This year’s new Little Women movie is set to transport fans to Massachusetts, as Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy navigate their way through the romance, hardships and excitement of becoming ‘little women’.
New Little Women Movie 2019
1) Little Women Has a Dazzling Cast
The upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy and Eliza Scanlen as Beth.
Not forgetting, Academy Award-winning Meryl Streep will bring Aunt March to life on the big screen, while Timothée Chalamet will sweep fans off their feet as lovable Laurie.
2) Greta Gerwig is the Film’s Director
After seeing Greta Gerwig’s award-winning Lady Bird, we’re so excited to see what she has in store for us next. The new Little Women movie is likely to give the tale a feminist twist, as Gerwig is renowned for celebrating female characters and empowerment.
3) The Little Women Movie Trailer Is Out
The highly-anticipated trailer for the new Little Women film is out! And the acting, scenery and outfits are sure to take your breath away.
The Little Women trailer also portrays Amy in a more positive light than previous adaptations. The trailer suggests that Gerwig will explore the layers of Amy’s character and showcase her desire to succeed in a male dominated profession. And that’s something we can definitely get behind!
The new Little Women film is set to be released in the UK on 27 December 2019. And What better time of year to keep cosy in the cinema than the festive season?
So, we hope you’ve enjoyed our first look at Little Women 2019. We can’t wait to catch it on the big screen this Christmas!
Movie Themed Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie-themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Just moments from the city’s top landmarks and vibrant nightlife, guests can enjoy the best of the city right on our doorstep.
There’s no single way to recognise or label a cult movie. A cult movie can be an older picture, a misunderstood movie or perhaps one that underperformed when released – or it can be none of those things. Making it onto any cult movies list is never easy nor predictable.
For whatever reason, these otherwise unique movies end up enduring themselves to people; people who would just as soon bore you to death about the complex misunderstood love story in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.
Cult Movies List
So, we’ve decided to put together the ultimate cult movies list – so you don’t have to – starting with an absolute classic.
This indie cult classic initially flopped when released in 2001 – like so many pictures on our cult movies list. Almost impossible to pin down, the movies teenage protagonist is a paranoid-schizophrenic who is haunted by Frank, a bloodcurdling bunny rabbit who ominously appears throughout the film. Oh, and Donnie also discovers time travel.
Donnie Darko deliberately invites you to interpret it in such a weird way so as the movie means something completely unique to you.
Cult Movie Status: Donnie’s chilling imaginary friend-bunny rabbit Frank is the reason Donnie Darko makes it onto our cult movies list.
The ultimate quotable classic, Snatch makes it onto our cult movies list with good reason. Arguably Guy Ritchie’s last good movie, Snatch explores the dark London underworld and its hilariously seedy characters.
Although Snatch was well received when realised in 2000, over the years it has snowballed into the memorable cult classic that teenagers and dads love to quote.
Cult Movie Status: What makes Snatch an instant cult classic is the numerous quotable lines. Our favourite? “I’m sorry, I couldn’t get the bi-noc-u-lars out in time.”
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopia crime movie adapted, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess’s novel.
Described as ‘the quintessential cult classic’ by commentator Emma Guinness, A Clockwork Orange was banned in American upon its release due to its violent and sexually explicit content. That said, despite its reputation, the movie is not centred on debase and debauchery.
A Clockwork Orange makes it onto our cult movies list largely due to its unusual content and, ultimately, the poignant comment it makes about human nature and rehabilitation.
Cult Movie Status: The concluding scene in this movie makes it an absolute cult classic.
The king of cult; a man who could have an entire cult movies list dedicated to his work; Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is a cinematic masterpiece.
Instead, some would argue that Pulp Fiction owes a debt to the genre. The movie is extremely violent, it uses recognisable actors whose careers had stalled, and it looks back at older genres such as romance – all characteristics of many cult classics.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be right not to include Pulp Fiction on our cult movies list.
Cult Movie Status: It has to be Samuel L. Jackson’s epic monologue. Oh, and his wallet.
We know we’re breaking the first and second rule of Fight Club here, but we couldn’t resist.
What makes Fight Club a cult hit is that it is subversive and stylish. The suggestion that people can find release and escape through violence while simultaneously opposing capitalism, is cult at its best.
Mix that together with a noir setting, stylish clothes and a narrative structure that’s neither linear nor chronological, and what you have is the makings of a cult classic.
Cult Movie Status: The repetition and variations of: “I am Jack’s…”
The Big Lebowski was a disappointment upon its release and received mixed reviews at the time.
The Big Lebowski is not alone as a cult movie that plays with genre conventions, however, unlike some movies that subvert themes only to make them more subversive, The Big Lebowski, on the other hand, draws upon weed, missing toes, bowling and nihilistic Germans in order to make the movie seem noir.
People love The Big Lebowski because they love its characters; while no doubt odd, they provide an insight into a world that can feel boring.
