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.
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.
As we look forward to all the up and coming live-action Disney movie remakes, we thought we’d take a look back at a few movie remakes from the last few years, and ask the question whether or not they should have been.
The Jungle Book 1967 vs 2016
Kicking things off in style we’ll look at the live-action remake of one of the earliest Disney movies, The Jungle Book.
As we swing into the deep dark jungle, we love the fact that none of the fun was lost.
Characters like King Louis and Baloo the bear and their songs were kept in, and the casting for our favourite characters was spot on. Even Shere Khan was made to be just as terrifying as he was in the original cartoon, with Idris Elba providing a very convincing tiger-like performance.
This movie remake gets a thumbs up from us, as none of the original magic was lost and we got a little more back story about man’s relationship with the jungle.
Lion King 1994 vs 2019
Released July 2019, this hotly-anticipated epic has been met with rave reviews so far.
Although said to be a lot darker than the original cartoon, using the underlying Shakespearian story as more of an influence, the new live-action Lion King is as gripping as the animated Disney version but a lot more serious.
The downside is the real version takes away a lot of the warm and fuzzy feelings Disney created, although, the astonishing reality of CGI creatures and their epic surroundings is said to be astounding..
It’s safe to say that most live-action Disney remakes are building on amazing originals, it’d be hard for them to make a worse movie remake of such popular animated classics.
Cinderella 1965 vs 2015
The fairy-tale of Cinderella was begging to be one of the first Disney movie remakes if only to see how they recreated that dress and of course the glass slippers.
Sadly, this was perhaps the only good thing about this movie remake.
The rest of the film, although kept close to the original animated version story, seemed to take away from the sadness of poor cinders instead of adding anything new to it.
Lily James’ beauty and her pre-ball transformation are literally the only things that brought the original whimsy and magic to the movie.
Even Helena Bonham Carter couldn’t resuscitate the limp dialogue, which has to say something about how poor the rest was.
This Disney movie remake was a treat for the eyes as far as production, scenery and special effects go, but whether it brought an ounce of the original Cinderella Disney magic to the table is left to be said.
Aladdin 1992 vs 2019
Sometimes things are best left untouched, and with the likes of Disney’s Aladdin, many agreed with this sentiment.
People were concerned that the part of the Genie couldn’t possibly be close to or better than the one voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic.
Then people discovered the wonder and amazement from the animated movie had indeed been captured and enhanced using amazing CGI and some clever storytelling.
As far as the genie goes, Will Smith makes the part his own, whilst still giving a nod to Robin Williams’ work as well. Smith brought his cheeky comedic nature to the genie and his flare and character were easily adapted to the role.
The well-timed one-liners, 90s style settings, awful special effects and a kick-ass performance from Sharon Stone are what made this a likeable movie in the firstplace and it’s all missing from the next version.
Changing the setting of Mars for a dystopian version of earth and adding in plenty of political messages, predicting the future of the world, took the movie so far away from it’s original, they should have just made a new film altogether.
In conclusion, whilst the movie remake of Total Recall is acceptably watchable, it’s by no means a better version of the original.
Beauty and The Beast 1991 vs 2017
From the very first scene, you get the sense that movie makers have done their best to stick to the original screenplay word for word, scene by scene.
Emma Watson isn’t your stereotypical Hollywood girl. The smart, strong-minded woman and gifted actress may have seemed a strange casting choice at first, but Watson’s feisty character is exactly what was needed for the success of this Disney movie remake.
After Watson, the rest of the star-studded cast brought the most magical and memorable moments from the original to life.
We loved the newest Beauty and the Beast even if others put it on their list of the worst movie remakes of all time.
The Italian Job 1969 vs 2018
Even though it’s known as one of the greatest British films of all time, The Italian Job has less adrenaline-pumping moments than an episode of Paw Patrol.
Our favourite Brit actor, Michael Caine spends a while building up the suspense, living the life of a 007 style secret agent after being released from a stint in jail. The main crux of the film is the heist and car chase which, could have done with a heavy injection of urgency and drama and a bit more of a chase.
Cut to the 2003 remake and we’ve got a fully Americanised version of the dull British classic, including all-American Marky Mark in the leading role.
Where the original Italian Job was a bit dull, the revisited movie remake sees the iconic convoy of minis go zipping through streets and underground tunnels.
The original is a classic film that will forever be remembered for the line,
“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”
And whilst the modern movie remake might not be remembered, it certainly has a lot more to attract audiences as far as action, character development and storylines go.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 vs 2003
From the grainy 1974 version of this terrifying horror to today’s many movie remakes, retakes and sequels Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been done to death making the new movies a lot less scary than the original.
The original version takes us by surprise, this was one of the first horror movies of its kind, catching audiences unawares with the Leatherface character and barely giving any hints about the horrors that awaited the travelling teens.
