Monday, December 22, 2014

"Thank You, Johnny!"

Beautiful Johnny and his amazing hat 
at the Empire State Plaza ice rink in Albany, NY, Saturday, 
chatting with thrilled fans on a very brisk winter day. 
Exclusive photo © Sinikka Grant.
Please click for glorious full-size image!

80+ pics below, including 
more gorgeous exclusives! 

Plus exclusive videos!!

Via Johnny: “This just happened during 
my workout...Happy Christmas Eve.”

Via Johnny: “Merry Christmas from me and Тёма!”

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 
on 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!

’Tis the season! And by popular demand, 
holiday greetings 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!

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.

Kayso yes, there’s a ton of picspam below, but first let’s talk about all the end-of-year accolades pouring in for Johnny because that makes me super-happy (and a happy Binky is one that just keeps merrily adding yet more photos to this post...): — Top 100 Everything of 2014, Vol. 1: Items 100–91:  “Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were broadcasting gold at the Sochi Olympics.”

TV Guide — Annual Cheers and Jeers: “Cheers to the ‘glimmer twins’ of figure-skating commentary, fashionista scene-stealers Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

Entertainment Weekly — Best of 2014: How Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Became the Breakout Stars of Sochi. Wonderful must-read interview that includes Johnny and Tara’s top five secrets to their success. Among them: beloved broadcasting partner “Uncle Terry” Gannon.

InStyle — Style 100: The Best Looks and Trends of 2014. “Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski gave new meaning to the term ‘color commentators’ at the Sochi Olympics with a star-making turn rink-side (they practically edged Scott Hamilton right off the ice).” LOL this pleases me. In fact, InStyle loved Johnny and Tara so much that they’re not only included in the gallery, but are also among the few celebs mentioned in the accompanying article.

Sports Illustrated — 2014: The Year in Sports Media. “We want more of these sports TV personalities: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

And again from Sports Illustrated — Sports Illustrated Media Awards: The Best and Worst of 2014.Newcomer of the Year: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir (NBC Sports). Lipinski and Weir were the breakout stars of the Sochi Games thanks to their fantastic chemistry, devil-may-care attitude and their youth (neither is over 32). NBC has since promoted them to the No. 1 team on figure skating for the company.” Read more for some excellent Johnny quotes.

Also: yay that they’re part of NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, A Toast to 2014! At last we know what this Instagram was all about:

Yes! We’re excited!

But now there’s a new mystery: what were they doing last week and why do they have their own set??

Via Johnny: “Major side eye while filming today 
with my queen @taralipinski! @taraandjohnny”

Via Tara: “Outtake with my sunshine @johnnygweir 
from this beautiful @taraandjohnny set”

(IDK but apparently somehow this guy is involved...)
Via Eli Heiten: “I got a Johnny Weir for Hannukah! 
He got a crystal bow tie...everyone wins!”

Via @TaraandJohnny: “The adventures continue....”
Can’t wait to find out what they are!

And now, onto Albany!

Please enjoy this guest post from fan Rachel Machinton, who made the trip up from Boston to see Johnny in Albany this past weekend at this lovely free event. Rachel has met Johnny before, but each time it’s wonderful all over again. Here’s how her latest Johnny adventure went:

Every time I see Johnny, whether in person or on TV, every time I read or watch another interview, I can’t help but be amazed by what a gentleman he is. Albany was, of course, no exception.

The event began with a short but dazzling display of Johnny on ice, after which he invited everyone to come skate. I was thrilled. I wanted to dash onto the ice like an extraordinarily talented 12-year-old on a frozen Pennsylvania cornfield. Unfortunately, I was paralyzed by fear. I’m not a skater. I’ve been told I dance like one, but that’s on solid ground. On ice, my only experience is those two or three weeks each winter when my elementary school PE class would turn us loose on the hockey rink.

I put one foot on the ice, felt horribly uncomfortable, and called my friends for help. They led me out, and I managed one slow, board-stabilized lap before getting in line to chat with Johnny.

