| Tuesday, December 30|
New Years message from Orlando
Here is the latest message from Orlando's fan mail team, via Lori:
Orlando would like to apologize for any disappointment caused to fans
attending the London and Berlin premieres. He was involved in some important
filming days for the finale of "Troy", and was unable to attend. He'd like to
wish all his fans a 'specially happy New Year'. He is looking forward to a
very busy year filming in a number of exotic locations. He would also like to
ask fans to be understanding about not being able to personally answer all of
their letters. He has the deepest appreciation for their ongoing
The fan mail team would like to remind everyone that to
ensure a reply (prestamped autographed photo) the appropriate reply
coupons (IRC's) need to be included, etc. All the details about writing
to Orlando are on most of his fansites, including
OrlandoMultimedia.net. (click here for details
all the best on behalf of Orlando and his fanmail
The Return of the King is #1 on Time Magazine's list of Best Movies of 2203, and Pirates of the Caribbean brings up the rear at #10.
Photo of Orlando with Pippin's Stand-in
Bangkokpost.com has an article on
Pippin's stand-in, that includes a photo with Orlando. Orlandomultimedia.net has posted a larger scan of the photo, sent in by Pla.
"During the first year, she even brought three members of the cast back to
Thailand, where she acted as tour guide for a little shopping spree. "I took
them to Pratunam," she laughed. "That was before the first movie came out, so
they were not yet famous faces here in Thailand." She then showed a
picture of the four of them on a pedestrian bridge near the downtown market
area, looking like any typical Khao Sarn Road visitors. They were none other
than Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd [Pippin] and Dominic Monaghan [Merry]!"
New Candid Photos
Elf Lady posted these photos sent to her by Beatriz.
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
The mail server is currently unavailable, so I can't post most of the news that was sent to me. -Sarah
| Monday, December 29|
Cez typed up the Orlando interview
from the February issue of Sugar (UK).
German Magazine Scans
Nan from johnny-depp-world.de sent in scans from
Bravo, Glamour, and Yam.
National Enquirer Scan
Ami sent in a scan from the December 30th issue of The National Enquirer (US) where Return of the King was featured as the Movie of the Week.
Radio 1's Best Moves of 2003
From Sara: Today (Sunday 28th) on Radio 1 (uk) there was a countdown
of the best movies for 2003. Return of the King was at 2 and Pirates
of the Caribbean at 1. They had a short interview with Orlando too.
Marny has translated the article from the January issue of Allegra (Germany).
From Helen: In the January 2004 issue of Sky Magazine. (UK) *Homer
Simpson on front* there is a small article on "The New Leading Men"
and amongst the likes of Jack Black, and Ashton Kutcher, is Orlando.
Orlando Bloom - There's more to Orlando than looks. The 26-year-old leapt into the
big time with The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (see him in The
Fellowship Of The Ring, currently showing on sky movies, and in The
Two Towers, premiering on sky Box Office next Month).
Coming Up: mockumentary The Calcium Kid, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven.
Think: A Johnny Depp/John Cusack mix.
ROTK Links on icLiverpool Website
Kanupriya sent in the following links from the icLiverpool website.
quiz on ROTK
The Return of the King article
Return of The King competition
Return of the King movie gallery
ROTK world premiere gallery (Orlando is #1 & #9)
Elijah is Lord of the screen (small mention of
People keep emailing me and asking when and where the premiere for Troy will be. I don't know yet, I don't think the film studio even knows yet. When I find out, I will post it in the Event Guide.
Quote on Orlando
From Miranda: On sunrise news (Australia-December 29th) there was a
woman (with an off camera job) she did Pippin's make up for LOTR,
and she said that Orlando has "GOT IT" meaning that all the girls
love him and all the guys want to be him.
Posters and Standup at Coconuts
From Insane4Bloom: I was in a Coconuts music store in New Jersey over the weekend, and
they were selling 2 different Legolas posters and also had a life-size
cardboard stand up of him available as well.
Posters can also be found in the US at Wal-Mart, FYE, HMV, Tower Records, Suncoast, Spencers, and Toys R Us.
LOTR Parody Video
From Brianne: There is a Parody on LOTR at Atom Films, including the hobbits, Gimli, Aragorn,
ect... played by other rappers who rap a song about it! WARNING: contains swearing
Time Magazine (Asia)
In this week's issue of Time Magazine (Asia), there are
2 pages about The Return of the King.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Brit (13).
Happy Belated Birthday to Becca.
| Sunday, December 28|
ROTK Press Junket
Chud.com has posted a transcript
from the ROTK press junket.
Hitkrant Scan and Interview
Froukje sent in a scan from Hitkrant, a Dutch magazine, week 53 of 2003 (the
end-of-year special). Jorien translated the interview.
From Chia: There is a poll on ellegirl.com that asks: "Who's your pick for hottie of the year?" Orlando is currently in 3rd place
with 14%. Clay Aiken is in 1st with 52%. Justin Tiberlake is in 2nd with 23%.
Johnny Depp is in 4th with 7% and Ashton Kutcher is in 5th with 4%
From Allie: In People magazine, Star Tracks, they have the premiere of ROTK, with a quote
from Orli, "It was sad when we pulled our ears off for the very last time."
Also there is a pic with him in the car with Liv Tyler, he's
waving, they also have 2 paragraphs with him mentioned in them.
Jay Leno in the UK
Orlando's episode of Jay Leno will be shown on "f tn" at 22:00 on Wednesday 31st December.
Entertainment Update Magazine
From Steph: In Entertainment Update (US), which is a mini movie magazine, mostly in non-chain
video stores, POTC is featured on the cover. They give the movie premise
Legolas Hand Painted Model
From Joanne: There is a new fortnightly magazine out of the Lord of the Rings
characters (lotr-models.co.uk). At the moment it is Gandalf at an
introductory price of £2.99. Legolas is Part- Two, which will cost you
£5.99 and is out in two weeks. Also with the model there is a book about
Orlando's Fan Book
From Samantha: I just wanted to thank you all for helping me with Orlando's Fan Book. I was
able to give it to him at the ROTK premiere and he really really appreciated
it. He wanted me to thank all you guys for supporting him. He told me that he
doesn't go online, but his "mum" tells him all about his online fans! I
haven't been able to scan my pictures yet, but as soon as I get them on my
computer I will send them out and hopefully post them! Again, thanx so much
for all your help and support in making the book so special!
Free LOTR Posters at Hoyts Cinemas
From Antonia: At Hoyts Cinemas in Australia, if you buy the LOTR popcorn/drink
meal you get a free LOTR poster, and the drink comes in a re-usable cup that
has pics of the characters (but unfortunatly none of Legolas).
LOTR Ice Sculptures in Toronto
From Jenz: There are Ice sculptures on view of The Lord of The Ring's. Three days only (27, 28, 29),
at Dundas Square (Yonge St. & Dundas ) 5pm on. It's free admit. Check out toronto.com.
German POTC DVD Release Date
From Sabrina: The release date of the German POTC DVD is the 29th of January!
Orlando Posters at Music World
From Josephine: If you live in Canada, check Music
World, because they are also selling the Orlando Dreamy
and Beach posters for $5.99. I'm not sure if they are at all Music
Worlds, but I saw this one at Music World in Fairview Mall, Toronto
| Saturday, December 27|
ALA Orlando Poster
You can buy a poster
of Orlando promoting the American Library Association's Read Week for $15.
Jay Leno Repeat
From Amanda: The Late Night Show with Jay Leno will reair
the interview with Orli on Jan. 5th on NBC.
OBBP raises $5400 for Greenpeace!
From Stacie: The Orlando Bloom Birthday Project 2004 is over for this year and I want to
thank everyone who participated. It was a great success!
This year, the OBBP 2004 raised over $5400 for Greenpeace!
This is tentative, pending confirmation of an exact amount from Greenpeace.
I'll also post the letter Greenpeace will send to Orlando when it's done.
But this is amazing, guys. All of you were very generous and worked together
to do a lot of good for the planet in Orlando's name. He really has the
greatest fans! It makes me very proud to be one! Don't forget to check out the Love Beads at the OBBP site as well. They're
Orlando's Having a Quiet One
Orlando Bloom, has revealed he's planning a quiet Christmas. He's going to spend it with his family this year, visiting a sick
relative: "My Grandmother's not been well, so I'm going to spend Christmas with her and
the rest of the family. We're all going to gather around the grandmother which
is great - my grandmother who's amazing. That's the best part of it really."
(Check the site for an amusing photo.)
From Emily: You can vote for Orlando in the different categories at Elle.com's
The Ultimate Mr. Right poll.
Orlando on Most Searched For List
From Nikki: At netscape.com in the celebrity section it says that Orlando Bloom
was the the 9th most searched person of 2003.
ITV Video Clip
itv.com has a video of clip of Orlando wishing people a happy holiday.
Norwegian Ned Kelly Release Date
From Marianne: Ned Kelly is coming to Norwegian cinemas in November 2004. The date isn't set
From Raman: Seventeen.com has a quiz on the homepage about what new DVD is for
you. POTC is one of the choices.
YM.com has posted an interview with Orlando.
From Nikki: At teenpeople.com there is a star tracks special and in it there it
a picture of Orlando holding his shirt up, you get a good view of his tattoo.
From Allie: Orlando placed 7 out of 20 in Popstar's 20 Hottest Male Stars. He also
had an interview and some pics. He came in 6th in the 10 things M magazine is crazy about.
Photo in Famous Magazine
From Tiffany: In the FAMOUS magazine (Canada) you can get for free at some movie theatres
(the new one, NOT with Viggo on the cover) there is the picture of Orlando
lifting his shirt up and Billy Boyd sticking his finger in his bellybutton.
LOTR Figures at KFC
From Sara: Apparently in KFC in the UK, in kids meals they are giving away
free Lord of the Rings figures, one of which is Legolas.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Krystyna from Tianne, Jasmin, and Sarah.
Happy Birthday from the 25th to Natalie (18) from her friend Viktorija.
| Wednesday, December 24|
Since The Return of the King was released, this site has received about 15,000 more visitors a day! This is causing the site to be slow at times, or pages not loading. I will try to fix the problem.
Also, it's the holidays, and even I need a break now and again! So that is why the site may not be updated some days. -Sarah
Naughty or Nice?
From usatoday.com: Right about now, Santa is checking his list very carefully. The big man in red
has the scoop on who's been good or bad. But we couldn't resist taking our own
tally of which celebrities were naughty and which ones were nice this year. More
than a few confessed that they've been a little bit of both.
Orlando Bloom: "It's not easy, but I'm doing my best to be nice."
From Kellie: In February's edition of Sugar (UK) (which is on sale now) ON page 14
there is a 3-page interview with Orlando. It incudes an A4 black and white
picture of him in a suit with the caption .. 'I'm a lover, not a fighter'.
Other pictures included is one of him wearing sunnies and an orange 'I love NZ'
T-shirt, another of him in 'Troy' with Diane Kruger, and him and Kate Bosworth on
a rollercoaster, the LOTR lads getting onto the plane in New Zealan, Orlando
giving Dominic a piggy back and a couple photos of Orlando with no shirt on ...
on holiday. On page 34 there is a small piccie of the Double poster that was in Sugar a
couple months ago. This edition comes with a keysnap thing and inside on page 53
there is a small piccie of Orlando ... shaped to fit the keychain. On page 98
there is a tiny piccie of Orlando with a cheeky grin pointing at the camera ..
with the mag commenting that he should try and stay single through 2004 and snog
as many of his fans as poss ...It mentions his b-day in the calendar for
Interview from The Independent
independent.co.uk has posted an interview with Orlando.
