How Many of These Must-See Classic Films Have You Seen

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.

Casablanca

Director: Michael Curtiz

Released: 1942

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.”

Cleopatra

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Released: 1963

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.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Director: Blake Edwards

Released: 1961

Everybody’s favourite on-screen stunner, Audrey Hepburn, made so many things famous in this movie.

The little black dress, the bouffant hairstyle, not to mention the huge sunglasses, Holly Golightly is Hepburn’s most memorable role, one she has been optimised for ever since.

Remembered for: This moment.

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Grease

Director: Randal Kleiser

Released: 1978

Who hasn’t watched Grease? If the answer to that question is me, have you been living under a rock?

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        

Titanic

Director: James Cameron

Released: 1998

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.

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Gone with the Wind

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1940

Still the highest-grossing film of all time, Gone with the Wind is probably the most classic film to have ever been made.

Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, the movie was destined for greatness and tells the story of a wealthy southern belle and her love life struggles set throughout the American civil war.

Remembered for: that line.

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Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles

Released: 1941

Transcending every Hollywood genre, except Western, Citizen Kane enters the list of classic films because it is inarguably the most important American film ever made.

The mystery movie starts with Kane on his deathbed, uttering a seemingly random word “Rosebud” and the rest involves an investigative journalist trying to understand the meaning behind the word.

Remembered for: being a big deal.

Psycho

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1960

Notably one of the most iconic classic films in history, Psycho has served as the benchmark for thrillers since it debuted in 1960. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock certainly worked his magic on this one.

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.

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Remembered for: the shower scene.

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The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Released: 1972

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

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Jaws

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1975

An oldie but a goodie, after the movie Jaws was published people were genuinely terrified to go swimming in the sea.

Jaws is a gripping thriller which sees a monster shark arrive in the shallows of the sleepy tourist town, Amity Island and go on a killing spree at peak holiday season.

Remembered for: the huge and terrifying, mechanical shark (which, because of all its faults Spielberg nicknamed “The Great White Turd”)

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The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1939

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?

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Remembered for: the use of technicolour and large-scale production.

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Schindler’s List

Director: Steven Speilberg

Released: 1993

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.

Remembered for: the little girl in the red coat.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Released: 1946

A favourite classic film and the ultimate Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life was the very first of its kind.

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.

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E.T

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1982

A touching story of friendship and life beyond our planet, E.T is known as one of the greatest science fiction, family-friendly films to see.

Following the friendship of Elliot and alien lifeform E.T, this feel-good film will make you laugh and cry, as well as make you want a little alien friend all of your own.

Remembered for: cycling across the moon.

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Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Released: 1965

A classic musical film that addressed a very real part of Nazi German history, The Sound of Music is one of those classic films that simply must be watched in your lifetime.

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.

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Remembered for: Do, Re, Mi

The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1980

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!”

Forrest Gump

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Released: 1994

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

Released: 1959

One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies, Some Like It Hot ranks high on every classic film list.

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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.

Remembered for: that song.

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Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont

Released: 1994

Falsely imprisoned Andy Dufrense goes through hell in Shawshank, a high-security prison for the most hardened of criminals, but along the way, he makes a friend, Red (played by Morgan Freeman).

Surviving on hope alone, Andy does have a happy ending, despite getting involved in money laundering for prison guards and spending months at a time in solitary confinement.

Remembered for: Andy’s escape celebration

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Goodfellas

Director: Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

And cue the music!

This stylised crime drama is arguably the high point of not only Martin Scorsese’s glittering career, but also the high point of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and certainly Ray Liotta’s careers too.

Be it the wonderful soundtrack or gorgeous clothes that transport you back to the 1950s or the gripping drama that unfolds on screen, Goodfellas is, and always will be, a classic movie.

Remembered for: Tommy’s execution on the day he was to be made. Still hurts.

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A Few Good Men

Director: Rob Reiner

Released: 1992

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.

Remembered for: That famous line.

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Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson

Released: 1995

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!”

Gladiator

Director: Ridley Scott

Released: 2000

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

Released: 1940

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

Released: 1998

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.

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The Very Best and Worst Movie Remakes

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.

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In short Aladdin, the live-action movie remake was every bit as exciting and action-packed as the animated role, with extra snippets put in to bring the film into the modern age.

Total Recall 1990 vs 2012

As one of the greatest B movies of all time, Total Recall is a movie remake we wish had never happened, full stop.

There is only one Arnold Schwarzenegger after all, and of course, his wonderful wooden performance is what makes the entire movie.

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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.

Just like Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre was all in the build-up of suspense and surprise.

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.

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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.