When I finally got to the front of the line, he turned to me and opened his arms for a hug. I pushed off from my hand-holding friend and let myself glide those last few feet into his arms, using his hug like a wall to stop myself. My advice to anyone who has the chance to meet Johnny on ice is to do the same, even if your skating skills (or lack thereof) don’t require it. His strong but gentle embrace and his soft fur coat made me feel like I was falling onto a heavenly cloud and into the arms of a life-sized teddy bear.

We exchanged pleasantries and discussed our Russian hats. (OMG I got a fashion compliment from my personal fashion god favorite fashion icon!).  I congratulated him on making so many “Best of 2014” lists, and on creating To Russia With Love. He thanked me and gave me the shy smile of someone surprised by a compliment. I also congratulated him on being the only person in the world who could get me onto the ice. I explained that I haven’t skated in about 25 years (and wasn’t too good at it even then), don’t really do well on anything slippery, and hate the cold. As I was pointing out to him what a great inspiration and ambassador for his sport he is, he turned it around and reframed the situation to make me sound like the amazing one. He congratulated me on getting out there and doing the best I could at something way outside my comfort zone, especially on a rink with poor ice conditions that made it so much more difficult.

We continued to chat about Albany, architecture, and egg-shaped things, and I realized that even though there were three lines of people waiting to talk to him, he wasn’t going to hurry me (or anyone else) so that he could move on to the next adoring fan. I’d have loved to stay and chat all day, but I said my goodbyes and stumbled slipped skated away.

When the “skate with Johnny” portion ended, my friends and I headed to the rinkside cafe to warm up and rest our feet. Johnny took his spot at an outdoor table to sign autographs. As we indulged in an hour of warmth in the cafe, we saw Johnny getting noticeably colder. Near the end of the signing, he was alternately rubbing his hands together and warming them on the side of his coffee cup between autographs, and jumping up and down and rubbing his legs between conversations. 

But he never rushed people along or cut off the line.

He stayed out there, freezing, until every last fan had gotten their time with him and he’d thanked each one for coming out and braving the cold to see him.

So let me say here: Thank YOU, Johnny! Thank you for your dazzling performances, your bravery, your dedication to your work and your fans, your generosity with your time. And most of all, thank you for just being you, the sweet-to-your-bones and true-to-yourself guy who inspires us to be our best selves and somehow manages to stay humble despite worldwide fame and adoration. I’ll stand out in the cold and struggle my way across the ice for you anytime!

Rachel and Johnny in Albany.
Exclusive photo © Sinikka Grant.

Please click any photo for the full-size image. Many of these are gigantic (just the way we like them), so they will seriously take some time to load. But as always, they’re well worth the wait. Photos not otherwise sourced are exclusives courtesy of Sinikka Grant (thank you, dear Sinikka!).

He’s here!

Getting ready to take the ice.

Johnny opens the event with a brief but beautiful skate.

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Yes!! We have video! 
Thanks to Anastasia Pryanikova for this version!
Video link.

And thanks to Sinikka Grant for this one!
Video link.

Adjusting The Hat, which really should 
have its own Instagram by now.
Via Times-Union.

Next, he gave a brief speech to invite everyone 
to come and skate with him.
Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Yay video!! 
Thanks to Anastasia Pryanikova.
Video link.

And another view, thanks to Sinikka Grant.
Video link.

Johnny: Thank you [to person handing him the microphone]. Well, good morning, everybody. I had to have a little twirl on the ice before it gets all scratched up, but I want to invite all of you to come out and skate and enjoy the day. It’s beautiful, there’s no snow, and it’s crisp. [laughter at his understatement] But I’m so happy to be in Albany. I haven’t been for a long time, and it’s really a pleasure to skate with all of you today, so please get on the ice and let’s have fun!

While fans lined up to meet him on the ice, 
he chatted with the assembled media.
Via Blue Shield of NENY.
See Johnny’s interviews here and here!

Via Times-Union.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Times-Union.

