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Elmore John Leonard Jr. (born October 11, 1925), better known as Elmore Leonard, is an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest published ... More »Elmore John Leonard Jr. (born October 11, 1925), better known as Elmore Leonard, is an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. Leonard's short stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified. Leonard was born in New Orleans, but because his father worked as a site locator for General Motors, the family moved frequently for several years. In 1934, the family finally settled in Detroit. Leonard has made the Detroit area his home ever since. In the 1930s, two major events occurred that would influence many of his works. Gangsters such as Bonnie and Clyde were making national headlines, as were the Detroit... [ Wikipedia ]

How Elmore Leonard and ‘Justified’ Changed Pop Culture (FOXA)

Certain writers leave their mark on pop culture beyond their books, and the late Elmore Leonard was one of those authors. FX (a subsidiary of Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA ) ) just wrapped the fifth and penultimate season of its critically acclaimed drama "Justified," a series sprung from one of ...

How To Fix Justified, Which Is Not Broken

But as it mercifully wound down, the enraged viewer could, having fully absorbed each new Lost episode's fresh indignity, immediately click over to Justified on FX and watch Timothy Olyphant wear a hat, reel off some quips worthy of series inspiration/oracle Elmore Leonard, and shoot ...

'Justified' Producer Graham Yost on the Shakeup of Tonight's Season Finale

And if we can find a way to make it work or if it gives us something, if it is really a wonderful character story then anything can happen to anyone in the final season.” He said the series has tried its best to carry on in the spirit of novelist Elmore Leonard, who passed before the ...

'Justified' finale cleverly sets up final-season showdown

Alas, prolific crime author Elmore Leonard -- who died last August -- didn't live to see the series, one of the finer adaptations of his work, through to next season's conclusion. But inasmuch as showrunner Graham Yost has talked about using his blessing as the producers' guiding light ...

How FX's 'Justified' Can Become The Best Show On TV

Sure, that one of the Cardinal virtues of Elmore Leonard’s storytelling is this ability to concoct a sprawling plot with all sorts of moving parts. But sometimes more than enough is just way too much. In any given episode this season Raylan’s been dealing with Daryl and Wendy…and ...

Must See HDTV for the week of April 8th: Desolation of Smaug, Mad Men and Justified

Tonight though, we're tuning in to the season finale of Justified as our favorite Elmore Leonard character stomps around the hills and valleys of Kentucky doing his U.S. Marshal thing. Today is also the day the world is introduced to Titanfall on Xbox 360. Check after the break for ...

Cars Mattered When New York Held A World's Fair

The Ion was one of the first products developed under the watch of industry veteran Bob Lutz, who rejoined GM in September 2001 as vice chairman in charge of product development and was sometimes compared by insiders with the tough-talking judge who is the title character in Elmore ...

The Transformation of a Company Town: St. Marys, Part 1

The administration of new Governor Jimmy Carter began paying attention; and -- at the end of an Elmore Leonard-worthy tale -- Wyman Westberry ended up surviving, and most of the local establishment either ended up in prison or died before coming to trial. You can read the subsequent ...

Interview with David Burnsworth, Author of 'Southern Heat'

As far as the genre, my favorite authors are James Lee Burke, Elmore Leonard, and Mickey Spillane. Their influence swayed me. Did you have a mentor who encouraged you? First and foremost, my wife Patty, played such an integral part. When we first met, she could tell I didn't have a ...

Crime fiction writer Peter Leonard learned from this late father, Elmore

I changed his name to Dwayne Cobb.” The tips never were unwanted or even unwarranted as far as Leonard was concerned because they came from his famous father, the late Elmore Leonard who wrote nearly 50 books before his death in August at the age of 87. “My father and I spent a ...

HyperVocal Advice: 17 Rules For Writing From Elmore Leonard and Raymond Chandler

Like the internet, listicles seem to be all the rage here too in this intellectual oasis, and this set of 10 rules for writing by Elmore Leonard — novelist responsible for classics like “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” and “Rum Punch” — should help the most amateurish and/or constipated ...

Peter Leonard’s ‘Eyes Closed Tight’ is a good balance of father’s style, own tactics

Peter Leonard’s ‘Eyes Closed Tight’ is a good balance of father’s style, own tactics Writer Peter Leonard attends the Writers Bloc presents A Tribute to Elmore Leonard on January 21 in Santa Monica, Calif. Legacy is a tricky thing. It can help or it can hinder. It can assist with getting ...

Ten questions with 'Justified' showrunner Graham Yost

Q: With Elmore Leonard passing away last year, how is his spirit still being reflected in your scripts and in the show? GY: His name comes up every day in the writer’s room and on set. You know, Tim, Walton, the other cast members talk about him and his work all the time. We really do ...

Let’s talk about the season finale of “Justified”

That’s just the culture of FX’s underrated Elmore Leonard-inspired drama in which Raylan Givens and fri...on.aol.com Justified Season FinalePhoto by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Justified Season FinalePhoto by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images I have been a loyal viewer of this show ...

Justified producer Graham Yost post-mortems season 5

Daryl Crowe was a very specific Elmore Leonard- type character, very loosely inspired by this bad guy, Clement Mansell in "City Primeval. " Just the guy who the hero's trying to get, and he always manages to just weasel out. That wasn't such a big thing for Clement, but we quickly hit on ...

Evening with Anne Perry

This series has appeared on many bestseller lists, and prompted one reviewer to say ‘Like reading Thackeray edited by Elmore Leonard’. The latest in the series, Death on Blackheath, is published in March 2014. Anne’s other Victorian mystery series features William and Hester Monk. The ...

Justified Final Season: What the Show Needs to Fix

The writers have all but exhausted the useful Elmore Leonard material on which the premise of the show hinged, and Justified is not kind of show that would be well-served by showing its age. Still, the notion of spending only 14 more hours in this carefully crafted Kentucky universe is a ...

Invisible Ink: No 218

Quentin Tarantino cites him as an influence, but so do many others including Elmore Leonard. His work is jazzy, punchy, hard-boiled, precise, but leavened with an amused understanding of the sheer awfulness of human nature. Three fairly entertaining films were made from his work, but ...

Bocas Lit Fest tackles crime writing

Later, American writers such as Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard enjoyed much fame and fortune. Bocas organisers point out that there are dozens of prizes to be won in the genre. So, there is much for the T&T writer to aspire to and the starting post is at this year’s ...

» Book Review: “A Reader’s Book Of Days: True Tales And Works Of Writers For Every Day Of The Year”...

On this date literary agent Marguerite E. Harper warned the 26 year old Elmore Leonard “DON’T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB TO WRITE. I say this very seriously.” (Page 365) This was also the day in 1942 when Ernest Hemingway took his sport fishing boat, Pilar, out of Havana Harbor with a crew of ...

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