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S.O.S.: Orlando Bloom’s Morse code tattoo honoring his son spells his name wrong

Paul Archuleta/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Lesson be learned, when you’re about to get a tattoo in another language, have an expert check it out before you ink it up. 

Orlando Bloom’s heart was in the right place when he got a new tattoo in honor of his nine year old son Flynn.  However, there’s one glaring issue with it — somehow, Flynn’s name is spelled wrong.

Showing off his new tat on Tuesday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star teased in the caption, “new #tattoo can you guess who?”  In a subsequent photo, Bloom poses proudly with his tattoo artist, Balazs Bercsenyi.

The tattoo features a series of numbers and Morse code between two thin black lines.  After fielding some incorrect guesses, the 43-year-old later replied to a fan “It’s Flynn in MORSE CODE and his dob and time.”

Unfortunately, the sweet gesture was quickly overshadowed by the fact that the tattoo spells out “Frynn” instead of “Flynn” in Morse code.

Thankfully, it appears the minor error will soon become a thing of the past.  On Bercsenyi’s personal Instagram, the tattoo artist admitted, “yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed” along with a smile emoji.

Bloom shares Flynn with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, who has since welcomed another son — Myles — with her husband, CEO Evan Spiegel.

As for the actor, he’s about to walk down the aisle with fiancé Katy Perry.  

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Samuel L. Jackson tapped to play a retired hitman in new feature film

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) — Samuel L. Jackson has teamed up again with Soul Men co-writer Matthew Stone for his newest role as a retired hitman in a currently untitled feature film.

Deadline reports the film will be directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra from Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Predator and I, Robot‘s John Davis will produce the film.

In the film, Jackson will play Morris Stokes, who’s “got more kills under his belt than he can count and has earned his time out of the game” and acts as a trusted hitman for mob boss Easy-A.  Upon his retirement, Stokes’s final job is to help his nephew, Leslie, return some lost money, or kill him. Stokes takes Leslie on a ride-along to clear up his mess, while sharing life lessons. 

You can find Jackson shouting one of his many epithets in a slew of upcoming films this year, such as the sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the Saw reimagining Spiral, and the long awaited Apple TV+ film The Banker, expected in March.

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‘Photograph’ star Kelvin Harrison Jr. explains why it was “amazing” to work with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield in romantic drama

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Kelvin Harrison Jr. is gushing over his co-stars in The Photograph — Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield — who he says have been true inspirations to him as an young actor.

In the Stella Meghie romantic drama, Harrison Jr. plays Andy, an intern and aspiring journalist at Stanfield’s news outlet, The Republic. Harrison tells ABC Audio that after he got the role and realized he’d be working with Rae, he immediately decided to “binge watch” all of Insecure to catch up.

“I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ Like, I’ve never seen so many people, like, talk about relationships and just, like, social dynamics in a way that I saw myself,” he says of Rae’s HBO comedy, which follows the life and relationships of a modern-day black woman.

“And, I was like, ‘This is how I talk to my friends. This is how my ex-girlfriend and I sound like…Like, this is how we sound,” he continues. “And it was just so dope to experience that with her and see how she works as well, and how she communicates with me and Lakeith.”

When it comes to Stanfield, whose character serves as mentor to Andy in film, Harrison Jr. says he was excited to work with someone he’s followed and admired over the years.

“I remember seeing him in Short Term 12,” he says. “That was his first breakout role. And I was so enamored by his performance and his vulnerability, and how raw he was.”

As for the film — which also stars Chante Adams, Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris, Y’lan Noel, Courtney B. Vance and Rob Morgan — Harrison says being on set was so much fun that it didn’t feel like work.

“So, to be able to work with these people that I’ve looked up to and introduced to these new artists that I have so much respect for was like…it was just like a big black field day,” he laughs. “It was just amazing.”

The Photograph is now in theaters.

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With a sneak peek release on its app, ‘Outlander’ season 5 is underway

STARZ(NEW YORK) — On its app, STARZ has released the first episode of the fifth season of its romantic, time-spanning show Outlander, which officially debuts Sunday night.

Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series quickly gathered a rabid fan following that even five seasons on, still stuns two of its stars, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Heughan in particular has set hearts aflutter, thanks to his character Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warlord who falls for Balfe’s time-transported WWII-era nurse, Claire Fraser.

