29 Marilyn Monroe Facts About Her Life and Career

Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. So we’re celebrating the star with some magical, mysterious and memorable Marilyn Monroe facts.

Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.

But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.

29 Marilyn Monroe Facts

A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.

So, to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts and iconic ‘Marilyn moments’…

1) Marilyn loved to read literature

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Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. 

2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name

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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.

Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!

3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5

If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”

4) She married her first husband at 16

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work

In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.

6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller

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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws

In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.

Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!

8) Monroe was definitely a ‘dog person’

Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!

9) She entertained army troops

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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”

Sherman added:

“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”

10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

11) She was notorious for always being late

Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!

12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys

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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”

13) Marilyn longed to have children

Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.

14) And she was very intelligent

Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.

15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her

One of the more bizarre Marilyn Monroe facts out there is that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape the magazine into the publication that it became.

16) She struggled with her weight

Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.

18) She shared out her estate

Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.

19) Happy Birthday, Mr President

Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!

Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga

Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!

Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.

In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

22) ‘Candle in the Wind’ is about Marilyn

Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.

23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged

Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!

24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans

One of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts features another female icon. Britney Spears, the original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!

25) The ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….

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Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.

26) Mariah Carey bought Marilyn’s Piano

Mariah Carey purchased Marilyn Monroe’s baby grand piano in an auction in 1999.

27) She thought of Clark Gable as a Father

Sadly, Marilyn Monroe never knew who her father was, but grew up dreaming that Gable was her father.

When the pair became co-stars in The Misfits, she began to see her co-star as a father figure, and was heartbroken when he passed away.

28) And Was Inspired by Abraham Lincoln

Another inspiration in Marilyn’s life was none other than Abraham Lincoln! The star read everything she could about him and wrote in her autobiography:

“He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.”

29) The Conspiracies around Marilyn Monroe

When Marilyn sadly passed away, her death was ruled a “probable suicide.” However, the deputy coroner dealing with her death was unable to obtain all of the necessary organs for toxicology tests. He was told they’d been destroyed.

This spurred on an array of conspiracies around Marilyn’s death. One theory suggests that Marilyn was murdered because she was set to reveal the details of her affairs with the Kennedy brothers. But of course, this is just a theory, and we’ll probably never know for certain…

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Who Really is the Best Spiderman? You Decide

In the light of the latest Spiderman movie coming to big screens all over the world, we thought we’d take a look back at those who have donned the Spidey suit over the years, and who really can be named the very best Spiderman.

Who Was The Best Spidey

Working through the movies, and the actors who played the friendly neighbourhood superhero, we plucked the very best and most memorable and enjoyable moments of each Spidey to determine who the best Spiderman really is.

First Up Toby Maguire

Appearing in three of the latest Spiderman movie, Toby Maguire really was given props for bringing Peter Parker to life.

The bookish, bespectacled character fit well with Maguire’s rather pale and unassuming look.

Our favourite moments from this movie are when Parker’s Spidey senses kick in and he takes on school bully Flash.

This entire scene captures Spiderman’s ever-present struggle between balancing his regular self and his Spidey self.

No one could ever forget the upside down kiss, recreated in so many movies since, this is the moment when we see Spidey use his powers to his advantage, winning the heart of his long-term crush Mary Jane.

These are just two scenes from the first instalments in Maguires trilogy as Spidey and already we’re liking what we see for him to become favourite.

Next Up, it’s Andrew Garfield

Even though Garfield’s movies have been hailed as the worst in the collection by super fans, what he brought to the role is what makes Spiderman such a relatable superhero; he made his audiences laugh.

It is said that the reason Spiderman became such a favourite among comic book superheroes in the early days, was that he was so relatable.

He quickly became famous for his inner monologue, which first prompted the use of thought bubbles in earlier comics, as well as his never-ending quips about the “sticky” situations Spidey often faced.

These funny jokes and clever one-liners make Garfield’s Spidey likeable and keep the audience’s attention but there’s one thing that failed in the eyes of the most diehard fans.

The most notable let down of Garfield’s Peter Parker is that he played the role less geeky and decidedly more hipster and cool than the original comic books portrayed. This is believed to have taken some of the applauded relatability away from Garfield’s version of Spidey, the script making Spiderman rather smug and a bit of a bully at times.

But let’s face it Garfield is definitely the coolest Spidey to date, hands down.