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Of course, the movie remake didn’t quite have the same effects as the original, with all the modern movie sheen and polish, Carrie became less gritty and more glam.

Even Carrie herself, who in the novel was chubby and spotty, and in the first movie was waif-like and alienesque, was played by the gorgeous Chloe Mortez, making her highly unbelievable as an outcast.

Then there’s the telekinesis.

In the original movie this is a result of Carrie’s maltreatment, but in the remake becomes some sort of superpower which Mortez’s Carrie hones and perfects to wield as a weapon for the grand finale.

The remake of Carrie definitely moved with the times but again we raise the question, did it need to?

Annie 1982 vs 1999

It’s a Hard Knock Life in the first version of Annie, showing an unfortunate orphans rise to wealth and riches, from the slums of a prison-like orphanage amidst the Great Depression.

In the remake, writers changed the orphanage to a foster home and the drunk and abusive Miss Hannigan into a bitter, less threatening version of herself with Cameron Diaz in the role.

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

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

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

Better Than a Peck on the Hand

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

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

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

A Man of Many Talents

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

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

No Loo Breaks Allowed

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

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

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

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

Stop Pneumonia-ing

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

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

J. Dawson Was Aboard

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

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

A Rose by Any Other Name

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

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

What do you think?

Near Far . . . Almost Not in the Film

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

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

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

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

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

Best Friends Forever

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background Stories for Background Cast

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

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

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

Setting Cinema Records

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

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

Rumoured Drug Use on Set

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

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

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

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

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The Best Disney Conspiracies and Easter Eggs

In the lead up to some big Disney blockbusters being released this year, we took a look back at some of the farfetched fan theories and Disney conspiracies that have hatched over time.

We also took the opportunity to seek out and showcase the allusive Disney and Pixar Easter eggs.

Let’s see if our findings blow your mind, and how many Disney Easter Eggs you’d already spotted.

#1 Who was Ariel’s mum and why isn’t she around?

No, it’s not a case of mermaid abandonment, King Triton once had a Queen and between them, they had seven daughters.

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After watching prequels of The Little Mermaid we learn that the Queen was killed by humans, hence King Tritons distaste for them in the original movie.

Upon researching further, people have come to the conclusion that the killer was actually Captain Hook, and that the Queen once lived in Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland.

This, of course, is all based on the fact that there is a redheaded mermaid in Peter Pan, and Ariel and her mum also have red hair.

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Easter Egg: King Triton makes an appearance in the Princess and the Frog Mardi Gras parade.

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#2 Greek Mythology Makes Ariel and Hercules Cousins

If we think about it, it’s not that difficult to believe.

Hercules’ father is Zeus.

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Zeus’ brother is Poseidon.

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Poseidon’s son is Triton and Triton’s daughter is Ariel.

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Making Ariel and Hercules first cousins. Simple really (?)

Easter Egg: Simba’s Evil Uncle Scar makes an appearance in this Greece-based movie, as a pelt which Hercules wears whilst having his portrait painted.

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#3 Speaking of Relatives, Were Elsa, Anna and . . . Tarzan Siblings?

Turns out, according to this popular Disney conspiracy, yes.

Elsa and Anna’s parents supposedly survived the shipwreck and went on to become Tarzan’s mum and dad.

Fans believe the King and Queen of Arendelle made it onto an island after the Queen had a baby boy at sea.

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They built a treehouse out of driftwood and boat parts and, just when life started to look peachy, they were eaten by leopards.

That’s some unlucky streak if you ask us.

#4 But wait there’s more . . .

Here we discover a popular Disney conspiracy with the help of one of those cheeky hidden Easter eggs too.

The theory has it that Jane is actually the granddaughter of Belle and the Beast.

What are we basing this on?

The appearance of the once-enchanted tea set of course, at Jane and her father’s camp in Tarzan.

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#5 More on Belle

We understand that Beauty and the Beast the movie was set in a rural village in France right?

Belle was obviously suffering Wanderlust at some point though, as she can be seen waltzing the streets of old Paree “with her nose stuck in a book” in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Trés, intriguing hmm?

#6 Andy’s Mom is Evil!

That’s right, as Toy Story 4 gets closer to its UK premier you should all be made aware of the fact that Andy’s mom is the enemy of toys everywhere.

The heart-breaking story of when Jessie’s owner, Emily, cruelly grew up and dumped her in a box takes an unexpected turn when we learn, Emily is Andy’s mom!

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The timeline fits, as Jessie remembers a 70s teenage bedroom, and then there’s Andy’s own cowboy hat which is not like woodies, but more like Jessies.

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The same hat as Emily is seen wearing, only without the white trim, years earlier in the memory.