From Kellie: In this weeks edition of Sneak (UK) there are a couple photos of Orlando.
He's on page 9 under the title 'Loved up lad' they're saying how in love he
looks. There's a small photo of him on page 15 in the section about next weeks
Sneak. There is also an A3 pull out poster of him in the middle of the mag.
There is another picture of him on page 56 in the horoscope section he's under
'Capricorn'. There's a small legolas picture in the movie section on page 63.
He has also won 'Top text totty' again including another piccie.
Hottest Teen Crushes
Orlando Bloom — Elf. Pirate. God. I could watch you kill Orcs all day. Or
bandits, or bugs, or baby seals. Those hobbits have nothing on you. Oh, to be
the horse upon which you have swung. Come to my slumber party and we will braid
each others’ hair. Arrr!
Peruvian TV Alert
From Alejandra: On December 25th, there will be a special on Peruvian television,
on ROTK, at 9pm, on channel 4.
philly sent in this article from last week's Sneak (UK), 16-22 Dec.
While Orlando's traveling the world promoting the Return of the King he's
often been spotted in a big, trendy scarf. But it's not just a fashion
statement: it's more like a security blanket!
Sneak has found out that Orli had a teen trauma which he thought
only a scarf would protect him from! "When Orlando was about 13, he once had a big spot on his nose," a
childhood friend has revealed. "Other boys would have used spot cream, or just put up with a big,
ugly zit on their face. But not Orlando. He turned up at school with
a silk scarf tied over his nose - bandit style! He didn't care that
it looked a little unusual." So even though they're plainly nothing wrong with his face now,
maybe he always keeps a scarf handy in case of a blotchy breakout."
LOTR Pins in the UK
K-lee sent in more info about the LOTR pins to benefit The NCH.
You can get Gollum, Gandalf, Aragorn, Frodo and Legolas and you can get them in places such as Virgin
From Jenna: Sci-Fi.com has an interview
with the cast of the Return of the King here. Orlando Bloom talks a
bit about his elephant stunt.
Article in Greek Newspaper
From Arwyn: On the Tuesday December 23rd issue of the major Greek newspaper
"Eleftherotypia", there is a small Orlando article on the last/back-cover
page. There is a column there called "Faces and Masks" where interesting
people or events are being commented on every day. Right after mentioning
prominent domestic and foreign politicians, there is this highlighted article, accompanied with a nice small picture:
"ORLANDO BLOOM, 26, English actor from Canterbury Kent, starring in the epic
trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings". The third film, "The Return of the King",
is a box office hit wherever it is being showed, in Europe and America. Bloom
plays the role of an Elf named Legolas, 2931 years old, with blond hair and
pointy ears. Orlando Bloom seems to have fascinated millions of women all over
the world and there are already talks of him being "the new sex-symbol" of the
world's cinema. At this moment anyway, he is the actor with the most "hits" on
the Internet (meaning that he has the most visits in the search engines),
while he himself declares being "totally technophobic"- he doesn't even have
From Marian: I found two snippets in this week's issue of the Woman's Day (NZ).
1. From an article title "The best and worse of 2003", The Sexiest Men of
the Year - a nice photo of Orlando at the NZ press conference - he is looking right at the camera.
Orlando is named ahead of Johnny Depp and Viggo Mortensen. Apparently, some girl in Wellington, at
the premiere, had a banner with the words - "De-bloom me, Orlando"
2. In an article titled "Lore of the Rings", a picture of Legolas.
"Elf-turned-heart-throb Orlando Bloom never realised he'd become sex symbol
for 12 year old girls. 'I guess it's because Legolas is non-threatening', grins Orlando,
26. 'He's this blond dude with nice hair you could comb. Like a male Barbie doll"
You can vote for Orlando as Hottie of the Year at z100.com.
Thanks to Joy for the link.
Vote for Orlando as your favorite LOTR cast member at bolt.com.
Scroll down and click on ROTK. Thanks to Nat for the link.
From Steph: On mykindaplace.com they have a Christmas survey of the big things in '03.
Orlando is in the category of "Most Stylee Guy". It says, "Gorgeous yes, but
catwalk model or dressed in the dark?". He is up against Ashton, Becks and
Justin Timberlake. Also, POTC is up for Best Film on the survey, up against Keira's
Love Actually. For Sexist Man, Orlando is up again, against Becks and Justin.
The results will be announced New Year's.
Orlando is also in the Poll of the Day asking "Who would you like to find wrapped up for
From Steph: On AOL Red in the movie section they have a Flashback of the year. Somehow,
somebody posted something saying that POTC was a bad movie, so POTC can be
voted for worst movie of the year, against Cat in the Hat, Agent Cody Banks, and
the Hulk. POTC only has 7% of the vote, but you can also vote for LOTR for Best
Movie of the Year.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Natalie Lopez (14), and to Rachel (14) from her friend Jodi.
| Tuesday, December 23|
Demi Scan and Article
Auroora sent in a scan and article
from the December issue of Demi (Finland).
Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004
"Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004" will be on The N (US) on December 31 at 8pm. You can watch a preview featuring Orlando, who came in at #12, on the N's website.
Dacy sent in this info about the commercial for the program:
On The-N there is a commercial where they have cut out Orlando Bloom's head,
pasted it onto a vegetable of some sort, and he says, "I am the Hottest
Bachelor." Then Ashton Kutcher's head on a bread stick says "No I am." and
Justin Timberlake's head on what looks like a hot dog comes in and says "Dudes
we're all hot bachelors" Or were the saying most eligible bachelors?
In Style Scan
Kim sent in this scan from the January issue of In Style, which asked
celebrities what their most or least successful new year's resolutions were.
Us Weekly Scan
Ami sent in this scan from the January 5th issue of Us Weekly.
Eva Green in Heaven with Orlando
From comingsoon.net: JoBlo has learned that French actress Eva Green, who can be seen
this February in Fox Searchlight's The Dreamers, has been cast as the female
lead in director Ridley Scott's upcoming epic, Kingdom of Heaven. Set
in the 12th century, the film focuses on a young blacksmith (Orlando Bloom)
who becomes a knight and helps defend Jerusalem against the Crusaders. There
is also a love story, as the young knight falls in love with a
princess, to be played by Green.
TORN has posted an interview with Orlando and Liv from The Herald-Sun.
'King' of the World
From boxofficemojo.com: 'The Return of the King' raked in an
estimated $246M since Wednesday, ranking as the biggest 5-day worldwide debut
ever. It's estimated $73.6 million domestic opening weekend topped 'Two Towers'
$62.0 million as the biggest December debut.
Famous Magazine Scan
Ashley sent in this scan from the December issue of Famous magazine, available at Silvercity theatres across Canada.
New Woman Interview
Antonia sent in an interview from the January issue of New Woman (Australia).
From Gill: In the Feb. 2004 issue of Sugar (UK), there is an interview and a a4 poster of
OBBP Love Beads
From Stacie: The Love Beads are done! Nin did an amazing job. Orlando's fans sent in an
eclectic and fascinating collection of beads, stones and amulets, and Nin strung
them together to make 3 wonderful and moving strands. See pictures of them at the OBBP site.
Thanks to everyone who sent in a Love Bead. They really turned out great.
I should have the final numbers on the Greenpeace donations by this week, and
I'll get a copy of the formal letter Megan will be mailing to Orlando of all
the donors and put it up on the site when it's done.
Orlando Plants Global Forests
From teenhollywood.com: British movie hunk Orlando Bloom is busy erecting forests all over the
globe after becoming inspired by the beauty of New Zealand.
has become an advocate for British-based environmental charity Future Forest,
which offers celebrities the chance to "neutralise" their carbon emissions by
Bloom says the natural beauty of New Zealand, which he
saw while making the Lord of the Rings trilogy, inspired him to get more
interested in the globe's environmental issues.
He says, "With Future
Forest you purchase a certain amount of trees, so, in that way, whatever
you're doing in life - taking planes or driving cars - you can make yourself
"It's kind of cool because the amount of trees that you
plant, respective to how much you use in terms of energy balances out what
you do in the world. This makes you carbon neutral.
"I would never
really have thought about that had I not been made aware of how beautiful the
world is, particularly working in New Zealand."
Info For Canadian Fans
From Angelina: Just a note for Canadian fans, the department store Zellers is selling the
Orlando "Beach" and "Dreamy" posters for $5.97. I got mine in Richmond
B.C. but I'm sure all the Zellers' will have them.
Also, in the Sunday December 21 edition of The Vancouver Province, they have a list
of the 10 Hottest Guys of 2003 and Orlando is number 7. There is a short
write-up with no new information, but there is a really nice new pic from the
L.A. RotK premiere. Johnny Depp was their number 1.
Australian TV Alert
From Jessica: On Wednesday 24th on SBS (Australia) at 8pm there is a show called "The Movie
Show". Return of the king will be previewed. Orlando might be on it.
LOTR Pins in the UK
From Laura: The NCH (UK childrens charity) have special LORD OF THE RINGS - RETURN OF
THE KING pins. I have a Legolas one that my mum bought me so I don't know if
they have other characters.. I presume so. There is a picture of Legolas on
the front and the bagde is about 1.5inches big.
Articles from Trinidad
From Becky: In the Trinidad Showtime issue #688, December 12-18 2003, Orlando is in the
Celebrity Show-bits section on page 2. There is a picture and a short article.
Here is the article:
Never one to miss a chance to promote his new flick, Orlando Bloom stepped off
the plane in New Zealand and while walking down the ramp, raised his shirt to
show the crowd of young women his tanned and tone-up body. But his co-star,
Billy Boyd, who was standing next to Orlando, really drove the girls mad as he
stuck his finger in Orlando’s shirt exposing his belly-button. Made for quite
Also in the Trinidad Guardian from Friday, December 19, 2003, in the G Spot,
entertainment guide, Gandalf the White is on the cover. On page 2 and 3, The
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is The Main Event.
Here is the article.
Poster in Rosh 1
From Naomi: This week's issue of the teen magazine "Rosh 1" (Israel) is a
special "XL Posters" issue, which includes, amongst others, a poster of
Orlando! It is on the stands and in book stores in Israel now.
Also, on the magazine's official site there are polls
about the ROTK movie, such as "What do you think about it?"...
Orlando Christmas Ecards
From Jo: Mykindaplace has Christmas ecards and one of them is of Orli looking
gorgeous as usual.
Life Story: Movie Magic Magazine
From Lauren: There is an issue of "Life Story: Movie Magic" that has about half
the book dedicated to LOTR. It has pictures of all the cast. It's an "Enchanted
Collector's Edition" and it sells for about $10.00 where I'm from, which is
Ohio. There are some pretty good pics of Orlando in there.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Wolfy (14) from her friend Bee.
Happy Birthday from yesterday to Veronica (13), to Tanya (17) from her friend Viktorija, and to Diana (17) from her friend Rossana.
| Sunday, December 21|
Photo in Entertainment Weekly
The Dec. 26th issue of Entertainment Weekly named the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings the Entertainers of the Year.
You can read the short article on their website
. Here's a scan I did of the Orlando photo
MSN Video Interview
MSN has posted a video clip with interviews of the ROTK cast, including Orlando. Thanks to Raman for the link.
Anna entered the contest at the New Zealand Post website from a link on this site, and she won some ROTK postcards.
She sent in a scan of the Legolas one.
Empire Magazine Photos
Empire Online have posted 2 Orlando photos that didn't make it into the special LOTR issue.
Hello Magazine Poll
Hellomagazine.com has a poll to vote for your dream date for New Year's Eve.
The Year In Review
From Kanupriya: On the E! Channel, on Sunday night at 10 P.M. (eastern), they will show
The Year In Review. They showed clips of POTC, so Orlando might be on it.