Onto Our Present-Day Spiderman Tom Holland

As we look forward to the latest instalment of the Spidey franchise, fans can’t wait to see what Tom Holland will bring to the role of Peter Parker and Spidey.

It’s a given that the boyish quality of this latest version of Spiderman relates more to the teenage angst and melodrama portrayed in the comics. Holland’s Spidey simply can’t wait to unleash his abilities to save the world, a quality that previous versions seem to have battled with.

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What’s more Holland’s portrayal takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, watching Parker’s joy when he discovers new uses for his fantastic abilities and the devastation when he is told he won’t become a part of the Avengers.

One of the best Spiderman scenes of Holland’s portrayal as Parker is when he’s self-documenting his journey. Something every teenager of today would do had he discovered he had superpowers.

The others are when Parker and his best friend are casually discussing saving the world, crime fighting and hacking past Stark security settings on the new and improved Spidey suit.

We’ll let you choose your favourite moments from what has already been hailed the very best Spiderman movie of all time when you go and see it for yourselves. For now, the jury remains out on who really has played the best Spiderman so far.

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The Best Prom Scenes from the Best Prom Movies

As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.

Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.

Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene

We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.

After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.

Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.

American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene

After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.

“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.

And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.

She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene

Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.

The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.

It’s not what you know but who, right?

Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene

After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.

Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.

Eeeeew!

Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene

Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.

The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.

“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”

Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.

For various mushy reasons of course.

10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene

An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.

After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.

Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene

After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed. 

All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.

In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.

Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene

After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.

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This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.

Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.

Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene

The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.

Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.

Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene

Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.

Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.

Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene

We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.

From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.

Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene

Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.

This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene

Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.

Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.

Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.

Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene

Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)

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But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.

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Footloose – The Final Dance Scene

After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.

The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.

Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.

Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene

Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.

When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.

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A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.

Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene

An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.

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After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.

The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.

Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene

Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?

This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.

High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene

More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.

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It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.

Down Boy! You’re still in high school!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene

Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.

We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.

As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.

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Titanic Behind the Scenes: Fun Facts About the Making of the Movie

A movie that the public will never let go of is James Cameron’s Titanic. This epic movie masterpiece has lingered in our list of favourite movies for longer than your average for many reasons.

Taking a look at the making of Titanic behind the scenes, we discovered a few fun facts and perhaps the reason why our love for the movie will go on and oooooooooon.

Better Than a Peck on the Hand

When Kate and Leo met for the first time, they were aware there’d be some steamy on-screen moments coming their way, and Kate would have to bare all for that nude life drawing scene.

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Kate, in good form, decided to break the tension before it had a chance to arise by flashing her ample assets at her Hollywood superstar opposite.

This immediately gave the pair fun and dynamic relationship to work with, and all the steamiest scenes in the movie benefited because of it.

A Man of Many Talents

Despite being present for the nude drawing scenes, Leo was not the artist who sketched the infamous picture.

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The artist’s hand you see working that on paper magic, drawing Kate “like one of his French girls” was actually Cameron himself.

No Loo Breaks Allowed

You don’t get to be as successful as James Cameron without enforcing a few ridiculous on set rules. Cameron is the master of his set and, as a result, delivers amazing movies that take his audience’s breath away.

In the big pool used to recreate the water scenes, Cameron invoked a rule that made Titanic behind the scenes a little unhygienic.

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He forbade people potty breaks in order to keep actors in their character and to retain the mood and atmosphere whilst filming the movies most powerful scenes.

This meant people would spend hours in the giant pool, swimming in a delightful mixture of water and their own urine.

Stop Pneumonia-ing

It comes as no surprise, but the freezing water scenes were filmed in freezing temperatures, to get the proper effect.

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After spending hours in such conditions, poor Kate developed pneumonia, which of course she ploughed through to continue filming and not disappoint Cameron.

J. Dawson Was Aboard

After wrapping the movie up, Cameron discovered there was actually a J. Dawson onboard the real Titanic.

His creation of Jack Dawson was entirely without reference to anyone onboard but, following the movie’s release, the real Dawson’s gravesite became a regularly visited Titanic fan spot.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Turns out that Kate was not the first choice for the role of Rose. In fact, she practically had to beg Cameron for the part, calling and writing to him almost daily.

Others in the running included Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston.

What do you think?

