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Rated Reads this week takes a look at dating in the Metaverse, a profile of the enigmatic Nicolas Cage and the intriguing emergence of short king spring.
Nicolas Cage has been a lot of things – an actor, a meme, a permanent fixture of tabloid pages for his odd, expensive purchases. Ahead of the release next month of his highly-anticipated meta film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, GQ profiles an actor who proves to be a great deal more thoughtful and normal than his outsize reputation suggests. While wearing a kung-fu suit for relexation.
It’s short king spring! That may require some explanation, but Laura Pitcher at i-D is here to help. Short king spring, as it turns out, is a sign of the growing backlash against all those “6 foot or over” dating app bios, and of everyone’s love for iconic height-difference couple, Tom Holland (short) and Zendaya (tall). It’s simple!
Paul Thomas Anderson has become a fixture of awards seasons with acclaimed films like Phantom Thread and this year’s Licorice Pizza, but the director has often turned his hand to music videos too. For Vox, Alissa Wilkinson celebrates Anderson’s contributions to the genre, including videos for the likes of Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, and his modern-day muses Haim.
As we have seen time and time again, America is fond of taking existing formats and making it their own. The Eurovision film on Netflix a couple years ago saw a little envy coming in, and sure enough, this week saw the launch of an American Song Contest, porting over the Eurovision format to an inter-state competition. The Guardian examines a translation with some slight growing pains.