Not only has Heughan inspired the hashtag KiltDaddy, but a recent trip to Good Morning America in Times Square proved his following was bigger than a particular boy band.

“Backstreet Boys were out there and there was cheering, but then Sam Heughan walked out, and I swear there was louder cheering,” a clearly tickled Balfe says.

On a more serious note, the pair is gratified by the show’s fan base. “It’s you know, six years we’ve been doing it now and it doesn’t seem to be getting smaller,” Sam says.

Balfe adds, “And I think we’re finding new audiences all the time, which is just amazing. I mean, you know, to have season five come out and it feels just as exciting as when season one did is a really special thing.” 

The first Outlander season five episode hinges on the wedding of the pair’s daughter, Brianna. They joked shooting it was like a real wedding.

“Yeah, there was bad dancing,” Heughan began.

“Yeah, I think there was some alcohol consumed by certain members of the cast,” Balfe added.

Sam continued, “It went on a very long time. Everyone got very hungry. And the catering wasn’t up to much…”

“So like a good Scottish wedding,” Balfe added, laughing.

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‘Stranger Things 4’: From Russia with Love — Hopper’s alive!

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) Good news, Stranger Things fans! Not only is production for season four of the hit Netflix series underway, but a beloved character isn’t dead after all.  But you probably suspected that already, didn’t you?

When last we saw Sheriff Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, he’d apparently been disintegrated as he sacrificed himself to keep the evil Russian spies from re-opening the portal to the Upside Down. But at the end of the final episode of season three, we see a Russian prison in Kamchatka, a far-flung area of that country, where guards are told to feed a prisoner to a Demogorgon they’re holding captive — but “not the American.”

The 50-second teaser trailer for season four confirms that Hopper is indeed alive and in a prison camp in Kachatka.  His head and beard are shaven, and he’s shown working on laying railroad tracks in the snow.

In a statement, series creators The Duffer Brothers say, “We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway — and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper! Although it’s not all good news for our ‘American;’ he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human…and other.”

“Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything, they continue.  “Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime — pray for the American.”

Perhaps we should: When we last saw Hopper’s adopted daughter, Eleven, her powers hadn’t yet returned.

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Amy Schumer pens sweet message to husband on their anniversary

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions(LOS ANGELES) — Two years later and Amy Schumer is still “glad” she got married.

In honor of their anniversary on Thursday, February 13, the comedian posted a photo of her sleeping husband, chef and farmer Chris Fischer, along with a sweet caption.

“It’s my anniversary to marrying this guy,” she wrote. “I’m really glad we got married.”

The 38-year-old also revealed how supportive her spouse had been by detailing an incident involving their nine month old son.

“Our baby was sick and got his first fever this week and I cried hard and Chris was solid as a rock,” she added. “Anyone else cry the first time their baby got sick?”

She and Fischer welcomed their son Gene last May via cesarean section.

Last month, Schumer revealed on Instagram that she’s going through the in vitro fertilization process “to give Gene a sibling.”

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How is Kanye going to top Kenny G Valentine’s Day surprise? Kim has “no idea”

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — Kanye West is known for his extravagant Valentine’s Day surprises for wife Kim Kardashian West. Last year, he enlisted Kenny G to perform a private concert right in their living room.

So how is Kanye going to top things this year? Kim says she has “no idea.”

“I was literally about to volunteer at my daughter’s school. She loves it when I’m like, you know, the class mom,” Kim explains to ABC Audio. “I was debating, I was like, do I do that or is he going to have something planned?”

“But I did it last year and as I was walking out to go do that, Kenny G was in my living room,” she adds. “So we’ll have to see.”

Kim says she’s not the only one who benefited from the Kenny G surprise — Kanye went on to record a song with the saxophonist later that year.  But while she calls last year’s Valentine’s Day “so special,” Kim insists she doesn’t need anything over-the-top this year, just as long as she’s with her family.

“I would be happy with just, you know, honestly chilling and just as long as we’re together and spending time together,” she says. “The kids love Valentine’s Day.”

Kim and Kanye share four kids together: six-year-old North, four-year-old Saint, two-year-old Chicago and nine-month-old Psalm.