Near Far . . . Almost Not in the Film

Whenever we hear that familiar fluted melody we think of Titanic, but it was against Cameron’s wishes, to begin with.

He wanted the movie to speak for itself and felt a pop song would take away from the seriousness of the movie’s message and meaning.

Turns out that it’s not what you know but who.

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Ms Dion’s late husband knew the composer, James Horner, and arranged for the track to be written and recorded in secret, whilst Cameron was busy with directing Titanic behind the scenes.

Once Cameron heard “My Heart Will Go On” he fell in love and the rest is history.

Best Friends Forever

Since the infamous boob flash, Kate and Leo formed a fantastic friendship that has grown and thrived until the present day.

Whilst making Titanic behind the scenes there was a strong bond formed, with lots of practical joking along the way.

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The pair have regular conversations and are known to quote lines from the movie to each other, just because they can and it’s funny.

“I’m not going to tell you what we actually talk about, but yeah, we’re very, very close and sometimes we do quote the odd Titanic line back and forth to each other, because only we can, and we find it really funny.” Kate Winslet

It’s because of their strong friendship that Kate didn’t boycott the 2016 Oscars with some of her fellow actors. She felt it was Leo’s year and she wanted to be there to support him. Aaaawww.

The two often gush about how much they love each other and how much their friendship means to one and other.

Background Stories for Background Cast

It wasn’t only the leading roles that Cameron demanded massive amounts of dedication from. The supporting cast were also expected to get lost in the moment and become their characters entirely.

Delivering real fear and terror during the sinking scenes was so important to Cameron, that he gave his extras back stories to draw from.

One older lady was instructed to imagine her daughter had gone back below deck to retrieve her wedding ring, and she hadn’t returned. Cameron wanted to see the panic and fear in her eyes, knowing that she might never see her daughter again.

Setting Cinema Records

Today you have to be quick to see a movie in the cinema, most top blockbusters are only screened for a month or so.

Titanic set records for being one of the longest running modern movies in cinemas, released in the US in 1997 and still being shown in theatres all over the world when it was being sold on VHS in 1998.

Rumoured Drug Use on Set

Those who worked Titanic behind the scenes were rumoured to be a lot of fun but, on one occasion some cast and crew members took a funny turn after lunch.

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Some were giggling in fits of hysterics, others were spaced out and a few were struck with bouts of dizziness and vomiting, even Cameron.

Turns out some prankster had spiked the lobster chowder with PCP, but the culprit was never found.

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

We’ve checked out plenty of fun facts about some of the films that inspired our group hotel rooms.

Have a look at the 50 Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard of Oz or 63 Unknown & Bizarre Mary Poppins Facts and learn to love the movies and all that goes into the making of them with Arthouse Hotel.

Call and book your movie themed stay in Liverpool on 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

 

5 LGBT Films to Watch While Celebrating Pride

With Pride coming up in July, why not get in the spirit by watching one of the best LGBT films? From BAFTA-winning Pride to Oscar nominated Brokeback Mountain, these fantastic LGBT films are perfect for celebrating with a night in!

We’re so excited for Liverpool Pride this year, and if you’re staying in the city, why not join us at Arthouse Hotel? Our eccentric movie-themed hotel offers a wide range of unique rooms, with themes including the Wizard of Oz and Grease to The Sound of Music. 

1) Pride (2014)

This uplifting movie is one of our favourite LGBT films to date. The British historical comedy-drama documents the story of an unlikely alliance between gay-rights activists and striking miners in the 1980s, united by resistance towards Margaret Thatcher, the conservative press and the police. This unforgettable LGBT film holds a powerful political narrative, and celebrates the importance of LGBT allies over the years.

 

2) Brokeback Mountain (2005)

This iconic story of forbidden love stars the late Heath Ledger opposite Jake Gyllenhall. One of the best LGBT films and most powerful love stories of all time, Brokeback Mountain follows the complicated tale of two young men, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch-hand who meet in Wyoming in the summer of 1963. This stunning film documents their lifelong connection and forbidden romance, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

 

3) Carol (2015)

Set in the Christmas season of 1950s New York, Carol is without a doubt one of the best LGBT films of recent years. The story is a breathtaking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Prince of Salt. This romantic tale follows two women from different backgrounds, whose lives intertwine into an unexpected affair.