Via @jess_on_ice: “Selfie w/ Johnny #bucketlist”

Jess also wrote a short piece on her blog about meeting Johnny:

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing one Johnny Weir this weekend. He was in town for a meet and greet with local skaters and fans.

I didn’t quite know what to expect going into it—having interviewed many celebrities in the past, it’s a crapshoot as to whether they’ll be cool or not—but I am happy to say that Johnny was polite, polished and genuine during my conversation with him. And he was gracious enough to indulge my need to take a selfie with him.

We chatted about a lot of things, and I will post the interview as soon as it airs!

And now it’s time for fans to (politely) swarm him!
Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Johnny with Anastasia Pryanikova 
and her lovely daughter Lexi! 
Lexi has met Johnny many times, 
so they’re old friends now.

Yes, we want to see his new skates! 
Thank you, Sinikka!

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Rachel and Johnny!

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Molly Tarleton: “Met the fabulous 
@JohnnyGWeir today!#EmpireSkatePlaza”

Via Times-Union.

Sinikka and Johnny!

Via @meeowmd: “That time I met @johnnygweir 
and decided it was best to talk exclusively 
about postpartum snissing. #bestdayever”

A convo that clearly required hugs.
Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Via @flythisforme: “@johnnygweir thanks for being 
so awesome and listening to Kelly’s 
‘snissing’ stories! We love you!”

Via @seanmacari: “Ice skating with Johnny Weir.”

Via @shannononon23: “Laced up my skates for 
the first time in forever to meet my figure skating idol 
Johnny Weir ❄️ #figureskating #johnnyweir”

Via @duckies07: “Met Johnny Weir 10 years ago. 
Was too afraid to ask for a picture.
Met Johnny Weir today. Struck a pose.
#redemption #10yearslater

Via @mollyyy1818: “Met the amazinggg Johnny Weir 
on the ice today. not everyday you get to 
skate with an Olympic medalist”

Via @lilysk8s: “♥ @johnnygweir”

Via @jessmokhiber: “The fabulous #johnnyweir 
in the #518! #albany #olympicfigureskater #nobigdeal!”

Via @lizzydinuzzo: “Do you see him blessing her feet?? 
One day he can say he knew her way back when... 
#mydaphnecat #johnnyweir #americanhero @johnnygweir”

And now it’s time for the autograph portion, 
and more selfies with Johnny!

As with every Johnny event, there’s a long line of fans.
Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Times-Union.

Via Times-Union.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via Empire State Plaza.

Via @treblemaker916: “just met Johnny Weir 
#johnnyweir #figureskating”

Via @heyaudzz: “Causally ran into olympic skater 
Johnny Weir today. What a cutie ❄️

Via @debbiescary: “Just met @johnnygweir! 
He was so sweet and well aware of the @albanyallstars 
flyering contest! #albany #downtownalbany #rollerderby 
#figureskating #aasrd #albanyny”

Via @flythisforme: “With @johnnygweir 
at Empire State Plaza!”

Kelly, our awesome “snissing” fan, 
gets an autograph.
Via Times-Union.

With reps from Hannaford, who sponsored the free event.
Via Times-Union.

Via Meg Parsons: “Monkee and I meeting 
@JohnnyGWeir on a crisp Albany afternoon. 
Thank you for being awesome.”

Rachel chatted with Meg at the event and learned that “Meg knows how to introduce herself in five different languages. so when it was her turn to talk to him, she chose Russian. She said his surprise at having someone do that in upstate NY, of all places, was absolutely adorable. And of course, he was impressed and appreciative.”

Via Times-Union: Meg and Monkee 
with their signed poster from Johnny, 
upon which he wrote “спасибо!” 
[Thank you!” in Russian].

And one more from Sinikka.

Very special thanks to Sinikka Grant 
and Anastasia Pryanikova for the exclusive 
photos and videos, and to Rachel Machinton
for guest posting!

Happy holidays to all Johnny’s fans around the world!

ICYMI: The Snow King: Finale.” 
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  
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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