“I have to see you, just for a little while”

Samantha was standing by the sink, finishing the washing up. As she faced the tiled wall and worked her way through the pile, she was struck by the silence of the house. This was a silence that comes with living alone; every evening when Samantha did the washing up, the silence hit her.

Very suddenly, the silence was broken by the sound of footsteps. Samantha raised her head, and stayed very still as she listened to the front door being unlocked. It was him.

Samantha turned around, and sprinted towards the front door. Before Charlie had closed the door behind him, she flung herself into his arms and held him close.

*          *          *

An hour had passed, and Samantha and Charlie were sitting on the sofa, cuddled up together. “I have to go in a minute.” Charlie said.

Charlotte sat up and stared into the distance. Charlie raised his hand and rested it on her shoulder.

“I hate this.” Samantha replied. “I hate how we only have a short time together before you have to run off back to your wife.”

Charlie didn’t know how to respond. Samantha knew that he couldn’t be away for too long, otherwise his wife would become suspicious. He slowly got up and put on his coat. He placed his hand back onto Samantha’s shoulder; “I’m sorry.”

He walked towards the front door and headed out, not looking back. The silence hit Samantha once more, and she was alone.

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Several Biopics in the works from Hollywood

Tom Hiddleston is set to play Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic

It seems that 2015 may be the year of the biopic in Hollywood, with several currently in the works with scheduled productions for 2015.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and country singer Hank Williams are all set to get the biopic treatment.

First Man from Universal is set to tell the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The project has been in talks for several years, and at one point was in pre-production at Warner Bros. with Clint Eastwood set to direct. Currently, Damien Chazelle is in talks to direct, and Josh Singer, who recently penned The Fifth Estate telling the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks, is in talks to write the screenplay. No actors have been in talks to play Armstrong as of yet.

Road to Oz from New Line Cinema, which tells the story of the early life of The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, already has a completed script from Josh Golden. There is no director or actor attached to the project at this time. Beau Flynn is set to produce through New Line Cinema, whose parent company, Warner Bros., own the rights to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, staring Judy Garland.

The Snowden Files, the next project from Oliver Stone, appears to have found its Edward Snowden in Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Although it is rumoured that Stone has offered the part and Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the role, nothing has been confirmed yet. Stone is set to write and direct the film, whilst Gordon-Levitt has recently finished filming another biopic with director Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, titled The Walk.

I Saw The Light, the upcoming biopic on the short life of country music star Hank Williams, has found its leading man in Tom Hiddleston. Marc Abraham will write and direct the film, based on a biography of Williams written by Colin Escott. The biopic is set to begin filming in Louisiana in October 2014, with Hiddleston doing his own singing for the film as producers have gained the rights to Williams’ catalogue of songs.

Tom Hiddleston recently performed the Hank Williams song Move It On Over at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, perhaps in preparation for his upcoming role.

With Tom Hiddleston set to play Hank Williams and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumoured to play Edward Snowden, this leaves us wondering who will be cast as Neil Armstrong and L. Frank Baum. Who would you like to see in these roles?

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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.

*          *          *

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.

                                                                                                                                                      Read the piece at readwave.com

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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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