 

4) Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Call Me By Your Name tells the story of the summer romance between seventeen-year-old Elio and graduate student Oliver. Adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name, this spectacular LGBT film will sweep you off your feet with its sun-kissed scenery and convincing performances from Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. Following the film’s success, the story is set to be continued with a sequel in the works!

 

5) Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart is the most recent movie on our list of the best LGBT films to watch. The coming-of-age story follows high school best friends who realize they should have worked less and had more fun. Cramming four years worth of partying into one night, the film has been hailed the female version of pop culture phenomenon Superbad. Setting it apart from the standard teen rom-com, the film focuses on a queer love story, which director Olivia Wilde described as “essential”. Wilde told Pride.com, “I wanted to tell a story about kind of the next stage. Someone who has come out, their parents are aware, their friends are aware and they’re just living life.”

Arthouse Hotel

Liverpool Pride is one of the biggest events of the year in the city! And Arthouse Hotel is situated in the perfect spot for catching the best of what’s on and enjoying Liverpool’s inclusive nightlife scene.

LIMF accommodation

The fun will take place from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th July. Make sure you don’t miss out on our latest hotel offers here for the best available rate.

To secure your stay for Liverpool Pride, you can book online today here or reach our team with any enquiries on 0151 236 0166.

11 of the Best Coming of Age Movies of All Time

When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.

From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!

1) Clueless (1995)

This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.

 

2) Booksmart (2019)

One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.

 

3) Stand By Me (1986)

Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.

 

4) Grease (1978)

When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!

While you’re here, why not take a look inside our Grease-themed hotel room? 

 

5) Lady Bird (2017)

This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of  Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.

 

6) The Breakfast Club (1985)

The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

 

7) An Education (2009)

One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.

 

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!

 

9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.

 

Check out our latest offers here at Arthouse Hotel. From teen parties in Liverpool and girls nights in to the ultimate party weekend, we’ve got something for every occasion.

 

10) Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.

 

11) Superbad (2007)

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It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to  lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!

 

Book your stay today at Arthouse Hotel by heading to our booking page here. We offer the best available rate when you book direct with us. 

 

 

 

The Latest Kids Party Offers Available at Arthouse Hotel

Being the most fun, exciting and unique hotel in Liverpool, Arthouse is the perfect place to host an unforgettable, one of a kind kids party night.

We’ve gathered all the ingredients, mixed them up in our big old brains and come up with three of the most amazing kid’s party packages.

So, don’t stress about finding the best kids party venues in Liverpool, we’ve got the location, the catering and the entertainment all sorted in one.

Dive In Movie

Even though we don’t live in warmer climates, we’ve thought of an amazing way to celebrate your kid’s party in Liverpool, with an amazing kids pool party package.

Our Dive in Movie offer includes a stay in our amazing penthouse Skyline Suite. Your little ones simply need to bring their swim gear and inflatables and let us take care of the rest.

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We’ll arrange a marvellous mocktail masterclass provided by the genius from behind the bar at Mulholland Singing Diner.

Then when everyone’s all wrinkled up like a prune, it’s time to pop on down to their pizza feast, where they can eat endless amounts of pizza, sing along to all their favourite movie tunes and even sit on the hands of a giant gorilla.

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The Skyline Suites is the perfect kid’s party venue in Liverpool, providing your little people with some privacy during their party and you somewhere adult to sit. Choose from the in-room bar or sun-soaked balconies overlooking the city.

Book the kids a party that’s sure to make a splash, at Arthouse Hotel with our Dive in Movie offer just £59 per person.

Not Another Teen Party

That’s right we’ve even got something for the teens and tweens out there, who are looking for the perfect big kid’s party venue in Liverpool.

Our Not Another Teen Party package lets parents, sit back and let the teens do what they do best, pamper and party!

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We’ve arranged an amazing pamper hamper to give your teens the tools for a private pampering session in their room. Let them get their selfie-ready hair do’s done or perform marvellous makeovers on each other ideal for some superb slumber party style snap shots.

All the best party décor, with big birthday balloons, banners and sweet treats will be set up and waiting on check-in. Ideal for the best Instagram stories.

Let them spend a fun night in one of our movie-themed suites, watching the latest chick flicks, dancing or listening to tunes, or they can explore the nearby shops, restaurants and cinema in Liverpool ONE.