Kim’s fans will get a Valentine’s gift this year, too: Kim is launching a limited edition pale pink collection of SKIMS shapewear, and she’s sending out press boxes to some of her biggest supporters.

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‘Outlander’ stars reveal their ideal Valentine’s Day dates — for their characters

L-R, Heughan, Balfe/STARZ(NEW YORK) — In honor of Valentine’s Day and ahead of Sunday night’s return of arguably one of the most romantic shows on television, STARZ’s Outlander, ABC Audio caught up with cast members Sam Heughan, his onscreen love Caitriona Balfe, and Richard Rankin, and asked them what their characters’ ideal dates would be for the big day.

For the uninitiated, Balfe plays Claire, a combat nurse from 1945 who is swept 200 years in the past, only to fall for a Scottish warrior named Jamie — proving true love is literally timeless.

Their characters’ ideal dates, however, are as different as their backgrounds.

Heughan, whose heartthrob status earned him and his character, Jamie, the hashtag “KiltDaddy,” says, “Probably a stable somewhere for Jamie with some whiskey.”

Balfe laughed, asking, “By himself?”

“By himself,” Sam agreed, with a chuckle.

Balfe responded, “I think for Claire it would be a lovely picnic by the river…In the rain in Scotland with Jamie.”

Heughan added, “With no view.” 

Rankin, for his part, reflected a more traditional date for his character Roger’s beloved, Brianna.

“Old Roger, let’s say season two Roger — it would be out for an old-school romantic dinner,” he says. “Pick Brianna up — he’d have a bunch of flowers behind his back. Presented like it was the best most endearing surprise ever with a flourish, with a flurry of flowers, take her out dinner, and he’d walk her home and say goodnight, I think. Until the following date, Brianna.”

Outlander returns Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on STARZ.

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Reese Witherspoon proves she’s one of Taylor Swift’s biggest fans

Daniele Venturelli/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Reese Witherspoon is so proud of Taylor Swift, she barely held back her emotions when gushing about the “Shake It Off” singer’s new Netflix documentary Miss Americana.

Witherspoon, 43, urged fans to watch the new flick in a tweet on Thursday, writing, “Watching @taylorswift13 new doc #MissAmericana, so many incredible moments, but my favorite is watching her face light up when she writes songs.”

The Morning Show actress lavished the 10 time Grammy Award winner with praise, adding that Taylor creates “Catchy melodies, Thoughtful lyrics, incredible hooks. So great to see her songwriting skills in action.” 

Witherspoon finished her thoughts using a 100 and gold star emojis, which is as close to a five-star rating Taylor could hope from the Oscar-winning actress.

Miss Americana is streaming now on Netflix.  It explores Taylor’s songwriting process and her thoughts on her biggest life events — from Kanye West storming her VMA win in 2009 to breaking her silence on politics.

The flick also captured the birth of several tracks that made it to her latest album, Lover.  

When watching the creation of “The Man,” which recently debuted a lyric video, Swift explained in the documentary, “Getting to capture on film, you know, getting an idea, that’s one thing that I’m glad I’ll have forever,” she revealed to director Lana Wilson. “I’ll always have kind of a memory of when that idea happened, [or] that idea happened. I’ve never had that before.”

That said, should “The Man” ever be given the music video treatment, we hope Taylor has Reese’s number on speed dial after receiving such a glowing review.

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Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme song “No Time To Die” is here

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(LOS ANGELES) — The name’s Eilish, Billie Eilish and her James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die,” is officially here. 

The 18-year-old singer, who happens to be the youngest Bond singer in franchise history, teamed up with her brother Finneas for the highly anticipated tune that dropped on February 13.

From the moody lyrics to the orchestral guitar-work by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, “No Time To Die” nails the essence that is James Bond.

The song is also befitting given that the latest installment of the film series will be star Daniel Craig’s fifth and final time portraying the MI6 agent.

The upcoming spy film will follow Bond as he is recruited to help find a missing scientist. When it’s discovered the scientist has been abducted, he finds himself confronted with a dangerous new technology and villain, played by Academy Award winner Rami Malek.

No Time To Die is scheduled to hit theaters April 10.

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