Themed Hotel Rooms & Unknown Movie Facts: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the inspiration behind one of the musical movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Filmed in 1964 with an all-star cast including Rex Harrison who played Higgins, a phonetics professor with a rather large ego and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl from the bustling city of London.

The story goes that Higgin’s believes in his coaching abilities so much he can tutor the cockney twang out of Eliza and therefore make her a well-spoken upstanding member of society.

The two form an unlikely relationship and eventually fall in love, despite social differences and the interference of aristocratic suitor, Freddie, played by Jeremey Brett.

The movie served as inspiration for one of our musical movie themed hotel rooms and the My Fair Lady room at Arthouse Hotel is simply Loverly.

Check out some of the lesser-known facts behind the creation of My Fair Lady the movie, its origins and some of the famous cast members below.

Award Winning Performances

My Fair Lady was released to critical acclaim winning a grand total of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Diva Behaviour

Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.

Age is Only a Number

Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.

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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.

Star-Studded Recommendations

Hollywood isn’t wasn’t the cutthroat industry that it’s made out to be today. Cary Grant was approached to play Rex Higgins but he turned the role down knowing he wasn’t right for the it.

Instead, he strongly recommended Rex Harrison for the part and said if he wasn’t cast he wouldn’t even go and see the movie.

Another Role Rejection

Dame Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, just 19 at the time and at the beginning of what would become a blossoming film career.

She refused the role in the movie as she was also up for the part of Mary Poppins and didn’t want the two to conflict.

Delaying Walt Disney

Hoping to boost the career of now Dame Julie Andrews, the wonderful man Walt Disney offered to delay filming Mary Poppins until summer 1964 so she could take on the role of Eliza Doolittle as well.

On Set Interference

The dashing neckties that Higgins wore throughout filming were where crew and costume had stashed Rex Harrington’s microphone.

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Occasionally the device would pick up radio conversations from passing police cars reporting crimes or updating criminal pursuits.

A Hidden Talent

Despite being a member of the Eton College choir and being known for his excellent singing voice, directors chose to dub the vocal talents of actor Jeremy Brett who played the besotted Freddie Eynsford-Hill.

His songs were sung instead by a 43-year-old Bill Shirley.

A Very Different Type Of Fair Lady

If we could imagine another in the role of Eliza Doolittle first thoughts do go to Julie Andrews. However, by the time filming came around Andrews was immersed in work with Disney so, if Audrey Hepburn had not accepted the role a third actress was in line.

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Super starlet Elizabeth Taylor is said to have coveted the job although its very hard to imagine Ms Taylor playing a common working class cockney don’t you agree?

Devastating News on Set

The 60s was a decade rife with iconic moments in history, one of which was the shocking assassination of JFK.

Announcing the tragedy to cast and crew fell to Audrey Hepburn after she’d filmed the most famous song number of the My Fair Lady movie “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

Setting The Perfect Scene

Thanks to the large budget given to the movie, set designers were extra creative with their work which eliminated the need to film outside.

Instead, every scene in My Fair Lady was shot on the sound stages of Hollywood studios.

Childish Inspiration

When it came to naming the movie, directors struggled and at first settled on Lady Liza but because of protests from Rex Harrison, the title was changed.

The inspiration for the new title was the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.”

An Arresting Beauty

Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful women to ever have graced our screens.

It comes as little surprise that when she entered the set in full costume for the ballroom scene, the room fell silent then cast and crew began to applaud, cheer and even shed tears at how stunning she looked.

Blowing The Budget

In the 60s, production companies were spending huge sums of money on making movies.

Only the year before My Fair Lady was made, Cleopatra at 20TH Century Fox had racked up a bill of $35 million, roughly translated to around £350 million today.

My Fair Lady came in at just $17 million, and despite being half the cost of Cleopatra, it was still the most expensive movie made by Warner Bros at the time.

Precious Creations

Again thanks to the huge sums of money at their disposal directors hired the exceptionally skilled Cecil Beaton to design the 1500 elaborate costumes for the cast.

