Orlando Bloom misspells son’s name in new Morse code tattoo

Orlando Bloom has spelled his son Flynn’s name wrong in his new Morse code tattoo.The Lord of the Rings actor, who shares the nine-year-old with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr, took to Instagram on Tuesday to unveil his latest piece of body art from tattoois…

Orlando Bloom has spelled his son Flynn’s name wrong in his new Morse code tattoo.

The Lord of the Rings actor, who shares the nine-year-old with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr, took to Instagram on Tuesday to unveil his latest piece of body art from tattooist Balazs Bercsenyi.

Fans were initially at a loss as to the meaning of the inking, which featured a series of dots, dashes, and seemingly random numbers on his forearm, but Orlando quickly explained the tattoo was Morse code for Flynn’s name alongside numbers representing the date and time of his birth.

However, some of his followers were quick to point out that the tattoo was incorrect – and actually spells ‘Frynn’ due to a single dot missing from the second letter.

“If the Morse code is supposed to spell out Flynn then there is a mistake,” one wrote, while another added: “It’s a lovely idea and a beautiful tattoo. But if it is indeed Morse code, I think it says ‘Frynn,’ not ‘Flynn’.”

Following the remarks, Bercsenyi took to Instagram to share a picture of himself with the actor, and acknowledged the mistake.

“A beautiful reminder for @orlandobloom of his son,” he captioned the picture. “And yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed.”

Orlando, 43, isn’t the only star to have been left red-faced by a tattoo misspelling.

Ariana Grande hit headlines when she decided to get a Japanese tattoo on the palm of her hand which was meant to read 7 Rings, to promote her song of the same name, but actually translated to “shichirin” – a Japanese-style barbecue grill.

Elsewhere, Britney Spears had hoped to have the word “mysterious” inked on her hip in Chinese characters, but an error means she actually has “strange” tattooed there instead.

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Andy Serkis to be honoured at 2020 BAFTAs

Andy Serkis is to be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards.Bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Thursday that they are to celebrate the a…

Andy Serkis is to be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards.

Bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Thursday that they are to celebrate the actor, producer, and director for his career and for helping pioneer performance capture technology through his roles in The Lord of the Rings, the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and more.

“I’m deeply honoured and thrilled to receive this award, and count myself extremely lucky to be on such a continually fascinating journey in visual storytelling, one that has given me the opportunity to collaborate with many of the world’s greatest artists, technologists and craftspeople, with whom I’d like to share this wonderful accolade,” Serkis said in a statement.

Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said the 55-year-old’s work on films which utilised motion capture technology has been “revolutionary”.

“His pioneering influence as a performer, an educator, a leading innovator and an employer has helped shape the global film industry and the positive impact will be felt for years to come,” he added. “He’s a truly remarkable ambassador for our industry and a thoroughly deserving recipient of this year’s outstanding achievement award.”

Previous recipients of the honour include Ridley and Tony Scott, the Harry Potter series of films, and John Hurt.

The British Academy Film Awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February. Joker leads the nominations with 11.

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Andy Serkis devised his own make-up for Long Shot role

Andy Serkis devised his own make-up to transformation for his role in the political romcom Long Shot.The 55-year-old actor, who is best known for his motion capture work in films like The Lord of the Rings, plays wizened, silver-haired media mogul Park…

Andy Serkis devised his own make-up to transformation for his role in the political romcom Long Shot.

The 55-year-old actor, who is best known for his motion capture work in films like The Lord of the Rings, plays wizened, silver-haired media mogul Parker Wembley in Jonathan Levine’s new film.

Seth Rogen, who stars as a slovenly speechwriter who falls for a presidential candidate, played by Charlize Theron, said Andy demanded he be allowed to devise the look of the character.

“We offered him the role, and then he was like, ‘Okay.’ And then he started sending ideas for what he would look like,” he told Cinema Blend. “And we were like, ‘What do you mean? I thought he kind of looked a lot like Andy Serkis.’ But he was like, ‘No, I got this whole thing.’ And we were like, ‘Whatever, man!’”

Jonathan, whose film has received rave reviews, confirmed the British star’s dedication to his craft and revealed it made his job as a filmmaker much easier.

“Andy Serkis made choices that nobody asked him to make, and that sounds like a negative thing, but as a director, actually, that’s one of the most beautiful gifts you can give a director,” he smiled. “Because he really dove into the character, and he really wanted to make it his own. The biggest thing was that he decided to be in prosthetic make-up for six hours a day.”

The director also praised the star’s physicality in the role, explaining that it’s what makes him unique to work with as an actor.

“You start to realise that this is how Andy Serkis accesses characters,” he gushed. “If you think about Andy Serkis’ career, it’s facial expressions; it’s very primal stuff. And so that really helped him figure out this guy.”