This amazing big kids party venue in Liverpool is perfect for teen pamper parties and is just £55 per person.

A Little Princess Party

We’ve created a party package for the perfect little princess’ in your life, to help her celebrate a special occasion like royalty.

Starting with the ideal party venue, let your princess choose from any of our marvellous musical movie themed suites, from Mary Poppins to The Wizard of Oz.

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We’ll set the scene and make everything magical right down to the last details.

Our Little Princess Party offer includes Princess themed decorations, which we will arrange in the room.

There’ll be a platter of tasty handmade princess themed cupcakes for everyone to tuck into and balloons and banners celebrating her special day.

What’s more, your princess and all her friends will have specially reserved seats in Mulholland Singing Diner where a pizza feast awaits.

The entire pizza party will then be serenaded by our talented Singing Waiter cast, bringing all the best Disney, musical and movie soundtracks songs to life.

Every girl loves a sleepover, and at Arthouse Hotel your little one can enjoy bunking down with all her besties, watching movies and eating popcorn in any of the huge comfy double beds.

It’s everything a little princess could dream of, all rolled into one for just £39 per person.

Call a member of our reservations team today to arrange the perfect kid’s party at Arthouse Hotel or simply book one of our exclusive kid’s party packages online.

The Best Daddy Movie Moments of All Time

As we get closer and closer to father’s day we take a look back at some of the very greatest daddy movie moments of all time.

Our selection features everything from comedy gold to the tear-jerking and terrifying, showing us as many a father will tell you, it’s not easy being a dad.

Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

No daddy movie blog would be complete without including the biggest cinematic reveal of all time.

After battling his way through the galaxy, helping the rebels and training to become the greatest Jedi that ever-lived, Luke Skywalker’s world was torn apart by one timeless and unforgettable line.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: “Luke. . . I am your father!”

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George Banks – Father of the Bride

The ultimate daddy movie moment of all time is basically the entire script of Father of The Bride.

Watching the loveable, yet clueless, George Banks lose his mind slowly throughout the film is daddy movie gold.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The father-daughter game of hoops in the family home, before Annie’s wedding. Sob.

Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade

You wouldn’t think a man like Indy had to worry about proving himself to anyone, but in Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, we watch him squirm trying to impress his dear old dad.

Who could compare to Sean Connery though, right? It’s rumoured that Connery only accepted the role if his character could be bigger and better than Indy’s. He told Spielberg;

“whatever Indy’s done my character has done and my character has done it better”

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Indy realises he and his father slept with the same woman.

Ew! That’s a father-son rivalry if ever we’ve seen one.

Chris Gardener – The Pursuit of Happyness

From funny daddy movies to the most heart-wrenching one you’ll ever see. This epic biographical film shows us what one man can, and will do for his child.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Chris realises, he is crushing the dreams of his son

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.”

Very inspiring stuff.

Bryan Mills – Taken

Now every father knows he would go the ends of the earth and back for his children so, when Bryan Mills’ daughter is taken, he literally traverses the globe to find her.

Leaving a path of bloody destruction in his wake.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Mills talks to his daughters’ kidnappers.

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Chilling.

Noah Levenstein – the American Pie’s

Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.

In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Jim’s dad explaining all the different types of lad mags there are in the world, in great detail.

Rick O’Connell – The Mummy Returns

When your mum is a reincarnated Egyptian princess and your dads a warrior for god, things are bound to get a bit hairy from time to time.

However, facing life-threatening situations on the regular is a walk in the park for Rick O’Connell, action dad extraordinaire.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: O’Connell sprinting across a lost oasis, son in tow, to save him from being sucked to death by a cursed bracelet.

Peter, Jack and Steve – Three Men and a Baby

Perhaps the most classic daddy movie ever made, Three Men and a Baby lets us see how three very different guys would go about handling fatherhood.

Regardless of their own life-skills, each guy struggles in different ways, highlighting just how challenging one little baby girl can be.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When the guys all sing the baby’s goodnight song in perfect harmony.

Harry, Sam and Bill – Mamma Mia

Another threesome of father figures in this next amazing daddy movie.

Technically Mamma Mia showcases some of the best mom movie moments, but we have to give props to the father figures that are really the focus of the film.

Each one of the dads in Mamma Mia makes up a part of Sophie’s character, making it impossible to know which her biological father is.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When they all stand up in church to give Sophie away, each one accepting a portion of their potential daughter.

