January 14, 2010
After seeing "Donnie Darko," we'll never feel the same about bunny costumes again. Or the wonderful Tears for Fears song, "Mad World," covered by Gary Jules. Or all-girl dance troupes with awesome names like Sparkle Motion. These quirky details, inspired in equal parts by the goth and the tacky side of the '80s, made Richard Kelly's 2001 film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, above, an unlikely cult classic. It'll screen at Devil's Night, a downtown drive-in with punk spirit. 240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1985 |
An Orange County electronics manufacturer pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges of illegally exporting nuclear triggering devices called krytrons to Israel. Richard Kelly Smyth, accused of violating the Arms Control Act, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, who set a trial date of Aug. 12. Smyth, 55, of Huntington Beach, is accused of illegally exporting 800 krytrons to Israel.
September 9, 2001
Friday THE GLASS HOUSE Thriller , Columbia With: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Bruce Dern, Trevor Morgan, Stellan Skarsgard. The idea: Orphaned teenager and younger brother have reason to suspect the motives of their wealthy new guardians. Writer: Wesley Strick. Director: Daniel Sackheim. So? Producer Neal Moritz knows teen thrills ("I Know What You Did Last Summer").
May 18, 2008 |
OBSESSIVE "Donnie Darko"-philes (or, we suppose, fans of "Southland Tales" too) who keep up with writer-director Richard Kelly's blog saw this little update on production of his new Cameron Diaz-James Marsden nail-biter, "The Box": "The last few months have been an amazing time for us on the editing of 'The Box.' We're starting to work with a very famous band who is honoring us with being the first filmmakers they've ever scored a film with....
December 10, 2006
General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner says his company has started development of a so-called plug-in hybrid power system and plans to roll it out as soon as battery technology permits ("Taking hybrids to next level," Nov. 30). Funny how just a few years ago battery technology permitted GM to build pure electrics such as the EV1 with a 100-mile range. Yet now it seems battery technology is not good enough for plug-in-hybrids, which may go only 30 miles in electric mode.
July 24, 2001 |
A U.S. citizen convicted of selling nuclear arms parts to Israel has been arrested in Spain after 16 years on the run, police said Monday. Richard Kelly Smith, 71, escaped before being sentenced in the U.S. on 15 counts of exporting nuclear arms technology and 15 counts of falsification of documents. He was picked up two weeks ago in Malaga on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, where he had been living since 1985, police said. Spain's High Court will now consider whether to extradite him.
August 18, 1996 |
Northern Ireland fugitive James Joseph Smyth was moved Saturday from a federal prison in Northern California amid speculation he was extradited to Britain, his attorney and supporters said. The San Francisco chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference, a group that has been supporting Smyth, released a statement saying Smyth was extradited. "The long fight of Irish nationalist Jimmy Smyth to avoid extradition . . . ended in failure Saturday," the group said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2001 |
An electronics engineer pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he illegally sold an Israeli company more than 800 miniature devices that can be used to trigger nuclear weapons. Richard Kelly Smyth, 72, formerly of Huntington Beach, was extradited two weeks ago from Spain, where he had lived for 16 years as a fugitive, authorities said.
March 7, 1985 |
You won't find a single picture of Rocky Dennis in any of the publicity packages for "Mask" (Friday, at the Cinerama Dome and Avco Center Cinema), a trick that capitalizes upon his looks and teases the audience with them in the same way that "Elephant Man" sensationalized our first glimpse of the grotesquely afflicted John Merrick. However, director Peter Bogdanovich's approach to his singular young hero is forthright--it's one of his film's great strengths.