Jenny Returns

He walked out of his house, and stood on his doorstep. His looked ahead, but he could see nothing. The slightest noise would have made him turn, but the silence of the evening hit him. His eyes moved around in the hope that he would see someone, but there was no one there.

For a moment, he thought he could see her. He peered forward, and she was walking across the lawn towards him. His eyes lit up, but she slowly faded away.

His eyes dimmed, and he looked down. He turned around slowly, and headed towards the front door. He went inside, without looking back.

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His face was expressionless, as he shuffled along his front lawn, staring aimlessly into the distance.

A woman appeared at the gate, and began to walk towards him. He looked up, and although he had stopped in his tracks at the sight of her, his expression was reaching out. She approached him, whilst holding his gaze the entire time.

He began to walk towards her, his pace fastening. They were standing face to face, both silent for what seemed like an eternity.

She let out a relieving smile; “Hello, Forrest.”

“Hello, Jenny.”

She dropped the bag she was carrying on her shoulder to the floor, and held him close; pulling him closer the longer they were embraced. She closed her eyes, and buried her head into his neck. He slowly raised his arms, and wrapped them around her.

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He Would Not Stay For Me To Stand & Gaze

It felt like hours had gone by, but she was still sitting there, staring at him so intently. The way he smiled when he read a funny line. The way he raised his eyebrows as he took a sip. She noticed everything.

He was so fixated on his book, he didn’t even notice. She tried to see what he was reading, but the whole time the book was placed firmly on his lap. He shuffled between taking sips of his coffee, occasionally checking his watch, and reading.

He was just so perfect; she couldn’t bear to think of him going out of her life. The attraction was more than she could handle. She had never felt anything like this before.

As she went to the bathroom, she mustered up the courage to approach him. She didn’t know what she would say, but she couldn’t let this opportunity leave her.

She straightened up her outfit and fixed her hair. She walked out, and he was gone.


He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?

- A.E. Housman

‘He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?

He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.

I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder,

and went with half my life about my ways.’

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Warner Bros. ‘The Jungle Book’ cast announced

Warner Bros. version of The Jungle Book, to be directed by Andy Serkis, has just announced its all-star cast list for the film.

The film, titled Jungle Book: Origins, will be a mixture of live action and animation. In addition to directing, Andy Serkis also has a role in the film.

The cast list includes:

Rohan Chand as Mowgli

Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, a tiger who becomes the enemy of Mowgli

Christian Bale as Bagheera, a panther who saves Mowgli from Shere Khan

Andy Serkis as Baloo, a bear who helps Mowgli with life in the jungle

Cate Blanchett as Kaa, a sinister snake who befriends Mowgli

Tom Hollander as Tabaqui, a jackal who is the underling of Shere Khan

Peter Mullan as Akela, the leader of the wolf pack who raise Mowgli

Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, a member of the wolf pack

Naomie Harris as Nisha, a female member of the wolf pack and the partner of Vihaan

In addition to this film, Disney is also working on a live-action version of The Jungle Book. In 1967, Disney were hugely successful with their animated version of The Jungle Book, and being out of the public domain means any film studio can make a version of the book.

The Jungle Book is a collection of stories from author Rudyard Kipling, about an orphaned boy brought up by animals in the Indian jungle. Kipling spent many of his early years living in India, giving him inspiration for his writing.

The film will be produced by Jonathan Cavendish and screenwriter Steve Kloves, known for his work on the Harry Potter series. His daughter, Callie Kloves, will make her screenwriting debut with the film.

Jungle Book: Origins will be released in the US on 21st October 2016.

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Ecstasy (1933)

She looked at him. He held her gaze without a flicker of movement. He was staring so intently at her; she didn’t know what to do.

As he moved towards her, she held her breath, and stood silently. Her lips parted as they embraced. She caressed the back of his neck as he gently kissed her.

Slowly he placed her down onto the bed, and began to kiss her neck. Her hand trailed along the carpet below her, as she lay with her eyes closed.

She reached her left arm up, and placed her hand above her, with her wrist gently lying across her forehead. Her breathing deepened, as she moved her right hand across her mouth, clasping her fingers between her lips.

Her breathing becomes heavier, as she is moving her head very slowly around. Suddenly she screams out, and clasps her hands together, with her arms resting over her face.

Her arms part, and she delicately bites her lip; her eyes remaining closed. She stretches out, and moves her face to the side. She begins to twirl her fingers through the carpet below her again.

She curls her legs together, as he rests his head upon her chest. She runs her fingers delicately through his hair, and smiles.

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Richard Attenborough: A Life in Pictures

The passing of Richard Attenborough has sparked an outpouring of tributes and memories from the world of film in both the UK and the US.

The legendary actor turned director, who has died at the age of 90 on 24th August 2014, just 5 days away from his 91st birthday, was undoubtedly a great influence on British cinema over the past 60 years.

We pay tribute to Richard Attenborough and his film career, and take a look at his career in pictures.

Richard Attenborough was born on 29th August 1923 in Cambridge. The eldest of three boys, his brothers are David Attenborough, the broadcaster and naturalist, and John Attenborough, an executive in the motor industry.

