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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 46: Aggressive Muppets & Quads

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss Tara judging the Miss America pageant and Johnny going back to school to keep up with his Russian. Then, they get deep into figure skating politics and share their thoughts and apprehensions on the changes happening in the sport.

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Crunchyroll Extends into Live Events with Success of Crunchyroll Expo

Crunchyroll: Crunchyroll, the largest global distributor of anime, today announced returns from their highly anticipated debut as a convention producer. Crunchyroll Expo (CRX) drew over 16,000 attendees with 35,000 in turnstile attendance over three days — a remarkable draw for a first-time convention.

The venue was packed for all three days. Fans, industry and creators all enjoyed a distinct curation of experiences that set Crunchyroll Expo apart from the usual convention offerings.

Among the 50+ featured guests at CRX were two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and Final Fantasy illustrator Yoshitaka Amano.

“Never have I experienced such an incredibly open and happy group of people than at Crunchyroll Expo,” said Weir. “It was such a joy to behold and I can’t wait to attend next time … hopefully in cosplay!”

CRX featured over 100 hours of programming designed to super-serve both the hardcore anime expert and general public with uniquely “Crunchyroll” experiences, including an “Anime Fashion Police” panel featuring Weir and key influencers, along with Crunchyroll staff, discussing the fashion of anime, the growing world of cosplay, and a live fashion contest.

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CRX2017 Anime Fashion Police panelist Johnny Weir

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U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Nominations Open through Sep 22

This is the first year that Johnny Weir is eligible to be nominated to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame as an Outstanding Competitor. If you would like to nominate Johnny, please click here to complete the official nomination form. More info below.


U.S. Figure Skating: Nominations are being accepted for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Members of U.S. Figure Skating and the public may submit a nomination. The deadline to submit a nomination is 11:59 p.m. ET, Sept. 22, 2017.

Criteria

The U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of figure skating. Nominees may be emeritus, deceased or actively working. Those elected will need to receive a simple majority (51 percent) of the total number of votes cast by electors to the U.S. Hall of Fame.

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NOTE: If you need a refresher on Johnny’s competitive skating career to help you fill out the form, please see the guide below, or visit Johnny’s Medals and Bio pages. Detailed instructions for completing the form are available here.

Please nominate Johnny in “Category A – Outstanding Competitors.” Then choose “Men’s” as the discipline in which he competed. Selection to the Hall of Fame is based on a skater’s competitive career, but skaters cannot be nominated until they have been retired for five years. Johnny’s nomination is based on his pre-retirement career as a champion men’s singles skater.


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16 Stars We Want to See on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

TV Guide: It took nearly 20 years, but the U.S. is finally getting its own Celebrity Big Brother.

Julie Chen revealed the exciting news during a live episode of Big Brother 19, announcing that Celebrity Big Brother will premiere on CBS this winter.

We’ve come up with our dream cast for the first American season of Celebrity Big Brother. Take note, CBS.

Johnny Weir
This Olympic figure skater is born to be a reality star, as anyone who watched his short-lived reality show Be Good Johnny Weir knows. Everything Johnny Weir does is over the top, glamorous and wonderfully cheeky. Weir’s athletic background would also make him an incredibly strong competitor in physical comps, making him not only fun to watch, but also someone who could be a real contender.

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VIDEO — Anime Fashion Police with Johnny Weir

Crunchyroll: Panelists Johnny Weir, Mica Burton, Victoria Holden, Mostflogged and host Erika Ishii break down anime fashion! They answer questions like why Sakura has such large feet (hint: it’s not just her shoes). Join the fun as they play games like Who Wore it Better? and Love it or Leave it!

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 45: Endless Summer, Part 2

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In part two of the Tara and Johnny season premiere, T&J continue to catch up on Tara’s wedding and honeymoon, including her time in Vietnam and Europe. They also talk about Johnny’s relaxing summer and their new segment: “Fan Kall.”

Listen to Part 1 of the season premiere here.

Subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 44: Endless Summer, Part 1

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

Johnny and Tara are back for their second season with a two-part season premiere! First up: T&J catch up on everything from Tara’s wedding and her honeymoon tour of the globe.

Listen to Part 2 of the season premiere here.

Subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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VIDEO — Top Moments of Crunchyroll Expo 2017

Crunchyroll: Did you miss Crunchyroll Expo 2017? Our guests want to tell you about their favorite moments at our very first Crunchyroll Expo! Hear from guests Johnny Weir, ProZD, Digibro, Canipa Effect, Octopimp, Mother’s Basement, Glass Reflection and Rooster Teeth’s Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross, Gray Haddock, Yssa Badiola, Cole Gallian and Austin Hardwicke!

Johnny appears at the beginning of the video, and again at about 1:50.

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Catching Up on ‘Yuri!!! On Ice’ with Figure Skater Johnny Weir

ForbesJohnny Weir has attained fame as an Olympian figure skater, broadcaster, fashion icon—and now, as an anime fan. Weir binge-watched the figure skating anime Yuri!!! On Ice along with hundreds of thousands of others and became one of the show’s most famous fans.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Weir at Crunchyroll Expo and talk to him about Yuri!!! On Ice and anime fandom at large. Weir, wearing a black gown of his own design, spoke in the same expressive, entertaining style fans might recognize from his TV commentary.

In a previous interview, you said that Yuri!!! On Ice includes details that remind you of your own figure skating career. I’d love an example of what you mean.

Johnny Weir: In Yuri!!! On Ice, there are so many parallels to my specific journey and what I’ve gone through. Viktor’s rose crown—that comes from my final performance at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, where my big fan Machiko-san gave me a crown of roses. That is a very direct link from me to Yuri!!! On Ice.

The back-bending sliding move that Yurio does in his exhibition after the Grand Prix final that came out this summer, it’s my move and it’s no coincidence—Kenji Miyamoto, who was the choreographer for Yuri!!! On Ice worked with me as well.

The storyline of Yuuri changing coaches at 23, going to the Cup of China and the Cup of Russia, and moving to a Russian coach. That was me at 23—including going to the Grand Prix final. There are so many parallels with my own life. Seeing it unfold in anime, it’s wild! The greatest moments of my life are now at our fingertips for perpetuity.

Also, seeing different storylines and personalities of other skaters in the anime, definitely ring a little bit familiar to people I’ve grown up competing with. The hotel portrayed in Moscow is the actual hotel we stay at when competing in Moscow. The attention to detail is what really sold it for me. This is a story of all of our lives that’s now in anime. That’s why I respect it and why so many skaters respect it: because its attention to detail is so pure, and it’s so right on.

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Johnny / Viktor holding court at Crunchryroll Expo. Fan art credit: @niarnoonretfa. Photo credit: @gjapples. Via Johnny’s Twitter.

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Johnny Weir to Headline Sun Valley on Ice Finale

Idaho Mountain Express: He does television commentary with flair and in-depth knowledge of ice skaters and their sport. Johnny Weir skates with plenty of style, too.

For Wagon Days weekend, Sun Valley on Ice audiences will have a chance to see the three-time U.S. men’s champion from Pennsylvania up-close and personal on resort ice.

Weir, 33, the 2008 world bronze medalist and 2004 to 2006 national men’s singles winner, will headline the eighth and final Sun Valley on Ice performance of the summer.

Saturday’s 70-minute show begins at about 8:40 p.m., with the grandstand open for seating at 7:30 p.m. and the buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $49 to $169.

Read more here, and buy tickets for the show here.


Photo credit: Willy Cook.

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