“Shut UP!” There’s Going to be a Princess Diaries 3?

We were today-years-old when we found out (well, remembered) that the last Princess Diaries film came out in 2004. Yep, FIFTEEN years ago. It’s been too long since we spent some quality time with our fave royal babes Miss Mia Thermopolis and Queen Clarisse Renaldi.

However, if recent reports – and Anne Hathaway herself – are to be believed, we may be reuniting with the Princess Diaries franchise sooner than we thought. Whilst a lot of buzz surrounding a Princess Diaries 3 arose back in 2017, a 2019 appearance on US talk show ‘Watch What Happens Live’ saw Anne confirm that “there is a script for the third movie…I want to do it. Julie [Andrews] wants to do it.”

OMG.

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Inspired by this recent news, we wanted to revisit all the best movie prins that have ever graced our screens. Cue the nostalgia.

1. Mia (The Princess Diaries)

Obviously. We saw Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo transform right before our eyes with one of the best makeover montages ever.

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Despite the new look, she proved that being true to yourself is the best way to achieve your dreams. Even if those dreams don’t come close to becoming an integral part of the Genovian royal family, we could all benefit from channelling a bit of that trademark Mia sass.

2. Asana (The Princess Diaries 2)

Now we cannot mention Princess Diaries without giving a special mention to Princess Asana. Who else could we have wanted to duet with Julie Andrews on iconic RnB banger ‘Your Crowning Glory’?

Who else forgot that this was a thing that happened?

Regardless, we’re here to remind the world of the genius that is Raven Symone poppin’ and lockin’ around a visibly uncomfortable Julie A. She also committed to an extremely enthusiastic mattress surfing cameo.

3. Fa Mulan (Mulan)

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Saving an entire kingdom and your father’s life through some very convincing identity fraud? Just a day in the life for our Fa Mulan. Cutting her hair off (into a lovely blunt bob, may we add, very on-trend) with a giant sword to some incredibly dramatic music? Climbing to the top of that giant wooden pole when no other man in an army of hundreds could? Stopping a sword with a god damn FAN? Ugh, Mulan girl, we love you.

4. Sarah (A Little Princess)

Okay, theoretically she’s not a real princess. But technicalities aside, we needed to recognise miss Sarah Crewe in this list since she reminded us that we are all princesses. All girls – and boys, if they feel so inclined – are. She was an inspiration to all of us, showing that kindness, empathy and generosity reign over all.

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Looking back, she was also the queen of shade. Take that, Lavinia.

5. Anya (Anastasia)

A young orphan with no memory of her past, this mega-babe is a prime example of how confidence, bravery and a lil’ bit of sass can get you out of dodge. Despite some bad amnesia caused by a particularly intense bout of childhood trauma, Anya manages to come through the other side of her struggle as one of the most badass women in movie ‘herstory’.

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Sure, con-man Dimitri initially tries to use her to make a few quid, but she’s that much of a gem inside and out that he soon drops the act and falls in love with her. Even that weirdo Rasputin can’t get enough of her, though that’s mainly ‘cos she’s getting in the way of him fulfilling his curse on the entire Romanov family. Against all the odds – and all the men getting in her way – Anastasia is finally reunited with her gran and all is well in the world.

6. Leia (Star Wars)

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Yes, she worked that cinnamon-roll-on-each-ear hairdo like nobody else could, and yes, she’s a dab hand at firing blasters and one-liners. Ultimately though, Leia is a leader and a bloody great one at that. She’s creative, courageous and out-smarts pretty much every male counterpart the Empire manages to throw at her. RIP Carrie, you were an absolute queen.

P.S. We particularly love the moment she chokes Jabba to death after he enslaves and forces her to dance around in that godforsaken bikini. G’wed.

7. Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

A humble and grounded gal, Tiana is one of our all-time favourite movie princesses. With a love for good food and grafting hard to achieve her dreams, she’s a girl after our own hearts.

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She goes through hell and back, with being turned into a frog by a voodoo master and having to spend a prolonged amount of time with Prince Naveen (the human equivalent to headbutting a cheese grater) being just a few of her notable feats. She always remains focused, self-assured and reminds us that a girl never needs to be saved; she can bloody well sort herself out AND open her own restaurant without any local authorities questioning if an amphibious stint in the local swamp goes against sanitary regulations.

Also, shout out to Mama Odie. She might not be a princess, but she is a kween.

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You’ve probably guessed by now that we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re a big fan of iconic films, particularly ones of the princess variety. Well, we’d love for you to join us here at the hotel and live like a prin for a day (or two!) at Arthouse in 2019. Just get in touch with us on 0151 236 0166. We can’t wait!

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The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Oscars Moments

The Oscars is an incredibly prestigious evening which plays host to the crème de la crème and who’s who of the film industry. Each year, in the lead up to the star-studded event, we all wait with anticipation to see who’s nominated, what will be worn on the red carpet, whether we will see another ‘envelopegate’ and this year, how the night unfolds without a host.