From Katie: In the new Us Weekly magazine, there is a small picture of Orlando
on the cover and it says "Meet the Lord of the Rings hunks". Inside there is a
picture of Aragorn and Legolas entering the paths of the dead. There is a poll
that asks who's hotter and 57% said Orlando. There is a picture of Orlando and
the caption says: "It makes me nervous when people say I'm the new Brad Pitt,"
Bloom- who plays elf Legolas in Rings has said. Then there is some
information on him about his birthday and other things.
POTC DVD Contest
Premiere.com is running a contest where you can win the DVD of Pirates of the Caribbean.
BBC News Article
Orlando is one of the Faces of the Week at BBC News.
20 Hottest Guys on MuchMusic
From Alysia: Today Orlando was on the Canadian Music station Much Music, on Most
Wanted 20 Hottest Guys. He was ranked number 9. It will play again at 2:00pm and 6:00pm on Sunday and at 12:00am
and 1:00am on Monday. And Return of The King is suppose to be
featured on Hypa Space Weekly on the Space channel at 5:00pm on Sunday, there
might be some stuff on Orlando but I am not sure. All the times are Eastern
You can vote for Orlando as a blonde or brunette at alloy.com.
Help the Kiwi Birthday Project
The Help the Kiwi Birthday Project is now open to everyone, not just NZ residents.
You can bid on Pirate of the Caribbean posters and banners.
From Bex: In the lastest issue of Mizz (UK) an a3 poster of Orli and a LOTR special.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Becky (21) from her friend Sheri.
Happy Birthday from yesterday to Saz (16) from her best pal Lottie, and to Sarah (13).
| Friday, December 19|
UK Cosmo Girl Interview
Laura has typed up the Orlando interview
in the January issue of CosmoGirl (UK).
You can see Orlando on the cover at the CosmoGirl website
The January issue of GQ (US) with Orlando on the cover is now out. Rita has posted scans at ka-Bloom.
Golden Globe Nominations
The nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday. The Return of the King received nominations for
Best Picture, Best Director, Original Score, and Original Song.
Johnny Depp was nominated for Best Actor in a comedy or musical for POTC.
The Golden Globes will be presented in a Jan. 25 ceremony at the Beverly
Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC at 8pm.
From §fyre: The Intl. Press Academy announced the nominees for its eighth Satellite
Awards on Wednesday. Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 21 at the St. Regis
Hotel in Century City. RotK received 9 nominations: Drama, Cinematography,
Score, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Sound, Costumes, Art Directions and
Game adaptation. In addition, the Extended Edition of The Two Towers
received two nominations for Best Overall DVD and Best DVD Extras.
Fox Trot Comic
Do I even need to say anything? link
Moviemaking on an Epic Scale
About.com has posted an interview with Brendan Gleeson who plays Menelaus, Helen’s husband, in Troy.
MTV Asia Poll
trunkz sent in a link to the best movie of 2003 poll on MTV Asia.
Return of the King is currently in the lead and Pirates of The Caribbean is third. There’s also info about a LOTR contest.
Behind the Scenes of LOTR in Poland
From Dominika: Whoever lives in Poland I would like to inform them that Lord of the Rings behind the scenes is going to be on the National Geographic Channel at 2pm and 8pm (It lasts one hour) on Wednesday December 24th.
Test the Nation Advertisement
From Ce Ce: This morning I was watching BBC1 at 7.00am they had an ad on for their quiz
Test the Nation. The question they asked was which star was in both Pirates
of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. Orlando was obviously one of the
named answers. I just thought it was a show of just how famous he has become
if he is now part of t.v. quiz programmes.
Alexis sent in a link to an interview with Orlando and Liv.
Most of it has been posted in other articles.
Peta India Poll
Jessica sent in a link to Peta India where you can vote for Orlando as
the Hottest Vegetarian Alive, even though he's not a vegetarian! He's said that he eats the occasional steak to help his back pain.
Info for Dutch Fans
From Jorien: I just watched the Lord Of The Rings special on Veronica (a
Dutch program). They showed stuff from ROTK and stuff from the ROTK premiere
in Wellington. They also showed the fans at the airport who had "We love you
Orlando" on their stomachs. It was basically about how the film was made and
how long it took them to make it. Orlando also said: "greets to all the
Dutch fans. I'm sorry you can't be here tonight." They didn't showed much
about Orli just things we already knew.
There are also interviews with Orlando in Break Out!, the Dutch Cosmogirl!,
Hitkrant and there's an article on Orlando in Sp!ts (newspaper).
From Steph: There a a few pics of Orli and Kate Bosworth in this week's Heat
Yahoo Most Searched For List
Orlando is #1 on Yahoo Movie's most searched for Cast/Crew list. ROTK is the number one searched for movie.
Thanks to Abbie for the info.
ROTK Figures at KFC Australia
From Adwena: KFC Australia are now distributing The Lord of the Rings: Return of
the King figurines with every Kids Meal. There is a new character every week,
including a nice Legolas one. The Queensland KFC website has not updated their
site with this information, however, there were several signs promoting the
figurines in KFC restaurants. You can have a look at the Queensland Website
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Ayesha.
Happy Belated Birthday to Jessica V.
| Thursday, December 18|
Roadshow and Screen Scans
Miwa from Orlando J-web
sent in these scans from the January 2004 issue of Roadshow
) and Screen
Extra TV Video Clip
Extra TV has posted a video interview with Orlando.
David Thewlis Joins KOH Cast
From hollywoodreporter.com: David Thewlis has become the
latest actor to join the cast of director Ridley Scott's epic "Kingdom of
Heaven" for 20th Century Fox. Thewlis will star opposite Orlando Bloom in the
film, which is set in 12th century Europe and the Far East. "Kingdom" centers on
a young peasant (played by Bloom), who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and
falls in love with a princess. Thewlis will play a priest named Hospitaller.
Additionally, Liam Neeson recently joined the cast as Bloom's
Blooming but Grounded
Thestar.com.my has posted an article on Orlando.
ROTK in Peru
From Alejandra: The LOTR Marathon last night(16th) in Lima, Peru, had over 3100
people. Also, the newspaper Peru21 will have posters of the film, the 17th and 18th.
Animator Scores a Hit
As a character and creature technical director, Tang's job was clearly
defined. His task was to bring life to the digital double of the elf Legolas,
played by Orlando Bloom in the live-action shots, and to give the scenes
continuity. "It's taking all the artistic elements of the Legolas character and putting
it all together so that it works for the whole production, for all the shots
required," says Tang. "It also requires doing hair and cloth simulations."
'Return' of Rings Does Well at Midnight
ABC News: The midnight hour proved profitable for Frodo and the gang. "The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King" took in an estimated $8 million domestically from
2,100 midnight screenings Wednesday, according to distributor New Line Cinema.
Fox Trot Comic
The Fox Trot comic strip continues with ROTK and Orlando.
Of Elfish Charm & Middle-earth Meetings
From thestatesman.net: Tolkien never wrote a strong female character and his
books are loved by small boys of all ages. So why are most fans at a Lord of the
Rings convention women? As the final Ring film opens, Damian Whitworth finds
that women are attracted by elfish harmony with nature. That, and the actor who
plays Legolas... Read more...
Famous Magazine in Canada
From Winnie: Silvercity gives out a free magazine called "Famous" every month or
so. Anyways, the latest has Viggo on the front as Aragorn and it is a
collector's edition with lots of information on the rest of the cast including
Orlando. It should be available in all of Canada's Silvercity's.
LOTR Special in Australia
From Antonia: There's going to be a LOTR FOTR special on Foxtel's Movie One
Network (29) on 26th of December at 5:20pm and it includes a few clippings from
the premieres around the world, I'm not sure if it's before or after the show.
Tiger Beat and M Magazine
The January issue of Tiger Beat (US) has a full page picture, a picture and article,
and a LOTR quiz. The Jan./Feb. issue of M (US) has pictures and an article.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Alejandra (15), and to Michael.
Happy Birthday from yesterday to Nicole (11) from her friend Jenny.
| Wednesday, December 17|
Orlando Back in London
has posted photos of Orlando leaving the Ivy Restaurant in London, so he may be done filming Haven in the Cayman Islands.
Whether they're spying on him from a distance, or right in his face taking photos, the stupid paparazzi won't leave the poor guy alone!
Daily Telegraph Scan
Antonia sent in this scan from the Daily Telegraph (AUS). The caption reads:
Naval Grazing - Orlando Bloom stripped off at the red carpet celebration for Lord of the Rings
in Wellington, pulling up his shirt to reveal a very honed tummy, tempting cast
members to stick their fingers in his belly button. He's been more sensible of
late even donning suit and tie to some other LOTR functions.
In Touch Scans
§fyre sent in these scans from the December 22 issue of In Touch (US).
(1, 2, 3, 4)
Mad magazine Scans
Samantha sent in these ROTK spoofs from the January issue of MAD magazine.
(1 & 2)
Liam Neeson to Play Orlando's Father in KOH
From Variety: Director Ridley Scott has set Liam Neeson to star with Orlando Bloom
in "Kingdom of Heaven," the epic love story 20th Century Fox is prepping for a
January shoot. Bloom plays a peasant who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and falls in love
with a princess. Neeson has been offered the role of his father, Godfrey of
Ibelin. "Kingdom of Heaven" is being produced by Scott's Scott Free banner. Shooting
will take place in Morocco, with Branko Lustig, Lisa Ellzey and Perry Needham
Access Hollywood in Canada
From Minnie: In Canada there's a Lord of the Rings Special on Access Hollywood on
December 18th at 11:30AM and a repeat on 7:00PM.
Article from the Mirror
The Mirror has an article on Orlando that seems to be made of old quotes, some of which
Orlando has stated that he never said.
Lords of the Preteens
Simone sent in part of a LOTR article titled 'Lords of the Preteens' from
the Dec. 16th issue of The Wall Street Journal.
When Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema set out a few years ago to make a
trilogy of movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," the studio
figured the target audience was geeky 35-plus men who grew up obsessed with
the book. Because of the intense action the series would entrail, they
certainly didn't rely on anyone younger than teenagers to propel it at the box
office. But a funny thing happened on the road to Mordor. For many parents,
the story's "never lose hope" morality talk ultimately prevailed over the
severed heads and spurting blood. Some educators got behind the movie and
encouraged kids to see it. And stars like Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen
blossomed into heartthrobs, drawing young girls - and their mothers - away
from Harry Potter and toward Legolas and Aragorn. New Line marketing chief
Russell Schwartz says that young girls have in fact become among the "most
ardent supporters" of the "Rings" series, right up there with the hardcore
Orlando Bloom is on the front cover of the January issue of CosmoGirl (UK).
There is also an interview and photos.
From Marieke: In the Chik magazine poster special in Australia there is a giant
poster of Orlando. Also in the Tv Hits poster special there is another giant
poster and the latest Girlfriend mag with Brittany Murphy on the front has an
a3 poster of the LOTR and an a4 poster of Orlando.
Also, from Gab, the regular January issue of TV Hits has an Orlando poster and the Jan. issue of Girlfriend has an Orlando quiz and ROTK poster.
From Kellie: In this week's Sneak magazine (UK) they have a page about Orlando and his
scarves. He also won the top text totty again and has another small picture
above it and it also shows a picture of it and some other actress on 'flirty'
or 'dirty'? on page 28. There's also a page on the The Return of the King at the end and shows a picture of Legolas being taken away by
Gimli (the dwarf).
