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Richard Kelly captured by Homeland Security on the way to his premiere at Cannes of SOUTHLAND TALES!

Hey folks, Harry here... Rest easy. You're safer today, because The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating Richard Kelly as a suspected Terrorist. This is, of course, a completely ludicrous story - and will only go further to reduce the credibility and increase the perception of buffoonery by Homeland Security - where they apparently think that someone named RICHARD KELLY is too close to someone named JAMES KELLY. Surely he'll get to his premiere. After all, he's put in a lot of work on SOUTHLAND TALES, he deserves to enjoy his Cannes premiere... unless of course he's a dirty evil suspected terrorist.

From IMDB: Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly could be forced to miss the Cannes Film Festival because his passport is being reviewed by the US Government. Homeland Security is investigating 31-year-old Kelly, reportedly because there is a James Kelly on the terrorist watch list. Fearing he will be unable to attend the premiere of his new movie Southland Tales at Cannes later this month, Kelly has contacted a US senator and has recruited his mother to hunt out documents to help him prove his American citizenship. The Virginia-born writer/director fears the issue could be connected to the plot of his new movie, which is in part about security measures taken by the Us Government following 9/11. He says, "The paranoid conspiracy freak inside me is starting to think this has something to do with the film."

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  • May 11, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Have we verified the source at IMDB?

    by chrth

    We probably need a disclaimer for this.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by indiephantom

    wonder if it has anything to do with his "Domino" screenplay.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko was awesome!

    by quadrupletree

  • May 11, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Eh what the HELL

    by A G

    That is unbelievable and slightly worrying. - the return of A G (who?)

  • May 11, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by indianrenegade

    Sweet! I'd like to take this moment to thank the academy, my mom, my little cousin Sue..

  • May 11, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I smell a PR exercise

    by dastickboy

    So everyone in the U.S with the last name of Kelly is under review. Booshit.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Heh. Look at all the wannabe first-posters

    by chrth

    Only kewl people get to post first, and they don't waste it by saying first.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by MPJedi2

    Oh my! *giggle* Heh! BWA-HA-HA-HA!!!! I guess it's as good a cop-out as any when it opens, and mainstream America cares not one iota. And this from a guy who liked DONNIE DARKO.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Come on, you're all so naive...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    At least The Truth seems obvious to me... The Homeland security caught Domino and figured they would make a personal vendetta against "the man responsible for that puss-filled ass-cyst". Sorry Dickie boy, but you did right the thing after all.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    well..that'd be write

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • May 11, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Donnie Dark made no sense

    by Rupee88

    Even the director agreed on the commentary.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko is, if your smart enough...

    by FranktheBunny

    one of the best films in the past 10 years to come from a first time director, the multiple layers of superhero/supernatural/love lost themes throughout the film are amazing. Donnie Darko is the first and ONLY film ive ever saw twice at a theater instead of just renting it later, because i had to know more, i def. put it on my top 5 movies of all time with Fight Club, Shawkshank Redemption, Waking Life, The Matrix, Spanish Prisoner etc etc.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    the script for indyIV is done?!???!?!?!?

    by drjones

    "I think Tom Cruise proved that people are getting bored with that kind of stuff," Lucas said Monday at a Jazz at Lincoln Center dinner celebrating Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. "What they want to see is something different. And Indiana Jones, if nothing else, is always different." And Lucas is, if nothing else, reliably vague. He's not yet ready to give up the treasure trove of what lurks in the plot for the first Indiana Jones movie since 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, except to say the script is finally done and the flick will "probably" start shooting next year. "We're working on it, we're working on it," Lucas said. "We've been working on it for 10 years. I think it'll be a great film, but it's completely different. It's still got a lot of action, and it's still very funny. I think it works like crazy." (source:

  • May 11, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    His first name is James...

    by lazy13

    hence the confusion. It makes it no less ridiculous, but explains the situation a little better than the article above. He's been drudging up old year books and whatever he can get his mom to find to prove he's not the suspected James Kelly. Google news it and you'll come up with many better articles than the IMDB blurb.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    ....the nerve.

