Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Snow King: St. Petersburg

Johnny as Kai in The Snow King, 
bewitched by the shards of the enchanted mirror.
Please click for beautiful full-size image.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

50+ exclusive pics below!

Plus exclusive video!

He’s competing (yes, competing!) 
in the Medal Winners Open 
this Friday, January 16!
Info here!

Via Johnny this morning en route to Japan: “Бай Бай!”

NEW!! US Nats coverage begins 
Saturday, January 17!
Catch all the action on NBC with 
Johnny, Tara, and Uncle Terry Gannon 
beginning with this weekend’s new preview shows!

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!!

Sold-out shows night after night! 
After a triumphant debut in Moscow, 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” has now completed the
second leg of the tour in St. Petersburg,
with hopefully more dates to come! 
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!

Official music video for The Snow King! 
With Dima Bilan (and lots of Johnny). 
Nothing would make my 2015 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.

OK! So much going on this week! And we have so much amazing Snow King coverage from St. Petersburg to catch up with that I actually gave up and split it into two posts. So today we’ll savor gorgeous exclusive photos from the first part of the show, and then enjoy yet more Snow King pics, featuring the happy ending and various curtain calls, in the next post.

But first: Johnny is competing this week in the Medal Winners Open in Tokyo! He previously announced that he’d be skating to “Ave Maria Païen,” and has given us a few glimpses of the program in progress:

Via Johnny: “Started work on my program from 
Medal Winner’s Open today! ‘Ave Maria Païen’”

Via Johnny: “Ave Maria Païen. #steps”

And a tantalizing peek at his new costume 
just this past Saturday. Via Johnny: 
“Not bad for a jet-lagged costume test!”

Apparently the competition will be broadcast on Japan’s TBS at 3 pm Saturday in Tokyo (1 am ET in the US), so we’re keeping a lookout for a possible livestream or a video of the show after it airs (yes to either one, or preferably both please).

UPDATE! TBS has announced additional air dates: Saturday, January 24, at 3 pm (I think, which again would be 1 am ET) and Friday, February 6, at 8 pm Japan / 6 am ET!

GANBATTE, Johnny!! So excited for you, and wishing you the best of luck and a beautiful performance!

Meanwhile: immediately after Medal Winners Open on Friday, US Nats coverage begins this Saturday with—for the first time that I’m aware of—not one but TWO preview shows to get people up to speed for the live coverage the following weekend (see NBC broadcast schedule above and on Johnny’s official website).

Our teasers for the preview programming began with this from Johnny:

Via Johnny: “Look of the day: Blazer @ysl, Neck @joomilim, 
Leathers @currentelliott, Loafers @LouboutinWorld. 
Styled by @whathewears”

Via Tara: “@AshWagner2010 giving us a fierce look. 
Preview show in the books Tune into @NBC 
nxt Sat & Sun @USFigureSkating”

Via Tara: “Talking about the talented Miss @graciegold95. 
Preview show in the books...tune into @nbc next 
Sat and Sun. @johnnygweir @taraandjohnny”

Via @emilycolt: “Fun with #johnnyandtara 
@ yesterday’s shoot :)

Via Johnny: “I love this pretty lady so much. 
@taralipinski @taraandjohnny 
Photo and hair courtesy @mariolazysk”

Via @mariolazysk.

And also we continue to get cryptic hints about whatever amazeballs project this is:

Via Marlon Gobel: “@johnnygweir in a @marlongobel 
swarovski crystal bow tie with the lovely 
@teralipinski! @taraandjohnny”
(More sneak peeks here...!)

UPDATE!! Now we know: this is part of 
Johnny & Tara's preview of US Nats!

And finally, speaking of amazeballs (as you’ll see on the video): ICYMI, at last we have video of all the Johnny and Tara moments from NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, “A Toast to 2014!”

And they are perfection. This New Year’s Eve I’d love to see them 
host this whole thing as well as the next Golden Globes.
Video link.

The Snow King 
in St. Petersburg: Part 1

Practice videos!!
Via Tatiana Edrenkina: 
“Training before the show. #johnnyweir”

Via Tatiana.

Via Elena Vasileva.

Exclusive practice clip courtesy of Elena.
Video link.

Via Tatiana on the final show day: 
“At this morning’s practice. #JohnnyWeir #ДжонниВейр

Johnny and Zhenya rehearsing simultaneous triple axels!
Video link.

Johnny and Irina Slutskaya: “Gerda and Angry Kai.”
Video link.

“A Cascade of Four Jumps by Johnny Weir.” 
Video link.

Enchanted Kai and the Snow King.
Video link.

More videos here and here!

The St. Petersburg leg of The Snow King tour was a tad grueling: two sold-out shows a day, nonstop, for five days. The exclusive photo series below is from a number of different St. Petersburg performances and covers the first sections of the show, from bewitched Kai’s fight with Gerda through his surrender to The Snow King at the palace. More exclusive photos of the remainder of the show coming up on the next post!

All photos courtesy of Elena Vasileva and Tatiana Edrenkina, as noted. Please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Most are huge, and all of these are simply gorgeous. Thank you, Elena and Tatiana!

Pierced in the eye and the heart by shattered fragments 
of the trolls’ magic mirror, Kai is transformed into an angry 
and spiteful person who rejects his beloved friend, Gerda.

And now comes the Snow King in his flying carriage....

....and Kai is compelled to follow.

At the Snow King’s palace.

Kai surrenders.

Bonus pics!! 
Stunning black-and-whites  tweeted by Elena Vasileva.

And via Tatiana Edrenkina: “I think this calls 
for an artist to paint a picture. #snowking #снежныйкороль 
#JohnnyWeir #ДжониВейр #emotions 
(I don’t think Kai chose to follow Snow King. He had to)”
Gorgeous photo.

Very special thanks to amazing video ninja 
Jenn Kittler for the Johnny & Tara NYE vid!

ICYMI: Champion.” 
Special year-end post to ring out 2014 
with 70+ spectacular exclusive photos of one 
of my fav Johnny events of the year!

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

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.

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!
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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!

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