Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Be Happy Ever, Ever, Ever"

Johnny as the enchanted character Kai 
in Evgeni Plushenko’s “The Snow King.” Performances continue 
throughout this week in Moscow, and then the tour heads to 
St. Petersburg January 3, 2015, for another ten shows. 
(Plus maybe onto other countries after that... see below!)
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

70+ exclusive pics below! 

Plus an amazing exclusive 
Snow King video!!

Just announced!! 
Johnny will be visiting the Empire State Plaza Skating Rink
in Albany, NY, Saturday, December 20, 11 am to 1 pm 
for a skating demonstration, public skate, and meet-n-greet!
The event is FREE and open to all. 
More info here!

Johnny returns to Japan! 
He’ll be competing 
(yes, competing!) in the 
Medal Winners Open in January!
Info here!

Sold-out shows night after night! 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” debuted December 5! 
The show is based on an adaptation of 
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Snow Queen, 
with Johnny playing the role of Kai. 
New teaser here!
Behind-the-scenes sneak peek here.

The Dream Team returns for the 
Grand Prix Final!! Catch all the action 
on NBC with Johnny on December 21!

Available on demand from EPIX!! 
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.
Watch the trailer 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.

Yes, we have been awash for days in endless Snow King pics and vids coming out of Russia, about which we are of course not complaining at all except for the occasional deep sigh and long, melancholy gaze out the window as we contemplate the life choices that have brought us to this moment in which somehow we do not live in Russia and we apparently can’t have nice things where we live.

But then Johnny tweeted this over the weekend:

In addition, show producer Yana Rudkovskaya posted this on Instagram, as translated by the @PlushenkoNews Twitter account (bless them):

And so we are imbued with new hope to go with all the new photos and videos below! Because now we must review every scrap of coverage from every angle so that we are knowledgeable and well-informed spectators when this incredible ice show arrives in our town, soon! Maybe! Yay! Pleasepleaseplease...

Now that the initial OMG THIS IS AMAZING phase has kind of worn off and we’re able to do more than simply gape at the astonishing awesomeness of it all [have you SEEN the CARRIAGE], today we have an incredible series of exclusive pics plus video clips to take us through the show’s storyline, which is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen, and in which much of the focus is on the character of Kai, played by Johnny. And at the end of the picspam is every fan’s dream video from the show, thanks to the wonderfully talented Elena Vasileva, plus bonus exclusive pics from the fabulous Joveta Leo

But first: let’s check in with Johnny today, shall we?

Via Johnny this morning: 
“Sometimes you’ve just gotta shake a leg. 
Video courtesy @t.verner” 
Originally posted by Katarina Gerboldt...

....who also gives us this. IDEK. Dying.

UPDATE!! Via Johnny: 
“Finally got to dance at the Bolshoi...” 

This photo series beautifully captures Johnny’s expressions in detail as he portrays Kai. All of these are huge, so please do click on each to see the full-size images. They may take a moment to load, but as always, are more than worth the wait.

The Snow King

Part 1: Shards from the Evil Trolls’ 
Magic Mirror Transform Kai.

Kai and Gerda (Irina Slutskaya) are dear friends who love one another like brother and sister. They especially love gardening, and work together tending their beautiful flowers. But one day everything changes, when pieces of a shattered enchanted mirror fly into Kai’s eyes and he no longer sees Gerda as his beloved friend.  He becomes angry and cruel, fights with Gerda, then abandons her.

Via Yana Rudkovskaya.

Via @tera_alva: “The beginning of a beautiful story 
of #thesnowking told by talented ice skaters. 
@johnnygweir, you’re so gorgeous!

Part 2: Captured by The Snow King.

Shards from the mirror also flew into the eyes of the King, and he, too, has been transformed: he is now the evil Snow King. He encounters Kai while driving his carriage and kidnaps him, taking Kai away to his icy enchanted palace.

Via @mari_morea.

Via @anais167.

Via @blah_blah_d.

Part 3: In The Snow King’s Palace.

The Snow King wants Kai to stay with him and be one of his soldiers. Kai does not want to do this, and fights to keep his independence, but in the end, he surrenders to The Snow King.

Video link.

Video link.

Via @svetapoln.

Part 4: Gerda Comes to Save Kai.

Throughout Kai’s enchantment, Gerda never loses hope that she might find him and see him become again the boy whom she loves. She journeys to The Snow King’s castle through a great many difficulties, but finally arrives, carrying with her a beautiful red rose in which blooms Gerda’s love for Kai. Kai does not remember her at first, but the power of love in the rose sets him free.

Via @blah_blah_d.

Part 5: The Spell Is Broken!

