American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue that helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died on Tuesday (August 20). He was 87. Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29. Hollywood had an affinity for Leonard's books, and more than 25 of his works were made into movies or TV shows like "Get Shorty," "3:10 to Yuma" and "Justified." 'NSync will reunite for one night at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 25). Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will serenade fans, with Timberlake receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the show. The boy band's last televised performance was a decade ago at the 2003 Grammys. A man was found shot dead at the Florida home of Olivia Newton-John. The singer and actress was not at her home at the time, police said on Monday (August 19). The deceased man was a 42-year-old contractor who was working at the house owned by Newton-John and her husband. Police are currently investigating the circumstances of his death. A close call for veteran actor Dick Van Dyke, who survived a car fire on a Los Angeles-area freeway on Monday (August 19). In a video clip posted on Twitter by his wife Arlene, the performer's charred vehicle is shown on the freeway with a brief glimpse of the actor talking to officials at the scene. Van Dyke appeared unharmed. A California Highway Patrol spokesman said off-duty nurses stopped to offer assistance, and firefighters arrived quickly and put out the blaze.
Aug. 20 - The latest celebrity news including Elmore Leonard dies at 87 years old, and 'NSync reunites at the MTV Video Music Awards. Roselle Chen reports. ( Transcript )
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