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Elmore Leonard Dead At 87; Influential Author Is Gone But Not Forgotten


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Elmore Leonard, one of the most influential and prolific writers of his generation, has died this week. The prolific writer, whose work has inspired such hit films as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown and more recently the FX series Justified, was admitted to a hospital in Detroit, Michigan earlier in August after he suffered a stroke. He died whilst still in hospital on Tuesday (20 August).

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Elmore Leonard; October 11, 1925 - August 20, 2013.

At 87-years-old, Elmore remained as prolific and involved in his work as he always had and had it not been for his stroke, which ultimately proved to be fatal, he would probably still be writing right now. Throughout his prolific career, Leonard saw more than 20 different works that he had penned get snapped up by Hollywood and used as the basis for films or occasionally for television. Although many of his stories were heavily tampered with on their way to the big screen, as is so often the case, it was the films and shows that treated his story with the most respect, like Justified, 3:10 to Yuma and Get Shorty; that made Leonard such a respected writer.

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Elmore Leonard Dies Aged 87 - 'Justified' Cast Pay Tribute


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Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist, died yesterday morning (20th August) of complications following a stroke. Leonard wrote such stories as Get Shorty and 3:10 to Yuma.

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Elmore Leonard with his award at the 72nd Peabody Award ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

In a statement released by Michael Morrison, the president and publisher of HarperCollins, Leonard died "surrounded by his loving family." He was at his home in Bloomfield Village, in Michigan when he passed away. Morrison described the late author as "a true legend - unpretentious, unbelievably talented and the coolest dude in the room."

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Speed Review


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Speed is to hostage thrillers as Psycho is to slasher flicks. Voted one of AFI's Top 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies of all time, few hostage movies reach this level of tension and sustain it throughout the entire running time. Audiences may have experienced similar stories before, but they are seldom done this well and with this level of energy.

The movie begins when a deranged mad bomber, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), severs cables to an elevator inside a Los Angeles skyscraper. The bomber demands $3 million ransom or he'll blow the emergency cables. LA Bomb Squad members Jack (Keanu Reeves) and his partner, Harry (Jeff Daniels), must defuse the bomb before Payne blows the cables. This situation alone could provoke a feature length thriller, but it merely serves as the first act for Speed.

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