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    News Weir's "Pop Star on Ice" shows hard work behind the glamour

    Article with extensive quotes by James Pellerito, one of the documentary's writer/directors: "Pop Star" shows hard work behind the glamour

    Here's the press release about the "Pop Star on Ice" world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 24: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...e_pressrelease

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    "At Skate America [in Everett, Wash.] this past fall, we ran into Johnny's coach, Galina [Zmievskaya], early one morning as she was searching for a juicer," he said. "We found one and watched her prepare, by hand, fresh pomegranate juice. Then we followed her to Johnny's room and filmed her presenting it to him.

    "I mean, you can't write this stuff."
    If this is their idea of high drama, I don't think the audiences are exactly going to be on the edge of their seats.

    Still, it's Johnny and I can't wait to see it.

    I like this comment:
    While Weir is well-known for his entertaining press conferences and occasional forays into the fashion world, the directors emphasize that Pop Star on Ice is first and foremost the story of a hard-working elite athlete.
    Wouldn't it be ironic if the most gender-controversial male skater of all was the one who convinced the wider audience that figure skating is a real sport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Article with extensive quotes by James Pellerito, one of the documentary's writer/directors: "Pop Star" shows hard work behind the glamour

    Here's the press release about the "Pop Star on Ice" world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 24: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...e_pressrelease
    Thank you for the links!
    Can't wait to see it. Hope it will be on dvd soon.

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    Getting back to the subject at hand...
    Such as the fact I'm getting very confused now, because one account implies the documentary ends with the coaching change and another implies it ends with the bronze medal. I'm hoping for the latter; it's more cheery.

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    Wasn't there supposed to some kind of reality show on Johnny? Called something like The Black Swan? I heard it was in the works, then nothing agian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waxel View Post
    Wasn't there supposed to some kind of reality show on Johnny?
    It's mentioned in the the final paragraphs of the first article I linked to in the first post of this thread.

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    I'm hoping to go see this, as I am familiar with the area (hard to find parking, but not impossible), and the Egyptian Theatre is phenomenal, like something out of vaudeville ~ old-fashioned charm & mystique ~ classic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    I'm hoping to go see this, as I am familiar with the area (hard to find parking, but not impossible), and the Egyptian Theatre is phenomenal, like something out of vaudeville ~ old-fashioned charm & mystique ~ classic!
    *********** I wish I lived in the States. :( I mean, I'm a movie fan anyway but this!
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    This doesn't sound that interesting really, especially to the general public. Would the life of even a champion figure skater be enough to sustain a movie? Anyway, Johnny certainly has character, so it could have some appeal.

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    if you go to youtube and type in "pop star on ice"
    you will find a teaser trailer for the movie.

    it's great ya gotta love johnny!

    i'm sorry i don't now how to link it!
    maybe somebody can do it for me?

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    I expected to see footage of Johnny in the gym pumping iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylorfax View Post
    *********** I wish I lived in the States. :( I mean, I'm a movie fan anyway but this!

    Lol, yes, I understand completely! Btw, the Egyptian was built in 1915 and is a historic landmark in Seattle. It reminds me of a similar one that was located in the very center of Seattle (whereas the Egyptian is up by Broadway, sitting on a hill). Anyhow, the former I used to frequent often back in the 80's & 90's, after having spent an enjoyable night dancing, then dinner afterwards, then finally we would end up at the one downtown, watching late-night movies at discount prices. Unfortunately, they tore it down. So sad, it was just like the Egytian Theatre. Wish they would have turned it into a historic landmark & kept it. Too see all that history & aura & magnificence reduced to rubble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    Anyhow, the former I used to frequent often back in the 80's & 90's, after having spent an enjoyable night dancing, then dinner afterwards, then finally we would end up at the one downtown, watching late-night movies at discount prices. Unfortunately, they tore it down.
    That sounds really great, I just love movie theatres that have some history attached to them. Going there is like an experience on its own. But you're right in that there aren't many of those around anymore, anywhere.

    On another note. lol My post got edited? That's hilarious.

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    My Review:

    Okay, I just got back, after having spent an enjoyable night at the movies & eating afterwards.

    We had absolutely no problem parking on this beautiful Sunday (btw parking was free, as it is every Sunday), then we walked a pleasant 30 seconds around the corner into the magestic Egyptian Theatre, showed the staff our tickets & in we went. The theatre was packed ~ full house ~ with only a handful of reserve seats available.

    We took our seats only moments before the expected start of the movie at 6:45PM. However, there were three individuals up on stage (a woman & two men), whom introduced themselves (the woman acted as the host of the SIFF, aka Seattle International Film Festival, and the two men were the producers of the film; one of them mentioned that Johnny couldn't make it but hoped everybody would enjoy the film).

    Then the lights dimmed into nothingness for about 20-30 seconds before the preview began (i.e. a foreign James Bond type of film, lol). Then another black nothingness for about 20 seconds before TADA, there he was!

    Johnny's face literally appeared out of thin air, right in your face, like the trailer that has appeared on the 'net. This odd foreign accent talking about him, then at the end you realize it is Johnny himself, lol.

    I didn't take notes, so am just going by memory, thus I may have missed some things, please bear with me.

    From there I recall being blown away by Johnny's jumps on the ice, his incredible flow into & out of them, in particular he executed a gorgeous triple lutz-triple toe-triple loop, after his coach Priscilla Hill asked him to. And I think afterwards he just smiled at the camera like it was nothing. And I just remember thinking W-O-W! Seriously, I'd forgotten how much talent & how incredibly good Johnny is on the ice, he made me a fan all over again, and I remember thinking at that particular moment he could be the 2010 Olympic Champion. He's a natural, as the movie proved.

    I also have to point out that the skating is what I enjoyed most about this film. That, and seeing Johnny go back to his hometown a few times ~ once to show where it all began, in the oddest of places, in a cornfield behind the house he grew up in, actually talking about how it all froze over one winter & he skated in between the stubs of the cornstalks ~ and he also went back to the elementary school he attended as a child, talking to the kids there, reconnecting with his 1st grade teacher, just having a great time. Lol, I loved the answers he gave to the kids about "are you rich?", "are you popular?".

    PAUSE, I'm going to post this half-finished to make sure it goes through, then continue on. Thanks for understanding.

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