  • May 11, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Quiet, lazy13!

    by chrth

    We can't let FACTS get in the way of a good diatribe! Not here at AICN: We Decide!

  • May 11, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I feel for former Bills QB Jim Kelly

    by chrth

    He'll be detained as well.

  • May 11, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko...

    by AtomicLobster

    ...was very enjoyable and lovely to look at, but was ultimately all fur coat and no knickers.

  • May 11, 2006, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by halfmahalfn

    Oh it had knickers all right. Once you get over the idea that it had very little to do with time travel. I remember reading on this site all the gasbaggery about time-travel-this and time-travel-that. And everyone seemed to forget Kelly's apparent source material (he said it was based on a Twilight Zone episode, I think). I eagerly await Southland Tales.

  • May 11, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I like knickers

    by The Heathen

    "wake up."

  • May 11, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST

    To put it in Kelly context... invalidus ex machina

    by JAGUART

    Powerless in the Machine. Face it, Homeland Security's investigative methods are just way too intelligent for him. Had he visited their website and read the book "The Philosophy of Terrorism" by Roberta Ann Sparrow he'd understand. He just didn't get it.

  • May 11, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    Yeah, but i'd bet they won't detain Black Belt Jones.

  • May 11, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    tom ridge is the man!

    by white owl

  • May 11, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by orcho5000

    We're one step away from a Tuttle / Buttle fiasco.

  • May 11, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by _Kayser_

    I think the next time Harry gets a speeding ticket he'll say his car was run off the road by the police. Go to school, son.

  • May 11, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    No win scenario...

    by jorson2

    The left bashed Bush for supposedly letting 9/11 happen, now they're crucifying him for doing what it takes to prevent 9/11 from happening again. Wanna talk about credibility, Harry? Try looking at your own side of the political spectrum. More Republicans than you know are aware of this administration's "mistakes." Having said that, increasing security measures when even potential "immigrants" are concerned is not one of those mistakes -- it's something that is LONG OVERDUE. Besides, even if this story is completely accurate, what do you care? It's just more publicity for what is likely a, shall we say, cautiously skeptical and critical examination of post 9/11 security measures anyway.

  • May 11, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Bush is doing what needs to be done for security

    by Kraken

    Because who cares if the ports are still unsecure... we've captured the director of Donnie Darko!! I feel much safer now, thank you! Honestly, I think the people that let such bullshit as "oh, he's just doing what needs to be done now to prevent another 9/11" should be forced into an anal probe next time they fly so that way I can say that right back to their faces whenever they're bitching about how something like that could happen to them. "But he's just doing what is needed! I'm sorry you've been inconvienced, but don't you love America? Well, then you're going to have to take a finger in the ass every once in a while bub"

  • May 11, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I'm James Kelly!!

    by Womb2dooM

    No, I'm James Kelly! No I'm James Kelly.

  • May 11, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by chickychow

    Someone's gonna have to start planting cool news about this movie, cuz as is it looks like a fucking joke.

  • May 11, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Richard Kelly want to go to Cannes

    by chrth

    But =() the government r come to stop him! (ok, I'll stop now, I swear)

  • May 11, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    A Return to Red Fever

    by flanaganagain

    Why not start blacklisting these commie, pinko... errrr I mean terrible terrorist film makers!?! I'm sure this is a Manchurian Canidate program where China brainwashed R Kelley, not that one, to make movies and then when he gets to the award party he will kill everyone. Well I take that back! Insert GBush in place of China and it makes more sense! Watch out for that Tim Robbins and those Dixie Chicks! Evil people who def don't respect women.

  • May 11, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    They are brothers, I went to school with Dick and Jimmy

    by George Newman

  • May 11, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I want to see Southland Tales

    by performingmonkey

    Maybe they're telling Kelly that they won't let him go unless he pulls the movie or something. After all, we all know that it's possible for one movie to create a chain reaction ending with America in post-apocalyptic anarchy. Rapes, murders, shootings. Oh wait, they all happen anyway, just...more of them will happen because Janet showed her nipple and our kids are playing GTA with Eminem playing in the background, and they don't eat because Lindsey Lohan doesn't, and it's gonna be like 9/11 times a thousand...that's right, nine hundred and eleven thousand!!