Cult Movie Status: We mean, any movie that spans its own religion (Dudeism) has to make our cult movies list.
Released in 1995, Tank Girl is a post-apocalyptic movie set in drought-ravaged Australia and sees the female protagonist take on an oppressive corporation called Water and Power. Weird, we know.
Despite the negative critical reception and it only recouping £6m of its £25m budget, Tank Girl has been cited as a cult comic-book movie, whilst it has also been noted for its progressive feminist themes.
A cult movie like no other, Tank Girl has anti-establishment tropes and is considered the ‘real’ feminist cult film.
Cult Movie Status: Tank Girl makes our cult movies list for being so progressive.
Here he is again with another cult movie hit, Quentin Tarantino and Reservoir Dogs.
A classic independent movie, Reservoir Dogs incorporates many tropes that have become Tarantino’s hallmarks, namely violent crime, pop culture references, profanity and nonlinear storytelling.
Featuring a myriad of alternative movie stars such as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and even Quentin Tarantino himself, Reservoir Dogs is deserving of a place on our cult movies list.
Cult Movie Status: The most famous opening credit sequence of all time.
Like Tarantino, Michael Mann features twice on our cult movies list – and for good reason.
Mann is a genre specialist and one whose eye, paired to a keen sense of theatre, has made his contributions to the cult scene somewhat vibrant. Described as a ‘masterpiece of modern cinema,’ Heat, staring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, is just that – a masterpiece.
The explicit nature and minute detail of several of the film’s robbery scenes was cited as the model of a spate of robberies since its release.
Now how’s that for making an impact, albeit a negative one.
Cult Movie Status: It has to be the meeting between Pacino and De Niro: “Brother, you are going down.”
Blade Runner Portrays a dystopian future in which Los Angeles is an overcrowded city where rain constantly falls from the sky, skyscrapers reach the stratosphere and rich people are ensconced in pyramid-like buildings.
The biggest showpiece of the movie is the dark and mysterious universe created by the director, cinematographers and set designers – all of which make Blade Runner a cult classic.
Cult Movie Status: The fact that Blade Runner was set in 2019 says it all.
Manhunter is better than Silence of the Lambs – fact.
Opening to mixed reviews, Manhunter fared poorly upon release, however, it has been reappraised in more recent years and now enjoys a more favourable reputation due to both the acting and stylised visuals and cinematography.
Any film which is supposedly driven by strong colour cues and the use of tints is an instant cult hit.
Cult Movie Status: Those colour cues and exotic settings – cult cinematography at its finest.
As a Liverpool hotel that pays homage to some of the great classic films of our time, we thought we’d put a list together of a few other movie greats you simply must watch at least once in your lifetime.
Our selection includes thrillers, horrors, musicals and iconic Hollywood productions that have helped shape today’s cinematic landscape.
See which of our selection you’ve already seen and which ones you still need to watch.
Director: Michael Curtiz
The classic movie of old Hollywood glamour, Casablanca tells the story of a love triangle between, Rick, (Humphrey Bogart) Lisa, (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor (Paul Henried).
As Rick discovers Lisa is back in town, he comes to the aide of her and her new husband helping them avoid the Germans who are in hot pursuit of the couple.
Remembered for: that line.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Known as one of the most extravagant and expensive movies of all time, Cleopatra was an obvious choice for our list of the most classic films.
In a time when big-budget movies just didn’t exist, Elizabeth Taylor starred as an Egyptian princess who ruled the ancient world, and wasn’t afraid to spend a buck or two whilst doing it.
Remembered for: The blown budget. Costing $44 million to make, the movie only grossed to date $29.75 million.
This classic film is the original high school musical movie depicting the tumultuous romance of two “teenagers” who meet in the summer and fall in love. What follows is a literal rollercoaster of good girl goes bad and bad boy goes good.
Remembered for: Greased Lightning
Director: James Cameron
This classic film epic had to make the list for so many reasons. James Cameron really pulled out all the stops when he recreated one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time.
Weaving a class-crossing love story into the tragedy made Titanic a must watch movie that will go down in history as one of the greatest classic films of all time.
Remembered for: Rose letting go after she swore she wouldn’t.
Starring one of his icy blonds, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane who flees her job after stealing cash and winds up in a motel run by the very creepy Norman Bates and his mother, or at least that’s what Marion thinks.
The don of all gangster movies (pardon the pun) The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic film not to be missed.
The Godfather is easily the most influential gangster film ever made. Telling the tale of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, and his rise to becoming the head of a mafioso family after initially shunning the business.
Remembered for: Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone
A fantasy film masterpiece that depicts a fantasy land adapted from L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz tells the tale of young Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, and her journey to the land of Oz via a tornado.
This must-see movie has everything from songs and dancing, to witches, munchkins and flying monkeys – what’s not to love?
From technicolour wonders to a moving black and white period war film, Schindler’s List is among the greatest, most heart-wrenching movies of our time.
