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Michael Finkel's journalism career, torpedoed by a partly fabricated story, had just bottomed out when a phone call came asking why a man accused of murdering his wife and three children in Oregon was identifying himself "Mike Finkel, New York Times".Jonah Hill, left, and James Franco appear in a scene from "True Story".Finkel, nursing his wounds back at his Montana home, wrote to Longo in prison while he awaited trial: "At the same time that you were using my name, I lost my own". Their resulting meetings quickly led to a 2005 book, partly about Longo, partly a mea culpa for Finkel. Now it's a movie starring Jonah Hill as Finkel and James Franco as Longo. When the final credits dramatically inform us that Finkel never again wrote for the Times, the movie has laughably overestimated our sympathies for the disgraced reporter's resume.
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