Long Shot is in cinemas now.

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Nicholas Hoult defends Tolkien biopic after family’s criticism

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explore…

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it.

The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Days before the film’s London premiere on Monday (29Apr19), the Tolkien family and estate issued a statement declaring that they didn’t endorse or approve of the project, and Hoult has now responded by defending the film on the red carpet.

“I think it’s been done very respectfully, as a fan. It’s story that stands alone,” he told the Press Association. “Such a remarkable life – his relationships, what he endured in World War One. What inspired him, hopefully, it will inspire new audiences now.”

According to London’s Evening Standard, Hoult also said he believed Tolkien’s great-grandson was attending the premiere and hoped he would like the film, which he described as “respectful and honourable”.

Director Dome Karukoski added that before the premiere, none of Tolkien’s relatives had watched their film, and offered to talk it through with them.

“It is a labour of love. It is done with respect and admiration for the professor. It’s a dramatic, beautiful, cinematic tale. It feels odd that a storyteller wouldn’t want that on the screen,” he said. “I have offered to sit with the estate and talk, and explain why some artistic choices have been made. It’s a tricky one, but I would just love to watch the film with them.”

Lily Collins, who portrays Tolkien’s partner Edith Bratt in the film, added that the author’s fans should know the man behind the books, which also include The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

The original statement read, “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

Tolkien hits cinemas from Friday.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s family distance themselves from upcoming biopic

The family of J.R.R. Tolkien do not endorse the upcoming biopic about The Lord of the Rings author. Nicholas Hoult plays the late English writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as h…

The family of J.R.R. Tolkien do not endorse the upcoming biopic about The Lord of the Rings author.

Nicholas Hoult plays the late English writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Ahead of the film’s cinema release in May (19), Tolkien’s family and estate have issued a statement outlining their lack of involvement with the feature.

“The family of JRR Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019,” the statement reads, according to Press Association. “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

It is reportedly the first time the family have made such a statement. According to Press Association, the Tolkien family wished to clarify their position on the biopic as they have consistently turned down approaches to make a film about the writer, who also penned The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.

Christopher Tolkien, 94, the author’s youngest son and literary executor, is known for being outspoken about projects based on his father’s works. In 2012, he told Le Monde that Peter Jackson “eviscerated the book” of The Lord of the Rings by making the 2001 film “an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25”.

Tolkien was directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski and also stars Lily Collins as the celebrated writer’s romantic partner and future wife Edith Bratt.

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Viggo Mortensen ‘freaked out’ before The Lord of the Rings shoot

Viggo Mortensen “freaked out” on his way to The Lord of the Rings shoot because he was a last-minute replacement and didn’t know anything about the story.Mortensen defined the role of heroic Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning retelling of J. R. R…

Viggo Mortensen “freaked out” on his way to The Lord of the Rings shoot because he was a last-minute replacement and didn’t know anything about the story.

Mortensen defined the role of heroic Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning retelling of J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy novels.

However, the part was not originally his, with Stuart Townsend first drafted in to play Aragorn until Jackson changed his mind a few days into filming.

“Lord of the Rings was a case where I replaced an actor and they were already filming – not only filming, but they’d been rehearsing for months and learning all these skills they had to have for those movies – language skills, invented the Elvish, and swordplay, and horse riding, all this stuff,” Mortensen recalled to Collider. “And I was kind of freaked out because I said yeah and I’m on the plane, on this 13-hour plane flight, and I’m looking at the book, which I had never read. But as I started looking at it, I was like, ‘Well, there’s something.’

“There’s always something that you can draw on. I had read or been read to as a kid, stories about Vikings and Nordic sagas and stuff, and there was something there that was familiar.”

Luckily for Mortensen, his first scenes were all action, meaning he could get his “feet wet” with the physical demands of the role before he had any talking sequences.

Admitting it wasn’t ideal, the 60-year-old said his son Henry, who was 11 at the time, spurned him to say yes to the career-making role.

“And obviously I’m glad I did it,” he smiled. “It opened a lot of doors for me, and we had a lot of fun making those three movies. But it’s not ideal. I sometimes have said no because I’m not gonna be able to do justice to it.”

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Peter Jackson eyeing up next film series

Peter Jackson hopes his latest film Mortal Engines will be turned into a cinema series.The New Zealander is no stranger to mega franchises, having helmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. His latest film, which he wrote and his frequent c…

Peter Jackson hopes his latest film Mortal Engines will be turned into a cinema series.

The New Zealander is no stranger to mega franchises, having helmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

His latest film, which he wrote and his frequent collaborator Christian Rivers directed, is a sci-fi adventure set in post-apocalyptic future.