Michael Newman – Click

Not many Adam Sandler movies can make us laugh as hard as we cry but, Click is one of those rare films that does both.

We laughed hard when Sandler mounted his bosses’ desk to break wind his face, but we teared up when he runs into the road in the rain after his kids and collapses.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The ending. We can’t tell you though, because it’s a spoiler!

Mufasa – The Lion King

The ultimate must-see daddy movie, The Lion King, showcases a father-son relationship cut short.

In one of the most saddening Disney movie scenes ever, Simba finds his dad, at the bottom of the ravine after being trampled by a wildebeest stampede.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Mufasa gives Simba a noogie and they play in the grass, before having the talk about the kings of the past.

That’s heartwarming stuff right there.

Dr Evil – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

After freezing his “little soldiers” before his last trip into space, Dr Evil’s team of loyal henchman created an heir to his empire, in case he should not return.

Of course, that heir turned out to be a petulant teenager with some serious daddy abandonment issues.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Dr Evil tries to relate to his son doing what we can only assume is the Macarena?

Dr Harvey – Casper

Not one you’d think of right away, but the dad in Casper is a pretty good example of a fabulous father . . . eventually.

Let’s be fair, a skint single dad, raising his daughter whilst searching for the lost soul of his deceased wife. That’s a tough job if you ask us.

Throw in a couple of mischievous spectres and you some of the biggest fatherhood challenges known to man.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cat’s dad suggests making her Halloween costume! Aw cute and clueless at the same time.

Daniel Hillard – Mrs Doubtfire

And the best dad from any daddy movie ever made goes to, Daniel Hillard (aka Robin Williams) in Mrs Doubtfire.

We don’t know any man who would dress up in drag daily, heels and all, just to spend more time with his kids.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Dancing on the table at the house party that breaks the marriage.

Jack Byrnes – Meet the Parents

There’s always been a sense of dread when it comes to meeting your other halves parents, none more deserved than when Greg Focker meet the parents of Pam.

Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, is by far the most intimidating father figures in all movie history. Giving Don Corleone a run for his money.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: The lie detector. Who doesn’t see their own dad doing this if they could?

Papa – A Little Princess

Another weepy one now, but perhaps the greatest daughter and daddy movie ever made.

When little Sarah has to enrol in Ms Minchin’s boarding school for girls, she struggles to let her papa go to war, as would any young girl.

The real pain and anguish come through when her father goes MIA and Sarah is forced into servitude.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sarah’s father returns to the school to adopt Sarah’s friend, the other servant girl, Becky. Gush.

Charlie Swan – Twilight Franchise

As far as understanding fathers go, Charlie Swan is the winner in our eyes.

Who else would put up with Bella’s sad face for the first three movies for one.

And two, how cool do you have to be to see a werewolf materialise before you and not run screaming for the hills?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The wedding speech when Charlie warns Edward subtly that because he’s a cop he knows how to hunt someone to the ends of the earth.

Forest – Forest Gump

An obvious epic, and one with so many amazing relationships throughout. But none are more touching than that of big and little Forest.

It’s hard to see when watching Forest Gump, a happy ending to such an emotional rollercoaster of a film, but when Forest finds out he’s a daddy, it’s the cherry on the cake.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.

Sonny – Big Daddy

Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.

Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.

Essential parenting 101 if you ask us

Marlin – Finding Nemo

It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.

This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.

George Banks – Mary Poppins

Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.

He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.

Brad – Daddy’s Home

Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.

Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.

Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers

The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.

Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.

Nigel  Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member

Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.

Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.

Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music

Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.

The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.

Don Corleone – The Godfather

The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.

And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.

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All these amazing daddy movie moments are our tribute to fathers everywhere, just in time for fathers day.

Why not treat your dad to a city break in Liverpool?

You could book a delicious daddy’s day meal in Alma de Cuba where he can enjoy a tasty Sunday roast dinner and live entertainment provided by a gifted gospel choir.

Arthouse Hotel is the best place to stay at the heart of the city, ideal for taking your dad out for a night on the town.

Check out some of the best real ale bars in Liverpool on a real ale trail or simply let him relax in peace this father’s day at Arthouse Hotel.

Call now to book your stay this fathers day on 0151 236 0166 or have a look at some of the amazing Liverpool accommodation offers we have at Arthouse Hotel.

