Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"My Dream Continues"

One of the highlights of this year has been 
Johnny’s amazing Bollywood-inspired program 
to “Nagada Sang Dhol,” which he debuted in Japan in June 
and in the US in August. While in Japan, he also gave 
a fascinating interview, now translated below 
for the first time for his US fans.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



Special interview translation 
plus the final set of exclusive
Bollywood picspam below!

AND: a must-see video clip!!



NEW!! 
Johnny will be competing 
(yes, competing!) in the 
Medal Winners Open in January!
Info here!



YES!! The Dream Team returns! 
Join Johnny, Tara Lipinski, and 
Steve Schlanger this Sunday for 
NBC’s coverage of Trophée Eric Bompard!



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.


The official trailer!
Video link.





Less than a month away! 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” begins 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 world breaks everyone, and afterward, 
some are strong at the broken places. 
– Ernest Hemingway


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! Before we get to the interview, here’s a brief roundup of random stuff that happened since last we gathered here to enjoy some Johnnyness together:

Friday, November 7, 2014

"We Got This!"

Johnny during his segment on The Meredith Vieira Show 
with NBC broadcast partner and BFF Tara Lipinski. 
Which I thought was the most adorable appearance 
by them ever until I saw their BuzzFeed quiz.
Photo via NBC.



A bazillion screencaps below
plus videos videos videos!!



NEW!! 
Johnny will be competing 
(yes, competing!) in the 
Medal Winners Open in January!
Info here!



YES!! The Dream Team returns! 
Join Johnny, Tara Lipinski, and Terry Gannon
next Sunday for NBC’s coverage of Cup of Russia!



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.


The official trailer!
Video link.





Less than a month away! 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” begins 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.




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 while we’ve been away on a ridiculously long commercial break, these things happened:

Friday, October 24, 2014

"I Have to Use What I've Got"

Johnny—NBC’s new lead figure skating broadcaster!—
on the red carpet in NYC at the premiere of his
 LGBT athlete documentary, To Russia With Love
in which he stars and also serves as executive producer.
Photo via Getty.



70+ amazing pics below!

Including spectacular newly 
released To Russia With Love photos! 



UPDATE!!

Set those DVRs: Johnny and Tara will be guests 
on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday, November 4!!
According to the show website, during their segment
they “play a rousing game of ‘Frozen Frenzy’ to see 
how quickly Johnny can get Tara dressed in winter wear
while sporting old school roller skates.”

Video sneak peek here!



YES!! The Dream Team returns! 
Join Johnny, Tara Lipinski, and the wonderfully
unflappable Terry Gannon this Sunday for 
NBC’s LIVE coverage of Skate America!



Ask Johnny anything!!
(well, almost...) 
Johnny is doing a Reddit AMA 
Tuesday, October 28, at 12 noon EDT! 
Get your questions ready now: ask him
 about his life, career, opinions, and especially 
about his documentary, To Russia With Love.
which premieres the next day. Don’t miss this!

UPDATE: 
Read all Johnny’s AMA answers here!



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.






Full video of Johnny’s  
DREAM SCHOOL: NYC episode!
Johnny’s segment begins at about 30:51.



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.



So obviously the big news this week is that NBC FINALLY officially announced Wednesday that Johnny and his beloved Tara Lipinski—plus Sir Terence Gannon, of course—are indeed the new faces of figure skating broadcasting, beginning this Grand Prix season and extending through the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea—and conceivably, say some reports, through NBC’s Olympics contract, which does not end until 2032. (!!!!)

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!





UPDATE!!
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 please click the photo for wonderful super-size image!


CONGRATULATIONS, 
JOHNNY!!!!

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.


UPDATE: 
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.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Sweet Memories"

A delighted Johnny at Sheremetyevo airport 
in Moscow Thursday morning, where he was greeted 
by beloved Russian fans bearing gifts and flowers.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



UPDATE: Now 50+ pics below, 
with NEW exclusives! 

Plus new video!



Just Announced!! 
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 sneak peek at Johnny’s episode!
Video link.


Read more about his episode 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.



So I have propped myself up on my fainting couch, where I’ve been convalescing for days, stricken by some kind of viral scourge that has left me coughing like an escapee from an Edwardian TB sanatorium, just long enough to wanly fling some picspam out here before collapsing again under another paroxysm of hacking, because these are just too wonderful to wait until I am more fully recovered.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dragon

Johnny in the spotlight—as he always should be!—
during An Evening With Champions. 
He wore this stunning costume featuring a dragon motif, 
a gift from his beloved Chinese fans, 
during the opening number both nights.
Please, please click for gorgeous full-size image.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



35+ exclusive pics below! 

UPDATE: Plus new video
and transcript!



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.


UPDATE!! 
The official trailer is out!
Video link.




NEW! 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 sneak peek at Johnny’s episode!
Video link.


Read more about his episode 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.