Most importantly though, will Fiji water girl be there?

Whilst we’re all looking forward to this year’s awards ceremony, let’s look back at some of the best – and quite frankly, the weirdest – moments in Oscars history.

1. The Time That Fella Streaked Across the Stage Wearing Nothin’ but a Moustache

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In 1974, host David Niven was in the middle of introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present an award when suddenly artist and activist Robert Opel ran across the stage butt naked. He flashed the audience a peace sign and, well, quite a lot more.

2. Rob Lowe’s Bizarre Opening Number

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Let’s just say that the last time the Oscars went without a host, things got weird. Dead weird. In 1989, Rob Lowe and Snow White sang “Proud Mary” as an odd duet. Disney sued, and the likes of Julie Andrews and Paul Newman co-signed a letter describing as an “embarrassment.”

3. Meryl Streep Looking Like the Fairy Godmother from Shrek

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Need we say more?

4. Leo Finally Winning an Oscar

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After jokes surrounding his lack of wins snowballing year after year, our Leo finally got his hands on an Oscar in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant. Apparently, all it really takes is eating a bison liver and getting attacked by a massive bear.

5. Nicole Kidman Clapping

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Is it the Grinch? Is it a Seal? No! It’s Nicole Kidman clapping! She later explained her unique celebratory technique was to protect a very expensive diamond ring she was wearing.

6. John Travolta Being John Travolta

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When introducing Tony-award winning Broadway star Idina Menzel in 2015, Mr Travolta decided instead to utilise his platform to shed light on a new, undiscovered talent. Her name? Adela Dazeem.

Not really. He just couldn’t pronounce her name properly. She did get her own back the next year when she returned to introduce her “dear friend, Glom Gazingo.” John then proceeded to weirdly cup her chin.

7. Jennifer Lawrence Falling Over

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We love a relatable queen! Stumbling up the stairs live on air during one of the biggest events of your career? Eh, no biggie.

8. Jennifer Lawrence Climbing Over Seats Equipped with Wine

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Because this is all of us.

9. The Entire Time Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish Were on Stage

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These two amazing women stole the show in 2018. Maya Rudolph told us all that her pinkie toe had fallen off and Tiffany told Meryl Streep she wanted her to be her mum. It was great.

10. That Selfie

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Ellen managed to break Twitter – and our hearts – with the celeb-filled selfie of 2014. It became the most re-tweeted photograph ever that year and even surpassed the original record held by Obama.

11. When Chrissy Teigen Fell Asleep

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It was either a genuine power nap or some meticulously timed Casey Affleck shade, but seeing Chrissy in the crowd snoozing on John Legend’s shoulder in 2017 was everything.

12. Bjork Laying an Egg

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We’re so happy this is a real-life thing that happened. Bjork’s 2001 feathered swan dress became one of the most iconic Oscars fashion moments in history – it’s now honoured in the MoMA – but what really stole the show was her then ‘laying’ a massive swan egg, right in the middle of the red carpet.

13. Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

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The guest of honour at the 2012 Oscars? A leg. Angelina’s right one, to be exact. Angie’s leg gave us a full dose of that Oscars realness. She served knee. She served us up a hot plate of red-carpet glamour. She didn’t come to play – she came to slay. She even got her own Twitter account.

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If you’re anything like us, then you’ll be a film-lover who looks forward to awards season every year. This year, why not plan an Oscar’s viewing party & stay in a movie-inspired room at Arthouse? Just give us a call on 0151 236 0166 to get you and your mates booked in! 

The Oscars 2019: Who Should Have Hosted

For the Oscars 2019, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doing something that they haven’t done in 30 years. Yep, that’s right – the 91st Annual Academy Awards will have no host at all after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role when homophobic statements resurfaced on Twitter. Rightly so, the Academy delivered an ultimatum asking for him to apologise, but Hart has since completely pulled out of the job.

It seems the Academy has given up on the search for a new celeb to fill the post entirely and instead it is reported that the organisation will bring in various stars to pepper throughout the evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Producers have six weeks to compile a star-studded show of laughs, celebrations and awards – but we reckon we’ve got that no-host-conundrum covered. Kind of.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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One of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, John and Chrissy have somehow remained down to earth, hilarious and downright lovable despite them residing in the basically parallel universe that is La La Land.

Chrissy would probably just end up stealing the show, and if her Twitter feed is anything to go by she’d have no fear in dishing the dirt on her beloved as well as her fellow A-listers.

Will Smith

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Why didn’t this happen sooner? We want answers! Will is endearing, radiates charisma and he’s so charming that it kind of hurts a bit. We’ve never met someone who wasn’t a fan. The Fresh Prince can sing, dance and act – he’s got it all.

Someone should probably look into the fact that it’s biologically impossible to dislike Will Smith.

Rihanna

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To be honest she might as well considering she’s basically doing everything but giving us an album release.

