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Actress in Anti-Muslim Film to Ask for Injunction (Houston Chronicle / AP)
An actress who appears in the anti-Muslim film trailer that has been blamed for causing riots in the Middle East wants a judge to order YouTube to take down the clip. Attorneys for Cindy Lee Garcia plan to seek the injunction Thursday against the 14-minute YouTube trailer for Innocence of Muslims in a Los Angeles court. LA Times / Movies Now In a complaint alleging fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Garcia said that after scenes from Innocence of Muslims posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests early last week she was subjected to "credible death threats" and was no longer permitted to provide child care for her grandchildren. E! Online In her complaint, Garcia states that she responded to a casting call posted in Backstage for a film titled Desert Warrior. The film was represented to her, she states, as being a historical "Arabian Desert adventure film." Entertainment Weekly / Inside Movies But Garcia claims she was completely duped when movie producer Sam Bacile, aka Basseley Nakoula, published the video as Innocence of Muslims to YouTube on July 2, 2012, with her acting work "changed grotesquely" to make it appear that she "voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production," according to court documents, and that the film is "vile and reprehensible." NBC News / Reuters The actress did not know there would be references to religion or any sexual content, the LA Times reported. "It looks so unreal to me, it's like nothing that we even filmed was there," Garcia told Reuters in a phone interview. "There was all this weird stuff there."

Rudin, Diller, Coady Partner for Brightline, Multiplatform Book Publisher (Publishers Weekly)
In a deal that likely heralds a new force in book publishing going forward, entertainment media moguls Barry Diller, chairman of the IAC/InterActiveCorp, and film and theater producer Scott Rudin are teaming up to launch Brightline, a multiplatform publishing house, and bringing in former Vintage U.K. and Picador publisher Frances Coady to run it as president and publisher. LA Times Brightline will make electronic books for mobile devices using software by Brooklyn-based Atavist, which will exchange minority equity interests with the venture. Chicago Tribune / Reuters But Brightline won't limit itself simply to eBooks. The company also plans to publish physical books, as well (you know, that endangered species with pages and a spine). THR The company has not yet signed its first author. The New York Times reported that Brightline is willing to pay "big advances" to attract top talent. paidContent It's also unclear if the eBooks will be available only through Atavist's website and apps or through other retailers like Amazon as well.

Jim Lehrer Announces First Presidential Debate Topics (HuffPost)
The topics for the first 2012 presidential debate were announced on Wednesday by moderator Jim Lehrer. Lehrer, who has moderated a total of 11 debates, made the announcement through the Commission on Presidential Debates. UPI President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are expected to spend half their first debate talking about the U.S. economy, the moderator said. The second half of the 90-minute debate Oct. 3 is expected to focus on "health care, the role of government, and governing," said Lehrer, executive editor and former anchor of the PBS NewsHour. Bloomberg Businessweek The 90-minute debate will be broken up into six 15-minute segments, and Lehrer said the topics could change because of news developments. USA Today / On Politics Obama and Romney have sparred over who has the best ideas for creating jobs, so it's no surprise that the topic foremost on the minds of voters will be a key debate focus. St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Political Fix Given the distractions and gaffes that have plagued his candidacy of late, Romney surely is pleased that the campaign will be getting back to what he likes to talk about. And he'll have an audience of tens of millions to listen, perhaps providing the "game-changer" that former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, a Romney adviser, referred to this week when asked about Romney's recent troubles.

Obama, Romney to Chat with 60 Minutes (USA Today / On Politics)
President Obama and Mitt Romney will get the 60 Minutes treatment this Sunday in separate interviews with different correspondents. Newsday / TV Zone In what almost sounds like an early preview of the debate, 60 says: "The president and his challenger will answer questions on the election's biggest issues... Steve Kroft will question President Barack Obama and Scott Pelley will question Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney in separate interviews..." CBS News Obama and Romney will answer similar questions on the topics of critical interest to America's voters, including the economy and jobs, health care, national security and the federal budget. TVNewser The interviews, combined with an NFL lead-in, should lead the program to some very strong ratings. Particularly during the main TV season, 60 Minutes is the No. 1 TV news program in the country, making it a very popular stop for politicians.

New USA Today Website 'Very, Very Influenced by iPad Design' (Poynter / How To's)
Fantasy Interactive's pitch won USA Today's business in June 2011, and the beta site launched last week, when Poynter detailed the horizontal, app-like experience it provides for the reader. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert rips the new USA Today logo and the contention of the paper's publisher, Larry Kramer, that the design would be every bit as "dynamic as the news itself."

Author Elmore Leonard Wins Prestigious Book Award (Yahoo! News / AP)
For a man who built his career on word economy, the title is pretty darned long -- The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Still, Elmore Leonard says he's thrilled to receive one of the literary world's highest honors. Publishers Weekly Martin Amis will present the medal to Leonard, who is the 25th winner of the award that has previously gone to John Ashbery, Toni Morrison, John Updike, and Joan Didion. NYT / Arts Beat "For over five decades, Leonard's westerns, crime novels, serialized novels and stories have enthralled generations of readers," the foundation said in a statement. Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the foundation, said Leonard has produced "vibrant literary work with an inimitable writing style."