From right to left, Richard, David and John Attenborough

Attenborough made his screen debut in 1942s In Which We Serve, directed by Noel Coward and David Lean, in an uncredited role as a sailor. His first speaking role in a film was in 1946s A Matter of Life and Death, with the line ‘It’s Heaven, isn’t it?’

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (1946)

In 1947, Attenborough appeared in Brighton Rock, an adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. This is often seen as Attenborough’s breakthrough role, and brought him into the limelight.

Richard Attenborough and Carol Marsh in ‘Brighton Rock’ (1947)

In 1952, Attenborough appeared in the opening production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, alongside his wife, the actress Sheila Sim. At the time of his death, they had been married for 69 years. The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running production, and is still running in London as of 2014.

Richard Attenborough and wife Sheila Sim on stage in ‘The Mousetrap’ (1952)

With his career taking off, Attenborough appeared in many films over the next 20 years, including I’m All Right Jack (1959) with Peter Sellers, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) with James Stewart and Doctor Dolittle (1967) with Rex Harrison.

Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen in ‘The Great Escape’ (1963)

In the late 1950s, Attenborough and fellow actor Bryan Forbes set up the production company Beaver Films, leading to both establishing careers as producers. Their most famous film was 1961s Whistle Down The Wind, staring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates. Forbes directed, whilst Attenborough produced.

Richard Attenborough, Shelia Sim, Nanette Newman and Bryan Forbes

Attenborough eventually moved from acting into directing, and made his directorial debut in 1969 with Oh! What a Lovely War, featuring an all-star cast including John Mills, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave. He also directed Young Winston (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977), A Chorus Line (1985) and Chaplin (1992).

Richard Attenborough directing John Mills in ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ (1969)

In 1982, Attenborough directed the historical epic Gandhi with Ben Kingsley in the title role. The led to Attenborough winning Best Film and Best Director at the 1982 Academy Awards ceremony, and Kingsley winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. Gandhi is now regarded as a classic of British cinema.

Richard Attenborough and Ben Kingsley with their Academy Awards for ‘Gandhi’ (1982)

After a 14 year gap from acting, Steven Spielberg convinced Attenborough to appear in Jurassic Park in 1993, and also the sequel in 1997. This led to Attenborough taking supporting roles in film over the next few years, including Kris Kringle in 1994s remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and Sir William Cecil in 1998s Elizabeth.

Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern and Sam Neill in ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993)

Having been made a CBE in 1967, a Knight Bachelor in 1976 and a life peer in 1993 with the title Baron Attenborough, it cannot be denied that Richard Attenborough had a long and successful career. He undoubtedly had a great influence on British cinema, and his greatly admired films are a lasting legacy of his great talent, as both an actor and a director.

Richard Attenborough, 29th August 1923 – 24th August 2014

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London in the Autumn

Peckham 2014 (2)

(photo via Writing Suzanne)

Summer is ending.

The tourists are leaving, and people are returning to work. The children are back to school. Winter clothes appear in shop windows, and the scarves are coming out. The sun is setting earlier, whilst the leaves are turning from green to red.

The hustle and bustle of London always stays. The same people make their way in life and travel down the familiar streets to reach their destinations. The clouds are turning grey. Notice the changing weather.

London is always beautiful.

Autumn is arriving. It’s almost as if summer never was.

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Lauren Bacall: The Life of a Hollywood Icon

Lauren Bacall, the Hollywood starlet who starred in some of the most popular films of the 1940s and 50s, has died at the age of 89 in New York.

Having began her career as a teen model, Bacall eventually was granted a screen test with Warner Bros. During the screen test, Bacall would hold her chin down and tilt her eyes up towards the camera. This ‘look’ became Bacall’s trademark throughout her career.

Having passed the screen test, Bacall completed her first film, To Have and Have Not, in 1944. Her co-star in the film was Humphrey Bogart, who Bacall began a relationship with.

The following year, Bacall and Bogart married at the home of author Louis Bromfield. Bacall was 20, and Bogart was 45. They had two children and remained happily married for 11 years, until Bogart’s death from cancer in 1957.

The range of films that Bacall completed throughout the 1940s and 50s include The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948) with Humphrey Bogart. She also appeared in Young Man with a Horn (1950) with Kirk Douglas and Doris Day, How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.

Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’

Bacall was also in a relationship with Frank Sinatra for a while after being widowed, and was married to the actor Jason Robards Jr. from 1961 until 1969.

Although Bacall’s career slowed down in the 1950s, she did continue acting, although in less films than she appeared in throughout the previous two decades.

In 1997, Bacall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Bacall did not win, but was presented with an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work in 2009.

Throughout her career, Bacall will be remembered for her trademark look and her sultry, femme fatale characters. As one of the last links to the Golden Age of Hollywood, it is likely that Bacall will remain one of the greatest, and most glamorous, Hollywood actresses of all time.

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

Lauren Bacall, 16th September 1924 – 12th August 2014

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