His work including the stunning beaded ballgown and monochrome lace Ascot dress for Eliza Doolittle’s character all of which earned him the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Beaton’s work was so exquisite, and expensive, that the studio hired amusement park trams to transport the clothed cast to and from set to avoid damages and dirt.

Costs Vs Profits

Despite costing Warner Bros under half of what Cleopatra cost Fox, My Fair Lady has grossed $20 million more in profits overall.

In fact, My Fair Lady even made it into the top 100 highest ranking films of all time.

Bad Habits

We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.

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Hepburn smoked around three packs of cigarettes a day, much to the displeasure of Rex Harrison who had recently given up before filming started.

Wouldn’t It Be Larvly . . . Loverly . . . Laverly?

A cockney accent isn’t the easiest to replicate, especially not for California born soprano, Marni Nixon.

She had to continuously practice the cockney singing accent when she provided the vocals for Eliza Doolittle.

A feat that earned her the title “Ghostess with the Mostest” as audiences would never see the face behind the amazing talent.

A Mouth Full of Marbles . . . or were they?

Health and safety was still a thing in the 60s so instead of popping a potential choking hazard into the mouth of Audrey Hepburn during Higgins’ eloquencey lessons, grapes were used in place of marbles.

Founded in Greek Mythology

My Fair Lady was based on a play about a mythological ancient Greek sculptor named Pygmalion who created what he considered to be the ideal women out of stone.

The story goes that once the statue was created Pygmalion fell in love with it and on the day of Aphrodite’s festival he wished for a wife to be a living likeness of the woman he’d carved. When he kissed the statue’s lips the woman came to life and married Pygmalion.

My Fair Lady’s Higgin’s is the present day equivalent of Pygmalion, fashioning his ideal women out of Eliza.

A Musical Without Singers

Today musicals are usually filled with the biggest and brightest stars in musical movie making. If you can’t sing you aren’t cast or in the case of Russell Crow in Les Miserable, you sing anyway and get mocked for it.
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In the early day’s famous faces were favoured over fantastic voices and therefore musical movies were heavily dubbed. The entire cast, with the exception of Stanley Holloway who played Eliza’s father Alfred had their singing voices dubbed, why wasn’t Russell Crowe dubbed we here you ask? The answer, we just don’t know!

The Dead Penguin Play Mascot

Before My Fair Lady was a film it was a stage play with Rex Harrison still in the role of Higgins.

Apparently, Rex admired the work of the Pygmalion writer Shaw so much that he often referred to a Penguin edition of the play’s script. Whenever things didn’t seem right with the dialogue Rex would bark to stagehands;

“Where’s my Penguin”

After a while, this became a regular command and the crew and directors decided it was time to put a stop to it.

So, one day when Rex gave his usual command a stuffed Penguin was rolled out onto stage instead of his script. The entire cast and crew roared with laughter including Rex Harrison who never asked for his Penguin again.

And finally . . .

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Book Your Stay At Arthouse Hotel

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is a fabulous place to enjoy a short city break and Arthouse Hotel is located in the very heart of the cities most popular nightlife.

Our rooms can sleep a number of guests all in one space and we have some superb hotel offers ideal for groups of people coming to the city.

Call now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay or check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers here.

13 Things To Avoid if You Are A Female in a Horror Movie

If you are a female in a horror movie chances are you are going to die, that is unless you follow our helpful list of things to avoid.

You may think that life is not worth living once you’ve checked off all our recommendations but at least you’ll have a life to live.

Here are the top 13 things to avoid if you are female and in a horror movie.

Mini Skirts

That’s right ladies as soon as you get those pins out its bye bye.

Those who dare to bare always get picked off first, see Sydney’s best friend Tatum in Scream.

Note her stylish little mini skirt and compare it to Sidney’s casual jeans and t-shirt look.

The legs came out and Tatum bit the dust in a grisly garage door related incident.