This Disney/Pixar conspiracy fits like a glove and goes on to explain how Andy has such an old school doll, that has been in the family for years.

Easter Egg: A Buzz Lightyear figure appears on the floor of the dentist’s waiting room in Finding Nemo.

#7 White Rabbits, Drugs and Rock n Roll?

A common theory, even before the Disney movie was created, was that Alice in Wonderland was a metaphor for a drugs experience after taking LSD.

People believed that Alice’s repeated eating and drinking of strange substances, and the whole concept of Wonderland, outlined the authors own drug-induced state whilst writing the novel.

The story was written when the use of opiates was legal after all.

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#8 Aladdin Never Really Happened

Well, of course, we know the story itself is more than likely 100% fictional.

Flying carpets and genies aside, this Disney conspiracy actually suggests that the entire movie was a yarn spun by the clever salesman from the start.

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It’s understood that the little guy is just desperately trying to make a sale and that the whole story was concocted as a clever marketing ploy to sell what is essentially an ordinary lamp!

Well, we bought it.

#9 Snow White’s Stepmother went on to Torment Another “Daughter”

It should come as no surprise, that the Evil Stepmother and Queen from Snow White, would come back and bite someone else in the ass.

Hell-bent on remaining young and beautiful forever Snow White’s Stepmother is said to be no other than Mother Gothel in Tangled.

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There are some striking physical similarities, and both older ladies look identical, give or take a pixel or two.

Then there’s the obvious disdain towards the young and beautiful, as well as the mistreatment of the young girls in their care.

Sold! The Evil Queen is definitely Mother Gothel.

We, the human race are not long for this world!

According to Disney and Pixar, one day our vastly intelligent cars will take over the world, destroy the human race, and take our place as the dominant lifeforms on earth.

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Dark we know but in a kind of i-Robot way, we can sort of see this happening.

To Be King or Not to Be King? That is The Question

Disney had to get his stories from somewhere, but who would believe that the Bard would serve as inspiration for one of the best Disney movies of all time.

Rumour has it, Disney used the Shakespearian masterpiece, Hamlet, to base the plot of the Lion King on.

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Both main characters are princes, there are somewhat shady/murderous uncles in both movies, Simba and Hamlet’s fathers die and reappear as ghosts.

There is a battle to the death with their uncles, although in true Disney spirit Simba doesn’t actually do the murdering himself.

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There are plenty more references to draw upon, but it’s safe to say Disney hedged his bets that one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, would bring only good things to the Lion King story.

Can You Spot These Cleverly Concealed Disney Easter Eggs?

As well as all these fascinating Disney conspiracies, there are also a few more Easter Eggs that we challenge you to hunt out, when enjoying a day of Disney movie watching.

When the Sultan in Aladdin is busy stacking up his tower of tiny toys, keep your eyes peeled for a familiar figure amongst the pile. The Beast can be glimpsed snarling out of one side.

After baby Boo, is safely delivered back into her room at the teary goodbye ending to Monsters Inc. she excitedly shows Sully her toys and one of them is a stuffed version of Nemo.

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An inspiration to young women everywhere, Mulan even appears in Lani’s bedroom, on a poster in Lilo and Stitch and Mulan is also the name of the local Chinese restaurant.

Rapunzel didn’t really have a chance, but she got her happily ever after in the end, despite the cursed spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty being stored in her tower.

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Perhaps inspired when Mike and Sully were banished to the Himalayas, or maybe he’d popped in on one of the children to make them laugh at some time. Either way there is a wooden carving of Mike Wazowski on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (and Sauna) counter in Frozen.

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Another amazing Disney movie film adaption Dumbo has arrived on our screens recently but see if you can spot the bubble blowing pachyderm in Basil the Great Mouse detective as the mice snoop around the London toy store.

See if you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the audience when King Triton enters the underwater concert room. The three of them are standing there under the sea, no scuba gear and just waiting for the show to start.

And lastly, it seems that even in San Fran Sokyo Hans is a hated and wanted individual as his picture appears in a wanted poster in the police station of Big Hero 6.

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Memorable Mom Movie Moments from the Best Movie Mothers

Get snuggled up with mum on the couch this Mother’s Day and make your way through these classic mom movies with a bucket of tasty treats and a bottle of mum’s favourite plonk.

We’ve gathered all the greatest movie moments, from the cute and heartwarming to the scary and downright disturbing.

Here, in no particular order are the greatest mom movie moments of all time.

Mrs George

Aka: Regina’s Mum

Movie: Mean Girls

Mrs George makes it very clear from the get-go she’s not like a regular mom, she’s a cool Mom. Her velour tracksuit, blonde tresses and rocking bod certainly go a long way to confirm this.