Gerda faces The Snow King and his soldiers in a tense battle. But there is nothing stronger than love, and ultimately she defeats the King, the rose held high above her head in triumph.

The rose transforms the icy castle back into the warm and beautiful place it once was, and also releases the King from his enchantment.

“Love melts the ice...”
Video link.

Via @nadyaberyozkina.

Via Johnny: “Kai and Gerda! 
With the beautiful @irina_sluslu. 
Skating with Ira gives me chills!”

Kai joins the hands of Gerda and the King, 
who have fallen in love with each other.
Via Arthur Lookyanov.

And they all lived happily ever after.

Finale vids!! 
Standing ovation! The caption reads:
“Spectators are thrilled with the show “‘Snow King’”
Video link.

Curtain call.
Video link.

Curtain call, version two.
Video link.

Exclusive video!! 
A gift for Johnny’s fans: all of his skating from the show! 
Pieced together by lovely Elena Vasilevaso that 
all his fans around the world could have a chance to see his 
brilliant performance as Kai, even if only on YouTube.
Video link.

Bonus videos!! And now, gifts for Johnny from his fans.

I love this clip, in which a fan films herself running down 
the steps, calling Johnny’s name, to fulfill a long-held dream: 
to meet him.

[This is one of the happiest days! 
Comparable only to COMIC CON!!!!] 
@johnnygweir There’s no doubt that this is 
THE HAPPIEST DAY EVER! Thank you, darling, for 
amazing beautiful and UNBELIEVABLE performance!!!!”

Afterward, via @mari_morea: Если долго во что-то 
верить, мечтать, думать об этом, то все 
обязательно сбудется! @johnnygweir”
[If you long for something, believe in it, dream about it, 
think about it, all will come true! @johnnygweir”]

Via @tera_alva: “Thank you 
so much for yesterday night! 
It was a fabulous, inspiring performance. 
You made the fairy tale come true! 
@johnnygweir, you are amazing!

This is such a beautiful tribute via @orihime8152: 
“In fact, I make this post only because there is one thing which I want to tell @johnnygweir Johnny Weir, and this is THANK YOU ♥♥♥ Johnny, thank you so much for everything that you’ve done to the world of figure skating, as your style is elegant, brilliant and so full of dignity and beauty that I could cry every time I watched you skating. I wanted to see your live performance with my own eyes since 2010, and in 2011, when you took part in a show named ‘Alice In Wonderland’, I was depressed because I had no chance to see it back then. And also, Johnny, I want to thank you so much for everything that you’ve ever done to Russia, because you’ve been giving our country and us so much love that I hope you to be loved in return forever. I’ve read your articles and interviews and couldn’t but feel amazed by your sense, dignity, courage (I’d rather say ‘fearlessness’) and strong will. Being such a sensitive, intelligent and strong person in the same time is unbelievably rare in this world, but that gives me hope and belief in people on the whole. I know that I could write this in Russian and you still could read it, but I don’t want you to spend to much time on it when you have plenty of other important things to do. When my friends @onecurlyzoe and @liliyagilyazova watched with me ‘The Snow King’ on Sunday they couldn’t stop asking whether you are not actually 15 years old and how on Earth can someone be so cute ♥ There is one thing that I want to wish for you and this is “be happy ever, ever, ever”! :) Love you and hope to see you again some day :) #снежныйкороль #JohnnyWeir #loveyouJohnny”

Bonus pics!! 
New exclusives from Joveta Leo.

Via Joveta’s Weibo: “My love for you 
is already beyond your imagination.”

And one more.

Very special thanks to Elena Vasileva 
and Joveta Leo for the exclusive photos!

ICYMI: The Snow King: First Look.” 
Extensive coverage of the public premiere 
in Moscow with exclusive photos 
plus multiple video clips!

Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

First glimpses of The Snow King preview
 performance plus endless adorable pics/vids 
of Johnny teaching young skating students 
in Plushenko’s master class!

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

For more exclusive Johnny photos, please visit 
the official website of my fav photographer, David Ingogly!
New never-before-seen rehearsal pics have just 
been added to the site, with more to come. 
Check back often for new uploads!

A fascinating Q&A with Johnny
don’t miss it!

ICYMI: Full video of Johnny’s  
Johnny’s segment begins at about 30:51.

Also on the blog: The Happiest Morning!
Johnny returns to Russia for the first leg 
of The Snow King tour, and is greeted by 
thrilled fans once again in Moscow.

My Dream Continues.”
The final set of beautiful Bollywood picspam
 plus translation of a wonderful 
Johnny interview from Japan.

42 Seconds.”
Stunning new exclusive photos of Johnny’s “Human”
performance at An Evening With Champions.
Absolutely breathtaking.

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.

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

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