April 14, 2014
Russ Newton joined The Times in 2000 as director of operations and president at California Community News, one of the Times wholly-owned business units. Before joining The Times, he was director of operations from 1998 to 2000 at Landoll Inc., a Tribune Education company. Previously, he led the packaging department at the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla., from 1994 to 1998, and the production division, press and packaging areas at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., from 1987 to 1994. Newton joined Tribune Co. in 1985, serving as a shift supervisor, crew supervisor and trainer at the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to 1987.
March 31, 2014 |
(On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: "Noah" and the return of Russell Crowe as a box office force). After what seemed like 40 days and 40 nights of controversy over Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" taking creative license in adapting the story of Noah's ark to the big screen, the movie sailed to the No. 1 box-office spot over the weekend, taking in an estimated $44 million. For star Crowe, "Noah" marks the second-highest opening of his career and a return to the ranks of high-profile leading men. In recent years, the 49-year-old New Zealand-born actor has mostly turned up in supporting roles, and with mixed results.
March 26, 2014 |
Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson has a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Entourage" movie. Sounds like a fun idea, right? Well, what did your mom always tell you about playing ball on the set of a popular TV show turned feature film? That's right. It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt. In this case, that someone is Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy on the long-running HBO series due to make its big-screen debut next summer. During filming in Los Angeles, Connolly broke his leg in two places while catching passes from the Seattle Seahawks quarterback.
March 19, 2014 |
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
March 19, 2014 |
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless. "What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day," he wrote, tweeting a picture of the crowd of about 80,000 at Vatican City.
March 13, 2014 |
Art thief-turned-daredevil rider Crunch (Kurt Russell) - fresh from prison, having been burned by his weaselly partner-in-crime half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon) - wants nothing more to do with heists. Yeah, right. "The Art of the Steal" is another Last Big Job concoction, albeit one in which writer-director Jonathan Sobol doubles down against staleness by stuffing his cast with appealing character actors who know their way around a profane quip (Terence Stamp, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones)