled polyester. The full straps and back give you nice coverage during a serious workout, supporting cup sizes A and up. Available in XS-XL, small chested women will feel well supported without constriction.

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The Move Sports Bra by Harper Wilde — $45.00

Talk about a bra for all: this racerback comes in XS-3XL. With medium compression, the incredibly soft fabric has anti-microbial technology which wicks away sweat and reduces odor. And there’s a pocket in the racerback—because you know, keys/phones/money. Finally. And ooh, the wide waist band. A big bonus.

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Airlift Fuse Bra Tank by Alo — $72.00

Small chested doesn’t mean small coverage—not everyone feels comfortable showing their bust-line during yoga or a run. This mock neck (with cutout in the back) is made in smoothing Airlift performance fabric to move with you small busted folks in size XS-L. The rich colors like gravelstone and dark cactus may have you showing this off as a crop top versus a standard sports bra/top.

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Solace Bra A-C by Athleta — $49.00

Created specifically for small busted women—and vouched for by Breitwieser—the Solace Bra is soft and comfortable (with a capital C!). The lightweight Buttermesh lining works ventilation magic by keeping you cool while Powervita outer has the strength to hold you in with a beautiful V neckline. Available in sizes XXS-XL, this is a great option for bands 30-40 up to a C cup. And the colors…OOH…Paradiso Blue and Electric Fuchsia are so much more fun than basic black.

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There are a lot of ways our planet needs urgent attention, and we hear about them everyday. Soil depletion, harmful pesticides and chemicals, the mistreatment of small farms, plastic pollution, global warming, deforestation, and beyond—we all want these crises to end, but where to begin? At the individual level, one of the simplest ways we can support the planet comes down to something we do daily: eating.

Our modern food system is overdue for a transformation. (Let’s say goodbye-for-good to standard practices like synthetic chemicals in our food and overfarming.) The foods we choose are a part of getting that change off the ground, the end result being a healthier planet and you. For example, just by eating more plants, you can help cut your carbon footprint by a third and add more healthy minutes to your life. Even better, these food choices can be delicious and convenient—proven by Daily Harvest. Alongside efforts to make organic fruits and vegetables more accessible, this food company is invested in helping to create a more sustainable food system.  

Because no matter how you slice it, food is fundamental to living our best lives. So here are five ways to eat your way to a healthier you and healthier planet!

Photography by BY MAY TRUONG

He’s painting the town red (and every other shade of the rainbow).

Like so many on the journey to discovering their creative purpose, Armand Digdoyo, it seems, has already lived several lives. Growing up in Ottawa after his parents emigrated from Jakarta, he eventually moved to Montreal to explore city life as a club kid and assist local fashion designer Lino Catalano before finally landing in Toronto. For the past 18 years, he has continued to try on many hats in an attempt to make the most of his creative savvy. He was a member of electro-dance group Fritz Helder & The Phantoms (which opened for Lady Gaga in NYC and was a mentee of Nelly Furtado’s), a columnist for Fab magazine, a DJ for the Canadian Opera Company and Holt Renfrew and a sound designer and stylist for brands such as Aveda, Deveaux New York and Greta Constantine. He also founded New Ho Queen to support local LGBTQIA2S+-identifying Asians in the face of racially targeted hate crimes.

Six years ago, his experience in fashion, music and entertainment intersected in a way that makes one feel that life’s dots eventually all connect. Along with his friend and fellow DJ Phil Villeneuve, he co-founded Yohomo — a hub and safe space for the LGBTQIA2S+ community to come together and share information on pre-vetted art, culture and nightlife events. “Yohomo came from the #nohomo hashtag trending on Twitter at one point,” says Digdoyo. “We wanted to reclaim it and turn something so homophobic into something positive.”

Digdoyo and Villeneuve have since branched into producing their own Yohomo events, podcast and curated playlists as well as a collaboration with Spotify during Pride, which landed them on a billboard in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square. They’ve also introduced a line of custom Yohomo merchandise, often designed in partnership with local artists, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and reusable grocery bags, which they print in limited batches in Toronto and ship without tags in compostable mailers in order to avoid as much waste as possible. Expanding the Yohomo model beyond events has also helped them keep the party and community support going virtually during the pandemic. “I think these queer experiences that turn themselves into art really need to be highlighted, especially because of the mindfulness it creates,” says Digdoyo. “It inspires young people to know they can thrive.” During the initial lockdown of 2020, they collaborated with designer Tim Singleton and donated five dollars from the sale of every shirt to The 519 — a major LGBTQIA2S+ support and activist centre in downtown Toronto. Since then, they’ve continued to raise proceeds for multiple community groups, including LGBT Youthline, Pieces to Pathways and FoodShare.

Like for many of us, Digdoyo’s goal with makeup is simply to present the best possible version of himself. Looking more polished for special events is a must, he says, as is appearing in the obligatory snapshot and IG Live. “I’m turning 40 this year, so I want to feel like I look a little younger and well rested.” To help achieve this, a little well-placed MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer and Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder as well as filled-in brows go a long way. “I try not to go too dark with my brows because I want to keep them in balance with my beard,” he adds.

Digdoyo says that after experimenting so much with dynamic, drag-inspired looks when he was a member of Fritz Helder & The Phantoms, he went through a phase in which he wanted to keep his appearance as pared down as possible. However, the restrictions and isolation of the past couple of years have inspired him to bring back some of those styles and techniques, such as dramatic lashes and other facial embellishments, in an effort to have more fun and take everything a little less seriously. Digdoyo especially appreciates how social media and beauty influencers have made various beauty looks more accessible to everyone, regardless of gender norms. “You can play to how you feel, and you don’t have to put yourself in any box,” he says. “It’s really encouraging to see how non-binary and trans folks are expressing themselves while also achieving a lot of success.”

One influencer who has been a particular inspiration is Bretman Rock, a Filipino-American living in Hawaii who posts beauty and lifestyle videos for his more than 18 million followers on Instagram and nearly nine million YouTube subscribers. After friend and fashion photographer Tommy Ton pointed Rock out, Digdoyo admitted he became hooked on the influencer’s authentic point of view and how he uniquely represents fashion- and beauty-loving queer culture. “I wish I had seen somebody like that when I was growing up as a gay Asian kid. Maybe I wouldn’t have put so many restrictions and insecurities on myself in terms of how I wanted to look or dress or how I felt I had to present myself as a queer person.”

While Digdoyo’s mother’s love of fashion and beauty was an early source of encouragement for his own passions, growing up in a Muslim family also helped inform his perspective on building safe spaces and encouraging all forms of expression and representation. “It has helped me know what it’s like to be an outsider within a group of outsiders and allowed me to be mindful of how people can feel marginalized at different intersections,” says Digdoyo. “It has definitely affected my drive to create community where I don’t see it because I know how hard it can be to feel not included and not seen.”

This article first appeared in FASHION’s April issue. Find out more here

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Published Date – 2022-04-19 13:50:50

Plenty of famous Hollywood faces have played themselves on the big and small screens before, but it goes without saying that there’s never been an actor quite like Nicolas Cage. With that in mind, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a movie that simply wouldn’t have worked with anyone else in the lead, not least of all because few top talents would be able to leave their ego firmly at the door and embrace the unbridled self-aware insanity of Tom Gormican’s bonkers meta action comedy.

Cage is the cinematic equivalent of a mystery wrapped in an enigma, who remains shrouded by his own unique levels of mystique; he’s an Academy Award winner that’s been lauded by many of his peers and contemporaries as an all-time great, but he’s also slummed it through a succession of banal VOD thrillers.

He was one of the biggest box office draws in the business at the peak of his powers, but also a relentless source of fascination and memes, with his signature and bespoke performative style making him the butt of as many jokes as he has been the subject of overwhelmingly enthusiastic acclaim.

Cage knows this, and admitted that The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent was the ideal opportunity to embrace it. The screenplay from Gormican and co-writer Kevin Etten is fully cognizant of the leading man’s life and times, as well as his ups and downs, using it to the fullest by dropping the semi-fictionalized Nick Cage into a zany story of birthday parties, newfound friendships, drug cartels, kidnappings, family drama, the CIA, and so much more.

After missing out on a role in David Gordon Green’s new project by overzealously monologuing in a thick Boston accent, Neil Patrick Harris’ agent Richard Fink outlines in no uncertain terms that Cage is in mountains of debt and short on options. Throw in the strained relationship with Sharon Horgan’s soon-to-be ex-wife Olivia, not to mention the growing distance from Lily Sheen’s daughter Addy, Nick finds himself in the midst of a personal, professional, and existential crisis.

That’s without mentioning the fact he’s haunted by the ghost of Nicky, a younger and power-hungry hallucination of himself that urges Nick to stop focusing on being an actor, and reclaim his place as an A-list movie star. They talk, they argue, and they even make out at one stage, because that’s the sort of offbeat idiosyncrasies we’re conditioned to expect from the first minute.

Accepting the million-dollar offer of Pedro Pascal’s Javi Gutierez, Nick finds himself accosted by Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz’s federal agents, who task the action hero to go undercover on a special assignment to help them crack a high-profile abduction, but Cage soon finds himself developing a genuine bromance with Pascal’s superfan, which is cemented over a screening of Paddington 2.

The bulk of that setup is packed into the first act of Massive Talent, but once the lay of the land has been established, things escalate into fantastically outlandish territory. You don’t have to be a Cage enthusiast on the scale of Javi to appreciate the film, with most of the wink-wink references relegated to name-drops of popular titles, or Cage resolutely affirming the underrated status of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Guarding Tess.

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Instead of playing the premise for the broadest of laughs, the best moments of Massive Talent come from Cage looking inward, while still reflecting on his storied legacy. He repeatedly insists that it’s not a comeback because he never went away, he just needs the right part to help him cement his credentials once again. The fact this particular project puts the exclamation point on exactly that only serves to add another coincidentally brilliant wrinkle to the entire operation.

Similarly, while it would have been easy for Cage to go as broad as possible in his performance (which he admittedly does at points, although it’s done in the most pleasingly knowing fashion), he hits some emotional beats that you wouldn’t expect to find in such a wacky story. He acknowledges his weaknesses as an actor, father, husband, and friend, which is where the lines between Nicolas and Nick are at their most blurred.

It isn’t a one-man show by any stretch of the imagination, either, with Pascal proving to be an absolute hoot as Javi. An aspiring screenwriter hoping to make his personal and professional dreams come true with a single wave of his checkbook, he puts in just as much effort as his opposite number to ensure the heartwarming dynamic between the two leads remains the driving force of the narrative, which isn’t an easy thing to do when Massive Talent was always going to be The Nicolas Cage Show first and foremost.

Despite Cage’s initial skepticism at being a hired party guest, he and Javi develop an instant chemistry that carries the narrative and storytelling load. They jump off cliffs, drive around the picturesque Spanish coastline, get high on LSD and freak out, help each other become better and more understanding men, declare their love for each other, and get involved in shootouts, fistfights, and car chases. The two of them hold nothing back, whether it’s the quiet and intimate moments or the bravura blockbuster shenanigans plastered all over the marketing, with Pascal’s penchant for understated comedy adding yet another impressive weapon to his expanding arsenal.

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The weakest part of Massive Talent by far is the third act, which isn’t all that much of a surprise when it abandons the decidedly deep and thought-provoking examination of who both audiences and Nick think he really is, in favor of standard action comedy beats that don’t bring anything new to the table other than nefarious forces making constant references to the absurdity of a famous actor being involved. It isn’t a coincidence that the story sags when nuance and authenticity are abandoned in favor of spectacle, but it’s a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent genre-bending celebration of all things Cage.

Nicolas Cage the actor playing Nick Cage the fictional creation, who in turn is haunted by the specter of Nicky Cage in a film that meditates and ruminates on the past, present, and future of both the real and fictional Cage under the guise of an action comedy that ultimately ends with Nick Cage watching Nicolas Cage in an in-universe movie about the adventure Nick Cage has just experienced is enough to make your head spin if you think about it for too long, but The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent delivers an adrenaline rush of sheer joy that’s destined to enjoy a long-lasting life as a stone-cold cult classic, not to mention one of the bravest, boldest, and cleverest things the star has ever done.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m a really good Nordstrom shopper. There’s something so soothing to me about scrolling through all the pages of new arrivals with the intention of singling out the best of the best for all of you. It’s here I spot some of the best products before anyone else simply because I’m willing to take the time to go through it all. Sometimes we like to highlight the best basics, newest trends, and so on and so forth, but today, I am here to bring you the best (and cheapest) items I’m freaking over thanks to the Nordstrom sale. 

All Nordstrom fans know that once a seasonal sale comes around, all bets are off. Prices get knocked down left and right and if you’re not careful, you could end up with a cart so full you can’t handle it. I am the first person to justify any high-priced sale item, but today, I want to bring all the under-$50 pieces that Nordstrom is truly treating us with. A new sweatsuit? They’ve got it. A trendy new top? You’ll find it here. Basically, if you’re just in the mood to do a little harmless retail therapy, this affordable selection from the Nordstrom sale will have you smiling ear to ear. 