  • May 11, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST

    ha ha, Newman. A penis joke.. Genious!

    by Donald Trump

    it's not even a full penis joke. You just tacked 'penis' onto the end of your sentence. Just stick it up your ass, why don't ya?

  • May 11, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    People like Harry & Moore aren't helping either

    by Orionsangels

    Harry & people like Moore just keep bringing American further down. That's it. They don't help the situation. They just like to bad mouth this country and side with terrorist. thats it. we know bush and homeland security are bafoons. we don't need the constant putting down of america. we need action!

  • May 11, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST

    by jackinitraw

    Can't they just take hir finger prints or ...look at the picture? I call slutty PR attempt. Gay AND lame.

  • May 11, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I think it's because he dated Eliza Dushku.

    by DarthCorleone

    Any ties to Albanians are immediately suspect. DON'T TRUST ALBANIANS!

  • May 11, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    People that list Donnie Darko

    by Monkey Butler

    as part of the "best 5 movies EVAR!!1!" usually also put in The Matrix and Fight Club. Why? Because they're not as smart as they think they are. Example: FrankTheBunny. "Amazing" layered themes about, like, love, and being a superhero and time travel and chunk. It's almost as good as The Matrix's brilliant and originaly ideas.

  • May 11, 2006, 11:54 p.m. CST

    frankthebunny - multiple viewings

    by readyoufool

    wait, wait, wait, so you chose "Donnie Darko" as the movie you'd pay to see twice in the theater instead of movies like "Fight Club, Shawkshank Redemption, Waking Life, The Matrix, Spanish Prisoner etc etc."? At least two of the movies on your list are better than donnie darko AND contain twists at the end that completely change your perception of the entire film...and you picked donnie darko to see twice? Hell, i saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kill Bill vol. 2 and LOTR: Return of the King five times each in the theater. That says a lot about me, some negative, some positive, but the main reason i saw them 5 times is because they are great movies and great movies deserve to seen in the theater again and again, if you're so inclined, until you don't have that option anymore. Not just to figure out various twists if there are any, but because even a 60" plasma t.v. is no match for seeing a movie you love on the silver screen. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and choose to believe that you didn't see those other movies in the theater, that you rented them later and so did not have the chance to see them in the theater at the time.

  • May 12, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I read this LAST GODDAMN WEEK

    by Angry Mean Panda

  • May 12, 2006, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Monkey Butler, thank you for pointing it out for me.

    by one9deuce

    You are so right about how people who list Donnie Darko in their top 5 inevitably list Fight Club and The Matrix in there with it. I have one word to describe Donnie Darko: Convoluted. Sorry to all the fans of the film, but it isn't layered or deep. Or even coherent. Lawrence of Arabia, Sunset Boulevard, Ikiru, and The Maltese Falcon are examples of layered and deep. Donnie Darko is a decent directorial debut with some good performances and a great sequence set to Tears for Fears "Head Over Heals". That's all. If I'm wrong, then prove it by giving us talkbackers an example of these "layers".

  • May 12, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    by Westonian

    tom ridge isnt the director of homeland security anymore....asshole

  • May 12, 2006, 1:44 a.m. CST

    DONNIE DARKO and the LiveJournal/MySpace Crowd

    by godoffireinhell

    I quite liked the movie back in '01 but now that every goddamn little emo kid posts about how it changed his/her/its life while cutting themselves I'm ashamed to have it in my DVD collection.

  • May 12, 2006, 1:45 a.m. CST

    IMDB: Bastion of Truth and Quality Journalism

    by godoffireinhell

    More like "Bastion of Bullshit" amirite?

  • May 12, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST

    any one got a date on the graphic novels?

    by thegoldencalf

  • May 12, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    I love the way Frankthebunny

    by deanamatronix

    lists 6 films in his 'top 5 of all time.' Not so smart any more, huh, genius?

