Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bollywood in Beijing and Other Stories

Johnny performs his Bollywood program in Beijing 
at the premiere of the Artistry on Ice tour.
Photo © Maria Ma.

70+ Artistry on Ice pics below, 
plus special bonus video!

And also lots of this:

Johnny and Stéphane at the Guangzhou 
press conference earlier today.


The Artistry on Ice show in Guangzhou
is scheduled to be broadcast LIVE on 
this website Friday, August 1, at 8 pm
local Guangzhou time! 
Times in the US are: 8 am EDT, 
7 am CDT, 6 am MDT, 5 am PDT. 
Don’t miss it!!

NEW: Fan poll 
on Johnny’s official website!! 
Voting continues through August 5. 
More details below!

Yes!! Summer touring continues! 
Johnny just finished his Fantasy on Ice tour 
performances, so get ready: the Weibocalypse 
of Artistry on Ice is happening now! 
Please see Johnny’s official website for all 
his performance dates this summer!

Johnny’s ONLY US performance 
this summer will be in Sun Valley, ID, August 16. 
Tickets on sale now. 
Don’t miss this chance to see him skate live!!

Dear Johnny, 
we believe in you, 
we support you, and 
we love you always.

Note: Candles last only 48 hours, so please visit often 
to keep the love and light shining...

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

UPDATE!! Johnny in Guangzhou Thursday 
during a rare day off on the tour. #almostnopants

Kayso today is just a bunch more of my favorites because everything from Weibo is my favorite so now I’m reduced to just randomly tossing on here whatever happens to be sitting in the first couple of folders I click on after I have coffee. So today we backtrack to Beijing for mega picspam  of Johnny’s fantastic Bollywood program, then fast-forward past Shanghai (but don’t worry, we’ll cover some of that next, including absolutely the most exquisite photo series yet of “Farewell My Concubine” from the Shanghai show) to skaters attempting to travel to Guangzhou which seemed to turn into the AOI version of I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, to suddenly yay Guangzhou press conference!

If you missed the previous stunning photos of Johnny’s performance as the King’s Consort from “Farewell My Concubine,” please enjoy them here and here

Also as mentioned previously, this groundbreaking male/male pairs program, with Zhang Hao skating as the King, is moving audiences to tears and garnering headlines across China.  Johnny’s Chinese fans were kind enough to translate some of the press for us, and it is wonderful. Please take a moment to read these excellent reviews before skipping on down to the picspam...

Please click for full-size image.

Please click for full-size image.

Johnny’s Beijing performance can be seen here and here
and Shanghai is here.

Photos below credited per Weibo stamp on each image unless otherwise noted. Please, please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Many are gloriously huge and offer exquisite detail. These may take a moment to load, but are well worth the wait.

Today’s Favorites.
Part 1: Bollywood in Beijing.

Love love love this program.

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

ICYMI: HD video!!
Video link.

Part 2:
Scenes from an Airport.
(Well, and a Hotel.)

So we begin with Johnny and a lovely random gentleman 
in Shanghai, where it’s time to leave the hotel and 
head to the airport to fly to Guangzhou 
for the next leg of the tour.

As always, fans are there, hoping for a quick 
photo or autograph. And as always, 
Johnny is kind and generous with his time.

Yes, of course we would want three photos 
of him signing his name.

And now we’re at the airport.

I am not totally clear on what he’s wearing, 
but he looks amazing in it.

More fans! 
(I love this technique of preserving 
privacy with an adorable panda head.)

Other skaters are gathered also, including 
Evgeni Plushenko, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir....

...Joannie Rochette...

...Tatiana Volosozhar...

...and Maxim Trankov and, of course, Stéphane.

And so then apparently there was a lot 
of standing around and causing trouble.

And then at some point, according to Hongbo Zhao, 
“The plane was delayed, we are 13 for business class, 
but there are only eight seats. So all of us had a meeting 
and asked, who gets the eight seats?...

...We decided: ladies first, 
men are good gentlemen.”

Johnny and Scott 
waiting patiently and discreetly. 
Via Hongbo.


Yes, we must catch every last glimpse... 

Part 3:
Meet the Press, 
Guangzhou Style.

Our first hint that they’ve arrived and something’s up 
is this Instagram from Maxim Trankov: 
“BOYS # artistryonice2014 # artistryonice # friends 
# lambiel # johnnyweir # makeup # boys 
@ Guangzhou International Sports Arena”

Next, via Johnny: “Guangzhou!”

And then this happened.
Leaving us desperate for video.

Also from Guangzhou! 
Johnny at rehearsal...

...and Johnny with unexpected food.
Via his Instagram: “Feasting. Pineapple buns 
are worth every calorie. #noteatingtomorrow”

Bonus pic!! Stéphane and Johnny 
at rehearsal in Shanghai. More here.

Bonus video!! Shanghai rehearsal. 
The vid is a little jumpy with excitement, which is totally 
understandable, and completely worth watching. :D

And one more, from Beijing (where we started). 
Love that someone gif’d this moment. 
Please click for larger image.

Very special thanks to Joveta Leo 
for the exclusive photos, and to all the Chinese fans 
for such amazing pics and vids!! 

ICYMI: “Love Is In Your Eyes.
Gorgeous photos of Johnny as the King’s Consort 
and partner Zhang Hao as the King in 
their stunning performance inspired by
“Farewell My Concubine,” from the opening show 
of the Artistry on Ice tour.  

Forbidden Love: The King’s Consort.
First look at Johnny and partner Zhang Hao
in their premiere performance inspired by
“Farewell My Concubine.”  

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.
Please, please click here 
for stunning full-size image.

The Weibocalypse Is Nigh.
Thursday rehearsal pics plus coverage 
of the Beijing press conference!
Please click here for beautiful full-size image, 
and roll around in the picspam here.
Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Surrounded By So Much Love.
Wednesday rehearsal pics plus fan meeting pics!
Not all of the rehearsal was quite this serious, though.... 
Please click for beautiful full-size image,
and enjoy all the endless picspam here

Johnny stars in To Russia With Love
a new documentary about LGBT athletes, portions of which 
were filmed in secret during his time in Sochi as an NBC figure 
skating commentator. He also is an executive producer for the film, 
a project of Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions, 
which will premiere October 22.
More info here and on the EPIX website.

Johnny and Tara’s brilliant commentary 
segment from Late Night With Seth Meyers!
Video link.
Watch their interview with Seth here.

Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!

On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!

ICYMI: Johnny plans to discuss his personal difficulties just once, 
in an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. 
The three-part interview is available at these links:

UPDATE: In response to a rash of erroneous reports in the media, 
Johnny spoke briefly with Access Hollywood again
to set the record straight.

Also on the blog:
“Rise Like a Phoenix”
An exquisite black-and-white series 
of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich means if you missed out 
the first time around, you’re in luck: 
It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures 
you could take home!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 

Watch bonus clips online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!

copyright 2014 Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

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