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Our favourite mom movie moment:

Mrs George: Happy Hour is from 4-6!

Cady: Is there alcohol in this?

Mrs George: Oh god, no, honey, what kind of mother do you think I am? Why, do you want a little bit? Because if you’re gonna drink, I’d rather you do it in the house.

Amy Mitchell

Aka: The original Bad Mom

Movie: Bad Moms

The ultimate struggling mother trying to balance work, social life, love life and the dreaded PTA, Amy Mitchell is the most relatable movie mother we’ve encountered yet. She tells it like it is, lets loose and has a little fun with her newly found mummy mates.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Arriving late to a PTA meeting, Amy decides to quit and starts a revolt against the PTA chairwoman eventually overthrowing the whole system.

Morticia Adams

Aka: Wednesday, Pugsley and Pubert’s mum

Movie: Adams Family and Adams Family Values

Although she may have a dark side, Morticia Adams is a devoted mother to her three unique children. She indulges their macabre games and encourages them to explore and celebrate the Adams’ individuality.

What more could you want from a mum?

Our favourite mom movie moment:

In Adams Family Values, when a curse falls upon Morticia’s family, and she’s reading to Pubert from The Cat in the Hat exclaiming when she reaches the end of the story

“Oh, no . . . he lives”

Celeste

Aka: Jessie’s alien stepmother

Movie: My Stepmother is an Alien

Who wouldn’t love a mother like Celeste whose alien bag can produce everything from fist-sized diamonds to designer clothes? She even makes Jessie fly at one point. Too cool.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

To fulfil the typical earth mom role, Celeste whips up every dish on the menu from the corner restaurant for breakfast. Even giving the dog, Dave, a selection of desserts and chicken wings in his bowl.

Bella Swan

Aka: Renesmee’s Mum

Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II

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Of course, there’s no movie mother quite like Bella Swan. Giving birth to a half vampire half human baby, dying in the process only to be reborn as a vampire herself then taking on a legion of vampire lords to protect her newborn daughter.

That’s motherhood right there.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

After Bella wakes up and realises Jacob has imprinted on Renesmee and furiously throws him against a tree demonstrating her newborn vampire strength and her protective instincts.

Marge Simpson

Aka: Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s Mum

Movie: The Simpsons Movie

Over the decades Marge Simpson became everyone’s favourite cartoon mum, stuck forever with a teenage son, a genius daughter and an Alien baby.

When The Simpsons Movie was made, Marge resumed her role as the sane one in the group, continuing to keep the family together through thick and thin.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Whilst cleaning and listening intently to Lisa describe her new boyfriend, Marge gives Lisa some sage advice about how important it is to find a man who listens to her. She is then cut off mid-sentence when she notices pig tracks on the ceiling and wonders how they got there.

Mrs Gump

Aka: Forrest’s mum

Movie: Forrest Gump

The most touching mother-son relationship of all movie time is the bond between Mrs Gump and Forrest. Throughout the film, her strength to give Forrest confidence in life makes her one of the greatest movie moms ever.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Molly Weasley

Aka: Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Percy and Charlie’s mum

Movie: The Harry Potter Series

The greatest mum in the wizarding world award goes to Molly Weasley. Even though her kind welcoming presence is a reassurance that things will be okay throughout the film, Molly Weasley is not a mum to be trifled with and will not hesitate to blow up anyone who threatens her family.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Sarah Connor

Aka: John Connor’s mum

Movie: Terminator 2

Sarah Connor is one of the most amazing movie mothers whose existence is tantamount to the entire Terminator franchise. From being hunted to becoming the hunter, Sarah Connor is a fierce warrior mother who battles for her and her son’s survival in a variety of time zones.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When the T-1000 jabs Sarah in the shoulder with his finger that turns into a knife and tries to torture her for information. She just casually uses her one good arm to try and reload her big ass shotgun, blowing his non-existent nuts off then getting away to save her kid. Tough as nails!

Helen Parr

Aka: Dash and Violet’s mum

Movie: The Incredibles 1 & 2

Another cartoon mother we simply have to give snaps to. Helen Parr, the once great Elastigirl, now a mother of three amazing children gave up her excellent crime-stopping lifestyle to form a family.

In both Incredibles 1 & 2, Helen Parr shows she can still whip butt with the best of them, helping to defeat both Syndrome and the Screenslaver.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

After being shot out of the sky, Helen Parr transforms into a parachute to safely deliver herself and her kids into the sea, after which she threatens to ground both the kids unless they calm down before morphing into a dingy to get them safely to land.

Talk about multi-tasking skills!