Portraying one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in our history, the Holocaust, Spielberg tells the story of a man that saved the lives of Jewish people in WWII by employing them in his factory and saving them from Auschwitz.
Known as the most inspirational American film ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life follows the alternative timeline of down-on-his-luck George Bailey through the help of a guardian angel. George sees a world without him in it and learns to love the life he has.
Remembered for: the wonderfully warm and fuzzy ending.
Staring the inimitable Julie Andrews as fraulein Maria, the movie is based on the real-life exploits of the Von Trapps, an Austrian naval officer’s family that escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the 40s.
Perhaps the most well-known film of all time, and a sure thing for our list of the top classic films ever, The Shining is definitely one to watch.
Set in the hills of Colorado, in the abandoned Overlook Hotel, Jack (played by Jack Nicholson) takes his family to overcome a writer’s block. What ensues is nothing short of terrifying.
Remembered for: “Here’s Johnny!”
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks at his finest, Forrest Gump will go down in classic film history for its time-spanning, heart-breaking storyline.
From youth to fatherhood, this amazing movie portrays the feel-good life story of Forrest Gump, a boy born with a curved spine and learning difficulties, who went on to do great things despite all the obstacles.
Remembered for: the line.
“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get!”
Some Like It Hot
Director: Billy Wilder
One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies, Some Like It Hot ranks high on every classic film list.
The story of two male band members who witness a mafia murder, escape by hiding in an all-female band dressed in drag. Monroe’s character, Sugar becomes the object of one of the guy’s affections and all kinds of hilarity roll out as a result.
Released in 1992, this military-themed legal drama is star-studded, to say the least. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Cuba Gooding Jr. give this classic movie some impetuous and drama.
Based on an accusation of murder, Jack Nicholson delivers what can only be described as one of the most famous lines in movie history.
It’s 1280, and William Wallace is leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. Inspired by Blind Harry’s epic poem, Braveheart is Mel Gibson’s finest hour.
An instant success the moment it was released, Braveheart is a rebel-rousing classic film for the record books.
Remembered for: Wallace’s epic cry of “Freedom!”
Director: Ridley Scott
Russell Crow is Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in this period classic film. Taking award season by storm, Gladiator redefined the action movie genre and made Crow a household star.
However, it was Joaquin Phoneix’s incredible portrayal of Emperor Lucius Aurelius Commodus that ultimately stole the show.
Remembered for: Joaquin Phoneix’s epic tongue pulling and suspense inducing thumbs down gesture.
The Great Dictator
Director: Charlie Chaplin
The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama written, produced, directed and scored by Charlie Chaplin. Oh, he also starred in it as well.
A stirring condemnation of Hitler, Mussolini and fascism in general, The Great Dictator was extremely popular with cinema-goers – so much so that it was Chaplin’s most commercially successful film.
79 years old and still relevant, The Great Dictator is the epitome of a movie classic.
Remembered for: Charlie Chaplin’s tear-jerking speech at the end of the movie: “In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Saving Private Ryan
Director: Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 and has since been a tough act to follow when concerning epic war movies.
Starring Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Tom Hanks and a young Matt Damon, Saving Private Ryan was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.
Described as “culturally, historically and aesthetically important,” there’s no denying that Saving Private Ryan is one of the top classic films that simply has to be seen.
Remembered for: The 27-minute-long opening, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy Landings.
Book to Stay in a Hotel Inspired By Some of the Best Classic Films
Our passion for the greatest classic films of all time can be seen from the moment you step into Arthouse Hotel, following our own yellow brick road to reception.
Each of our rooms has been inspired by great movies or pop culture on our Andy Warhol floor, and all are luxurious spacious accommodation that’s simply perfect for group stays in the city.
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 and charisma, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.
29 Marilyn Monroe Facts
So, to celebrate the fascinating life of the 1950s icon, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts and iconic ‘Marilyn moments’…
1) Marilyn loved to read literature
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
Source: Wiki Commons
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”, referencing Marilyn Miller, a fellow actress who’d starred in musicals in New York. 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, 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
Source: Wiki Commons
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 using Marilyn as a creative 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 her 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
Source: Wiki Commons
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.”
“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 timekeeping, Marilyn’s certainly wasn’t up to scratch. The star was often known to be running late, much to the frustration of her coworkers.
12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys
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Though it is still a subject of debate, 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 renowned publication it became.
16) She struggled with her weight
Though Monroe’s hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural 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, with speculations 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 only fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told Marilyn he would leave his family for her, and Monroe 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 yoga became an Instagram trend, Monroe was a fan of practicing 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.
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’….
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 a pop culture reference.
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 Gable passed away.
28) Monroe 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.
Our Marilyn Monroe Room
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of Marilyn Monroe facts, and we’d recommend a stay in our Marilyn themed room to any fan.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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”.
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.
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”
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
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
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
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’
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’
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
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
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!
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
Source: Wikimedia Commons
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.
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.