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    The Last Word on Film: TOH! Remembers the Writers the Film Community Lost in 2013

    As the final installment in our "TOH! Remembers" series, our contributors look back at the writers the film community lost in 2013, from critic Roger Ebert, to novelists Elmore Leonard and Richard Matheson, and more.

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    Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on John Frankenheimer Noir '52 Pickup,' Written by Elmore Leonard

    Olson on Noir! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing John Frankenheimer's "52 Pickup," starring Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret. The late Elmore Leonard penned the screenplay, adapted from his own novel.

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    Now That 'Life of Crime' Has Closed TIFF, Let's Look Back at the Best and Worst of Elmore Leonard Adaptions

    Last month we lost the greatest crime writer of our generation, arguably of all time, the brilliant and irreplaceable Elmore Leonard, known as ‘Dutch’ to his friends. A master of the genre, Dutch published almost 50 novels and about as many short stories during his 87 years. His novels have become s...

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    Toronto Review: Lightweight 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'Life of Crime' Features Enjoyable Turns By Mos Def, John Hawkes, Jennifer Aniston

    Writer-director Daniel Schecter's first-two features, "Goodbye Baby' and "Supporting Characters," were ultra-low budget character studies about ordinary young people struggling through their private and professional lives with self-deprecating wit.

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    Memo to Screenwriters #3: Being Solely Identified by Your Scripts Leads to Permanent Identity Crisis

    Like so many others, Elmore Leonard, god bless him, praised writers for their “perseverance to just sit there alone and grind it out.” Of course writers might think he was only referring to writing, especially when coupled with his memetic 10th rule: “if it looks like writing, re-write it.” Taking ...

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    R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

    When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed ...

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    'Get Shorty,' 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

    Elmore Leonard, the author best known in the film world for the feature adaptations of his works "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight," and "Rum Punch" (which was filmed as "Jackie Brown"), has passed away at 87, three weeks after suffering a stoke.

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    R.I.P. Elmore Leonard (1925-2013)

    Is there anything new that can be said about Elmore Leonard? For over six decades, the prolific and immensely talented writer knocked out novels, short stories and much more at blistering rate, and in the process became one of the greatest writers of American fiction—crime fiction in particular. And...

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    From Best To Worst: Elmore Leonard Movie Adaptations

    Today sees the release of a sparkling new Criterion version of "3:10 To Yuma," the perpetually-underrated 1957 Western that's somewhat overshadowed by the more recent 2007 remake. Even those who have seen the earlier version may not be entirely aware that it's based on a short story by a man that we...

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    David Meunier on the Dixie Mafia and Playing 'Justified' Double-Dealer Johnny Crowder

    David Meunier has seen his share of backstabbing and intrigue on “Justified.” As Johnny Crowder, he was next in line to take over his family’s crime syndicate after his Uncle Bo (M.C. Gainey) -- until wayward cousin Boyd (Walton Goggins) got in his way. When Johnny tipped Boyd off about his uncle's ...

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