ROTK Programs on UK TV
From Rach: The Making of ROTK will be on MTV uk on Wednesday 17th at 6pm and again on Friday 19th at 3pm
and 6pm. There is also a programme called ROTK: Screenplay Premiere on at 6:30pm
From Liz: Orlando was on a show called Inside Edition (US). He was named one of the sexiest guys.
From Raman: In The newest edition of Marie Claire, there is a caption that says
that Orlando Bloom is the most searched man on Yahoo! Search, with a cute
picture of him. You could go to marieclaire.com to see.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Erin (16) from her friend Jules.
| Tuesday, December 16|
E! Entertainer of the Year
I made a video clip
of Orlando on E! Entertainer of the Year 2003. Orlando was named Big Screen Hero of the Year, and Johnny Depp got the top prize of Entertainer of the Year.
UK Date for E! Entertainer of the Year
From Emilu: E! Entertainer of the Year will be shown in the UK at 9pm on Sunday the 21st
December on E! (Sky channel 250).
Interview from Lordoftherings.net
The official LOTR site has posted an interview with Orlando, and a new desktop wallpaper. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the info.
Public Magazine Scans
Elodie sent in these scans from the December issue of Public (France).
(1 & 2)
Teen Tribute Interview
Jenz sent in scans of the Orlando interview in the Winter issue of Teen Tribute (Canada).
(1 & 2)
Canada.com has an article on Orlando.
Kingdom of Heaven Concept Art
I now believe that the poster for Kingdom of Heaven
that I posted yesterday is not approved by the film studio, and is simply an artists idea of what the movie poster should look like. Same goes for the POTC 2 poster that is on the site. It's unlikely that they have
started on poster concepts before filming has even begun.
Fox Trot Comic
The Fox Trot comic strip continues today with another mention of Orlando!
Rasaaq Adoti Joins Haven
Rasaaq Adoti has landed a role opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton in the
indie "Haven" for director Frankie Flowers. Adoti plays Richie Rich, a snidely
self-important drug dealer, lover of wild parties and Cristal drinker. Adoti
recently wrapped filming "Resident Evil: Apocalypse."
German TV Alerts
Anja sent in info about TV shows in Germany.
'Rings' Comes Full Circle
From marinij.com: Part of "The Return of the King" is about hobbits getting back to the Shire,
their home - the place that inspires them and makes them feel special.
For Liv Tyler (Arwen), the Shire in real life means "being with my husband
and my puppy. I dream of things that make me happy."
For Orlando Bloom (Legolas), it's being "with my family and friends. My
grandmother has a place in the north of England. My aunt has a house in France.
Basically, it's the countryside or beach - but not a tropical beach. Just raw,
rugged." He'll have to wait to get there. Bloom will begin filming director Ridley
Scott's crusade epic "Kingdom of Heaven" in North Africa next month.
Harry Potter Comic Strip with Legolas
From Kate: I found this website of Harry Potter art work, but this particular one
contained Legolas right at the end.
ROTK Cast on TRL
This is just a reminder that the cast of ROTK is going to be on TRL on MTV today at 5pm. "The cast of 'The Lord of the Rings' inhabits Times Square: Elijah Wood, Sean
Astin, Liv Tyler & more."
Duracell ROTK Contest
Duracell is having a contest for US residents over 18 to win a trip to New Zealand.
DVD Easter Eggs
From CartDi: Movieweb.com has lists of DVD Easter Eggs for many movies,
including POTC here and they
also have Easter Eggs for FOTR as well as TTT. Go the "search the site" scroll
at the top right hand corner choose "DVD Eggs", and just type in the name of
the movie you want to look for.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Emily, and to Barbara Smith (28).
| Monday, December 15|
Kingdom of Heaven Concept Art
Here is concept art of a poster
for Kingdom of Heaven, featuring only Orlando! Thanks to Elf Lady for the link.
Cheryl at ka-Bloom posted a link to a great radio interview with Orlando and Liv from theedge.co.nz in Mp3 format.
part 1, part 2
The Edge sold Orlando's half-eaten cricket lollipop for $330. :/
Star Magazine Scans
Ami sent in these scans from the December 23 Issue of Star Magazine.
(1 & 2)
There was also a small Legolas photo in an article about Viggo Mortensen where Orlando is
mentioned twice: "Instead of the standard luxury lodging demanded by most stars on a set,
Viggo and co-star Orlando Bloom sared a converted bus while filming Lord of the
Rings. Viggo stocked the wine cellar and wallpapered the iside with candid
and his other mention...
"When Star asked the actor what he makes of being called a sex symbol, he
joked, "I think you should ask Orlando Bloom that question!" Mortensen, it
seems, considers himself more geeky than sexy: "They call me the "Dork of New York,"
French Magazine Scans
Elodie sent in the following French magazine scans from December. I will try to have translations soon.
One, Cine-Live, and Studio.
Orlando Mentioned in Comic Strips
Orlando is mentioned in the most recent Fox Trot. The previous one is also ROTK related.
Nickay sent in this comic strip of PreTeena that also mentions Orlando.
Metro Life Article
Elements at ka-Bloom posted scans from the December 12-18th issue of Metro Life (UK).
(1 & 2)
Haven Plot Info
Lauren sent in some spoilers from the set of Haven.
New Ned Kelly Trailer
From Dorene: You can view the new Ned Kelly trailer that was on E! on Moviefone.com. You can get it in quicktime, real video,
and windows media.
The End of the Line
From The Beacon Journal:
Orlando Bloom, who portrays charismatic and noble elf Legolas, took another
view. "For me, it was my first job so there was definitely an emotional
attachment to it," he said. "And there really isn't a sense of relief that
it's over it's more of a closure thing. It's like at the end of a relationship,
you get closure and this is like closure on that chapter of our lives."
Rings' DVD is Longer
From The Beacon Journal:
At least one cast member enjoys that the disc releases give them reason to
stay attached to the project that much longer. "We'll certainly never be all together in the same context," said Orlando
Bloom, the young actor who portrays the brave elf Legolas. "That's the really
sad thing. Although there's something quite nice about the fact that with the
DVDs and everything else, it feels like the movie is kind of ongoing. The DVD
releases really seem to spark a flame in the hearts of the fans who are real
fans of the books as well."
ROTK Video Clips
Comingsoon.net has posted 10 video clips from The Return of the King.
1) There are Kate and Orlando airport pics in a women's magazine 'Who' weekly
2) In 'Tv Hits' there is an a4 poster of Orlando
3) In another women's magazine (not sure which one), there's pics of Orlando
from the set of 'The Calcium Kid' and some info: this is the last movie he is
doing for quite a while because he wants to renovate his London home. (not true)
4) In the mag 'NW' (women's mag) there's pics of the LOTR-ROTK NZ premiere
and one of Orlando showing his belly! ;)
The Vancouver Province
From Angelina: Sunday's (December 14) issue of The Vancouver Province newspaper (British
Columbia, Canada) is going to have a 12-page special on The Return Of The King
so they are bound to have Orlando in there!
Access Hollywood in the UK
From Jacinta: On Tuesday 16th December there will be a Lord of the Rings feature on
'Access Hollywood' at 8 pm on Living tv. (UK)
ET on VH1
From Abby: ET on VH1 or ET on MTV will be showing "hobbit home movies" on their next
Legolas Door Posters at HMV
From Oriana: At certain HMV stores in Canada, they are selling large door posters of
Legolas for $14.99. You can also get a door poster that has the
pictures of Frodo, Legolas, Arwen, and Aragorn on it.
Photo in Fresno Bee
From Priyanka: I was reading the Fresno Bee today (Sunday, December 14, 2003) and
I opened up the life section. On the backpage in the "Backtalk" section, they
had a movie review on Return of the King (it got an A+ by the way). There was
a picture with Orlando Bloom riding a horse during war.
Orlando Mention in Liv Tyler Article
From Steph: On mykindaplace.com they have an article about Liv Tyler and her thoughts on
LOTR. "Orlando Bloom lived next door and he took me around because I was afraid to
drive on the left-hand side of the road."
On her co-star Orlando - "Ian McKellen's sexy, Viggo's sexy, Orli's sexy: all the hobbits are sexy. But
he's my friend so it's different. I make fun of him all the time! I don't
think about him in that way at all! Yuck! He's like my brother. He's pretty,
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Hollie T. (14) from her best friend Katie.
| Sunday, December 14|
About.com has posted an interview
TORN has posted scans of the ROTK review in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. There was also a small Legolas photo in the front of the mag advertising
more ROTK articles on ew.com.
Mention in Fancy
From Dorothy: In the Dutch magazine Fancy there is an article 'This is what the
celebs get for Christmas'. Orlando should get a mirror so he can see his own
ET on VH1
From MeME: I was watching ET on VH1 and Orlando was on there. He talks about
Lord of the Rings and Troy. It comes on Sunday at 11:30am on VH1 in the US.
From §fyre: AOL/Moviefone - have several LotR videos available for viewing here
including the on the red carpet interviews done by the AOL Winner at
the Wellington Premiere (includes Q&A with Viggo, Dom, Billy, Elijah,
Orlando and more) Also you can view AOL's coverage of the RotK pressjunket - includes
comments by the various stars (including Viggo, Ian, Billy, Liv,
Orlando and more) about tattoos, practical jokes, friendships with
castmates and saying goodbye to the LotR movies.
From Laura: The is an Orlando article in today's [Sat] Daily Telegraph (UK). It had
a huge colour pic of him too...nice. This is the newish stuff:
All that he will allow the public to know is that he has been conducting a
long-distance romance for the past year with the American actress Kate
Bosworth... and that their schedules and far-flung film locations often kept
them apart. He has also leant that offhand remarks can be taken out of
context or exaggerated beyond recognition - as he presented LotR co-star Ian
Mckellen with an independent-film industry award in London. "I love Ian. He's
like an uncle to me, and gave me a big kiss and a hug on stage," he told me.
"Somebody asked me afterwards if I was gay, and I said 'No, I'm not gay - I've
got a girlfriend'. The next day, the tabloids said I was very angry and hated
Ian because he kissed me. It was a shame, because Ian called me and asked if I
was upset. I told him: 'Of course, I'm not. I love you, man. You're like
It just mentions then about how he is now comfortable on big sets and that he
never intentionally runs for the bigger movies.
From Hatz: There's a short article in OK Magazine (UK) about the RotK premiere
in New Zealand. Theres a few pictures, one quite large of Orlando and a few of
Liv Tyler and Orlando.
Jay Leno in the US
Orlando's episode of Jay Leno was not on late Friday night, sorry about that. Someone sent in the info, I don't know when his episode was or will be repeated.
From KeLsIe: In this month's Tribute (free at local theaters in Canada) there is a 3
page article about RotK (page 52-54), as well as an advertisement for the
'Lord of the Rings Official New Zealand Coins of the Motion Picture
Trilogy'. It has a free 2 page RotK poster inside as
well. Also (page 23) there is a small picture
of Orlando at the Hollywood Awards (the picture is of him in the black suit
pointing at the camera with his glorious smile). The blurb says:
"Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pirates
of the Caribbean) was thrilled to take home the award for breakthrough actor at
the Hollywood Awards." In the Teens Tribute (also free at local theaters) it
has a two page aritcle on RotK too (also with free 2 page poster).
Note: fans wrote into Tribute asking about Orlando in the movie Troy, all they
said was the release dates - May 14)
The Sunday Times and MTV UK Alert
From Michelle: In the Sunday Times (uk) on the 14 December they are supposed to have a Legolas poster
and on MTV on Friday 19th December according to the Sun tv guide they are
supposed to have making of the movie Return of the King although I don't know
what time it is on.
Teen People Poll
From Lisa: Teen People's newest poll is Top Ten Celebs with the
Coolest Hair and Orlando is one of the choices. He is in the lead with 22% of
the vote at the moment leading Beyoncé Knowles who is at 12%.
