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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.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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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.
  • By Trailers From Hell
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  • October 25, 2013 11:44 AM
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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 this credo too literally is certain to drive writers even further into the ivory tower of the introvert. Justified, indeed.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • September 12, 2013 2:42 PM
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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 "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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