Running/Falling

For some reason, if you are a female in a horror movie you instantly forget how to run the moment your life depends on it.

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Your legs don’t work any more and you will always pick the most treacherous escape route into dark foreboding woods.

Our top tip for survival walk, don’t run, there’s less chance of falling and killers always have a slow scary walk anyway.

Baby Sitting

Kids are a nightmare at the best of times but, guaranteed, if you are a female in a horror movie you should avoid babysitting like the plague.

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As soon as you put those tots to bed and put on a spooky movie, a masked madman will appear at the window ready to attack.

No matter what it pays just say no to babysitting.

Cooking

It’s always the way in a scary movie.

The moment you pop something in the oven or start making popcorn to watch a movie the psycho killer will call, knock on the door or chase you through the house wielding their weapon of choice.

The best advice we could give is order a takeaway.

Open Water

Is there anything more frightening for a female in a horror movie than an open stretch of water?

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Who knows What Lies Beneath the murky deep, could be a giant killer crocodile or the body of someone long presumed dead come back to life.

Either way, don’t be tempted into a lonely boat ride on any open water unless you plan on getting wet and dead.

Boys

Time and time again we see females in horror movies who are shy, single and often virgins survive against all the odds.

As soon as you entertain the notion of a boyfriend he’ll seal your fate.

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Guaranteed he’ll either be the guy who has been bumping off your mates or your dalliance will simply make you a target.

It’s all a lesson to stay innocent and pure for as long as possible, all the girls who just wanna have fun don’t have long in horror movies.

Friends

So far we’ve given you a lot to stay away from, in fact, any female in a horror movie should instantly write off having a social life altogether.

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No one can be trusted and in particular your nearest and dearest friends.

“Everyones a suspect” as Randy so eloquently puts it in Scream and as poor Natalie found out all too late in Urban Legend.

Woods

From the fear of the unknown in Blair Witch to flesh-eating virus’s in Cabin Fever and even murderous inbred yocals in Wrong Turn, the woods can be a terrifying place to be for a female in a horror movie.

So unless you are attending a teddy bears picnic we suggest avoiding all heavily wooded areas for the foreseeable future.

Phones

Just let the machine pick it up!

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We suggest sticking to texting, emailing or even smoke signals, but just don’t pick up the phone.

Rain

Okay so the rain is usually just an excuse to get our leading lady looking wet and sexy, however pouring rain usually makes things scarier too.

Think slippier surfaces, reduced visibility and you might catch a cold.

On the plus side, it does a good job washing all those pesky blood stains from your clothes.

Showers

Another fine excuse to get the leading lady wet and naked, shower scenes are almost mandatory in the best horror movies.

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Of course, if you happen to be a female in a horror movie it’s better to just have a stand-up wash as we all know it won’t end well once the water goes on.

Alcohol and Drugs

Maintaining purity and innocence is key to surviving a horror movie if you are female.

Under absolutely no circumstances are you advised to consume alcohol or any other mind-altering substances.

Once you’ve crossed that line then its the end of the line for you.

Driving

As soon as you get behind the wheel, unless you are fleeing at the end of the movie, you’ve pretty much signed your death warrant.

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You could find a nasty surprise in the back seat, you could breakdown in a spooky poorly lit road, you could even run over a poor unsuspecting person who you think is dead then dispose of the body with four of your friends only to be haunted by the same person a year later.

So, unless you are pretty sure it’s the end of the movie don’t chance driving and catch the bus.

And that concludes our list of things to avoid if you are a female in a horror movie. 

Check out some of the amazing accommodation offers we have for females at Arthouse and book to stay the night in one of our fabulous movie-themed hotel rooms.

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Fantastic Feature Films to Look Out for This Year

At the heart of the city in Liverpool’s most exciting movie theme hotel we are always on the lookout for new and exciting film releases.

This year cinema screens will be featuring superheroes, fantasies, musicals and action so at Arthouse Hotel we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the year of film ahead.

See which of these latest and up and coming release you think will be blockbusters and which will fall into the classics categories over time.

