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Johnny Depp, Alizée Cornet, the metaverse: the buzz of the weekend

Posted Jan 24, 2022, 3:19 PM

From the return of Johnny Depp to the screens to the French victory at the Australian Open, from the parade on the metaverse of Julien Fournié to the opening of the Sundance festival, passing by the death of the creator of “Valérian et Laureline” , the weekend was rich in twists and turns for lovers of culture, sport and entertainment.

Johnny Depp in Louis XV for Maïwenn’s next film

He hadn’t filmed since 2020. Johnny Depp will find his way back to the sets alongside Maïwenn (“Polisse”, “DNA”) for a film in which he will play Louis XV! After accusations of domestic violence and numerous legal setbacks, Johnny Depp seems to be done with Hollywood and vice versa, Warner Bros. having fired him from the “Fantastic Beasts” saga. It is in Europe that he continues his career.

The filming will take place partly in Versailles, and even more in French. A challenge for the actor who nevertheless lived on the Côte d’Azur with Vanessa Paradis and made appearances in a few films by Yvan Attal, Roman Polanski or even Juliette Binoche. Present in Deauville in 2021 for the 47th edition of the festival, the disgraced actor nevertheless seemed to be looking for his words in the language of Molière, a gap that he will quickly have to fill…

A haute couture show in the metaverse

The pandemic is forcing Fashion Week to reinvent itself and the change is not the least. Eager not to create a “haute couture cluster”, the French couturier Julien Fournié canceled his show and found a solution that the Covid cannot touch: the metaverse.

The designer decided to launch his new “First Love” collection on January 25 on the platforms of the Chinese group Tencent and in particular PUGB Mobile, partners with whom the designer had already collaborated in 2021 for his “First Tribe” collection. Fans will be able to discover Fournié’s new collection through a video seen by billions of people. Two models will parade in this way: a male embodied by the couturier himself and the other female by the Czech model Michaela Tomanova.

Julien Fournié and his model during the shooting of a film presenting the spring summer 2022 collection, ‘First Love’ by Fournié in Bussy-Saint-George, January 13, 2022.Christophe ARCHAMBAULT/AFP

A pioneer of virtual fashion, the video game-loving couturier who had already used 3D in his fashion shows hopes to create the “digital Fournié house” and is hopeful about the future of fashion in the digital universe, even outside of the pandemic crisis: “Gamers are between 13 and 25 years old, that’s what’s starting to get interesting. It will be an incredible medium for selling accessories, glasses licenses, perfumes or handbags,” he told AFP.

To please, its collection is thus inspired by the world of video games with playful and colorful proposals such as parachute dresses or clothes inspired by the aesthetics of online gaming. And, to further blur the boundary between avatar and real person, a desire to rejuvenate its clientele, Fournié will offer at the end of the film’s broadcast two outfits so that players can dress their avatars.

France in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open

The French are not lacking in success this year at the Australian Open. Alizée Cornet, who had never made it to the quarter-finals before, especially after being eliminated at the gates of glory in 2009, has finally reached her goal. “My first quarter-final at 32 was long overdue, but I didn’t give up and now I’m experiencing incredible emotions and it was all worth it,” she told AFP. She won against the Romanian Simona Help in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4).

Among the men, the same air of victory floats, while Gaël Monfils will face Berrettini, a big favorite, in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. After a first clash in 2019, where Monfils was then one of the most recognized players, the roles were reversed.

Death of Jean-Claude Mézières, co-creator of “Valérian et Laureline”

It was on the night of Saturday to Sunday that the creator of the comic strip “Valérian et Laureline” died at the age of 83. Amateur of science fiction, the cartoonist was elected to the Academy of Grands Prix d’Angoulême in 1984 for all of his work, a true source of inspiration throughout the world.

But its centerpiece remains the comic strip created in 1967 with Pierre Christin as screenwriter. Flagship series in the world of science fiction comics, “Valérian et Laureline” was a saga particularly appreciated by the French, but not only. According to the publishing house Dargaud, the success is such that this story of space agents at a time when the world of comics hardly tastes SF leads to 25 albums translated into twenty languages.

A complete artist and talented draftsman, Mézières also had a penchant for the cinematographic universe. His comic strip had also been adapted by Luc Besson in 2017, which did not meet its audience. The designer had also collaborated with the filmmaker for the creation of sets and costumes on the “Fifth Element” released in 1997.

Sundance

The 100% digital edition of Sundance opened Thursday evening with an “immersive” documentary on the British royal family and its timeless figure, Diana Spencer. Despite a tidal wave of productions on the one who remains an object of fascination more than 25 years after her death, “The Princess” innovates by relying solely on archive footage without a narrator. A way for the director, Ed Perkins, to deal with the vagaries of the pandemic.

Incarnated successively by Emma Corrin and soon by Elizabeth Debicki in the phenomenon saga, “The Crown” on the British royal family by Netflix, as well as by Kristen Stewart in the film “Spencer”, the documentary places the icon in a complex story and explores his relationship to the press.

Princess Diana arrives at a charity gala on October 4, 1990.

Princess Diana arrives at a charity gala on October 4, 1990.Kevin LARKIN/AFP

First film of this particular edition, the opening night also saw the first film of Jesse Eisenberg (the actor of “The social network” and “Insaisissables”) as a director, with a comedy entitled “When you are finishing saving the world” featuring Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard. Known for its selection of independent films, the festival created by Robert Redford continues until January 30.

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