Mrs Edna Turnblad

Aka: Tracy’s mum

Movie: Hairspray

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Big, bold and beautiful Edna Turnblad is the mum we’re all rooting for as her life turns from shut-in to show off in the movie Hairspray. Always played in Drag, Edna Turnblad is one yummy mummy we just love to love.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

The Mr Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway makeover of course. In both the original and the 2007 movie version these scenes are pure mummy magic.

Lilly Potter

Aka: Harry’s mum

Movie: Harry Potter

When it comes to giving it all up for your kids, Lilly Potter wins hands down. Not only did she stand up to he-who-must-not-be-named to save her son, but she also armed him with everything he’d need to take Voldemort down in the end, including making Harry the last Horcrux by default.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Lily cast herself in front of the Avada Kedavra curse meant to kill Harry, deflecting it back on him and permanently weakening him forever.

Jeanine Stifler

Aka: Stifler’s Mum

Aka: MILF

Movie: American Pie Series

Only a son like Steve Stifler could come from a mum like Jeanine. A no-nonsense hottie whose presence in the movie serves only to give Finch a hold over her own son.

When Stifler’s mum seduces Finch, she gives him the night of his life and sets the standard to which he’ll hold all future encounters to measure.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

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Karen

Aka: Daisy and Bernie’s mum

Movie: Love Actually

The woman who made other women across the world temporarily despise Alan Rickman, Karen is the perfect mother, who lives for her children and sacrifices her own dreams for a happy family home.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Karen: The trouble with being the Prime Minister’s sister is, it does put your life into rather harsh perspective. What did my brother do today? He stood up and fought for his country. And what did I do? I made a papier maché lobster head.

Andy’s Mum

Aka: Emily (fan theory)

Movie: The Toy Story Series

If there’s one mum whose shown she can handle it all its Andy’s mum. As any mother knows the loss or breakage of a favourite toy can be catastrophic and yet she brushes it off pulling out other distractions like Pizza Planet and puppies.

Only once did we see her lose her cool when Andy . . . sob. . . left for college. Andy’s mum is one tough cookie.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

A fan theory that makes Andy’s Mum Jessie’s original owner, Emily.

Minds blown!

Mrs McAllister

Aka: Kevin’s mum

Movie: Home Alone 1 & 2

Every mum’s worst nightmare is leaving something important at home on route to the airport for a family getaway. Leaving a child behind, unthinkable. Twice, unforgivable.

But of course, we know that what ensues are two of the greatest family movies ever made.

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What we love about Mrs McAllister is in both movies she will stop at nothing to get back to her boy, including traversing the country in the back of a van and wandering the scary streets of New York City alone.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

In the second movie when Mrs McAllister realises she knows exactly where Kevin will be, and they are reunited under the huge Christmas tree. Weep.

Norma Bates

Aka: Norman’s mum

Movie: Psycho

The mother of all mother movies is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The twisted relationship between Norma and Norman is one that is still referenced today in many psychological thrillers. Psycho’s Norma Bates takes the overbearing mother figure to a whole new level.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Mrs Bates’ corpse is found in the cellar and Norman appears dressed as her wielding a knife, one of the greatest cinematic reveals of all time.

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Ellen Ripley

Aka: The Mother of the Alien Queen

Movie: Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection

Before Khalissi, Mother of Dragons there was Ripley mother of Aliens. After birthing a creature that only a mother could love, this kick-ass mum is forced to kill her offspring in not one but two Alien movies

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Trapped on the fleeing ship in Alien Resurrection, Ripley’s half human, half alien offspring has killed a few more cast members.

Ripley gets all maternal, cuddling the creature before using her own blood to melt a hole in the glass window and then watches her alien child get sucked out into space!

The Other Mother

Aka: Coraline’s other mum

Movie: Coraline

Sometimes our own mothers can seem a little boring or too busy to pay us attention, that’s where the other mothers come in. But of course, no mother is better than the one you’ve already got, as Coraline found out the hard way.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Coraline’s mum buys her the gloves she asked for in the early scenes and shows she was listening all along.

Donna Sheridan

Aka: Sophie’s mum

Movie: Mamma Mia

The coolest movie mum ever has to be Donna Sheridan, who single-handedly raised her daughter on a stunning Greek island after leaving her friends, bandmates and musical career behind.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Donna is helping Sophie get ready for her wedding, recounting all the fun times she had to the song “Slipping through my fingers” by ABBA.

Evelyn O’Connell

Aka: Alex’s mum

Movie: The Mummy Returns

Not only did Evelyn O’Connell battle an undead Mummy, but she also took on a reincarnated Egyptian warrior Princess to save her son and husband from the clutches of the Scorpion King and came back from the dead to do it.

