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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1992
Many thanks for the story by staff writer Bob Secter "One American's Way: Work, Be Helpful" (Feb. 12). It was so refreshing to read this positive article regarding the attitudes and behavior of Richard Kelly at his work! LOUISE A. WARRINER, Big Bear Lake
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November 6, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the "thrills" with none of the chills courtesy of "The Box," the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from "Donnie Darko" creator Richard Kelly. It's as if its stars, Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as the financially strapped yuppie couple Norma and Arthur, were on a continuous, prime time-mandated 10-second delay. Think I'm exaggerating? Here's an example (with footnotes).
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Four years after his debut feature "Donnie Darko" tanked in theaters, subsequently becoming a cult favorite on home video and cable TV, writer-director Richard Kelly's next film, "Southland Tales," is finally headed into production.
BOOKS
May 4, 2008 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Film on Paper."
Movie geeks are list-making animals. It begins with the frenzied -- and nonsensical -- annual compilation of "10 best lists" (as if a year were a meaningful aesthetic time frame), but it doesn't end there.
NEWS
February 12, 1992 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Corporate America--smarmy, leveraged, cutthroat America; discount, high-volume, bargain-price, service-with-a-snarl America--could sure learn a thing or two from Richard Kelly. For starters, he is living proof that status and a fast buck need not be the only barometers of success in today's marketplace. Kelly, pushing 60, has spent more than 35 years at the Jewel supermarket in this well-heeled Chicago suburb and has never moved higher than grocery sacker on the organizational ladder.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
TORONTO -- It was an offer he couldn't refuse. The Cannes Film Festival invited writer-director Richard Kelly to screen his second feature as part of its prestigious competition section. So Kelly took his "Southland Tales" to France in 2006, even though there was work still to be done on it. The response? Disastrous. A "career killer," according to more than one industry watcher. Variety's review called it "pretentious, overreaching and fatally unfocused."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2002 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Southern California engineer who fled the country in 1985 after being indicted on charges of selling Israel electronic devices that can be used to fire nuclear weapons was sentenced Monday to 40 months in federal prison. Richard Kelly Smyth, now 72 and in frail health, was discovered living in southern Spain last year. He was arrested by local police and extradited to the United States. He pleaded guilty in December to violating the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2001 | GINA PICCALO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An adolescent awkwardness comes over Richard Kelly and the 26-year-old stumbles over his words when he is asked to explain the enigmatic plot of his first feature film, "Donnie Darko." It's a science-fiction coming-of-age tale, he offers. A period piece set in 1988. A black comedy. A satiric portrait of modern life. The story of a teenager with emotional problems and a divine emissary who appears to him as a man in a weird rabbit suit.
BOOKS
February 27, 2005 | Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley is distinguished professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the author of biographies on Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks and John F. Kerry.
Back in 1986, when the Iran-Contra scandal became news, Rhino Records reissued a Phil Ochs CD titled "A Toast to Those Who Are Gone." A fiery troubadour of the 1960s best known for "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore," Ochs was also a political activist who not only had denounced the Vietnam War at home but had traveled to Chile, South Africa and Tanzania to promote world peace, inspiring the FBI to amass a 410-page file on his six-string dissent.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the "thrills" with none of the chills courtesy of "The Box," the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from "Donnie Darko" creator Richard Kelly. It's as if its stars, Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as the financially strapped yuppie couple Norma and Arthur, were on a continuous, prime time-mandated 10-second delay. Think I'm exaggerating? Here's an example (with footnotes).
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
TORONTO -- It was an offer he couldn't refuse. The Cannes Film Festival invited writer-director Richard Kelly to screen his second feature as part of its prestigious competition section. So Kelly took his "Southland Tales" to France in 2006, even though there was work still to be done on it. The response? Disastrous. A "career killer," according to more than one industry watcher. Variety's review called it "pretentious, overreaching and fatally unfocused."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Four years after his debut feature "Donnie Darko" tanked in theaters, subsequently becoming a cult favorite on home video and cable TV, writer-director Richard Kelly's next film, "Southland Tales," is finally headed into production.
BOOKS
February 27, 2005 | Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley is distinguished professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the author of biographies on Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks and John F. Kerry.
Back in 1986, when the Iran-Contra scandal became news, Rhino Records reissued a Phil Ochs CD titled "A Toast to Those Who Are Gone." A fiery troubadour of the 1960s best known for "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore," Ochs was also a political activist who not only had denounced the Vietnam War at home but had traveled to Chile, South Africa and Tanzania to promote world peace, inspiring the FBI to amass a 410-page file on his six-string dissent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2002 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Southern California engineer who fled the country in 1985 after being indicted on charges of selling Israel electronic devices that can be used to fire nuclear weapons was sentenced Monday to 40 months in federal prison. Richard Kelly Smyth, now 72 and in frail health, was discovered living in southern Spain last year. He was arrested by local police and extradited to the United States. He pleaded guilty in December to violating the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2001 | GINA PICCALO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An adolescent awkwardness comes over Richard Kelly and the 26-year-old stumbles over his words when he is asked to explain the enigmatic plot of his first feature film, "Donnie Darko." It's a science-fiction coming-of-age tale, he offers. A period piece set in 1988. A black comedy. A satiric portrait of modern life. The story of a teenager with emotional problems and a divine emissary who appears to him as a man in a weird rabbit suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1992
Many thanks for the story by staff writer Bob Secter "One American's Way: Work, Be Helpful" (Feb. 12). It was so refreshing to read this positive article regarding the attitudes and behavior of Richard Kelly at his work! LOUISE A. WARRINER, Big Bear Lake
BOOKS
May 4, 2008 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Film on Paper."
Movie geeks are list-making animals. It begins with the frenzied -- and nonsensical -- annual compilation of "10 best lists" (as if a year were a meaningful aesthetic time frame), but it doesn't end there.
NEWS
February 12, 1992 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Corporate America--smarmy, leveraged, cutthroat America; discount, high-volume, bargain-price, service-with-a-snarl America--could sure learn a thing or two from Richard Kelly. For starters, he is living proof that status and a fast buck need not be the only barometers of success in today's marketplace. Kelly, pushing 60, has spent more than 35 years at the Jewel supermarket in this well-heeled Chicago suburb and has never moved higher than grocery sacker on the organizational ladder.
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