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Entertainment Weekly Does Not Like Truth

Truth — the movie based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, in which the former 60 Minutes producer recounted the events that led to her firing — received fair amount of buzz following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Cate Blanchett, who stars as Mapes, had more than few people mentioning her in connection with the Oscars. Not everyone loves it, though. In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Chris Nashawaty gives it a C and says:

… the movie is too deep in the tank for its subjects, especially Mapes, whose book the film is based on. They come across more like righteous fourth-estate saints than journalists who might have been a bit too hungry for a gotcha scoop. For a movie about the importance of objectivity, Truth feels like a biased and sanctimonious op-ed column.


Podcast: Sarah Jaffe on Dallas Music, Writing For Eminem, and Farming

The “Willy Wonka of Dallas music,” singer/songwriter/pop-folk-alt-rock-hip-hop-confectioner Sarah Jaffe stopped by the Old Monk (her first visit ever to that establishment) to chat with Zac Crain and “T-Bar” Rogers about how a hook she wrote in her driveway ended up on an Eminem record, what she and her touring band listen to on the bus (Radiolab), and how much she looks up to her farmer sister.

Now, a few helpful notes:

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Leading Off (10/9/15)

Suit to Seek Susan Hawk’s Removal. Fired Dallas County District Attorney’s Office employee Cindy Stormer is pursuing a removal petition against Hawk, alleging mismanagement and misuse of public money.

Rangers Aim to Go Up 2-0 in Playoffs. After defeating Blue Jays’ ace David Price, 5-3, yesterday afternoon, Texas will have its own best available pitcher starting at the Rogers Centre this morning (the game starts at 11:30 Central.) You’ve got to like their chances of putting Toronto on the brink of elimination with Cole Hamels on the mound. Unfortunately, third baseman Adrian Beltre suffered a back strain on Thursday and may not be in the lineup today.

Police Chief’s BFF Accused of Having Sex On-Duty  Senior Corporal Greg Lowe is under investigation after an internal affairs complaint was filed against him and Senior Corporal Vikki Hodge Lawson for allegedly having sex in an office at police headquarters. The complaining officer was reportedly reluctant to come forward because Lowe is one of DPD Chief David Brown’s best friends.

NBC Developing Wendy Davis Dramedy. The network is working on a TV series based on the political career of the filibustering state senator. According to Deadline, “the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein ofThe Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend — a black male Republican — and discovers that with no political future to protect, she can unshackle her inner badass.”

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Podcast: Need’s Matt Alexander Returns With His Hot Sports Opinions

We recorded the podcast earlier this afternoon, so I haven’t the time for full-on show notes this week. What follows is an abbreviated version.

This is the hat that Dallas entrepreneur Matt Alexander, who previously appeared on Episode 10 of the show, wore to the recording session. It’s called the Deep Ellum:

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