Rachel Maddow Pulls Ahead of Bill O'Reilly as MSNBC Wins Demo in Primetime (THR / The Live Feed)
As the election nears, there's some interesting movement in primetime cable news ratings -- with the scales, at least on Tuesday night, tipping in Rachel Maddow's favor. MSNBC, which regularly finishes in a distant second to the dominant Fox News Channel, actually bested the network in the coveted adults 25-54 demographic for two nights in a row. TVNewser This is despite the fact that O'Reilly had a big (and younger-skewing) guest in Comedy Central's Jon Stewart. Maddow at 9 p.m. drew 703,000 demo viewers to O'Reilly's 682,000 at 8 p.m.

Want Full Access To Every Tweet -- Ever? Get Gnip (AllTwitter)
Ever wonder what anyone has ever tweeted about you or your competitors? Most services give you a snapshot, highlighting what's happening right now -- or possibly 30 days back, but what about Twitter data from any given time period going all the way back to the first Tweet in 2006? TechCrunch Gnip announced a new product Wednesday that provides access to the full database of public tweets from the beginning of time -- or rather, the beginning of Twitter. The company says that's only available to Twitter, the Library of Congress, and now Gnip customers. Adweek Now "we can actually go back and understand at any moment in time [dating back to 2006] the conscious thought of the world," Gnip COO Chris Moody said. By opening up the Twitter archives, marketers can now put their real-time social insights into context, he added.

Salman Rushdie: It Was Worth It (Salon)
When the phone call came that changed his life forever, a BBC reporter asked Salman Rushdie this: "How does it feel to know that you have just been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini?" It was Valentine's Day 1989. LA Times / Jacket Copy A lot of people helped him survive a decade of clandestine life, from British policemen to U.S. literary activists. Seemingly all of them are listed in his new book, Joseph Anton. New York Daily News In a sign of the outrage he still attracts, Pakistan on Wednesday said it was banning a TV channel because it had broadcast an interview with the Satanic Verses author.

BuzzFeed Hires Jeff Greenspan as First Chief Creative Officer (Ad Age / Digital)
BuzzFeed has hired Jeff Greenspan, an exec with Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley experience, as its first chief creative officer. The hire comes as the fast-growing digital-media company aims to work with brands and agencies to develop innovative sponsorship ideas and ad units. FishbowlNY "Agencies have been making creative for 100 years that targets individuals, but the social Web requires ad creative to be re-envisioned for sharing among groups," said Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed. "Jeff is the perfect leader to work closely with a small group of leading brands to push advertising creative into the social age."

Two Out-of-Print Nora Ephron Titles to be Published as a Single Volume (Entertainment Weekly / Shelf Life)
Any existing physical copies of Nora Ephron's Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media are probably well-worn, underlined, and doggy-eared by now. NYT / Media Decoder Two out-of-print books by Nora Ephron will be reissued on Oct. 16 in a single-volume paperback and eBook edition, the publisher, Vintage Books, said on Wednesday.

Scandinavian Magazine Publishes Kate Middleton Topless Pics (The Associated Press)
A Swedish celebrity magazine published topless photos of Britain's likely future queen Wednesday, and its sister publication in Denmark said it would do the same later this week. The unauthorized photos have already been widely published in France, Italy, Ireland and on the Internet, despite efforts by Prince William and Kate Middleton to halt their usage. USA Today / Lifeline Live The Danish magazine editor, Kim Henningsen, said he had been offered 240 pictures but will use only 60 to 70. He declined to say who sold them to the magazine or how much he paid. The Daily Beast / The Royalist Rumors are circulating that a mainstream American publisher may yet print the pictures. PRNewser See, this "scandal" concerns principle as much as public relations. Anyone who doesn't want their government or corporations spying on them, invading their privacy and infringing on their freedoms should stand behind the Royal Family.

New Platform to Connect Journalists and Publishers Launches (CJR / The Kicker)
A new platform to help freelance journalists aggregate their work will be launched on Thursday. Contently aims to help journalists to build their personal brand online and connect them with publishers looking for writers.

Emoticons Turn 30: A Brief History (ABC News)
Emoticons -- or emotional icons -- while annoying to some and useful to others, have a rather rich history. Though they may actually date back 150 years, the modern-day emoticons we use in emails, texts and instant messaging today are generally recognized to have been started by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1982. The Atlantic The emoticon was born on the Internet. And, like many things that sprang to life during the early days of the World Wide Web, it emerged as the result of much deliberation. It emerged, actually, as the result of an extremely nerdy joke. The Next Web / Shareables As I already noted, it all started with a joke, or at least trying to figure out how to label humor online, where text-based communication doesn't have the body language or tone-of-voice cues we are used to in face-to-face and telephone conversations.

Apple Maps Lose Way with iPhone App Victim to Google Clash (SFGate / Bloomberg)
The latest casualty of Apple Inc.'s war with Google Inc. in the mobile-phone market is one of the most widely used features of the iPhone: maps.

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