Fantasy and Musicals

Our very own musical movie theme hotel floor has been designed to reflect the most magical musical movies of all time. The rooms include the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and,  of course, the legend that is Mary Poppins.

This year we can look forward to welcoming some amazing magical and musical movies onto the big screen and here are the top three.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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This smash hit musical is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of all time.

We simply cannot wait to see the younger versions of the much-beloved cast of the first Mamma Mia act out their previous lives.

Revisiting Donna’s youth, meeting a young Tanya and Rosie and seeing Donna and the Dynamos take to the stage is promising to be a smash hit spectacular.

And did we mention Cher will be making a special appearance as well as singing the unforgettable ‘Fernando’.

Forget Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the God Father Part II, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again promises to be an unforgettable movie sequel experience.

Mary Poppins Returns

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And its about time she did, the youth of today need Mary Poppins in their life if only to bring some order to the world.

This time Jane and Michael are all grown up and when Mary visits them and Michaels three children to restore the joy and magic to their lives. During the time of the Great Depression, things are looking bleak for the Banks family and that’s when Mary Poppins arrives to turn things around in the way that only she can.

Poppins is played by our all-time favourite English rose Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke returns to the film in the role of Mr Dawes Jr. There’s also an all-star cast including Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

We wonder if this long-awaited sequel to such a much loved musical will be a ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ success or if we’ll struggle to ‘Stay Awake’.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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We were all devastated when the Harry Potter series was brought to an end, where were we going to get our wizarding movie fix from now!

Enter the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.

When last we watched Newt Scamander had helped capture the notorious wizard Grindelwald and all was well in the muggle and magic worlds. When we return we learn Grindelwald has escaped and is planning to raise an army of pure blood magical folk to rule over the muggle and magical world.

The cast of this latest magical movie includes the return of the talented Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law will play a handsome Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp plays the role of the notorious Grindelwald.

Be prepared for new tricks and treats as we tune in to see what life was like before Harry and Voldemort were at war in this the latest instalment of J.K Rowling captivating’s wizarding world.

Action Heroes and Super Villains

We simply can’t get enough of superheroes and it seems the more the merrier as the people at DC and Marvel continue to bring their printed comic characters to life on the big screen.

Aquaman

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As the story goes poor Aquaman has always been the forgotten, somewhat mocked hero of the Justice League and the reason we have been waiting so long for his solo movie is that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all had to go first.

Jason Momoa will play Arthur Curry who has lived on land his whole life but can also breathe underwater and talk to sea creatures. He is asked to dive below the waves to inherit an underwater kingdom and battle a long list of villains along the way.

Other cast members include Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s love interest.

Now Aquaman has his own flick this is set to be an under the sea movie that will blow all superhero films that came before out of the water.

Venom

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From obscure superhero to the most infamous supervillain ever, Venom could prove to be the darkest Marvel movie made starring one of this generations greatest acting talents as the lead; Tom Hardy.

Fans of the Spidey series and those who are avid Marvel graphic novel readers will be aware of Venom and his origins. But for those who aren’t a brief summary is that Venom is an alien parasitic lifeform that attaches itself to a host giving that person powers and an unhealthy bloodlust and thirst for violence.

It is rumoured that Venom will join the ranks of Logan and Deadpool in the Sony Pictures Universe rather than the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe where Spidey exists. Quite confusing, yet fans of the comics will fully understand the reasons behind the separation, even if the rest of us don’t.

Despite all the politics and confusion, the movie is poised to be one of the scariest Marvel movies to date with the prospect of many sequels being more than likely.

Other Films to Look Forward Too

There are plenty of other great movies coming out in 2018 and we simply don’t have the time to write about them all but these are the ones that simply shouldn’t be missed.

Jurassic World II – the cast of the last epic instalment return to the dinosaur-infested island to try and save some of the species. Of course, plans will fail, safety measures will be lax and some people might get squashed by big feet or eaten.