15 Memorable Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Funny Moments

Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!

Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments

The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.

1) “I have had some wines”

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From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…

 

2) The OG Carpool Karaoke

Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!

 

3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma

A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…

“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.

 

4) Islands in the Stream

A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.

 

5) Mick’s Big TV appearance

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A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.

“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”

 

6) Bryn Singing James Blunt

Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…

 

7) Nessa as Father Christmas

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Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.

“Oh. Oh. Oh.”

 

8) Smithy Being Dramatic

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It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…

 

9) Pam Getting Caught Out

After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!

 

10) Smithy’s Big Entrance

Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!

 

11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’

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The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.

 

12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’

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One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*

 

13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt

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A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.

 

14) Gavin Surprising Stacey

Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?

 

15) Pam Loving the Drama

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Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!

 

Arthouse Hotel Liverpool

Take a browse of our latest hotel and dining offers at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool. The city’s movie-themed hotel is one of the best spots to stay in the city, just moments from Liverpool nightlife and top bars and restaurants. 

A favourite for student nights out, special occasions and groups visiting the city for a night out, Arthouse Hotel is home to unique rooms and suites with fabulous facilities for the ultimate stay. Book online with us today here for the best rate available. 

13 Frightening Facts About The Movie Psycho

The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.

That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.

We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.

1. Customary Cameos

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The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.

Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.

Alfred Hitchcock made 40 cameo appearances in the 40 movies he directed.

2. Amazing Amenities

That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.

Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.

3. Hitchcock Financed The Film

To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.

Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.

4. He Also Paid $9,000 for the Rights

 

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Hitchcock paid $9,000 for the movie rights to Robert Bloch’s novel, solely based on a good review he read in The New York Times.

He also made the bid anonymously so as to keep the movie under wraps for as long as possible.

5. Spoiler Alert

The movie Psycho was spoiled months before its release.

Despite the directors fervent and earnest attempts at keeping the movie a secret, Variety Magazine published very thorough spoilers regarding the movie.

Let’s just say that in the age of social media, Psycho’s ending would have been completely ruined.

6. The Movie Psycho was Hitchcock’s Most Successful Movie

 

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By a long way.

Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release. Hitchcock’s next biggest successes were Rear Window – which grossed about $27,500,000 in 1954, and Notorious, which grossed $3,000,000 less.

7. One Last Hurrah

 

Psycho marked the final time that Hitchcock would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Amazingly, however – arguably one of the greatest directors of a generation, never won an Oscar for directing.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

8. Keeping Janet Leigh on Edge

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Alfred Hitchcock tormented Janet Leigh throughout filming to keep her on edge.

The wicked director went as far as hiding scarier versions of the ‘Mother’ dummy in her dressing room wardrobe. He even jumped out on her during her breaks.

9. That Shower Scene

What can be described as the most famous three-minutes in cinema history took an astonishingly long time to shoot.

In fact, the infamous shower scene took 7 days to film, it features 77 camera angles, 50 cuts and 26 takes of the spinning plughole.

10. Eee Eee Eeee

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The shower scene was never intended to have music, but composer Bernard Herrmann insisted that Hitchcock heard his score.

The director loved the now famous screeching score so much that he included the composition in the scene and increased Herrmann’s salary.

11. Historic

The shower murder is one of the most studied montages of film ever made.

12. Hitchcock Made the Movie Psycho because of the Shower Scene

Sticking with the shower scene – when asked why he wanted to make the movie Psycho, Hitchcock said: “I think the murder in the bathtub, coming out of the blue, that was about it.”

The rest of the novel must have been a rather boring read.

13. Psycho’s Opening Scene

In the movie’s opening scene, Marion is wearing a white bra because she is innocent and pure. However, once she has stolen the money, she’s seen in a black bra so as to echo her dark turn.

Subtle, we know.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we know that the movie psych0 is a classic that should be celebrated. Our unique Psycho-inspired room has been designed as a homage to the 1960 horror smash.

Relax in style, as our Psycho room features a double Jacuzzi bath and shower, deluxe beds and a large screen TV – a far-cry from the eerie Bates Motel.

Sleeping up to 4 people, our Psycho room is the ideal way in which to stay in Liverpool, as we’re closely located to some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in town.

Book a stay in our Psycho room here or contact our helpful booking team on 0151 305 7900.