TV Alerts for Peru
From Alejandra: In Peru, the show Cinescape (which is shown Sunday 1pm), will have a look at the Return of the
King world premiere, and interviews with the cast. Also, today on TNT the tv specials, RETURN TO MIDDLE EARTH and PASSAGE TO
MIDDLE EARTH were shown, I'm not sure when they'll be repeated.
From Liz: Orlando was on 'Inside Entertainment' (Canada) with Liv Tyler
talking about how weird it was having people dress up as elves with donkey
ears. The other LOTR stars were on too, including Peter Jackson, and they said
stuff you can find on the EE dvds. You didn't miss terribly much if you didnt
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Becky (20), and to Charlotte Ledger (17) from her friend Gemma.
| Saturday, December 13|
Four Take 'Haven' in Indie Film
Agnes Bruckner, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for "Blue Car," and
Bobby Cannavale, who headlines "The Station Agent," have joined the cast of
indie film "Haven," which is shooting in the Cayman Islands. Robert Wisdom and Caroline Goodall also have won roles in the film. Bruckner plays Pippa, the lead female role, while Cannavale plays a
lieutenant who is investigating a crime central to the story line. Wisdom will
play the father of Bryant's character with Goodall set to star as the mother of
Jen Z. sent in these scans from the January 2004 issue of J-14 (US).
Orlando holds the #4 spot on both the Fav Actors and Hot Guys lists.
(1, 2, 3)
E! News Live Video Clip
E! Online has posted a video clip of the Orlando segment that appeared on Wednesday's show.
E! Online Interview
Melissa sent in a link to this Orlando interview from E! Online.
TV Guide Article Scans
Laura sent in these scans of the ROTK article from the December 13-19th issue of TV Guide (US).
Suzanne typed up the Orlando bits:
Orlando Bloom who has set hearts throbbing as Elf warrior Legolas, spent
three straight days filming his own fight with a nonexistent creature-in his
case, a giant battle elephant called a Mumakil. "I was wired up and swinging
around on ropes and climbing up this huge bank of sandbags," he says. "Man,
that scene's going to be so Elven cool." "It's been a huge gift being part of these movies," Bloom
says. "It was definitely an emotional ending."
Studio Magazine Scans
TORN has posted scans of an Orlando article from the December issue of Studio - Hors Serie (France).
Toronto Star Article
The Toronto Star has an article on Orlando and an
article about the surfing hobbits that mentions Orlando.
USA Today ROTK Article
From pfyre: Friday's, December 12, issue of USA Today - the Life Section E has the 'cover story' about
RotK - with accompanying color pics and a secondary article detailing the
Hobbits to the Rescue
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift for the Lord of the Rings fan on
your list? How about a tree in the new Fellowship Forest, an undeveloped patch
of land in Tibet, where actors Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Viggo
Mortensen and Dominic Monaghan hope to plant 2 million trees over the next two
years? Beginning in January, "people will be able to go to Virgin Megastores
and buy a scroll (featuring original artwork by Monaghan and Mortensen) for
about $10, which will represent a tree you buy in the forest," says Monaghan,
who plays the Hobbit Merry in the trilogy. "We are just trying to offset the
amount of damage that is being done by other people in the world by trying to
plant trees." Plans are also in the works for a second Fellowship Forest near
the Lord of the Rings movie set in New Zealand.
ROTK Stickers from Soundtrack
Alagdalwen sent in a scan of the stickers that came with the special edition of the RotK soundtrack.
San Diego Union Tribune
From Marissa: In the US in the paper The San Diego Union Tribune, in their Night and Day
section is a picture of Orlando Bloom [as legolas] shooting a arrow up into the sky.
There is also a fold out poster.
National Geographic Beyond the Movie
From Adwena: National Geographic are now selling the Beyond the Movie: The
Return of the King documentary on VHS and DVD.
You can order the DVD or VHS here. Additional DVD features include:
a Photo Gallery, "Lord of the Rings" Quiz, and Exclusive bonus footage not included in the broadcast version of the show.
POTC Themed Fashion Show
From Laura: My friends went on a Textiles trip to the Birmingham Fashion Show and
there was a PotC themed cat walk show!! Apparently there were 30 Orlando
replicas in opened shirt and with scruffy brown hair swinging in on ropes and
swinging around cutlasses to the PotC score!
From Naomi: Gollum is on the cover of this week's "Maariv' Lanoar" magazine,
with a 2 page interview with Elijah Wood about ROTK (no mention of Orlando,
though). Also, there were big pictures of the cast at the airport leaving NZ,
including a really big one of Orlando pulling his shirt up for fans. Also,
Aragorn is on the cover if this week's issue of the tv guide "Pnay +" with a 2
page interview with Viggo.
Orlando Video on AOL
From KC Marie: I recieved an alert today from AOL. AOL Celeb Connection has posted
their LotR Q+A video segment. Orlando is on it with the question 'Do you
remember any Elvish from the film, and if so, can you speak it for us?' He
speaks a line from the Extended Fellowship Edition which translates to be 'Our
Fellowship is in your debt, Haldir of Lorien.' He has a habit of raising his
eyebrow while translating, which is quite cute.
Venezuelan TV Alert
From Julie Mary: On "National Geographic Channel" Saturday 13, at 7:00pm is "MÁS ALLA DE LA PELÍCULA THELORD OF THE
icLiverpool.co.uk LOTR Poll
Kristina sent in a link to a poll on icliverpool.co.uk asking Who is the best Lord of the Rings character.
LOTR Cast on TRL
From Clarissa: MTV.com says that the cast will be on TRL on Tuesday Dec. 16th.
"The cast of 'The Lord of the Rings' inhabits Times Square: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler & more."
Photos in UsWeekly
The photos of Orlando and Kate at the airport appear in the new issue of UsWeekly (US). Thanks to everyone who sent in the info and scans, but I will not be posting them for the same reason as before.
Interview on TV Guide Channel
From Chandra: Today on the TV guide channel they've been showing their hour long
holiday movie special and showed a big segment on ROTK. They interviewed
Viggo, Liv, Dom, Billy, Elijah, Ian McKellen and Orlando. Orlando said, "It's
kinda been like having a great Christmas gift at the end of each Christmas,
you know, you come together with friends and family and watch a great movie
that you've all made together. I'm gonna really miss it, um, but it's also a
film that I think will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone." - Orlando
on the end of RoTK.
From Adriana: In the Dec. 23 2003 issue of Star (US) there are several Orlando Bloom pictures. One is located on pg.
17. It is about the LA ROTK premiere. There is also a photograph on page 37, it
is a little clip of Orlando and Viggo in their costumes. The final Orlando Bloom
picture is on page 45. It is candid of him lifting up his shirt on the stairs
of a plane! There are LOTR's posters in this issue as well on pg 40 and 41,
featuring Arwen and Aragorn.
News From the UK
From Haz: Yesterday (12th December) on the CBBC (uk) the Cheeky Girls were on and were
asked who they would kiss underneath the mistletoe and they said "Orlando Bloom".
I think it's Heat mag where there's the same picture of Orlando holding his top
up as in the mag Sneak, but it has a pic of some girls showing their hips who wrote
on them "We love you orlando" so that's why Orlando held up his top.
And in a few towns I've been to in the UK, the calendar club stalls have Orlando
at no.2 for the most selling Calendar.
From Raman: There is a poll on seventeen.com on Which upcoming movie you are most psyched about and
Return of the King is one of the 3 choices.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Lottie (16).
| Friday, December 12|
No updates today, sorry. But I will say that Orlando wasn't at the London premiere. From pfyre: On E! News Live on Wednesday he said that
he was leaving the following day (must have been the day after the press junket
for LA) for the Cayman Islands to finish filming Haven.
Here's something so your visit isn't a waste...
BHD Alternate Ending
I uploaded a video clip of the alternate ending of Black Hawk Down featuring Orlando. Thanks to Sonia for making the clip!
Windows Media format - 1.7 Mb zipped
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Kimberley (12) from her sister Jess, and to Sophie H. from her best friends Holly and Cecilia.
| Thursday, December 11|
New Photos from GQ US
Oleg sent in these photos that will appear in the upcoming January 2004 issue of GQ US!
Orlando Not Attending London Premiere?
Someone wrote to me and said this: "Orlando won't be attending the London
premiere tomorrow of Return of the King. I have spoken to Georgina at
Entertainment film who are organizing the event and she has told me all of the
stars are going except Orlando, Sean Bean and Cate Blanchett."
The Berlin premiere of ROTK was last night, but Orlando was not in attendance. There was a report that he was filming.
Teenhollywood.com has posted a great interview with Orlando and Liv.
Video Interview from Ifilm
Ifilm.com has posted interview clips with the ROTK cast, including one with Orlando where he gets very excited when he spots a "sweet" mole hiding in a hole.
Sophie sent in these scans from the January issue of Bliss (UK).
Working title for POTC 2?
An anonymous scooper contacted us today with what they claim might be the
working title for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2. "I work for [removed] from
Fantasy II F/X in Burbank, Ca," writes our tipster. "I can't give you my name. I
can tell you this, I just saw some composite artwork for PIRATES OF THE
CARIBBEAN: TREASURES OF THE LOST ABYSS I'm not sure if that's just the
working title or not." "The Lost 'ABYSS' is in references to the first pirate ship that sailed in
the caribbean," explains the spy. "Sorry, that's all I know at this time. I have
no information about the script. Disney had a rep here with the artwork. Very
Jay Leno Repeat in the US
I cannot remember their name, but someone wrote in saying that Orlando's episode of Jay Leno would reair on NBC this Friday night, technically Saturday morning, at
German TV Alert
From Sabrina: There´s a new RotK report on Germany TV. On 14th December at 10.20 o´clock on Pro Sieben (Cinemaxx TV).
Lord of the Boxing Ring
From Phaedra: This appeared in my local newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator
(thespec.com) in Ontario, Canada.
Lord of the Rings stars Orlando Bloom and Dominic Monaghan had a fist fight
during the making of the films. The actors got into a fight on a night out in New Zealand after Bloom annoyed
Monaghan. Monaghan, who plays hobbit Merry in the epic trilogy, confessed: "Orlando and
I got into a real fight. My triceps were really painful from working out, and
one night he came up behind me and pinched my arm. I said, 'Don't do that!'
and he did it again and that was it - I kicked him across the dance floor and
we started having a rumble! But me made up."
Web's Most Wanted 2003
Orlando is #80 on the Lycos Web's Most Wanted 2003 list, last year he was 89.
Each year the people at Lycos tally up the millions of words people tap into
their computers to conduct searches. In the world of movies, the many searches for actor Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of
the Rings") show that he, not Johnny Depp, was the real box-office magnet behind
the blockbuster "The Pirates of the Caribbean."
Orlando on E! News Live
From Steph: On last night's E! News Live (12/10 US), they had an Orlando Bloom segment. It
was all about how he has got so many things going for him, and how busy he's
been with all his movie roles. Orlando and the interviewer were joking around
that Orlando said he tried to diversify his roles, but most of his roles deal
with sword fighting. Orlando mentioned that he was going off to film in the
Caymen Islands the next day. The interviewer mentioned Troy of Pirates of the
Caribbean 2. Nothing about the Calcium Kid or Ned Kelly. The show will air again
today at noon.
Also, on the news scroll on TRL today, they said that the cast of LOTR was
going to be on next week. They didn't say who though.
From Eva: There are some German mags with articles of Orlando Bloom:
Jolie (Jan 04), Allegra (Jan 04) and Glamour (Jan 04).