Tomb Raider – Despite Ms Jolie doing a superb job back at the turn of the century, Tomb Raider has returned to our screens with a new posh and ponytailed beauty played by Alicia Vikander. The plot stays the same, Lara is trying to find her long-lost adventurer father and gets herself into some perilous predicaments.

Breaking In – The tables are turned in this nail-biting thriller as a young mother takes her kids to a secluded cabin for the weekend and ends up having to rescue them when four men break into the house to find hidden money.

Movie Nights at Arthouse Hotel

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Thanks to our awesome location in the heart of Liverpool guests staying at Arthouse Hotel can catch a movie in style.

Simply make your way to Liverpool One’s Odeon for the latest blockbusters or the nearby FACT where things are a little more intimate. Or better yet bring your own movies and stay in one of our spectacular movie theme hotel rooms with friends and enjoy a low key cinema night in.

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.

Warhol’s Chelsea Girls: “Busted In Boston” & “Censored In Cannes”

Our movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel have been designed to remember the iconic superstars of a film generation. From our musicals floor which celebrates wonderful whimsical movies filled with song and dance to our Hitchcock floor decorated and themed around the best thrillers from the legendary director.

Another movie themed floor in Arthouse Hotel pays homage to the artistic iconography of Andy Warhol and one room, in particular, has been themed with one of Warhol’s most celebrated cinematic creations in mind, and perhaps his most scandalous too.

Warhol’s movie, Chelsea Girls, was banned from being screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967. As this year’s event gets underway we look at why Warhol’s work didn’t appear as scheduled in the 1967 programme.

Who Was Andy Warhol?

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For those of you who are unsure who or what Andy Warhol was, listen up.

Warhol first appeared on the scene in 1949 when he moved to New York and worked as a window dresser, an illustrator and began designing commercial artwork for top-selling fashion magazines Vogue and Glamour.

He continued to work in the fashion press industry using groundbreaking techniques which became well known in the business.

By 1960 Warhol grew dissatisfied with commercial work and began manipulating photo imagery and comic book strips which made his career blossom and established him as a pop art artist. He created his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1961 and went on to create the Marilyn Portrait in 1962.

Andy’s interest in filmmaking didn’t start until 1963 when he purchased his very first camera and began experimenting with artistic short films that were inspired by real life and which shocked and amazed his audiences.

Why Warhol Started Filming

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Between that first moment of picking up a camera to the moment he made his last motion picture, Warhol wanted to make moving art in his films.

By portraying real-life experiences in great detail and often adding shock value to them Warhol’s movies made a splash on the underground cinema. In 1965 Warhol officially put down his paintbrush and became a filmmaker instead.

With an entourage of wealthy socialites at his beck and call the Warhol Superstars made up the cast of his earliest movies. Warhol continued to make movies that the trendy public wanted to see and/or star in and by 1966 he had created Chelsea Girls which gained widespread recognition among the most fashionable circles.

The movie was filmed in various locations around New York city but was set and filmed inside the prominent Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

The first film of its kind, Chelsea Girls followed the lives of those who lived in the Hotel Chelsea, from models and artists to wealthy socialites and aristocrats. The movie portrayed the carefree, artistic and bohemian lifestyle that was popular at the time among artists, musicians, celebrities and the well to do.

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

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Warhol and his superstars made their way to the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967 to watch Chelsea Girls screened in public for the very first time. They had the movie reels stored in their personal luggage because shipping costs at the time were very high at the time and this saved them money.

The way Warhol had shot the movie meant that it needed to be displayed on two screens at once using two different projectors, making it stand apart from other work of the age.

Cannes Film Festival had officially invited the film to be screened and Warhol’s work in the film industry had begun to garner a great deal of attention due to its unique subject matter and his famously artistic flare.

There was a lot of confusion about how to screen Chelsea Girls by Cannes Film Festival organisers, despite being given implicit instructions from the Warhol camp. This, as well as some concerns about the scandal that would follow full frontal male nudity, rumoured to be in the movie and Cannes Film Festival decided to pull the plug.