That’s dedication.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When battling a soldier from the army of Anaksunamun, Evelyn’s son Alex asks his mum “Wow mum where did you learn that?”, to which she replies I have no idea.

Then, throwing out a powerful right hook knocking a soldier out, she tells Alex “That I learned from your father.”

Elizabeth James

Aka: Annie and Hallie’s mum

Movie: The Parent Trap

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The effortlessly stylish and successful Elizabeth James seems like the perfect role model for little Annie and her estranged twin sister Hallie. She also has a clumsy endearing quality which makes us love her all the more.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Elizabeth is packing to swap Annie and Hallie back, pacing her room smoking a cigarette, with a roller in her hair and sunglasses on have a mini meltdown. Relatable.

Maria Von Trapp

Aka: Gretl, Marta, Kurt, Brigitta, Louisa, Frederich and Leisl’s mum

Movie: The Sound of Music

A woman who would never become a nun instead became the mother of 7 children in war-torn Austria, saving them all from Nazi rule with the Sound of Music and a good healthy hike into the hills.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When all the Von Trapp kids huddle up in Maria’s bed during the thunderstorm and sing about their favourite things to feel better.

Mama Fratelli

Aka: Mikey, Jake and Sloth’s mum

Movie: The Goonies

One of the worst mums on the list, Mama Fratelli was a mum you would never mess with. She kept her two of her sons in check with frequent beatings and kept the other locked in chains his whole life!

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Mama Fratelli: You remember that song I used to sing to you?

Sloth: Yeah!

Mama Fratelli: You were little back then?

Mama Fratelli: Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks the cradle will fall…

Sloth: Break! Fall!

Mama Fratelli: No! I only dropped once.

Sloth: Ahh!

Mama Fratelli: Well, maybe twice. No Sloth! Put me down!

Beverly Sutphin

Aka: Misty and Chip’s mum

Movie: Serial Mom

As far as mad movie mums go, Beverly Sutphin takes the cake. Why do we love her? Because she’ll do anything to keep her kids happy, including murder their teachers.

Our favourite mum movie moment:

Chip: So happy I could s**t.

Beverly: Chip! You know how I hate the brown word.

Maureen Prescott

Aka: Sydney’s mum

Movie: Scream Series

It’s well known that if it weren’t for Sydney’s mum, the Scream franchise would never have happened. So, even though Sydney might not thank her mum for years of dodging psychotic serial killers, we certainly do.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When the ghost of Maureen comes to haunt Sydney in her dreams. As if she hasn’t caused her enough trouble already. Gorsh!

What a wonderful array of mom movie moments, from the magical and heartwarming to the terrifying and slightly disturbing.

Mother’s Day at Arthouse Hotel

If you are hoping to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day, why not treat to a night at Arthouse Hotel? Here she can enjoy an overnight stay in utter luxury surrounded by movie inspired decor and indulgent facilities.

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What’s more, Sunday’s in Mulholland Singing Diner, are filled with pure Disney magic and classic show tune entertainment provided by our live singing waiters. If your mum loves her musicals Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel are the place for you this Mother’s Day in Liverpool.

Take a dip in the double whirlpool baths, enjoy a meal at the nearby Alma de Cuba or explore the nearby nightlife with your very own “cool mom”. Call on 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to arrange your Mother’s Day visit.

The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Oscars Moments

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

Most importantly though, will Fiji water girl be there?

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

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

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

2. Rob Lowe’s Bizarre Opening Number

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

3. Meryl Streep Looking Like the Fairy Godmother from Shrek

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Need we say more?

4. Leo Finally Winning an Oscar

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

5. Nicole Kidman Clapping

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

6. John Travolta Being John Travolta

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

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

7. Jennifer Lawrence Falling Over

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

8. Jennifer Lawrence Climbing Over Seats Equipped with Wine

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Because this is all of us.

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

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

10. That Selfie

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

11. When Chrissy Teigen Fell Asleep

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

12. Bjork Laying an Egg

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

13. Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

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

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

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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 whirlpool 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.

We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.

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

50 Fun, Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard Of Oz

At Arthouse Hotel, our fabulous film themed rooms bring all the magic of the movies from the big screen to your luxury suite, so you can enjoy a one of a kind hotel experience in Liverpool.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most marvellously magical movies of all time and it comes as no surprise that there is plenty of fun, weird and fairly frightening facts about the making of such a fantastic movie.

Here we look into some of the movies most bizarre facts that will help you see the most magical musical movie in a whole new light.