National Geographic Special
Leanne watched the National Geographic, LOTR beyond the movie
special in Australia and said there were interview clips with Orlando, and a drinking scene involving Legolas and Gimli that didn't make it to the theatrical cut.
Here's a screencap of Orlando, thanks to Leanne.
Vi unge and Sirene
From Tine: Orlando is in a Danish magazine called Vi unge (from Dec.) it has 2 pics. One
of them says something about, that Orlando will play the lead-role in a
movie about a young knight. And it is set to be shot next month. There is an interview on Elijah Wood,
Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin and Orlando. It
says that he just came in from filming Troy. And then he is a 4th place in the magazine, he is one of the hottest men from
2003, you can vote for him, but you have to buy the magazine.
He is also in a Danish magazine called Sirene, from Dec./Jan. There should be
Dutch news Program Twee Vandaag
From Linda: On the Dutch news program "Twee Vandaag" was a short commentary
about ROTK today. At www2.tros.nl/lotr/ you can see the interviews with
a few actors from the movie. Unfortunately not from Orlando...
From Middle-earth to Superstars
From bbc.co.uk: Orlando Bloom, who plays elf Legolas, has capitalised on his
Rings fame the quickest. read more...
London Premiere on Newsround
From Claire: Today Newsround (BBC) interviewed Peter Jackson and
showed some clips of RotK. Tomorrow (11/12/03) at 5.25pm on BBC1, Newsround
will be interviewing the cast and reporting from the London premiere.
ROTK Bookmarks in School Library
From Adelaide: At my school, St.Edwards of Elgin Il, in the library they are
giving out free the Return of the King bookmarks and there is one with
Legolas but it also has Gimli on it and they are free so check and see if
your libraries have any too. :)
Hasbro LOTR Contest
From Kathryn: I just bought a Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit game and Hasbro is having
a Lord of the Rings contest. Inside it comes w/ a code that you use on
www.hasbro.com to enter. The 8 grand prize winners will get either "The
Sword of Aragorn", "The Sword of Gandalf(Glamdring)", "The Axe of Gimli",
"The Bow of Legolas", "The Sword of Eowyn", "The Sword of
Theoden", and "The Sword of Faramir". Every 1,000 first prize
winners will receive a movie poster from "The Return of the King". And
every 10,000 second prize winners will receive Top Trumps "The Lord of the
Rings" card game. To get the codes you have to buy one of the Lord of the Rings games. Either Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, or Risk.
US TV Alert
From Steph: On Fri. Dec. 12, CBS 2 news (Lower Hudson Valley, NY, US) are having a
show called "Holiday on the Town". It talks about all the Broadway shows,
activities and movies to see and do. They have a clip of ROTK in the commercial, assuming that it will be on the show, Friday night at 7 pm.
Request for copy of GOOD DAY LA
From Sonia: To anyone who lives in California, I need some help. See, my friend's Dad said
he saw 2 of my friends and my "Came from Chicago..." sign at the LA RotK
Premiere on the December 4th edition of a talk show called "GOOD DAY LA." I
was just wondering if anyone out there who might see this possibly taped the
show or the footage he saw. If so, I'm VERY interested in obtaining a copy!
The station doesn't do that, so unless I find a fan who is willing to help,
I'm stuck :o( If you can help me out, I ask that you contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks in advance to anyone who does!
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Alyssa.
| Wednesday, December 10|
New Photos from GQ
Oleg sent in these photos
from the UK GQ photo shoot, some of which are unpublished.
'Pirates' Plunders First-Week Video Record
From Yahoo News: "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
Pearl" has captured the first-week home video sales record for a live-action
title, selling more than 11 million combined DVD and VHS units.
Jen's LA Photos
Jen sent in some of her great photos from the LA premiere.
Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004
Posted by Stacie: The N (US) is running a show called Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004. Orlando is
#12. The segment includes red carpet stuff I hadn't seen before, like Orlando
being pulled away at the POTC premiere by a handler only to run back to sign
for a little girl and doing this spin-dance move at TTT premiere. And he
makes funny faces :) He talks about how to handle all the screaming girls,
why he keeps his private life private and the Bloom Philosophy. I
believe this airs on Dec. 31 at 8pm.
Photo in Sneak
From Hollie: In this week's Sneak (UK) mag there is a photo of Orlando and the rest of
the LOTR team on the steps of a plane, Orlando has his top up! It also says
at the bottom of the first page he will be in next week's edition.
Photos in The Sun
Photos of Kate greeting Orlando at the LA airport appeared in various UK tabloids yesterday. I've decided not to post them
as they show a private moment, and I think Orlando would not be happy that someone had taken photos of them.
Please do not email me for more info. I'm sure you'll be able to find the photos online somewhere else.
Info on Nat. Geographic's Beyond The Movie
From Adwena: Orlando appeared on a documentary called "The Big Picture" which
aired in Australia. He made two comments in this documentary. One about
Aragorn as King, and another about Legolas' friendship with Gimli. Here is a
web page which has more information about the documentary. Unfortunately there are no pictures of Orlando in this show on the web as of yet.
US TV Alerts
I updated the TV Guide for the US, thanks to Christianne and §fyre.
Some of the programs are:
E! Entertainer of the Year where the year's top performers are honored, including Orlando.
Lord Of The Rings Hobbit SP on MTV2- A half hour Hobbit special to promote The
Lord Of The Rings hosted by Elijah Wood & Billy Boyd.
Behind the Scenes of The Return of the King on E!
A Lord of the Rings Special on TechTv.
From Caity: Wed., Dec. 10th, on "ET" in the US they will be showing a home
video that the cast of LOTR made especially for ET with footage of them on the
plane leaving New Zealand and in the hotel.
I also saw on tvguide.com that on Dec. 17th at 2:05am on channel WEWS, the show Kickin' It will feature Orlando. I think this is a Cleveland, Ohio station. If anyone has heard of this show, please let me know.
ROTK Programs in the UK
From Sam: For UK fans, there are two programmes coming up next week which might feature
Orlando. The first is on Sunday the 14th December, on ITV2 at 7.30 p.m. It's
called 'The Return of The King: The Quest Fulfilled'. The second is on Tuesday the 16th December, at 11.35 p.m. on BBC1. Film 2003
- Lord of the Rings Special. It says that Jonathan Ross chats to the stars of
the Lord of the Rings. It is repeated the following Saturday afternoon, on BBC 2.
Spin: Hobbits may be noble and brave, but they're not particularly sexy --
especially compared to the movie's elf and the human characters.
Monaghan: We are sexy. Hobbits are the sexiest.
Astin: I think she's saying you're not as sexy as Orlando [Bloom, who plays
the elf Legolas].
Monaghan: I am as sexy as Orlando. I actually think I'm sexier.
From Lindsay: There is a small picture of Orlando in the
magazine Harper's Bazaar and a small quote saying that he is the most searched
for male actor on E!online.
Tickets to ROTK Premiere in Amsterdam
From Silvera: For the Dutch fans of the LOTR, you can now bid on e-bay
for tickets to the premiere on the 15th Dec. The tickets are being sold by the (Red Kruis), they will buy toys for sick children.
Life Sized Legolas at Walmart
From Kate: In Canada some of the Walmarts are selling these HUGE Legolas
action figures. They're not just card board, they're made out of plastic and it's
about 5ft tall, plus you can fire off the arrows. I asked one of the
sales people how long they would be on sale for and it's only until the
17th! They are very expensive, over $200.
LOTR Day on QVC UK
From TORN: Darren writes: There is a QVC Lord
of the Rings Day on the 17th December on QVC UK. They have exclusive interviews
with some of the cast that they will be playing throughout the show. They have
teaser trailers that will be played throughout the day.
German TV Alert
Sabrina says that on Dec. 16th at 19.00 on Viva, the show Film ab! will have a report about the ROTK premiere in Germany.
LOTR Hits Mobile Phones in the Philippines
From trunkz: ROTK is sponsored by SMART and GLOBE here in the Philippines and you can
download loads of LOTR logos, picture messages, mms colored wallpapers and
soundclips from the movie. SMART PROMO- just download and win any 16 nokia 6600 fones, plus you can win
tickets for the special screening on December 17, (because the playdate of rotk
is on Jan 9). Lastly, free Lotr wall calendar when you simswap to Smart Buddy
64K sim2. GLOBE PROMO- just download colored wallpapers and icons to get a chance to win
Php3.2 million. Plus, there's a free Nestle's Non Stop Ice cream, LOTR
collectible on your first download. Just present it to any Odyssey music store
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Stephanie (16) from her sister Sarah, to Gothic Elf, and to Nick Scizzy.
Happy Anniversary to The Borders of Middle-Earth from the owner Becky Greenleaf.
| Tuesday, December 9|
ET Video Clip
ET Online has a video clip
of an interview with Orlando.
From Jess: I saw Orlando on ET yestrerday, they started off by showing some shots
of Orlando as Legolas including the one saw on Jay Leno. After, they talked
about how Orlando also did Pirates of the Caribbean and is playing Paris in
the new movie Troy out in May. Then the reporter asked him what he thought
about Brad Pitt and he answered that Brad is really talented and spirtual
person. He said Brad was amazing and he was pretty good about dealing with
fans. The reporter then asked him about what he thought about his image as a
heart trob. Orlando (being the sweetie) said that he is flattered by having so
many fans. They also mentioned that Orlando's favorite actor is Paul Newman.
New Line has released some more publicity photos from ROTK, including one of Legolas.
Another Calcium Kid Photo
Linkin and Jan posted this photo at ka-Bloom from the set of The Calcium Kid. It was found on Maddy Ford's website.
Photo from Jay Leno
The Jay Leno website posted this photo of Orlando.
Liam Neeson Joins Kingdom of Heaven
From darkhorizons.com: First up the one and only Liam Neeson has joined Ridley Scott's Crusades
epic "Kingdom of Heaven" with Orlando Bloom which gets underway in Morocco next year.
The Stars Who Rock Middle Earth
From dailyrecord.co.uk: But what is certain is that Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Viggo Mortensen as
Aragorn are the true winners of the three epic films. read more...
Photo in NY Daily News
Rose sent in this scan from Sunday's NY Daily News.
Beyond the Movie:ROTK on Canadian TV
From Amanda: BEYOND THE MOVIE:THE LORD OF THE RINGS-THE RETURN OF THE KING: The
National Geographic Channel is giving a hard-core Lord of the Rings fans
something they won't see in theatres. The network is featuring a unique
perspective on the latest installment of blockbuster trilogy Lord of The Rings
in the Canadian premiere of Beyond The Movie: LOTR ROTK on Dec.14 9pm. It
will also air on Showcase on Dec.14th at 11:10pm and will be rebroadcast on
National Geographic Channel Dec.16 at 9pm (all times are eastern ET). courtesy
of Metro Newspaper
E! News Live at ROTK Premiere
From eonline.com: FRIDAY 12/12 We hit the red carpet at the London premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King.
From Alexis: Orlando is in the December 16, 2003 issue of Star. He is on page 10 with Liv
Tyler. It is a picture of the Wellington premiere.
Bruce Willis's Daughter is an OB Fan
From Adi: Today at Access Hollywood, Tallulah, the little daughter of Bruce Willis, when asked who she is going to marry, she said Orlando
From Caity: Monday, Dec. 8, on "Extra" in the US there was a short thing on LOTR with
quick interviews of Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Liv Tyler (separately). Elijah showed the guy his Elvish "9" tattoo and when the guy asked
Orlando to show his, he refused and was disappointed when the guy told him
Elijah had shown his. Viggo talked about how he dislikes being a sex icon and
Liv says she is in denial that it's all over because she loves it so much.
