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From Crystal… to Billy Crystal

On his 63rd birthday, Robin Williams shared the following photo via Instagram. It depicted him with Crystal, his co-star from the Night at the Museum film series.

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Last night, the most striking aspect of Billy Crystal‘s wonderful Primetime Emmys tribute to the late actor and comedian was the photo of Williams displayed throughout. The selection of that picture made Los Angeles Times photo editor Cindy Hively very proud:

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Swoon Reads Releases Fan-Voted Young Adult Title

ALittleSomethingDifferentCoverThanks to a healthy amount of advance online sampling and a community rating of five hearts, A Little Something Different is out today as the first title for Macmillan Publishing’s new Young Adult imprint Swoon Reads. A first run of 100,000 copies of the book has been ordered for the U.S ., alongside simultaneous releases in the UK and Australia.

The novel was written by 33-year-old Morristown, New Jersey librarian Sandy Hall. From a recent New York Times write-up:

By bringing a reality-television-style talent competition to its digital slush pile, the publisher is hoping to find potential best sellers that reflect not editors’ tastes but the collective wisdom and whims of the crowd.

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NY Times Revamps Crossword Feature

One way the New York Times can attract new customers is by tempting people (well, at least the smarter ones) with a revamped Crossword feature. Recently the Times announced a free, mini crossword app for iOs devices. Now it is looking for people to pay up with an update to New York Times Crossword.

The new Crossword has a fresh, clean look and comes with “play anywhere” capabilities, meaning if you start a puzzle on your phone, you can complete it on your computer or iPad. Or tell your friends you finished it even though you didn’t (Hint: a three letter word for automobile is “car”). There’s also an archive of 18 years of puzzles to drive you mad.

New York Times Crossword is available for $39.99 per year or $6.99 per month. New subscribers and digital subscribers to the Times get it for about half that price.

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550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap)
Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans. TVNewser CNN chief Jeff Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen. Variety Word of the staff cuts comes at a time when key Turner nets are at a crossroads. Turner’s entertainment networks are poised for a management overhaul following the departure in April of Steve Koonin as entertainment group chief. Meanwhile, CNN sibling HLN has been rumored to be in for a major makeover, possibly in a partnership deal between Time Warner and Vice Media. B&C The buyouts are part of the Time Warner unit’s efforts to cut costs as part of new CEO John Martin’s Turner 2020 plan aimed at cutting costs and aligning spending with company priorities. Turner officials had no comment, but sources said that the voluntary layoffs will be offered throughout Turner, including its news networks CNN and HLN, as well as its entertainment networks, including TNT and TBS. The company is not aiming at a specific headcount but rather is seeking to hit an expense number that includes personnel and other costs. THR The plan at Turner, which employs about 14,000 people worldwide, involves a formula that will allow workers at least age 55 and with a certain number of years seniority to take a buyout somewhat more generous than the usual two weeks of pay for every one year of service, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Happy Monday | Perfect Study | Announce and Change

Jeff Zucker GTVNewser: CNN’s Jeff Zucker said the company is “going to have to do what we do with less,” so we imagine staffers’ spirits are sky high.

SocialTimes: A new study found that men on the Internet are pretty much all morons. FishbowlNY editors excluded, of course.

FishbowlDC: New Meet The Press host Chuck Todd understands that he needs to act dumber in order for the show to gain an audience.

Freelance Journalist Confesses Their Native Advertising Sins

ShutterstockWastepaperMoneyBasketThe latest installment of Digiday’s “Confessions” series could not be timelier. It features a veteran freelance feature writer who has had to cross over to the sponsored-content side to earn a decent living.

On the plus side, the unidentified individual says they’re making $500 a day and, as a result, are chipping away at some accumulated debt. On the down side, the client stories being passed on are consistently “lowest common denominator.”

From the Q&A with Lucia Moses:

You don’t want your real name used on the native ad pieces. Is that [lowest common denominator aspect] why?

Because it’s not work I’m proud of. It’s not anything remotely interesting. But I was at [a major news organization] and didn’t put my name on many stories. If I were writing stories for dumb women’s magazines, I wouldn’t want my name on many stories, either.

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Nathan Lump Named Editor of Travel + Leisure

Nathan Lump is rejoining Travel + Leisure as its new editor. Lump previously worked for the magazine from 2000 to 2006. He most recently served as director of branded content at Condé Nast.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Nathan to lead the undisputed authority in travel journalism,” said Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.’s executive VP, in a statement. “Nathan’s deep digital knowledge and vast editorial expertise make him the ideal choice to further Travel + Leisure’s stature as a powerful multi-platform brand serving customers in print, digital, mobile, video, and events.

Lump begins September 8 and will report to Webster.

Donald Trump to Seth Meyers: You Should Never Have Been Hired

Apparently, The Donald still has not forgiven Seth Meyers for one of the all-time great set pieces [Trump material begins at 12:00 video mark] delivered by a White House Correspondents Association dinner host. Ahead of today’s big Primetime Emmys broadcast, Trump tweeted the following:

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FishbowlNY hopes that host Meyers will find a way to slip a reference about this tweet into the show. It’s not so much opening monologue material; but later on, as the broadcast inevitably drags a bit, it could stand as huuuuge goose-the-audience ammo. As in, “Maybe that Donald Trump tweet today was right…” Or, “That one was for you, Mr. Trump.”

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Superman Comic Sells for $3.2 Million

As with most eBay auctions, it came down to the final day.

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On Sunday, bidding for a pristine copy of Action Comics #1, the publication that introduced the Man of Steel, increased by a full million dollars. In the end, one bidder edged out another by just $100. Final purchase price: $3,207,852.00

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