Published Date – 2022-04-10 01:57:43

This April has seen Sony’s latest Spider-Man Universe movie drop in the form of Morbius. Starring Jared Leto in the title role, the horror-tinged superhero film introduces audiences to Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist with a rare blood disorder who accidentally transforms himself into a “Living Vampire” when searching for a cure.

Morbius is releasing at an interesting time for the wider Marvel multiverse as Marvel Studios is also about to tackle Blade, the iconic vampire hunter, with Mahershala Ali set to take on the role made famous by Wesley Snipes in the original Blade trilogy of the late 1990s/early 2000s. In fact, Ali already made a vocal cameo at the end of Eternals.

So with a living vampire and a vampire hunter both appearing on the big screen, it’s interesting to ponder the connection between the characters. But are Morbius and Blade enemies? What is their history in the comics? And, the most important question of all, could they get to meet in the movies?

Morbius and Blade’s comic book rivalry, explained

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After Morbius was written into The Amazing Spider-Man in 1971 and Blade was created for Tomb of Dracula in 1973, it didn’t take Marvel long to have the bright idea to pit vampire and vampire slayer together. The pair first battled it out in October 1974’s Adventures of Fear #24. As you would expect, they started out as bitter enemies, with Eric Brooks being Morbius’ number two nemesis after Peter Parker. Over time, however, their relationship got much more complicated…

Though Blade despises all vampires, after his mother was killed by one while giving birth to him, he eventually overcame his prejudice towards Morbius due to his origins being of scientific, not supernatural, origin. They even served together on the darker-edged superhero team the Midnight Sons. But when Morbius fell under the sway of supervillain Hunger, he became a rampaging monster. In 1999’s Peter Parker: Spider-Man #8, Blade set out to hunt him down and was bitten by the vamp in the process.

In the same year’s Blade the Vampire Hunter #1, it was revealed that Morbius’ bite had had a surprising effect on Brooks and turned him into a Daywalker — this was Marvel’s way of bringing the character closer to the movie version. Blade’s origins were later retconned, however, establishing that the bite Deacon Frost gave his mother is the real source of his powers, thereby removing Morbius from the equation.

Morbius and Blade almost faced off on film

While we wait to see if Morbius and Blade’s complex comics history could ever be replicated on screen, it’s worth noting that the duo almost came fang to fang in Blade II.

1998’s Blade was originally set to end on a major tease at what was to come in the sequel, with Morbius dropping by for a cameo. The deleted ending was even shot, and a low-quality print of it later emerged online (which you can watch above). As you can see, the Living Vamp was only supposed to stand on a rooftop and look menacing, but Marvel fans in the late ’90s would’ve lost their minds at this, considering that world-building and sequel-baiting were not typical in superhero movies at the time.

As for why Morbius was cut, we unfortunately have Guillermo del Toro to blame for that. When he signed on to direct Blade II, he wanted to draw from his own impressive imagination rather than the established Marvel universe so he turned down the opportunity to use Morbius. That meant his cameo in the first film’s final moments had to go.

Can Morbius and Blade meet in the MCU?

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23 years on from this deleted scene, and we’re still waiting for that Blade/Morbius showdown. But could it finally happen soon? That’s a tricky question to answer…

First of all, the two categorically exist in separate universes, with Leto’s bloodsucker dwelling in the Sonyverse and Blade operating in the MCU. However, Morbius builds on both Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home establishing that travel between the two realities is possible, so a crossover isn’t impossible. In fact, Morbius may be about to join the Sinister Six. The villain group will likely be based in the Sonyverse, but they could feasibly hop over to the MCU to battle Spider-Man. Maybe Morbius could tussle with Blade while he’s there.

Alternatively, perhaps the pair could become uneasy allies instead. Moon Knight‘s Oscar Isaac has teased that the Midnight Sons are about to form in a future project — with Blade among them. While Isaac didn’t list Morbius as a potential team-member, he has been part of the roster on the page so the option is there to bring him aboard.

Though it’s been critically mauled, Morbius has performed well at the box office so Sony will no doubt be keen to do more with the anti-hero. Who knows whether that involves Morbius and Blade coming to blows, but history has shown us the stakes would be high if they ever did.

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