  • May 12, 2006, 4:14 a.m. CST

    The Homeland Security people also detained Gene Kelly..

    by KCMOSHer

    ...because they don't allow the walking dead to get on airplanes. I dig Darko. I dig Kelly. That said, the jaded cynical bastard in me just screams PR STUNT PR STUNT MAYDAY MAYDAY DANGER WILL ROBINSON. (Although, honestly, that last part has more to do with my childhood love of Lost In Space than this blatant attempt to generate controversy over a film that stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Rock, and Kevin Smith.)

  • May 12, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

  • May 12, 2006, 5:54 a.m. CST

    People that list Donnie Darko

    by CuervoJones

    as part of the "best 5 movies EVAR "...Hitchcock? Ford? Hawks? Welles? Fuckin

  • May 12, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Went to high school with Richard Kelly

    by Cepper

    Midlothian High class of 93' in the house. Anyway, I had a nice rant ready for the writing about how he doesn't deserve nearly the pimping he's been getting in the last few years. But it look like many of you are starting to wise up and realize what he really accomplished- Which is, made *one fairly good movie*! (And one dreadful one.) I defy anyone to tell me how a dude in friggin bunny costume adds depth to that movie, but that's beside the point. What I really wanted to mention is that Ricky in no way falls into the "one of us" geek category that Harry so desperately wants to label him. He was a spoiled rich kid from the best neighborhood in the area and because of that, he was always in the popular crowd. That's why he's obsessed with the 90210 cast, that show was basically his life (well, as close as it could be living in a mid-sized city in VA). It doesn't suprise me in the least he's running to mommy to bail him out of this problem. If I come off jealous and bitter it's because I am, I admit that. I'll also watch Southland Tales with an open mind and hope it's better that Domino. It still would be cool to have known the next huge director when he was a kid, but let's let him actually earn that title by making more that one good flick, yeah?

  • May 12, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Buffalo500

    just want to say that Domino was a much better film than any of the LOTR's. Peace.

  • May 12, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelly is A Terrorist!!

    by NeoCon

    Only kidding. I find this story very hard to believe. Why would he need his mother to help him prove he's not James Kelly? Shouldn't he use things like his birth certificate and SS # instead of his mommy? The theory that the US Gov is detaining him because of some movie that nobody is going to see besides the geeks on this websight is not very plausible. I love Darko when I first saw it but he fucked up by having that Director's Cut. He tried to explain something that was much more fun to try to figure out for yourself. His explanations were very weak. The movie became a brilliant failure to me after I realized he was not able to communicate on screen what he felt the movie was about.

  • May 12, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by PullMyFinger

    that's all i have to say about that. if they actually did their job...

  • May 12, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    There is no James Kelly

    by moviemaniac-7

    They think that Richard is linked to Ned Kelly and therefore must be an outlaw. Someone at Homeland Security rented the Heath Ledger flick, surfed the internet, put two and two together and Richard Kelly was arrested. Obvious! No, really. The times I traveled to and through the States, it's very funny to sit down at airports and watch how the Homeland Security people behave. These are people that couldn't even get a job at the local McDonald's and now are given something like responsibility, a word most of them can't even spell. This is, however (given the content of Southland Tales), very convenient.

  • May 12, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    No wonder we're losing the Iraq War

    by CISCO Bunny

    Mr. 29% sure is incompetent. He just isn't fit to govern, and needs to be removed from office.

  • May 12, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Everyone knows how dangerous creatives are.

    by Buck Turgidson

    You all better get with the program. Watch what you say, watch what you do. We're at war. We'll be alot better off when you understand that there are evil people out there who hate freedom and want to destroy our way of life. On September 11th we were attacked. The government watches these pages. Freedom isn't free.

  • May 12, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Some people are just a bunch of bitchass muthafuggers..

    by Manaqua

    Listen to these fags in talkback slamming on Richard Kelly, like the bitter twat that supposedly went to schoool with him. What was the last movie you dickheads made? WTF are you doing besides posting in AICN? RK is living the dream, and maybe he was privelaged and maybe not, but the guy does have talent. So next time you bitches wanna talk shit go sit down and bang out a script and get a movie made and put yourself in the public eye and then you can come back to AICN talkbacks and read about what a hack you are in the opinion of a bunch of no nothing fags...M out

  • May 12, 2006, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Manaqua is on the money

    by thatpeterguy

    I get the sense that most of the low lives in this talkback are bitter about how they failed at their film careers or never had the balls to pursue it themselves. Let's all rip on the director's who actually have a unique voice and don't churn out remakes. First, M. Night the other day now this. Jealousy is an ugly mother fucker.