ROTK Billboards in NY
Steph: I was in New York city recently, and they have 3 HUGE billboards for ROTK.
One of them is on the West Side Highway going northbound. Another is located in
the center of Times Square. The last one I saw was on the corner of Canal St.
and Lafayette St., near Little Italy. The latter of the three took up more
than half of the building side.
Dutch ROTK Contest (Correction)
From Jorien: Dutch fans can win tickets to the premier of ROTK in Berlin. You have to sms
'Ring on' to 2020 and answer the question.
From Faye: The tickets you can win are for the ROTK premiere in Amsterdam... Got an
official email about that. more info
ROTK on "@ the movies"
From Brianne: I was watching the show "@ the movies" on Family Channel (Canada)
the other night and at the end of the show they showed the preview for next
week's show with will be on The Return of the King. I think it will be showed
on Sunday the 14th. I know that Elijah, Billy and Andy will be on it but I'm
unsure if Orlando will. Check your local listings for the time.
ROTK Contest on Seattle Radio
From EmMa: On the West Seattle radio station KISS 106.1, there's a chance to win tickets
to the RotK premiere. I'm not sure if it's still going on because a girl just
won, but they usually give more than one chances to win. The radio host
mentioned a little bit about Orlando, saying, "Return of the King has a whole
bunch of stars. Orlando Bloom, obviously." Then the winner replied "Yeah, he's
hot!" and said "Yeah, sure..." To win, you have to call in the station,
contact me at email@example.com if you're in the Seattle area and want the number.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Naomi (16) from her friend Jorien.
| Monday, December 8|
Jay Leno Video Clips
Here are the video clips
from Jay Leno. Please only download either the RealPlayer version or the Windows Media version, not both. The quality is the same.
I've gotten a lot of emails asking about the GQ magazine that was shown on Jay Leno. I think it is the January 2004 US issue that is not yet out.
Pitt Calls on Greek Gods to Help Film
Hollywood hunk BRAD PITT is so worried his epic movie TROY will flop after a
series of on-set disasters, he's urged Greek gods to ensure the movie will be a
success. So the actor and his fellow cast members - ORLANDO BLOOM and SEAN BEAN -
visited a village church while filming in Mexico to pray for any curse to be
lifted. A crew member says, "Everyone was just so annoyed with everything going wrong
that we wanted to get some help from a higher power. We went in to this little church and said prayers and then made a circle
outside and asked for the blessing of the Greek gods and their forgiveness if we
had offended them."
Calcium Kid Photo
The UK gossip rag The News of the World had a story on Orlando which I won't post, but I will post this photo it had from the set of The Calcium Kid.
Legolas Lotto Scratchcard
Pheny sent in a scan of the UK lottery Legolas scratchcard.
ROTK Special On NZ TV
From Marian: Tuesday on TV2 (NZ) there is an hour long LOTR:ROTK special
which takes a candid look behind the scenes. Also this
month E! (NZ) will be showing Behind the Scenes: LOTR: ROTK on various days, more leading up
to and beyond the start date.
I added photos from the LA premiere from Lily and Gracie.
Lily also sent in photos from the Hollywood Film Festival Awards.
Jay Leno on Australian TV
Antonia sent in the correct times for Jay Leno in Australia.
Monday 8th 10:30pm Comedy Channel (foxtel 25)
Tuesday 9th 2:30am & 12pm
Jay Leno Repeat on US TV
Some NBC stations in the US repeat Jay Leno a few days later, late at night, around 3am. So his episode should be on this week, but I don't know what day.
LOTR Program on UK TV
From Cara: In the UK they are showing a LOTR program on ITV called The Quest Fulfilled at
12.30 on December 13th.
From Stephanie: Just wanted to let you know that Orlando is featured in the January 2004 issue
of J14 (USA) in their hot guys calendar, Orlando is August, and as
hottie of the month (with picture).
Orlando Reference in YM
From Katie: In the YM magazine (US) for January, Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King, is
listed Number 1 on their top 20 list. And the text said:
"Frodo (Elijah Wood) tries to fulfill his destiny as Ringbearer. Nice plot,
but really, we're paying $10 to stare at Orlando Bloom."
Fallen Angel sent in these scans from the January 2004 issue of Twist (US).
James Amabile, 38, the Folsom section of Ridley Township, PA
From Melissa: My cousins' uncle went missing Friday night when he called the
babysitter and told her he would be right over to pick up his two
daughters, but he never showed up. His name is Jimmy Amabile, and
he has a bad case of diabetes. He is insulin dependant, so if he
doesn't get insulin he will first become disoriented. Next he will go
into a coma and most likely is in a coma right now. If anyone who lives in Pennsylvania
knows any information, they could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org More info
From Kaylee: I got NOW Magazine (UK) today and you will be happy to know that
Orlando has a 2 page spread about him about how "fame is freaking me out".
From Tanya: Orlando's on Access Hollywood on Tuesday. Channel is Living Tv Uk. He was also on today's Access Hollywood talking about the special affects on POTC.
From Rachael: The Mail (UK) on Sunday (7th December 2003) has a really cool magazine which is
devoted to Lord of the Tings with loads of pictures including ones of Orlando
as Legolas and himself!
E! True Hollywood Story
From Leanna: On the show E! True Hollywood Story, Rock Stars Daughters, there is a
shot of Orlando in the background when Liv Tyler is being interviewed. You
can see him for awhile but you have to look close.
Elf T-shirts at Abercrombie and Fitch
From Leah: I was at the mall on Saturday December 6th and Y went to the store Abercrombie and Fitch (CA) and I bought a shirt that says
"naughty little elf".
ROTK Review on Ebert and Roper
From Jenn: Next Sunday on Ebert and Roper (US) they will be reviewing ROTK. It's on at 11:30. (check your local listings)
Calendars in UK
From kt4orli4eva: They are selling an official Orlando calendar for 7.99 and an
unofficial one for 5.99 in HMV (UK). They are also selling the same unofficial
one in Clintons cards (UK), also for 5.99 and they are selling a different
unofficial one also for 5.99 in the Card Warehouse(UK). They are selling a
really good ROTK one in there as well for 8.99, but sadly it is unofficial.
Finally they are selling plenty of decent OB calendars this year, in the
shops, unlike last year.
Mention on Popworld
From Jude: On Sunday the 7th on (uk) T4's Popworld, the cheeky girls were asked
who'd they'd most like to date. One of them said Orlando Bloom because he is
Another POTC DVD Easter Egg
Brandi On Disc 2, go to "Below Deck". Go down to "Scene Index" beneath "A Prisoner's Last Tale", and then go to the 2nd
page, where it has the headings "On Deck", "The Gunnery", "The Galley", and "Credits". Scroll down to "Pirate Ships", press left on the remote and
Barbossa's ring will light up. Click enter and you'll see a Japanese tv commercial for POTC.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Melissa from her friend Lucy, and to Sarah.
| Sunday, December 7|
Press Conference Photos
Here are photos
from the ROTK Press Conference in LA, thanks to Anna.
Jay Leno Transcript
TORN has posted a transcript of Orlando on Jay Leno. I will be posting the video clips tomorrow.
Jay Leno on UK TV
From Claire: I think Jay Leno is showing in the U.K on channel 256 (SKY DIGITAL) on Monday and not tonight. Or at least the
listings say that Mondays show has Nicole Kidman and Alicia Keys.
Jay Leno Photos
Here are photos from Getty of Orlando on Jay Leno, thanks to Bonnie and Tina.
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Japanese Video Clip
Miwa of Orlando J-web sent in a short video clip of Orlando on the Japanese program
Windows Media Format format - 292 Kb
From OBM.net: Takako reports: Miwa's video clip is from the Saturday night variety show
called "Broadcaster", which is one of the most famous and popular TV programmes
in Japan. It has a section called "Lecture on news in variety shows for fathers"
and major topics which got into the news for that week are given out. He
appeared in the introduction of the announcement of this week's top 10 news. On
Miwa's video clip, he is saying "Here's the Ranking of this week." in Japanese.
I guess the pronunciation was difficult for him, but he spoke carefully and
Fan Photos from LA Premiere
Here are Tianne and Jasmin's photos from the LA premiere, with the OB Files girls. (I just like saying that)
More LA fan encounters from Jamie, Tianne and Jasmin, Missy, LonsingerSL, and Lily of Lothlorian, and an encounter from Samantha at the Jay Leno show.
ROTK Commercial on the WB
From TORN: Edana writes: There will be an
exclusive preview of 'Return of the King' during Smallville on Wednesday, Dec 10, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on the WB.
ROTK Special on UK TV
From Cassie: Today (7th) in the UK, at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel is 'Behind The
Movie, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'.
Dutch ROTK Contest
From Jorien: Dutch fans can win tickets to the premier of ROTK in Berlin. You have to sms
'Ring on' to 2020 and answer the question.
From Sparrow: At teenpeople.com the current poll question is:
Which celeb couple should MTV turn its cameras on next? Kate and Orlando are one of the choices.
From Taylor: There was a poll on Teenpeople.com about who you wanted to meet under the
mistletoe... Orlando got second place after American Idol runner up, Clay
ROTK Special on Australian TV
From Ellena: In Australia (or, in NSW at least), Wednesday December 10th, 8:30pm on ABC there is a program called 'The Big
Picture: Beyond the Movie LOTR ROTK'.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Debbie (14) from her best friend Marlena.
| Saturday, December 6|
I'm still really behind on my email, the Orlando flood keeps on coming! I'm also not feeling very well, so please bear with me. - Sarah
Jay Leno Screencaps
I may have went a little overboard on the screencaps of Orlando on Jay Leno, I made about 260! It was a good interview, he talked about playing a monkey when he was 4, his back accident, did an
imitation of a lizard and an ape, and then they showed a clip from ROTK!
:) I will try to make a video clip soon.
Monika, who attended the taping, posted her report here, and
Shawna posted hers here.
PrimeTime Screencaps and Video
I made screencaps and video clips from "Journey to Middle Earth", the ROTK special on PrimeTime (US).
ROTK Press Junket
TORN has posted a report from the ROTK press junket in LA, with bits on Orlando.
ET Video Clip
ET Online has a video clip of the ROTK stars, including Orlando, congratulating Gwyneth Paltrow on her pregnancy. Maybe ET should have interviewed them about, oh I don't know, the movie?!!
About.com has posted an interview with Orlando.
POTC 2 Filming Info
This article from USA Today says that Orlando be shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 2 in January 2005.
LOTR special on Danish TV
From PJ: There will be a LOTR special on Danish television on the 12th of
December on DR2, just 2 days before the Copenhagen premiere of ROTK.
LOTR Special On UK TV
From Hayley: In the UK Sky t.v. listings, there is a documentary, Lord of the Rings: Beyond.
It's on Monday 8th December on the National Geographic Channel at 4.00 p.m, and
repeats on National Geographic + at 5.00 p.m:
"Lord of the Rings star John Rhys Davies looks at how Tolkien's stories of
Midde Earth echo some of history's great heroes and intriguing conflicts. Who
is the real Frodo?"
Info for Dutch Fans
From Jorien: On wednesday December 10 there will be a new Preview magazine which will
include a report on the ROTK premier in Wellington. It's a free magazine and
you can get it at the cinema's. On Friday December 12 there will also be a
program about ROTK on National Geographic Channel. It will start at 10:00 pm
Official Calendar at Bluewater
From Laura in Kent: I bought today the official Orlando calender at Bluewater for £7.99.
Also, there is a shop in Bluewater called Famously Yours and had a signed and framed Orlando piccie for £195! Ouch. It
also sells official movie postcards and had some RotK ones. Last year for TTT
they had a Legolas one which I bought for 50p so they might do another this
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Holly K. (17) from her friend Lauren, and to Melissa (14) from her sister.
