Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Champion

Johnny during his final performance of “Human,” 
his iconic program for 2014.
Please click for stunning full-size image.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



70+ exclusive pics below!

Happy New Year!



Make a date with Johnny
for New Year’s Eve!! 
Johnny and Tara will be part of NBC’s two-hour 
primetime special, A Toast to 2014!
hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb 
Wednesday, December 31, 8 pm ET
Watch the sneak peek video here
Johnny and Tara appear at about 00:18.



US Nationals are coming up!! 
Catch all the action on NBC with 
Johnny, Tara, and Uncle Terry Gannon
 in January!




Want to wish Johnny a happy 2015?
By popular demand, per Johnny’s official Facebook page,
you can write to Johnny at his new fan mail address:
Johnny Weir Fan Mail, P.O. Box 32326, 
Chicago, IL 60632. Yay!!



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



Sold-out shows night after night! 
After a triumphant debut in Moscow, 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” heads to St. Petersburg
in January for the next leg of the tour! 
The show is based on an adaptation of 
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Snow Queen, 
with Johnny playing the role of Kai. 
More coverage here and here!

New!! Just released on Christmas Eve: 
gorgeous official music video for The Snow King, 
with Dima Bilan (and lots of Johnny). 
Nothing would make my New Year happier 
than to see this tour come to the US!
Video link.



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.



So on this final day of 2014, a year which I personally have been ready to escort firmly to the door since about April, and thus I have spent the last eight months or so muttering as I wake every day to find yet more 2014 glaring balefully at me: “Oh. You’re still here...,” I am pleased to present the photos that I should have posted like three months ago but could never pull together since because 2014. But here they are at last, and they are awesome: a fab double post of skating photos from Johnny’s final “Human” performance at An Evening With Champions, plus post-show meet-n-greet photos that people have been politely asking for since the moment they were taken. So while 2014 sucked on a grand scale for many people in my life, at least we’re going out on a high note here in this little corner of the web! [Note to self: lock the door behind that asshole 2014 and pray it never comes back disguised as some other number...]

But first: don’t forget to tune in TONIGHT to see Johnny and Tara on NBC’s A Toast to 2014! Yes, I already mentioned this above, but how often do we get the chance to spend part of New Year’s Eve with Johnny? Just look at this wonderful silliness here, and then set those DVRs so you don’t miss a moment. Because if there’s anyone I want to wrap this year up in a big glittery bow and send it on its way with a graceful kick of his sharpened skate blade, it would be Johnny.

And also: thank you all for visiting this space throughout the year. From Sochi to Snow King, it’s been an amazing journey with Johnny, and I’m so happy to share it all with you. Wishing everyone a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration! See you in 2015!



Human.
An Evening With Champions 2014, Boston.
See the first part of this beautiful exclusive series here.

Please, please click the photos to see the full-size images. These are gorgeous, and most are huge. They may take a moment to load, but they are well worth the wait, as always.
















































































Meet-n-Greet!
An Evening With Champions 2014, Boston.

I loved everything about this show, but I especially loved attending it with so many friends whom I’ve met through Johnny fandom. And now at last we have some photos to commemorate our fantastic evening together!

This meet-n-greet happened immediately after the show concluded, at another Harvard University building just a short walk from the rink. Though technically a room had been set aside for the skaters to greet the guests, Johnny was swarmed the moment he arrived at the top of the stairs and set foot on the outdoor balcony leading to the room. So most of these photos were taken outside in the dark, and mostly without any flash. And yet in nearly all of them, Johnny is surrounded by light—partly from other people’s flashes, partly through Davey’s skill as a determinedly flash-resistant photographer. But mostly, I think, because Johnny is light: beautiful, sparkly, luminous, radiant. He shines wherever he goes, and leaves us all a little lighter for having been in his company.

Johnny issued a New Year challenge on Twitter earlier this week:


I think these pics completely made of happy should get us all off to a good start. :D

Please click any photo for the full-size image, as always.



He’s here!


And he’s immediately deluged—under the 
watchful eye of security—with people of all ages 
who are absolutely thrilled to meet him.








Every fan receives Johnny’s complete and unwavering 
attention during their visit with him.


Young skaters have slipped through the crowd 
and gathered around him for photos and autographs...






...and they always want him to sign their skates!


This young fan’s smile says it all.




With my dear friend and beloved video ninja, 
the amazing Jenn Kittler, without whom this blog would often 
be left unattended in a corner, bedraggled and chainsmoking 
and in desperate need of new material....


Jenn explains to Johnny that she has brought 
ALL THE THINGS for him to sign for fans 
who could not be there.


He gets to work right away. 
No one argues with Jenn.