By the time the movie remakes appeared, audiences were more than familiar with masked psychotic killers, including Leatherface, Jason in his Hockey mask and Michael Myers from Halloween.
The difference with these and the originals is that the surface terror of the later movie remakes is never scarier than the implied terror from the original film.
Things are still shocking in the movie remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but they’ve been given a Hollywood polish that takes away from the psychological terror of the original.
Godzilla 1954 vs 2019
How many times can one movie be remade?
From 1954 until the present day there have been too many Godzilla sequels and remakes to even discuss, so we’ll stick to the big ones.
The original 1954 was a defining movie moment, creating the effect of suitmation, where a stunt man would walk among miniature sets giving the illusion of a giant in a regular size world.
Cut ahead nearly 45 years and stuntmen are replaced with CGI, making Godzilla’s return impressive, large scale and blockbusting.
Fast forward again another decade or so and the 30th Godzilla movie returns to screens, bigger and better than ever. This time following the original story laid down by Toho, Godzilla’s original creators.
This movie remake has since sparked Toho to produce Godzilla: King of the Monsters, released in May 2019 and we can look forward to another sequel in the near future, Godzilla VS King Kong.
Suffice to say that each of the Godzilla films brings something different to the table, from pioneering effects and the start of a decade-spanning series to promises of exciting future monster battles.
All the Godzilla’s get thumbs up in our books.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 1971 vs 2005
Okay, so we know it’s hard to diss anything that stars Johnny Depp, but Willy Wonka didn’t need to be remade, period.
The magic and whimsy of the original film were merely replaced by weird and whacky, taking away the sugary sweetness of Roald Dahl’s original story.
Even the oom-pah Loompa’s were ruined.
The movie remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just goes to show that newer isn’t always better, regardless of your casting choices and budgets.
Carrie 1976 vs 2013
Another amazing cult classic, Carrie the original certainly was a spine-tingler if there ever was one.
Highlighting the devastating effects of bullying and poor parenting, Stephen King’s first thrilling published novel was skilfully brought to life on screen in the 70s and suitably sacred audiences who watched.
It’s this change alone that seems to have taken away the feeling and emotion of the whole film, as the original showed the change little Annie made in everyone around her, including Miss Hannigan.
In the remake, to give the movie a solid PG friendly base, Miss Hannigan was not abusive or drunk and, aside from her bitterness, provided a safe environment for kids to grow up in.
When it all comes down to it Annie just wasn’t Annie without the crazy gin-drinking, flirty Miss Hannigan.
Sabrina 1954 vs 1995
When something stars Audrey Hepburn it should be a sign to leave it well alone.
The original Sabrina was a screaming success in 1954, starring none other than Humphrey Bogart and the stunning Hepburn as unlikely on-screen love interests.
Enter 1995 and filmmakers take another bash at reviving the movie that was already so perfect, to begin with, casting a relative nobody in the role of Sabrina and man of the moment, Harrison Ford as her older love interest.
Safe to say this version of the movie didn’t rock worlds, but it didn’t flop either, we just know that no one does it better than Audrey and no one ever could.
Little Shop of Horrors 1960 vs 1982
Not many people will realise that The Little Shop of Horrors, starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin is actually a remake.
The first, filmed in the 60s, was said to be the product of a bet between brothers. Director Roger Corman made a wager with his brother, stating he could film a hit movie in one week. The results were an extremely low budget production that became a stage and screen phenomenon in later years.
Despite the 80s production of Little Shop of Horrors having a cast studded with stars and benefiting from a longer, more expensive filming situation, the earliest Little Shop of Horrors is responsible for inspiring one of the greatest cult movies of all time.
It may not be the best to watch but it’s responsible for the amazing things that followed.
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Make sure you’ve bagged your seats in the cinema this summer and catch the latest releases and more movie remakes yet to come.
Our Cinema and Stay offer includes an overnight stay for two adults and one child in any of our marvellous movie-themed rooms, cinema tickets and a tasty two-course meal, all for just £149.
Supplements apply for extra children and our superb city centre accommodation can cater to groups of 4-6 guests.
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
Source: Wiki Commons
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
Source: Wiki Commons
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.
In the light of the latest Spiderman movie coming to big screens all over the world, we thought we’d take a look back at those who have donned the Spidey suit over the years, and who really can be named the very best Spiderman.
Working through the movies, and the actors who played the friendly neighbourhood superhero, we plucked the very best and most memorable and enjoyable moments of each Spidey to determine who the best Spiderman really is.
First Up Toby Maguire
Appearing in three of the latest Spiderman movie, Toby Maguire really was given props for bringing Peter Parker to life.
The bookish, bespectacled character fit well with Maguire’s rather pale and unassuming look.
Our favourite moments from this movie are when Parker’s Spidey senses kick in and he takes on school bully Flash.
This entire scene captures Spiderman’s ever-present struggle between balancing his regular self and his Spidey self.