It’s based on the first of four novels in Philip Reeve’s quartet of the same name, and Peter is hoping studio heads will green light more films.

“You should (read all the books) because they actually get better and better,” he told Cinema Blend. “This is one movie where I hope it’s successful enough that we get to do the other stories, because the other books are really… this story mushrooms in such unexpected ways in the future books.

“So, I really hope we get to make those films. It’s cool. It’s a love story. It’s an unlikely love story. It’s about a young woman who doesn’t really think that she will ever find love, and she finds it in a very unexpected way in the middle of this chaotic, strange world that we’re in. And I also just like the idea of seeing big cities eat (each) other.”

Novels Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain make up the book series.

Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar is the film’s lead, with Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan co-starring.

Mortal Engines is currently in post-production and is due to hit cinemas in December (18).

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Quentin Tarantino almost replaced Peter Jackson as The Lord of the Rings director

Quentin Tarantino was nearly hired by Harvey Weinstein to replace Peter Jackson as the director of The Lord of the Rings. The New Zealand filmmaker initially developed the project with Weinstein’s Miramax firm – but they had heated disagreements over …

Quentin Tarantino was nearly hired by Harvey Weinstein to replace Peter Jackson as the director of The Lord of the Rings.

The New Zealand filmmaker initially developed the project with Weinstein’s Miramax firm – but they had heated disagreements over how to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel, as the movie mogul wanted the book condensed into a two-hour movie.

Weinstein accused Jackson of wasting $12 million (£8.8 million) by developing a two film script, according to British writer Ian Nathan – the author of a new book, Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & The Making of Middle-Earth.

In an extract seen by editors at the Stuff.co.nz website, Ken Kamins, a producer working for Weinstein, revealed he made arrangements for Tarantino to take over, telling the writer: “Harvey was like, ‘You’re either doing this or you’re not. You’re out.’ And I got Quentin ready to direct it.”

In 1998, Jackson received a memo from Miramax executives telling him how to cram the book’s vast array of characters and complex plot into one film – but told Nathan that he decided to walk away rather than compromise on his vision.

“It was literally guaranteed to disappoint every single person that has read that book,” the 56-year-old explained, recalling that he explained that he no longer wanted to deal with Weinstein’s “c**p” and quit saying,”Tell Harvey to go ahead and make his film and good luck.”

According to the writer, Kamins eventually persuaded his boss not to push ahead with his own version, and to allow Jackson to sell his plans for the movie elsewhere.The filmmaker eventually teamed up with bosses at New Line Cinema to turn Tolkien’s novel into a screen trilogy that won 17 Academy Awards and earned $2.9 billion (£2.1 billion) at the box office.

Last December (17), the director admitted that he had avoided casting the actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in the films due to negative advice from Miramax executives. Both actresses are among dozens who have accused Weinstein of assault, and Judd is now suing the disgraced mogul for allegedly derailing her career.

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Dwayne Johnson shares secret to making a great video game movie

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is confident he’s figured out how to make a video game movie that doesn’t suck.Dwayne is gearing up for the release of monster blockbuster Rampage, which is based on the ’80s arcade game. The film is the latest in a long line …

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is confident he’s figured out how to make a video game movie that doesn’t suck.

Dwayne is gearing up for the release of monster blockbuster Rampage, which is based on the ’80s arcade game.

The film is the latest in a long line of video game movie adaptations, with not all faring well at the box office. When asked what the secret is to making a good gaming feature, Dwayne said it was all about seeking the right feedback from motion capture experts.

“We went to those filmmakers (Planet of the Apes and Lord of the Rings) and those ones who made that company, we went to Weta (design and effects company) as it relates to The Lord of the Rings and the new Avatars, and the motion-capture company,” he shared with Collider. “So I think going back to your question, the ‘what’s the secret to it?’ It would have to be trying to find those filmmakers who really did it right, those department heads and those companies who did it right, see if they responded to the script, which they did.

“Because I think something like this in their minds, which are way smarter than I am, especially when it comes to tech script, this is the kind of script where they’re like, ‘Oh yeah.'”

Rampage boasts an A-list line-up, with Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Joe Manganiello joining Dwayne.

Motion capture specialist Jason Liles stars as Dwayne’s on-screen best friend, gorilla George, with the Fast & Furious star gaining a new-found admiration for the movement process.

“I can see why when, I think, the second to last Planet of the Apes came out, where the discussion of an Oscar nomination started happening, and that dialogue started happening filling up our rooms throughout Hollywood,” he smiled. “Now I get it and I understand. I thought I got it before, understood it then with Andy Serkis and what he was doing, but wow. When you look at some of these guys, it’s spectacular.”

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