When Special Effects Win and Fail

#1 The superb scientific special effect liquid used for the Tin Man’s oil was, in fact, chocolate syrup!

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No wonder he looks so happy after being oiled. Yummy.

#2 Actress Billie Burke, who played Glinda The Good Witch, was 18 years older than the actress who played her foe The Wicked Witch

 

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The Good Witch got her some very good genes.

#3 More superb special effects here, as the terrifying tornado sweeps towards Dorothy’s home.

Not the extreme act of nature you think, but actually an old stocking being whipped around in a pile of dirt and dust!

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In fact, if you look close enough you can see the hand twirling the stocking!

#4 Following the yellow brick road proved quite difficult as it appeared green after the technicolour effect was applied and therefore had to be repainted

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‘Follow the slightly Greenish-Yellowy Brick Road’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?

#5 The Poppy field through which the cast skip merrily through was made by hand by 22 people who handcrafted 40,000 individual Poppies.

It’s all in the details.

#6 The brightly coloured horses in the Emerald city where dyed using Jello or gelatin, even though the movie would be filmed in black and white and the technicolour process later applied.

The technique worked really well except the horses proceeded to lick most of the Jello off themselves in between takes, so fresh coats had to be reapplied.

#7 When the Wicked Witch goes to take Dorothy’s slippers, the sparks that fly out are actually sprays of apple juice sped up with clever camera trickery

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We don’t know about you but that looks like some seriously potent apple juice.

The Famous Ruby Slippers

#8 The Ruby Slippers were replicated in 1989 for the movies 50th birthday and weren’t cheap either coming in at $3 million.

#9 In the original story, Dorothy’s slippers were silver but, to make better use of the new-fangled colour filming process, the studio turned them ruby red instead.

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#10 So many people come to see the Ruby Slippers at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, that the carpet needs to be regularly replaced due to wear and tear.

#11 Last year in 2017 the slippers were removed from display to undergo, what experts are calling “an in-depth conservation assessment and treatment” or a fancy trip to the cobblers.

#12 Funds to carry out the treatment and to create a new display were raised on Kickstarter. It’s rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio and Steven Spielberg contributed in excess of $3 million between them. Now that is one expensive shoe habit.

What is Health and Safety?

#13 Health and safety went flying out the window here, as the soft white snow drifting dreamily over the sleepy characters was actually made from notoriously poisonous asbestos.

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No wonder Dorothy looks a little red-eyed in this clip.

#14 Actors also complained about the harsh lighting used during filming, brighter because of the technicolour process, it ended up permanently damaging their eyes.

Ah! Bright lights, bright lights.

#15 Finding people to play flying monkeys became quite difficult as many of the actors fell several feet due to the supporting wires snapping.

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Perhaps they shouldn’t have been monkeying around.

#16 As well as the excessive bright light, the lamps caused the temperature to reach 100 degrees during filming. This became a small problem for one male actor, and two crew members thanks to his less than breathable costume, see fact #19, Eeeeew.

The Cost of Perfection

#17 The Cowardly Lions costume was made of real lion skin, we think PETA might have something to say about that today!

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#18 . . . and it weighed 100 pounds. Must’ve been a big bloody Lion!

#19 What’s more, the genuine Lion skin smelled terrible thanks to the extreme heat caused by the technicolour lamps, combined with the heavyweight this made the Cowardly Lion actor sweat profusely.

Two people were employed round the clock to dry out the costume after filming wrapped each day. There’s no business like show business!

#20 Judy Garland was considered too plump to play such a young girl at the time of filming The Wizard of Oz and she was therefore cinched into a super tight corset.

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After all, pain is beauty, apparently.

#21 A ridiculous sum of money was spent on filming Wizard of Oz, a total of $2.7 million (approximately $45.6 million today)

MGM made it rain all day for the Wizard of Oz which was initially a huge box office flop.

It Wasn’t Easy Being Green

#22 The Wicked Witch used to teach America’s equivalent to Reception before becoming an actress.

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. . . imagine that being the first face you saw when starting school.

#23 At one point the Wicked Witch, when vanishing in a cloud of smoke, was severely burned as her bright green make-up was flammable.

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She refused to complete any more scenes in the film that involved fire. Can you blame her?

#24 The green make-up used to colour the wicked witch was copper-based and poisonous, the poor women playing her couldn’t eat when in costume, she survived on a purely liquid diet.

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That’s dedication to a role.

#25 The Wicked Witch was so scary that she even had scenes that were deemed too frightening for children and were therefore cut out of the movie.

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This poor woman really did put up with a lot for a film role, surely teaching wasn’t that bad?

There’s No Business Like Show Business

#26 The Scarecrows Face was made up of early prosthetics that left grooves in the actor’s face.