Despite being part of the official programme, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls became the first ever invited film not to be screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival 1967.

So Where Was the 1st Official Public Screening of Chelsea Girls?

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After taking his unshown work away from the film festival, Warhol and his entourage are rumoured to have arranged the first public screening in a Paris based movie theatre; Cinematheque.

Other accounts state that the movie went straight from Cannes Film Festival to London. Here a gang of 50 people, made up of Warhol Superstars and other notable artists and socialites had gathered to watch Chelsea Girls in a flat on Mount Street belonging to Robert Fraser.

Stash De Rolla, an aristocrat and friend of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and some of Warhol’s Superstar’s recalls;

“Robert [Fraser] called and asked me to bring Paul’s [McCartney] 16mm sound projector because Chelsea Girls needed two projectors used simultaneously.

So I took it over, arrived at 23 Mount Street and found about fifty or more people crammed in, lying all over the floor, all the Warhol entourage.

We showed the movie and someone complained about the noise and the police came.”

Following this screening interest in Chelsea Girls spread all over the underground cinema world and more and more above ground movie lovers wanted to see the mysterious and artistic production.

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

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Despite the growing interest, Chelsea Girls was banned in Boston after being shown in May 1967 a police raid resulted in the manager of the Boston Cinema getting a $500 fine and receiving four charges of obscenity.

Warhol loved the attention and relished using the line “banned in Boston” to advertise his masterpiece from then on.

The movie then toured Chicago and Berlin before making it back to New York cinema screens in July 1967. The ad read

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

and Chelsea Girls continued to attract large audiences of “normal society”, not the usual cult underground cinema lovers that had previously followed Warhol’s work.

The stars of Chelsea Girls included daughters of wealthy socialites and aristocrats like Brigid Berlin and Mary Wornov. Brigid’s mother was said to be disgusted by her daughter’s appearance in the film and Mary’s mother sued Warhol for allowing her daughter to be filmed without a signed release.

Over time Chelsea Girls became accepted for its cultural statement rather than its value as an actual movie. Those who appeared in the movie were either real-life inhabitants of the Hotel Chelsea or people who had fallen into Warhol’s orbit essentially Chelsea Girls depicted the world in which Warhol lived. Surrounded by admirers and those whom he used as muses fro his work.

The Chelsea Girls Room

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Book your stay in the Chelsea Girls room at Arthouse Hotel and enjoy a night of luxury in our movie inspired group accommodation.

The amazing artwork from the movie’s advertising is displayed across the ceiling and the rest of the room oozes the type of glamour and splendour associated with the Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Sleeping up to six guests in comfortable double and single beds and located at the heart of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Chelsea Girls room is perfect for a group of guests looking to enjoy a taste of the chic and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Check out our superb accommodation offers at Arthouse Hotel for girls gathering or lads nights in Liverpool or call 0151 601 8801 to book your stay.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

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Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.

Top Themed Hotel Rooms for Fans of Thriller Movies

When you’re picking your Friday night film which genre do you lean toward? Comedy, fantasy, action? If the answer is a good old-fashioned thriller then why not spend a Friday night one of our Hitchcock movie themed hotel rooms in Liverpool.

At Arthouse Hotel, our second floor has been entirely dedicated to the work of one man who knew how to shock and thrill his audience; Alfred Hitchcock.

Here we count down our Hitchcock themed hotel rooms based on his most thrilling pieces of work.

#5 Notorious 1935

One of Hitchcock’s favourite leading ladies plays the Notorious Alicia Huberman in this masterful love story turned spy thriller.

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Deep undercover, Alicia becomes entangled in increasingly more dangerous situations.

The entire movie is rife with the cinematic mastery that Hitchcock became famous for and draws viewers into the seemingly hopeless love affair, spiced with a risky espionage plot line.

The Notorious themed hotel room at Arthouse sleeps up to four guests and is swathed in decadent red leather walls complemented by glistening gold furnishings.

