Friday, October 17, 2014

42 Seconds

Detail of beautiful Johnny
 during his second “Human” performance 
at An Evening With Champions. 
Full image below. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

20+ exclusive 
new pics below

UPDATE: NEW pics from Russia!
And now brief video of Johnny!

From the New York Times:

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, whose critical, entertaining and fashion-conscious figure skating analysis on NBCSN drew praise during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, have earned an expected promotion to the lead team for the sport on the NBC Sports Group.

NBC will announce the change Wednesday.

“Tara and Johnny are a very authentic team,” Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC Olympics, said in a telephone interview. “They’re fun and fresh. They’re not afraid to offer strong opinions and come back and take a selfie on Instagram.”

He added: “You look for their kind of chemistry. You can’t make it up.”

Lipinski and Weir will be the prime-time voices of figure skating for NBC during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but will start in their new roles during the NBC broadcast of Skate America on Sunday.

Read more here.


And be sure to watch Johnny and Tara 
on The Today Show Wednesday, 
October 22, 7 am ET!

Ask Johnny anything!!
(well, almost...) 
Johnny will be appearing on HuffPost LIVE 
Wednesday, October 22, to talk about To Russia With Love,
and you can start posting questions for him NOW 
at this link! You also can tweet the segment producer, 
Gabe Piscione, to see if you can ask a question live 
on camera during Johnny’s appearance. 
Get those questions in, and be sure 
to watch Johnny on October 22!

Premiering October 29!! 
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.
More info here and on the EPIX website.

The official trailer!
Video link.

Get ready: Johnny’s episode of 
DREAM SCHOOL: NYC airs Wednesday,
October 22, 10 pm EDT / 9 pm CDT
Johnny stars with other celebrity teachers
in partnership with NYC’s Beekman School to help 
turn around the lives of 15 teens who dropped out 
of conventional high school.

New Dream School pics below!!
And read more about his episode here!

Sneak peek at Johnny’s episode!
Video link.

Plus another peek here!

NEW Snow King Teaser! 
ticket sales have commenced, and now we have
another glimpse of Evgeni Plushenko’s amazing 
“enchanting fairy tale on ice for the whole family.” 
The show is based on an adaptation of 
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Snow Queen, 
with Johnny playing the role of Kai. 
Video link.
Behind-the-scenes sneak peek here.

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.

Our Story Thus Far.

Which is sadly lacking in actualfax story. All I’ve got is, “Once upon a time, Johnny went to Russia for Snow King rehearsals and stayed there forever, possibly longer.”

So we’ll make do with pics, many of which I’m sure everyone’s seen already but I had a long week and a cough that’s cheerily decided to move in and make itself at home in the cozy quarters of my bronchioli and I just want to look at these all together in one place because he looks happy in a lot of them and that’s pretty much all the reason I need besides the fact that he’s in them.

First, please enjoy this brief series by wonderful Arthur Lookyanov, Johnny’s driver in Moscow, from Arthur’s album, Johnny Weir Red Square 2014. I love Arthur’s titles and descriptions for his pics, which I’ve included here because they’re awesome.

Johnny Weir & St. Basil’s Cathedral: 
“Such a beautiful sight ... 
one I could hold tight and never let go!”

Peace to All
Portrait with a peace sign in front of 
the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and the 
historical monument to Minin and Pozharsky.

Prince Charming
In Russian fairytale land... 
Portrait in middle of the Red Square 
in background of the famous St. Basil’s cathedral.

Shining in Front of Beloved Domes
Portrait of Johnny in background of the famous 
St. Basil’s cathedral under his favorite 
blue and white onion dome.

Time for Magic
Close your eyes, I’ll take them all! :-) 
Johnny Weir and the eccentric, colorful onion-shape cupolas 
of the well-known St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Next, please enjoy this gallery from today’s media day with the Russian press, in which the vendor has seen fit to carefully place watermarks the size of the moon across people’s faces. Am hoping photo ninjas may rescue us, but until then, fantastic photos except for ugh.

Just received: watermark-free images
thanks to @dust_man on Twitter!!

Photos via this gallery and this one.

Johnny and Tomáš Verner.

With Tomáš  and Katarina Gerboldt.

And with his beloved Irina Slutskaya.

UPDATE!! Yay video! Johnny’s portion begins 
at about 2:07 below. Translation coming soon! 
Thanks to Olga Amburtseva for the screencap and clip!

Johnny says: “If it’s Zhenya’s project, we know that it will be 
difficult and beautiful. We work each day from morning till night. 
I think that our show, our fairytale will be the best in the world.” 

Thanks to Tatiana Edrenkina for the translation!

Video link.