No one could ever forget the upside down kiss, recreated in so many movies since, this is the moment when we see Spidey use his powers to his advantage, winning the heart of his long-term crush Mary Jane.
These are just two scenes from the first instalments in Maguires trilogy as Spidey and already we’re liking what we see for him to become favourite.
Next Up, it’s Andrew Garfield
Even though Garfield’s movies have been hailed as the worst in the collection by super fans, what he brought to the role is what makes Spiderman such a relatable superhero; he made his audiences laugh.
It is said that the reason Spiderman became such a favourite among comic book superheroes in the early days, was that he was so relatable.
He quickly became famous for his inner monologue, which first prompted the use of thought bubbles in earlier comics, as well as his never-ending quips about the “sticky” situations Spidey often faced.
These funny jokes and clever one-liners make Garfield’s Spidey likeable and keep the audience’s attention but there’s one thing that failed in the eyes of the most diehard fans.
The most notable let down of Garfield’s Peter Parker is that he played the role less geeky and decidedly more hipster and cool than the original comic books portrayed. This is believed to have taken some of the applauded relatability away from Garfield’s version of Spidey, the script making Spiderman rather smug and a bit of a bully at times.
But let’s face it Garfield is definitely the coolest Spidey to date, hands down.
Onto Our Present-Day Spiderman Tom Holland
As we look forward to the latest instalment of the Spidey franchise, fans can’t wait to see what Tom Holland will bring to the role of Peter Parker and Spidey.
It’s a given that the boyish quality of this latest version of Spiderman relates more to the teenage angst and melodrama portrayed in the comics. Holland’s Spidey simply can’t wait to unleash his abilities to save the world, a quality that previous versions seem to have battled with.
What’s more Holland’s portrayal takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, watching Parker’s joy when he discovers new uses for his fantastic abilities and the devastation when he is told he won’t become a part of the Avengers.
One of the best Spiderman scenes of Holland’s portrayal as Parker is when he’s self-documenting his journey. Something every teenager of today would do had he discovered he had superpowers.
The others are when Parker and his best friend are casually discussing saving the world, crime fighting and hacking past Stark security settings on the new and improved Spidey suit.
We’ll let you choose your favourite moments from what has already been hailed the very best Spiderman movie of all time when you go and see it for yourselves. For now, the jury remains out on who really has played the best Spiderman so far.
Book to Watch Spiderman: Far from Home in Liverpool
The package includes an overnight stay in a movie-themed Arthouse Hotel room, cinema tickets to watch a movie at Liverpool One’s ODEON and a tasty two-course meal in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
We love movies at Arthouse Hotel and know that there’s no better way to spend time with the family than with a tasty meal and a movie night, followed by a comfortable night’s sleep in one of our luxurious room.
As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.
Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.
Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene
We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.
After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.
Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.
American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene
After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.
“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.
And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.
She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene
Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.
The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.
It’s not what you know but who, right?
Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene
After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.
Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.
Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene
Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.
The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.
“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”
Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.
For various mushy reasons of course.
10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene
An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.
After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.
Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene
After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed.
All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.
In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.
Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene
After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.
After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.
The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.
Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.
Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene
Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.
When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.
It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.
Down Boy! You’re still in high school!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene
Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.
We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.
As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.
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!
Then when everyone’s all wrinkled up like a prune, it’s time to pop on down to their pizza feast, where they can eat endless amounts of pizza, sing along to all their favourite movie tunes and even sit on the hands of a giant gorilla.
The Skyline Suites is the perfect kid’s party venue in Liverpool, providing your little people with some privacy during their party and you somewhere adult to sit. Choose from the in-room bar or sun-soaked balconies overlooking the city.
Book the kids a party that’s sure to make a splash, at Arthouse Hotel with our Dive in Movie offer just £59 per person.
Not Another Teen Party
That’s right we’ve even got something for the teens and tweens out there, who are looking for the perfect big kid’s party venue in Liverpool.
We’ve arranged an amazing pamper hamper to give your teens the tools for a private pampering session in their room. Let them get their selfie-ready hair do’s done or perform marvellous makeovers on each other ideal for some superb slumber party style snap shots.
All the best party décor, with big birthday balloons, banners and sweet treats will be set up and waiting on check-in. Ideal for the best Instagram stories.
Let them spend a fun night in one of our movie-themed suites, watching the latest chick flicks, dancing or listening to tunes, or they can explore the nearby shops, restaurants and cinema in Liverpool ONE.
This amazing big kids party venue in Liverpool is perfect for teen pamper parties and is just £55 per person.
A Little Princess Party
We’ve created a party package for the perfect little princess’ in your life, to help her celebrate a special occasion like royalty.
Starting with the ideal party venue, let your princess choose from any of our marvellous musical movie themed suites, from Mary Poppins to The Wizard of Oz.
We’ll set the scene and make everything magical right down to the last details.