All the top modern facilities are to hand as well with a huge flat screen TV and small kitchenette.

Perfect for a small group of horror fans looking for a thrilling stay in Liverpool.

#4 Suspicion 1941

Suspicion is a classic story of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy lies to girl and girl suspects boy of plotting to murder her!

Leading man Cary Grant fills the role of playboy Johnnie wins over everyday girl Lina, whom he suspects has access to inheritance from her wealthy father but it’s not long before the truths come out.

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Throughout the rest of the movie Lina’s suspicion of her new husband begin to mount and Hitchcock manages to engage the audience and succeeds in matching their suspicions to hers.

A famous scene is when Johnnie is ascending the stairs with a glass of milk for Lina. The audience’s suspicions heighten without verbal prompting because the glass is illuminated.

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At Arthouse Hotel, the Suspicion themed hotel room has been matched to Hitchcock’s classic style black leather finishes mimicking his perfectly tailored trademark black suits, splashes of red to add some drama.

The Suspicion hotel room sleeps up to six guests with a functional kitchenette and stunning ensuite bathroom.

#3 Vertigo 1958

Perhaps the defining movie moment of his illustrious career Hitchcock uses Vertigo to explore the fragility of the human mind and the ease at which it can be manipulated.

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It has been recognised as the best film ever made and ranks as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.

Thanks to special camera tricks such as the infamous dolly zoom, and Hitchcock’s fondness for French literature, Vertigo is a movie masterpiece with a dark theme at its core.

Plenty of theories have been drawn up as to what the movie signifies some include portrayals of male aggression, the deconstruction of femininity and the most modern perhaps is that the movie is the all in the imagination of the main male lead.

Our Vertigo themed hotel room can sleep up to four guests in utter luxury.

Located in Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, Vertigo provides perfect group accommodation in Liverpool for those who enjoy a spooky movie.

#2 Psycho 1960

A movie with the most iconic scene in cinema history, Psycho most defiantly deserves the runner up spot in our countdown to most thrilling Hitchcock movies.

This amazing movie plot has been at the core of so many popular thrillers and set the benchmark for acceptable levels of on screen violence.

Typical of Hitchcock our leading lady Janet Leigh is stranded in a secluded motel after stealing from her boss. Hitchcock often made his victims seem as though they somehow deserved their fate, another directorial technique adopted by modern movie makers.

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Leigh’s character eventually succumbs to the evils of Norman Bates, and one of the most terrifying and disturbing movies follows.

Our stunning Psycho themed hotel room sleeps up to four guests and in the city centre of Liverpool. There are full modern facilities available to guests including a huge flat screen TV and stunning ensuite bathrooms.

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Worlds apart from the accommodation experience at Bates Motel for sure.

#1 The Birds 1963

Our number one movie in our countdown to the most thrilling pieces of Hitchcock’s work is, of course, The Birds.

Starting the movie with a clever bit of movie trickery, Hitchcock lulls the audience into a false sense of security with playful comedy technique known as screwball comedy.

After setting the comedic tone of a love story Hitchcock then plunges his audiences into unimaginable terror and new realms of bird related fear.

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Tippi Hendren who played the lead role in The Birds was said to have been shaken after scenes filmed with Hitchcock due to these little-known facts from the filming of The Birds.

The famed telephone box scene where Hitchcock threw in a realistic looking bird prop smashing the glass was not scripted, neither was there meant to be live birds in the attic scene towards the end of the movie.

It was Hitchcock’s style to shock and amaze; his talent was clear and he captivated his audiences by leaving them wanting more.

The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel will do just the opposite, giving you everything you could need or want during a stay in Liverpool.

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This stunning movie themed hotel room is exceptionally outfitted with stunning décor and the latest modern facilities. Sleeping up to four guests The Birds room is our top choice for a group of thriller movie fans looking to stay in Liverpool in style.

Staying at Arthouse Hotel

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Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Come along and see how Alfred Hitchcock’s genius has helped us make stunning themed hotel rooms that, like the great director, never fail to impress.