Happy Birthday from yesterday to Jasmin (19) from Tianne and Krys, and Katie (16) from Jasmin and Tianne.
| Friday, December 5|
LA Premiere Videos
I made video clips
from E! News Live and Access Hollywood at the LA premiere.
Extra TV has posted a clip
on their website
Photos from AOL
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Here are the photos. Orlando is eatting an egg white omelet in the first pic, and you can see some of the The OB Files girls with their sign!
In this photo you can see Maura taking this one!
Wellington Premiere Video on AOL
Here are the Wellington interviews by the 13 year old AOL contest winner.
AOL users click here.
Samantha, Connie and Sonia sent in their fan encounters from the LA premiere.
Ayfer sent in scans of an interview in the January 2004 issue of Jolie (Germany).
(1 & 2)
Orlando Not in Closing The Ring
Justin Timberlake was turned down for a Hollywood movie role because he
wasn't good enough. Justin auditioned for the fantasy epic Closing The
Ring but producer Jo Gilbert said: "Justin wasn't quite right for the role.
I know it would have meant more bums on seats but it wasn't right so we
let him go. We had a look at ORLANDO BLOOM too but he's doing
Orlando Buys London House
Here's an article from Ananova about Orlando buying a house and taking some time off. Can't be much, since Kingdom of Heaven starts filming January 12th.
DVD Pick of the Week
From Cara: Pirates of the Caribbean is the DVD Pick of the Week on Windows
Media Player. It's on the start-up screen and you can see clips from the
| Thursday, December 4|
LA Premiere Photos and Reports
Here are the first batch of photos
from the LA premiere of ROTK last night.
Some of the gals from The OB Files board where there, and had an awesome sign that impressed Orlando, and the news crews. They were filmed by numerous stations, as well as New Line for the ROTK DVD! Orlando also got one of them a pass!
Read Krystyna's report with photos here.
Maura, who was hanging with The OB Files girls, posted her premiere report in her Live Journal.
Read more LA reports from Tiffany, Nikki and Rob, and Melissa from the Wellington premiere.
NZ Video Interview
Nzoom.com has posted the full interview with Orlando and Liv in NZ.
Cute Wellington Premiere Photo
Dyne sent in this photo of Orlando, Viggo, and a pair of underwear from the Wellington premiere.
Apparently someone threw Orli a pair of undies, and Viggo caught it and held
it up with Orli for a pic.
Mention in The Daily News
From Shanna: They mentioned Orlando in the Daily News (US, New York) in Tuesdays
paper, with picture of him from the premiere. Under his picture it says
"ELFIN CHARM: "Lord of the Rings" hunk Orlando Bloom struck a smoldering pose
at the New Zealand premiere of "The Return of the King". The final fick in the
trilogy arrives in the U.S. on Ded. 17."
ROTK Special on Dutch TV
Lenny of bloomania.com: Dutch TV channel Veronica has a Lord of the Rings Special on Thursday the 18th
of December. With behind the scenes footage and the premiere in Wellington.
ROTK Specials on Australian TV
From Kate: A LOTR special, called Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings-The Return of
the King, will air on Australian TV on Wednesday December 10. It's on the
ABC, at 8.30pm and runs for an hour.
From Jill: On Sunday 7th's edition of In Entertainment in Australia, they are
doing a section on the Wellington Premiere. It's at 6pm on channel 10.
National Board of Review Award
From §fyre and hollywoodreporter.com:
The National Board of Review is a 95-year-old nonprofit organization, based in
New York, comprised of film professionals, educators, students and historians.
The award for best acting by an ensemble went to New Line Cinema's "The Lord of
the Rings: The Return of the King." Although "King" has been widely assumed to
be a front-runner in this year's Oscar race, it did not receive any other
attention from the board, which did not include it on its list of the year's
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Jyssica (17).
| Wednesday, December 3|
Wellington Airport and Premiere Photos
I added more photos from the airport
and a few from the premiere
Thanks to Anelith for these photos from The Dominian Post (1
and these from The New Zealand Herald (1
Katie sent in her fan encounter from the Wellington premiere.
Orlando's Mother Blooms With Pride
From stuff.co.nz: Among the crowds cheering for Lord of the Rings hunk Orlando Bloom on
Monday was his biggest fan – his mother. read more
From scoop.co.nz: A final photocall for The Lord of the Ring's stars as they bid New Zealand
goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen. view photos
Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes
The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of
Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before
boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters
Aragorn and Arwen. view photos
Orlando's T-shirt Not For Sale
From nzherald.co.nz: There were designer dresses and smart suits but it was a simple
orange T-shirt that lit up the red carpet at the world premiere of The
Return of the King. But people wanting one of the "I Love New Zealand"
tees worn by star Orlando Bloom are out of luck. The orange versions
of the shirt, designed by Auckland company Huffer, are out of production and
there are no plans for a re-release.
Fans give full navel salute as stars fly off
From stuff.co.nz: Hundreds of people crammed every vantage point to catch a final glimpse
of their favourite characters as they left on a special Lord of the Rings
liveried Air New Zealand 767 flight to Auckland. "It's amazing. The whole experience has just been the most precious time
ever," heart-throb Orlando Bloom (Legolas) said. Always the crowd-pleaser, Bloom then led co-stars including Sir Ian
McKellen (Gandalf) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) through banks of television
crews and photographers to waiting fans where they performed a final goodbye
dance. Bloom gave a special wave to fans Lizzie Earl, 16, Charlotte Oakley, 16,
Lizi Oldham, 18, and Nina Corleison, 15, who had the message "We love you
Orlando" painted across their tummies.
A Parade Fit for The Return Of The King
From torontostar.com: Hottie of the day, Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas, sent hundreds of teenage
girls into hysterics. Asked whether he thought it was strange being featured on
one of the special stamps New Zealand has issued, he said, "What is weird is
bringing your mom in on an airplane that has your face on it."
"It's like receiving a great Christmas gift at the end of each year," Bloom said
of meeting cast mates for the premieres of the three films. "There's no sense of
relief (that it's over). Only a sense of completion."
TV Hits Interview
Antonia sent in the Orlando interview from the December issue of TV Hits (Australia).
POTC DVD Easter Eggs
Posted by Michelle on ka-Bloom: 3 Eggs - Disc 2 Main Menu
1. Select 'Fly on the Set': Highlight 'Play
All' and press right twice to highlight the skeleton's tooth. Press enter to
watch "Pirates Cave Construction".
2. Select 'Below Deck': Highlight 'Set
Sail' and press left twice to highlight the skull. Press enter to watch a
computer animation of the chase scene without voices.
"Moonlight Serenade" Scene Progression: Highlight 'Main Menu' and press down
twice to highlight another skeleton's tooth. Press enter to watch a Keith
National Geographic for Kids Article
Sam sent in scans of the Return of the King article in the December issue of National Geographic for Kids (US).
YM Cover Poll
From Cassidy: On YM.com there is a poll, of who you want on their cover,
Orlando is one of the choices.
Jay Leno in Australia
From Antonia: Jay Leno will be aired on The Comedy Channel on Foxtel (25) at 10pm 6th
December and repeated the next day at 12pm.
Coconuts Music & Movies
From Tricia: Coconuts Music & Movies (an entertainment store located mostly on
the east coast) is selling new Legolas posters and the Legolas Lifesize
Standup for $24.99. The posters should be around $6.99.
Ned Kelly Trailer on E! News Live
From ?: On Tuesday December 2nd's E! News Live, the Ned Kelly trailer was shown and
they DID mention Orlando Bloom. The trailer is different than then ones shown
online, and personally, I think they're better. There's a repeat of the show
tomorrow (Wed.) at noon in the west coast (US).
ROTK Special on German TV
From Anja: They will have a RotK Special on German Television on RTL 16.15 Uhr on Dec. 21st.
US TV Alerts
From Christianne: Here are some TV appearances coming up:
Dec. 4 ABC
A look at the making of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
(2003), the third installment of the film series based on the novels by J.R.R.
`Rings' & Grammys Rock!
Dec. 4 syndicated
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen discuss their roles in the
upcoming film “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” Also: a rundown of
possible Grammy nominees.
Ebert & Roeper
Dec. 7 syndicated
“Big Fish” (Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor); “The Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King” (Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen); “Honey” (Jessica Alba, Mekhi
Phifer). Hosted by Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper.
On The Set: The Return of the King
Starts on Starz! channels December 10
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Suzanne (16).
| Tuesday, December 2|
I'm really behind on news and email, sorry! I will try to get up to date ASAP.
Orlando Leaves NZ
From nzoom.com: The Lord of the
Rings stars have jetted out of Wellington, taking the Middle Earth
message to the rest of the world. They left on an Air New
Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and
Arwen. It is estimated that about 800 fans and well wishers gathered in the terminal in an attempt to catch a
final glimpse of the stars and try for last minute autographs.
Yahoo News has photos of fans saying goodbye to Orlando at the airport, and his response back. :)
I updated the photo gallery from the premiere.
From Marian: Some numbers for you from Monday: the crowd was counted and there
was 120,000 people along the parade round and the red carpet. The after party was
for 2000 people - invitation only. The last partygoers were going home as the rest of the country
was having breakfast. Also, Orlando travelled to NZ on the Air NZ 747 with Aragorn and Legolas on
its bodywork, but didn't know it untilhe got off in Wellington and was looking out the terminal
More premiere stories at:
E! News Live Video and Screencaps
E! News Live has some footage from the premiere. I made a video clip of the short Orlando interview, and screencaps. Screencaps are in with the premiere photos.
ROTK Video Clip
From TORN: Jezabear captured this clip of
Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli entering the Paths of the Dead that was shown on New
Zealand TV today. Obviously, spoilers!! [Quicktime] [Windows Media]
Orlando Pic on o2's Media Messaging
From Sam: If you register at www.o2.co.uk you can
send a Media Message (for £2) of Orlando to someone's mobile phone by clicking
on the "Media Messaging" option, then setting the brand to "Celebrity" and the
theme to "Hot Movie".
German ROTK Premiere Contest
From Soleil: All German AOL users can win tickets for the
LOTR Premiere in Berlin on the 10th of December. You just will have to answer
a question (Who plays the role of Faramir?) till the 5th of December.
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Sarah Hlebain.
| Monday, December 1|
Wellington ROTK Premiere
Here are the first photos
from the Wellington premiere.
Elf Lady was able to grab the short speech that Orlando made from the podium set up at the Embassy Theatre. Here's a Mp3 clip
Here are some reports
, and you can also read about it at nzoom.com
From Krissy: On 'Today' (Aust) Orlando was asked what he thought of Viggo
Mortensen, and Orlando called him his 'mentor'. In reply, Viggo said that
"it's amazing what people like Orlando can do on the screen... people that
don't have scores of lines and can still have such an impact."
From Jessica: Trailers, interviews and a glimpse of the world premiere have been
all over Australian tv today. Tonight on a 'Current Affair' there was a short
snippet of an interview with Orlando and Liv. He just talked about how close
they've all become and they're like a family. He looked really hot... also
from tomorrow the Return of the King pins they are promoting in the Daily
Telegraph are costing $2 with the coupons. Sunday's and today's were free.
Orlando Advent Calendar
I made a printable Orlando advent calendar. No making fun of my house!
Danish ROTK Premiere Contest
From Lucy: In Denmark you can win a trip to the european premiere of Return on the King,
and you can also win a ticket to the Danish gala premiere, where the celebs will be at
both. The contest is going on, on the radiostation The Voice, on the program
OB Fan Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Jasdeep.