Seriously though. Rihanna would be a great contender to host the Oscars 2019 and she’s no stranger to Hollywood especially after her role in Ocean’s 8.

Cher

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Because, well, it’s Cher.

Idris Elba

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After sending James Bond fans into a bit of a frenzy after taking his Golden Globes selfie with Daniel Craig, Idris made very little effort to try and quash rumours that he was to be the next 007.

Not only is he a great actor, but he’s very clearly a bit of a joker. Sigh, we love you Idris. The Oscars needs some of that smooth talking, funny, talented handsome-ness.

He’s also a DJ, so they’d be sorted for the afterparty. It’s a no brainer.

Sandra Bullock

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Sandra’s had a bit of a second wind and unwittingly has become a bit of a meme-queen after the success of Netflix hit Bird Box.

So, we’re basically saying if she could do the whole thing blindfolded that would be great. A huge health and safety issue but we’re pretty sure they’ll figure something out.

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig

These two make up one of the most iconic best-bud duos in Hollywood. Kristen and Maya are goofy, sharp, witty and an all-around lovable pair. Their irreverence and mischievous nature are infectious – and when they break into fits of laughter mid-bit it’s even better.

We think these two would bring welcome relief from some of the more serious (and sometimes laborious) tones of the evening.

RuPaul & Co.

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Imagine this. Michelle Visage tells Ian McKellen he needs to cinch his waist, otherwise, he’s just resting on pretty. Margot Robbie dressed as Queen Elizabeth serves us some “ooh ah sensation” as she death drops on her way to accepting her Oscar. Ru has made a decision. Olivia Coleman and Helen Mirren are to lip-sync for their lives.

This are the Oscars we deserve.

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Teen Movies That Changed Pop Culture Forever

Ariana Grande pretty much broke the internet after she released the much-anticipated video for her self-love anthem ‘Thank U, Next’. The video is the actual millennial dream with multiple cultural references to various noughties films, leaving us feeling inspired…and unbelievably jealous of that Elle Woods outfit.

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So, after much thought and deliberation, here is our round up some of our favourite teen movies – all of which we feel have changed pop culture (and our lives) forever.

Mean Girls (2004)

Now, this film was a game-changer, and it’s no wonder it was included in Ariana’s video. At the time of release, Lindsay Lohan was the it-girl of ’04. SO fetch. A painfully accurate depiction of American high school politics, Mean Girls also managed to resonate with UK audiences with its brutal but hilarious portrayal of teen angst, awkwardness and social hierarchy.

On top of all that social commentary are also some of the most quotable lines of this day and age. It’s a well-known fact that on Wednesdays we wear pink. We are constantly haunted by the age-old question: IS butter a carb? You go, Glen Coco!

Honestly, we could go on for hours.

Superbad (2007)

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Ah, Superbad. A timeless, modern classic. No seriously! Eleven years later, it still resonates with us. In a similar way to Mean Girls, the film deals with the realities of young adulthood whilst still managing to be a comedy goldmine.

The film makes sure to constantly remind us how the struggle really is real when you’re an uncomfortable, confused & ridiculously hormonal adolescent. This film set itself apart from its immature – and pretty terrible – predecessors, and led the way for a new generation of teen movies.

McLovin’ is the hero we never knew we needed.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Bennnd…and snap! With one of the most incredible aesthetics of all time, Legally Blonde is easily one of the best teen movies out there. Elle Woods shows the world that despite the fact you love a bit of pink leather, have a penchant for fluffy stationery and pretty much live the life of a high fashion Barbie – you can still become a kick-ass lawyer and prove that idiot of an ex-boyfriend wrong.

Legally Blonde served to break stereotypes and pave the way for a new kind of role model for girls. A career woman AND a fashion icon? Yas!

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One of our favourite makeover montages. Hands down. And that’s all we have to say on the matter.

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Brr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere! Bring It On taught us the all-important difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers. For teens living in the UK, the concept of cheerleaders alone was fascinating.

By the end of the film, you’d end up attempting a back-handspring-basket-toss-arabesque-cradle-catch off the couch then spend the rest of the night sulking in your room ‘cos you fell into the telly.

Grease (1978)

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Featuring one of history’s biggest glow-ups in the form of Sandy and her high-waisted satin pants, Grease is easily one of the most memorable teen movies out there. It might be 40 years old, but it still stands as a firm favourite in our eyes.

The ‘teenagers’ in this cult classic definitely look just as old as the movie and we continue to be baffled by how we didn’t clock all that risque subject matter, but we just don’t care. Catchy show tunes, infectious dance moves and let’s face it, young John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Grease is one the best teen movies ever made. If you’re a musical mogul, then we definitely recommend checking out the best theatre in Liverpool this year. Plus, if you see yourself as a Pink Lady or T-Bird, book a stay in our Grease themed room at Arthouse. You’re born to hand-jive, baby!

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