  • May 12, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Jack Parsons

    I cannot believe how many Americans are so stupid as to not care about "homeland" security acting as a national police spy agency. A pack of macho 12 year olds. That's what we are. Betcha any one of these YY braindamage victims would whine like a chinchilla if someone pulled them over for speeding. ** Apparently, anyone Bush's admin doesn't like could be held in the US indefinitely. Welcome to prison, bitches.

  • May 12, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Lock him up and throw away the key.

    by Bungion Boy

    He deserves worse after writing Domino. Somebody explain that Tom Waits scene!

  • May 12, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Richard Kelly

    by _Kayser_

    was obviously assisting Bierko and President Logan in reobtaining the "evidence". He's the bluetooth posse's top man. Henderson ain't got shit on him! We're running out of time Jack! Dammit! Gravitas!

  • May 12, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Will the JackSack make an appearance?

    by TheSmokingMirror

    I hope so....

  • May 12, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The amount of ignorance in this thread is overwhelming

    by chrth

    He hasn't been detained, he has just been denied the right to leave the country. The reason he's been denied is because the name on his passport (James Kelly) matches that of someone on the terrorist watch list. The reason his passport/ss card/birth certificate aren't enough proof because the terrorists/illegal immigrants have these already--thus the need for yearbooks, etc. The fact that he's a filmmaker hasn't nothing to do with any of the above facts--if his name was actually Richard Kelly, this never would've happened.

  • May 12, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    "hasn't nothing" should read "has nothing"

    by chrth

  • May 12, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    "hasn't nothing" sounds just fine, Cletus!

    by TheSmokingMirror

  • May 12, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    ACIN talkbackers hate Donnie Darko. Wow

    by Lovecraftfan

    How completely not surprising. I love how the backlash works on this board. If it gets to popular sudddenly its the worst movie. I really dont care what it was meant to be. I found it to be a moving representation of the idea of predestination or how sometimes one must sacrifice themselves for the community. Its extremely accomploshed for a first film and very moving and powerful to me. But naturally people just whine and whine about. Surprise Surprise.

  • May 12, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    yeah, i agree lovecraftian.

    by mocky_puppet

    donnie darko was a really interesting, well made movie. good music, too.

  • May 12, 2006, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Homeland's Victories:

    by Larry of Arabia

    Cat Stevens, the Director of Donny Darko. Way to go guys.

  • May 12, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    just imagine...

    by tango fett

    George W. being confronted by Frank the rabbit. hilarity insues.

  • May 13, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by heywood jablomie

    Make sure Kelly does a stint in Gitmo, then, when he has a sore rump and about one tooth left, fly him out to one of our outsourced-torture black sites in Eastern Europe for a real going-over. When he's just about to slit his wrists with a smuggled-in paper clip, whisper in his ear, "No more Linda Gray cameos or joky Quentinesque references to Smurf sex scenes--kapeeeesh?"

  • May 13, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Can you guys even pretend to be objective?

    by Winterchili

    Judging a film by a portion of its fanbase is bad form.

  • May 15, 2006, 12:02 a.m. CST

    To let him go to the prem. is a win for the terrorists

    by rivercb

    I think this could even possibly raise our color coded chart up from yellow to light orange. I feel better knowing that my government is out protecting me and caring enough to look at who I call, what books I read, what sites I go to, and using satellites to make sure that I cut my lawn at an appropriate and American length, while also providing me with endless charts to let me know how scared shitless I should be. I haven

  • May 15, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Buck Turgidson - is right, freedom isn't free...

    by Russman

    it costs a buck o'five. (sorry guys, couldn't resist) Hey, this coutnry has always been a police state.

  • May 15, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I share thatpeterguy's suspicion

    by SAVOIR_faire

    ...Just a hunch, like Manna said, that there's a whole lotta non-participation in the art form behind the bashing...but hey, it's all good, those filmmakers are doing their thing, and probably not reading this stuff -