(Note: Please also enjoy this clip, with Johnny and Irina skating 
in the background behind Zhenya's head starting at about 00:51... :D)

And finally, the standard Instagram roundup:

Via Johnny: “Happy Saturday 
from sunny Moscow!❤️

Via Johnny: “Peace baby. ✌️

Via Johnny: “Ta da! 
Photo courtesy Artur Lukyanov”

Via Johnny’s Weibo: “Peace and Love. 
That’s All I Pray for. ️ ️✌️ ❤️

Via Johnny: “Training Day ❤️

Via Johnny: “Kings. Thank you @rudkovskayaofficial 
and Katya Dobryakova for amazing sweatshirts! 
@plushenkoofficial @t.verner ❤️

Via Tomáš Verner: “Working hard 
as usual. SNOW KING”

The whole gang! (Except for 
Irina Slutskaya. But she’s coming...!)
Via @rudkovskayaofficial.

Via @katarina_gerboldt: “the best team!
@plushenkoofficial @rudkovskayaofficial 
@johnnygweir #thesnowkingbyplushenko”

Via @katarina_gerboldt: “That’s how we go to Azbuka 
[Azbuka Vkusa, a grocery-store chain]. 
Johnny says their strudel is delicious.”
[Thanks to Tatiana Edrenkina for translating!]

Via Johnny: “Amazing company for last night’s 
dinner at Shinok!❤️ @t.verner 
@katarina_gerboldt @sergeyyakimenko”

Via @sergeyyakimenko.

Via Johnny: “Fairytale Heroes! ❤️ 
#IceKingbyPlushenko @plushenkoofficial @irina_sluslu”

Via Johnny: “Dinner with one of my 
oldest friends! We’ve been friends forever and 
Sasha Uspenskiy makes me so happy!”

Via Johnny this morning: “We’re being touched 
by light snow today in Moscow! ❄️

Via Johnny: “Vampires in training. 
@t.verner and @katarina_gerboldt are delicious.”
(I am #NotClearOn the presence of vampires 
in any Hans Christian Andersen story, 
but I’m also totally on board with it.)

Flashback Friday Bonus:
An Evening With Champions.

The following photo series comprises literally just the first 42 seconds that Johnny was on the ice for his second performance of “Human” in Boston. We have more than 160 shots of this program, and I really meant to include more in this post, but then as I started going through them, I realized that these need to be lingered over and savored in small, stunning batches.

And part of the reason this particular batch is small is because the pose in the last photo below is so haunting that I just stopped there and couldn’t really go any farther in editing these.

So we begin with only 25, including the lead photo above, processed in a portrait style. In this series Johnny acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as his name is announced, takes his place at center ice, and then skates just the first few movements of this deeply poignant program.

During Friday’s performance, Johnny chose the same costume that he had worn in Sun Valley for the US debut of “Human.” So when he glided onto the ice Saturday evening, the fur sleeves were unexpected and even startling. I interpreted them as both protective and defiant, a personal statement about who he is as a human, and, as always, uniquely, beautifully Johnny.

Please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Most of these are huge and exquisitely detailed. They may take a moment to load, but, as always, are well worth the wait.

Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.

Johnny’s “Human” performance, 
with special thanks to Elena Vasileva.
Video link.

New photo gallery from Dream School!

Watch Johnny’s episode this coming Wednesday, 
October 22, 10 pm ET / 9 pm CT on SundanceTV!

Bonus pics: I love this moment. 
Johnny, the headliner and the last performer 
of the evening, takes the ice, and his fellow skaters, 
heading backstage to prepare for the upcoming finale, 
cheer as loudly for him as do his fans.

And one more, via Johnny: 
“Super coordinated in Pennsylvania circa the 80s. 
#throwbackthursday #swoosh”

Exclusive Evening With Champions 
photos © David Ingogly.

ICYMI: Sweet Memories.”
Johnny returns to Russia! 
And he’s greeted at the airport by fans 
who have not seen him for two years. 
A wonderful series of photos not to be missed!

The first series of exclusive photos from 
An Evening With Champions, featuring 
Johnny’s debut of the spectacular dragon costume 
given to him by his Chinese fans.

Bold Beauty: Bollywood Revisited.”
A stunning new look at Johnny’s 
Nagada Sang Dhol program 
in a series of 35+ exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive video.

To Stand in a Ray of Sunlight.”
Gorgeous sun-drenched photos 
of Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley, 
plus exclusive video of his practice.

The US debut of Johnny’s stunning 
and hauntingly beautiful new program.
Selected exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive HD video.

Be Gorgeous Without Your Pants.”
50+ Artistry on Ice pics plus all-new videos, 
including Beijing and Guangzhou
press conferences!

Magic Becomes Art...
60+ spectacular pics from Shanghai,
including the most beautiful 
“Concubine” series yet.

Stunning fan art by 
@glace_icywaterdri on Weibo. 

Beautiful mega-picspam from 
the Guangzhou livestream.

Photo art detail from an exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

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 on Thursdays 
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

1 comment:

aaaack said...

It's great to see Johnny enjoying the company of his good Russian friends.