They supposedly took a year to completely disappear.

#27 Famous Actor of the time Beverly Hillbillies, Buddy Ebsen, was cast as the Tin Man but had a severe allergic reaction to the silver body paint.

#28 The same silver make-up reportedly gave the Tin Man actor a serious eye infection.

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#29 Nothing is thrown away at MGM and the proof is in the pudding as the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball made its first appearance in The Mask of Fu Manchu. A 1932 movie about the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb.

#30 Even the Good Witch Glinda’s shimmering ballgown was reused from the movie San Francisco.

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MGM were thrifty when they wanted to be.

The Real Star Of The Movie

#31 Judy wanted to keep Terry, the dog who played Toto, but Terry’s owner refused and quite rightly too, get your own dog, Judy!

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#32 The poor little puppy even sustained injury when a crew member trod on her foot breaking it.

#33 Terry, the dog was also scared of the steam that came out of the Tin Man’s hat.

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#34 and she earned more than The Munchkins, but they most likely didn’t care as its rumoured many of them took the job to escape a Nazi-occupied Europe.

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More About The Munchkins

#35 In fact, The Munchkins got a bit of a bum deal and instead of being recognised as individual people, they are represented as one entity with one Walk of Fame Star between all 124 of them.

#36 Judy Garland even named her Oscar Juvenile Award the Munchkin award! The cheek.

#37 One of the Munchkins was a licensed pilot who served during WWII.

#38 The Munchkins were actually rumoured to be quite unruly on and offset, often throwing wild parties and drinking heavily whilst filming their scenes.

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Well, they didn’t get a lot else from the world famous movie so why not?

A Little About The Author

#39 The author of the Wizard of Oz, L.Baum, used to breed special chickens.

#40 The world of Oz was named so by the incredibly creative author, whose inspiration was . . . wait for it . . . a filing cabinet label O-Z!

#41 It’s all in the details as The Wicked Witches death certificate is dated exactly 20 years after author L.Baums death.

#42 Despite L.Baum being an active supporter of female rights, Judy Garland was only paid a measly $500 a week while her male co-stars raked in $3,000 for the same work.

Interesting to see the times haven’t changed that much eh?

Behind The Scenes

#43 It is rumoured that when Judy was filming the lion slapping scene she was in fits of giggles unable to finish a decent take.

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Director, Victor Fleming, took her to one side, slapped her and sent her back to try again where she nailed the scene in one take.

#44 The cast can be seen here dancing a popular routine from the 1939 dancehalls of the age. The Jitterbug was originally a number in the movie but was edited from the final cut.

We think those were some snazzy dance moves for the time, don’t you?

What if . . .

#45 If 20th Century Fox had won the rights to film Wizard of Oz, Shirley Temple would have starred in the role as Dorothy! And as much as we love Shirley Temple’s charm, we do think Judy made the perfect Dorothy!

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#46 Dorothy’s original costume involved a blonde wig and heavy make-up, but the decision was made to aim for a more natural look.

#47 The iconic “Over The Rainbow” song was nearly cut from the movie because it ran too long.

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Thankfully it wasn’t . . . now you’re singing it in your head, aren’t you?

#48 MGM stopped Disney from making a Wizard of Oz, imagine what the genius would have done to Oz if Walt Disney got his hands on the book rights.

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Oh, what magic there could have been.

#49 Oscar-nominated six times, winning best score and best original song, Wizard of Oz was beaten for best picture by Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly my dear we don’t give a damn.

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#50 The Wizard of Oz is still our favourite musical of all time and one of our most wonderful movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

So, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Fly Over the Rainbow’ to party like a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz room where our superb accommodation offers are designed to help groups of guests enjoy one of a kind party breaks in Liverpool.

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All the luxury themed rooms are perfect for hen parties, stag dos and special celebrations of any kind and thanks to the superb location in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks, Arthouse Hotel is ideally situated for enjoying the best of the cities nightlife.

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The best bars in Liverpool can be found right on your doorstep with our very own Alma de Cuba and Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner offering fantastic atmosphere, food, music and drinks all night long.

Call now and start planning a wonderful stay in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and ask more about the magical Wizard of Oz room or any of our other movie-themed rooms in Arthouse Hotel.

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 . . .

The Rain In Spain Does Not Stay Mainly In The Plain, in fact, it rains mostly in the northern hills and mountains of Spain, the plains in the south see very little rain at all.

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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.

Being the best friend

That’s right, the lead having a fun best friend is always a bad sign. In horror movies, close friends are always the first to go!

For example, Sydney’s best friend Tatum in Scream.

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. 

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