With another dear friend, Karen Weeks, 
who has beautiful flowers for Johnny!


Sharing a laugh with Sinikka Grant, 
who later showered us with incredible picspam 
from Johnny’s visit to Albany.


A hug for Rachel Machinton, author of the guest post 
that accompanied Sinikka’s Albany photos.


(Not only does every fan get Johnny’s undivided attention, 
you can even whisper secrets in his ear.)


I’m horrified that I’m cluttering up this photo, 
but thrilled to be on hand to introduce my Twitter friend
Olivia Reis and her wife Melissa to Johnny. 
It’s their first time meeting him...


...so they chat while Johnny, suddenly illuminated 
by a thousand flashes going off at once, 
autographs a copy of Welcome to My World for them...


...and then Davey gets a really really great shot 
of the three of them! (Which Olivia and Melissa have only 
waited forever to see. Sorry! But yay here it is!)


With Karen’s friend, the lovely Katherine Knorr Uschmann...


...and with Karen’s mom, Mary Sue Weeks, 
who is a blast to hang out with.


Anastasia Pryanikova’s adorable daughter Lexi 
waits patiently for a new autograph. At the age of nine, 
she’s an old hand at these meet-n-greet things, 
having met Johnny many times.


Lexi, Johnny, and Anastasia.


With the amazing Machiko, who came from Japan for the show. 
Davey and I had a wonderful time with Machiko-san!


Another East Coast friend, Erin Zahradnik, 
meets Johnny for the first time, bouquet in hand.


Erin and Johnny.


Twitter friend Maleah Gustafson is another happy first-timer.


Autographing photos for Maleah.


Johnny with two of the Harvard student organizers 
of the event, both of whom were amazingly kind, funny, and 
helpful—although Patrick (on the right), despite Johnny’s insistence, 
cannot get his duckface game together.


There we go!


The line is still going strong...


...and Johnny is gracious and kind and 
completely unhurried with every single person.


Saying goodbye to Machiko.


And one more: 
possibly my favorite shot of the evening.



Bonus Round:
Pics With Patti!

Yes, of course everyone wants a picture with the incredible Patti Weir! And she was kind enough to oblige!


Even Aunt Diane posed with Patti!


Patti with Rachel...


...Sinikka...


...Melissa and Olivia...


...Erin...


...Maleah...


...Jenn and me...


...and Machiko.


Aaaaand when it’s my turn, oops, no flash. 
But I love this pic almost as much as I adore this woman. 
Patti, you are my hero!



Postscript.

Saturday’s meet-n-greet was extremely crowded, and between managing photo ops and shepherding people to make sure the first-timers made it through the line, I suddenly found myself at the end of the evening saying goodbye to Johnny without having gotten a photo. But that was totally OK, because Davey and I had been lucky enough to attend the Friday show and meet-n-greet also, which was less overflowing with people, and thus we found a moment to make this photo happen:




Johnny, thank you always for your time, your patience, your kindness, 
your extraordinary gifts on the ice and your willingness to work so hard 
to share those gifts and yourself with the world, and your amazing, 
tremendously inspiring ability to get back up, stronger than ever, 
no matter how life tries to knock you down.

Wishing you peace, every happiness, 
and all the love in the world in 2015.

Binky



Exclusive photos © David Ingogly, 
whose birthday is today! Thank you so much, 
Davey, for giving your time and talent 
to bring the joy of your photos 
to Johnny’s fans around the world.



My #2014 on Instagram: pretty much all @johnnygweir. 
And I'm good with that. :) #johnnyweir #Olympian #athlete 
#artist #icon #legend #rolemodel #amazing #theoneandonly 
#lgbt #happynewyear (almost) #2015 #bringit



ICYMI: Thank You, Johnny!.” 
Johnny visits Albany, NY, to greet fans and 
skate with them! Exclusive picspam covers 
every moment of his visit.

Exclusive photo © Sinikka Grant.



The final set of exclusive photos and videos 
from the Moscow leg of the Snow King tour. 
Next up: St. Petersburg in January!

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.



Endless exclusive photos plus an 
amazing Snow King video compilation 
of all Johnny’s skating from the show!

Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



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  
DREAM SCHOOL: NYC episode!
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.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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!



Dragon.”
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.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



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!”
IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
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:

Deb W. said...

Amen to bidding good riddance to 2014!
Thank you, Binky for always keeping this bedraggled-by-life fan updated with everything Johnny! I am thrilled to see the photos of him with all the friends I missed, having not been able to attend the Evening with Champions show.
Have a great New Year's, Binky,Family Binky, Johnny and all you gorgeous fans...I wish you all success, happiness & most of all, GOOD HEALTH! Buh-bye, 2014!!!